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

Informative. Interesting. Thought provoking. It reminded me of my relationship with the movie Sssssss.

Talismanhex
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3 weeks ago

�0 needs to be a series looking at all types of these emotional triggers, done in this same style. Loved it!

MightyMooseMan
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1 month ago

The film MAGIC is pretty good. Scary ventriloquist story. Enough said. This documentary not so much.

littleshivers
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2 months ago

A well done look and pseudo-analysis of the fear of dolls. I enjoyed it.

Buck71
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2 months ago

This is great, and really tapped into my childhood fear of dummies and dolls. I agree with others that I'd like to see a series of these.

Kay1919
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3 months ago