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08 May 2005

NO SWIMMING by Order of the Sheriff


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oday's birthday guy is Peter Benchly, the person responsible for bringing Jaws to our favorite swimming spots. Many of the readers here were probably a little too young to remember the furor and paranoia caused when this movie was released. Who didn't go swimming that summer, 1975, and stand in an inch of water, look down and think of Jaws? I can remember standing at the beach-edge in Wildwood in a half inch of the Atlantic, looking down and reassuring myself that a shark couldn't swim in a half inch of water.

It was definiely a very gory and suspense-filled movie for it's day. I can remember going down to the Fox Theater in center city Philly. The line was around the block to get in... the last time that happened was when Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" was released... another movie that was cutting edge in that days' movie markets, but very tame by today's standard. And who could forget in Psycho II, when that poor girl was sitting on the toilet "taking care of business" and Anthony Perkins barges in and hacks her to death. A few scenes later we re-visited the bathroom and there was the girl, sliced to pieces, laying on the floor... with her slacks pulled up? Could she have been sitting on the toilet, peeing with her pants pulled up? lol.

Geez, today's standards have to include a young couple, naked, making love and then along comes: Freddy, Jason, or whoever... anyone wielding a huge knife, machete, etc... and the poor couple gets hacked to bits... arms, hands, legs, everything being slung around the theater.

Prior to these movies, the holy trio ruled the theaters: Dracula with Bela Lugosi, Frankenstein with Boris Karloff and the Wolfman with Lon Chaney. Then there was The Thing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob... hold on a sec, someone's at my door... help! aaarrrggghhhh! help! moan....

Burning Questions and Random Thoughts

Who could forget Saturday Night Live's skit of the knocking on the door and hearing "candy-gram" I fell of my chair laughing. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? Did you cover your eyes? Could you sleep? muhahahaha...

Today's Birthday

Today's birthday boy is Peter Benchly, author of Jaws.

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