Traumafessions :: Reader Claudia K. on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Hi guys,

I’d like to share my very own kindertrauma with you!

It might sound funny, but it’s about E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL.

I’ve first seen that movie when I was about 4 years old, E.T. himself didn’t really freak me out at first, I remember crying cause I was so afraid of the people in the white “space suits” who locked up the house when E.T. got sick.

I had nightmares about those faceless people breathing heavily and hunting me down.

When I was 5 or 6, my sister told me about alien abductions. She was older than me and very interested in that kind of stuff. She made me watch documentary films about UFOs, aliens and abductions. The only alien my little kid’s brain knew was E.T., so I made a connection between alien abductions and E.T.

It gave me terrible nightmares about E.T. landing his UFO in our garden, abducting my family and abuse them for medical tests. In my mind, E.T. wasn’t that nice, tiny alien anymore. He was taller than me and wanted to harm us.

The next time, I saw E.T. on TV, I was terrified. That movie turned into a horror movie. I could barely watch it and I was hiding under my blanket all the time. From now on, I was scared, whenever I saw E.T.… on TV, in a magazine, whatever.

I remember having a magazine from Toys ‘R Us with a picture of E.T. in it. You know what I did? I put a sticker on that picture so that I could look at this magazine without being scared. Oh, and I remember that my sister used to have an E.T. keyring. I hid it all the time because I was scared of it.

Today, I’m 26 years old. I tried to get over it and watched the movie some time ago. But I had to look away all the time and wasn’t able to watch that movie like a grown up. I still jump when I suddenly see E.T. on TV or somewhere else… My friends find that very funny…

Claudia K.

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Erin Lashley
10 years ago

When I saw it on the theatrical run I was young, so I was just like, “Speak N Spell, Reese’s Pieces, yay” but when I watched it on home video about 8-10 years later I found it to be an incredibly sad story. It was depressing to the point that I haven’t watched it again, now probably over 20 years later. Why wouldn’t they just let him go home?!? I think I would rather have been scared.

Although, now that I think of it, the movie definitely contributed to my distrust of our government’ s little secret agencies, so there’s that type of fear.

Jami JoAnne Russell
10 years ago

I loved ET as a kid, but I had the soundtrack on vinyl and there was this HUGE picture of ET on the record itself. Something about ET staring out at me from a record album scared the crap out of me. I was constantly hiding it so I wouldn’t have to see his face.

10 years ago

That picture of Drew Barrymore is scarier.

Brian Katcher
10 years ago

That movie scared the hell out of my sister. It’s not an unusual phobia.