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2nd May '16 2:02:34 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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If this trope pops up in a kids' sitcom, it will almost always overlap with CantGetAwayWithNuthin. See also GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies and ScareEmStraight. When something like this happens in RealLife, see WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids. It can sometimes be {{inverted|Trope}}, as in the case of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', where adults are terrified of the film but kids love it. (See also FridgeHorror for that case; [[InnocentInaccurate perhaps the kids]] ''[[InnocentInaccurate don't understand]]'' [[AdultFear why the events of the movie are something to be afraid of]].)

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If this trope pops up in a kids' sitcom, it will almost always overlap with CantGetAwayWithNuthin. See also GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies and ScareEmStraight. When something like this happens in RealLife, see WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids. It can sometimes be {{inverted|Trope}}, as in the case of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', where {{inverted|Trope}} when adults are terrified of the film movie but kids love it. (See it (for example, Creator/NeilGaiman noticed this reaction with regards to ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''). See also FridgeHorror for that case; [[InnocentInaccurate perhaps the kids]] ''[[InnocentInaccurate don't understand]]'' [[AdultFear why the events of the movie are something to be afraid of]].)
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2nd May '16 1:59:56 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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If this trope pops up in a kids' sitcom, it will almost always overlap with CantGetAwayWithNuthin. See also GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies and ScareEmStraight. When something like this happens in RealLife, see WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids. It can sometimes be {{inverted|Trope}}, where adults are terrified of the film but kids love it. (See also FridgeHorror for that case; [[InnocentInaccurate perhaps the kids]] ''[[InnocentInaccurate don't understand]]'' [[AdultFear why the events of the movie are something to be afraid of]].)

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If this trope pops up in a kids' sitcom, it will almost always overlap with CantGetAwayWithNuthin. See also GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies and ScareEmStraight. When something like this happens in RealLife, see WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids. It can sometimes be {{inverted|Trope}}, as in the case of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', where adults are terrified of the film but kids love it. (See also FridgeHorror for that case; [[InnocentInaccurate perhaps the kids]] ''[[InnocentInaccurate don't understand]]'' [[AdultFear why the events of the movie are something to be afraid of]].)
28th Jan '16 10:19:24 PM TheCuza
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* Even though the "kid" in the situation is a 40-year-old man, Brent from ''Series/CornerGas'' is pressured to watch a horror movie by his parents and Wanda after he admits he has never seen one. He's the only one who doesn't get scared by it. Oscar and Emma are too scared to go into their basement, and Wanda is too scared to go into the gas station's stockroom. Oscar was somehow scared by the movie despite having slept through the whole thing.
-->'''Oscar:''' I saw the ''credits''. ''[nervously]'' Some of the letters were ''bleeding''.
6th Jan '16 2:09:26 PM StFan
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* In the ''Series/MonstersVsAliens'' episode "Attack of the Movie Night", Sqweep sees a horror movie despite being warned not to, and gets scared by the monster in the movie. To get him over his fear, the monsters device a costume like the one in the movie to get him to face his fear. Only two things wrong with that scenario: One, Sqweep got the memory of the movie extracted, so when he sees Coverton wearing the costume, instead of being scared, starts attacking him; and two, that extracted memory comes to life, so now the movie monster is on the loose.

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* In the ''Series/MonstersVsAliens'' ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens2013 Monsters vs. Aliens]]'' episode "Attack of the Movie Night", Sqweep sees a horror movie despite being warned not to, and gets scared by the monster in the movie. To get him over his fear, the monsters device a costume like the one in the movie to get him to face his fear. Only two things wrong with that scenario: One, Sqweep got the memory of the movie extracted, so when he sees Coverton wearing the costume, instead of being scared, starts attacking him; and two, that extracted memory comes to life, so now the movie monster is on the loose.




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* Music/RobZombie once said that the first time he and his brother were left alone in the house they decided to watch ''Film/TheExorcist'' and deeply regretted it.

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* Music/RobZombie Music/RobZombie:
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once said that the first time he and his brother were left alone in the house they decided to watch ''Film/TheExorcist'' and deeply regretted it.




