View Full Version : What movies or shows terrified you the most as a child?

07-05-2017, 02:17 PM
Two that come to mind first for me are...
Arachnophobia (1990) I had a horrible dream after watching this movie back in the day.
FernGully (1992) Hexxus the giant smoke villain at the ending of the film, I found to be very unsettling and creepy to watch.

07-05-2017, 02:20 PM
Courage the Cowardly Dog. Great show but even after all these years, the show is pretty unsettling considering its demographic.

07-05-2017, 02:22 PM
In my teens: The Omen (1976), The Fly (1986), The Outer Limits (1995), The X Files, Alien and Blair Witch Project.

As a 11 or 12 year old: The Puppet Masters

They scared the hell out of me. Never had any nightmares about them, though, surprisingly enough. I would get over what had happened in them the next morning.

07-05-2017, 02:33 PM
The Sixth Sense by far. I was only like 13 or so when it came out.

I love Bruce Willis, but seriously, **** that movie. It traumatized me as a kid with all those ghosts and the guy smashing through his home window in his underwear. "I see dead people," go to hell you creepy boy.

I can't even rewatch the movie to this day as an adult.

07-05-2017, 02:38 PM
Batman 1989 and Batman Returns scared the **** out of me as a kid. Now as an adult they are my favorites.:lol:

07-05-2017, 02:57 PM
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Pet Sematary, Freddy Kruger and Fright Night

07-05-2017, 03:10 PM
Roger Rabbit because of that scene at the end, man. You all know which.

Candy Kappa
07-05-2017, 03:32 PM
The first time I saw Jurassic Park was a bit scary as I Saw it at my dad's farm in the middle of the night, and the Sheriff's mom in Robin Hood Price of Thieves scared me as a kid.

07-05-2017, 04:04 PM
Amazing Stories, episode "Miscalculation" (1986) with Jon Cryer gave me nightmares as a child. I watched it more recently on Netflix and it's actually super cheesy.

07-05-2017, 04:27 PM
Also SIGNS. Especially the part where the aliens are banging on the doors and walls.

Andrew NDB
07-05-2017, 05:16 PM
As a kid? Aliens. The Gate. Hellraiser. Jacob's Ladder.

07-05-2017, 05:32 PM
I watched Jaws for the first time when I was 6-7. Scared shitless when I got near any body of water for a while after that.

The Deadman
07-05-2017, 05:38 PM
First horror movie I ever watched as a kid was New Nightmare, and boy was I terrified of Freddy at that time. Had to have a light on while trying to sleep for the first few weeks after the fact.

07-05-2017, 05:39 PM
I was a kid that was allowed to watch all those kinds of spooky shows from Goosebumps to Truth or Fiction to Tales from the Crypt and never did the content

and the one thing I could never handle was that doll from the opening of Are you afraid of the dark.


I could handle the show just fine, but that little 2 seconds I had to close my eyes.

07-05-2017, 05:45 PM
Come to think of it, E.T. was scary as hell as a child.

Did anyone even like E.T. (the alien itself, not the movie), as a kid? He looked ugly as all hell.

07-05-2017, 05:50 PM
This was more of a movie intro than the movie itself. For whatever reason, the MGM lion constantly scared me; anytime an MGM film plays, I hide or fast forward through it. I've gotten over it.

One film that did frighten me, however, is the Medusa from Clash of the Titans. Nowadays, I admire the amount of work that went into it, but back then it crept the hell out of me. I think playing the original Castlevania scared me with the Medusa boss, which is why I feared Medusa for a few years.

07-05-2017, 06:23 PM
As a kid? the first Piranha movie. I had bad dreams about them for weeks after that, and even got physically ill after I went to bed the night I watched it (it was on USA Up All Night).

Later as a teen the second Jurassic Park movie was the first movie to actually make me scream a bit when the raptor digs under the shack and pops up just as Malcom and his daughter are about to crawl out from that very spot. I jumped a little at the one that comes out from behind the power box at the black guy in the first JP, but never actually screamed. For some reason, the second one made me do both, though....

07-05-2017, 08:02 PM
Never really thought about it before but it seems that animals in movies can really frighten kids. It just doesn't seem as obvious as the undead, alien, or possession themed movies.

07-05-2017, 08:23 PM
Ghostbusters II and Tales from the Crypt.

07-05-2017, 09:01 PM
Come to think of it, E.T. was scary as hell as a child.

Did anyone even like E.T. (the alien itself, not the movie), as a kid? He looked ugly as all hell.

Yeah, I was scared of E.T. I was 3 years old when I first saw it in 1982 and it gave me nightmares.

07-05-2017, 09:31 PM
Honestly, I don't recall actually being scared of any and no related nightmares. Probably helps that in most cases my parents abided by the age ratings.

