What was the first movie I remember seeing? Now this one is really going to test my memory, however, I do remember a movie, not sure if it was the first one I ever saw, but it certainly was the first one I went to see on my own and plays on my mind.
I’d been staying with my grandmother (Nanna Herbert) for the school holidays. Usually, I spent these holidays with my brother Peter, so I’m not sure where he was at this time as I was on my own. Nanna used to always take us for walks down to the front beach and I remember this one time when she took me to the movies. There was another girl there, I can’t remember her name, but we sat together. Nanna didn’t come in, but she was waiting for me outside when it had finished. That movie was called “The Blob”. I often wonder if nanna ever knew what it was about because it would have to have been one of the scariest movies for a child of 8 or 10 maybe, to see.
The Blob was first made in 1958 and not that I knew it then, but Steve McQueen was one of the stars. The story was about a growing alien amoeba that crashed to earth from outer space and devoured and dissolved the people of a small town. I just remember it growing bigger and bigger every time it devoured someone. My goodness! How did I survive?
I’ve watched a few horror type movies in my time. The Exorcist, Omen I and Omen II were some of the most gruesome movies I’ve ever watched and I remember the main character in the Omen movies was called Damian. When I was pregnant with our first child, I wanted to call him Damian if it was a boy. Thank goodness we had a girl and Damian never saw the light of day in our children’s names.
Oh and don’t get me started on the Jaws movies. I’ve not swum in the ocean since. If I do, I stick very close to the edge, not deeper than my knees.
Growing up in Northampton, I used to love going to the movies at the King’s Hall and watching any Cowboy and Indian movie, but I’d get so upset when the horses got killed. They didn’t ask to fight in the wars.
John Wayne movies were Dad’s favourites and also became mine too. Not so much now, they are a bit lame when you see one these days. Oh, and of course all the Elvis Presley movies. I still get a kick out of watching any of them, yes, the acting leaves a bit to be desired, however, G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun in Acapulco, Kissin’ Cousins, oh all of them! He was a bit alright!
Some of the all time greats would have to be Lion, The Power of One, Shawshank Redemption, Titanic, The Help, Avatar, The Green Mile, E.T. and of course Gone With The Wind. Who didn’t love that movie?
There are many others that I can’t remember. On looking at the best movies of all time, the majority of them are horror movies. We really are a blood thirsty people. I usually like watching history movies and those with a bit of romance and drama. Nothing too blood thirsty. They don’t make for a good nights sleep.