What was most threatening to youth in the 1980s? Thermonuclear war? The Tylenol scare? Leg warmers? According to this old 20/20 report, it was the orgy of blood spewing from horror films lurking in neighborhood video shops.
It must have been a slow news week for 20/20 to scrape together this salacious special alert on the corrosive effects of violent horror movies. Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters actually try to sell this shoddy segment with straight faces and wafer-thin logic.
See dazed children foam at the mouth while giggling along with Ash's Evil Dead antics! Watch a conservative coven of high-collared mothers in pearls rant on the perils and pitfalls of the dreaded splatter movies infecting the shelves of your local video store, dispensed with demented glee by the shifty-eyed owner to innocent sons and daughters! You'll run screaming from your laptop!
Hey, most of us turned out OK after saturating ourselves with all that glorious gore. We also drank water from dirty garden hoses with no ill effects to speak of. Right?
(via Bloody Disgusting)