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What's My Scary Movie? Jaws!

Updated on November 13, 2011

My scary movie isn't one that most people would probably choose: It's Jaws.

From the time I was a little girl, I was afraid of fish. If I even saw a goldfish on TV, I would run out of the room. I tried snorkeling one time in St. Thomas but almost walked on water to get back to dry land when the instructor's fin accidentally touched my leg underwater. (The thought of a fish touching me was way too much to bear.)

Jaws came out when I was 16, which will reveal my age to anyone with even rudimentary math skills. Since drive-in movies were still in style then, my roommate and I went to our local drive-in to see the movie. I spent almost the entire film sitting backwards in the front seat, occasionally turning around to see what was happening on the screen. It was uncomfortable, but I knew it was the only proven way to avoid on-land, drive-in-movie-theater shark attacks.

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Could there be anything more terrifying than swimming in the ocean and have something eat you while you thrash and scream? I can't think of much that could be worse than that. Whenever I think of Jaws, I think about that poor woman being tossed around in the water while God-knows-what was going on underneath. Ugh. I know she was fictional, but because the image plays into a primal fear of mine, it really stuck.

I'm better about my fear of fish now, but I still make sure I have a pillow handy if Jaws is on; I never know when I'll need to hide my eyes.

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    • WordPlay profile imageAUTHOR

      Carla Chadwick 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I don't even trust lakes. I favor swimming pools with clear water (not the black-bottom variety), so I can see what's going on. And I want to know there's plenty of chlorine between me and any water creatures that might find their way into the pool.

      I guess I'm not quite over my childhood fear of fish.

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      Bueller's Way 

      10 years ago from Massachussetts

      Yeah, that movie scared the crap out of me too. The awful part about it is that people do get ripped up by sharks. A movie about it makes the ocean seem like one of those places you don't wanna be. Give me a lake anyday. Put a shark in a non salty lake and he'll float to the top dead like a goldfish.

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      Woody Marx 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree with you! Jaws was scary! I think all things in the ocean are really scary. I'm even scared of opening a can of tuna fish! :)

      thanks!

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Jaws is a good scary movie, one I can at least watch.

    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      I can only watch this one in daylight with my hand over my eyes most of the time! Forgot about it though when I did my scary movie hub earlier today. Jaws would most assuredly be on my list!

    • WordPlay profile imageAUTHOR

      Carla Chadwick 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, yeah! That was a good one too. Very scary.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Jaws was quite scary. Another scary movie was "Wait Until Dark" starring Audrey Hepburn (1967).

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