James / September 10th, 2012
September 10, 2012 at 12:17 am
I love being scared! Have you checked out the Marblehornets videos on youtube about the slender man? I havent been that scared in a very very long time. It was hard to get up and walk through the dark hallways of the house after watching it.
July 3, 2016 at 2:10 am
Oh man, large marge terrified me as a kid and for some reason the whole intro of ET and the breathing and scream he had when they chased him when they left him scared the shit out of me hahaha
September 10, 2012 at 12:19 am
Large Marge used to terrify me.
September 10, 2012 at 12:23 am
Id always have fears of someone peeking through my window too but not of a monster, but some one that may have a gun on them and one shot through that window i would feel like i’d be done for.
September 10, 2012 at 12:30 am
Marble Hornets would be scarier if it had better acting.
September 10, 2012 at 12:47 am
I remember when I was 7 and my dad told me that there was a movie on TV that night that was called The Terminator. He had seen it before and told me I would watch it aswell. So I did and what came out of it was a really good time and I thought it was a really good movie. When the truck chase arrived I really thought that was awesome and when Kyle destroys the truck with the Terminator in it I thought it was the end of the movie, but then… The Terminator rises from the wreck and fire and its glowing red eyes felt like they were haunting me, and when the Terminator starts to move with that jerky stop-motion movement, that really scared me. I felt like running away as Sarah and Kyle did. When they get into the factory it frightens me even more because it’s like a maze and you never know when the Terminator willl strike. Then when Kyle puts the bomb in the Terminator I expect the end to come, but no, the Terminator has to rise up again with its whole half gone and just crawling after Sarah, you couldn’t belive how scary that was. Then finally Sarah destroys it and my heart is pounding so rapidly after all of that. I go to bed after that and I can’t sleep because I imagine that the Terminator is just standing outside the window ready to break in when i peek out. All of this is the scariest moment from a movie I think…
September 10, 2012 at 12:48 am
I’m 31 now and when I was like 7 my sisters boyfriend called me on the phone and pretended to be freddy kreuger and i thought it really was and i was almost standing there shitting myself lol. I honestly cant remember the last good scare I had in a movie because once I turned 14 or 15 they just stopped scaring me. seeing how R. Lee Ermy treated those kids in the texas chainsaw massacre remake was the last time i was scared of a character.
September 10, 2012 at 1:00 am
One of my biggest scares as a kid was also from Twilight Zone the movie, but it’s at the very beginning when Dan Aykroyd’s character suddenly turns into a monster. To this day I still avoid the scene!
Also the scene in Superman III where the old woman becomes a cyborg scared the bejesus out of me!!
September 10, 2012 at 1:05 am
The exorcist scared the piss out of me when i was a kid for obvious reasons, and i used to love the movie “the burbs” but there was a scene where they were watching the exorcist on tv and i could never even watch that scene of a scene haha. Also, this is more “recent” and stupid, but that fucking scene in the first Sam Raimi spiderman movie where harry asks his father (green goblin/norman osborne) where he was the night before, and it flashes insanely fast to him losing his shit being exposed to the goblin virus shit…hot damn to this day if i’m not paying attention that scene still makes me jump haha
September 10, 2012 at 1:06 am
First scare I can ever remember in a movie would’ve been Judge Doom’s transformation scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? For some reason I found ET really scary too. It’s weird, I had no problem with him while watching the movie, but I’d often imagine him creeping into my room as a small child. I never liked being scared by movies as a kid, and I might be the only fan of James’ here who never liked horror movies of any kind, either because I didn’t like being scared or, later on in life, because I didn’t find the premises inherently scary.
As always, thanks for the insights, James!
September 10, 2012 at 1:09 am
I also used to be freaked out about things looking through my bedroom window when I was young. I was also scared as shit of Bloody Mary when I was a kid. The Predator terrified me when I was really young.
i watched Carrie for the first time last night and the ending scared the shit out of me. i haven’t been that scared in years. the buildup to that scare is incredible. truly frightening.
