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TV that freaked you out as a kid
« on: July 30, 2020, 11:44:30 PM »
For me it was CITV's It's a Mystery. The theme music from a later series used to creep me out; although looking through the YouTube comments, I wasn't the only one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv-q3EKoRBA

The episode that freaked me out the most though was the one about the faces appearing on the floorboards. It was definitely 5:16-5:25 that shook me up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKQnxGxhrNI

As someone who watched a lot of TV as a kid and has a freakish elephant-like memory, I'm surprised that's the only show I can remember freaking me out but there you go.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 12:06:23 AM »
The ghostly episode of Tugs (1989). Mournful music, weird screeching, odd characters in helpless peril. A strange thing to see in a kids' series earnestly following the day-to-day adventures of chatty tugboats.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 12:35:01 AM »
There was always something horribly unsettling about the music and intro to The Book Tower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKHXDim19cA.

I also remember Codename Icarus being a rather dark introduction to themes of dystopia for tea-time BBC1.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 01:16:41 AM »
The episode that freaked me out the most though was the one about the faces appearing on the floorboards. It was definitely 5:16-5:25 that shook me up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKQnxGxhrNI

The programme makers seem to have nicked the idea for that from this:

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The Bélmez Faces or the Faces of Bélmez is an alleged paranormal phenomenon in a private house in Spain. The phenomenon started in 1971 when residents claimed images of faces appeared in the concrete floor of the house.

Located at the Pereira family home at Calle Real 5, Bélmez de la Moraleda, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain, the Bélmez faces have been responsible for bringing large numbers of sightseers to Bélmez.

Various faces have supposedly appeared and disappeared at irregular intervals since 1971 and have been frequently photographed by the local newspapers and curious visitors. Many Bélmez residents believe that the faces were not made by human hand. Some paranormal investigators believe that it is a thoughtographic phenomenon, subconsciously produced by the deceased former owner of the house, María Gómez Cámara.

Skeptical researchers have performed extensive tests on the faces and believe that they are fabrications possibly created as part of a hoax. It is suspected that the Pereira family may have perpetrated the hoax for financial gain.[1][2]

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On May 2007, journalist Javier Cavanilles and investigator Francisco Máñez published a book called Los Caras de Bélmez,[21][22] which is a double entendre meaning "The Faces of Bélmez" and "The Scoundrels of Bélmez",[23] where they explain the history of the scam and pointed to María's son, Diego Pereira, as author of the mysterious paintings.

Ages ago I looked up the photos of these on the internet, after years of only having read about it. I was disappointed to see that they were scribbled on the floor by someone who couldn't draw. (Or by using acids and paints and things instead of a pen. Either way, they probably didn't pass art class.)

It actually pisses me off a bit that this show just haphazardly rewrote a likely hoax under the guise of being educational or something. It's well done and effectively scary, but the IBA wouldn't have allowed it to be broadcast as-was if they still existed then.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 01:47:43 AM »
For me it was CITV's It's a Mystery.

Fucking hell! I remembered a show I saw as a kid which featured crop circles and which I've often tried to remember the title of, but I reckon it was this! There was an episode which had something about a road with an optical illusion where it looked like cars and bikes could freewheel uphill.

Do you remember the show False or True / FoT? I used to love that one as well.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 02:37:44 AM »
Not freaked out as such, but the Picture Box theme was unsettling with all those off-key notes being thrown in.

Also unsettling was the Open University theme, especially some weird extended sequences very early in the morning with the logo appearing onscreen in a variety of different ways, one of them with the logo oddly elongated.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2020, 07:22:02 AM »
The between-programmes globe on the BBC. Apparently as a toddler I was terrified of it to the extent that in a bid to stop my sister watching Dr Who I shoved silver paper into the dial, causing the TV to explode.

I have no recollection whatsoever of this and given my sister's record it wouldn't surprise me if it was either exaggerated or totally invented.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2020, 07:38:52 AM »
The dead eyed old woman miming to a voiceover bloke screeching "THAAAAAAT'S FIZZY!" at the end of this Soda Stream advert was apparently so frightening to me that I cried whenever my parents even went near the telly to switch it on.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeV0CbvHG8

It goes without saying I was 28 years old at the time and my name is Morris Mitchener.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2020, 07:47:20 AM »
For me it was CITV's It's a Mystery. The theme music from a later series used to creep me out; although looking through the YouTube comments, I wasn't the only one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv-q3EKoRBA

The episode that freaked me out the most though was the one about the faces appearing on the floorboards. It was definitely 5:16-5:25 that shook me up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKQnxGxhrNI



The meekers, ha ha. What a load of shit. I think that story is based on the Belmez faces (as I've mentioned on here, I was lucky enough to visit the house where those faces appeared and saw first hand the weird images in the stone EVERYWHERE!).



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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2020, 07:50:34 AM »
The programme makers seem to have nicked the idea for that from this:

Ages ago I looked up the photos of these on the internet, after years of only having read about it. I was disappointed to see that they were scribbled on the floor by someone who couldn't draw. (Or by using acids and paints and things instead of a pen. Either way, they probably didn't pass art class.)

