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Traumafessions :: Reader Steve B. on The Incredible Hulk

September 21st, 2010 by aunt john · 7 Comments

Hey guys,

I recently discovered your site a few days ago and have been scrolling through it ever since. I think I’m going to have to watch some of your favourite movies, as my enjoyment of horror films (even the so-bad-they’re-good ones) is slowly being reawakened.

After doing a quick search, it seems one of my many childhood traumas has not been posted yet, so here goes. It involves that ‘80s T.V. series THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

Now, I was never terrified by the Hulk. Even though I was only 5 or 6 when it was on, and even though he was big and green and monstrous, I knew he was the good guy, and never meant anyone any real harm. And I adored him. No, it wasn’t him that traumatized me.

It was that other guy, the Evil Hulk.

He was much scrawnier in comparison, but those dilated white eyes, those bushy black eyebrows, that snarl, the hair that looked like he just licked his finger and stuck it into an electrical socket. He was a horrific version of the hero I knew and loved.

I never wanted to have to watch the two-part episode that the Evil Hulk was featured in, any time it came on. But I knew I had to, because I hated him so much, and I knew that I had to endure the terror if I was to ever see the Good Hulk kick that evil mofo’s ass. So imagine my disappointment after finding a clip of the final scene, and watching it for the first time in about thirty years after forgetting how it ended. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say the Hulk’s “victory” is rather, well, anticlimactic:

Regards,

Steve

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Sep 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Well, “Incredible” and “Bad” definitely go in there somewhere.   Steve B was right about the anticlimax.  And what was the deal with Mrs. Howell just standing there, gawking the whole time?
    Skinny evil hulk was going down anyway, I guess.  I’m sure that he was regretting the whole endeavor when good hulk started flexing out on him.  Still, whoever was playing evil hulk must have been just huge – Ferrigno is 6’5″ and was probably coming in at around 280 lbs at the time and although he was significantly more pumped up than evil hulk, he didn’t look all that imposing while they were wrassslin’ about.

  • 2 LaDraculNo Gravatar // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I think Hulk’s alter ego Grey Hulk aka Smart Hulk is worse…he’s kind of a jerk to his friends…

  • 3 kebyarNo Gravatar // Sep 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Interesting side note, Evil Hulk was played by Dick Durock of Swamp Thing fame.

  • 4 Meep ParkerNo Gravatar // Sep 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I use to love The Incredible Hulk as a kid. I haven’t watched it decades! I can now say stuff like that, weird!
    I do also know that I love KinderTrauma right now!!!
     

  • 5 Steve B.No Gravatar // Sep 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I think Chuckles72 is right about Evil Hulk being a decent match for Good Hulk. My childhood mind must’ve remembered the Hulk as being significantly bigger than Evil Hulk, but in retrospect, the former isn’t *that* much bigger, just more muscular, and they’re certainly the same height. In the end, the final showdown was more like a standoff between two alley cats fighting for turf, with an apartment dweller opening the window and throwing a tomato to get them to disperse, rather than the battle between good and evil that the child-me remembered, and the adult-me wanted.

  • 6 craigNo Gravatar // Sep 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, this one hits home like nothing else. This was the most terrifying hour my brother and I spent as children. It played on TV  again a few years ago, and it’s every bit as frighening now. This one won’t let me go.

  • 7 TVSANo Gravatar // Sep 23, 2010 at 2:25 am

    In my town, at any rate, we’ve got Retro T.V. and they show the likes of the Incredible Hulk, Battlestar Galactica and the A-Team. Early in the summer there was an episode of T.I.H. with Mackenzie Phillips as a glam/goth rock superstar on the order of KISS that’s right up there with Ralph Malph’s turn on Chips. He was Molnar or some crap like that, ‘member? BTW same station has Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In Theater Warrowhh!

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