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Traumafessions :: Reader Heather on the Tristar Pegasus

December 12th, 2008 by aunt john · 3 Comments

I was afraid of many things as a child, but nothing proved to traumatize me more than the old Tristar opening before movies with the Pegasus running towards the screen. I can honestly say that I have never watched that little 15 second opening all the way through. When I was young, I was convinced that if I watched it all the way through, the Pegasus would jump through the TV and attack me. (Which makes no sense, seeing as the Pegasus of mythology was a good creature and I knew this, being a mythology nerd from a young age.) I would run out of the room or hide behind a couch as soon as I heard the highly recognizable music. Everyone in my family found this amusing, but at the time I was scared to death.

A few years back, I got bored and popped in an old VHS tape I hadn’t watched in years. As I stood in the middle of my room contemplating fast forwarding, I heard the music and saw the Pegasus head enter the screen. I lost my breath, my chest tightened, and the sense of doom I felt was overwhelming. The Tristar Pegasus caused an irrational minor panic attack. You think I would be over this by now, but to this day, at 23, I cannot watch that opening.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Dec 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I’m a little less ashamed to admit that I used to get (very) freaked out by the United Artists logo and music. It just seemed so ominous…

  • 2 Jeff AllardNo Gravatar // Dec 12, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Yes! The old UA logo used to freak me out, too! Whenever I’d hear that creepy piano music and see the UA logo slowly turning around, even if it preceeded a comedy, I always felt a little unsettled.

  • 3 AllyGrosserNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I’m petrified of the old TriStar logo too! I’m glad it’s not just me. Thank you Heather!

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