Whatever happened to quicksand in movies?
My childhood feels like one long montage of people trying in vain to suppress the urge to flail while sinking slowly. Quicksand has never been an action packed way to go, but it has delivered amazing dramatic moments. Any person who remembers Thundercats, Jem, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony definitely remember the classic (and so much better as a memory) 80’s movie Neverending Story. The scene where Atreyu wept deeply after watching his best friend and horse, Artax, die slowly if it were not for the assistance of quicksand.
Don’t believe me? Then consider The Princess Bride. I don’t particularly care for the movie, but I clearly remember the scene where that guy jumped in the quicksand after the sinking woman. Instant drama.
Actually forget Princess Bride. That movie falls square in that patch of movies that you enjoy only after being forced to watch them i.e. Willow, Krull, that creepy movie where Tom Cruise was a glitter crusted elf twink.
Not a good place to be.
My point in all this isn’t to advocate for the return of quicksand. Lord knows we don’t want a patch of CG quicksand. I just want to know what our generations’ quicksand is.
One of my coworkers believes that terrorist are the new quicksand. That makes sense. Especially when you consider that the quicksand of the 70s and early 80s was Russia. Another of my coworkers thinks that sand was so heavily used in the late 8os because a lot of the fantasy and adventure movies at the time had very small budgets. Apparently its cheaper to shoot strange angles in the national forest than it is to organize a bitch jumping off of a building.
At any rate, I sometimes miss the simple days of quicksand. The threat could be in your own backyard and you would never know it until your wife turned up missing.
You know what’s really funny. The only time that I have actually heard about someone being killed by quicksand was when my father repeated to me the tale of a boy who his mother saw die in a patch of quicksand while swimming in a shallow creek. Sounded like bullshit to me then and still sounds like it now.
Who dies from quicksand?
No one that you will ever meet.
Who has actually seen quicksand?
I still love it though.