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5th Jan '16 4:21:41 PM StFan
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* Creator/BillCosby:
** His famous "Chicken Heart" routine is this with a horror radio show (Arch Oboler's ''Lights Out''). It culminates in him smearing Jell-O on the floor to trap the giant heart and ''setting the couch on fire.''
** Another routine involves him and a friend going to the movies and trying to watch Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}, and never opening their eyes to see the monster. This leads to them staying at the theater for hours, through multiple showings, trying to build up the courage to look at the monster. Afterwards, he and his friend walk home, late at night, scared that the monster's going to jump out and get them. This leads to them running into a wino, mistaking him for the monster, and running up his front and down his back, and all the way home.
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* In the first ''HomeAlone'' movie, Kevin watches an old gangster movie that he was previously not allowed to see. It ends up scaring him, but he later uses the audio of that scene to ward off the burglars (as well as to scare the living daylights out of a pizza deliveryman). He watches another in the second one and the same thing happens, except he uses it to ward off the hotel staff instead.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': Upon unexpectedly having to work late, Annie Hughes forbids her son Hogarth from gorging on snacks, staying up too late, or watching scary movies. So, naturally, he plunks down in front of the TV with a box of Twinkies to catch the midnight Creature Feature as soon as she's gone. And it's his paranoia over being hearing noises after being creeped out by the movie that leads him to [[spoiler:leave the house with his flashlight, helmet, and BB gun, and discover the Giant for the first time]].
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* In the first ''HomeAlone'' ''Film/HomeAlone'' movie, Kevin watches an old gangster movie that he was previously not allowed to see. It ends up scaring him, but he later uses the audio of that scene to ward off the burglars (as well as to scare the living daylights out of a pizza deliveryman). He watches another in the second one and the same thing happens, except he uses it to ward off the hotel staff instead.




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* In the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' book ''Dog Days'', Greg and Rowley watch a B-Movie called ''Hello, You're Dead'' that they found in Rodrick's room, featuring a muddy hand. Rowley has his eyes covered the whole movie. Greg doesn't find the movie all that scary... until the end, when the "muddy hand" crawls straight to the screen, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou meaning the "hand" is coming for the viewer next.]]

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* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'':
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In the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' book ''Dog Days'', Greg and Rowley watch a B-Movie called ''Hello, You're Dead'' that they found in Rodrick's room, featuring a muddy hand. Rowley has his eyes covered the whole movie. Greg doesn't find the movie all that scary... until the end, when the "muddy hand" crawls straight to the screen, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou meaning the "hand" is coming for the viewer next.]]



* Discussed in the Literature/HarryPotter spin-off, ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', a collection of wizard fairy tales with commentary by Albus Dumbledore. He tells the true story of a little girl who was once ordered to go to bed, because she was too young to hear the story about to be told to her older siblings. The story, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", was about a bitter man removing his heart so he would never fall in love, who eventually killed a woman and ripped out ''her'' heart and ate it to try and feel emotion. She was so traumatized that she rewrote and Bowdlerized all the tales into horrible mountains of {{glurge}}. She never could manage to do it to TWHH, so she just refused to print it.

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* Discussed in the Literature/HarryPotter ''Literature/HarryPotter'' spin-off, ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', a collection of wizard fairy tales with commentary by Albus Dumbledore. He tells the true story of a little girl who was once ordered to go to bed, because she was too young to hear the story about to be told to her older siblings. The story, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", was about a bitter man removing his heart so he would never fall in love, who eventually killed a woman and ripped out ''her'' heart and ate it to try and feel emotion. She was so traumatized that she rewrote and Bowdlerized all the tales into horrible mountains of {{glurge}}. She never could manage to do it to TWHH, so she just refused to print it.




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--> '''Justin:''' I was up all night watching ''Film/TheExorcist''. I will never go to church or sleep again.
--> '''Hope:''' Charlie, how could you let him watch that? [[NoodleIncident He still has nightmares from]] ''[[Series/SesameStreet Elmo In Grouch Land]]''.

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--> '''Justin:''' -->'''Justin:''' I was up all night watching ''Film/TheExorcist''. I will never go to church or sleep again. \n--> \\
'''Hope:''' Charlie, how could you let him watch that? [[NoodleIncident He still has nightmares from]] ''[[Series/SesameStreet Elmo In Grouch Land]]''.



* In ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' episode "Mini Murray", Gramps wants to see ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatMouseDetective'', but Adam wants to see ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}''. How does he accomplush this? By tricking Gramps that Scarface is The Great Mouse Detective. Adam winds up getting scared of some things in the episode, like a clown doll, and attempts to throw it out.

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* In ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' episode "Mini Murray", Gramps wants to see ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatMouseDetective'', ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', but Adam wants to see ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}''. How does he accomplush this? By tricking Gramps that Scarface is The Great Mouse Detective. Adam winds up getting scared of some things in the episode, like a clown doll, and attempts to throw it out.



* The ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Monster Under the Bed" Starts out with Earl letting Baby watch a horror movie involving a mad scientist bringing vegetables to life. Naturally, the Baby spends the next few days screaming about a monster under his bed, keeping his parents up. Then it transpires that there really ''is'' something under the bed...!
* Parodied on ''Series/FatherTed'', where amazingly thick twenty-something Dougal is warned to definitely not watch the horror movie that's coming on that night. You can probably guess what happens from then.
** What makes it even better is that in an earlier episode, he gets scared out of his wits by a Goosebumps style book ''written by Gary Lineker''.

