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2012-07-12 03:51:40 PM

mjg: Raug the Dwarf: mjg: Saw a MUCH earlier version of this as a kid at my parent's church in the 80s.

/ had nightmares.
// thankfully, it scared the Christianity right out of me:)

[www.iwannawatch.net image 336x475]

Wasn't called "Thief in the Night" was it?

Holy crap. Yeah it was. Agh, the nightmares I had from that tripe.


There were two or three sequels to it too. Parent's made me watch them as a kid too. They did scare the crap out of me.
 
2012-07-12 03:52:05 PM
only 2 scared me
child catcher from chitty chitty bang bang
cyclops from original sinbad
 
2012-07-12 03:52:42 PM

dittybopper: List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:


That movie scared the shiat out of me back in the day. Is it on DVD?
 
2012-07-12 03:53:21 PM

gunga galunga: pacmanner: [i662.photobucket.com image 400x300]

Is that a Wookalar?

/or however it's supposed to be spelled


heh.....that sure is a Wookalar.
 
2012-07-12 03:53:51 PM
Kirk Cameron?
 
2012-07-12 03:56:01 PM
That list was a joke.
 
2012-07-12 04:05:05 PM
Darth Vader was scary? Who knew? As for the rest of that list, I never even heard of most of them.
 
2012-07-12 04:08:28 PM

Drew P Balls: dittybopper: List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:

That movie scared the shiat out of me back in the day. Is it on DVD?


Apparently.

Best part of it was that it's not particularly gory: It's a made-for-TV movie, but *DAMN* if it isn't just scary as all Hell. Anyone looking at doing horror films needs to watch it to see how real suspense and just plain creepiness is done without resorting to buckets of blood.
 
2012-07-12 04:14:52 PM

Odd Bird: If you two were allowed to watch that as a child, your parents must have been laughing their asses off when you wet the bed.

Viggo was one scary fark in that flick.




Actually, I haven't seen it.....hell, I don't even know what movie that is.
 
2012-07-12 04:25:53 PM

The_Sponge: Odd Bird: If you two were allowed to watch that as a child, your parents must have been laughing their asses off when you wet the bed.

Viggo was one scary fark in that flick.



Actually, I haven't seen it.....hell, I don't even know what movie that is.


That's from "The Prophecy" Pretty decent 90s horror flick. Christopher Walken as the angel Gabriel, and he's not a nice guy.
 
2012-07-12 04:26:09 PM

dittybopper: Anyone looking at doing horror films needs to watch it to see how real suspense and just plain creepiness is done without resorting to buckets of blood.



See also:

Halloween
 
2012-07-12 04:27:39 PM
I may be completely imagining this, but I seem to remember late, late at night there was one channel that showed these little short horror films.

One was about a guy who worked in a department store, and was obsessed with the mannequins, The eventually come alive and the next day he has been turned into a mannequin also.

There was another one, that had a similiar premise to the Zuni Fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror, about this doll that comes alive and attacks a lady.

Anyone else remember these?
 
2012-07-12 04:31:49 PM

Brytanica1: I may be completely imagining this, but I seem to remember late, late at night there was one channel that showed these little short horror films.

One was about a guy who worked in a department store, and was obsessed with the mannequins, The eventually come alive and the next day he has been turned into a mannequin also.

There was another one, that had a similiar premise to the Zuni Fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror, about this doll that comes alive and attacks a lady.

Anyone else remember these?


They both sound like pretty famous Twilight Zone tv show episodes. The first one, the person worked in a department store was actually a mannequin. They took turns each week being a real human and had to go back. The one that week had forgotten they were a mannequin and got scared whenever the others started coming to life to get her.

The other was Talky Tina. Jesus, that was a creepy episode. Basically Chucky, but black and white and 30 years before.
 
2012-07-12 04:34:11 PM

Drew P Balls: dittybopper: List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:

That movie scared the shiat out of me back in the day. Is it on DVD?


Yes. And for a 30 year old made-for-TV movie, it's an amazingly good transfer.

