I like to think I have good taste in films. Obviously it’s all opinion, and we all like different things — and we all like to think we have good taste in films, of course — but I’m sure you know what I’m getting at.
How, then, is it possible that I keep on making DVD-related mistakes? And I’m not talking about minor ones, either. I’m talking about major ones which I should have seen coming. Mistakes which are pretty unforgivable for a writer who loves films as much as I do…
1) Buying a Jaws box-set which contained Jaws 2, Jaws 3 and Jaws 4...but no Jaws, as in the original film. The tragedy of this is that I knew it contained no original Jaws film when I bought it. My explanation? Wait for it, it’s a good one! In my excitement of coming across the box-set for a bargain price, memories of Jaws 2 surfaced in my mind, back from when I was a child and it was the scariest film I had ever seen. “Jaws 2 was amazing!” I said to myself, “I have to buy this box-set!”
Suffice to say I bought it — £2.99 I think — and Jaws 2 wasn’t nearly as good as I had believed it to be.
As a result of this epic mistake, every single week of my life one of my friends brings this up in conversation and uses it like a weapon. I wish I could say I blamed them but…
2) Buying The Descent with The Descent: Part 2 box set.
This one is, I feel, verging on being forgivable. But then I would be biased, wouldn’t I? So you probably shouldn’t trust me.
It started off very innocently: I was at my local HMV wandering around looking at the horror films section. I was seeing nothing much that was really inspiring, and getting bored of looking. This is bound to happen when you repeat the same worrying horror-film-section-watching behaviour time and time again. Then, just when I thought I couldn’t take looking with my head at a funny angle anymore — my neck had got used to it and adapted since the age of 14, but still, the human body was never designed to cope with this — I saw the box-set. There it was, The Descent and The Descent: Part 2…for the crazy-good price of £6.99!
I say crazy-good because I really loved The Descent. For this reason, and because I tend to get fixated on my favourite films and watch them repeatedly — as well as the fact that nothing beats holding a DVD box-set in your hands — I decided I would be a moron not to buy the box-set. If The Descent: Part 2 is even half as good as the original, I thought, then I am in for some serious viewing pleasure!
You probably know what’s coming…I soon found out that The Descent: Part 2, is not even a quarter as good as the original. My friends did too, and since then it’s been Let’s All Have A Go At Chris’s Taste In Films Day for every Friday night since…