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* The ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Monster Under the Bed" Starts out with Earl letting Baby watch a horror movie involving a mad scientist bringing vegetables to life. Naturally, the Baby spends the next few days screaming about a monster under his bed, keeping his parents up. Then it transpires that there really ''is'' something under the bed...!
* Parodied on ''Series/FatherTed'', where amazingly thick twenty-something Dougal is warned to definitely not watch the horror movie that's coming on that night. You can probably guess what happens from then.
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then. What makes it even better is that in an earlier episode, he gets scared out of his wits by a Goosebumps style book ''written by Gary Lineker''.




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-->''Kids in their PJ's, big bowl of Nachos''
-->''Another perfect day in Rhododendron Park''
-->''The sun is shining, now dad's reclining''
-->''Roll down the shades to watch a movie in the dark''

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': [[BrattyHalfPint Calvin]], allowed to stay up one night without a babysitter, decides to rent a VCR ([[WhatAreRecords kids, ask your parents]]) and a bunch of scary movies. The aftermath:
-->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Well, the house is still standing. Calvin must have gone to bed.
-->'''Calvin's Mom:''' His light is still on. Calvin? Are you awake? ''(opens bedroom door, gets hit by BucketBoobyTrap)'' '''EEP!''' Did you watch a scary movie?!?
-->'''Calvin:''' '''[[BlatantLies No.]]''' Don't come in. The rug is rigged too.

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-->''Kids in their PJ's, big bowl of Nachos''
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perfect day in Rhododendron Park''
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-->''Roll
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down the shades to watch a movie in the dark''

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
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[[BrattyHalfPint Calvin]], allowed to stay up one night without a babysitter, decides to rent a VCR ([[WhatAreRecords kids, ask your parents]]) and a bunch of scary movies. The aftermath:
-->'''Calvin's --->'''Calvin's Dad:''' Well, the house is still standing. Calvin must have gone to bed. \n-->'''Calvin's \\
'''Calvin's
Mom:''' His light is still on. Calvin? Are you awake? ''(opens (''opens bedroom door, gets hit by BucketBoobyTrap)'' BucketBoobyTrap'') '''EEP!''' Did you watch a scary movie?!?
-->'''Calvin:'''
movie?!?\\
'''Calvin:'''
'''[[BlatantLies No.]]''' Don't come in. The rug is rigged too.



* In ''{{ComicStrip/Zits}}'', Jeremy watches ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' when he's home alone, and every little sound in the house starts terrifying him.

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* In ''{{ComicStrip/Zits}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', Jeremy watches ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' when he's home alone, and every little sound in the house starts terrifying him.

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* Creator/BillCosby
** His famous "Chicken Heart" routine is this with a horror radio show (Arch Oboler's ''Lights Out''). It culminates in him smearing Jell-O on the floor to trap the giant heart and ''setting the couch on fire.''
** Another routine involves him and a friend going to the movies and trying to watch Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}, and never opening their eyes to see the monster. This leads to them staying at the theater for hours, through multiple showings, trying to build up the courage to look at the monster. Afterwards, he and his friend walk home, late at night, scared that the monster's going to jump out and get them. This leads to them running into a wino, mistaking him for the monster, and running up his front and down his back, and all the way home.

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* Creator/BillCosby
** His famous "Chicken Heart" routine is this
The ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Monster Under the Bed" Starts out with Earl letting Baby watch a horror radio show (Arch Oboler's ''Lights Out''). It culminates in him smearing Jell-O on movie involving a mad scientist bringing vegetables to life. Naturally, the floor to trap Baby spends the giant heart and ''setting the couch on fire.''
** Another routine involves him and
next few days screaming about a friend going to the movies and trying to watch Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}, and never opening their eyes to see the monster. This leads to them staying at the theater for hours, through multiple showings, trying to build up the courage to look at the monster. Afterwards, he and monster under his friend walk home, late at night, scared bed, keeping his parents up. Then it transpires that there really ''is'' something under the monster's going to jump out and get them. This leads to them running into a wino, mistaking him for the monster, and running up his front and down his back, and all the way home.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Duck in the Dark," where Plucky watches a marathon of "[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Eddie Cougar]]" horror movies, including one that has him attacking a screaming Disney/{{Bambi}}. It ends up giving Plucky horrible nightmares.
-->'''Plucky''': [[TemptingFate Only a total idiot would be afraid of these movies!]]
-->'''Buster''': I rest my case.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Duck in the Dark," Dark", where Plucky watches a marathon of "[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Eddie Cougar]]" Cougar]]'' horror movies, including one that has him attacking a screaming Disney/{{Bambi}}. It ends up giving Plucky horrible nightmares.
-->'''Plucky''': -->'''Plucky:''' [[TemptingFate Only a total idiot would be afraid of these movies!]]
-->'''Buster''':
movies!]]\\
'''Buster:'''
I rest my case.



