Hi there! I have a Name That Trauma that I’m hoping someone might be able to help me out with.
From what I recall, it was an episode of a TV series that aired around the mid-90’s. It was live action, and was about a boy who noticed something strange about the adults at his school. I believe he suspected that they were being abducted by aliens, or being replaced by them, Body-Snatchers-style, and I think he was particularly concerned about his principal. The scene that totally creeped me out was when the boy was summoned to the principal’s office. He walked in, and the “principal” started scolding him in this slow, creepy voice. Something to the effect of he shouldn’t stick his nose where it doesn’t belong. The whole time he was talking, he was holding a newspaper in front of his face, but after a few moments of suspense, he put down the newspaper, revealing a green alien face! Absolutely terrifying (at least, for seven year old me)!
I think it may have been an episode of a kids’ anthology horror/fantasy show, like Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark? Here in Canada, we also had a show called Incredible Story Studio, which was supposedly based on story ideas sent in by kids (disturbingly, they were almost always more unsettling than anything on Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark). If it is in fact an episode of one of these shows, or one like it, I’m sure it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it was. But it’s the first jump scare I remember…and a pretty effective one at that!
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