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(I was 5)   What movie did you see as a kid that scared the piss out of you, but now you would only find mildy amusing? (Lead links to Smitty's choice)   ( divider line
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2006-07-23 11:07:58 PM  
The Day After.

The scenes where everybody got vaporized gave me nightmares for years, but I saw it again recently and was very underwhelmed by the special effects. Still a good movie, though.
2006-07-23 11:09:04 PM  
Back Door Angels #3
2006-07-23 11:10:13 PM  
While the Emergency Broadcast System sound scared the hell out of me, movies did not.
2006-07-23 11:11:20 PM  
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2006-07-23 11:12:07 PM  
Alien. Just doesn't scare me anymore. That and any Friday the 13th film - totally laughable.
2006-07-23 11:12:43 PM  
Phantasm scared me as a kid. Funny now.
2006-07-23 11:12:49 PM  
Creep Show and Wizard of Oz.
2006-07-23 11:14:03 PM  
When I was 5, I argued with my father that I should be able to stay up and watch an "R" rated movie because I was grown up enough. So he said fine, and let me watch "Alien" with him. When it busted out of that guy's stomach, I ran upstairs and went to bed when I was told from then on.
2006-07-23 11:14:03 PM  
2006-07-23 11:14:12 PM  
BunkoSquad: The Day Afte

me too....I had nightmares about nuclear war for weeks after that.

I saw The Exorcist as a kid.....but that didn't scare me as much as The Day After
2006-07-23 11:14:21 PM  
Invaders from Mars

I had nightmares for years
2006-07-23 11:14:42 PM  
The only one I can think of is The Omen, but I don't find it amusing now, just a good movie.
2006-07-23 11:14:48 PM  
Gargoyles (1972) I was creeped out and refused to go to the bathroom alone at night for about a year. Why my parents let a 1st grader watch that is beyond me.
2006-07-23 11:16:19 PM  
Gwendolyn: Gargoyles

OOh good one.
/Scott Glenn's first movie.
2006-07-23 11:16:27 PM  
Oh. . .I can't think of the name of it. . .come on. . .Well, it was about a monster living underneath a house and it would reach out through the heating ducts and doors and grabbed people as they walked by. . .I think it was a Stephen King adaptation. . .Damnit.
2006-07-23 11:16:36 PM  
Peewee's Big Adventure
2006-07-23 11:17:20 PM  
Smitty here. From the ages of like 3 - 6 I had insomnia, I remember seeing the morning paper delivered at like 4 in the am every morning for like 3 years. This is back in the days of UHF to fill my nights I would sneak downstairs and watch movies on the tube, always desparately old movies. I remember the Dr. Jekyll and Hide version scaring me so bad I could feel my heart thudding in my chest. I sat the rest of night under a comforter in my family scared as piss to look out for fear of Mr. Hyde.
2006-07-23 11:17:30 PM  
From Justin to Kelly
2006-07-23 11:17:35 PM  
Watcher in the Woods

When i was discussing this same topic with a friend, we discovered that we had known each other at age seven during summer camp and were both scared silly by this movie. We watched it again together and found it to be much easier to watch.
2006-07-23 11:18:01 PM  
I saw "The Exorcist" when I was 5. I was alone. It was 1977 and you could leave your kid alone while you went to a wine party next door. We had test cable in Columbus, Ohio.

I made it through less than half and went next door screaming. I thought Satan was after me for a good 3 years.
2006-07-23 11:19:44 PM  
GetBent I thought Satan was after me for a good 3 years.

He still is...

2006-07-23 11:19:44 PM  
It wasn't a movie, it was two Twilight Zone episodes. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet and Eye of the Beholder.

They absolutely scared the piss out of me.
2006-07-23 11:20:19 PM  
Get this, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Th echildnapper scared the crap out of me - I couldn't even watch the screen when he was on.
2006-07-23 11:20:35 PM  
The Wiz. The part where the graffiti people peeled themselves off the wall scared the crap out of me.

Now that part wouldn't scare me, but Michael Jackson scares me more.
2006-07-23 11:20:45 PM  
The original Salems Lot
2006-07-23 11:21:03 PM  
The origional Night of the living dead.

/hid behind my sisters driver seat for 2 hours.
2006-07-23 11:21:08 PM  
Amityville Horror.

