The Cinema Museum, London

Scarred For Life event postponed

Sat 11 Jul 2020 @ 19:30 · Events

Scarred For LifeDid you spend your childhood being traumatised by Worzel Gummidge, Hartley Hare, Children of the Stones and the Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water? Were you terrified of the Usborne Book of Ghosts in your school library, given nightmares by Horror Top Trumps and Game of Jaws, and then handed a Dalek’s Death Ray lolly to calm you down?

The children who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s were placed in the unenviable position of being scared by virtually everything. In this show, Liverpool writers Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence – the men behind the superb Scarred For Life book – will be giving a hilarious talk about the TV, films, music, comics, board games, books, adverts and crisps (no, really) that blighted all of our childhoods. All accompanied by a slide show of some of their most potent childhood fears! There’ll be explicit talk about the giant spiders from Doctor Who, discussion of the bloodthirsty ending to Blake’s 7彩库宝典app, a rummage through the gruesome Public Information Films that haunted all of our nightmares… and even a Top 10 Chart Countdown of the best British hit singles to be inspired by the prospect of impending nuclear armageddon.

彩库宝典appAnd, afterwards, there’ll be a Q&A and discussion – so feel free to chip in with your own memories of retro childhood trauma!

Scarred For Life cover Stephen and Dave’s incredible Scarred For Life book was published in 2017, and became a huge hit. It is, essentially, a gigantic compendium of everything that terrified a generation of British kids during these extraordinary decades… from appallingly graphic kids’ TV to violent comics (and Monster Fun), post-apocalyptic cinema, shocking sitcoms and a boom in paranormal news coverage! This, lest we forget, was the era when respectable BBC1 news programmes would run regular features on poltergeists, UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster. Not to mention Nationwide’s epoch-defining coverage of the ‘Hexham Heads’ and their accompanying werewolf…

So come and join us for the ultimate celebration of vintage terror! You are – of course – at liberty to watch from behind your fingers, although sadly we’re unable to provide a sofa to hide behind. And the evening will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Bob Fischer, who spent the entirety of 1978 convinced that his family dog had rabies after glimpsing an appallingly irresponsible poster next to the headmaster’s office door in his primary school reception.

Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Tickets £10 (£8 concessions).
Advance tickets may be purchased from , or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.
Scarred For Life

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