For years, leisurely nautical trends for spring and summer have featured calming images of seabirds and vacationers beach combing for shells. Now a counter-trend that captures the horrifying heights and depths of the ocean seems a likely match for autumn 2017.
With today’s rising sea levels and the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean well within consumers’ memories, it can be threatening enough to just live near the ocean, let alone trying to cross it in a vessel. And, adding fuel to this often-subliminal fear will be the packs of ruthless 17th- and 18th-century pirates who will be returning in popularity for Halloween 2017.
Recent sea-struggle films like Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea and The Finest Hours, along with the popularity of the Black Sails TV series, bear out the public’s morbid fascination with perilous ocean adventures. And nothing’s quite as frightening as seafaring in a historical ship made of little more than wood and pitch! Weeks of nausea-inducing waves could easily morph into visions of surging whales and giant squids, bent upon dragging a ship down to the bottom of the sea. And the call, “Man overboard” was often a death sentence for any poor soul who lost his footing in the mast netting or upon a wave-swept deck.
With such a trend the emphasis is on showing humans and their vessels as insect-sized against the enormity of the sea and its giant creatures. And the ocean itself becomes not just towering waves, but also an immense monster bent on swallowing up everything in sight! When it comes to Halloween scares, nothing is likely to be more deep-seated or primal.
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