Primal Screen

Primal Screen

Directed by Rodney Ascher

Why are we simultaneously attracted to and repelled by the things that scare us the most? In this special presentation, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) explores the pop culture that left dark impressions on us as children. Starting from the immortal ventriloquist dummy of MAGIC, Ascher asks real people to look back at pop-culture artifacts that traumatized them in their youth and describe the effect they had on their lives. A singular hybrid of documentary and horror, stare into the Primal Screen.

In this Shudder Original, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher explores the pop culture that left dark impressions on us as children.

Cast: Gregory Burkart, Daniel Ferranti, Gary Holland

Member Reviews

As a child of the 80's I had a different "dummy" that freaked me out, and caused me to put My Buddy in the closet and never play with him again. Great short doc. I would have liked them to dive into other horrors that shaped people from different decades. It does make me want to check out "Magic" the move. I would recommend this, especially with the short run time.

DashOfDragon
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16 hours ago

i was in high school when the film magic came out omg it was terrifying , now it is one of my favorite films ever

sandie1962
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14 days ago

a really interesting concept and theory about the fear of dolls

katiesouthan186
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16 days ago

Interesting- though I still hate dolls

SteffanScreams
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23 days ago

Very interesting and I am one who definitely hates dolls so it was very fascinating.

Alpha_Anarchy
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a month ago