It was the summer of 1978. I was 15-years old.
In those days, you really didn’t know too much about a movie before you saw it. And, when it came to seeing this one, back then, that was the case. My friends and I just jumped on the #4 bus (if I recall the number correctly), took a 30-minute ride (or thereabouts) down Richmond Avenue to the Island Theatre to see some flick called “Animal House.”
You know, there’s an expression that people throw around that goes along the lines of “I laughed so hard I nearly pissed myself.” They just say it – even though it’s hardly true. Well, that day, back in the summer of 1978, when we went to see this movie called “Animal House,” I truly did laugh so hard that I nearly pissed myself. Up until that point in my life, I had never see something in the movies that was that funny. (I’m just glad that it stayed at ‘nearly.’ Can you imagine that bus ride home, with my friends, if my bladder hadn’t held up? It’s spots like that where you earn a nickname that says with you for life – and not the good kind of nicknames.)
Now, of course, part of that back then was the shock value – because I had no idea, at least not fully, on what to expect going into the movie. And, it’s true that surprise/shock can lead to laughter, if done correctly, as much as it can to terror, etc.
However, the beauty of this one, now, is that I’ve seen it countless times. And, I know everything that’s going to happen, when it happens, how it happens, before it happens. Nonetheless, I still laugh, today, when I watch this one. Does it get any better than that?