Well I’ll Be

My entire life, I have recoiled with horror when Mr. Mister’s “Take These Broken Wings” is played. This is because I associate it with a murder that I witnessed as a little girl.

It was a murder on television, but still. It scared me so much I ran out of the living room & into my bedroom, where the song was playing on my radio. I can’t hear it to this day without becoming miserable.

This is how I remembered the murder. Matt Dillon ran into a room where Natalie Wood was fighting with an albino who was cutting her with a straight razor. Then the albino was stabbed with a knitting needle.

It is now over 30 years later, & I still have nightmares about this scene, so in an effort to purge myself of this trauma, I crowd sourced Twitter. Useless. So I googled.

You want to know what horror film traumatized a nine-year-old girl so badly that she has nightmares about it at 43 years of age?

Foul Play. Starring Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase. I’m told there’s even a Burgess Meredith karate fight.

Just kill me now.

But seriously how is this horrific sight funny??! 

Copyright whatever movie studio made this hellish vision & called it a comedy.


Children are impressionable! Be careful what they’re watching!

Knowing my mum she was passed out on the settee. Or cooking. Or my brother was feeding Doritos to the cat.

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4 thoughts on “Well I’ll Be

  1. Blake says:

    Well, combination mystery-thriller-romance. Very popular at the time.

  2. Blake says:

    It is a good point, though: I was very permissive with the kids but I was =very= particular. The Boy and I could watch monster movies or gory movies or whatever, but I wasn’t going to take him to see “Prince of Egypt”.

    He did not need to know that God killed a bunch of firstborn sons.

  3. nightfly says:

    For me, it’s Barry Manilow’s “Looks Like We Made It.” I was maybe five years old, howling inconsolably in the back seat while that was playing on the radio. I have no idea why I was even crying in the first place. But nope, that song sets my teeth on edge ever since.

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