Trying to get her attention is a dangerous game, though, and one poor sod pays the ultimate price for his bravado when he attempts to jump off the roof into the pool… It’s a massive gut-punch of a moment, and one that perfectly sets the scene for the rest of the movie. Okay, this one’s tougher to justify as having any deep significance.But when Will Ferrell’s character Frank accidentally shoots himself in the neck with a tranquiliser gun and plunges into a nearby swimming pool, well, it’s just funny.One of the most striking openings to a movie possibly ever, opens with retired con-man Gal (Ray Winstone) sunning himself beside his swimming pool in his swanky Spanish villa, musing about how great his life is… Gal narrowly avoids getting squashed, and the rock lands in his swimming pool instead, making a gigantic splash.
It’s a minor scene, and nothing really happens, but director Dario Argento makes it feel significant. Don’t dwell on it for too long or you’ll never go swimming again.
The swimming pool orgy scene in David Cronenberg’s is disturbing in context, of course, as poor old Roger (Paul Hampton) realises he’s the only person not infected by grotesque alien parasites, but also out of context, because the body horror is a good reminder that other people are pretty gross at the best of times. And speaking of sex in swimming pools, well, Harmonie Korine’s had to make it onto this list somewhere.
Another gross swimming pool here, this time attached to an equally decrepit gothic mansion. Having failed to defeat the ghoul chasing them by shooting it in the head or passing the curse on to someone else, the kids in is nonsensical, but deliberately so; the director wanted to show how utterly out of their depth the kids were.
When wheelchair-bound Penny (Susan Strasberg) goes to stay with her estranged father and step-mother, she’s disappointed to find that her dad’s not there… The scene where Robert (Ronald Lewis) dives into the murky swimming pool to look for a corpse is creepy as all get-out. Actually, there’s more than one swimming pool scene in this movie, too; Jay (Maika Monroe) spends much of her time in the pool in her back garden, just floating there by herself.
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Swimming pool scenes are surprisingly common in movies.There’s probably a 3,000 word essay to be written about it, at some point.You’ve never seen anyone swim the way Suzy (Jessica Harper) and Sara (Stefania Casini) swim in .The fact that Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio in the recent Baz Luhrmann version, though other films of the same story are available) is shot and killed in his swimming pool is something people really have had to write essays about, so I won’t go into it in too much depth here. Gatsby’s made his money, but he still hasn’t got what he wanted, and that’s the end of him.Another Luhrmann/Di Caprio collaboration, the swimming pool scene in is very different – though, you know, there’s a similarly tragic ending to the story.Here, shortly after meeting for the first time, the star-crossed lovers end up tumbling into a swimming pool just as they’re falling in love.