International Cephalopod Awareness Days are observed from October 8 through October 12, regardless of the actual days upon which those dates fall. The days of commemoration kick off on October 8 with a salute specifically to the octopus. Squids, fossils, mythological creatures, cuttlefish and all the lesser known cephalopods all get their individual day of celebration. Not that it really matters. As long as you are celebrating everything cephalopod, October 8 through 12 is up to you. For instance, if you were to celebrate through film, you might consider watching these movies at some point during International Cephalopod Days.
Check out the original Korean version of “Oldboy” on October 8 if you really want to stick to the schedule. There is an infamous scene in “Oldboy” that makes it perfect for adding to the schedule of movies to watch during International Cephalopod Awareness Day. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but I do have to strongly recommend that you have a pretty strong stomach that doesn’t give in to nausea easily at movies scenes involving food you may not particularly find appetizing. That’s all I’m saying.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
It pains me to even be mistaken for recommending “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” but if you must sit through this mess, then you might as well do it on International Cephalopod Awareness Day. October 11 is officially designated as the day on which to celebrate mythological and legendary cephalopods and the Kraken featured in this entry in the series comes closer to looking like a cephalopod than the Kraken in other movies.
Reap the Wild Wind
“Reap the Wild Wind” is notoriously appropriate for watching on International Cephalopod Awareness Day. I mean, seriously, how many unofficial holidays in the year are tailor made for watching a movie in which John Wayne’s character dies? Add to the rarity the fact that it is at the tentacles of a giant squid that the Duke meets his demise. C’mon, if you don’t check out “Reap the Wild Wind” during International Cephalopod Awareness Days, you probably just don’t care about being all that aware.
A very strange low-budget film starring a young Dennis Hopper who doesn’t realize he is falling in love with a mermaid. “Night Tide” is heavy on the atmosphere and that atmosphere is thick. Frankly, it is a shame for Dennis Hopper’s character’s sake that there wasn’t an International Cephalopod Awareness Day back when the movie took place. His bizarre love affair with the mermaid involves an octopus that has to have some sort of psychological depth that is nearly as enigmatic as the rest of the film.