September 10, 2012 at 1:57 am
Holy SHIT. The guy from Twilight Zone! IT’S THE TRINITY KILLER!!! o_O MIND BLOWN
September 10, 2012 at 1:58 am
There’s still some movies that scare me. Not passed jumping out of my seat though. That’s the worst that happens, lol.
September 10, 2012 at 1:59 am
you know what’s really weird on the plane scene? when the monster appears on the window there is a really short shot of the man and his eyes are bursting out. at first i thought it was the monster, but then i stopped an actually it is the man
September 10, 2012 at 2:00 am
zombies scare the shit out of me. i have no idea why, or what even happened to me as a kid to make me so fucking terrified of them, but i can’t even watch any show or play any game that has zombies in them, or i have nightmares for days.
September 10, 2012 at 2:03 am
One thing that used to frighten me to death as a kid was the “Toys in the Attic” episode of Cowboy Bebop. I used to stay up late and watch Adult Swim with my older brother, and I could usually handle whatever made the shows “adult,” but that episode, which was about a nasty little blob creature stalking and biting everyone on the ship, gave me nightmares and made me imagine I was seeing little blobs everywhere for weeks.
I was also always terrified out of my mind by Quatermass and the Pit. So many disturbing, surreal and nightmarish images for a technically child-friendly sci-fi movie.
September 10, 2012 at 2:05 am
My scariest moments as a kid:
The ending to Don’t Go To Sleep where the sister comes up from under the bed and says, “Hi Mommy.” Her face scared the SHIT out of me. I was watching this late at night when it was on TNT, I think. Nobody else was up but me, so I was all alone…in the dark. It just terrified me.
The Exorcist. Watched it when I was 7 years old and was scared to death to go to bed, afraid she’d come up from under my bed and kill me. Saw her face in my dreams that night. *shudders*
The werewolf at the very end of Haunted Honeymoon. I had to hide every time I watched that part and peek out from behind the couch. I was probably 8 or 9 around this time.
September 10, 2012 at 2:06 am
I live right next to the dinosaurs that Pee Wee Herman visited. Beside them is the restaurant that he went to after he saw Large Marge. I really really want to go in and tell the waitress that large marge sent me.
September 10, 2012 at 2:07 am
Large marge use to scare the hell out of me…. To this day I don’t know why
but the videos of the max headroom broadcast signal intrusion scare the fuuuuuck out of me. Watching that video automatically triggers adrenaline in my body
September 10, 2012 at 2:12 am
Hi,i`m a new member,Jame,if he could,should bring back Monster Madness for the upcoming Halloween,that would be great,but i know hes super busy with the movie,hope all goes well!
There used to be this show called Tales from the Darkside about monsters and other supposedly scary stuff. Anyway, one episode called “Seasons of Belief” scared the crap out of me when I was younger.
September 10, 2012 at 2:15 am
That last part where you talk about the creature seeing you from the other side of the glass, it reminded me of this moment in my childhood.
I came home from school, I was probably in fourth grade at the time, maybe even younger. Nobody was home at this time because my parents were at work and my sisters were older so they were still at school. I walked into the house and into the living room, when I suddenly saw something in the backyard through the glass sliding door. I walked towards the door and realized it was a brown bear in our backyard. I watched it for a couple minutes, just fascinated by it. I wasn’t scared, just intrigued. All of the sudden, the bear turned towards the glass door and looked straight at me. I froze, I didn’t know what to do. It clearly knew I was watching it, so I sat there frozen in terror until it briefly looked away for a moment. I jumped behind the couch and peaked through the legs of a side table at the door. The bear walked up to the glass door and just looked inside, no doubt trying to find where I had gone.
Finally the bear walked away and back up into the hills, but I remember being absolutely terrified watching this thing. I couldn’t get far enough away, but I didn’t ever want to let it out of my sight. It was a strange feeling.
