Name That Trauma:: Dan Trashcan on Nuclear Meltdown & Anti-Smoking PSAs

A friend of mine told me about a PSA that spooked him, but fully traumatized his younger sister when they were kids, so I had to send it along. Here’s the info: “It aired in the late ‘80s, I think it was on either public access or PBS. It was some anti-nuclear power short film with really low production values. It specifically centered around a meltdown at the Seabrook Power Plant and some guy who worked there. When the meltdown happened he went home and his wife was a skeleton who yelled at him. I’ve looked all around for it” Considering the regional, low budget nature of this, seems like a slim chance of anyone else knowing about it, but you never know.

Also, this is a separate thing but definitely related. A notorious PSA from NYC was considered lost by lost media types but just showed up on youtube in November. I don’t think there was ever a name that trauma about it but I know I’ve seen it show up in the comments on other PSA posts before. I had heard about it in college from a professor who said it was pulled cuz it was disturbing too many kids. Frankly, that, and the description that my Prof gave had me visualizing much more haunting and disturbing. I know in movies and stuff, kindertraumas often lose their punch, but I”ve never felt that way about PSAs….they usually live up to their reputation…like that f*cking heroin monkey! YIKES.

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Ghastly1
Ghastly1
9 months ago

Woah, there’s a PSA about a heroin monkey that fucks!? I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds hilarious.

SmallDarkCloud
SmallDarkCloud
9 months ago

I grew up in the NYC area (just across the river in New Jersey), and I do not remember this anti-smoking PSA at all I’m the right age, too. Interesting!