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I Thought It Was Better Than That

ProssPross Posts: 25,424
edited September 2018 in The cake stop
Inspired by a film I watched last night that I loved as a kid I thought I'd start a thread for all those things you thought were good as a kid (films, TV, music, holiday destinations) but then having gone back to them years later you realise they were absolutely terrible.

As a starter, the film that triggered the thread for me was Flash Gordon. Wooden or hammy acting, terrible special effects, rubbish plot and script and sets that look like something knocked up on Blue Peter. It would be tempting to say it reflects to technology of the time but Star Wars in three years older yet far higher quality. On the positive side Dale Arden and Princess Aura looked every bit as good as I remembered!

Another I've watched recently was Airplane which really felt it's age. I always used to see something new when I watched it but it felt a bit tired having not seen it in a decade or more.
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  • shortfallshortfall Posts: 2,967
    Great thread.
    Off the top of my head:
    Mandate aftershave. Seemed impossibly cool and masculine in the 80s, now smells like cheap censored .
    Lucozade. Genuinely thought it had health giving properties as a kid in the 70s cos it was expensive and only available at chemists. Now it just tastes like neat sugar and probably causes type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Utterly vile.
    Any porn movie made before the 90s. Fat men with hairy backs [email protected] chubby women with massive vaginal beards all the way down their thighs and round to their censored .
    Indoor swimming pools. Too much chlorine, too many people, over zealous lifeguards who whistle at everything.
    Fray Bentos pies. Was brought up on them. Totally loved them. Now they're just bland with the texture of dogmeat and puff astry that always seems to remain soggy underneath the top layer.
  • shortfallshortfall Posts: 2,967
    Oh and camping. Brilliant as a kid but utterly dogsh1t when you've got used to a bit of luxury.
  • robert88robert88 Posts: 2,696
    Luxury. Gets bloody boring after a bit, then you just want to get out into the wilds on your bike and lead the simple life. Next hols is island hopping, Indian Ocean. Nothing to do except laze around drinking and sunning ourselves. Hell on earth.
  • Liquorice, now hardly any flavour.
    Tizer, I guess I've drunk to much of "Old Fart" best bitter over the years so Tizer tastes of nothing but artificial sweeteners.
    On the other hand just been watching The Blues Brothers from 1980 can't think of a modern film compares!
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 43,999
    Any old episode of Dr. Who. I remember getting scared by a few when I was 7 or 8 so I re-watched a few for curiosity and had a good laugh at the tin foil & papier mache special effects, before getting slightly embarrassed at the fact that they used to scare me :)
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  • Stevo 666 wrote:
    Any old episode of Dr. Who. I remember getting scared by a few when I was 7 or 8 so I re-watched a few for curiosity and had a good laugh at the tin foil & papier mache special effects, before getting slightly embarrassed at the fact that they used to scare me :)
    The cybermen used to worry me when I was a kid. Now grown adults have them on their desks on calendars. What a world we live in, eh?
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,941
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    Any old episode of Dr. Who. I remember getting scared by a few when I was 7 or 8 so I re-watched a few for curiosity and had a good laugh at the tin foil & papier mache special effects, before getting slightly embarrassed at the fact that they used to scare me :)

    TBH, still being scared of the same things in middle age as when you were at junior school would be the embarrassing bit.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,911
    Star Wars
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  • ivor_pyeivor_pye Posts: 46
    Have been recording all my vinyl onto the PC and some (not all) of the music I bought as a youngster just sounds so tired and dated.
  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    Ivor Pye wrote:
    Have been recording all my vinyl onto the PC and some (not all) of the music I bought as a youngster just sounds so tired and dated.


    ...as do most of the people on this forum. FACT!
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,773
    robert88 wrote:
    Luxury. Gets bloody boring after a bit, then you just want to get out into the wilds on your bike and lead the simple life. Next hols is island hopping, Indian Ocean. Nothing to do except laze around drinking and sunning ourselves. Hell on earth.

    I would suggest you either take a bike with you, or find a place to hire one on several of the islands.
    Is Mauritius one of them?
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 43,999
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    Any old episode of Dr. Who. I remember getting scared by a few when I was 7 or 8 so I re-watched a few for curiosity and had a good laugh at the tin foil & papier mache special effects, before getting slightly embarrassed at the fact that they used to scare me :)
    The cybermen used to worry me when I was a kid. Now grown adults have them on their desks on calendars. What a world we live in, eh?
    I remember thinking that Davros was dead scary. Now he just likes a good advert for why you shouldn't smoke.
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 43,999
    robert88 wrote:
    Luxury. Gets bloody boring after a bit, then you just want to get out into the wilds on your bike and lead the simple life. Next hols is island hopping, Indian Ocean. Nothing to do except laze around drinking and sunning ourselves. Hell on earth.
    If you already knew that, maybe you should have booked a different holiday?
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  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,677
    Take up surfing
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    Take up surfing

