Some of the movies that scared me the most as a kid were made-for-TV movies based on true events. Sure many of them are corny and deviated from the actual facts, but as a kid most of the time I didn’t realize it. I was fascinated by the movies that had to deal with horrible accidents or people being disfigured. I don’t know if I was an insensitive little shit or if I just watched too much TV. One film I’ll always remember was WHY ME?
It aired a lot in the ’80’s, mainly on Lifetime. I remember the first time I watched almost the whole movie was particularly horrifying. I was at my cousin’s house during a summer afternoon while my Mom was working. My cousin, who was around my same age, just had surgery done to his eye and he had to wear a patch over it. I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea, but the patch his doctor made him wear was a skin-colored bandage. I guess from a distance it was less noticeable than a patch like a pirate would wear, but up close it was really off-putting to an eight-year-old kid. It looked like skin had melted over his eye. I shouldn’t have been scared of him, but I was.
So as I avoided hanging out with him during his recovery, I found other things to do like watch Lifetime with my Aunt. She was watching WHY ME? It was about a nurse who’s face was disfigured in a car accident. Here’s another situation where I shouldn’t have been scared, but I was. I remember it looked like skin had melted over her mouth after she had one of her operations to reconstruct her lips and it reminded me of my cousin’s eye so I couldn’t get away from it. I was also freaked out by one doctor’s drawings and I wondered why he wanted to make her look as ugly as his sketch. All of the medical jargon completely went over my head at the time and I didn’t realize that facial reconstruction was such a long process.
Watching parts of the movie on YouTube, I now realize that a lot of the plot is based on how controversial and groundbreaking the doctor’s procedures were. He wanted to use vaginal skin to repair the nurse’s lips. I was also pleasantly surprised to see BRUCE ABBOTT make an appearance as one of the patients.