Better yet, the movie still holds up. Watching it now as an adult, I finally picked up on something that went over my head when I was 10. I never understood why Charles Durning's character was so strangely obsessed with Bubba's friendship with the little girl. Now that I have a better understanding of the mindset of a pedophile, it makes a lot more sense. And it makes the scene where he confronts the girl at a Halloween party, where she is wearing adult make-up, even creepier.
 
2012-07-12 04:34:55 PM
The Gremlins definitely terrified me as a young child. I don't think it was in the first movie, but the part where they trap the guy in the giant ball of Gremlins particularly freaked me out. 80s horror movies are the best!
 
2012-07-12 04:35:34 PM

Brytanica1: I may be completely imagining this, but I seem to remember late, late at night there was one channel that showed these little short horror films.

One was about a guy who worked in a department store, and was obsessed with the mannequins, The eventually come alive and the next day he has been turned into a mannequin also.


Wasn't that an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Also sounds like it could be Sondheim's Evening Primrose. Was it a musical starring Anthony Perkins?
 
2012-07-12 04:37:01 PM

dittybopper: Drew P Balls: dittybopper: List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:

That movie scared the shiat out of me back in the day. Is it on DVD?

Apparently.

Best part of it was that it's not particularly gory: It's a made-for-TV movie, but *DAMN* if it isn't just scary as all Hell. Anyone looking at doing horror films needs to watch it to see how real suspense and just plain creepiness is done without resorting to buckets of blood.


starseeker.com

Oh and that Yeti TV movie. Snowbeast.
 
2012-07-12 04:37:46 PM

gunga galunga: Drew P Balls: dittybopper: List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:

That movie scared the shiat out of me back in the day. Is it on DVD?

Yes. And for a 30 year old made-for-TV movie, it's an amazingly good transfer.

Better yet, the movie still holds up. Watching it now as an adult, I finally picked up on something that went over my head when I was 10. I never understood why Charles Durning's character was so strangely obsessed with Bubba's friendship with the little girl. Now that I have a better understanding of the mindset of a pedophile, it makes a lot more sense. And it makes the scene where he confronts the girl at a Halloween party, where she is wearing adult make-up, even creepier.


Is that the one where someone gets it by a combine and someone else in a silo?
 
2012-07-12 04:42:13 PM

gunga galunga: Brytanica1: I may be completely imagining this, but I seem to remember late, late at night there was one channel that showed these little short horror films.

One was about a guy who worked in a department store, and was obsessed with the mannequins, The eventually come alive and the next day he has been turned into a mannequin also.

Wasn't that an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Also sounds like it could be Sondheim's Evening Primrose. Was it a musical starring Anthony Perkins?


Just found it. It was a short film called Living Dolls that was part of USA's Saturday Nightmares.
 
2012-07-12 04:44:22 PM
I didn't recognize half of the characters from TFA, and most of the rest didn't really qualify to be on the list.

A kick-ass villain doesn't automatically equal scary. Darth Vader was kick-ass, but not disturbing to watch.

Pennywise wouldn't be on my list, because I didn't see the movie until after I'd read the book, and the movie paled in comparison.

Willy Wonka wasn't a disturbing character for me. The tunnel ride was disturbing because of the images, not the chanting.


Large Marge - I've seen it a million times; each and every time I closed my eyes during that part.

G'mork - Never had to close my eyes, but I can still feel the ice running through my veins when I think back on it.

Superman 3 (robot scene) - I'd totally forgotten about it until just now, but yeah...this too.
 
2012-07-12 04:49:15 PM

Brytanica1: I may be completely imagining this, but I seem to remember late, late at night there was one channel that showed these little short horror films.

One was about a guy who worked in a department store, and was obsessed with the mannequins, The eventually come alive and the next day he has been turned into a mannequin also.

There was another one, that had a similiar premise to the Zuni Fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror, about this doll that comes alive and attacks a lady.

Anyone else remember these?


On the USA Network, on weekends in the late 1980s, sometimes they would air these little film shorts. Sometimes they were scary, sometimes just "ha-ha" scary or ironic. I always assumed they were just airing them when they needed to fill a few minutes between features. I think I remember seeing these there.

