When I was a kid, I certainly didn’t watch movies anywhere near as much as I do now, but of the ones I did watch, many of the memorable ones were horror movies. And a lot of them scared me. These days when I watch horror movies they’re not as scary as they are strangely farcical, but my nightmare recollections of first seeing these movies ring true in my head and they were far from funny…
1: Audition (1999)
I know what you’re thinking: how the Hell did you get to watch Audition as a kid? Well, it was right after me and my Dad watched Ring (1998) (see below). I was thirteen and we’d just started to really get into foreign movies. My Dad didn’t regret showing me this movie; he knew I was mature enough to handle it, but it still scared the bajeebuz out of me, nonetheless.
2: Ring (1998)
The second scariest of the horror movies I viewed before I became an adult was watched right before Audition. They’re similar movies in some ways, except Audition‘s scarier because its plot could actually happen to you. We enjoyed watching Sadako (whose long dark hair was intensely scary for me for some reason), and even had a good time with the remake when it was released in 2002.
3: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Since most people define this as horror (whereas I see it as a thriller) I suppose it makes the list. I remember watching it fondly at age twelve, intensely scared, riveted and moved by Hopkins as Lecter, and then never seeing it again until I bought it recently. A fantastic film, but still an insomnia trigger at the ripe young age of 12.
4: The Shining (1980)
Jack Nicholson swinging an axe at his desperate, screaming wife was enough to give me nightmares at age ten. I remember feeling like little Danny throughout the whole movie, and, according to my brother, I started talking to my finger for a while, answering questions with it and having conversations. This quickly passed and I moved on but there’s no doubt The Shining has had an effect on me and my perception of horror films.
5: The Evil Dead (1981)
I remember it well. 1996, at the age of nine. My brother sneaks into my dad’s video cabinet and slithers away with a copy of this Sam Raimi classic. He invites me into his huddled bedroom to watch it with him. I’m curious. We watch it, and my brother makes me swear not to tell Dad we saw it. I agree. But the film has such an effect on me that I start to look disturbed and have trouble sleeping. When my mum asks me what’s wrong, I break down and tell her. An unpleasant memory, but hey, I got to hear my brother get a verbal thrashing from Dad so that’s cool.
What horror movies scared you as a child? What are your favourite horror movies? Do you have any recollections of experiences with horror movies when you were young? Leave a comment below.
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