Just found your website recently. I’ve been scouring it daily reliving past horrors. I gave myself nightmares last night after reading about 10 pages of Traumafessions! It’s nice to know I can still do that…
As is the case with several other of the Kindertraumatized, my trauma comes from a family film not intended to send the mind recoiling in horror for decades.
In the Disney film FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, a young boy (David) is abducted by a spaceship commanded by a giant Black And Decker Snake Lite voiced by PAUL “PEE-WEE HERMAN” RUEBENS. After zooming through space with his new pal (even introducing the robot to American rock’n’roll music), the boy is returned to his planet only to discover he’s been “missing” for 6 years and presumed dead. His parents have a little more gray in their hair. His younger brother now appears older than HE is. Technology has progressed since he’s been “gone” and he barely recognizes anything. He is sent to some military/science facility to be monitored and researched.
This idea was completely chills me to my core. Always did.
Particularly upsetting is the scene where the space alien introduces David to his other abductees – aliens from other planets. The scene where he gets a little too close to a creature who lurches from his cage and snatches the boy’s baseball cap off and eats it. A moment later, David puts his face up to a tank and a giant eyeball reveals itself and screams at him.
Words can not describe the horror I feel as an adult, reverting back to a childhood state of panic when watching this from my work computer.
Man, Disney really were the masters of the unsettling family film.
— Drew B.