Charles Underhill lives in the suburb with his young son Steve, but he does not allow Steve to play in the nearby playground with other children. Charles has a childhood trauma with the ... See full summary »

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Himself - Introduction
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Charles Underhill
Keith Dutson ...
Steve
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Carol
Mirko Malish ...
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Steven Andrade ...
Charlie
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Charles Underhill lives in the suburb with his young son Steve, but he does not allow Steve to play in the nearby playground with other children. Charles has a childhood trauma with the bully Ralph and his friends, and he frequently sees his ghost challenging him, until the day he decides to go to the playground with Steve and face the wounds of his past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the Circles of Hell
23 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While he could enhance the sentimentality of childhood, Ray Bradbury also could take on the nightmares of childhood. I'm not sure I understand the ending totally, but the whole portrayal of the playground is frightening. William Shatner's Charlie, a single father, has been traumatized as a childhood. Before the pre-frontal cortex gets its act together, children can do things that lack conventional conscience. Charlie fears the playground and yet is drawn to it. He still lives in the same neighborhood where the kids of his day tormented him, and now his own son wants badly to be a part of the culture. The boy is pretty fearless and innocent. When we see things from Shatner's perspective we see fangs, facial distortions, horrors coming from these beings. At some point one must seek to confront or nothing will change. Charlie/Shatner knows that he will be haunted for his life it he doesn't act. That gets us to the end. Make your own conclusions.


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