    I tried that once, nearly broke my ribs doing it,a wave had brought us in right up the beach into shallow water, and front of the board just dropped enough it dug in the loose sand and tipped it round and it stopped instantly, I didnt and still had all the inertia/momentum and landed on its side edge, then I stopped.
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,677
    I’m censored at it but in feb shared the line up in South Africa with 2 locals and a pod of 40 dolphins at sunset. Doesn’t get much better than that, after you’ve got over sh1tting yourself cos you thought they were sharks.
  • SJH76SJH76 Posts: 191
    Star Wars

    After watching the latest episodes then watching the original I look back and think how stunning Carrie Fisher used to be and (God rest her soul) what she ended up looking like.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    I’m censored at it but in feb shared the line up in South Africa with 2 locals and a pod of 40 dolphins at sunset. Doesn’t get much better than that, after you’ve got over sh1tting yourself cos you thought they were sharks.
    we were in SA nearly 2 decades ago - went swimming off this really nice beach - totally deserted - I say swimming - in reality it was just a little dip because of the huge waves crashing in - now we watch Bondi Rescue and wonder just how lucky we were that a) one or both of us didn't get swept away (knew nothing about rips) and b) there were no sharks as there are plenty in the area!!
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,677
    slowbike wrote:
    I’m censored at it but in feb shared the line up in South Africa with 2 locals and a pod of 40 dolphins at sunset. Doesn’t get much better than that, after you’ve got over sh1tting yourself cos you thought they were sharks.
    we were in SA nearly 2 decades ago - went swimming off this really nice beach - totally deserted - I say swimming - in reality it was just a little dip because of the huge waves crashing in - now we watch Bondi Rescue and wonder just how lucky we were that a) one or both of us didn't get swept away (knew nothing about rips) and b) there were no sharks as there are plenty in the area!!

    Apparently they have tracked a single shark from attacks in SA to attacks in Oz. Absolutely ridiculous, but shark attacks are pretty rare.

    I think if you're sensible and always face out to sea so you don't get crushed by a wave while facing into the beach, you should be ok.
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Any UK seaside resort.

    Almost any '70s horror / sci-fi / porn film.

    Nearly all the LPs I've hung onto since my teenage years / early 20s, intending one day to turn them into something useful for the 21st century but never getting round to doing more than 3 of them, and even those went onto CD which is itself becoming obsolete.

    I've just acquired some Sonos speakers and signed up to Spotify so I can get virtually any music just by shouting at Alexa, and I'm finding I don't have the same taste in music as I did 40+ years ago. Who knew?? It's verging on embarrassing when wife and family come home to find Zeppelin or Jethro Tull at dog worrying volume...
  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    jose mourinho
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  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    Chris Bass
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    FishFish wrote:
    Chris Bass

    At least you thought I was better at one point in time!
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  • robert88robert88 Posts: 2,696
    keef66 wrote:
    Any UK seaside resort.

    Almost any '70s horror / sci-fi / porn film.

    Nearly all the LPs I've hung onto since my teenage years / early 20s, intending one day to turn them into something useful for the 21st century but never getting round to doing more than 3 of them, and even those went onto CD which is itself becoming obsolete.

    I've just acquired some Sonos speakers and signed up to Spotify so I can get virtually any music just by shouting at Alexa, and I'm finding I don't have the same taste in music as I did 40+ years ago. Who knew?? It's verging on embarrassing when wife and family come home to find Zeppelin or Jethro Tull at dog worrying volume...

    The other problem is that modern stuff sounds a lot better on a decent system than the old stuff. Tonnes better. Some remastering helps but there's only so much can be done.
  • haydenmhaydenm Posts: 2,903
    Ketamine

    Edit: Wait, I guess that depends on how you define 'kid'. I don't think my Ket habit had started when I was busy riding my scooter to the shop to buy hubba bubba. Of those things, micro scooters. Dreadful shin pain. Hubba bubba remains as excellent as it ever was.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,173
    Anyone ever seen a video replay of their track day experience?
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  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,443
    A film called "The Keep"

    I recalled it as being quite good, broodingly sinister and having a decent soundtrack. It was on TV around a year ago, so I recorded it and showed it to grown-up sons, and I had to admit it was censored .

    Perhaps my recollection is coloured by the book version?


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  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    Chris Bass wrote:
    FishFish wrote:
    Chris Bass

    At least you thought I was better at one point in time!


    That's right - I thought you were the best person on Earth - ever. Now you are only microscopically less fantastic.
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • crumbschiefcrumbschief Posts: 3,400
    Capt Slog wrote:
    A film called "The Keep"

    I recalled it as being quite good, broodingly sinister and having a decent soundtrack. It was on TV around a year ago, so I recorded it and showed it to grown-up sons, and I had to admit it was censored .

    Perhaps my recollection is coloured by the book version?

    :shock: I expect that sort of review from Seanoconn,he is wrong by the way.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,139
    Life.
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