Summer is the prime season for movie goers and on average, Americans spend more than $450 dollars per year watching movies in the theatre or in Drive-In Theatres where there are still 338 left in America.
Whether you are an avid “I have to go to the movies every weekend”, or are like me , heading to the theatre only once or twice per year there is always one or two movies that you will always remember.
There are one or two movies that provoke strong emotions whether it was Fear or Tears or side-splitting hilarity. So today’s Wayback Wednesday question is, what was the movie that caused you fear and what movie caused you tears?
For me, The Exorcist was the FEAR and Imitation of Life was the TEARS. I wasn’t old enough to see The Exorcist but my older cousin snuck me into the theatre and when I got home, I threw the book into the incinerator, jumped into bed with my grandmother and covered my head for the entire night.
I have never seen a horror movie since then that had caused me that much fear.
The worse part of the movie for me was watching her head spin and her spewing green goo. However, by today’s standards that might not seem spooky but to a 12 year old in 1973, watching a teenage girl possessed by a demon and two priests unable to save her was scary!
On the other end of the spectrum was Imitation of Life. A movie to this day makes me cry especially when Mahalia Jackson starts singing at the funeral – tears flow just thinking about it.
This movie was released in 1959, and my grandmother had us watch it every time it came on, this classic movie is about a struggling widow and her daughter who take in a black housekeeper and her light-skinned daughter who wants to pass for being white.
Not that I ever could pass for or even wanted to be white, I understood the struggle my grandmother must have faced because she was a dark-skinned women raising two light-skinned granddaughters.
Pinky is also another movie based upon the same premise that cause the tears to flow.
Let’s Chat: Which movies caused you fear and which movies made you cry and why?