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2013-04-18 04:36:07 AM
Because I couldn't see?
 
2013-04-18 06:11:10 AM
I hate to say this, but this Buzzfeed list is probably the most accurate and relevant one I've seen. For me, anyway.

My sister and I watched the ghost episode of Unsolved Mysteries once when my parents were out. I didn't sleep well for a couple of weeks. I heard every noise in the house. Also, Tim Curry scared the shiat out of me. I had nightmares about "It" several times.
 
2013-04-18 07:18:17 AM
My issue was reading Stephen King at age 10. That man knows scary.
 
2013-04-18 07:43:06 AM
afraid of teh darkies?
 
2013-04-18 08:01:41 AM

lethological_lassie: My issue was reading Stephen King at age 10. That man knows scary.


This.  And his Boogeyman short story epitomized all my childhood nightmares - even before I read it, I couldn't sleep if my closet door was open.  Still can't.

Also, my well-meaning grandfather routinely let us stay up late on weekend visits to watch the Chilly Billy scary movies show on Saturday nights (kind of like Vampira or Elvira, but with some guy whose only other claim to fame was a role in Night of the Living Dead).  Most of them were B-movie bad, but they still farked with my childhood brain.
 
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2013-04-18 08:41:49 AM
It was because they mostly come at night...mostly
 
2013-04-18 09:03:00 AM
22. I knew that someday, Buzzfeed would exist
 
2013-04-18 09:05:50 AM

Pud: It was because they mostly come at night...mostly


What I came here to say...but I was older by then.  It was actually when we (and everyone else) first got cable, this was one of the first things I would sneak up at night to see:

s21.postimg.org

...I mean, besides the Playboy channel through wavy lined distortion.
 
2013-04-18 09:15:46 AM
collider.com
 
2013-04-18 09:37:14 AM

SundaesChild: Chilly Billy


Ah, the poor yinzer's Saturday night makeout date venue.

Cool story:
I was delivering UPS packages in a rental in the northern burbs and hit my head getting out of the cab,
got knocked cold.
I looked up as the snow melted around the back of my neck and standing there, looking down at me, in a dapper woolen longcoat and holding a walking cane was Chilly Billy.
He said, are you OK?
I said, I'm not sure, are you Chilly Billy or am I having a bad dream?
He chuckled and helped me up.
 
2013-04-18 09:47:15 AM
My sister and I were freaked out on a regular basis by the show "Tales From the Darkside".
 
2013-04-18 09:57:43 AM
Sorry, Chucky was not scary.
 
2013-04-18 10:00:47 AM

DrZiffle: Sorry, Chucky was not scary.


Terrified me as a kid. I was about 15 when I finally sat down (with friends of course, and pretending it didn't terrify me) and watched it. Totally corny at that point. But yea, the phrase "Look out Jack, Chucky's back!" would scare the crap out of me.
 
2013-04-18 10:02:46 AM
My Dad thought it was character-building to jump out from the darkness and terrify my brother and me.
 
2013-04-18 10:06:41 AM

vudukungfu: SundaesChild: Chilly Billy

Ah, the poor yinzer's Saturday night makeout date venue.

Cool story:
I was delivering UPS packages in a rental in the northern burbs and hit my head getting out of the cab,
got knocked cold.
I looked up as the snow melted around the back of my neck and standing there, looking down at me, in a dapper woolen longcoat and holding a walking cane was Chilly Billy.
He said, are you OK?
I said, I'm not sure, are you Chilly Billy or am I having a bad dream?
He chuckled and helped me up.


Cool story bro.  I mean, truly, awesomely cool.
 
2013-04-18 10:08:36 AM

SundaesChild: vudukungfu: SundaesChild: Chilly Billy

Ah, the poor yinzer's Saturday night makeout date venue.

Cool story:
I was delivering UPS packages in a rental in the northern burbs and hit my head getting out of the cab,
got knocked cold.
I looked up as the snow melted around the back of my neck and standing there, looking down at me, in a dapper woolen longcoat and holding a walking cane was Chilly Billy.
He said, are you OK?
I said, I'm not sure, are you Chilly Billy or am I having a bad dream?
He chuckled and helped me up.

Cool story bro.  I mean, truly, awesomely cool.


(I meant that the Chilly Billy part is cool, not your head injury.)
 
2013-04-18 10:35:06 AM
It was Halloween 2 for me... I was 8.
 
2013-04-18 10:47:50 AM
It was Caltiki for me.  Nightmares for a long time and had to have a light on nearby.
 
2013-04-18 10:53:20 AM

TheHighlandHowler: My Dad thought it was character-building to jump out from the darkness and terrify my brother and me.