September 10, 2012 at 2:20 am
The final scene in Roger Rabbit…
September 10, 2012 at 2:24 am
The most terrifying moment for me as a kid was definitely by Freddy Krueger, that guy scared the hell out of me. I remember the most one part where he walks with his arms stretched out in a kind of dark alley — damn, that gave nightmares a long time.
Honorable mentions to Pennywise the Clown. I thought it was gonna pop out of nowhere, even from under my bad in plain daylight.
September 10, 2012 at 2:32 am
I know this might be strange but when i was 6 i watched Jurassic Park, in the theater. Yeah, i scared so much the shit out of me the whole scene with the T-Rex and the kids inside the car and what the fuck happens…geez i had to go puke in the bathroom and then go home.
I had to wait 3 years to watch it again, but still now it’s a movie that haunts me like a mofo.
And the Carpenter’s Thing, watched when i was 23 last year, fuck you can’t predict anything that happens and i think it’s only gory movie that scares for real. Just because all what happens, but the fucking scene with the blood samples, it’s so tension and they let you think really good that the alien it’s on is own then “oh there’s another sample”….fuck.
I realize i can’t even write good because i’m being scared by memories.
September 10, 2012 at 2:36 am
Oh yea, all those scenes you’ve mentioned scared me as a child. Certain scenes from Gremlins and Critters terrified me. The final chase scene in The Terminator left a lasting impression. “The Crate” tale from Creepshow would have me hysterical as a kid; I can’t even begin to explain the terror. I’m sure many a kid were scared shitless of Pennywise the clown from the Stephen King’s IT miniseries. Some scenes from Killer Klowns From Outer Space were scary, even though the movie was mostly funny to me.
Now-a-days its hard to get the same kind of scared as you did as a child. But if I set myself up with the right atmosphere, I can still manage to let certain movies creep me out or get under my skin. It requires watching the film alone and in the dark. One of the only films that still creep me out is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
September 10, 2012 at 2:41 am
The only movie that really ever scared me was chucky. mostly just the scene where hes tied up to the bed.
I’d have to say the single scariest movie ever as a kid would have to be this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100740/ – Tales from the Darkside the movie.
September 10, 2012 at 2:43 am
September 10, 2012 at 3:02 am
I definitely agree on the Twilight Zone scene. As a kid, that whole sequence with the plane scared the living shit out of me. Especially at the end, where you see all the damage that was done to the plane. So incredibly graphic.
At the top of my list would have to be Terminator 2. The T-1000 was absolutely terrifying in so many ways. His swordlike arms and complete lack of emotion, along with his seeming invulerability to everything just freaked me out.
Worst of all was Sarah Connor’s nightmare. I used to cover my eyes pretty much every time that scene came up.
September 10, 2012 at 3:05 am
Somehow I just knew that the Twilight Zone one would be on here. I first saw it when I was about 14 and even then it freaked me the fuck out.
September 10, 2012 at 3:11 am
As a little girl, skulls were the thing that used to scare me the most, rrealy, by far. To this day, I think they have a chilling feel to them, but as a kid, with stuff like skulls in the Indiana Jones movies or horror movies, I would just remain silent when I was watching them, but then I would dread the time where I had to go to bed, because I knew I would dream about… skulls.
Oh yes, memories.
September 10, 2012 at 3:15 am
i miss being scared of movies too, i still watch horror movies to try and get that feeling back of being scared of the movies, and it just doesn’t happen. i never saw the alice in wonderland one, but the other 2 i did watch. ya that part scared me too on twilight zone, i didn’t have nightmares or anything but it did scare me. tremors for some reason scared me…i sat on the couch for 4 hours after the movie was over afraid to step on the ground. lol it’s funny now but it wasn’t then
September 10, 2012 at 3:19 am
Hell, I loved horror but was very sensitive. As a kid I would be as equally scared by Friday the 13th as Scooby Doo, Where Are You!. One movie in particular though gave me nightmares for weeks afterwards and random panic attacks. Tourist Trap(1979) is a sadistic trick to play on a child, especially one with an above average fear of dolls/mannequins. I don’t care if it was only rated PG, dad…not cool.
