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IT (Questioning The Media Chap. 7)

February 28, 2012

Question: Do you remember seeing a movie that you were not allowed to see? Discuss the experience.

Me and my little brother, Caleb, have never been really big fans of horror movies. We have never really been fans of listening to our mom either. So one summer when we asked if we could watch Stephen King’s “IT” and our mom told us no, there was only one thing we could do.

We found the movie in our parents movie cabinet where they kept all the violent movies that they didn’t want us watching like “The Terminator” and “Braveheart”. It was on a recordable VHS because my mom had painstakingly taken the time to watch the movie while it was on tv and pause the recording to edit out any commercials old-school style. We popped the movie in and watched the whole thing in one sitting. I’ll admit, the movie was terrifying to a kid in between 5th and 6th grade, but me and my little brother would reassure ourselves that it was okay and that we weren’t scared by occasionally laughing and looking at each other. We also knew that we were doing this in order to look away from the tv at a really scary time so we wouldn’t have to face the horror being displayed on the screen.

"the horror" probably being something like this...

We watched the movie around noon and finished it unphased. We eagerly awaited the hour of our mom’s return from work so we could tell her we’d watched the movie and that we weren’t scared at all. She finally got home after what seemed like forever as we waited with baited breath. We jumped around and told her how we’d watched the movie and it wasn’t scary at all! It wasn’t scary… until 3am when me and my little brother were both laying in our beds terrified to move. One of us finally decided to say something and let the other one know that he was still awake too. So we sprinted down the stairs and jumped onto the couch in the playroom. We were too scared to sleep in our own room for 3 more nights until we had built up the courage to get back into our own beds at night.

I learned a very valuable lesson through that experience. No matter what age you are, or how many people you are with, NEVER. WATCH. THAT. MOVIE.

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