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

interesting, felt like it was supposed to be the beginning of a series. Where is the series?

JasonTaylor
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11 days ago

3 skulls. I really enjoyed this, but it feels like it was supposed to be the first episode of a series tackling various horror icons. However, it only appears to be the one, short piece...and as such feels incomplete.

gklingler
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21 days ago

Fantastic! Loved this short insight on the film “Magic” and how the teaser trailer scarred someone so much. All the other clips and such relating to Ventriloquism was great as well. Listen to me “Shudder” and listen good, we need more content like this !

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21 days ago

I got bored rather quick with this

Milkshake24
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25 days ago

Excellent documentary on the subjects and objects that scared us as kids or even developed phobias. There should be continuations of this film.

Yukon
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a month ago