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Old 05-01-2013, 02:39 AM   #1
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Has being a parent affected your horror viewing habits?

I can't be the only one that had to scale almost completely down!
I have a 4 year old boy and a wife (who hates horror, except for Walking Dead - go figure), so I have to watch horror like it's porn - in complete privacy - LOL.

I try to fit in at least two movies a week - a classic and a new movie, these are accomplished by my son being in pre-school for two hours a day and my wife being at work.

I came to the conclusion after a couple of very bad years of not getting to see movies in one sitting - that fragmented viewing flat out sucks, can't really judge a movie doing that, so I just reduced my intake and now seem to have greater appreciation when I can view them.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:52 AM   #2
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Horror, no. However some exploitation films, yes. lol

My parents raised me on horror films, so I don't really have a problem letting the kids watch them. There are some I won't let them watch (Cannibal Holocaust, I Spit on Your Grave, etc...). My kids are now teens, except the youngest, but he's close.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:57 AM   #3
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I have no kids, but my wife is the exact same way. Dislikes horror, but loves the Walking Dead. She likes the Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch, InnKeepers kind of fare, but Friday the 13th, Halloween, any sort of deformed slasher over the top gore she hates.

I typically have to wait until she goes to be to watch the good stuff - yes, just like porn. It's usually late night Friday and Saturday and most of time these days I pass out finding myself on the couch at 4 or 5 AM.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:59 AM   #4
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:23 AM   #5
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:17 PM   #6
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I came to the conclusion after a couple of very bad years of not getting to see movies in one sitting - that fragmented viewing flat out sucks, can't really judge a movie doing that, so I just reduced my intake and now seem to have greater appreciation when I can view them.
Yup, that's where we are. My wife and I both love horror flicks but we have young kids and my wife does the attachment parenting thing so it's basically impossible for us to get through a movie without interruptions. We tried to watch "The Legend of Hell House" before Halloween and it wasn't fun. Two twenty minute interruptions, finally called it a night with twenty minutes left and then trying to watch the remaining twenty minutes a day or two later? That's NOT how you watch a movie, especially one as good as "Hell House" was.

We'll get back into it when the kids are older, but for now? Nope.

My wife actually has no problem watching movies like this, but it completely ruins my enjoyment.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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Being a parent winds up affecting all of your habits, not just watching horror movies. But in regards to horror, yeah I usually keep it to after they go to bed whereas I used to just plop in a tape or dvd any old time of day. Now that both kids are school age I'll put in some of the tamer classics from time to time but anything overtly sexual or violent I leave on the shelf. Around Halloween I showed them The Fog, Phantasm, Poltergeist, and Salem's Lot. My daughter still hasn't fallen in love with the genre at 9 but my six year old son has potential.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #8
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I'm not a parent, but my parents were very lenient on what they let me watch. I must have seen Evil Dead II around 100 times as a kid, possibly more. They themselves enjoyed horror movies and since they are old school Pittsburghers horror films are kinda part of our culture (can't tell you how many times I have watched Night of the Living Dead).

I even saw grimier flicks like some women in prison films complete with tits and bush. Would I do the same with my kids? I have no idea. But at 28 I'm still watching and collecting horror films and I turned out just fine (sans screen name choices).
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:17 PM   #9
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Im pretty much the same as everyone else on here in that my wife hates horror and I would never show anything to my kids. My parents let me and i grew up watching classic 60s and 70s stuff like Hammer and Tigon which was on British TV alot in the mid 80s. I doubt I would let my kids watch it until they were alot older though despite the fact that horror never harmed me or turned me into a raving lunatic. All my horror watching is done on a friday or Saturday night if i get the TV to myself and all my more tastey DVDs and Blu rays are hidden away.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #10
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boy, has it ever! and not just horror. films in general. when i get home from work, my wife and i take turns holding/playing with/feeding the baby. we have dinner, we go for a walk, we watch something. 80% of the time, that something is tv, because that's what my wife likes. reality shows like survivor, amazing race, the apprentice, and the voice. i can tollerate this. i despise shit like storage wars or whatever, where you're just watching people do their job. but the four i mentioned above i can take.

the other 20% of the time, we'll watch a movie. surprisingly, i've been able to convince her to watch a few giallos with me recently. i think she likes the whole murder-mystery aspect. she liked Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, and Black Belly of the Tarantula well enough. but if i want to watch something a bit more off the beaten path, i have to wait till she (and the baby) are in bed. which is usually around 10-11 o'clock.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:40 PM   #11
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Ive always loved film so I introduced my daughter when she was quite young. I started taking her to the movies when she was two years old (had she been fussy I wouldn't have done this). She is now 17 and we go to the movies together about twice a month. We also watch movies at home periodically. She is a huge fan of horror and especially seems to like zombies. The only thing I try to steer her away from is copious amounts of sex and nudity.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:52 PM   #12
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I LOVE the fact that so many children love the genre as much as I and my kids do. To begin with my first child (now 7) was introduced by way of Gremlins, Monster Squad etc. But I suppose being around horror props and collectibles all her (and my other twos) lifes there is no danger there. The three children we do have LOVE watching horror movies. Ofcourse there are some movies we don't show them. I remember when my wife came home at the moment in Poltergeist when the guy's ripping his face off and my wife said "If they have nightmares,, you're getting up". They never did! Obviously The Human Centipede 2 is off limits, as is and agressive sexual stuff. But ultimately the movies which I thought would be more intence (Texas Chainsaw 74/Evil Dead 82) the kids ate it up and really had fun with it. They loved Franklin, and missed Scotty in ED2! Dexter, the youngest loves Evil Dead/2 and has a small collection of NECA's figures (his favourite being Deadite Ash and Linda's severed head. Marilyn (7 - oldest) aside from Monster High pretty much is oblivious to anything remotely scary and loves watching the behind the scenes docs to see how Chucky and any kind of rubber monster is created. And Tilly (4) could watch pretty much any horror as a bedtime precurser.

They have always been surrounded by it. "Can I see Freddy" or "Can I stroke Leatherface" that these things were never a threat. Just an interest.

Quite a difference when you visit another persons house with kids and they're not allowed to watch Scooby Doo, because it gave them nightmares.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:53 AM   #13
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:21 AM   #14
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I started watching horror at an early age seeing TCM and Halloween around 8 years of age at the drive-ins and on that fairly new channel HBO. I have never had a horror movie related nightmare ever, but I have had nightmares about my wife (who is always the antagonist).
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #15
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I look down upon and laugh at you kiddie having married fools.

I watch what I want, whenever I want to! ..........HAHHAAHAHAAHA!
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