The one I remember specifically was about a fisherman who got reeled in himself after picking up a dollar bill that was attached to a hook and line.
 
2012-07-12 04:50:22 PM
www.horrortalk.com

psycho priest from Happy Hell Night - one of the creepiest from my childhood
 
2012-07-12 04:52:42 PM
Um, only those last two applied to my childhood really, besides Darth Vader. Subby sounds old.

/I'll get off your lawn.
 
2012-07-12 04:55:53 PM
Scary? No. Gave me the heeby-jeebies... still does... the sight of viscera unsettles me1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-12 04:57:52 PM
www.bryanreesman.com

These guys terrified me as a kid...


Also, Bill Bailey reveals the hidden terrors of The Magic Roundabout

/Bow down to the Spring, for I am King of the Roundabout!
 
2012-07-12 05:02:43 PM

rickycal78: The_Sponge: Odd Bird: If you two were allowed to watch that as a child, your parents must have been laughing their asses off when you wet the bed.

Viggo was one scary fark in that flick.



Actually, I haven't seen it.....hell, I don't even know what movie that is.

That's from "The Prophecy" Pretty decent 90s horror flick. Christopher Walken as the angel Gabriel, and he's not a nice guy.



Ah...got it.

/Came out when I was in high school.
//Still need to watch it.
 
2012-07-12 05:03:53 PM
For some reason I had a huge fear that I would be watching TV one night, glance over at the window and see this staring at me. Which is odd because I liked the movies.
media.jinni.com
 
2012-07-12 05:04:48 PM
"Engine" Joe??? You're kidding me...

Actually, no. When I was little I seriously thought it was Engine Joe. Raised in a very liberal upper middle class neighborhood and probably didn't even know, at six, what "Injun" might mean. But it does look funny now, doesn't it?
 
2012-07-12 05:08:28 PM
I only remember three things that seriously freaked me out when I was little:

1. That murderous energy blob thing from Outer Limits' It Crawled Out of the Woodwork. Link to a little pic that won't let me hotlink it here

2.

www.flanagans.com

this thing, also from Outer Limits

3. That one Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode where Kowalski started turning into an octopus monster thing. Can't find a pic.
 
2012-07-12 05:08:47 PM
i742.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-12 05:08:58 PM
mundabor.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-12 05:09:14 PM
www.marahcreative.com

The only nightmares I ever remember having were related to this thing.
 
2012-07-12 05:12:43 PM

Brytanica1: PacManDreaming: Sorry, but that list fails without Mr. Barlow.

It also needs to include the Glick boys.

CSB time,

The scene with the Glick kid outside Mark's window freaked me out so bad as a kid that ny 8 year old self demanded my mom get me new curtains for my bedroom, as the ones I had were very thin, see through white gauzy ones, and I wanted thick ones that I could not see outside or anything see in.

A year or so later, my oldest brother came home from leave, and thought it would be HILARIOUS to put on one of those monster masks and stand outside my window, scratching at the screen. I opened up the curtains, saw him, let out a blood curdling scream and passed out.


My dad ran in, saw me lying there all white, and thought I was dead. A minute later my brother ran in, holding the mask, it took my dad about 2 seconds to figure out what had happened, and he was so freaked out and upset he just hauled off and knocked the shiat out of my brother because he thought he had quite literally scared me to death.

They woke me up, and I woke up still screaming bloody murder.


I did the same exact thing to my little sister, but in my defense I was 12 at the time. She screamed and cried so hard I started sobbing. Bad joke, bad joke . . .

Amazing that show was on primetime TV (pre-cable) for all to see. Also:

www.variedcelluloid.net
 
2012-07-12 05:14:34 PM

MilesTeg: improvius: [johnkennethmuir.files.wordpress.com image 640x447]

The worst part was probably the horrifying, screaming wail it made.

Oh, and the smoking, dessicated bodies it spat out.

Yep...
And these guys

[www.space1999.net image 640x467]


And they were so evil Maya couldn't stay duplicated as one. Great series. Don't reboot.
 
2012-07-12 05:17:34 PM
Hmm scared me the most when I was a kid.

