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my favourite super hero was the green lantern so I asked my parents for a ring. they took me shopping and I found one that was shaped like home plate and had my initial carved on it.
when i was about 8 or 9 i was allowed to stay home for a couple of hours without a babysitter. so I zoned out in front of the television and flipped through the stations using the big brown box we used to have as a remote (3 rows of 12 or so rectangular buttons that you pressed down to get a new channel)
I ended up partially watching the Exorcist by myself. i say partially because i would press any other button quickly when it started to get too intense. However, I did manage to see enough of the movie to scare me into sleepless nights for almost a week. I would pull the covers over my head and clench the fist with the ring so tight that I would imagine a green lantern-type force field would suuround my bed - as long as my fist remained clenched.

chachi
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When I was 5 my dad asked me if I wanted to see really scary looking goblins. I asked if they looked real (cuz I was curious as to if goblins were real.) and he led me to believe that the golblins WERE real. By now I was REALLY curious so I said yes lets see them. So my dad put 'March of the Wooden Soldiers' on (VHS) and we watched it until the goblins came out. I remember crying because I wanted to see REAL goblins...not a bunch of guys in suits.

Mike
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My parents had me convinced that the Wizard of Oz went from BW to color to BW because they invented color movies after they started filming and only had a limited amount to use in each movie made so they used what they had and went back to black & white to finish it.

Terri Ogburn
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My parents allowed me to watch Hitchcock's "The Birds" when I was about 7 years old. To this day I so believe, in the fall when the birds are migrating and sitting on wires, that they are about to attack that the hair on the back of my neck stands up and I have a compulsion to RUN to safety.

Ynotme
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I saw a film about D'Artagnan and the three musketeers and thought for some time, that it was based on the cartoon Dogtanian.

Spacey
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When I first saw Star Wars at home on video I announced my contention that the green bounty hunter's name was "Quachy Nose" because that's the sort of nose he had. It confused me to no end when I got the action figure and saw the name "Greedo" on the package.

Walter
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You know the film 'The wizard of Oz'? It starts in black and white but changes to glorious technicolour when Dorothy arrives in Oz?

I used to think they'd started to make the film before colour was invented and just decided to start using it once it was available!

janie
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I used to believe that a 'Lifesaber' (the glowing weapons in Star Wars) were actually called 'Life-savers'. I was so confused why someone would want to hit an enemy with something that was called a Life-saver. Sadly, I'm 14 and I just found out a couple months ago.

Staycie R
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I used to believe that when you go to the movie theaters, the actors were right behind the screen acting out the whole movie.

Anon
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I used to think that Bill Murry and Tom Hanks were the same person.

Andy
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My mom forced me to watch those Nightmare on Elm Street movies when I was 5 and it scared me to death. Inspired by a sceen in the movie, I was afraid to take a shower/bath for I feared that Freddy would pop out of the shadows and slit my throat.

anon.
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I loved the movie Puff the Magic Dragon except for one part...
When puff pulls jackie's "living thing" out of his ear and puts it into the paper jackie. oh, God...
I was terrified that Satan was going to pull out my soul through my ear. Now tell me, what kind of thing is that to put on a children's show?!

Anon
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When I was younger, my uncle really loved the movie LaBamba and he would watch it often when I was over. I always thought that Richie Valens name was actually La Bamba until the time I was 12 or so.

Emily
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I used to believe that the "million dollar movie" that used to run on NYC TV stations at 4pm was actually 2nd run features of movies that had already been shown to a select group of affluent people that literally paid one million dollars to view the movie.

It seemed odd to me that people would spend so much to see a movie before me, but then again, some of them were pretty good. (I think I held this belief because my older brother told me this was true -- nasty!)

marty
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Up until a few months ago, I thought a "sneak-preview" for a film was a really long movie trailer that you watched on TV at a certain time. Then when I heard on the radio, "Win tickets to a sneak preview of..." I thought it was a really long trailer that you went to the theatre to see. I found out what it really was when my friend was all excited because she won tickets to a sneak preview and I was all, "Why are you so excited about a movie trailer?" Then she told me.

Anon
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When I was little, my favourite movies used to be the Predator series. Now, this is coming from a 4 or 5 year old girl. But I wanted my mom to burn our copy of Beetlejuice, because it was too scary. I remember being scared to death once, because I had said Beetlejuice three times in a row, and I thought Beetlejuice would come and kill me or something. I was a very... odd child...

Christana
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After seeing Mary Poppins, I immediately went home, grabbed an umbrella and began practicing to fly with my umbrella by jumping off the couch and holding my umbrella. I would measure how far I jumped each time and actually believed I would eventually fly.

Amy
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My Nephew Stephen used to always ask if he could watch on VHS the Movie Prince Of Pizza. This was actually The Prince Of Egypt and when He got older he would get annoyed at us when we kept asking him to repeat it, because he thought we were making fun of him.

Justin Contursi
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I used to believe that if a movie showed a character as a kid, and then showed them older, that they had had to wait for the actor to grow up in order to film the rest of the movie. So basically, I thought a lot of movies took 10 or 12 (or 20) years to make.

Kate
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The very first movie I saw in the theatre was E.T. I was very distressed as I thought E.T. was going to come out of the Exit doors and get me!

Brandy Lynn
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