Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Quicksand Chronicles

I am rarely defeated by a topic, but I was recently found myself at a loss while writing an article about quicksand scenes in films. I was, to be frank, defeated resoundingly. The topic is too big to cover comprehensively and it has too little variance to inspire a discussion either complex or diverse. A person falls into quicksand, he screams, he struggles, and he sinks.  Glub, glub.  Fade out.

This just may be the all-time most unconvincing quicksand scene.

Here are a few better quicksand scenes.

Life's Blind Alley (1916)

Strange Cargo (1940)

House of Frankenstein (1944)

Swamp Water (1941)

Dark Waters (1944)

Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)

Caravan (1946)

Border Incident (1949)

Intruder In the Dust (1949)

Pygmy Island (1950)

Seminole (1953)

The Cry of the Hunted (1953)

Border River (1954)

Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)

Run of the Arrow (1957)

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Woman Obsessed (1959)

Lassie ("The Fog," 1960)

Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Guns of Darkness (1962)

The Old Dark House (1963)

Gilligan's Island ("Waiting for Watubi," 1964)

Lost in Space ("Attack of the Monster Plants," 1965)

Get Smart ("Schwartz Island," 1968)

Kilma, Queen of the Jungle (1975)

Quest for Fire (1981)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)

Doctor Who ("The Ultimate Foe," 1986)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ("The Road to Calydon," 1995)

Hidalgo (2004)

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