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The First Film I Ever Saw

Updated on January 5, 2013

Hammer Horror

The Reptile (1966) Classic Hammer Horror
The Reptile (1966) Classic Hammer Horror

The Reptile (1966)

The first film I ever saw? Well, at least, the first film I remember seeing, and at the cinema was 'The Reptile'. In 1966, the same year as the 'Black Magic' chocolates commercial the great Hammer Horror studios released this chilling and atmospheric piece. And yes, I was 6 years old! My mother had a passion for horror films and, as my father was away, she would take me with her to the weekly Late Night Double Horror bill being shown every Friday evening at the local cinema. And yes, technically, childen were not allowed in to see such films as they were rated 18+ but, being a small village and knowing the people who ran the cinema, my mother persuaded them to allow me in, provided she could promise that I would behave. Oh, how well I behaved! OK, maybe those old 18+ horror movies are tame by todays standards, probably even quaint, but I was six years old!

Add to this the fact that I vividly remember my mother telling me, on the short bus ride to the cinema, that she wouldn't take me home if I was afraid - meaning she wouldn't leave half-way through the film if I wastoo scared. However, I interpreted this as meaning she wouldn't take me home at all if I was scared at any time - before, during or after the film. So what was I to do but watch the film and not be scared because I was terrified that I may not be going home. LOL.

A baptism by fire, the beginning of a life-long passion for horror and a great fondness for those classic Hammer Horror films from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's! Sadly, the 1980's heralded the death of a great deal of what had been good in cultural terms, as the country slid inexorably into the quagmire of bad taste hair-styles, instantly forgettable, tooth-rotting candy pop and drowned in the greasy slime of over-priced 'designer labels', a thankless, impersonal, disposable consumerism fuelled by incestuous Thatcherite greed. Everything must change . . . but not always for the better!


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    • Matt in Jax profile image

      Matt in Jax 

      7 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Nice story. I can't remember my very first movie, but my first rated R was "Air Force One."

    • R S Beer profile image

      R S Beer 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      The first movie I can remember watching was Earth vs The Flying Saucers.

      Over the years I've become more interested in horror thrillers and European cinema in general though. 70s Giallos, old school British horror movies like Witchfinder General and similar.

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