September 10, 2012 at 3:32 am
AVGN is a such pussy. What scared me as a child was Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, THE FLY with Jeff Goldblum, and ARACHNOPHOBIA. These are still considered today some of the best horror movies ever made.
September 10, 2012 at 3:36 am
scared the shit out of me as well when i was a kid.
also, the “i worry about you bevy” scene in “it.”
September 10, 2012 at 3:40 am
I miss it too.
The movie scene that really scared the shit out of me as a kid was the part in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? where Judge Doom got up again after being run over by the steamroller. I don’t know… that just REALLY freaked me out.
September 10, 2012 at 3:44 am
Correction, the movie name wasn’t ARACHNOPHOBIA… but it was some movie where these spiders lay eggs inside people and then the people violently explode into dozens and dozens of spiders all slightly larger than the original that laid the eggs. At one point they had like a 3-5ft leg-span.
September 10, 2012 at 3:45 am
The thing you mentioned about feeling eyes on the back of your head is so familiar to me – I remember that exact feeling after watching scary movies as a kid. One I recall in particular was the part in the Superman 3 movie, where the woman gets turned into a robot by the evil computer. When I was getting ready for bed that evening after watching it, I was so scared that she would somehow appear in the bathroom window, that I had to turn around every 10 seconds while brushing my teeth, cause the window was on the opposite wall from the sink. So funny. Wish I could feel like that still, but other people would just look at me like I was crazy. xD
September 10, 2012 at 3:46 am
For me the most scaring scenes are Morla in The Neverending Story and the demon dog in Ghostbusters.
September 10, 2012 at 4:11 am
After I saw Aliens I couldn’t sleep that night: I was just so scared I couldn’t shut my eyes. The scenes with all the small aliens bursting out of people’s stomach left me scared shitless!
September 10, 2012 at 4:23 am
indiane Jones and the last crusade, the Donnovan death scene > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DGFuHC75aY scared me shitless.
September 10, 2012 at 4:32 am
The only things that have creeped me out or scared me as an adult were some X-files and Twilight Zone episodes, and maybe a few parts in The Exorcist. Pennywise used to really scare me as a kid, but I love that movie now.
September 10, 2012 at 4:47 am
I remember back when I was around the charming age of 5 or 6 years old, and I am sad to report that I was mortally terrified of two things. Michael Jacksons thriller video, and Lou Ferrigno in the Incredible Hulk. I never actually watched more than the first seconds then before I was running in terror from the Wolfman. And the Incredible Hulk flat out scared the shit right out of my ass. The transformation to the Hulk probably scarred my psyche a smidge. Not only that but Knight Rider came on right after that and after Hulk it scared me on general principle, and I really liked that show.
September 10, 2012 at 4:52 am
I feel The Exorcist is still an effective horror film, even today.
Then there is the best “jump scare” in one of it’s sequels (Exorcist III)…all I’m saying is hospital.
I’ve seen that film many, many times and that scene still makes me jump.
There are also short scenes/imagery in films that have stuck with me for years and still in the back of my mind for decades…
The “doll dogs” in Nightmare On Elm Street 2.
The Creep at the window at the start of Creepshow.
Leatherface swinging his chainsaw at the ends of Massacre.
The hand bursting out of the demon at the end of The Evil Dead.
September 10, 2012 at 5:13 am
In the Twilight Zone movie, I distinctly remember that scene where the person lost their mouth, which is from that famous episode where the boy can hear your thoughts. I hate distorted faces.
In that sense, I still get scared watching some movies today. The Ring and The Grudge scared the shit out of me, and V/H/S looks pretty terrifying. Have you seen that yet, James?
September 10, 2012 at 5:42 am
I know exactly the kind of feeling you’re talking about. When something on the tv screen stares right at you, you just feel like it’s gonna come out.
That’s what made Ring ( the japanese version ) so scary. I couldn’t stare at a turned off TV screen for months after seeing this movie, cause i always had the feeling that it would turn on, and Sadako would come out of it.
