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Is there a movie from childhood that still holds a special place with you?
(One you saw as a kid, but isn’t necessarily a kid’s film).
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Just one? As a film studies grad, you can imagine that there are many more than just one film that has stood the test of time with me through the years. That’s how I ended up studying film. My house is stacked to the gills with DVDs (because this started well-before streaming). Streaming has been a miracle for this habit. That said, I still love getting a physical copy of my own when I adore a film. Speaking of, I still need to order Grand Budapest.
Like most kids, I consumed a lot of Disney content in my day. There was the odd film from other studios, too. The Last Unicorn (1982) and Watership Down (1978) come to mind. Both those films absolutely wrecked my fragile sensibilities as a child. After all, I was only 3 in 1978. Fiver will always have my heart. The black rabbit grew on me over the years, once I realized what he symbolized. His meaning missed me entirely at 3, and I was terrified of him and his red eyes. Similar emotions evolved in the story about the Unicorn. Lord did I cry my eyes out at both of these. I still get teary.
The films that tend to stick with me create a haunting memory in their wake. Not everyone will experience that same result. There’s something in the work that triggers this response, and I think that you have to have all the right experiences for it to render those ends. That really is the glue that makes something stick. I couldn’t tell you what formula went into making me and these films interact as we did. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to dissect all of that. While the feeling I call haunting could be taken negatively, It’s more magical to me.
When you see the list of films that have left a haunting impression upon me, you’ll start to see what likely inspired the visions that inspired Trailokya. Of course, that wasn’t every bit of what created that buffet of horror and mysticism. The weird and wild of life added to that recipe, as well.
I wonder what the other authors will say are the films that stuck with them. Do you think we’ll have one in common? I can’t wait to read their answers! Click on the links below to find out. Subscribe to this blog to get the hop delivered to your inbox every Friday.