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Great Moments in Kindertrauma History :: The Black Hole

January 19th, 2010 by unkle lancifer · 7 Comments

PSYCHO‘s ANTHONY PERKINS finds himself on the wrong side of the blade in 1979’s THE BLACK HOLE.

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  • 1 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Yeah, TBH basically melted my mind when I was a kid.  My parents took me to see it because, hey,  it was a Disney movie.  I’m sure that many of my fellow Traumians were exposed to this film under similar circumstances.  My memory after entering the theater is fuzzy, probably because I blacked out much of it in order to survive, but I recall wanting to see the funny, run-down B.O.B. robot have some adventures but instead witnessed what was essentially a proto-Event Horizon, replete with a fun trip through the blazing furnace of Hell, which was still a very real place to me then.
    Thanks mom and dad!

  • 2 Professor Von WhiskersenNo Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I think this movie is much more entertaining and mind-blowing than Event Horizon.  I would say it’s closer to Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine” in terms of presenting the grandeur of space and how the scale of it could drive someone mad.  I need to see if The Black Hole is out on Blu-ray.

    I have some pictures somewhere of a Black Hole birthday cake I had as a child, complete with Maximilian and V.I.N.CENT actionfigure toppers.  I also had a book-n-record set and a kid’s book version of the movie.  I used to create replicas of the laser guns in the movie with LEGOs, so it would not be an understatement to say I REALLY liked the movie when I was a child.  Thanks for this post!

  • 3 DavidFullamNo Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Helz yeah! Black Hole rules!

  • 4 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    @Professor Von Whiskersen:  So, you are apparently immune to kindertrauma!  A Black Hole birthday cake?  Oh my Zod!  That would have been an anti-treat for me on my birthday.
    I’ll agree that TBH was better than Event Horizon (which IMHO was not a very good film) but still Prof, you have to admit that there are some strong similarities between the two films……

  • 5 NiNiNo Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    OMG I loved this movie as a kid! (I was not a very normal kid….) That probably explains my unabashed love for Event Horizon, though I freely admit that it’s not a very good movie in general. But damn if Sam Neill isn’t having a blast playing that role!

  • 6 NiNiNo Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Addendum: I was trying to figure out if my memories of having a set of bedsheets back in the 80s were real, and if such a thing had even existed…. but OMG it’s TRUE!

  • 7 Walter PaisleyNo Gravatar // Jan 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    We used to play “The Maximillian Game.” You need a plastic ballpoint pen that you can take both ends off of, two paper clips and a thin rubber band.
    Take the pen apart and straighten the clips, then make a very small loop with one end of a clip, hook the elastic on and draw it through the pen. Make sure the other end of the rubber band doesn’t go through. Stick the other paper clip through the loop and bend it into a pointy V. Bend the other clip into a crank.
    There you have your Maximillian device! Crank it up and hum John Barry’s theme music as your friend screams “No Maximillian, no!” That’s the game. Fun, huh?

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