A friend of mine (Cole Roulain, vitagraph american) runs a great movie blog. Fairly recently he posted a blog that poses the question, “If you could show two movies in a theater on Halloween, what would they be?”. Even though my blog isn’t about movies I want to participate in this.
Let me say first off, I’m not a big movie buff. Not because I don’t appreciate them and not because I don’t love them. I don’t watch many movies because I rarely feel like going to a theater and I rarely have the attention span to sit at home (or anywhere) and watch one. I’m not particularly good at focusing on anything for more than an hour. That’s about the max on a good day.
Of the two movies I am choosing, one of them I barely recall. Why am I choosing this? Because I remember seeing it in my youth and remember loving it and imagining now it would be more funny than scary, but hopefully would deliver a little of both. It is a movie I’d like to see again because I’ve only seen it once and it’s been decades since I saw it in the theater.
That choice would be the movie, Alligator.
I was 10 or 11. I remember more of it than I do most movies I saw at that age. I remember the scene where the alligator crashed a wedding and remember thinking it was possibly the greatest scene ever.
I want to see this movie again and more importantly I want to see it on the big screen. I might like it, I might hate it. It might be funny, it might not. If I had one night at a movie theater I’d be willing to take a chance on this film.
On top of that, I’m just a sucker for gators.
I saw The Shining at a drive inn with my mom and it is hands down, no question, easily the most scared I’ve ever been while watching a movie. I had nightmares for weeks. Hallways in general suddenly freaked me out. I still can’t stand hotel carpeting not only because it’s horrendously ugly, but because of this movie.
When I watch this movie I can literally smell the rooms of the scenes. I do not why that is, but I can. Maybe it’s because my dad looked a lot like Jack Nicholson and I am just recalling what my dad’s house smelt like, I am not sure, but I can smell the rooms.
Shelley Duvall freaked me out and still does.
Every time I watch it, it gets me on edge. To watch it on the big screen would be fantastic!