As children, we’ve all experienced fear and anxiety induced by various forms of media. Whether it was a particularly scary movie, an unsettling TV show, or a creepy poster, these experiences can stick with us for a long time. For me, Nightmare on Elm Street 2, House, The Peanut Butter Solution, and the miniseries V stand out as particularly traumatizing.
Now, a new Kickstarter campaign is aiming to explore these childhood terrors and why certain media can stick with us for so long in a feature-length documentary titled Kindertrauma: We Know What Scared You. Directed by Diandra Lazor, who also made 2022’s FredHeads: The Documentary about Nightmare on Elm Street fans across the globe, this documentary features a cast of commentators, including Josh Ruben (Werewolves Within), Rusty Cundieff (Tales From the Hood), Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator), Jed Sheppard (HOST), Simon Barrett (You’re Next), and many more.
Unfortunately, the campaign has only raised 25% of its $30,000 goal, with only 8 days remaining. If you’d like to see this project come to fruition, back it as soon as possible.
If you enjoy revisiting these childhood triggers, there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy the Traumatized podcast. Each episode covers a different form of media that traumatized the hosts in their younger years. Currently one of my favorites.