TV memories not a debate

Tara - posted on 12/12/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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So, reading the thread about TV and violence etc. I saw some people refer to things they saw as kids and how that affected them. So let's share some memories, good or bad, racy or not.

I'll start with the two most memorable things and why.

1. I watched "Thing" when I was 8, I was terrified it was real for months. Had the worst nightmares ever and wouldn't let the dog anywhere near me.

2. Jaws. I know I know, everyone is afraid of sharks. Well, my brother convinced me that someone had let "special" sharks go in the French River where our family cottage was. I didn't swim in the river for two whole summers and still to this day, I get in and get out really fast and I never wear jewelry when I swim, he also told me it would look like a lure attached to a piece of bait (me).

Your turn.

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April - posted on 12/12/2010

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@Barb...tell your husband that the little girl in Poltergist is named Heather O'Rourke. She sadly passed away not long after the movie was made.

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Joanna - posted on 12/14/2010

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I remember seeing a lifetime movie about an earthquake. In the movie an overpass crashes and smushes people under it. Now I have a panic attack anytime I am stopped under one.

Jenn - posted on 12/14/2010

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@Iris - I would have been so mad if you did that to me that I would probably not be your friend anymore. But my friends and family all know how I am and know better than to do something like that to me LOL!

Krista - posted on 12/13/2010

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I slept on my back for YEARS because of that fucking clown doll from Poltergeist. I was scared to sleep on my side because I thought it would sneak up on me behind my back.

I loved the Nightmare on Elm Street movies -- I remember watching them in junior high with my girlfriends -- what fun!

Barb - posted on 12/13/2010

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i never got into the Munsters but i did love the Addams family, loved Morticia. If i say "grey poupon" Doug will kiss up my arm and say "oooh Morticia, you drive me wild when you speak french!" He's such a sexy dork"

HAHAHAHA Jackie did you tell her why you didn't want the doll?!

When Jr was around 2, i had watched the movie, "pet cemetary" in that movie their baby dies and they bury it in the pet cemetary so he comes back to life, but when he does he's evil and kills his mommy.

That night i'm laying in bed almost asleep and jr comes toddling in because he's woken up. He scares me so bad i jump over his father and shove his father towards him. If Jr was going to kill one of us, i wanted it to be his dad. LOL i think that was my first hint our marriage wasn't going to work.
And of course within a few seconds i came to my senses and took care of my baby. It was just a spaz moment.

Jackie - posted on 12/13/2010

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oooh Elvira!! What was her dogs name? My fav old school tv shows were the Munsters and the Addams Family.



I watched Chucky for the first time with my dad for the first time when I was about 8 or 9 I think and mom was out shopping. LOW AND BEHOLD she came home a Dolly Secrets. A damn doll that talked. Under any other circumstances, I would've loved it but nothing to do with it

Barb - posted on 12/13/2010

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hahaha you are evil Iris, funny! but evil!

I remember Tales from the Crypt, and Twilight Zone was freaky and Elvira. The first seasons of the x files were the best.

Iris - posted on 12/13/2010

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A friend of mine came over to watch The Grudge with me, she didn't want to watch it alone and I had seen the movie before. She was hiding behind a pillow more or less from the beginning. Anyway, when the movie started to get really scary, I told her that I had to go up and check on the girls and for her to just keep it on and have some more soda. Then I hid behind the wall in the kitchen and waited. Soon after she paused the movie and walked to the kitchen. I started making that loud throaty sound that is in the movie. She totally freaked screamed like crazy and spilled the little that was left of her soda all over my wall...so late at night I was cleaning my walls, but it was worth it. I laughed so hard I thought I'd never stop. That's my most memorable moment.

Meghan - posted on 12/13/2010

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Jessica, in grade school we had to go to the community center for gym class and the older kids used to tell us that chucky lived under the stage. I had never seen it but ALL the other kids were terrified so that kinda scared me.

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2010

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Chucky! Scared the shit out of me when I was kid, and my little brother had a "buddy" doll that was like the size of a 5 year old and it reminded me of Chucky, creepy ass scary doll!

Meghan - posted on 12/13/2010

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I didn't have the best relationship with my father but we were both early risers and the one good memory I have with him is going downstairs super early in the morning and we would watch the old twilight zone and Munsters episodes.
He made us watch "The Changeling" for Halloween...I must have been 8 or 9. It's this 70s movie where the Dad loses his family and moves into a house that is haunted. I wont give too much away but I STILL to this day can not walk up a stairwell that isn't well lit.

Lindsay - posted on 12/13/2010

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Well I've never been much on scary movies. I do remember that my brothers would always watch America's Most Wanted and even though I didn't like it, for some reason I watched it. I can clearly remember someone knocking at the door one night right after it was over and for some reason I had it in my head that it was one of the people they had just shown. I nearly pissed my pants!

