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Traumafessions :: Reader Nicole W. on Watership Down

November 29th, 2009 by aunt john · 6 Comments

I watched this movie as a tot.

We got a VCR, when they first became popular. There were very few kid movies to rent at that time. My mother thought that this film was appropriate for me and my older brother and rented it over and over and over again. My brother and I hadn’t discussed this movie in over 20 years, when one day it came up. I didn’t remember the plot or the movie itself (I was that young), I only recalled the bunnies, blood and horrifying violence. My brother then chimed in with the name of the movie and how traumatizing he too thought it was.

I’m 33 years old and still have nightmares. I think about renting it and watching it as an adult; thinking it won’t be as traumatic and may ease my mind… but I’m too scared.

AUNT JOHN SEZ: Thanks for the great traumafession Nicole. If you are looking to start an adult support group for this bloody bunny traumatizer, we can hook you up with Readers Greta and Matt N.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 thunderknightNo Gravatar // Nov 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

    This movie scared me as a child, but after all of these years, it seemed to lose it’s bite. I tried to watch it two years ago, nothing like it was, but a timeless classic nonetheless.

  • 2 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Nov 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Yeah, not for kids – at all.  Started to watch this with my mom when I was a kid and she mercifully pulled the plug before the gore really started to rain down. 

  • 3 MolokoNo Gravatar // Nov 29, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    A kindertraumatic classic. I remember my babysitter showing me this movie at the tender age of 5, and the subsequent nightmares that followed…Most of them centered around the surrealistic sequence of the warren getting caved in and choked with corpses.

    Poor bunnies…

  • 4 DavidFullamNo Gravatar // Nov 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

    One of the best animated films ever!

  • 5 BlackwingroseNo Gravatar // Dec 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    This, along with the Last Unicorn, were two completely dark and twisted films that I am amazed parents ever let their children see. And yet I watched them both repeatedly as a child.
    Of course I should probably add The Secret of NIMH to this list.
    Really, the more I think about the cartoons I grew up the more I feel modern children are too coddled. Where are all their traumatizingly dark “kiddie” movies?

  • 6 Hail AntsNo Gravatar // Feb 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I first saw this on HBO when I was 15 or so. Didn’t scare me so much as bring me to tears. Kind of mature animated feature that will never get made again.

    And if you were terrified of this, DO NOT watch Plague Dogs. Makes WD look like Disney…

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