There was a discussion thread on Askreddit that asked people which movie(s) were traumatizing to you as a kid that shouldn’t have?
If you listen to the show, you may have heard me talk about my issues I had with E.T. growing up. My mother, whom I love dearly, thought it would be a good idea to surprise my brother and I with giant E.T. movie posters to put up on the side of our beds. My brother and I shared a room and had a bunk bed. Me being the youngest, I had to sleep on the bottom bunk. My mom put my E.T. poster right on the wall where I slept. Little did she know that her youngest son was having issues sleeping because of this horrifying E.T. poster that was hung right next to my bed.
I’m sure I expressed my concern over the poster, but nothing was being done to alleviate my issues with the friendly weird little alien who was only looking for his next ride home. So, I took matters into my own hands.
I can vaguely remember late one evening, tossing and turning, thinking that E.T. was going to jump out of this poster and get me. In a moment of despair, I reached up, grabbed the top of the posters and yanked that bad boy off the wall. I tore the poster to pieces. Guess what? I slept like a baby after that.
I can’t really remember if I got in trouble for tearing my poster, but I can tell you it sure was worth it. Looking back on it now, I’m not really sure where the fear came from, I just knew I didn’t want anything to do with E.T. As as adult, I’ve watched E.T. and loved every minute of it. I’ll be honest, it kind of chocked me up a little bit the last time I watched it.
This morning, we took your calls on the movies that traumatized you as a kid that shouldn’t have. Take a look at some of the movies worth mentioning.
~ “E.T.” (Jason’s pick) Look at how scary that arm and hand look.
~ All of the Ernest movies (Nancy Mack’s pick) “You know what I mean, Vern?”
~ “Jumanji” (Kaleb “Big Tex” Collins pick) Jumanji actually got several calls this morning. I was a bit surprised. Speaking of which, if you like Jumanji, you need to watch “Stranger Things” on Netflix. It has the whole board game feel in it.
~ “Return to Oz” (This movie tripped me out, too.)
~ “Howard the Duck”
~ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
~ “The Brave Little Toaster” (one of my favorite movies growing up)
This is just the beginning of what turned into an interesting list. If you get a chance, take a look at the askreddit page and have a good time laughing and remembering all the weird movies you watched as a little kid.