Rosie - posted on 12/13/2010

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i don't think i ever watched tales from the crypt, but i always remember the commercials for it. that skeleton guy freaked me out, lol.

there also was this one thing, dont' know if it was a show or movie or what, but it was a toy monkey with cymbols just hitting them over and over again. it freaked the fuck out of me for some reason, lol!

Jackie - posted on 12/13/2010

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Favorite movies as a kid? Critters, ET, Tremors, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, exorcist - LaCi

OMFG! Critters, I totally forgot about that movie!! hahaha

Jocelyn - posted on 12/13/2010

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Gremlins; I watched that when I was...maybe 6... and to this day I can't look a Furby in the eyes...
I also remember sitting behind the couch (I was suppose to be in bed) watching Ghost. It is still to this day one of my all-time favorite movies.

LaCi - posted on 12/13/2010

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Oh man. I forgot some.



Predator, the shining, alien



God horror was good back then.



and cats eye was AWESOME. still is :P

Nikkole - posted on 12/13/2010

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!. Night mare on elm street i watched it when i was 4 and it scared the crap outta me!

2, Tales from the crypt i used to think that was the scariest show out there and i actually watched one episode the other day and it was so stupid i had to turn it over lmao!

3.Puppet Master i used to have BAD dreams about puppets coming to life and killing me :P i was like 6 when i saw that one!

Amie - posted on 12/13/2010

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OH OH OH! I do!!!!! Tales from the Crypt. I loved that show.



haha, My parents didn't really censor much of our t.v. watching.

LaCi - posted on 12/13/2010

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My favorite show was the xfiles. Still hangs in the top ten, and I still watch the reruns. And It's one my instant queue even though I've seen every episode a dozen times. I was 8 when it started. I thank the x-files for my distrust of authority figures, and my love for conspiracy theories.



Favorite movies as a kid? Critters, ET, Tremors, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, exorcist



See a pattern?



Anyway, these are the movies I watched over and over and over, most were out before I was born and I know I was watching them before the age of 5. Critters made me afraid to let my arms or legs hang off the bed at night. I could never stay away from horror movies though. Maybe it's genetic, something I inherited from my mother. Anyway, I always loved them, they never had any impact on me except allowing that passion for horror/paranormal/conspiracy theories flourish.

Jackie - posted on 12/13/2010

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Nightmare on Elm Street - The original scared the living shit out of me every single time but I watched anyways.

I also remember watching Poltergeist. The part that freaked me out was when the older brother was in the bathroom and his won braces attacked him. That gives me the willies just thinking about it.

I will never ever ever watch the Exorcist never ever again for the rest of my life. EVER

Does anyone remember the original series "Tales from the Crypt?" I used to LOVE that show but I was too young to be watching it.

Barb - posted on 12/13/2010

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What a dumbass i am! i never thought to put the boxspring directly on the floor, what a brilliant idea! Plus i wouldn't have to clean under it. all these years and that just never occurred to me. wow. *shaking my head at myself*

April, i have, he's even been to her grave with me. Not that i am that huge of a fan, we just happened to be in Westwood and that cemetery has alot of famous people buried there.
He does it just to yank my chain, same goes with the Brad Paisley/Jeff Gordon are the same person thing he does.

Amie - posted on 12/12/2010

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I was fairly old before any movie ever really scared me. It wasn't even the movie, it was my brother, the dickhead.

I was 11 when Leprechaun came out. I watched it with my brother and parents. After I got ready for bed that night, I walk out of the bathroom. Next to the bathroom was my parents room, directly in their room was a half closet with a cubby hole underneath it. My brother was hiding in there. I didn't see him, since I didn't look into my parents room. He jumped out behind me and goes "I'm the leprechaun" I ran screaming down the hallway. My parents 'bout pissed themselves laughing. Bunch of jerks.

Then I go to bed. Turned on my fan, turned off the light, climbed into bed and turned on my reading lamp. I'm laying there for a few minutes reading my book. Then from under my covers a hand grabs my fucking leg and the same damn thing!!! "I'm the leprechaun". I swear the neighbors heard me screaming my head off and the subsequent beating I gave my brother after dragging him out from under my bed.

To this day, I will NEVER watch any type of scary movie with him. I also no longer have an "under" the bed. Our box spring and mattress go directly on the floor. Try hiding under there, dick.

Brothers are dickheads.

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Jurassic Park and Alien. My favorite horror movies, even though Jurassic Park isn't exactly in the horror genre. Cat's Eye is the worst movie ever, though.

