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

Really interesting! They should do more episodes covering different childhood phobias.

m.d
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5 days ago

Insanely well done and engaging. Would love to see more like this.

kknot5889
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1 week ago

Hella fascinating

DuckiestGolf
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3 weeks ago

This was really good. I think the only reason it's not 5 star is because people complain about it not being longer, or a series, which is super ironic...

FlipLeTape
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4 weeks ago

That was a fun watch! Dolls are super creepy, so I totally get that. If I was awoken one night by the sound of my suitcase opening up under my bed, the one in which I keep my ventriloquist dummy in, it wouldn't go into the closet. It would go into the trash, outside :D

I_Know_I'm_Human
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1 month ago