Has being a parent affected your horror viewing habits?

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  1. booper71

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    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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    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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    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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    This is why I have a portable dvd player... :)
     
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    Portable dvd players

    Portable dvd players..................THE BEST MOVIE EXPERIENCE(S) I'VE EVER HAD!!!! :)
     
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    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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    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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    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). :glasses:
     
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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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    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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    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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    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.

    ;D
     
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    mhmmm.......... :eek2:
     
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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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    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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    It's not all negative, a couple of years from now my son might be able to watch Leprechaun In Space with me!
     
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    Well of course there's the one I had with you, but I thought we weren't going to bring that up.
     
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    You're not watching people do their jobs, you're watching them act like they are doing their jobs. I like the show but know it's fake and I'll prove it. When they find a Gibson guitar, Gibson will be thanked for providing stuff in the end credits.:lol: Same for almost every "big" find. Not thanked for letting their names be used, thanked for providing! The show is a crock in that aspect. Hardcore Pawn is also fake as can be. They tried to sell me a story to act out when I went to the store during filming. I even filmed a different story I made up, but it never aired. It probably never will either, as Big Joe hauled me out of the building, but he was fired and arrested for stealing this season. The arrest looked like it might be real, but I still have my doubts.

    I think the show with the auction house in Atlanta might be mostly real, can't say for sure though.

    By the way, despite my user name I also have no kids.:glasses:
     
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    Like dave13, my girlfriend and I just recently had our first child as well, and it's hard to find time to watch anything. My girlfriend isn't a huge fan of horror, other then you guessed it, The Walking Dead. Mind you she doesn't mind other horror flicks as long as they aren't to gorey, realistic, or about ghosts or religion. Most movies are interrupted by our son, so most of my movie watching starts at 10 or 11pm, and being so late it's rare that I can make through a movie in one sitting.

    As he gets older I will try to get him into horror although I will probably keep them age appropriate, to a point anyway.

    I am starting a podcast with my friend in the near future though, so we'll see how that goes with keeping up watching films. I think it should be fine though, I'll just have to have a coffee at 10pm haha.
     
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    What's that? Sorry man, I can't hear you over the sound of me groping my gorgeous wife's booty.

    In all seriousness, I'm digging those of you with kids chiming in on whether or not your kids are following in your footsteps. We have three: ten, three and 1.5 and none of them are confirmed. The oldest doesn't really have any interest in movies whatsoever. The three-year-old is a movie fiend, but she tends to watch Disney or Barbie movies exclusively. We went to see the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc. and she really liked that, but it's mostly her age.

    When I was three or four, my parents told me I put The Blues Brothers into the Betamax (yeah, dating myself here) almost every single day for a year. Our three-year-old has that going on.

    I think movies just aren't special to kids now. When we were young (I'm 33), the idea of watching a movie at home was still a big deal. OWNING a movie was almost unheard of. Renting movies was an event, as was seeing them in a theatre. Kids today don't get the same buzz for movies like we did, it's pretty sad.

    I'm really hoping the younger two grow up to be movie lovers because my DVD collection is full of movies I'd love to introduce to them as they get older.
     

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