Is TV Bad for Kids? is one of the masterpieces contained within DeGenerazione. Haughtily displaying a child at home alone watching television, Is TV Bad for Kids? then juxtaposes the images of a humored child against the stern father demanding the television to be turned off. Concluding the presence of the child is a dinner party of parents arguing the moral decay of children and the harm of television. Several make snide remarks towards the parental practices of each other which makes for a damn fine debate, amongst friends of course. Switching back to the child, now alarmed that her television splurge was cut short by a freak-out shower of static, the girl begins hitting the tube in a vain attempt to get it to switch back on. Fearing boredom, the child slumbers peacefully while the television assumes a purpose of its own and fosters a bewilderingly creepy face as it inches through the hallways - guided as if the combined neglect of every parent was a driving force. The father later scowls over the loss of his television. I, too, would react similarly as the child did had something as terrifying as being stalked by a television with ulterior motives happened to me. "We can't live without a TV!" screams the father, unaware entirely of the horror that hovered through the hallways when they were out getting drunk and entertaining the mass with karaoke. Is TV Bad for Kids? is an exceptional entry in a near-perfect archive of cinematic oddities.
One of my personal favorite shorts to be found within DeGenerazione is Chain - a title that creates a reality around the general emasculation of men at the hands of the overbearing female populace. Dissecting the fears of all men who are "pussy-whipped", Chain subtlety takes charge of its strong metaphorical content during a bonfire scene in which the brutish and bullying way of men is shown. Several males mock one another for bearing a curfew to his woman, only to have a POV perspective of a woman wielding a leash, hook into the collar of one of the verbal teasers and drag him off. Noticeably distressed by this, the lead character offers the suggestion of going to a nightclub and grabbing drinks - the freedom of so-called "free birds". The bar scene is the catalyst to domination. Chain makes a great defense by comparing and contrasting the nocturnal activities of both sexes. Men blow foam off of pints and lick buffalo sauce off the side of their lips as women bend and sway, presenting their allure by way of self-objectification. Our lead begins to flirt his way to a pack of she-wolves when he notices they are adorned with chains and leashes. This is one of the few, if not only, examples I can think of in the very specific genre of male horror. These characters aren't so fictional, you'd learn. Just like many of us, they lower themselves to domination - it appears unnatural on film, as it is, but you wouldn't bat an eyelash had you seen anything similar out in public. The dark and strange culture of ownership, the charade men commit to, and the incessant demands of the fickle feminine disease - all these things are given a face within Chain and what a wonderful exhibition it is.