October Fright: Chilling Childhood Flicks


Bit of a warning before we get started. This post contains gifs from horror movies and if you aren’t a fan of scary movies or they make you uncomfortable, it’s best to turn away now. I’m not ashamed to admit that while putting this post together, I got the heebie-jeebies about a dozen times. Childhood trauma just gets stronger with age, people. I want to start off by saying that I can’t rightly recall how I was able to watch all these movies as a child, but even if my parents had known, I’m pretty sure I would have found a way to watch them anyways. Here is a little look at the horror movies I watched at far too young of an age, the movies that satisfied that weird part of myself that loved scary stories (still weird even now), the movies that terrified me so much that it’s very unlikely I’ll watch them again. Alone. By myself. At night. In the dark. On a dare? Maybe. I’m including original release dates, so you don’t get these movies confused with any terrible remakes or sequels.

1. Child’s Play (1988) – What could be creepy about a children’s doll? Everything, people, everything! I saw this movie when I still played with dolls. How do I know this? Because my cousins and I used to joke that this one doll I had kind of looked like Chucky. She had that same sinister cheek bone structure and deceivingly benign freckles. Not too long after I saw this movie, this doll was banished to the garage. I can’t remember what happened to her after that. Should I be concerned that I don’t remember? Nah, it’s just this bad memory of mine. Right? RIGHT?!?!

2. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Unlike with Child’s Play, I feel pretty confident saying I saw this one while staying over at my cousins’ house. One of these cousins had a very unnerving skill. He could make himself sound like Freddie Krueger. It was creepy to me and it just about terrified my younger brother (I don’t think he’s watched a Freddie Krueger movie since). Still, this movie kind of appealed to me. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams and the idea that something can invade your dreams–where you are completely vulnerable and and the only defense is to stay awake–is enough to give me nightmares. Because I really like sleeping.

3. Hellraiser (1987) – But, Alicia, where is your gif for Hellraiser? Okay, confession time. Pinhead is the single most terrifying entity in human existence and even thinking about him makes me nervous. I remember next to nothing about this movie except Pinhead. I don’t even rightly know what it is about this villain, but he makes me extremely uncomfortable and I have this really strong aversion to him. I won’t watch the movie (not even on a dare), I won’t look at his picture while browsing movie titles, and I certainly won’t be searching for gifs for this post. Also, it’s all about the original actor, any remakes do absolutely nothing for me. I’d mention his name, but that would require me to Google it and that’s not going to happen.

4. It (1990) – Oh great, clowns. I don’t have a phobia or anything, but when I think about this movie, I start to reconsider everything I’ve ever believed about them. No, my children will never have clowns at their birthday parties. I will not be attending any birthday parties where there might be a clown. I will never enter any fun houses where clowns reside. This movie also turned me off of exploring any sewer tunnels. My cousins apparently knew of some and there was never a chance that I was going to say yes to that adventure. I still sometimes eye sewer drains warily. Little side note: these clown sightings across the country just reinforce my fear of them, hoaxes or not, it’s still terrifying. Thinking of just carrying a bat around.

5. Silence of the Lambs (1991) – I don’t consider myself a squeamish person. Blood, guts, decapitated heads. I’m all fine with those things (fictional, of course), but Silence of the Lambs really gets under my skin (no pun intended). Apparently I have a deep aversion to cannibalism. When the television show Hannibal premiered, I was sure I’d enjoy it, but it only took a few episodes in for me to realize that my stomach was not going to be able to take it.

Are there any horror movies you watched as a child that have followed you into adulthood? Are you a fan of any of these movies or do you refuse to watch any of these? Is there a particular horror villain that freaks you out? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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