As a kid, I thought I was invinsible to horror. "I can watch scary movies" I would boast, proud and holding my eyelids open every second of the movie. But when the movie ended, and it was time for bed, it was a different story. Do you know how many times I booked it up the stairs thinking Chucky was going to slice the back of my legs with a kitchen knife? Or the time I scraped my leg, and I thought the tiniest bit of blood was going to open the portals of hell in my basement (Hellraiser, if you haven't seen it)? Here's a list of the movies I thought I was tough enough to see, but ended up scaring the s**t out of me!
Chucky (Child's Play)
"Charles Lee Ray! Charles Lee Ray!" Excuse me kid, can you stop saying that name and possessing this freakin doll? What a sick thing to do. Release a movie that has a cute kid's doll in it who's possessed by a serial killer. No I'm not talking about Miley Cyrus's VMA performance, I'm talking about CHUCKY. Often time I wondered what my toys were doing at night, and this movie helped add that thought of "maybe they're plotting to murder me".
This is still one of my all time favorite horror movies. I watched it as a kid around Halloween, and many times while watching it wondered if Michael Myers would let me live until the ending credits rolled.
My cousin rented this one night when she babysitted me and my siblings. Great movie for the kids! Quick overview of the plot: Couple moves into house, guy cuts himself on a nail while moving boxes, his blood drips into the basement and opens the portals of hell. That's all I remember plotwise, everything else comes in clips of weird demons and the husband becoming possessed and trying to kill his wife. I wonder how long I thought every creek in my house at night was Pinhead? Oh yeah, about 2 years.
Nightmare On Elm Street
This movie was most likely designed to scare the s**t out of kids, because it's all based on a demon that can only get you while you sleep while capitalizing on all of your fears. Wait a minute, after watching this movie, my fear WAS Freddie Krueger himself, so he'll probably just haunt me with clones of himself in a room covered in his own posters. Sweet.
Are You Afraid of The Dark?
Ok, I know it's not a movie, but let's recap a few episodes of this show that had me wishing I brought a fresh pair of underwear to my friend's house. What about the one where the guy can't fall asleep because he's cursed and will wake up all the swamp creatures? WTF! He HAS to sleep! We're all dead. I can't remember the plot of this one, but remember the ghost kid that keeps appearing in the mirror saying "I'm cold"? I created a sweater fort around my bed after that. "He'll never get me, I'm on your side. These are good sweaters. Take all the sweaters!" My goal at age 11: Be as cool as the kids in the Midnight Society. I never hit that goal.
Fun fact - while finding this picture, I stumbled upon a Ryan Gosling episode of this show. Thanks a lot for helping with my nightmares, bro.