I looked at various threads on what it is like to be a Monster Kid in the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
You folks are on Easy Street. LOL!
As you can see, I am an 80's child. I grew up in the 80's and 90's.
It was very hard time to be a Monster Kid.
Take it from me. I grew up in time of Political Correctness, following the rules of The Motion Picture Association of America's Rating System (MPAA), and hearing news reports about violence and copycat crimes. (e.g. Power Rangers)
I grew up in an American compound where (apart from an Olympic sized pool, a large gym with a weight room and bowling alley and two tennis courts and two playgrounds), there was this tape library, where they have all these tapes with movies, cartoons, sporting events and TV shows taped off of TV (with commercials). They were taped from circa. 1979 to 1992. Wow that is a @#$%&-ing crap-load of nostalgic heaven.
Growing up with cartoons that had bumpers like this:
Such sweet memories. My tape library (defunt in 1994 and is now a dojo), had the 1976 KING KONG, Hammer horror films and Japanese monster on the loose pictures by Toho and Daiei. It also had lesser known films like WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS or LITTLE ORBIT AND THE SCREECHERS FROM SPACE (an animated film from France that aired on HBO).
Since I was 9, I wanted to get a monster movie. I followed by MPAA rating system. My dad let me get away with watching monster movies. My father wouldn't let me see TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA, I showed him that this film was rated G and he let me win. When I went to get DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, he wouldn't let me. I kept showing (and emphasizing) that it was rated G. He still wouldn't let me. (Sad eh?) Why? Because of such PC beliefs that horror/monster movies are bad for kids. They're nightmare fuel. Come on! I just want a thrill. This is bad for (juvenile) thrill-seekers.
During my years as a kid, I spoke to adults (such as my neighbors and teachers) that I like monster movies and KING KONG was my favorite. Their reaction would range from amusement (usually in men) to cringing (common in women). When I quote cartoons (e.g. TINY TOONS or PEANUTS) they are happy with it.
When I was younger, I took a paper and some crayons, made a big face, cut it out, made some eye-holes and took some tape and stuck the mask on my face! I've been doing that for a while. My brother and mother like it, but my father, never liked and discouraged me to do that sort of thing. He says stuff like:
Take that off, it's bad for your eyes.Later, my mother agreed with him and I ended up drawing and making paper cut outs of drawings I made and my own backgrounds, and I played around with it. They approved it. So if they were happy with it, I was happy with it.
One day I found this fishing game I played with my brother.
The eyes of the fish were going off. From there, I discovered that they were little stickers. So I took them off and put them on my face, and I looked in the mirror and I looked like an alien! I went to my brother, and he freaked out and said, "You look like an alien." Then I went up to my father, and he said, "Wow! What's that?" I said, "I'm an alien!" And here's what he said:
That's nice. Now take it off, it's bad for your face.LOL!
When I was a teenager, I loved to hang around at the sci-fi and horror section of the video store. Whether it is, Saturday Matinee or Suncoast Motion Picture. I wish I could go and bring home a collection of these videos, but sadly I can't. Why? Two reasons:
1. Not enough money from me.
2. Those things are bad for you.
For crying out loud! They are just classics and the posters/covers are exaggerating. Who knows, the monsters don't look like that in the actual film.
When I go to bookstores I go and hang out at the film and television section and read books about science-fiction or special effects. They did not mind. MOVIE MAGIC and CINEMA SECRETS were my favorite shows back then, so they didn't mind.
So it was very hard to be a Monster Kid back then.
Unless you are him.
Anyone else who grew up in the 80's and 90's with situations similar to this?