The next ten movies might not be all that scary today, but these movies made a huge impact on me at the time.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
A man who can come into your dreams and kill you? Add to that a burned face and knives for fingers. YIKES!!! I did not want to fall asleep after watching this movie. Oh and that scene with Johnny Depp. I didn't know the human body had that much blood in it. I can still remember the song: "1,2 Freddy's coming for you..." To this day, I still have nightmares with him.
Just look at his face and tell me he doesn't scare you. He has to be the scariest evil looking man ever. I've been stabbed by a needle before, so I know this had to hurt him. To think this demon can go after you, if you escape from their sadomasochistic hell, was too much for my young mind to handle at the time. Oh who am I kidding, I still can't handle it.
STEPHEN KING'S IT
Anybody who knows me, knows I am extremely scared of clowns, but somehow I still managed to watch this movie. And yes, it gave me nightmares for weeks, and actually made me even more scared of clowns. Even as I write this, I can't look at the picture. Lets move on.
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE
A crazy family who will torture you to death. NO THANK YOU!!! The worst part was, they kept reminding us this movie was based on a true story. Years later, I found out it was based so loosely on a true story that you can say it was pure fiction. But as a kid, I was so scared to think this scary family was out there killing people. I was even scared to ever go to Texas. You can't blame me, I didn't want anybody using my skin for a mask.
Okay, I know most people would nominate this film as their number 1 choice, but the truth is I"m not really a fan of this movie. I put it on the list because of what it did to me as child and teenager. I had heard so many horrible things about this movie that I could not watch it. My brother used to think it was funny to put it on my TV and hide the remote, causing me to have crying panic attacks. As an Adult, I finally took a chance and watched it. Yes there were some gross scenes, but most of all, I was bored and thought it wasn't scary at all.
This movie freaked me out. Mostly because it could really happen. I still remember the most disturbing scene was when Liv Tyler was all beat up, and she asked the strangers why they are torturing them, and the girl with that freaky mask tilts her head to the side and says, "Because you were home." I still get goosebumps when I think of it.
THE FOURTH KIND
The fact that this movie played the real footage, alongside the movie scenes, really blew my mind. I'm not sure if what we saw in this film was real, and to be honest, I don't like to think about it, mostly because I don't want the aliens to come after me. Real or not, this movie still messes with my head.
This movie is the reason I am deadly afraid of clowns. That scene with the clown doll standing behind the boy has ruined the circus for me forever. This movie also made me afraid of buying a house. And yes, when my husband I bought our house, which happened to be built a couple of years before, I asked "Are you sure this land wasn't a burial ground, and if it was, did you move the bodies?" Lets just say I received a lot of weird looks that day. By the way, the answer was "No, it was not a burial ground." Whew!!!
I have one word for you "redrum." That little boy on the bike freaked me out more than Jack Nicholson did. And don't even get me started on the twins. This movie is filled with scenes that mess with your head. You start to feel like Jack at one point. My favorite scene will always be, Jack chopping the door to pieces with an ax, and then sticking his head through the hole while saying "Here's Johnny!"
THE EVIL DEAD
This is the only movie, that made me actually exit the movie theatre, because I was so scared. But you can't blame me, I was 8 years old. There's a scene with a tree violating a girl that still FREAKS me out. A couple of years ago, I decided to give it a try and watch it again. Maybe I thought I would laugh at how corny it was, but I didn't. I had to have my husband turn it off half way through. To this day, I can't watch this film at all, not even one little scene. I don't even like to talk about it, especially since my husband likes to do the evil voices to scare me.
Well those were my top ten. Tell me which scary movie messed with your head so bad, that you still have nightmares about it.