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#121 of 468 Old 07-16-2005, 03:11 AM
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The Crying Game. Ugggh....

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had to add my 2 cents...

I also wish I hadn't watched many movies with violence against women and children, but mostly if those movies aren't that good or don't have any redeeming qualities. If they are good movies otherwise, then I don't necessarily regret having watched them.

Kater07- the Pilot's Wife is good, and I don't remember it being upsetting... you should read it!

Danielsmom - I totally agree with you about the Holocaust miniseries. Watching that thing when I was 9 or 10 years old scared me for years. Why I was allowed to watch it I'll never know (my parents censored nothing, which has it's good and bad points.) All I know is that afterwards, I asked my dad if something like that could happen again, and he said, "no, there can never be a war like that again because now we have weapons that can destroy whole cities!" : (as if this were supposed to be somehow reassuring!!) Umm, dad, a little more in depth discussion about Mutually Assured Destruction would have been instructive at that point! :LOL

Also, Mystic River - we rented that about a month ago. I knew it was a murder mystery but when I saw the first scene where the guys are trying to make the boys get into the car, and clearly something terrible is going to happen, I told my dh to TURN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY! :LOL I never did see any terrible parts and we returned it without watching it.

Likewise, w/ Saving Private Ryan, I never watched it because my sister described in too much detail for me the first 20 minutes, making me feel almost as if I had watched it! I wish I had never even heard about it! Now I can never look at those old pictures from WWII of the boys embarking on the Normandy Beach any more in the same way.

And, Trainspotting had a scene where a baby died? I must have really been watching that one closely. : All I remember about that movie is that the usually very attractive Ewan McGregor was looking really really bad!
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Before I became a parent, I was irritated occasionally by having wasted time, but never actually sorry that I'd seen a movie (just one single TV show which I *still* have nightmares about).

On our first date, Mike and I saw Being John Malkovich. We liked it, we thought it was fun. We tried to watch it a month or two ago and we were both really depressed by it-- becoming parents just put that movie in an entirely different (and much less flattering) light.

Trainspotting became truly horrifying for me after BeanBean was born; likewise the show Law & Order: SVU, which I still refuse to watch. While I was pregnant with him, my best friend read me a news story which I didn't want to hear. I cried my head off for half an hour and he vowed never to do it again (and hasn't). He didn't know what to make of it, because I'd never been bothered by such things before while he couldn't even stand to watch the Children's Hospital shows, but becoming a parent changed all of that.

There's an episode of the Twilight Zone where a man who loves books and finally has all the time in the world to read them drops and steps on his glasses. I was *horrified* by it. It was strange, I sat through V, Alien, Rosemary's Baby... all kinds of horror films, and read all kinds of creepy books, but that episode of the Twilight Zone from the 50's/60's still gets me all worked up when I think of it, to the point of hysteria. :

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Don't watch Sin City...it was vulgur and disgusting! I still have really bad visions.

Many of Steven King's books still make me really scared of the dark, shower drains, etc...

I wil also cop to having read a chapter of BabyWise before throwing it down and never lookig back!

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There's an episode of the Twilight Zone where a man who loves books and finally has all the time in the world to read them drops and steps on his glasses. I was *horrified* by it. It was strange, I sat through V, Alien, Rosemary's Baby... all kinds of horror films, and read all kinds of creepy books, but that episode of the Twilight Zone from the 50's/60's still gets me all worked up when I think of it, to the point of hysteria. :
That creeped me out, too! Did you see the one where the little boy's dead grandmother calls him on his play phone & tries to convince him to come live with her? Spoooky! A lot of the Twilight Zones are really creepy to me, actually. It is amazing that an old black & white show, with very basic special effects, has lasted as long as it has.
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Hmm, movies, I think they've already been mentioned:
The Ring
Mothman Prophecies
Caligula-turned it off after about 20 minutes, I knew it was porn (worked in a - ahem -
"video" store at the time) I couldn't stomache the violence.
Where the heart is (book and movie)
Still love A Clockwork Orange, one of those movies that makes me think every time I see it.

Books that got to me:

The Long Walk (I think that's the title) by Stephen King-I cried for days after finishing it, I couldn't stop thinking about it for months.

