Traumafessions:: Reader S. on The Twilight Zone Movie and Garbage Pail Kid Cards

First of all,

I have just discovered Kindertrauma, and I have to say, as a kid who got spooked quite a bit from watching too many scary movies/t.v. shows, I love the idea behind this website! I also should admit that I found it through a very random google search. I wanted to find the name of a television show that I used to watch as a child (at first I thought it was a 90s adaptation of the Twilight Zone), and, because of my lucky search engine abilities, I was brought to Kindertrauma. I found out the show was called Amazing Stories and the episode that traumatized me was an episode called “Thanksgiving.”

Anywhoodle, I figure I might as well share some of my childhood scares. One was not actually a t.v. show, but it was a stupid collection of cards. I believe they were called Garbage Pail Kids, and I found them when I was about nine years old. After my father’s breakup from a woman he had been with prior to marrying my mother, I accidentally ended up with a tub of those damned screwed up collectible cards which belonged to his ex-girlfriends demented fourteen year old son (no relation). I was going through the tub expecting it to contain my seemingly innocent Pokemon cards, but instead I found THESE screwed up images of mutilated babies in a toy card form. It made me sick to my stomach after finding a few. Needless to say, the awkward harbored feelings towards the family my father had been a part of before mine was made more awkward after I found those obscene cards.

Secondly, the movie that really screwed with my head as a kid was The Twilight Zone Movie that came out in the 80s. It was this scene…

Anyways, thank you for being a wealth of information about scary crap from when we were kids. Hopefully my traumas are relatable for some other inner child needing closure!

Thanks,

S

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Eric Eddy
9 years ago

Wow. Such harsh words for some of my fondest childhood memories… You may need to lighten up a bit. Garbage Pail Kids are not anything you wouldn’t find in Mad or Cracked magazines. They are just gross parodies of Cabbage Patch Kids. In fact, if anyone frequents i-mockery, he has some nifty articles on these, Mars Attacks and Dinosaur Attack trading cards. The artwork on most of these is phenomenal.

It was just part of the times. Artists rebelling over the tyrannically imposed “Comics Code.”

Bartel
9 years ago

These cards disturbed you? Then you should check out THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS movie. You will love it 😀
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garbage_Pail_Kids_Movie

Chuckles72
Chuckles72
9 years ago

Yeah, I’m not going to touch this one, as I have cheesed off too many of my peeps with my criticism of the Garbage Pail Kids…..

The Garbage Pail Kids movie is unclean. I wanted to wash my eyeballs off after seeing it.

Eric Eddy
9 years ago

Well, Chuck, that’s because it’s really, REALLY terrible.

Sherlock
Sherlock
9 years ago

Man, Garbage Pail Kids are a total time capsule for me! One of my favorite things I found out about Garbage Pail Kids is that it was created by Art Speigelman, who would later go on to win a pulitzer for his work on the graphic novel Maus. Just goes to show that even the totally high-brow just can’t help themselves when it comes to gruesome comedy.

Videomancy
Videomancy
9 years ago

GPK were very disturbing to me as a child (even with an interest in the macabre.) My Dad had back surgery and my family went to visit him in the hospital – on the way home my Mom, in an attempt to cheer us up, bought my brother and I packages of GPK from a gas station. I quite literally cried for 24 hours because of a cartoonish depiction of bloody, twisted wrestler. In retrospect my extreme reaction, through triggered by the “Drew Blood”, was clearly a result of seeing my Dad in the hospital, weakened and vulnerable. But even as a 32 year old I still find GPK a bit gross!

Hail Ants
Hail Ants
9 years ago

A generation before GPK there was Wacky Packages! Parody cards of consumer products. Hard to explain why we liked them so much, they had a very unique artistic style to them (and some were pretty funny).

Also, I believe Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson) played the other sister in that Twilight Zone movie segment…