If given the chance, what horror movie character would you save? That’s the dilemma presented by Arbogast a couple of months back and it’s one that I’ve been thinking about ever since. I’ve read several of the other entries that folks have contributed and I’ve been racking my brain to think of someone that I, myself, would save. But I kept coming to the same conclusion and it just seemed so cliche, I thought. I wanted to think of someone obscure (kind of like Arbogast’s original post), someone not so obvious, but my mind kept coming around to the same name.
That’s called foreshadowing!
Jaws is, without a doubt, my favorite movie. Oddly, I can’t recall the first time that I watched Jaws. It wasn’t in the theater (the movie came out… um… a long time before I was alive), so it must’ve been on VHS at some point. But it’s one of those movies that to this day, I can still watch and still be drawn in as if I’m seeing it for the first time. I know exactly what’s going to happen at every moment of the film (I’ve probably seen the movie more than a dozen times), but I still sit on the edge of my seat during the Orca’s final expedition to eliminate that damn shark.
And every time, I hope that Quint is going to make it.
Quint breezes into the movie like a breath of stinky fish air. We don’t know anything about this guy, who he is, where he came from. He screeches onto the screen with the sound of fingernails on a blackboard (literally) and when we first see him we think “Hey, here’s someone who might actually be able to stop all this people munching that’s been going on!” Only later do we find out what brought Quint to where he is now, leading to one of the greatest scenes in film history (and one of the chief reasons why Quint is probably my favorite character from any movie):
How could you not want that man to live to a ripe old age? Unfortunately, Bruce the Shark had other plans for Quint.
But at least he went down like a man. He went down fighting mano y mano with a big fuckin’ shark. I mean, c’mon, hewas still fighting the shark, even as his legs were somewhere in the shark’s esophagus (do sharks have those?)! And really, I don’t think he’d have had it any other way. But man, do I wish he’d lasted just a little bit longer…
At least his appearance could’ve made the sequels a little more watchable.