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* Upon unexpectedly having to work late, ''TheIronGiant'''s Annie Hughes forbids her son Hogarth from gorging on snacks, staying up too late, or watching scary movies. So, naturally, he plunks down in front of the TV with a box of Twinkies to catch the midnight Creature Feature as soon as she's gone. And it's his paranoia over being hearing noises after being creeped out by the movie that leads him to [[spoiler:leave the house with his flashlight, helmet, and BB gun, and discover the Giant for the first time]].



* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Don't Look Now!" has [[ManChild SpongeBob and Patrick]] go to the movie theater to watch a horror movie called "Fisherman IV", which naturally leaves them terrified. Squidward decides to have some fun by dressing up as said Fisherman and scaring them late at night.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Don't Look Now!" has [[ManChild SpongeBob and Patrick]] go to the movie theater to watch a horror movie called "Fisherman IV", which naturally leaves them terrified. Squidward decides to have some fun by dressing up as said Fisherman and scaring them late at night.
5th Dec '15 4:13:23 PM nombretomado
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--> '''Hope:''' Charlie, how could you let him watch that? [[NoodleIncident He still has nightmares from]] ''[[SesameStreet Elmo In Grouch Land]]''.

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--> '''Hope:''' Charlie, how could you let him watch that? [[NoodleIncident He still has nightmares from]] ''[[SesameStreet ''[[Series/SesameStreet Elmo In Grouch Land]]''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' has "Nightmare on Seville Street," where Alvin, Simon, and Theodore see a scary movie and are all scared out of their wits, which causes them to think that a creature called Hideous Harold is chasing them.
29th Sep '15 4:07:35 PM MisterCPC
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** In one of the original shorts from the Tracey Ullman Show, Bart drags Lisa and Maggie with him to watch a scary alien invasion film rather than the latest installment of the Happy Little Elves. Lisa and Maggie wind up dealing with the movie just fine, but Bart ends up screaming in terror when one of the aliens in the film happens to look just like him.
4th Sep '15 9:04:57 AM highschoolsucks666
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AliceAndBob are two mischievous little kids aged around 8-12.One day, they decide they'll go to the movies. Their parents are fine with this, but warn the two of them not to see that new horror film that just came out. Alice and Bob swear they'll see an age appropriate kid film and go off to the movies innocently. Of course, they'll go see the horror film anyway, either getting in easily or sneaking in if the guy at the ticket booth won't let a pair of kids in. This backfires when they find out how terrifying and gruesome the horror movie is, and nearly end up half-traumatized. The rest of the episode will usually consist of them having nightmares and eventually being outed to the parents at seeing the film. Another common version is the kids watching it at home when the parents are out. Sometimes, though less common, the parents will be there as well.

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AliceAndBob are two mischievous little kids aged around 8-12. One day, they decide they'll go to the movies. Their parents are fine with this, but warn the two of them not to see that new horror film that just came out. Alice and Bob swear they'll see an age appropriate kid film and go off to the movies innocently. Of course, they'll go see the horror film anyway, either getting in easily or sneaking in if the guy at the ticket booth won't let a pair of kids in. This backfires when they find out how terrifying and gruesome the horror movie is, and nearly end up half-traumatized. The rest of the episode will usually consist of them having nightmares and eventually being outed to the parents at seeing the film. Another common version is the kids watching it at home when the parents are out. Sometimes, though less common, the parents will be there as well.
4th Sep '15 9:03:41 AM highschoolsucks666
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AliceAndBob are two mischievous little kids aged around 8-14. One day, they decide they'll go to the movies. Their parents are fine with this, but warn the two of them not to see that new horror film that just came out. Alice and Bob swear they'll see an age appropriate kid film and go off to the movies innocently. Of course, they'll go see the horror film anyway, either getting in easily or sneaking in if the guy at the ticket booth won't let a pair of kids in. This backfires when they find out how terrifying and gruesome the horror movie is, and nearly end up half-traumatized. The rest of the episode will usually consist of them having nightmares and eventually being outed to the parents at seeing the film. Another common version is the kids watching it at home when the parents are out. Sometimes, though less common, the parents will be there as well.

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AliceAndBob are two mischievous little kids aged around 8-14. 8-12.One day, they decide they'll go to the movies. Their parents are fine with this, but warn the two of them not to see that new horror film that just came out. Alice and Bob swear they'll see an age appropriate kid film and go off to the movies innocently. Of course, they'll go see the horror film anyway, either getting in easily or sneaking in if the guy at the ticket booth won't let a pair of kids in. This backfires when they find out how terrifying and gruesome the horror movie is, and nearly end up half-traumatized. The rest of the episode will usually consist of them having nightmares and eventually being outed to the parents at seeing the film. Another common version is the kids watching it at home when the parents are out. Sometimes, though less common, the parents will be there as well.
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