Swallow (2019), horror and the bathroom scene

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Swallow, written and directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, is a beautifully stylized movie, about Hunter, a young, rich, beautiful married woman whose life looks Instagram perfect. On the outside. It is also a movie that brought me very close to understanding the attraction to want to ingest uneatable objects. Cold, smooth objects. And sharp, dangerous objects.

Swallow brings you close to the experience of bodily boundaries. If you eat a marble, it goes right through you. What you eat only becomes part of you when it can be digested, when it can be taken apart by the acids and bacteria and what have you, otherwise, the mouth is the entrance to a passageway through the body.

What is part of me, what is a passageway? What belongs to inside, what to outside? What happens if you cross boundaries? These questions are part of the horror genre. Mirabella-Davis brings you at times…

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A freelance writer and blogger who has spent 30 years in library service. A ghost hunter at heart and a lover of the macabre. I'm a writer of plays, monologue, and poetry for community theatre. Most importantly, be positive and love life.

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