Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Haunted Humpday 6 Horror Movies and Bad Parenting or It was the 70s

Growing up during the 70's did not offer much in family TV. There usually wasn't much choice of what you could watch compared with today. Lets just say they did not overly cater to the children. I went to spend the weekend with my father. I was pretty young. Maybe the 4th grade. He put on his favorite horror movie "Night of the Living Dead." So not appropriate. To top it off, he would keep sneaking behind the couch and jumping out and yelling at the scary parts. 

Our parents would take us to the Drive-In Movies. In theory this is a great idea. We went in our pajamas. There was a swing set in the front that we played on before the movie started. The family movie played first. By the time the children fell asleep the adult one would play. I did some research and I think the adult movie was  "The Vampire Lovers." I do not know how they rated movies back then but the way I searched for it was by typing in the words. "Vampire movie where woman gets bit on the boob." because that is what I remember. The movie poster says not for the mentally immature. My husband just said to me some things never change. No one asked him.

One of the girls in the neighborhood stole the book "The Exorcist" from her mother. We were at that age when you kinda of know how sex works but still kind of foggy on the exact mechanics of it.. We took turns reading it to each other especially the really shocking dirty part. One night I heard pounding outside my bedroom. I ran down to my parents bedroom hysterical because "Captain Howdy" was trying to get me. My parents yelled at me to go back to bed. It was a loose board on the roof. So I got myself busted for reading the book. I'm the oldest of four. I begged my younger siblings to walk me to the bathroom at night. They all refused except for my baby brother. They have never let me live this down. I have never watched the movie and I never will. I don't even like looking at this picture.
I have not done much better then my parents. I came home one day and my husband was letting our six year old son watch "Child's Play." I said "that's not for kids." My husband says "its a puppet and its not even scary." It didn't help that I had an old ventriloquist dummy from my childhood and we put it in his bed.  He made us give it away to our friends four year old who loved Chucky?
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  1. I just watched night of the living dead yesterday!
    I remember watching movies that were very inappropriate for my age too.
    I read the exorcist years ago.. I don't remember a very dirty part in it.. But i do remember being afraid to go into the bathroom alone though, lol.
    I can't stand to look at pictures of her at all ever. Haha!
    Thank you again for joining this week:)
    This was a great post!

  2. Ha, your Dad sounds a lot like my older brother, I was afraid of the dark for years.
    I don't think I will ever forget seeing the Exorcist. It was showing in one of those big old theaters and there was a bat flying around. People in the audience would scream when it would swoop down near them, including me!
    Thanks for the great trip down memory lane!

  3. Ahhhh, I remember my parents were gone to a political caucus and we watched Bette Davis in Straight Jacket. I ran in the bathroom and ran the water in the tub so I couldn't hear it! Terrible, scary stuff. I remember the same of The Birds, but we watched it a few years ago and my grown children laughed and laughed. They thought it was so stupid! Brings back hauntingly scary memories!

  4. I have never heard of the movie Straight Jacket but I have a co-worker who watches nothing but old movies I'm going to see if he has it. Thanks.

  5. I have always loved scary movies, but I remember when Child's Play came out and me and my cousin rented it and were home alone to watch it... We got so worked up we had to call her dad to talk us down :D

    Happy Humpday!

  6. I worked at the movie theater as a teenager. I'll never forget watching a mom buy a ticket and take her two young children in to see Silent Night, Deadly Night 2. It was about a psycho-murderer in a Santa costume. Worse? They stayed the entire two hours!!! I don't get why anyone would take a child to see that.

  7. LMAO, one of our younger Adult Children accidentally watched Child's Play at a Friend's house when the older Siblings were watching it, he was about four... after that he made his Sister face all her dolls to the wall and made us give away his four foot Gumby we'd won him at a State Fair because he said Gumby's Eyes were moving! *LOL* Yeah, bad Parenting of the Seventies and Eighties... Guilty as Charged. I don't think I bought them too much Couch Time for my faux pas Parenting... besides, the State let me raise an entire next Generation and Adopt the G-Kid Force so I mustn't have been too incompetent a Parent with my Morticia Addams sensibilities, right? *Bwahahahaha!* So Enjoyed this Post... Memories light the corners of my mind
    Misty water-colored memories of the way we were... now that you've got that looping thru your head you an Thank me later! Ha ha Dawn... The Bohemian