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As a little girl (about 8 or 9) one of my best friends was on a bit of a puppet jag and every single time we went over to her house we would hide in her attic and watch the movie Labyrinth over and over again. We both had a MAJOR TWEENER CRUSH on David Bowie and in the end we ended up fighting 'for him' (which mostly involved me kicking her in the shins until she fell over in the yard and then running back in and locking the door.)
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He was already probably 50. Old enough to be... probably my granddad. Ew.
But I was convinced he really had hair like that... all fluffy and blonde XD

JB
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2 Films:

When I was barely 5 my parents took me to see Terry Gilliam's gothic-fantasy film TIME BANDITS (1981). It's about a little Enlgish boy and several dwarfs traveling through time. It gave me the worst nightmares for years! I'm surprised I didn't need therapy. Even to this day, I'm still a little scared of the actor David Warner!

In 1989 I saw BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 at age 13. I still love it, but I knew that those 'hoverboards' were fictional. However, director Robert Zemeckis gave a press interview that year where he jokingly said: "'Hoverboards' have been around for years, but parent groups won't let them be manufactured!" (paraphrasing). To this day there are otherwise intelligent, college-educated, adults who LITERALLY beleive that 'hoverboards' exist! My older sister is one of them!

Brian
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My favorite belief from when i was about 10 was that E.T. lived next door. Our neighbor sounded just like E.T. I thought that couldnt be right because of course E.T. went home and why would E.T. be living next door to me. And how did he turn into a human instead of a alien... The odd thing is they have a tortose whose name really is E.T. that made me even more confused. Well he kinda looked like E.T. and maybe he didnt go home after all just shrank and moved into my neighbors yard... and gave his voice to my neighbor...My friends teased me for years when I told them I thought she sounded like him i never mentioned the rest... :)

snazzproof
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I took some parts of movies way too literally as an elementary to middle schooler. For instance until I actually saw "Titanic" I use to think that when Jack told Rose not to ever let go-he meant that she had to hold onto his dead body forever. Hence around fifth grade when forced to reinact the scene with a younger girl who had seen the movie in the afterschool program (I had to play Jack-she was Rose of course) when I had to tell her to never let go-and she would let go of me I would shout "You let go!" She insisted to me that Jack didn't say that.

It wasn't until I saw the movie on tv with my mother finally that I realized it was a promise that Rose had to hold onto that she would remain alive.

Glowworm
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I thought Buckwheat from "The Little Rascals" (1994) was a girl because he had long hair!

Molly
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I use to believe that Beetlejuice was real as well as the boogyman. My sister and her friends use to say the names three times and I would scream as well as cry.

dara
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I used to believe that the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz was actually a giant, bent double with an animatronic head. I do not know why.

dodyskin
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When I was Little, I used to watch Movies over and over again. Untill my mom had to hide them from me. I loved the movie HomeAlone. So I used to think that "Uncle Frank" was up the fosit in the bathtub. So I used to yell up the Fosit. "UNCLLLEEEEE FRAAAAAANNNK???".

Meghan
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I used to watch Return to Oz and desperatley want to go there [!] so when at the end of the film, dorothy finds an emerld and touches it as says 'oz' and transports to the palace; I went round the Christmas tree touching every green baubell shouting 'oz,oz,oz' when i opened my eyes i was so sad i didnt get to oz!

Lyra in Oxford
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after seeing the movie The Tommyknockers as a kid, i was so afraid to step foot on an escalator for months because of the green light shining through the cracks, i thought Tommyknockers lived underneath them

Anon
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My sister and I used to "play pretend" and we would often act like characters from Disney movies we had seen.

I knew that I was better then my sister at acting because I was convinced that which ever character I played I looked and sounded exactly like them.

Joel G
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My best friend's name is Selena. She told me that when the movie Selena came out, she thought it was about her. She was ecstatic that she would be so famous, then her mom told her at the end Selena dies at age 24 by being murdered by some whacko fan, and she decided to "change her future" by not being famous. She works at Panera now, but we're only 15....

Katie and Selena
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When I was very little I believed that every time you watched a movie the actors would have to be notified and would have to re-enact the entire movie while it was broadcast on the TV. I was always amazed that they didn't blink while the movie was paused.

Kaitlin
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When I was younger I was convinced all of the cartoon characters in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? were real because of the way they interacted with the actors in it.

Maggie
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When I was little I used to believe the movie "Alice in Wonderland" was actually called "Alison Wonderland". I thought her name was Alison. I was very little then.

Aerith
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I used to think after watching the movie Goast Busters that that the pink foamy gewy stuff that came out of the bath facet would come out of mine when I had to take a bath so I was always scared to take a bath.

Danielle
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I used to believe that producer Fred Fuchs was Fred F***s. I guess that was because I wasn't wearing glasses and the "h" looked like a "k."

Joey Schwartzman
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Whenever I saw a movie based on a true story, I used to believe that there were cameras following the "real" person around and I would wonder how they knew that a good story was going to happen to that particular person. And if someone killed someone I wondered why that person was stupid enough to do it in front of a camera.

Pauline
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At the movie theater, they had 'Show Tunes' so music was playing in the theaters while you waited for the commercials/previews to start, I used to think there were people behind the screen playing the music.

Amanda
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When I was 14 (soooo embarrassing...) my friends and I got in big trouble for renting "Basic Instinct" on an afternoon off from school. But we weren't bad kids - just naive. You see, we thought all the sex and bad language was edited out for home video since once they're rented, anyone in the house can see them. So we had the double shock of seeing more than we wanted to and then getting in trouble for it!

Anon
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