But somehow, the scariest moment in that scene isn’t the moment she comes out, because once it’s done, you know that it’s just a random “ghost killing a man ” scene. The whole terror you feel happens when she is still in the TV, walking towards YOU, not the guy in the movie.
We are scared of that because for a brief moment, we might doubt that this is just a movie, and a tiny part of us think she’s really gonna come out of the TV.
September 10, 2012 at 5:52 am
what scared the shit outta me as a kid was the ghostbusters episode “the boogeyman”
he had such a creepy voice in the german dub and he was called “Der boese mann” (the evil man)
i was so scared by him that my mom even had to lock the audio cassette of this episode in the drawer!
September 10, 2012 at 5:55 am
David Lynch is a master of moments like these, weird shit happening out of nowhere that just chills you and burns into your brain. In particular, a scene in his film Mulholland Drive, and also a scene towards the end of his film Inland Empire there is a scene that almost gave me a heart attack when I first saw it. Inland Empire is not a film you should watch unless you want you brain to melt out of your ears.
September 10, 2012 at 5:56 am
Actual scary film that terrified me when I was a kid, still leaves a really horrific feeling today. I showed it to some buddies and they were pretty creeped out.
Now I don’t know if an english speaking audience would actually get the same kind of horror out of it, it might work.. give it a try.
September 10, 2012 at 6:39 am
James, if you miss being scared play AMNESIA – THE DARK DESCENT and thank me then. Also you should record some footage.
September 10, 2012 at 6:48 am
i know a lot of people are going to laugh about this but i was the cool kid in the house, kinda , so movies did not scare me at all but there is one movie that broke my “coolness” and made me afraid as a kid , it was the shining , although i’m a big fan of jack nickelson & i see him as the best joker in any batman product , but i was scared as hell when i was a kid coz of the “no demons – no monsters – just a crazy guy with a scary laugh” nature of the movie , & by the way the only video game that scares the shit or any other body liquid out of me is wild gunman on the nes …… dont ask
September 10, 2012 at 6:49 am
The hospital decapitation scene in The Exorcist III…always gets me…
September 10, 2012 at 6:50 am
James, i dont know if you can relate to this but when i was a kid, i saw “A Nightmare on Elm St.” (Yeah really, i was like 11 or something, but my Mom made me watch it becouse she thought it was awesome, kinda fucked up to be honest but its still one of my favourite movies so i dont blame her.) There is the scene where the main protagonist is watching in the mirror, and you know that something terrible is going to happen, but not like it does! Oh no, Freddy jumps through the mirror and assaults the poor girl.
That scene really got me when i was a kid, other than that, i have never been too scared of movies, i just appreciate the hard work they put on them. Especially the old ones, the models and clay figures and stop motion animations have so much more heart than these really ugly CGI things we see these days.
Also, hope to see your movie in the future!
Greetings from the cold nothern Finland
September 10, 2012 at 6:59 am
I watched the exorcist, the first one, all alone in the dark when I was about 9 or 10. It was the only movie that ever really scared me.
September 10, 2012 at 7:01 am
Agreed on that.
David Lynch is the only director who still manages to scare the shit out of me.
All these distorted faces in Inland Empire are amongst the scariest things I have ever seen.
September 10, 2012 at 7:08 am
The horror movie that scared me the most when I was growing up was a cheesy movie by the name of The Gate (1987) PG-13!!! It was a PG-13 movie but the things in the movie freaked me out! I also, had nightmares about Chucky, Jason, and Freddy when growing up. Mostly about Chucky tho because a doll that can come after you is pretty scary when you’re a kid.
September 10, 2012 at 7:19 am
James, I would REALLY like to see more of these!! ..I reminisce and enjoy the things that scared the shit out of me as a kid!! 🙂
Be afraid…be very afraid!!
….then tell em’ Large Marge sent ya!!