The Alien from Aliens
Predator (I was 9 when I saw it).
Was deathly afraid of the Terminator
Mentioned above the wolf from Neverending Story
Oh Cujo also.
 
2012-07-12 05:30:00 PM
The egghead alien in the end credits of Star Trek and the the cenobite in Hellraiser, not the pinhead guy or the fat fark, the other one
 
2012-07-12 05:30:33 PM
Speaking of Twilight Zones:

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2012-07-12 05:32:41 PM

gunga galunga: Better yet, the movie still holds up. Watching it now as an adult, I finally picked up on something that went over my head when I was 10. I never understood why Charles Durning's character was so strangely obsessed with Bubba's friendship with the little girl. Now that I have a better understanding of the mindset of a pedophile, it makes a lot more sense. And it makes the scene where he confronts the girl at a Halloween party, where she is wearing adult make-up, even creepier.


I remember that movie playing on USA channel late at night. As a girl, I understood why the officer was so concerned even back then. It was creepy as hell.

Between the horror movies, Rhonda Shear's Up All Night, Howard Stern's tv show, and Duckman, USA network was largely responsible for my first introduction to all things non-kiddy.
 
2012-07-12 05:39:38 PM

NutznGum: [img94.imageshack.us image 550x360]

/Too soon?


Nope. In fact, about 20 years too late.
 
2012-07-12 05:42:54 PM

MorePeasPlease: [content8.flixster.com image 360x270]
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My oldest sister was seriously frightened the Chief Meanie when we were little. The way he talked quiet and calm, THEN SUDDENLY FREAKING OUT AND SCREAMING HIS HEAD OFF!
 
2012-07-12 05:45:45 PM
I had to rapid scroll by most of the comment pictures in this thread because I was going to have to run to a safe place if I looked at many more of them.
 
2012-07-12 05:51:04 PM
If you are a child of the 70's you might get a kick out of this. This TV ad for Suspiria scared the daylights out of me when I was a kid. I know many folks who feel the same.

Link

/Roses are red, violets are blue
 
2012-07-12 05:55:04 PM

TimSTP: Speaking of Twilight Zones:

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upload.wikimedia.org
You called it
 
2012-07-12 05:56:06 PM

StoPPeRmobile: gunga galunga: Drew P Balls: dittybopper: List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:

That movie scared the shiat out of me back in the day. Is it on DVD?

Yes. And for a 30 year old made-for-TV movie, it's an amazingly good transfer.

Better yet, the movie still holds up. Watching it now as an adult, I finally picked up on something that went over my head when I was 10. I never understood why Charles Durning's character was so strangely obsessed with Bubba's friendship with the little girl. Now that I have a better understanding of the mindset of a pedophile, it makes a lot more sense. And it makes the scene where he confronts the girl at a Halloween party, where she is wearing adult make-up, even creepier.

Is that the one where someone gets it by a combine and someone else in a silo?


Yep.
 
2012-07-12 05:58:06 PM
niviusvir.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-12 06:00:04 PM

phaseolus: I only remember three things that seriously freaked me out when I was little:

1. That murderous energy blob thing from Outer Limits' It Crawled Out of the Woodwork. Link to a little pic that won't let me hotlink it here

2.

[www.flanagans.com image 324x216]

this thing, also from Outer Limits

3. That one Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode where Kowalski started turning into an octopus monster thing. Can't find a pic.


Cliff Robertson, right?
 
2012-07-12 06:12:17 PM
i26.photobucket.com
My dad can do this creepy smile. Im almost 40 years old and it still gives me the weirds me out
/Twilight Zone where the guy has the devil locked in the basement creeped me out too.
 
2012-07-12 06:17:02 PM

beantowndog: When I first saw star wars in the theater I was about 5 and thought the big black helmet guy was just awesome.


But enough about what happened in the men's room, what did you think of Vader?
 
2012-07-12 06:25:54 PM
Critters, those little s.o.b.s freaked me right the fark out.
 
mjg
2012-07-12 06:28:43 PM
www.clearpathtofitness.com

Different Strokes 'The Bicycle Man' episode. Holy crap that was creepy.
 
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