When the guy kills the poor little otter with a shovel in RING OF BRIGHT WATER. I was about 3 when I saw this and never got over it. I suppressed the memory and one day picked the movie up from RedBox not knowing the emotional hand grenade I was holding. As the movie unfolded, something was gnawing at the back of my mind and a dreadful familiarity started to settle in. The deja vu was tangible and I knew I had been there before but couldn’t, for the life of me, remember when. It was like being in a cemetery where you suddenly recognize all the tombstones but can’t find the exit. As soon as I saw the guy raise the shovel my heart dropped and decades of suppressed horror screamed out from that dark corner of my mind where murky childhood memories lurk. Even thinking about it now I’m traumatized, sad and, most of all, angry that they would put something like that in a children’s movie. It’s like putting a razor in a cupcake.
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! -sniff- -sniff- -snorfle-