What movie/s scared the heck out of you when you were little?

mandobandit

Synchromatic
Apr 1, 2019
512
Ohio
I was a teenage werewolf
I was 7 or 8 I watched with mom and dad on Goulardi
Devastating the school bell the evil doctor Michael Landon we’re talking little Joe Cartwright
I couldn’t watch Ponderosa
Then I seen teenage werewolf when I was like 17 on superhost on a Saturday afternoon all good
 

Highroller

Country Gent
Jun 11, 2015
2,137
Portland, OR
I don't seem to get truly "scared" by the average monster or horror movie. As a teenager, pretty much laughed my way thru stuff like The Excorcist and Amityville Horror. Thought they were total cheese.

But something rooted somewhere in a plausible reality? A really good suspense movie? That'll get me every time. And one of the best - and yeah, I first saw this as a kid - Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter. Mitchum plays a sociopathic serial killer bent on scoring a big pile of cash an old prison cellmate claims to have stashed. At risk are a widow and her two kids.

And being a kid myself at the time, scared the heck out of me!

The image below - Shelley Winter's corpse in the river - this thing stuck with me for years!

Night of the Hunter 01.jpg

So did Mitchum's tattoos : "Love" and "Hate" across his hands. Commonplace these days, but highly weird in the early 60's.

Night of the Hunter 02.jpg

He was great in the original Cape Fear too - another noirish suspense classic that'll scare the bejesus out of you, and has a similar "pyscho after a family" plot. But I didn't see that until many, many years later, and even then, only after seeing the Robert DeNiro remake.

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BrianW

Country Gent
Oct 21, 2014
1,437
Vancouver Island
I never got overly terrorized by any movies... probably didn't see any all that scary when I was little. But, I can certainly recall having nightmares after having a few of Grimm's fairy tales read to me as a pre-schooler. One child's ""moral story" (which a lot of fairy tales were) concerned Hobyahs. That one stuck for a long time.
 

nickurso

Gretschified
Dec 24, 2012
11,792
New Orleans la.
Jaws. I remember standing in line with my mom and dad to see it. I wouldn’t go swimming the rest of that year.
For some reason horror doesn’t scare me. I know it’s not real, but sharks are real and even though they are not in swimming pools I still wouldn’t go swimming
 

afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,711
Where the action is!
Good lord, how did I not think of that. For some reason, my parents thought it was a good idea to let me watch it with them when I was about five years old. It absolutely traumatized me and it took me years to get over it. I was terrified of water for a while. Driving over a bridge, I'd have to lie on the backseat floor. Being in a car wash was agony. I was convinced that even a puddle on the sidewalk might potentially be harboring a great white shark.
 

BCRatRod73

Synchromatic
Sep 1, 2020
778
Mississippi
There is enough in the daily news to scare me to death,
It’s best to just turn the TV off. The “News” in particular And all the political theater shows that support the BS narrative. No fear porn mind control hypnosis propaganda BS for me. I haven’t turned my TV on in a couple years and I’m so much better off for it.
 

capnhiho

Country Gent
Feb 16, 2013
1,466
California
A friend used to get free movie tickets because his mom worked for a local newspaper so we went often. The flick that sticks in my mind was “The Tingler” with Vincent Price. Kept me awake at night for weeks!
 


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