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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones October 13, 2011 - 3:23pm

Before reading "Guts" from Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted, I was already afraid of the drain at the bottom of the pool after watching an episode of Emergency 911. After reading, I was sure it was a portal to hell. 

Anyone else have a scene from a book or movie or real life experience that remains vivid and may have altered your perception of some mundane thing, task or anything else?

Another example: how Old Boy brought my attention to the usage of hammers as a torture device. 

(first discussion post...check)

 

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amazingrobots from Savannah, GA is reading When You Are Engulfed In Flames October 13, 2011 - 3:28pm

Thanks to Psycho, I always check behind the shower curtain when I enter a bathroom.

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies October 13, 2011 - 3:47pm

The Truman Show has left every moment of my waking life uneasy.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 13, 2011 - 3:57pm

On Guts, when I was a kid my friend had one of those above ground pools. I had to piss really bad and he told me to just go by the pump and it will suck all the piss out and be fine. I went over there and whipped my thing out, aim closely, and got my hand sucked in there. His dad had to come turn off the pump and took a few minutes to pry out my crumpled fist. NEVER TRUST FRIENDS.

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. October 13, 2011 - 4:24pm

When I watched the movie It as a kid, I was always paranoid when I showered. It must have been Tim Curry playing Pennywise that freaked me out but still. 

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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones October 13, 2011 - 4:27pm

@amazingrobots: Our shower curtain has a one foot wide horizontal strip at head level in the shower...still...

@Jack: I have never seen The Truman Show...will in the future. I've heard of it, never seen it. 

@Renfield: I have this small thought...what if it had caught your "thing" instead? That would have...wait, I feel a pun coming. 

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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones October 13, 2011 - 4:30pm

@jacks_username: was thinking of dressing up as Georgie for Halloween...cheap costume

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 13, 2011 - 10:59pm

The Truman Show has also traumatized me and really I wouldn't be surprised if my life really is one show showing my misery is simply entertainment for the outside world.

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. October 13, 2011 - 11:04pm

Yeah 1 3 3, the whole world tunes in after American Idol to watch you fail...and masturbate. 

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 13, 2011 - 11:05pm

When I was a kid, around five, I was pretending to be a cat and walk down the stairs on hands and knees.  I lost my balance and tumbled down most of the stairs and landed in the side of the fireplace.  I had to get stitches on the back of my shoulder.  Now whenever I'm in a house where the stairs are on the same plane as the fireplace I get weirdly uncomfortable.  

Also the grudge, when the hair chick comes up from under the blankets and kills one of the characters.  I no longer think of being under the covers as being in a safe zone.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 13, 2011 - 11:06pm

thanks to the contortionist handbook, i will never look at textbooks missing the white cardstock pages the same way... ever again.

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TomWKoch from Sydney is reading On Writing by Stephen King October 17, 2011 - 11:13pm

I think growing up with the Internet desensitized me to most things, but I do know that my mum was traumatized by the Cybermen in the old Dr. Who when she was a kid and always thought criminals looked like cybermen.

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Ben from Australia is reading My Booky Wook by Russell Brand October 18, 2011 - 12:35am

When I was a kid, around five, I was pretending to be a cat and walk down the stairs on hands and knees.

If I'd seen you doing that, Raelyn, I think I would have been a bit freaked out...  A bit too The Exorcist for me. :p

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. October 18, 2011 - 12:36am

I think I tried that too, it didn't work out too well for me though.

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works October 18, 2011 - 12:41am

Ever since the rat scene in American Psycho, I cannot look at rats the same. And I don't even have a vagina.

 

Also when I see a larger person eating something with tomato sauce, I'm instantly reminded of the Gluttony murder from Se7en.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 18, 2011 - 1:10am

Ha!  I see.  If I had known what the exorcist was at the time, I might have tried mimicking that instead... with the same results. 

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simon morris from Originally, Philadelphia, PA; presently Miami Beach, FL is reading This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George October 18, 2011 - 4:15am

I used the scene from 'Wizard of Oz" where Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal the Wizard as a quack with a loudspeaker, as a metaphor to describe an abusive man in a self-help book I wrote. The feedback from readers kept my mailbox full for years. It so described their tormentor whose bluster dominated their lives until they "pulled back the curtain."

I use the visual impact of scenes in films as ideal metaphors and similes when it is something that is common knowledge. I always wondered if filmmakers know when they have done something that will become an icon for decades to come. I think of scenes such as the ending of "Casablanca" where Bogart says goodbye to Bergman. Many Bogie movies have those iconic moments. The Bacall scene in---was it "To have and Have Not"????---where she says, "You know how to whistle, don't you? You just pucker up your lips and...blow."

Wizard has so many iconic moments that I can't begin to list them. One on friendship: "Scarecrow, I will miss you most of all." Or, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!"

I don't think there has been an iconic line in a film since a very young Tom Cruise, in "Risky Business," said, "Sometimes, you just have to say, 'what the fuck.'"

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day October 18, 2011 - 7:15pm

Team America: World Police brought to my attention the use of hammers as a suicide device

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 19, 2011 - 10:01pm

When I watched the movie It as a kid, I was always paranoid when I showered. It must have been Tim Curry playing Pennywise that freaked me out but still.

 

For me it was the sewer grates. Actually, I am closer to 30 and I still hear "Everything floats down here...." every time I pass one (although it doesn't scare me anymore).

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works October 19, 2011 - 11:42pm

BEEP BEEP RICHIE.

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Alessio Patanè from sicily is reading Winesburg, Ohio by S. Anderson October 20, 2011 - 4:19am

the boiling rabbit in"fatal attraction"

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions October 20, 2011 - 4:49am

Not sure why, but the scene where the baby alien popped out of the guy's stomach totally ruined Ross Perot for me.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 20, 2011 - 3:44pm

I will never consider chianti as anything other than an accompaniment for liver and fava beans.... thp thp thp thp thp

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 20, 2011 - 10:25pm

I get off work around 12:30am, and have to drive past quite a few bars to get to my apartment.  Last night when I made a left turn past one of the bars, a girl ran out in the road and fell down because her heels were too tall for her and she was completely drunk; I almost hit her.  I waited for her to get up so I could continue, but couldn't help noticing...it was my boss.

I will never look at her the same way again.