|Carnival of Souls, 1962|
Speaking of drowning, it's high time I admit one of my greatest fears.
Yep. I'm scared to death of dying underwater. In particular, large bodies of water, such as the ocean or a large lake.
I'm a huge fan of the deep blue sea nonetheless, and make it a point to venture there every May if possible.
As you are reading this, I am probably lying on the beach soaking in some prohibitively nasty rays of damaging sun while keeping an eye on the surf rolling onto the shore. At night I will sit and watch the waves, then listen as they lull me to sleep.
That said, even on holiday I can't for a moment escape my great fear of being swept out to sea in some bizarre accident or twist of fate, such as falling off the Ocracoke ferry into strong seas, a hurricane the likes of which no one has ever seen ravaging the small village we stay in, or perhaps just a rogue wave knocking me down and dragging me into some rip current to my imminent demise. I don't think it's a strange fear, and imagine a lot of people are of the same mindset, but I do find it incredibly ironic that my favorite place in the world also scares me to death.
|Ghost Story, 1981|
|Carnival of Souls|
Now, I'm not really one of those people so paranoid about bridges that I have to put my window down so I can be able to jump through the opening at the first splash of water. But I'm not entirely fond of scary metal and/or concrete structures dangling precariously over large bodies of water. Or even little creeks, really. It's not really the bridge. It's the water.
|Bonner Bridge, Bodie to Hatteras Islands, NC|
But the water. The ominous sea. Always tends to make me cringe when I'm traveling over it.
Sometimes the dreams even have my lungs filling with water. Now that is really frightening and I have actually woke myself up with those ones. Yeah, from the screaming. (Or the best scream you can muster when your head's underwater.)
|The Haunting of Molly Hartley|
Many of these films are bizarrely some of my favorites, such as Carnival of Souls (as seen in pics above), Ghost Story, and The Ring.
Perhaps that is what makes them so damn scary to me. The fact that people are drowning. Some of which are dying horrific deaths which makes them vengeful and desperate to hurt others. Such as that crazy gal Samara.
|Samara in The Ring|
|Friday the 13th|
|The Changeling, 1980|
So...how long can you hold your breath?
|The Woman in Black|
Soon to be remade into a new film starring none other than Harry Potter himself, The Woman in Black is a chilling example of an accidental drowning and its fearsome consequences.
|Let's Scare Jessica to Death|
|What Lies Beneath|
|Don't Look Now|
Oh, but the sex scene with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.... hot.
Unfortunately, her vision shows the victim has been chained up and thrown into the depths of the local pond. What a way to go. Nasty. Not just water, but grimy water with lots of icky weeds and bugs and snakes and sludge and slime.... Gah!
Even though I've only touched on a few of the hundreds of drowning deaths in this genre, they certainly tend to be some of the ghastliest looking corpses imaginable. If I had my druthers, that would be my least favorite way to die.
I'm still hoping for something less dramatic to take me, like cholera or perhaps leprosy. God help me if my death turns out something like the picture above. Because I will haunt someone...
Somebody would have to pay.