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What Childhood Movies Scarred You?

Buzz In: What's the First Movie That Ever Scarred You?

With Halloween plans getting underway at Sugar HQ (stay tuned for our entertainment-inspired costume ideas), we've been discussing the films that spooked us in childhood. Honestly, I have more than I care to admit. Gremlins completely shattered my preconceived notions of cute, furry things, and my mother may have done permanent damage by taking me to Beetlejuice (after which, she taunted me by chanting "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice" on the ride home).

I polled the fellow Buzz editors, and they were quick to dredge up their bad memories. Becky shares my aversion to Tim Burton's early work. She says that Edward Scissorhands freaked out her young self ("He has knives for hands!"), while Shannon claims that she absolutely hated the Stay Puft Man in Ghostbusters. Giant marshmallows can be very menacing.

So tell me what movie kept you up at night as a child, and be honest — you're still a little freaked out by it, aren't you?

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bfromthehart bfromthehart 5 years
lizlee89, think of the title this way: What's the First Movie That Ever Mentally Scarred You For Life?
bfromthehart bfromthehart 5 years
I have the same story as bransugar79. Not exactly the werecat bit, but the zombie dance. I thought it was really scary when I was younger. After Michael Jackson died, I could take the video any day!
cherryvanilla13 cherryvanilla13 5 years
it... i still cant watch it
cherryvanilla13 cherryvanilla13 5 years
it... i still cant watch it
lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
sorry to be a bother but "scared" has one r; not two. unless you're asking "which movie scarred (like your body or mind haha) you..."
TammyO TammyO 5 years
Poltergeist was the first scary movie I saw in the theater and I totally freaked out and had to leave, I was about 9. I don't know why my mom thought it would be a good idea to take me.
Susi-May Susi-May 5 years
A Hardy Boys episode (I loved Shawn Cassidy) about a vampire. You never saw the monster, just his black pointy points walking down the stone castle hallways.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
Dark Shadows, which was a soap opera of sorts, not a movie, scared the crap out of me as a kid. As for the first movie, I saw Candyman at a friend's 8th birthday and still reach for the light switch before I will enter a bathroom. That movie straight up terrified me.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Ditto on Jaws. My parents had to check for errant sharks underneath my bed,in my closets, and even dresser drawers (where baby Jaws might be) every night before I could get to sleep. For months.
lilegwene lilegwene 5 years
Jaws. It even made me scared to swim in my grandmother's swimming pool.
gingirl gingirl 5 years
Ugh, my mother had a best friend with a son about my age who loved scary movies. Why she let him watch some of them, I don't know. But he got me to watch "Chucky" and "Nightmare on Elm Street." God, I was having nightmares for weeks. But for some reason I watched "Edward Scissorhands" repeatedly when I was a kid.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
Lady in White
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
Lady in White
bransugar79 bransugar79 5 years
Mine is not a movie actually but the Thriller video scared the bejeezus out of me. I was huge Michael Jackson fan at the time ( I was 4) and for years after that I couldn't even hear that song without freaking out. I had nightmares for a long time.
penguins268 penguins268 5 years
Twister.
penguins268 penguins268 5 years
Twister.
weffie weffie 5 years
It, Nightmare on Elm Street, Parents, and The People Under the Stairs are the ones I remember being the most freaked out by, but the very first movie to give me nightmares was The Adventures of Baron Munchausen... it's not even a scary movie, but I couldn't stop dreaming about the grim reaper for weeks!
Chelsea25 Chelsea25 5 years
forgot to add I was 5 at the time.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
The Elephant Man, believe it or not. I was four when it premiered. It gave me nightmares for years.
Chelsea25 Chelsea25 5 years
zombie the flesh eater :( I watched it at the neighbours when their parents were out. BIG mistake!
Chelsea25 Chelsea25 5 years
zombie the flesh eater :( I watched it at the neighbours when their parents were out. BIG mistake!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I'm another one who was terrified by "It". I don't know what my dad was thinking, but he let me watch that movie when I was around 4 and I still vividly remember the horrible nightmares I had all night about evil clowns. Ugh.
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