for me it had to be watching this when i was 8-9
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OibCh_MwLF4 truly terrifying
in all seriousness though it did give me the willies
I watched the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I was about 10 (gotta love grandparents...) but the first film to give me proper nightmares was The Creepshow, the bit with the thing in the crate (I was probably 11 or 12 and didn't sleep properly for months after).
The Wizard of Oz when I was about five - the wicked witch of the west scared me witless...
The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang scared me
I think the rest of the film is what scares me now
Another one here for The Omen
My brother and I found a video of Hellraiser at 6am one morning when our parents were still in bed. We were very young, he was 5 and I was 7.
I remember feeling absolutely awful after it, I still remember some of the scenes (particularly a man with lots of nails in his face!), which is impressive since I haven't watched it since...however it started a long love affair with horror films for my brother!
Poltergeist. I had been told we were going to watch Chariots of Fire...
Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The early days of video, my dad foolishly let me rent it, watched it in broad daylight, from behind the couch.
Closely followed by Nightmare on Elm St. Saw that at the pictures and was so scared walking home from the train at night I had to walk up the middle of the road.
+1 for Poltergeist
Jaws. I was probably about 4.
I refused to go to the loo after watching it and wouldn't sleep on my own...
Jaws here too. I absolutely crapped myself.
Cujo - hid behind sofa . Dad thought my reaction was hilarious, git
The Omen, think I was around 8 when I saw it, not good.
My dad also sneaked me into the cinema to see Alien around the same time because he thought "it would be a bit like StarWars", it wasn't.
Another one for Hellraiser Watched with a friend at his house, which was very isolated on the west coast of Cumbria, and very dark. Bad idea.
+1 Jaws – great film.
The Wiazard If Oz when I was about 4 years old.
The Shining, I guess, particularly the bits with the kid on the trike in the corridor.
Salem's Lot for me too. I still have nighmares about David Soul's inability to close the bloody door on that yellow jeep.
Still haven't seen it all the way through and it is one of the only Stephen King supernatural/horror books I haven't read.
TBH, the first film to properly scare me was the Blair Witch Project. It reminded me of going camping up in the wilds in the Forest of Dean as a kid and seeing freaky little houses...
can't remember which one i saw first out of the omen, mad max or the exorcist but it was one of those three.
American werewolf in London for me when I was about 10. Never got past the moors at the beginning. Put me right off it for years even though everyone used to say it was black comedy. When I finally plucked up the courage to watch it in my 20's it wasn't that bad after all. Also watched bram stokers Dracula with some mates in my teens while on magic mushrooms. That was, errr, interesting shall we say
Can't remember in which order but 'Evil Dead' was probably the 'first'.
Dreaded going to bed for weeks
Another Jaws victim here, very young maybe 4-5
Dread to think what 'Dead Mans Shoes' would have done
Return to Oz:
When I was about 8 I watched The Swarm at my grandparents house. That scared the bejeesus out of me for some time.
One that my mates' Mum + Dad had made...
No-one deserved to see that.
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