Just not scary at all.
2006-07-23 11:23:14 PM  
Time Bandits
Dark Crystal (no wait, that still creeps me out)
2006-07-23 11:24:10 PM  
"Body Snatchers" with Donald Sutherland.
2006-07-23 11:24:11 PM  
The Prince and the Pauper
/freaked out no one'd believe him
2006-07-23 11:25:00 PM  
ET. That movie freaked me out!
2006-07-23 11:26:55 PM  
Red Dawn was too realistic for me. Yeah go ahead and laugh, I was 8. Also, that scene in Flash Gordon where they play Russian Roulette with that slimy killer stump thing. Scared the crap outta me.
2006-07-23 11:29:20 PM  
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You may not find it terrifying now, but show it to your eight year old and watch them crying by the end of it.

For permanent scarring, discreetly slip in a pair of white contact lenses during the final battle sequence, then turn to your kid and make this face:

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2006-07-23 11:30:41 PM  
The Sentinel.

When she walked upstairs to the next floor (which, of course, was empty) and ran into that zombie-thing-whatever-it-is, I absolutely lost it.
2006-07-23 11:30:46 PM  
Jaws in 3-D. Goddamn tentacle reached from around some corner, looked like it was coming straight at me.
2006-07-23 11:34:06 PM  
Some Late Night made for TV movie about killer ants that came up from Mexico. My older brother and I were staying with my aunt at the time - we were 4 and 5 at the time. She let us stay up til midnight watching a horror movie and then sent us up to bed.

Fast forward an hour - Aunt Jean is now good and drunk. At 1:00 in the morning, she kicks open the door, turns on the lights, yells ANTS!!! and proceeds to throw an entire container of chocolate sprinkles onto us.

I have still never been that terrified.
2006-07-23 11:34:39 PM  
The Haunting (the original) scared me witless.
2006-07-23 11:35:58 PM  
Some of you people had seriously farked up parental units.

*Adds chocolate sprinkles and white-out lenses to the shopping list.
2006-07-23 11:36:07 PM  
crunchyfist: Food of the Gods with Marjoe Gortner?
2006-07-23 11:36:41 PM  
The Astro-Zombies scared the crap out me, but mostly because downstairs, the light switch was far away from the stairs, and the ambient light played such that it looked like there was an astro zombie hiding right behind the pantry, between me and the light switch.

Somehow, though, I always got to the light switch before the bastard got me.
2006-07-23 11:37:08 PM  
The episode of Ultraman where some crazy egyptian duck-faced mummy laying on a slab came back to life. Didn't bother me at first,
but then my sisters started crying and suddenly I was completely freaked out.

For most traumatic, though, goes to watching a dusty, scratched late 60's/early 70's film in Health class about drug abuse.
They wheeled some dude on a gurney into a room filled with peopled strapped onto gurrney's, all in various states due to drug overdoses, bad acid trips, etc.
It was a few months after my mother overdosed on sleeping pills.
2006-07-23 11:37:56 PM  
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Behind the couch for nearly two hours. I wept in fear.
2006-07-23 11:37:59 PM  
Didn't see the movie itself, but this poster used to scare the beejezus out of me when I saw it in a vintage poster shop:

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Now I love the movie to death, but that image was one of my greatest fears when I was 6 or 7.
2006-07-23 11:38:19 PM  
I'm also grateful that I never saw The Other when I was a kid. I just watched it for the first time a couple years ago and it scared the bejeebees out of me.
2006-07-23 11:39:15 PM  
crunchyfist: I have still never been that terrified.

You Aunt is awesome.
2006-07-23 11:42:36 PM  
"Count Yorga,Vampire". We were on Guam when our folks took us to see that one. I slept with the lights on for a couple of years after that.

Thanks,mom and dad.
2006-07-23 11:43:37 PM  

Dark Crystal (no wait, that still creeps me out)

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I can see another reason why I don't like Aerosmith
2006-07-23 11:45:11 PM  
I was staying with my grandparents in Cornwall, I must have been about 8, and I was in this spooky room at the top of the house. It was the first time I'd ever had a bedroom with a TV, so naturally I stayed up late (once my parents were out of earshot) and looked for something to watch.

Well, the film I ended up seeing was one of the Hammer Dracula films. It had a particular scene with Christopher Lee flapping up the wall of his castle, and I had nightmares for weeks.
2006-07-23 11:45:15 PM  
Nightmare on Elm Street 2... the first one scared me too, but I remember 2 actually keeping me from sleeping
2006-07-23 11:47:17 PM  
I was 11 years old, had never seen a horror movie before. My olders sister took me to the midnight showing of the Exorcist.

Scared the shiat out of me. I didn't sleep right for weeks.
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