Anything by John Saul - I loved his books until I had kids and noticed they all have horrible things happening to children in them

There was a book I read a few years ago, can't remember the name. It was an autobiography I think about a womans horrible childhood. So heartbreaking. All I really remember (think I blocked most of it) was she was raped when she was 8 or so by a 13 yo boy and called him on it in the book and a few years later she was molested.

In the Cut was awful. When I heard they were making it into a movie I couldn't believe it. I refuse to see the movie, I heard it has a completely different ending and as bad as the book was I hate when they change huge things when making movies.
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Movie: Closer, with Julia Roberts, and The Life Aquatic, with Bill Murray are a tie for biggest waste of two hours. Oh, wait, what was that other piece of mind crap with Julia Roberts as the nurse to the guy dying of cancer. Even bigger waste of time. :yawning:

Also, an inept babysitter let me watch some horror movie about dolls coming to life and killing people and I still get the heebie jeebies from certain dolls thirty years later.

Book: A "friend" gave me The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. Needless to say, she didn't whisper in my language. :
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I remember that movie about David, the boy whose father set him on fire in a hotel room. I can still see the scene where he reacts to his father's picture. It makes me physically ill.

I can't believe my mother let me watch that. That is the first memory I have of "hopelessness" - knowing that a parent could hurt their child in such a huge way.

Kind of OT, but I remember crying in her room and talking to her about the movie later. Kneeling beside her bed in the same spot where I first heard about AIDS. Strange how a little patch of carpet and a television can whip you hard around a corner.
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Hollow Man w/Kevin Bacon had a scene where he is invisible and he sneaks into a woman's house and rapes her. I am haunted by the idea of the aftermath of that- wouldn't you feel insane after something like that?

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Read- It by Stephen King...The only book of his that I have ever read...

Watch-Tears of the Sun....The scene where the woman is raped and had her nipples removed so that she could not feed her baby just killed me inside.

This is a tree on fire with love, but it's still scary since most people think love only looks like one thing instead of the whole world. *
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There's only one movie I really wish I had never seen: Jaws. It seriously scarred me for life.
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What's the one with Nick Nolte and Barbara Streisand?

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What's the one with Nick Nolte and Barbara Streisand?
Prince of Tides? She's his shrink and he had a bad childhood, right?
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For me and I know its a children's movie, but its The Watcher in the Woods. Betty Davis scared the bajesus out of me.

No I will not see the Ring. Scarey movies ummm scare me

Also the book The Hunger disturbed me,yet I enjoyed the movie
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I saw "Closer" the other day. And that is, single-handedly, the most AWFUL movie ever made!!!!
I wasted my precious time to see that piece of crap
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Tears of the Sun....The scene where the woman is raped and had her nipples removed so that she could not feed her baby just killed me inside.


Why, oh why did I have to read this post??
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I've seen "Where the Heart is" AND read the book, and I can't for the life of me remember a disturbing scene? More details??
I read the book, but don't remember child rape from it. Was it near the beginning?
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Prince of Tides? She's his shrink and he had a bad childhood, right?
That's the one... the idea of a kid getting raped had never crossed my mind and I think I was a teenager when I saw it. It still bothers me, especially having two boys.

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About this newly married, really young couple in Canada, I think.
The female half of that duo, Karla Homolka, was just released on parole.

I wish I hadn't seen or read "It," "The Mothman Prophecies," "Day of the Dead," "Deliverance," "Cannibal Ferox," "I Spit on your Grave," and almost any Tarantino movie, except for "True Romance." I'm a horror fan, but some of those were just gratuitously sick.

I'm sure there's more, but I've blocked them out.
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Also, I once tried to read Naked Lunch. I've had books make me laugh or cry or feel triumphant, but that book made me feel dirty. I was reading it during my lunch hour in the break room and someone asked, "Whatcha readin'?" and I wanted to scream, "NOTHING! I'm just holding this! Really, I'm BLIND! I can't read!" I had to stop trying and give the book back to my brother with the declaration that his reading preferences scare the bejeezus out of me.

