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The Water Cooler – What Movie Traumatized You When You Were A Kid?

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QUESTION: What movie traumatized you as a kid?

Talk about it….

48 comments

this_that January 11, 2023 - 12:01 PM - 12:01 PM

the shining

Simonpure January 11, 2023 - 12:03 PM - 12:03 PM

I wouldn’t say traumatized but the Birds and the Blob.

Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 7:39 PM - 7:39 PM

I remember the Blob, I saw it here in the states. I saw the Birds in Denmark, in the little town next to where I grew up. To get home I had either ride my bike about 10 miles or take the train and then ride my bike about 1 or so mile. Don’t remember which was the case after I saw the birds, do know I freaked out if there were crows in the area, which often there was. I was a teenager when I saw “The Birds”, and a guy I dated off and on, and who my girl friend and I thought was kind unemotional and a little on cynical side, said after he saw “The Birds” and had to walk home to his parents house, he was crawling along the buildings if there were just one bird in sight. I think I saw Bambi very young I know that story alway made me sad.

Exit 12A January 11, 2023 - 12:11 PM - 12:11 PM

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Jaws.
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Martinezmike January 11, 2023 - 12:57 PM - 12:57 PM

Mary Poppins

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Chuq January 11, 2023 - 1:47 PM - 1:47 PM

The Jaws series for me as well (I think I saw Jaws 3 first when it was on TV). I’m still not comfy in open water.

Exit 12A January 11, 2023 - 5:19 PM - 5:19 PM

Yeah, I’m not comfortable swimming in salt water where I can’t see the bottom. It’s just weird.
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By the way, in Australia some freshwater rivers and a few lakes which flooded are now home to big bull sharks.
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Jeff (the other one) January 12, 2023 - 6:22 AM - 6:22 AM

agreed, of course, years of Shark Week do not help increase comfort.

Kentucky Derby January 11, 2023 - 12:12 PM - 12:12 PM

The Exorcist.

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Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 7:39 PM - 7:39 PM

I remember the Blob, I saw it here in the states. I saw the Birds in Denmark, in the little town next to where I grew up. To get home I had either ride my bike about 10 miles or take the train and then ride my bike about 1 or so mile. Don’t remember which was the case after I saw the birds, do know I freaked out if there were crows in the area, which often there was. I was a teenager when I saw “The Birds”, and a guy I dated off and on, and who my girl friend and I thought was kind unemotional and a little on cynical side, said after he saw “The Birds” and had to walk home to his parents house, he was crawling along the buildings if there were just one bird in sight. I think I saw Bambi very young I know that story alway made me sad.

PESFG January 11, 2023 - 12:15 PM - 12:15 PM

The Fly

Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 7:40 PM - 7:40 PM

I saw both the original and the remake, both of them of on TV, I agree scary. Although didn’t give me nightmares.

S January 11, 2023 - 12:16 PM - 12:16 PM

None; but, my Sister had nightmares of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Dawg January 11, 2023 - 12:25 PM - 12:25 PM

The Curse Of Frankenstein. I was about 6 or 7 at the time, and as I tried to sleep that night, I kept seeing his pale face, and it kept me awake. There were some scary movies that I liked. The House Of Wax, in 3-D was a fun movie to watch when everything was popping out of the screen right at you. I also got a kick out of The Incredible Shrinking Man. He shrunk so much, that he kept a straight pin and used it as a sword, when a spider attacked him, he stabbed it in the belly, and a drop of spider juice dropped on him. The Fly was a good one too, at the end when he was stuck in the spider web, screaming in a tiny little voice, “help me,” and the guy dropped a big rock on him.

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Cellophane January 11, 2023 - 12:32 PM - 12:32 PM

Psycho was the worst. The Birds got me too.

Go old Hitchock.

Ms. Mom January 11, 2023 - 12:50 PM - 12:50 PM

Night of the living dead, the original one. I don’t know how many times it came on TV could not make it more than 15min.

Ancient Mariner January 11, 2023 - 12:55 PM - 12:55 PM

“Northwest Frontier” with Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall and Herbert Lom.
The bridge scene gave me falling dreams for years.

whatever January 11, 2023 - 1:21 PM - 1:21 PM

“Trilogy of Terror”, that scary as hell Zuni warrior doll. The gold chain around it’s neck will keep it from coming to life….you can guess what happens next.

Also, as a pre-teen I was affected by “Duel”, the TV movie about the killer truck following Dennis Weaver in his Valiant. Hardly any spoken words, but man it was scary.

nytemuvr January 11, 2023 - 4:31 PM - 4:31 PM

@WHATEVER…. “Trilogy of Terror” was a good movie, can’t go wrong with Karen Black in any movie.

Ricardoh January 11, 2023 - 1:22 PM - 1:22 PM

Bambi I think Bambi got lost or something. Anyway I was under five when that came out.

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Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 7:42 PM - 7:42 PM

Agree as I wrote in my former post that movie made me sad, although I don’t have any memories of actually seeing it, just hearing the story, but I did see it/

April January 11, 2023 - 1:28 PM - 1:28 PM

Watership Down. I was very little when it came out

Oh, please January 11, 2023 - 8:21 PM - 8:21 PM

For real. That was mine.

Superstitious Aloysius January 11, 2023 - 1:32 PM - 1:32 PM

The Wizard of Oz.

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The Wizard January 11, 2023 - 2:03 PM - 2:03 PM

Old Yeller

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domo January 11, 2023 - 2:23 PM - 2:23 PM

…none… actually wish there was one that was so scary or traumatizing

Dorothy January 11, 2023 - 2:26 PM - 2:26 PM

As a young teen I saw Waterloo Bridge on TV just before bedtime. It was so sad I couldn’t stop crying which upset my mom.

