Wow, where to beginâ€¦.
My big trauma as a kid took place at a drive in. There were five of us kids, all cousins and routinely, my mom and aunt would pile us into a an old tank of a station wagon, and take us to the Disney Films as they came out. I guess I was about 6 or 7, anyways, they took us to see DARBY Oâ€™GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE. The movie was harmless enough and, as kids do, we would climb over the seats bouncing around to the light music.
I liked cute King Oâ€™Brien and Katey Darlin, but then it happenedâ€¦ the storm started up and all of a sudden is there is what seems to be a huge horse that takes on a ghostly looking cast.
â€œSheâ€™s chasing a pooka,â€ is what I believe what Darby said as his daughter chased off after her horse into the crags the Irish moors. The five of us kids all screamed at the same time and I hurled myself into the very back of the car and hid under a blanket. I peeked out just in time to see the most horrifying ghost looking thing, wailing and screaming on the screenâ€¦ the â€Banshee.â€
This was too much to bear. I tore out of the car, in my Dr. Dentons, running to the safety of the playground. I guess I thought the swings could save me. To this day, I donâ€™t like the word, or the sounds of that hideous wail. What was supposed to be a sweet little people movie turned, for me, into a tale of horror!
And, to add insult to injury, my husband and I are going to Ireland this spring, I wanted to go see where the â€œBansheeâ€ was filmed along with the ruins in the scene. Come to find out the whole movie was shot at Foothill Ranch and/or Albertson Ranch and/or at the Burbank Studiosâ€¦. guess the Banshee is closer than I think!
AUNT JOHN SEZ: Carol, if it’s any consolation, one of my elementary school classmates had an even more visceral reaction to this Disney chestnut!