It actually pisses me off a bit that this show just haphazardly rewrote a likely hoax under the guise of being educational or something. It's well done and effectively scary, but the IBA wouldn't have allowed it to be broadcast as-was if they still existed then.

hoax or not, I saw the fucking things first hand. I could imagine it was an elaborate hoax but this was an odd place. A house made of stone with spaces seemingly carved out of old rock, almost cave like. The hallway was where I saw very elaborate 'art'. A woman with a wine jug, a dog. These were not immediately noticeable - like a magic eye. The more you stared the more you saw. This was long after the old lady had died and the house was closed for tourists but my girlfriend's friend lived in the village and knew the lady who owned a key to the property, so as twilight fell we were granted access for a short time.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2020, 07:50:46 AM »
The BELMez faces?

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2020, 07:54:40 AM »
Mock! Mock! DIE!


The Little Vampire 1985 - that was one hell of a fever dream. Absolutely terrifying. Woozy soft lens hallucination of a show. An anaemic Punky Brewster on PCP.


Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2020, 08:51:00 AM »
There were 2 things on TV that I remember scaring the shit out of me when I was about 4 or 5.



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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2020, 08:55:43 AM »
Demon Headmaster goes New Wave

Demon Headmaster auditions for Dr. Who

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2020, 12:08:03 PM »
Also, one of my very first posts on CaB was on a similar thread, in which I mentioned a show that ended with people being stuck inside an airtight room and running out of breath. And someone actually informed me what the programme was.

Unfortunately I can't remember what it was, so if that genius is around perhaps they would be able to inform me again. It was circa 1969. My mum assured me that they would survive and be back for another series. Which is one of the first times I became aware that adults lie.

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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2020, 12:27:50 PM »
Also, one of my very first posts on CaB was on a similar thread, in which I mentioned a show that ended with people being stuck inside an airtight room and running out of breath. And someone actually informed me what the programme was.

Unfortunately I can't remember what it was, so if that genius is around perhaps they would be able to inform me again. It was circa 1969. My mum assured me that they would survive and be back for another series. Which is one of the first times I became aware that adults lie.

That's 'The Dark Streets of Kimball's Green', an episode of creepy anthology series 'Shadows', I think.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2020, 12:41:02 PM »
There was an episode of the 1990's Tomorrow People that really shit me up.

Also my mum said I used to start bawling my eyes out at the theme of Stopit and Tidyup. 28 I was etc.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2020, 12:43:55 PM »
Bernards Watch -Not because it was scary or anything but as a young lad with the ability to freeze time/Fuck about with people (push them in front of cars n that), I could never get why the little cunt was so responsible. paying for shit in shops, not de-kegging blokes in front of schools etc. The lad had no imagination and that shit is freaky.
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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2020, 12:55:26 PM »
The Changes - 1975 BBC kids drama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjVqHVo0nq0

Scared the beejeezus out of me when I first watched it. Very unsettling stuff.

But then again I was only 28 6 then.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2020, 01:09:38 PM »
Bernards Watch -Not because it was scary or anything but as a young lad with the ability to freeze time/Fuck about with people (push them in front of cars n that), I could never get why the little cunt was so responsible. paying for shit in shops, not de-kegging blokes in front of schools etc. The lad had no imagination and that shit is freaky.

Yeah, I remember being annoyed as a kid (and as an adult looking back) when he went into a cornershop and left change and a note on the counter from some stuff he took.

There was definitely an episode where he was a goalkeeper and used his watch to pull off a few saves. Bernard should have definitely been done for match fixing.


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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2020, 02:43:58 PM »
There was always something horribly unsettling about the music and intro to The Book Tower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKHXDim19cA.


Came here to post that! I always got the theme tune to that and the South Bank show mixed up because they're very similar, but Book Tower's is far creepier.

Picture Box was another one.
https://youtu.be/gVTsnSg-MS4

And Chocky. Not just the intro (although it is chilling) but the entire programme.
https://youtu.be/e3ztIDFU2P8
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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2020, 03:01:56 PM »
We came home and I wanted to watch the Pingu we'd taped while we were out. I loved Pingu. He made me laugh so much. I'd been sad to miss it and was very relieved when we wound the tape back and pressed play and the Pingu music started. Unfortunately it was this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSb-IScr1YI


Fucking hell

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2020, 03:14:36 PM »
The Glitterball scared me as a nipper, i thought my steelies could come alive and wreak havok, and i couldn't have them in my room apparently.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192075/?ref_=ttmi_tt

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2020, 03:24:48 PM »
Broadcasting Standards Complaints, usually after current affairs docos or Watchdog. The non-continuity announcer tone, and the scrolling Star Wars text, but with like no warning or acknowledgement. Just the previous programme flicking to black for slightly too long to be comfy, then two minutes going through that and reminding you they live at 7, The Sanctuary.

Then just ignored as if it never happened


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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2020, 03:40:31 PM »
Castrol GTX advert (music and slimy engine oil)

Ghosts of Motley Hall (the whiskers on Freddie Jones)

Juliet Bravo (theme music and nebulous fear of being arrested)

Picture Box was another one.
https://youtu.be/gVTsnSg-MS4

Yep, awful ethereal creepy sense of dread from that theme.

Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2020, 03:41:58 PM »
The opening credits of 'Arthur C Clarke', especially the mushroom cloud seen through the crystal skull.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2020, 03:50:19 PM »
Dafthead off Worzel

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2020, 03:52:40 PM »
Heartbeat/Last of the Summer Wine theme coming on reminding you there's very little of the weekend left and you've still not done your homework.

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Re: TV that freaked you out as a kid
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2020, 04:04:01 PM »

There was definitely an episode where he was a goalkeeper and used his watch to pull off a few saves. Bernard should have definitely been done for match fixing.

I remember that one, The lad who played him grew up to be a Nottingham forest fan...could have done with that watch this season.

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