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August 20, 2007 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | August 20, 2007 |

A few weeks ago, one of our readers, Lauren, emailed to offer a comment diversion along the lines of “shows or movies that freaked you out as a child,” a subject that many of you folks have gone off-topic to discuss in threads past. And, a few days later, Ranylt offered a very similar suggestion: Movies that disturbed the hell out of you as a child. So, today, we combine the two, and offer you: Childhood freak-outs, or scenes from your youth that left a not-so-pleasant lasting mark.

Personally, I don’t have many to offer up; I was legitimately holy-shittified by that little woman in Poltergeist; perhaps irrationally terrified of the clown in the kid’s television show, “The Great Space Coaster” (Off We Go); and, thanks to Porky’s, I had a weird fear of finding a talleywacker sticking out of holes in walls. For good measure, I solicited suggestions from Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate, who offered up only the ship wreck scene in The Black Stallion. And Lauren, who suggested this diversion, was freaked out by “Sesame Street,” of all things, including this scene between Bert and Ernie, as well as a 1983 movie “where Big Bird and Snuffy find a little Egyptian prince who is seperated from his dead family, trapped on Earth, questioned every night by a demon, and must have his heart weighed by Osiris in order to move on to the afterlife!” I do believe that fear was justified, Lauren.

So, chime in with scenes that freaked you out as a child, either rationally or not.

Childhood Freakouts

An Afternoon Comment Diversion / Dustin Rowles

Comment Diversions | August 20, 2007 |

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