Most who watched The Never Ending Story as children have some recollection of a scene that scared them for life. A new study makes disturbing links between the hidden messages and scenes to mental illness.
WCNN - Lifestyle and Opinion Corespondent
September 8, 2014
SEATTLE - A new study that was once cast out of the scientific community as being ill-founded, is now releasing results that has the scientific community scrambling for answers. Research shows that children between the ages of 3-8 that were exposed to the film show several signs of mental illness ranging from split personality disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, and detachment issues.
The Neverending Story was a movie set in a fictitious land that could interact with the reader. The movie was filled with aw-inspiring visual effects that, for the time, were far ahead of the curve. The scenes were designed to illicit emotion as the film carries the viewer along with the hero's quest.
It are these same scenes that have caused an entire generation to have serious mental problems. "Many studies, along with common sense, have shown time and time again that exposing children to drugs of any kind can result in a wide range of health and mental problems. What we didn't realize until now, was that playing a movie for kids that creates the same visual results that a child who had eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms has, there is little change in the damaging mental impact between the two. We are essentially dealing with a generation of people who mimic the mental health of a crack-baby. This was highly disturbing to us, and the other three research firms that verified our findings." says lead researcher Chuck Murtz of Visual Research Partners Inc.
"The endless scenes of terrifying events draped in a setting of disorder, death, and sadness creates a 1-2 punch on a child's ability to separate fact from fiction. The movie was written to target a young persons reading/writing skills, so the story and messages are easily absorbed."
The Neverending Story has endless examples of creepy and disturbing images, and it comes as no surprise that this film has caused so many issues in the lives of many people.
"Over 40% of our patients are here as a direct result of watching The Neverending Story." says Dr. Monica Reerden, Lead Psychologist at River Hill Mental Illness Center. "Time and time again we receive new patients who claim that the 'Nothing' is coming. We also have several patients that claim a giant turtle told them to find a small human child. I have not watched the film myself, so I'm not sure what these statements actually mean."
Police departments across the country are also finding that a large amount of child abductions are stemming from The Neverending Story. In the movie, the boy can only save the mythical world of "Fantasia" by finding a human child that will give a new name to the Empress. Countless police reports claim these same themes on court documents, and arrest records.
Serious discussion has started to try and eradicate the film from circulation and to create specialized care facilities targeted specifically at those who have seen the movie.