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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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stormfeather
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.