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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

About primal screen or the movie magic ? Which do you want the review of?

3 days ago

Whilst interesting, the format would’ve served better as a docuseries rather than a standalone feature and is severely undermined by its already reduced runtime focusing primarily on only a singular case study of a specific advertisement. The depth of its effects on children and re-enacting dramatisations, were both quite good, however. Yet, overall, it fell short of expectations unfortunately.

5 days ago

Just, interesting

2 weeks ago

I was reading the info on thos film and saw this guy made ROOM 237. Not gonna watch this one because ROOM 237 was garbage garbage garbage garbage trash trash trash trash

1 month ago

would be a cool series; kinda weak as a standalone

1 month ago