Movies you saw as a kid that you would NOT want your kids seeing!

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  1. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

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    When I was a kid, my Dad was a fireman. (Yes, a Jewish fireman... Weird, eh?) This was in the early to mid-80's, and I remember being AMAZED when my Dad told us about this magical machine that they had purchased for the firehouse. It could record TV shows...and you could RENT movies to watch at home! I was stunned.
    So over the next 3 years, my Dad came home with stories about this movie and that movie...and every once in a while he'd look to me and my sister and say "THIS one is not for kids!"
    Needless to say, these titles were among the first I rented once I became friendly with the people at our local Video Village. (Video Village - sigh)
    Between the ages of 13 and 15, I must have seen 200 R-rated movies, none of which my parents had any clue about. So flash forward to yesterday, and my 13-year-old niece asks me if she can watch Scary Movie 2. I said absolutely not, and my sister looked at me like I was insane.
    "Hypocrite" she says, implying that I saw tons of R-rated movies when I was her age. So that got me to thinking. First off, I don't recall seeing any flicks that were as over-the-top raunchy as SM2 when I was a kid. The raunchiest we saw was Porky's or The Last American Virgin...
    Am I a hypocrite, or am I just getting older? I don't want my niece seeing the 'tree rape' scene from The Evil Dead...yet I was maybe a year older than she when I first saw it!
    We all know that most kids see R-rated movies before they're supposed to - and I bet you did also! I'd be particularly interested in hearing from parents around my age (I'm 30) - although I doubt many of you have 13-year-old kids. [​IMG]
     
  2. Ryan L B

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    the main reason is the prieview. it looks like an innocent spoof comedy. my family took my 6 year old nephew (enjoyed the prievews) and it had like at least 50 f words in it, he enjoyed it of course. i mean i would let my son at an approprite age like 10 or 12 to see t1 but most parents would freak out if they found out what american pie was about
     
  3. Brian Kissinger

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    I think a lot of it depends on the maturity of the child involved. My son, (10) watches some R rated movies with me. I almost always watch them first though(Funny part is I learned that lesson with the first Scary Movie) and they are what I like to refer to as soft R movies. He's watched Deep Blue Sea, Army of Darkness, Blade, Pitch Black, and a couple others along the same line. Violent, yes, but not believable violence. He knows that it isn't real, and he shares my love of "crappy" horror movies. I find myself bonding with him when we watch these together. However, I don't let him watch things like Evil Dead (too graphic, and the tree scene), Training Day (too realistic). American Pie (I'm afraid he'll understand all of it), Kevin Smith movies (too verbally graphic-snowballing) and things of the such. There is no right or wrong answer, just what's right or wrong to you.
     
  4. Ryan L B

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  5. Scott_G

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    Yes I would agree.

    R is a funny thing now.

    Would you let an 11 year old boy watch "The Matrix"

    A few cuss words and some "computer" violence.

    Yet The Fast the the Furious - PG13 was a no for me.

    Too much cussing, gang violence, more sexual stuff than the rated "R" matrix.

    I have to preview a lot of movies. I don't mind a few words but constant swearing is too much for the kids.
     
  6. Ryan L B

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    if you are a certin age and you have old parents you can get away with more things.

     
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    ALIEN - I was only 11 when I saw it. Scary and Gorey.
     
  8. george kaplan

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    Well, I evaluate every film I own to figure out how old my son will need to be in order for me to let him watch it (he'll be 2 in June). Frankly, I'm much more concerned about violence and gore than nudity. But in any case, I will set those limits.

    Do I expect that he'll sneak off and watch movies without my permission. Probably, and frankly that wouldn't surprise or bother me. That's normal.

    I guess it comes down to this, Scott. I'd be a bad parent if I didn't try to protect my son from things he either shouldn't see, or that I know he wouldn't want to see (you couldn't have stopped me from sneaking into see the Exorcist when it came out, but I regretted it pretty quickly). On the other hand, I'd be a hypocrite if I freaked out when he exerted his independence and did the same things I did when I was a kid or if I lied to him and said "I never did that".
     