September 10, 2012 at 7:30 am
The cab driver from “Home Alone 2”
“Night of the Living Dead Part 2”
“Stephen King’s IT”
September 10, 2012 at 7:35 am
So hard to remember what movies you got scared of as a kid but i remember alot of The X-files episodes scared the living shit out of me and Childs Play also scarred me for life. I also remember watching The Phantom movie when i was very young and when a skeleton starts to strangle a thug in the beginning also scared the crap out of me as a kid.
September 10, 2012 at 7:40 am
Not scared anymore?
I saw Blair witch project for the first ime last year at age 28, and it scared the hell out of me. I did make it as scary as possible by watching it alone at 2 am, with very high volum on my headphones. I was so scared I almost wanted to turn the movie off a couple of times.
Same goes with Ring 0, I wil never watch that movie again!
September 10, 2012 at 7:44 am
I never saw that Alice in Wonderland movie, but I can definitely relate to Large Marge and Twilight Zone. What scared the piss out of me was the Halloween episode of Punky Brewster. That giant spider creeped the shit out of me.
I do miss being scared as well, though I will say I watched The Road last night; I’m 28 and that had an effect on me because it was fairly realistic in how shit could go down in a situation like that.
September 10, 2012 at 7:58 am
One scene that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid was in Arachnophobia. It was my ninth birthday and my parents rented it for all of us to watch at my party. It was the scene where they are trying to escape all the spiders and run into the bathroom or something and all the little spiders start spilling in through the keyhole on the lock. It freaked me the hell out.
I guess it was because spiders were something that kinda freaked me out to begin with plus it was that feeling of no matter where you try to run and hide they will get to you and no where is safe. It gave me nightmares for years.
September 10, 2012 at 8:12 am
Jakabok –> Unfortunately, Amnesia The Dark Descent is no more scary as soon as you realize that if you die, you respawn exactly where you died (or 10 seconds before), killing all the tension of the fear for your life…
September 10, 2012 at 8:21 am
The moment that made me most, perhaps not scared but upset was in the ‘Neverending story’ when the horse (artax or something?) was trapped in the quicksand and sank.
I found that whole moment terrifying, being so powerless to stop something from happening really got to me as a child lol, still gives me chills to this day.
Great vid as always James.
September 10, 2012 at 8:26 am
I still get scared from scary movies. The sad thing is there aren’t as many scary movies anymore. The only movies that were able to scare me recently were stuff mostly japanese like Ju-On or Ringo.
The opening scene to Hellraiser II:Hellbound scared me so bad when I was a kid that I could never sleep if there was any sort of light coming in from the window or door, because I was afraid the walls would break open to hell and the cenobites would get me, and tear me into pieces like when Kirsty’s dad is strewn up by chains with hooks says “Jesus Wept” then ripped into apart.
I had to always have a radio on an FM music station and sleep with my face between the wall and bed. This went on for upwards of a decade for me.
September 10, 2012 at 8:27 am
Nice little video, James. Is your sister older or younger than you? Just curious because I wonder how old you two were when you saw The Twilight Zone Movie. I saw it in 1990, I was about seven at the time. The movie that scared me the most was Killer Klowns From Outer Space. I was about six when I saw that film. I look at it now and laugh at how silly it was, but those clowns scared the hell out of me as a child. Particularly two scenes. The clown driving the almost invisible car and the little clown who punches the biker’s head off. The only movie that still freaks me out is the 1931 classic, Dracula. It’s not Dracula who scares me, but Reinfield. Those eyes and that maniacal cackle of his always gets to me.
September 10, 2012 at 8:34 am
Definetely “It”. That fucking clown scared the shit out of me and made me stay in bathrooms for as short as possible.
September 10, 2012 at 8:35 am
apollo 18 is a good movie to give you a good jump
September 10, 2012 at 8:39 am
I’ve been following you guys for years and I finally decided to join just so I can say this:
The VHS cover for the movie Ghoulies was enough to scare me to the point of fearing toilets. I was only about six when I saw the movie cover, so I was small enough that most toilets were big enough for me to fall into. I remember going to the video rental store in our town and seeing that green Ghoulie sitting in the toilet. After that, any time I had to use the bathroom, I begged my parents to let me leave the door open. Going to the bathroom at friends or families houses was a different story. I HAD to shut the door there, so I was constantly battling the fear of a Ghoulie coming through the toilet to pull me in.
