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Friday, September 15, 2006

The Strife of the Wife of the Guy who Loves Shaun of the Dead...

OK. I love horror movies. You all know that. But, as much as I love horror movies, that's how much my wife DOESN'T like horror movies. So, when I finally talked her into watching Shaun of the Dead on DVD a few weeks ago, I counted it as a small but significant victory.

I told her, "You know, it's more of a romantic comedy than anything." That piqued her interest enough, I suppose, to give the film a try. Well, that coupled with the fact that I've been pestering her to watch the film with me for about two years.

So, I popped the DVD into the player, dimmed the lights, and snuggled up to my wife. She thought a lot of the film was funny; she laughed at all the parts you're supposed to laugh at. She cringed when "Mary" fell over backwards and got impaled on the steel post. She went "Eeeewwwwww" when David got ripped in half. She was appropriately saddened when Ed got left behind. So, she reacted to the film pretty much how one should react to it.

Sure, she didn't understand some of the proprietary "anglicisms" in the film, like just what the hell a "Coronetto" is (for those of you who don't know, it's the UK equivalent of a "Nutty Buddy" ice cream novelty). She had a bit of trouble grasping some of the accents. Other than that, though, she seemed to enjoy the movie fairly well. Score one for me! Hooray.

Afterward, I asked her what she thought of Shaun of the Dead. She carefully thought about it for a moment, and then asked, "If zombies came and attacked us, would you save me?" Heh.

Of course, I would save her, and anyone else I could, but her reaction got me to thinking about how some people...some women...view horror films; even the "tongue in cheek" ones like "Shaun". They view them as exercises in survival, and tests of gumption and fortitude. At the very least, they like to think of things in terms of how those specific situations would effect them...how their loved ones would react. And, I suppose, that's not the worst way to view things...especially horror films.

-Matt signing off...


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