Monday, June 15, 2009
This week's Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles is all about those movies that traumatized us as children, and even those that left their mark on us as adults. How dare those directors steal our innocence!
Here are the movies that caused pain and suffering for me as a young 'un:
1. Jaws - I think this movie put the screws to 90% of people who saw it, kids and adults alike. I've been known occasionally to wander out a ways in the ocean if I have had a drink or two, but otherwise stay in ankle deep, thank you very much. It doesn't help that I live 45 minutes away from the shark bite capitol of the world, New Smyrna Beach.
2. Bambi - For most kids, this is their introduction to the death of a parent. As cute and cuddly as the movie appears to be, it manages to instill in our young minds that the world is not necessarily a safe place. (The modern offender would be The Lion King.)
3. The Wizard of Oz - Flying demonic monkeys, a wizard with an anger management problem, and witch feet that curled up under a house was all it took to scare the poop out of me.
4. Charlotte's Web - It is true movie magic when a bug-phobic kid like me would fall in love with a spider, weep for hours after the end of the movie, and name her first kitty cat Charlotte. The death of that damn spider haunted me for years.
5. The Blob (1958 version) - From the old man who pokes the goo with a stick and is quickly consumed, to the movie theater being attacked by the ever-growing blood-colored mass, what seems campy now caused me sleepless night as a kid. I had to line stuffed animals all around me at night to protect me from intruding globules.
6. The Exorcist - I don't remember at exactly what age I saw this movie for the first time, but I think that anything under the age of 30 is too young. Even as a teenager, I can remember my sister and I watching it upstairs in our lair, and the first time Miss Thing's head spins around we both scurried out of the room like cockroaches.
As an adult, now that I am scarred and cynical, two movies come to mind that caused me mental anguish:
The Deerhunter - the Russian roulet scene made me sick to my stomach. I've only watched this movie once. I don't think I could handle it again.
United 93 - The last scene of the movie, taken from the vantage point of the cockpit, with the ground coming at them at 200mph, is one that is difficult to forget. This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
What were the most damaging movies you saw as a kid? Are you over them yet? Have you been affected by anything as an adult?