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What media traumatized you as a child?

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Re: What media traumatized you as a child?

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Post by OldAle1 » August 9th, 2020, 9:46 pm

xianjiro wrote:
August 9th, 2020, 9:38 pm
depends how you define "male nudity" - full frontal? Even ass-shots were pretty rare with men back then, but there was ALWAYS lots of T&A
Full frontal (female and male - though certainly more of the former) is not that uncommon in blaxploitation. I mean, from '68 to.. I dunno, 73-75 somewhere in there, mainstream was competing to some extent with porn, there's lots of borderline stuff there that would never get distributed today, or even in 1985. And you had the European stuff like Thriller - en grym film that was getting fairly wide distribution here. I'm not saying there was anything like as much male nudity as there was female, but there was way more of both in "mainstream" films I'd say.

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Post by xianjiro » August 9th, 2020, 9:55 pm

Growing up was so different in the 70s - I had never heard of cable though I've been thinking really hard on that one and maybe one family had something, I seem to remember they had some special TV thing because they were very, very wealthy. But you know how kids inflate things. Might have just had the biggest TV in the neighborhood.

Also, back then, most stations went off the air over night. Might have had one or two that stayed on overnight in Chicago, but of course I was in bed, so how would I know what they showed. But even if Rosemary's Baby or something was edited for TV, I wouldn't have been allowed to watch. If someone else in the house wanted to watch it or the like, I'd have been sent to my room.

HBO was my intro to R-rated movies at about 14 and while my gran was 'concerned' she knew I was watching and never sweated me over it. Oh, she might say "I'm not sure I should have let you watch X." That was about it. And other than HBO, everything else was just broadcast TV (most local New Mexican stations or from sin city LA), so it wasn't an issue like today. And when I lived with my father before that, he hated that I watched ANY TV. There were a couple years when we didn't even have a TV. I was the only kid who didn't know what Charlie's Angels were.

I didn't know anyone with a VCR nor did we have video rental when I was in high school, so again, no issue.

Will also mention I wasn't raised in religious households or even homes one would have considered particularly conservative.

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Post by flavo5000 » August 9th, 2020, 10:00 pm

So I LOVED The Witches as a kid. We had it recorded off TV on a VHS and watched it over and over. Didn't traumatize me at all, but I'd guess it was an early reason for my affinity to horror movies in general.

As far as a movie that genuinely creeped me out when I was young, the Large Marge scene in Pee Wee's Big Adventure gave me nightmares for a couple nights when I first saw it (I probably would've been maybe 5 years old or so?). Nothing else really comes to mind though.

My mom was always pretty strict especially with sex and nudity, like maxwell's parents. So I saw very few r-rated movies before I was like 11 or 12. When she married my stepdad, he had tons of R-rated movies and would watch them all the time, and she got more lax about it. Although she'd still get upset if she walked in the room and a sex scene was on (which she seemed to have a prenatural skill for detective just the right moment too).

As a parent, I'm not really strict about it at all. But also my kids are just 3 and 7, so it's not like I'm watching A Serbian Film with them in the room or anything. I don't really anticipate ever being all that strict about it though.

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 9th, 2020, 11:02 pm

xianjiro wrote:
August 9th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Again, lmao! Though I beg to differ, the female nipple isn't inherently sexual, I mean, how many milkmaids get turned on at the office? And if so, I'd bet more dudes would be fighting for those jobs! But yes, absolutely, straight men (and maybe some lesbians) are absolutely obsessed with breasts and that obsession is suxual. Thank goodness no one ever gets stabbed, shot, or tortured anywhere, especially in the suburbs. But the points on the American psyche are well taken.

Have to wonder how Max got to watch anything not rated G ....
I mean, this is what's so weird about it... they didn't care about ratings, only female nudity. I watched Rocky Horror Picture Show with my parents for the first time when I was 8. Eight. 3rd Grade. I distinctly remember that, because it was on a weekend when we watched three movies in one day, one rated PG, one PG-13, and one R. The only one with nudity was the PG one, where there was a shot of a naked guy walking down a road so we could see man-ass.

Robocop was also a weird experience... I saw that in grade school. No nudity, so it was perfectly fine. I remember it being a typical action movie, no more memorable than any other. When I rewatched it as an adult in my 30s, holy shit is that violent. Like I was massively desensitized to violence when I was a kid. It had a much more visceral reaction to it as an adult who knew the plot than as a kid.

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Post by mightysparks » August 9th, 2020, 11:53 pm

My parents were not bothered by sex or violence on screen (or me seeing it), they were mostly concerned with things being too scary or disturbing. My dad was a horror fan and my mum hated horror, so my dad was pretty happy to watch mostly anything with us but with mum it was always kids stuff or family friendly films. I think The Evil Dead was really the only film in which they were right about keeping from me though, it’s the only film to ever have a serious effect. The other films I mentioned spooked me for a long time but I always went back to them and had fun. I stayed away from The Evil Dead for another 10 years.
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Post by xianjiro » August 9th, 2020, 11:59 pm

I was 23 or 24 when I first saw RoboCop. Probably watched at least one sequel. Can't say I remember reacting to it much back then, but I could also have been pre-desensitized by the hysteria in the media about how ultra-violent it was. Hard to know.

But I watched the remake and rewatched the original and can say it had more of an effect now that I'm older and maybe a bit wiser or at least a bit more aware of the world. So you're not alone.

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Post by blocho » August 10th, 2020, 1:51 am

My entire 8th grade class watched Silence of the Lambs on the bus during the class trip to Washington DC. Obviously, I have no problem with that. But I'm not sure what the teachers were thinking. I would never do that as a teacher just for reasons of self-preservation -- some parents would hear about it and flip out.

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Post by xianjiro » August 10th, 2020, 4:46 am

I put off watching SotL for years (Ringu as well) because I heard how terribly scary it was. Neither bothered me one iota and actually, I found enough to laugh at that it was more fun than scary.

But yeah, I can imagine parents freaking out. Probably parents who haven't even seen it.

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Post by PirateJenny » August 24th, 2020, 7:49 pm

Oh this is easy. The Amiga games Shadow of the Beast and Nightbreed. Terrifying.

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Post by Knaldskalle » August 29th, 2020, 2:10 am

It's funny, I've recently noticed my son-to-be 30 3 13 year old daughter wanting to watch more "grown-up" stuff. Fine. But then she becomes embarrassed and quickly glances over at me whenever something sexual comes up. The other day she even got up and left for her room during a make-out moment in "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" - it's rated PG! All they did was kiss and roll around on a bed.
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Post by TraverseTown » August 29th, 2020, 2:57 am

I came here to post the Ghostwriter slime monster also, so of course it was the first image on the page. My sister still doesn't shut up about it.

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