We all have that one movie that gave you nightmares as a kid... and still might to this day. Well, sadly I have a couple more than that. I know, I'm such a baby.
With Halloween a few days away, I decided to stir up some old memories of when I was young lad and several classic films that can still give me the heebie-jeebies today.
Be sure and watch all these with the lights on, folks... you've been warned:
Duuuunnn duuunnn. Duuunnn duuunnn. Duunn duunn. Duunn. Duunn duunn. Dun dun. Dun dun. Dun.
Who knew that a simple chorus of notes could bury themselves deep into my inner psyche and prevent me from freely jumping into any open body of water for the rest of my life? I still hate swimming at the lake because of this damn movie!
Maybe this is why I hate peas so much? Seeing this as a kid freaked me out like no other. The spinning head. The crawling down the stairs upside down. Yep, this one takes the cake. It's a big reason I haven't seen any of the sequels or remakes either - That's a giant "NO" and "THANKS"!
Night of the Living Dead ― 1990
"They're coming to get you Barbara."
While I'm obsessed with shows like "The Walking Dead", this movie always had me checking over my shoulder whenever I walked home after dark.
The scene where the man locks himself in the basement with the zombie near the end of the film and the light slowly dims out, only to become one himself is the reason I'm not a big fan in going downstairs without any lights on today. It's too creepy and you never know what's down there!
Let's see: Demonic TV? Check.
A clown doll coming to life? Check.
A house built on a graveyard? Check!
Need I say more?
My old man taught English at my high school, and he always assigned a Stephen King novel every semester to his students. One year, I chose "The Shining"... big mistake, because that meant I had to watch the movie next. Now I'm always walking a tad faster down those long deserted hallways when I stay at hotels in fear of seeing those creepy twins...
The Blair Witch Project ― 1999
While this one's "newer" compared to all the classics listed above, it certainly belongs on anybody's list of scary movies.
I remember watching this my senior year of high school with a bunch of friends, then immediately driving out to Perch Lake near my hometown to scope out the woods there and try to spook out the girls... only thing was, I was just as freaked out as the women. Yeah, I'm so cool. Still though, you won't catch me walking into a forest by myself - EVER.