"Some of us snuck looks at the TV when our folks or siblings were tuned to grownup horror films. Many of us, awful as you deem this, went to movies before we were of age. And a bunch of us as preteens watched rentals of really questionable scary films."
I first saw 'Halloween' when one night, my brother roused me from bed and said, "Shhhhhh". He led me out to the tv room and pulled out the VHS copy that my parents had rented (and had refused to let us watch). My dastardly bro had snuck into their bedroom and swiped the tape from the closet (where they always kept the R rated stuff....because they knew we wanted to watch them...and they thought we didn't know that the tapes were there...but we did...hahahehe). So we sat down in the middle of the night and watched 'Halloween', scaring ourselves silly in the process, introducing us to a film that is still one of our favorites, and playing a massive (a MASSIVE) role in molding our love of film.
My mates dad used to take us to the cinema to see R-Rated films all the time. 'Christine', 'Robo-Cop', 'Videodrome' etc. We loved it. We were ready to watch this stuff (with my early 'Halloween' experience, by this time I was an old pro!). Today, we're normal...well, you know, not psycho killer drug dealing pimps who worship satan!
By the time I was a mid-to-late teen, the whole spectrum of R-Rated was on my menu. Troma to Zombie to Gothic Horror to Action Horror to...on and on.
If I have a point, it's that my parents attempts at censorship never stood a chance. They meant well, and I love 'em for it, but I was destined to chomp on that Horror bit, and I'm glad I did.
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