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Five Scenes I’ll Never Forget (but Wish I Could…)

December 10, 2010

One of the truths about books and movies is that, once you’ve read or seen something, you can’t un-read it (or un-see it). And if what you’ve read or seen is disturbing, well, you’re pretty much stuck with that terrible image forever.

My Top Five Unforgettable Scenes

5. 1984

In addition to all of the horrors of the novel, there’s a scene in which the main character, Winston Smith, is in front of his TV participating in the mandatory calisthenics. But since the TV also allows people to watch him, he gets reprimanded when he slacks off. Now, the reason this troubles me is because of the Wii Fit ‘game’ I bought my family last year. Whenever the annoying avatar yells at me for either gaining weight or not regularly exercising, I think of 1984. And when the Wii avatar tries to get me to rat out the other members of my family by asking why they haven’t been working out, I think of Big Brother.

4. Flowers in the Attic

If you were a girl growing up in the late seventies or early eighties, chances are that you read this book. And if you read this book, would you ever be able to forget the scene between Chris and Cathy Dollanger? No, I didn’t think so.

3. The Marathon Man

Whether you read the book by William Goldman or see the movie with Dustin Hoffman, you’ll never feel the same way about the dentist’s chair. Luckily, I survived my trip to the dentist today, and left the office with a smile on my face.

2. The Exorcist

I didn’t actually see this movie when it came out since I was only nine-years-old, but I did see the commercials for it. I used to lay awake terrified that my bed would start shaking. And, years later, when I finally did see the movie, I swore I’d never eat pea soup again after watching young Linda Blair throw up.
And the number one scene I’ll never be able to get out of my head…

1. Firestarter

Right now, there’s a bone lodged in my garbage disposal, but neither my husband nor I will dig it out because of that scene in Firestarter. So the bone continues to grind away. But I’ll tell you right now that I’d rather buy a new garbage disposal than stick my hand in there.