Fear is a favorite movie of mine, dog decapitation scene notwithstanding. It came out when I was 12 years old, and I was allowed to rent it for a slumber party as soon as it came to video, because I was child #3 and my parents had given up on policing content choices by that point. Obviously, I and my fellow 12-year-old friends were both titillated and scandalized by this movie, in the best way possible.
To this day, the pop culture reference I make the most to people in my life is to threaten to hit myself like “Marky Mark in Fear” if I don’t get my way. It’s very effective.
So I am beyond excited to share the news with you that there will be a Fear remake starring Amandla Stenberg.
Look, I get that this is really creepy to say since I’m 34 and Amandla is presumably going to portray a teenager in the movie, but I mean it: if they don’t include the rollercoaster scene in the remake, I’ll riot.
You know the one I’m talking about:
That was a seminal moment for my adolescent sexuality—I didn’t know such a thing existed up until I saw that scene, and my mind was utterly blown. Admit it, if you were under the age of 16 when you saw it, yours probably was, too.
Granted, in an age of ubiquitous internet porn, a simple manual stimulation on a rollercoaster seems quaint by today’s standards. I have no idea what kids have been exposed to by age 12, now, but Fear is truly one of the few movies of that period (or any period, really) where a female character’s sexual pleasure was not only shown on screen but wasn’t reciprocated back on to the male.
Let that sink in, for a moment.
Female sexual pleasure is so scarce that Fear’s inclusion of it is notable, 23 years later.
It would be a crime not to include that scene in the remake—because let’s be honest. I have the original Fear to keep me warm at night (I have two copies of it on BluRay. Don’t ask me why.) This remake isn’t really for me (although you know I’ll be there opening day.) It’s for the next generation of 12-year-old girls sneaking an R-rated movie at a slumber party. Don’t they deserve to have a positive sexual experience (on a rollercoaster, no less) demonstrated to them that’s entirely focused on their pleasure?!
I rest my case. Include the rollercoaster scene, or I riot. I expect I’m not the only one, here.
Since I’m not a monster, here is the scene in its entirety, friends. You’re welcome. It’s, uh, probably not totally safe for work, unless you work at an amusement park that also operates as a brothel, then by all means, you can watch this at work.
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