Oh, and here’s something I would have posted earlier, but I wasn’t sure it deserved its own thread. The screening of Spiderman that we saw last Friday was preceded by a trailer for Eight Legged Freaks. During that, I experienced one of the few, if not the only, instances of an audience reacting to something with one voice.
Spoiler space for the squeamish:
First we see a giant spider on top of a cop car. Then we see the cop, inside, firing his gun up and through the roof. Then a shot of something else, I forget what. Then a shot of the cop, still looking up, while venom drips through the hole and directly into his mouth, with a kind of slopping sound. (I warned you.)
Now, I haven’t seen as many horror/gore movies as Mr. Rilch and Friend. Maybe some of the TMs have seen more than they have. But in my experience, when something sickening happens in a movie, reactions vary. Some people say “eek”. Some say “ew.” Some gag, some shriek, and some laugh. This is the only time I’ve heard an audience of 100+ people make the exact same sound. It was a kind of wave of “Gah!” with an undercurrent of agony. All of us at the same time, with the same tone and intensity.
I’m gonna have to see that movie. I’ll be sick for days, but my curiosity has been piqued.