Friday, June 26, 2009


For me, it wasn't actually a monster under the bed, it was a fear that the Elephant Man was sitting on the commode in my bathroom. Not using it, just sitting there, waiting to pounce. For years, I was afraid that the Elephant Man was in my bathroom at night. My parents took me to the movie, which came out in 1980, and I had nightmares about the Elephant Man for YEARS.
Now, I fully realize that there was nothing scary about that movie at all. In fact, I'm sure it was just sad. But my five-year-old self didn't know that.
I've considered watching the movie as an adult, but I'm a little worried that the nightmares will come back.


Flea said...

I love the monster under your bed!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the laugh!

Heather the Mama Duk said...

LOL Interesting monster. Looks a little like Stitch.

Ryan said...

I was 8 years old when my father took me to see that movie. I had nightmares for years. He was my boogie man I guess you could say.

Like you I eventually realized he was a gental man who lived a hell.

When I was about 19 years old, I checked out the true history of the Elephant Man book from the library. I remember bringing it home and being so nervious opening it up and looking at the real pictures of him.

I found this post by typing in "nightmares about the elephant man". Even as a 36 year old man, I still get a shock when I accidently see pictures like this on the Internet:

Picture of the Elephant Man

Good to know I'm not the only one who feels this way...:-)