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IsabellaLinton
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20 May 2021, 8:44 am

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Mine is also The Wizard of Oz themed, but for me it was the flying monkeys. They still give me the creeps as an adult.


My daughter can't / won't watch it at all. It's the perfect trifecta because her main phobias are:

- costumes
- tornados
- monkeys (especially if they fly!) 8O

She also thinks the poppy field drug scene is really scary.

Her dad made her watch a sequel called "Return to Oz", which looks mighty messed up too.

Has anyone seen this? (I haven't). Poor Dorothy gets sent to psychotherapy.



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20 May 2021, 9:22 am

The "Return to Oz" movie includes a scene in "real life" where Dorothy is given electroshock "therapy". Unlike the original the "real life" of Dorothy is scarier than the Oz scenes.

I really forget what happened to scare him but the cowardly lion ran away from the wizard and dove through a window - I found that scene very scary. Also the scene where the tree grabs the apple from Dorothy and scolds her was extreamly scary for me. I used to climb trees a lot when I was a kid and the idea of a tree - my safe place - becoming unsafe was frightening. As a kid, when I needed to be alone I would climb to the top most branch of a tree. No-one could see me there, no-one could bully me there - even if my mother would come looking for me she wouldn't see me and I could always say I just hadn't heard her calling. There was nothing between me and the sky. It was the safest place in the world. That tree in Oz really scared me.


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20 May 2021, 9:27 am

Fenn wrote:
Also the scene where the tree grabs the apple from Dorothy and scolds her was extreamly scary for me. I used to climb trees a lot when I was a kid and the idea of a tree - my safe place - becoming unsafe was frightening. As a kid, when I needed to be alone I would climb to the top most branch of a tree. No-one could see me there, no-one could bully me there - even if my mother would come looking for me she wouldn't see me and I could always say I just hadn't heard her calling. There was nothing between me and the sky. It was the safest place in the world. That tree in Oz really scared me.


Same! In my list of fears in this thread I put "trees with no leaves" and "inanimate objects coming to life". The trees coming to life freaked me the hell out. There was also a show called HR Puffin Stuff where trees came to life and grabbed the little boy Jimmy. That was terrifying for me. I liked climbing trees just like you did but this gave me nightmares. Also my family forced me to go snowmobiling on narrow trails in the winter. I was stuck on the back with the bare tree branches hitting my helmet. The branches started to remind me of those scenes ^ , and of old people's hands. I thought they were going to come alive and grab me.

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20 May 2021, 10:18 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QzTYRPlW0k

This is in turn that cult part of the Mr. Kleks' Academy kiddie movie that still makes Polish kids freak out :twisted: Practically every Pole asked about the scariest scene from any movie they remember from their childhood, recalls the marching wolves :D Do you find it scary, too? :D



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20 May 2021, 11:27 am

I had a weird thing where I was scared things would fall on me and flatten me like a pancake.


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20 May 2021, 1:22 pm

I wonder if the book "Flat Stanley" would cure you of your fear - or make it worse. It is a funny book.

I once had a grandfather's clock actually fall on me. I was inside the case on the floor with door open when my mother found me. It was my fault. The back of the clock is still split because of the accident.

I think I once had a nightmare about the bizarre talking hat people from H.R. Puffnstuff.

Some childhood fears just go.


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20 May 2021, 1:29 pm

Fenn wrote:
I think I once had a nightmare about the bizarre talking hat people from H.R. Puffnstuff.


That was totally terrifying. You have good taste.

I had a nightmare about one of my Victorian dolls turning her head to speak to me.

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She looked like this. ^ :twisted:

There was also a movie I think by Stephen King, called The Car? A car goes alive and chases people? OMG



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20 May 2021, 3:38 pm

I can remember being 3 years old and in the toilet out the back of a greengrocers shop my mum ran there was, on a high shelf, a bottle of mehtylated spirits. I was both fascinated by and scared of that bottle of methylated spirits. It was such strong purple colour, it looked designed to appeal to children. I don't know if someone had told me that I must never touch it, or that it would be bad to drink it or whatever. But I would try not to look up at it. But I'd always have to look.



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20 May 2021, 3:45 pm

Ah, I just recalled that very first fear from my earliest childhood - it's the very first recollection of any fear I ever had - namely, I was deathly scared of skullbones then, when I was three; whenever I saw the sign of a skullbone, I freaked out because I knew even back then that it meant death :D



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20 May 2021, 3:56 pm

I mentioned before that I was afraid of timepieces. It was so bad that I was scared of my grandmother, because she wore one on a gold chain. It would tick if she hugged me, and that made me think about the passage of time and then I wondered when she would die. Then I wondered when I would die.

This fear of time also made me terrified of this kids' song. It's about clocks, old people, and death all at once.



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20 May 2021, 5:37 pm

Also amusing: Garrison Keillor's version

My Grandmother's Cat


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20 May 2021, 5:39 pm

OMG - just the melody is giving me a panic attack! ^. 8O



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20 May 2021, 5:56 pm

^ sorry - that really wasn't the intention.


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20 May 2021, 7:21 pm

Flying saucers and cockroaches that flew



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05 Jun 2021, 9:10 pm

Fenn wrote:
^ sorry - that really wasn't the intention.


Lol no, it's OK. It was kind of a funny panic attack. :P Cute song!



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05 Jun 2021, 9:18 pm

I think I got a bit too allured by Stephen Gammell's charcoal etchings in 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' so yeah, if I was home alone I had that trepidation that I could be visited by a half-rotted cadaver which had me locking the basement door (we don't have any half-rotted cadavers that I know of but... you know how that stuff goes, they've got MI2 infiltration methods - scaring little kids when they aren't heisting million-dollar diamonds).


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