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5/28/2002

Over pizza tonight, Dad and I were debating the scariness of the movie Alien and the conversation peaked with Dad caling me jaded and my pointing out that the first time I saw The Shining I'd been so scared I had to go be comforted by my friend's mother. Dad said, "You just think The Shining is scary 'cause your Dad's a writer." A hush fell over the room, and Dad picked up the pizza knife, still dripping with cheese and tomato sauce, and fixed me with his best blank stare. Apart from our banter, though, the disturbing thought has occured to me that gore tends not to scare me in movies, but it's the more psychologically disturbing films that get to me. Am I really that desensitized? I mean, if I laugh when the little baby Alien pops out of the guy's chest, what's the next step? I tend to get really sappy when watching movies (especially with John Cusack - I cry every time I watch Say Anything) but when violence comes up, I just sit back and enjoy the show.
posted by Josiah  # 5/28/2002 07:56:00 PM

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