Addiction and Redemption

The late artist (singer/songwriter/actress/author), Portia Nelson wrote a poem called “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters,” in which she describes walking down a street and falling into a hole. In the course of the five chapters we see how her behavior changes over time. It has been hailed by those in the self-help/addiction-recovery industry as a valuable teaching tool.

So what does this have to do with scary movie/book scenes as prompted to write about for BlogFEST2012? In my case — everything.
I am addicted to the movie, “The Shawshank Redemption.” Though not your typical horror flick, I find myself gasping for breath and getting goosebumps during certain scenes.  Like this roof-tarring one and this escape one.

Which really defies logic, because I’ve seen the movie, oh, approximately … umpteen times. Seriously, I don’t think I can count how many times I’ve seen it. It’s only aired on TV about 25 times a year, or so it seems…

And every time I watch it, I get scared by the same scenes. You’d think I’d see them coming, eh? What can I tell you? (Sometimes I wonder though, if the action would be half as scary without the music. The music makes a big impact…)

Anyway, I repeat the same patterns (watching the movie at virtually every chance I get) and — surprise, surprise! — I get the same results (my pants are scared off).

Well, here’s a novel idea: Don’t watch the movie … . It’s like George Carlin says in this monologue.

Lemme think about that.

Hmmm… . Nope. Sorry. Not gonna happen.

The idea of not seeing the ever-sexy Tim Robbins and the sweet-talking
Morgan Freeman in “The Shawshank Redemption” again? That’s just too scary to contemplate.

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  1. Ohh– I like this movie–and yes I can see how those scenes are scary–scary enough to keep you coming back for more 🙂

    Cheers, Jenn


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