Jeff (the other one) January 11, 2023 - 3:18 PM - 3:18 PM

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea led to some horrific nightmares, not due to any scene in the movie (that I recall), but I would wake up with terrors floating in the middle of the ocean with no sign of anything around me. I would end up crawling into the bathroom and sleeping on the floor in there (light on).

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CJRN January 11, 2023 - 4:43 PM - 4:43 PM

The Wizard of Oz. Those damn flying monkeys still creep me out

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Deb Shay January 11, 2023 - 8:16 PM - 8:16 PM

OMG, yes! To this day I hate monkeys!

Dr. Jellyfinger January 11, 2023 - 4:53 PM - 4:53 PM

Deliverance… I was still a minor when I saw that movie.
I was a 14 year old really into traditional archery and I told my folks it was a movie about bow hunters on a canoe trip… so they took me to the R rated movie (how bad could it be?)
Wow! That was awkward… but the gist of it is after seeing that movie, every time I took my bow & went out to the orchards or fields just to do some target or stump shooting, I always brought along at least one arrow with a razor sharp broadhead on it…. just in case.

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Michael S January 11, 2023 - 6:08 PM - 6:08 PM

Silkwood. The constant threat of a plutonium accident or sabotage and the radiation alarms going off all the time.

The Fearless Spectator January 11, 2023 - 6:10 PM - 6:10 PM

None.
However the most disturbing film I’ve seen is 1932’s “Freaks”.
Anything with Lon Chaney is right up there also.

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Kimbo January 11, 2023 - 6:34 PM - 6:34 PM

Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Kimbo January 11, 2023 - 6:39 PM - 6:39 PM

The scene in Wizard of Oz with Dorothy and Toto being swept up into the tornado and the Wicked Witch of the West comes riding by the open window saying “I’ll get you my pretty … and your little dog, too!” The pointy nose, hat, fingers – along with her voice …. that scene stayed with me! Then again, so did the flying monkeys when they tore apart The Scarecrow – I cried.

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Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 7:44 PM - 7:44 PM

Agree as I wrote in my former post that movie made me sad, although I don’t have any memories of actually seeing it, just hearing the story, but I did see it/

Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 7:51 PM - 7:51 PM

I’m not into really scary movies. Although I have seen several Hithcock’s movies, Psycho and the Birds, although scarry not a lot of blood a lot is left to imagination. When I saw “The Godfather” I left the theater, when the scene with the severed horse head was coming up (my exhusband got very upset with me) I had read the book so I knew what was coming. Can’t stand cruelty to animals or people for that matter, but a the people that gets killed in “The Godfather” have chosen a dangerous occupation. Although I felt bad when Fredo got killed.

Deb Shay January 11, 2023 - 8:18 PM - 8:18 PM

The Shining. My mother forbade us kids from seeing it, but I did anyway with my friend one night. We were traumatized! Should have listened to mom!

Jeff (the other one) January 12, 2023 - 6:19 AM - 6:19 AM

As a young teen, the first sight of the twins really wigged me out. No nightmares or lasting effects, but definitely very creepy. Of course, any scene with Lloyd had an eerie, creepy vibe.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 12, 2023 - 5:42 PM - 5:42 PM

The part where Jack is kissing the lady who steps out of the tub, he closes his eyes…. and when he opens his eyes again she’s turned into a decomposed corpse!
I’ve woken up with a hangover a couple times and experienced the same thing!

FPN January 11, 2023 - 8:55 PM - 8:55 PM

Planet of the apes. The ending made me so sad.

Mad Max January 11, 2023 - 9:20 PM - 9:20 PM

Tarantula – first scary movie I ever saw and it scared me so bad. Even though I was in a large, old movie theater (State Theater, South San Francisco) with what seemed like hundreds of other kids I thought there was safety in numbers. Not so; looked around and realized just about all of them had their hands over their eyes.

Sancho Panza January 11, 2023 - 10:05 PM - 10:05 PM

It was a sad ending in that movie seeing the Statue of Liberty buried in the sand. The epic scene was when Taylor first speaks…”Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”

Hanne Jeppesen January 11, 2023 - 11:30 PM - 11:30 PM

The movie “On the Beach” scared me. I saw it as a teen ager in Copenhagen in the early sixties. Back then everyone was worried about nuclear war, and I felt the movie portrayed what actually could happen during my lifetime. Don’t remember if I saw it before or after the October missile crisis. Other than that it had 3 of my favorite actors in it, Gregory Peck, and Anthony Perkins in particular and also Ava Gardner.

Chip January 12, 2023 - 8:26 AM - 8:26 AM

“The Deer Hunter” I just registered for the draft. I had no idea the Vietnam war was like that.

Ricardoh January 12, 2023 - 10:35 AM - 10:35 AM

Even today I do not like any scary movie when someone says,”Lets split up”. Always a sign something bad is about to happen.

redrazor January 12, 2023 - 2:53 PM - 2:53 PM

WAR OF THE WORLDS!! Shown at the “kiddy matinee” in Lafayette’s Park Theater back in 1954. Most of the kids were huddled in the entry part of the theater and using their dimes to call mom or dad to come and get them. The owner/manager of the theater (Fonzie Parrish) got dozens of calls from angry parents!
Most of us wanted our “quarters” back as well.

escapehatch January 13, 2023 - 9:02 AM - 9:02 AM

At the end of World War 2 the MovieTone News showed the discovery of the Nazi concentration camps and the piles of naked, emaciated bodies. In those days movies included a cartoon and the news between the main feature(s).

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