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I Just wanted To Watch the Movie
By Walt Hardester
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2007
Last edited: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.

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Hitchcock couldn't have done this any better.
In 'Nam we had outdoor movies in the company area almost every night. This particular night the movie was Hitchcock's "Psycho."
Everyone was settled in their chairs, popcorn in hand.

We occasionally, ok, more than occasionally, were rocketed or mortered, by nearby VC, who thankfully were bad very shots indeed.

This particular night, the movie was Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, Jamie Leigh Curtis's Momma. I had seen this movie about a thousand times before, but the shower scene was always scary.

Ok, here comes the shower scene, and as if on cue, we were rocketed. I heard the hiss of a rocket and saw the blast off to my left rear, an empty field.
The next two overshot us and landed long and to the right, just beyond the fence line, in Phouc Vhin village, causing many civilian casualties that we had to deal with later.
That wasn't what pissed me off though.
Of course as in any rocket bombardment, "you go for ground."
But I still wanted to finish watching the shower scene.

Problem was, the projectionist also was aware of the situation and I heard a big time noise in the projection booth.
Lying on the ground, I expected to watch the end of the shower scene but the noise from the booth precluded that, and what I saw was the movie going off the screen, because the projectionist had hit the ground too, taking the projector with him.

Even though they were bad shots I knew they were shoting at us. Good thing they missed.


Well dayum if that didn't ruin that night's movie.

© 2007 Walt Hardester


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Reviewed by Tom Hyland 7/26/2014
WALT ... saw it many times myself. The remake many years later could not compare!
that shower scene & the JAWS scene were both quite unsettling!

thanks for sharing ... tom.
Reviewed by manny moreno 11/26/2007
You must have been there early. I enjoy your site walt
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/15/2007
I have logged in to see the shower scene...very scary and very deadly...but a good thing you wrote this shorty or I would have never known about this movie!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/13/2007
I have never seen "Psycho", nor do I care to. I don't do horror movies; never have, never will. Still, all in all, a good write, Walt!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/13/2007
We had two short straws in a bunch coming night movie. The takers would comouflage themselves like creatures from the blue lagune and disappear into the jungle in the dark. After the first whoosh-thump! their knives would cut the noise, permanently.
Salty Walty, Marines never duck, they take cover!
You and you scary movies...
Boooooo
Georg
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 11/12/2007
To this day I've never seen "Psycho" because I had heard about the shower scene. Sorry you missed your favorite part, but I am truly glad you were missed by the VC.

Today, is a good day to remind of us of all our service men and women who have so valiantly fought for our freedom. Thank YOU!
Karhy

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/12/2007
Walt,

Even down time was fraught with peril...you take us there and make us want to watch the shower scene all over again, terrifying as it was. :) Betcha could have used a shower, yourself! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/12/2007
Good story and good insight to life back then in Nam.

fee
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/12/2007
quite a story-well told-i never have seen that movie
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 11/12/2007
Well...guess you know the ending by now.
Did ya'll call them scuds then?

Susan


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