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So what got you?

Okay, so in another comment just a bit ago, publius1 posted a movie quote that I wasn't familiar with (from Sunset Boulevard it turns out). I'd started to google it before just deciding to say "eep, don't know that one," but by that time in the results from the first unhelpful search, I saw this link and had to click on it.

I mean, who the hell *doesn't* remember all those movies that completely and totally traumatized your childhood?

Some of these I totally agree with, some I'm a bit surprised at the placement (I thought Bambi might be even higher, and cannot believe that Ol' Yeller was just an also-ran)... while the list also brought to mind others that didn't get even a mention, but that came to mind. So now I must re-inflict them upon you, to share my nostalgic pain.

1) The Incredible Journey

The original, of course.

Okay, this one wasn't traumatic in the same sense. It was actually inspiring, really. But I could never, ever, EVER watch this movie without completely bawling my eyes out at the end. Every Single Time.

Even now, thinking of the little boy calling out at the end,... *sniff*... damnit... It's a dust mote, I tell you!

2) All Summer in a Day

This I don't think was a full-out movie - my memory is a bit hazy of it to be honest. I know it was originally a written work of some type (a short story I believe) because it crops up over on whatwasthatbook from time to time.

But at any rate, I never read the story, but instead had to watch the short film like multiple times in elementary school. What were the teachers thinking? Gah!

(Although come to think of it, given that they were teachers in an elementary school, having to cope with about 20-30 kids per class in a fairly open environment of about 3-4 classes all bunched up together, maybe they really WERE getting just the effect they intended.)

3) The Last Unicorn

I actually saw this one mentioned in the comments below the post, although not get mentioned in the article itself. But it probably deserve the repetition.

Mind you, I myself didn't hate it, because I was totally Unicorn-mad and ended up loving it overall anyhow. But it was still not exactly, um, your normal kids' flick. And of all the disturbing scenes in it, for some reason I think the one that disturbed me the most at the time was the "I looooove you! Lovelovelovelovelove" scene. o_O

4) Darby O'Gill and the Little People

This one probably will get a "huhwhat?" from most people... but this is the film that scared the everloving crap out of me as a kid. Not overall, and I loved most of the film in general (and not for the reason of a young Sean Connery since I was way too young for that!), but the banshees? Scared the everliving HELL out of me.

I'd know they were coming, and end up having to run away, hide my face, try to cover my ears, because both the sight and sound of them just... I don't know. Hit that "OMFGTERROR!" button at the base of my spine for some reason. I don't even know why.

And as a bonus book selection:

5) His Dark Materials

I actually never read this as a young'un, and it may be a good thing - it seemed dark and depressing to me as an adult when I read it, and it really surprised me that it was intended as a kids' book! I don't know, maybe I'd have had a different reaction to it if I had read it as a child. But it was hard for me to get through the whole trilogy when I did read it... I can't imagine having read it when young. Despite being a huge bookworm.

As for the list in the original link... Yeah, Transformers: the Movie was a big one, and I think probably should have moved onto the list proper. Not only for the scene mentioned, but from also hearing an Autobot... you know... swear *gasp*. And the five-faced robots and shark ones (I forget their names now offhand) were just creepy. Neverending Story probably should have been higher, but then I was horse-mad so... yeah. Dunno if I'd really agree with Snow White... I mean yeah it had its moments, but I'd still trade it out for Transformers or Ol' Yeller.

Well, anyhow. Anyone else? Any of these traumatize you as well? Any of your own?



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Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Damnit, I was totally going to link the "Bumbi's Mom" clip from Animaniacs, but I could only find it in Hungarian on YouTube.
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Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, Willy Wonka... *shudder*... it was enough of a mind-fuck that even as the aforementioned bookworm, I didn't run out and read the book. Yet I didn't hate it, and always watched it when it was on.

L'Engle I avoided, mostly because I think we were shown a bit of a TV adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time also in school, and although I don't really remember anything about it, I remember either actively disliking it, or at best being very bored by it, so I avoided the book.
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Aug. 3rd, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
I'll admit that The Empire Strikes Back is not one that occurred to me!

but the mention of Scooby Doo reminds me of another one that got me - an episode of the old Jonny Quest cartoons, where there was this invisible monster roaming around, and to defeat it they made it visible by dropping paint (or something) on it. For some reason (I don't know if it was the actual appearance of the thing, or what) that cartoon always scared the crap out of my lil' kid self. XD
Aug. 4th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
From their list, The Neverending Story totally traumatized me. I'm pretty sure I made my dad leave the theater well before the end of the movie.
Aug. 4th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Oops, I meant to add that I didn't find Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at all traumatic. The kids that have bad things happen to them aren't presented as remotely sympathetic characters - the most frightening thing in the movie was probably the guy pretending to be Slugworth, but that scene is pretty short.
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