Childhood movies that made a lasting impression on you.


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So I watched the movie Signs as a kid, and frequently end up discussing it with friends, and for some reason it made a really big impression of me as a kid, and did the same for some of my friends.

(For those unfamiliar with it, Signs is a movie that was released in 2002 that is about Alien Invaders creating crop circles and generally terrorizing a rural family. It explores themes of faith, family and aliens, was directed my M. Night Shyamalan and started Mel Gibson).

Spoilers for a 17 year old movie I guess?

Spoiler:
There was one scene in particular - where one of the characters is watching a news report featuring a children's birthday party where they are all freaking out, then an alien walks past. For some reason, this scene frightened me so much as a kid that I developed an enduring fear of looking out windows at night (for fear of seeing something out there). I recently rewatched it, and it still gives me the heeby jeebie's despite it actually being a guy in a rubber alien suit.

The other movie that made a big impression on me was Land Before Time, but that was less frightening and more just slightly emotionally traumatic.

So umm, was anyone else majorly affected by childhood exposure to a movie, for good or for ill?


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The Flight of Dragons. That movie changed my way of thinking about things when I first saw it. Hard to put into words.


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I haven't eaten a steak since I saw Poltergeist as a wee lad.


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I'm still disappointed when leaving a trail of Reece's Pieces will not entice friendly aliens into your shed.


I know, right?

Instead, you might be leading some interdimensional horror (with a fear of the lights on) to you.

& There's no way I'm going near a pool with even the tiniest of paper cuts...


Watership Down..

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The Transformers animated film from 1986 with Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, and Orson Welles.

Seriously, stay with me here for a min folks. Imagine your favorite Saturday morning cartoon gets a feature movie! Then, all your favorite characters are murdered in the first ten min of the movie. Also, one of the humans says "oh sh!@".

I was like, "is this...is this what adult movies are like?" It was that moment that I learned that life was unexpectedly harsh at times, but things move on and generally for the better.


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Pan wrote:

The Transformers animated film from 1986 with Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, and Orson Welles.

Seriously, stay with me here for a min folks. Imagine your favorite Saturday morning cartoon gets a feature movie! Then, all your favorite characters are murdered in the first ten min of the movie. Also, one of the humans says "oh sh!@".

I was like, "is this...is this what adult movies are like?" It was that moment that I learned that life was unexpectedly harsh at times, but things move on and generally for the better.

You got the touch

You got the power
After all is said and done
You've never walked, you've never run,
You're a winner


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You got the touch
You got the power
After all is said and done
You've never walked, you've never run,
You're a winner

The song you play in your head when you do something thats going to get your butt kicked, but you do it anyway...


My favorite movie as a kid was Tremors. Watching it again recently really makes me realize how much it informed what I want out of horror. Foofier aspects aside, I love the characters learning about the threat and working against it. They tried to understand how the Graboids worked and it turned the movie into a push and pull between the Protagonists and the Monsters.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:

You got the touch
You got the power
After all is said and done
You've never walked, you've never run,
You're a winner

The song you play in your head when you do something thats going to get your butt kicked, but you do it anyway...

Because you're going to make sure yours isn't the only posterior getting kicked, and it's gonna be epic.


If you're gonna ride Danno...ride in style!


There's one fantasy movie that made a significant impression on me as a kid that I could not identify for many years afterward. I'd have seen it on TV when I was 9 (late 1969.) It was the first live action movie I'd seen that included magic, monsters, etc.

For decades all I could remember of it was that the villain was either some kind of sorcerer, or had employed one, and was hard to kill because his heart wasn't in his body. Still beating, it was kept in a case somewhere. There was also some kind of serpentine monster, which I think may have risen out of a mist-filled pit in a tower...?

In recent years I've determined that it was almost certainly Captain Sindbad (1963) but haven't been able to find it at Netflix, or for sale as a DVD for under $50 or so. Eventually I'll see it again.


I'm surprised no one's mentioned Star Wars yet.

(Maybe people figure that answer goes without saying.)

And I wonder if I would have become such a comic book freak if not for the 1979 Superman movie.


Thanks for the link, BNW! I'll watch it soon.


Ralph Bakshi, Lord of the Rings. Gave me the idea that cartoons could be so much better than the Saturday morning fare I had been used to. Got me ready for Heavy Metal and Anime. Also turned me on to the first book series that I reread about once a decade.

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