What I was about to experience was so frightening that it would seem like a punishment. Mom was concerned about what we were both about to go through and it showed on her face. We were there to see a movie about two little girls who took candy from a stranger and got into his car. The ending was the most horrifying thing I had ever seen; the girls’ bodies lay, sprawled on the ground, looking like lumps of bloody meat wrapped in children’s clothing. The tiny actors were dressed like real murder victims, whose bloody crime scene photographs were used. The bloodied childrens’ corpses drove home the point that THIS WAS NOT JUST A MOVIE, it was real.
I was never sure if this actually happened or was one of the frightening dreams I was prone to until I found it by accident on the Internet. My recollections were correct, even down to the clothes the children wore. The movie was called THE CHILD MOLESTER, a public service announcement made by the Highway Safety Foundation in 1964 and shown in elementary schools around America for several years to educate parents and children about the dangers of talking to strangers.
NOTE: For the expanded version of Mike’s traumafession check out his blog WHAT I WATCHED LAST NIGHT!
UNK SEZ: Mike, thanks for your traumafession and for informing us about this scary public service movie. I made the colossal mistake of watching it HERE and it’s one of the creepiest things I have ever seen. I can’t believe they showed this movie to kids!
I can understand them showing it to parents as a way to ensure they talk to their children about these matters, but showing that movie to kids is insane! The images at the end are completely indefensible. From what I read, you are part of a small unfortunate club as the film was pulled from circulation by the HIGHWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION shortly (and rightfully) after its release.
Now, thanks to you, I must now watch an episode of THE GILMORE GIRLS to counter the effects of what I have witnessed.