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Playing With: Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films
Basic Trope: Children watch horror films and get terrified.
  • Straight: The children Alice and Bob watch the horror film Vampires of the Cottage. They end up horribly scared and suffering nightmares for weeks.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob get a PTSD-like disorder from watching the film.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob suffer nightmares the night after watching the film, but that's it.
  • Justified: The film has genuinely gruesome and scary scenes that children understand.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob watch it with their parents. Alice and Bob don't find it scary at all, while their parents end up terrified.
    • Alice and Bob don't get scared by the horror film, but do get scared by films that are supposed to be child-friendly.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob are scared while watching the film, but are okay afterward.
  • Double Subverted: However, when summer comes and they're going to their cousin's cottage, they're terrified of going there.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob Wangst about the film for five minutes before forgetting it entirely.
    • Alice and Bob don't care about the scenes in which characters are brutally murdered, but get terrified when a cute doll with no plot significance is destroyed.
    • Alice and Bob both act terrified, but they both end up laughing, admitting that they weren't really scared.
  • Zig Zagged: Both get scared while watching the film, but only Alice suffers nightmares afterward. They go away fairly quickly. Then it's time to visit their cousin's cottage. Alice has forgotten the film entirely, but Bob is now terrified...
  • Averted: Alice and Bob don't watch a horror film.
  • Enforced: The producers or meddling executives want to Scare 'Em Straight with An Aesop about why this kind of film is for adults and not children.
  • Lampshaded: "So you have nightmares too? I guess watching that film wasn't good for us..."
  • Invoked: Jerk Ass Cassandra encourages Alice and Bob to watch the film, hoping they'll react like this and get in trouble.
  • Exploited: Daniel comforts "horror film victims" at the cost of a few sweets.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob remind each other that it's only a film and they should get over it.
    • Alice and Bob stop watching the film before they get more than a little scared.
  • Discussed: "I don't want think watching that horror film is a good idea. What if we end up traumatized?"
  • Conversed: "You'd think some of the children who watch horror films would enjoy it, but it never happens on TV."
  • Implied: After watching the film, Alice and Bob start getting less sleep.
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob are permanently turned off horror films.
  • Reconstructed: When Alice and Bob grow up, they decide (or get forced) to re-watch the film for some reason. This time, they enjoy it. They also ensure that their children don't watch horror films before they're mature enough.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice and Bob do various weird things to "protect themselves from vampires".
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob have a good reason to be terrified: They have witnessed a murder in the past, and the killings in the film remind them of it.

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