Nonsense first: Had to re-read the first section, because I forgot Dave is not David, and my first read through just left me wondering why Ellefson was suddenly so philosophical. Second tie around I was in proper "Batman in a darkened cathedral" mood, and it made much more sense. It was also more dour (and pessimistic) than most of the movie Batmans--if not all of them.
Lars's scene made me both grin (Lars as the motor mouth, all bravado and shit) (he reminded me of the Dr Chilton character in the Hannibal series) and feel uncomfortable, especially at the suggestions of surgical manipulation. I figured the threat would be death... but disfigurement is one of my personal fears, so (despite the fact that he would survive) it feels much, much worse for me.
Got some 1984 vibes from this (the girlfriend who supposedly spoke first) (the girlfriend who is presented as someone who will save her own skin with no second thoughts) (scary stuff, really) (I'd love to think I'd do the honourable thing if I were Lars) (I probably wouldn't), and I got a kick out of that. This might as well be your Halloween Challenge, to be honest. It's already nerve-wracking. —Highway Joe, for speakingez's All Nightmare Long