  9. DaleR

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    The Birds. I was 8 or so when i saw it. i still think it's terrifying. I would rather have my children see an intelligent film about sex than an intelligent film about terror.
     
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    Alien. I was maybe 8-10 years old, and had nightmares for a month.
     
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    Fire In The Sky. I don't know if it's rated R and I'm to lazy to check but I saw it when I was 9 and it scared the shit out of me.
     
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    The main film I remember seeing and having a strong psychological aversion to was Robocop - Insanely violent, and requires a reasonable amount of adult intelligence to get the laughs, as well as the action. (saw it when I was 9, and I'll never forget how terrified I was when ED209 went bezerk, and Emil got his toxic waste bath)
    I'll third Alien - Another terrifying, but fantastic film that I wouldn't put a kid through although I sat through it from behind the couch.
    Braindead - I just didn't separate reality from what I saw on the screen. [​IMG] I was simply ill when I saw it. Same with Silence of the Lambs, when I finally realised what the serial killer was doing with the women, I didn't sleep properly for days.
    Halloween, Psycho - Not till they're around 15, or until I'm sure they've got nerves of steel..
    I was a complete wuss as a kid. :b
     
  14. StephenA

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    I've been watching horror most my life. I saw Poltergeist when I was 3 or 4, and have been renting horror movies since i was 8, with help from my mom till I was like 15. I never acted out the scenes from the movies, and besides a few nightmares as a child, they really didn't affect me. My mom did restrict what horror movies I could see too till i got into my teens. No zombie movies, no Hellraiser, no Exorcist, no Texas Chainsaw Masscre, no exploitation horror, that sort of thing. The main ones I was allowed to see were Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. My mom usually watched the horror movies with me.

    She would't let me see movies with alot of sexual references and sexual scenes either. I guess that's good in way, because I don't really like porn.

    My sister is 11. She's seen stuff like Gladiator, The Patriot, The Crow, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. I tell her not to say the swears she hears in the movies, not to listen to graphic language which doesn't just include swears, not to do the bad things they do in movies, not to do drugs, to look away at the sex scenes, etc. She's afraid to even say darn or crap, so I know she won't swear. She's not into violence, so I know she won't act out scenes. She's afraid to take Benedryl, so I know she won't do drugs. Right now she despises boys and sex, so I don't have to worry about that for the moment. I won't let her see Hellraiser, Zombie, Dawn or Day of the Dead, Scary Movie 1 and 2(JASBSB is less graphic than this), and other really graphic horror movies or comedies yet. I do think she's mature enough for most things though. my mom agrees with me.

    If and when I have kids, I'm gonna judge them they same way as my sister. The more mature they get, the more they can see in a movie till they're old enough to make their own decisions. I think by 15 they know what is right and wrong, or should, since their parents taught them. Though these days I've lost faith in alot of parents. I think you should judge the individual child's movie viewings by their maturity level too, not just their age. Age doesn't always indicate maturity level. I've seen 25 year olds who are less mature than my 11 year old sister.
     
  15. JonZ

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    I spent saturdays in the 70s and early 80s in the movie theater with Dad - I saw Dirty Harry, Apocalypose Now, The Warriors,Bruce Lee movies,Halloween, Friday the 13th etc etc all at a very young age(under 10).

    Mom wasnt always pleased with what Dad took me to see and few times Dad would say "Dont tell youre mother I let you see this"

    He jokes now saying it taught me to be open minded.

    The difference is I always knew what I was watchig wasnt "real".It was just a movie.

    The stupid "teen movies" with lots of sex I began watching with cable(around 12 or so).

    I remember Alan Moore saying he let his children watch R movies and would prefer his kids watch a movie like Basic Instinct with him-if they see something they dont understand or upsets them, he would talk about it with them afterwards.

    My g/f says a 12 year old son and often talks about viewing R moives before she lets him see them. I have some stuff I would like to show him-The Thing,Interview w/ Vampire,Halloween-I think he can handle it. I was seeing these movies younger than he is now,but thats for his mother to decide.

    As a few others said, it depends on the kid(his or her maturity level) and the movie.
     

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