For the first 18 years of my life I lived in the same house built by my great grandparents. Most of my time was spent downstairs, where there was only the big window doors in the living room looking out into the backyard for light, and a long dark hallway that led to the downstairs bathroom and canning room. At the end of the hall there was a pile of stuff and a plastic Walmart bag sitting at about head height for me now. When the lights were off, I could still see that plastic bag and it looked just like a velociraptor's head, cocked to the side and staring at me down the hall. I now own all three Jurassic Park movies and love them dearly. The velociraptor is my favorite dinosaur and I have a lot of nightmares about them. (weird, yes, lol)

I saw my first Alien movie (Alien Resurrection) when it came to television. It was great. I own the English/French quadrilogy box set: Alien, Aliens, Alien^3, and Alien Resurrection. I have nightmares about it too, but I'm almost always the queen or half-alien, so I get to control them xD it's awesome.

But Cat's Eye was hideous. I don't even want to write about it. I still freak out if I see something move out of the corner of my eye in the dark. I got my cats to keep me safe in the dark because of that movie.

Tara - posted on 12/12/2010

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I forgot all about doctor who. The intro music still freaks me out. It gives me shivers up and down my spine. I know at least 6 other adults who say the same thing!!

The other thing I thought about was the movie "The Day After" about nuclear war. I was 9 or 10 when I watched it with my mom, step dad and brother. My mom wanted us to watch it! (not sure why she would but she did) and I remember at school there was a lot of talk of "pushing the button" and the world being blown up by nuclear bombs. I would go to bed at night and be terrified that someone in Russia was going to get really mad at Ronald Reagan and push the button and that would be it.
I worried about nuclear war for at least a year after that movie. I can still clearly remember seeing the skin being burned right off of people's bodies. ewwww.....

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Doctor Who. It used to be a really cheesy British science fiction show, but I was always scared of the monsters when I was little. They've made it less cheesy these days, but I loved the classic older ones with monsters that looked like cardboard boxes. It was sufficient to scare me anyway.

Jessica - posted on 12/12/2010

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1. I saw Land Before Time in the theaters, and cried when the t-rex came on because it was scary (I was like, 4 or something)

2. Honestly I remember having really bad anxiety from seeing the news, when I was 9 or 10. I would watch all the horrible things that went on- people being killed, kidnapped, houses broken into, and would be absolutely terrified.

Jenn - posted on 12/12/2010

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When I was like 7 or 8 I went to a slumber party and they let us watch a movie called Sleepaway Camp. It haunted me for YEARS! It was not only violent and gory, at the end of the movie the "girl" is really a boy whose mother made her be a girl - but she still had a penis and she was naked - I didn't understand it and it bothered me. NOT something you should be showing to not only your own children but someone else's children! I never went to that girl's house again. Also, the movie Psycho - I think it was 4 or 5 - and there was a girl who got her throat slit while sitting on the toilet - after that I had to pee with the bathroom door open for YEARS. I also wouldn't take a shower because there's also a shower scene in that one like the first one but grosser - and so I took nothing but a bath - with the bathroom door open - for YEARS!

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Ugh brothers are evil, mine had a buddy doll. he redid it to make it look like chucky, then followed me around the house with it. Id go to take a shower, it would be waiting for me, id go to bed, it would be under the covers, i would get a snack, he was after putting it in the fridge....it really freaked me out.

Serena - posted on 12/12/2010

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Lost boys used to be my favorite and scariest movie ever. I just loved to torture myself...I was always afraid they would come down out of my parents walk-in closet and get me...watched it as an adult and was thoroughly disappointed!

Barb - posted on 12/12/2010

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Tara, brothers are Evil!! I have 3 older ones, just EVIL

I remember we watched the movie Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail over and over until we would have whole conversations in Monty Pythonish speak. As in one brother would be in the kitchen and i would come and say "Old WOMAN!" and he would reply "MAN!" and i would say "Man, sorry, but do you know who lives in that castle there?" and he wold reply "I'm thirty seven" "pardon?" I'm thirty seven, i'm not old!" etc etc.

My other favorite was Poltergeist. "they're heeeerrreee" Iconic 80's movie! "this hawse is clear"

My husband loves to tease me that the little girl in poltergeist, rest her soul, is Drew Barrymore. I've told him many times it's not and that she has passed away. But every time we see Drew Barrymore he asks "isn't that the little girl that was in Poltergeist?

In Poltergeist there is a part where a clown pulls the boy under the bed. That part used to freak me out. My brothers would take turns hiding under my bed and when i'd crawl into bed at night they would grab my ankles. To this day, i jump into bed. if i walk along side the bed i get tingly cramp shivers up my legs, like fear cramps. I can walk around the bed if the light is on, but if it's off, i'm jumping!. If i'm next to the bed and Doug hits the light, i'm in the air on my way to the bed.

Yeah, i'll be 40 in January LOL

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