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πŸ“½ 30-Day Horror Movie Challenge, Days 19 & 20 πŸŽƒ

What’s this all about? See the first post.

Day 19 – Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism

Day 19 brings me to another sentimental favorite. (Should I worry that I have so many sentimental favorite horror movies?) On Halloween night 1997, I went on a date with this guy from my physiology class. We went to see The Devil’s Advocate (1997). LikeΒ Wolf, this movie has actors at their most actorly: Al Pacino is a bombastic Satan, Keanu Reeves is trying hard to be taken seriously post-Speed and pre-Matrix, and Charlize Theron quietly out-shines them both. I rewatched this not long ago. Sadly, it goes a bit around the bend at the end. And it has maybe too much sex for a first-date movie. But then again, the physiology class guy and I have been married for 19 years now. *shrug*

Day 20 – Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal

I gotta go with Jaws (1975) here. I believe that the first time I saw Jaws was when it came on network television when I was a kid. Sure, it was “edited for television.” It didn’t matter. I was left forevermore apprehensive of the water. (Also, there was this nature show clip of an orca whale coming out of the water to chomp a seal. Good thing I grew up in Nebraska…) But I also became utterly fascinated by sharks, especially great whites. They really are interesting animals, more complex than the movies have made them out to be. Monterey Bay Aquarium has a couple of great shark videos.


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2 thoughts on “πŸ“½ 30-Day Horror Movie Challenge, Days 19 & 20 πŸŽƒ

  1. Great pick! I actually almost went with another Keanu Reeves movie for this category…Constantine…but had to go with the sentimental favorite with this one myself. And no, there’s nothing wrong with having sentimental favorites in horror movies. πŸ˜‰

    Jaws! I saw it, at the theater, when I was about 7 years old. It scared me, but oddly enough, we went to Daytona Beach (and Disney World) that fall. I swam in the ocean with my dad, and we went out three feet or deeper. Not sure why I wasn’t terrified, but I am now. I will not go in the ocean now.

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