My dad decided that hide-and-go-seek wasn't much fun so he would just hide and jump out at us as soon as he could. We caught on pretty fast but it took a long time for the rest of the neighborhood to realize that if dad was invited to a game there were going to be some crying kids.
 
2013-04-18 11:40:13 AM
My parents managed a drive-in theater in Wisconsin.
Back in the 70's there were a LOT of horror movies shown at the drive-in.
"Night of the Living Dead" terrifies me to this day.
*also some movie that 'starred' a severed hand that would crawl around and choke people-I could not sit on the toilet for months after watching that movie (squatted instead-hey, I wasn't even a teenager then.*
 I miss that drive-in..
 
2013-04-18 11:46:09 AM
as a kid?

It is irrational for sure...I know nothing will happen, but my mind can really go to scary places.

Paranormal Activity *spoiler alert* messed me up good. I have a bathroom and the top of the stairs and almost every night expect a dead human to be thrown and come flying up them.


So I guess I am afraid of my messed up imagination when the lights are out.

 /A ouija board told me I would die when I was 19 in a motorcycle accident....so I still won't ride motorcycles even though I am quite a bit passed that age.
//irrational for sure
 
2013-04-18 12:01:56 PM
It's probably stupid to admit it here, but I've watched Jurassic Park north of 90 times since it came out (stopped counting at 82). Wore out two VHS tapes doing it.

For years and years (and occasionally still), whenever I would go into my kitchen I would be suddenly gripped by the fear that a velociraptor was going to jump in through the window and attack me.
 
2013-04-18 12:04:33 PM
... it won't come as a surprise after my admission above that this is my favorite xkcd comic of all time.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-04-18 12:20:58 PM
When I was 6, my midnight shrieking alerted my parents to exactly how much two pairs of rolled up socks stacked on top of a pile of underwear on top of my dresser looked like a large, bug-eyed alien that is about to devour my soul.
 
2013-04-18 12:58:32 PM

FarkingReading: When I was 6, my midnight shrieking alerted my parents to exactly how much two pairs of rolled up socks stacked on top of a pile of underwear on top of my dresser looked like a large, bug-eyed alien that is about to devour my soul.


In the middle of the night, when your eyesight is still a little blurry, the constant light on the electronic smoke detector looks exactly like two large red eyes glaring at you from the ceiling.
 
2013-04-18 02:08:20 PM
The Changeling messed me up for a while when I saw about half of it as a 6ish year old.
The Space 1999 episode with the tentacled, one eyed, corpse cooking monster scared the bajesus out of me. They are both hilariously unscary when viewed as an adult though.
 
2013-04-18 02:17:59 PM
Being taken to see "The Shining" at age 10.

/and later that night, having my older brother sneak into my room and whispering "redrum redrum".
//I woke the entire household up.
 
2013-04-18 02:21:44 PM
Shirts hanging in an open closet, seen from bed, in the middle of the night still make me think some people are hiding in there
 
2013-04-18 03:23:05 PM
Any hot water heater.
 
2013-04-18 03:29:56 PM

pkellmey: In the middle of the night, when your eyesight is still a little blurry, the constant light on the electronic smoke detector looks exactly like two large red eyes glaring at you from the ceiling.


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-18 04:01:03 PM

BATMANATEE: The Changeling messed me up for a while when I saw about half of it as a 6ish year old.
The Space 1999 episode with the tentacled, one eyed, corpse cooking monster scared the bajesus out of me. They are both hilariously unscary when viewed as an adult though.


That was pretty creepy, but by the time Space:1999 came out, I'd already been traumatized by "The Skull," an adaption of the short story "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade" by Robert Bloch. Two words: floating skull.

www.offscreen.com

auteursnotebook.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-04-18 04:02:48 PM
The dancing undead in Carnival of Souls, a movie that played frequently on saturday afternoons on KTTV back in the '60s and '70s.
 
2013-04-18 04:10:43 PM
Number 18. Scary movies and books didn't hold a candle to the fear of being instantly vaporized at any minute.
 
2013-04-18 06:38:16 PM
If your kid is afraid of the dark, give him a .45.

/obscure?
 
2013-04-18 08:27:56 PM
What kind of a messed up parent would have their 4 year old and 7 year old kids watch "Fire In The Sky", and keep telling them it was "based on a TRUE STORY"?  23 years later they are still somewhat afraid of the dark, and especially things like streaks of light coming in their bedroom windows. They still cannot watch that movie.  Well, as their mom... I thought it as a really fun movie.
 
2013-04-18 11:08:57 PM
I was never afraid of the dark, I just didn't like it and I still don't. If I open my eyes in the middle of the night I like to be able to see, there needs to be a little light shining in the room somewhere.
 
2013-04-19 01:13:51 AM
No mention of Large Marge?
 
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