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Stupid Things that Always Happen in Movies and TV Shows, Item #1 - Drawing Blood in The Dumbest Way Possible

I watch a lot of TV shows with a dramatic or supernatural theme, and there are some devices that shows CONSTANTLY do that bug the crap out of me. Here's one:

Whenever someone has to give a few drops of blood for a spell, or two characters make a "blood oath", it seems that somebody has to take a big ol' knife and slice it RIGHT ACROSS THEIR PALM.

For crying out loud. First of all, if all you need is a few drops of blood, a simple piercing of a fingertip would be MORE than sufficient. And do any of these writers, directors, or producers have ANY earthly idea how many important nerves and tendons are in the palm of a human hand? And not only do these self-carving characters ever do anything more than wince bravely at the pain, they also not only do not suffer any permanent damage or impairment of the hand, they don't even seem to get scarred, nor even do they display a wound for longer than a day or so. In real life, that kind of wound would doubtless take a very long time to heal. It's just ridiculous!

It also annoys me, because kids watch shows like The Vampire Diaries (in which the characters are CONSTANTLY doing this - you would think the entire population of Mystic Falls would be no longer able to hold a pencil, by this time), so maybe they might try to do this stupid thing with some sort of "blood brothers" thing. Hopefully the kids will have more sense than the doofuses who put these shows together.

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MsBiz wrote on February 14, 2015, 2:43 PM

This reminds me of some very... unwise... friends I had in high school. After seeing this sort of blood pact on movies, they tried it themselves, using palms, of course. Needless to say, that didn't end too well...

rebelann1949 wrote on February 14, 2015, 2:59 PM

Yeah, I thought so too, but if kids are watching this then I'd have to wonder if their parents give a crap. These shows are not good for kids, kinda funny for adults to say the least ...

I have been reduced to watching it cuz I'd already seen all the good stuff on Netfllix and Amazon, I'm hoping they provide the new season of Haven soon, at least on that show they don't do as much blood letting.

WordChazer wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:01 PM

Regret to inform the knowledgeable writer that the kids who watch this stuff are just about as doofus as the creators, writers and producers.

UK_Writer wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:03 PM

Written by men, who like that sort of scene. That's the problem - not based in reality, but boyland.

arthurchappell wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:16 PM

too averse to pain to even prick my finger so yes the full hand slash is stupid

FourWalls wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:27 PM

They probably have a "blood quota" in these movies, so much blood that they HAVE to show. A couple of drops out of the finger just won't do it. Or maybe it just reiterates that Geico commercial about horror flicks that says, "when you're in a horror movie you make stupid decisions. It's what you do."

Ellis wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:36 PM

Most movies include crap stuff like this which makes them unbelievable...especially driving scenes...TV cops are the worst offenders...they never indicate, they take their eyes off the road for long periods of time, they drink like fishes and never get a DUI, they always know where they are going and when they get there always get a parking space right outside the crime scene, they never have to fill up with petrol, always drive better than the bad guys and avoid the strategically placed cardboard boxes...and you would think that any cop worth his salt that has been called to a crime ridden part of the city would have the sense to lock his bloody car before embarking on a footchase!

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:39 PM

I find it odd that, not only are they slicing all the way across their palm, but someone always seems to have the giant knife with which to do that. Who carries around a great big knife like that? And if you knew that someone was carrying that around on their person, would you still feel comfortable being friends with them?

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:41 PM

P.S., By the way, that picture reminds me of Wilson, the friendly volleyball from "Castaway".

MegL wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:42 PM

Yes, art overcomes common-sense and reality!

melody23 wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:57 PM

Its the medical shows that annoy me. The other half lets out a sigh if we are watching something and a character ends up in hospital, he knows what's coming. They will make an obvious (to medical professionals anyway) mistake and I will moan about it for a good five minutes, usually pointing out how dead the person would actually be if the readings on their monitor were real.

midastouch wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:07 AM

but that is the attraction that holds people spell bound to watch and keep watching
the writers and directors know what appeals to bad side of us and so they capitalize on those things

JohnRoberts wrote on February 15, 2015, 11:57 AM

You are right. They always use a large knife to slice across the hand when a pin prick will do. It's for dramatic effect.

nbaquero wrote on February 16, 2015, 12:31 PM

AliCanary I don't watch those kind of shows, but it's a common thing in shows to exagerate everthing, just look at any fight scene after a couple of punches regular people could not even move, but the characters in movies and TV shows continue to move like they have not been hit...

DarkSinistar wrote on February 17, 2015, 12:08 AM

When my blood brother and I made out "pact" many moons ago, we sliced our thumbs which was bad enough. Our moms were pretty close to taking us to the emergency room just for that. I am glad we didn't have any stupider ideas in our heads because we were just the type of kids to try it.