I want to read it someday. When no one can see me.
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Wish I'd never read "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb (stopped trusting Oprah's book club after this one. But I LOVED his first book).
When I started reading this thread, I just KNEW I'd love something that someone else hated - I really loved "I Know This Much Is True", but read it so long ago that I only remember a little bit of it. Maybe I'll reread it...

I wish I hadn't wasted any time watching "Napoleon Dynamite" - and "A Fish Called Wanda".
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I wish I'd never read Little Women it was just a big ole waste of time.
You disliked LITTLE WOMEN???? I reread that book so many times that the spine broke. I have a perfect hardcover copy upstairs waiting for my dd1 to be old enough to read it.

Some mentioned ET - loved that (though my mom saw it first to be sure it was ok for me to see).

Silence of the Lambs was also mentioned - very scary movie but really well done and worth seeing for sure. I'd never see horror movies of any type but this is more drama to me (VERY dramatic drama but not in the horror genre IMO).

Already mentioned - the Crying Game, and the Green Mile. Both of those were hard to watch in parts but both were very, very good movies.

My sister and I used to watch Poltergeist on HBO when we were probably not old enough to be doing so. I don't really remember much about it - didn't scar me apparently.
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Book
The painted bird - oh my god so disturbing and sad

Movie
Requiem for a dream - too sad too real
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I read a book a while back and actually quit halfway through b/c there was a really violent dog torture scene. It was a book by the guy who wrote Trainspotting. I usually like his stuff, but this just seemed really gratuitous and I was soooo grossed out. I havent ready any more of his books since then.
I hated Very Bad Things. We saw it in the theater and wasted some complimentary passes on it. I am surprised no one else mentioned it. That movie was supposed to be dark humor, but it was just NOT funny at all, just extremely violent and disgusting. We almost walked out of the theater, but we thought it would redeem itself.
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Seven creeped me out so bad for years I couldn't shower alone in the house I also couldn't stand Pulp Fiction.
Its Pat from SNL was just dumb.
I really don't regret any books I've read. There's one Steven King I didn't finnish, but all this talk about Pet Cemetary is making me curious- I am wondering if it could really be that bad???
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Interesting thread

The young killer couple some of you are talking about are Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.

Bernardo had already raped more than 30 women when he met Karla, a dark teenager who was obesessed with death and suffering. They killed Karla's little sister and killed two schoolgirls in their teens.

They are totally horrible.... and she was just released from prison.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/bernardo/
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Also, Mystic River - we rented that about a month ago. I knew it was a murder mystery but when I saw the first scene where the guys are trying to make the boys get into the car, and clearly something terrible is going to happen, I told my dh to TURN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY! :LOL I never did see any terrible parts and we returned it without watching it.
You should try again. Great movie. Sean Penn was terrific. And the kid makes it out of the trunk.
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Book - Where The Red Fern Grows. I was totally traumatized by a boy named Ruben dying from an ax wound in the stomach, and then when the dogs died at the end...

Movie - Starship Troopers 2. First one was great. This one was not.
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Wow... this thread is so interesting. Some books and movies that I absolutely LOVE are mentioned here. A Fish Called Wanda is on this list! Gasp! Such a funny and wonderfully acted movie. And I liked A Life Aquatic so much... not one of my favorite movies but I thought it was enjoyable and got quite a few laughs out of it. And OMG! Where the Red Fern Grows was one of my most favorite books as a child!

One book I wish I never read is "The Famished Road." I know that it won the Booker prize and that its supposed to be this amazing literary feat, but I hated it. I actually threw the book across the room when I finished the last page out of disgust for having read the entire thing. I read 4-5 books a month atleast. I read challenging books and literary masterpieces and classics with ease and I did not get this book. No one I know has read it. I really want someone to read it so I can discuss it with someone to see if they got something out of it that was above or beyond me, but I don't feel that I can impose the book on anyone that I care about. :LOL

A movie I wished I never saw is "Vulgar". I saw a preview for it on another DVD. The preview made it look like a dark comedy and it was produced by Kevin Smith and its stars one of the actors from Clerks. Uhm, sooooo not a comedy, dark or otherwise. Horrifyingly violent and just ugly, ugly, ugly. It disturbed me for weeks. Such a very, very horrible movie.
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