Although, I was a 2-year-old that begged my mother to let me stay up and watch "The Fly" on tv - I believe it was the original unless there was a remake prior to 1981. She tried to tell me no, that it would be too scary. I assured her that I wouldn't be scared. So she allowed it. Probably assuming my age 2 attention span wouldn't hold up long anyhow.

I proceeded to watch the entire thing and enjoyed at. :tlol:

and the one thing I could never handle was that doll from the opening of Are you afraid of the dark.


I could handle the show just fine, but that little 2 seconds I had to close my eyes.
Alright, I admit that clown doll is still creepy. Never scared me and I liked the creepiness factor, but creepy none the less.

Loved that show. My sister was such the opposite of me and avoided scary stuff. It took me a while to convince her that "Are You Afraid of the Dark" was MADE for kids so it really wasn't THAT bad. She finally got brave then and decided she liked it.

07-05-2017, 10:34 PM
Chucky. That's the number 1 movie/TV thing that scared me and gave me nightmares as a kid. I was allowed to watch them and kept doing so.

I still love the movies and even though I'm not afraid of Chucky anymore I still think dolls are creepy. I think I would have been afraid of them anyway.

Thought about getting a Chucky doll but it's the one thing I'm hesitant to collect. I want one but then don't :lol:

07-05-2017, 10:49 PM
I don't really recall being so scared of a movie I never watched again.
NOW MY BROTHER, on the other hand, has a movie that he refuses to watch again to this very day.


My parents rented it from Netflix in the middle ages, when you had to get the DVDs sent to you by mail. And we watched it. And my brother was in his stage where everything would scare him. Of course he's grown out of it now.
List of things he got over

Gandalf falling to his "death" in Fellowship of the Ring (our parents got the DVD when they showed it to us and made sure we watched the special features so we knew it was all movie magic and that all the violence wasn't real)
The Forbiddon Forest in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, specifically when they saw Voldemort drinking the unicorn blood
Freaking fireplaces. Because of a chapter of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"
I KNOW there's a lot more, but man, I can't think of them all because it was so long ago.

But even now, after begging my mother to let him watch Sweeny Todd with Johnny Depp for years, and working on a "vampire" story with some very grim material...he still will not give Watcher in the Woods a second chance. Even as I told him, after a rewatch, that the acting is canned and it deserves a spot on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

07-06-2017, 09:49 PM
Lord of the Fly.

When the savage boys pushed a rock on top the fat glasses kid, it crushed his head and he died instantly - bloodied head with eyes wide open.


07-06-2017, 10:32 PM
Tim Burton's Beetlejuice scared the hell out of me as a kid. Michael Keaton played Beetlejuice which I didn't even know until recently, and they both made Batman 1989 in the following year. Pretty funny.

07-06-2017, 10:56 PM
Child's Play.
For a while I had nightmares and didn't want to be around dolls. Haven't seen any of the films since. I should probably give 'em another shot.

07-06-2017, 11:17 PM
Beetlejuice freaked me out the first time I watched it. I was around four I guess. I refuse to watch Anaconda, I don't do snakes, at all. Twister scared me a kid too. the Omen still trips me out.

07-07-2017, 10:12 AM
Tremors scared me to the point I couldn't walk down the street without thinking about Graboids when I was younger.

I also got freaked out by one of the Invasion of the Body-snatchers remakes (the one with the teenage girl) and the original "Don't be Afraid of the Dark" movie.

TV show-wise, the one episode that really got me was one from the X-Files, involving a cursed inca pot and killer cats in the sewers - I still make sure the toilet lid is down and the bathroom door is closed before going to bed to this day.

07-07-2017, 10:18 AM
I used to be scared of the yip yips on sesame street.

don't judge me...

Candy Kappa
07-07-2017, 10:31 AM
These guys scared the **** out of me as a kid.


Pompel & Pilt was a black and white 1969 Norwegian Children's Surreal Puppet Show, which did reruns in 1994 and boy did it spark a lot of debate about if it was good for children to watch.

The story line was that Pompel and Pilt was a pair of repairmen that got into all sorts of weird ****, often being cashed by the janitor Gorgon (doll in middle). They also met various fantasy creatures.

07-07-2017, 11:40 AM
Well, what child WOULDN'T be scared of those :o !?

07-07-2017, 11:48 AM
Come to think of it most alien invasion movies I took way too seriously as a kid. I mean I knew they weren't real, but for months after I watched the movies all I could think about is what would happen if aliens really did invade the Earth. lol.

Andrew NDB
07-07-2017, 12:06 PM
"Puppet Master," too. And part II. Can't forget those. Toulon was a creepy bastard.



07-07-2017, 12:19 PM
Oh man, who wasn't messed up by this scene of Sarah Conner dreaming she was blown up in a nuclear war from Terminator II:


This scared the crap out of me as a kid. The idea of a nuclear bomb being dropped on you out of nowhere and you screaming in pain and turning into a skeleton (rather than dying in less than 1 second like you would in reality) was scary as all hell.

This was the stuff of nightmares.