I’ll never forget one time at my grand parents house. They had a particularly tall and wide toilet. I had to hold myself up to use it. After dropping a deuce, I needed to reach for the toilet paper and I slipped. Falling into the toilet just a few inches was enough to scare the fuck out of me so much, that I grabbed the whole roll of toilet paper, jumped away from the toilet, ran into my grandparent’s closet and wiped my ass in peace. I was terrified that a Ghoulie almost got me…
As for movies, I was oddly scared by the Garbage Pail Kids. That whole movie was a horror film to me. And there’s the aforementioned Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure scene with Large Marge. I also made the terrible mistake of watching Poltergeist at a friend’s house when eight. That movie terrified the fuck out of me- especially the tequila worm scene. God damn.
And lastly, does anyone remember those commercials that would come on late at night, something about the Masters of Horror? It was like a movie collection you could order, and I recall the commercial being very long. They showed clips of the movies in the commercial, and since it ran so late at night, some of the clips were downright terrifying. Before I saw the 80’s version of The Thing, they had the scene where the doctor uses the defibrillator on the crew member and his chest caves in, consuming the doctor’s arms- that scene alone gave me nightmares. Any time the commercial came on, I would change the channel, but instantly, that scene replayed in my mind and I was scared all over again.
Anyway, keep up the great work guys. I’d give anything in this world to meet the two of you and I could seriously listen to you guys talk about the fucking weather and I’d be entertained.
September 10, 2012 at 8:58 am
HOLY SHIT JAMES. The dragon from Alice in Wonderland scared the fuck out of me as a child. I’m pretty sure that was a repressed memory that you just dug out of my psyche.
September 10, 2012 at 9:21 am
One movie that scared the shit out of me when I was a kid and still does to this day is RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and that scene when they get that zombie restrained on that medical exam table and are asking it questions of why that need brains…..
September 10, 2012 at 9:45 am
James! I too was frightened as a child by the LARGE MARGE moment. I remember going to bed at night and just laying there thinking about that face. I also was spooked by “Twilight Zone: The Movie” but the part that scared the crap out of me was the opening sequence with Dan Aykroyd/Albert Brooks. When Aykroyd shows Brooks “something really really scary” and reveals his monster face?…I flipped out as a kid and ran upstairs away from the TV.
Other things that freaked me out? The opening credits to “Tales From The Darkside” and “The Hitchhiker”. Hell, I was also frightened by the opening werewolf segment to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. When he sees the moon, leans down and turns up revealing those yellow eyes! FREAKED. ME. OUT.
September 10, 2012 at 9:52 am
Did you notice that in that scene in the Twilight Zone when they show the monster, they splice in a brief clip of a fake John Lithgow head with it’s eyes popping out?
September 10, 2012 at 9:53 am
I’m surprised no one has said this one yet. Pet Semetary is the only movie to this day that has ever scared me (and still does). I’m 20 now, and still cannot watch when Rachel’s older sister Zelda comes back to tell her she’s coming for her. Also, the scene with the young boy Timmy freaked me out for some reason.
September 10, 2012 at 9:57 am
Everything about Poltergeist scared me as a kid, especially static on the tv and being sucked into my closet.
September 10, 2012 at 10:05 am
I have two scary moments to share, both of which are science fiction.
The first is chronologically the later in my life. It’s from The Terminator, when he pops his eye out. That was just so disgusting. Since then it doesn’t bother me as much anymore. (Btw I’m one of the few people that actually thinks the first Terminator is the better one.)
My second is very similar, but not quite. It’s for The Matrix, when Neo’s mouth disappears. That was so horrifying to me, because I was very little (even too little) when I first saw it. And than when they insert the bug into him through his bellybutton was also horrific to me, as well as the scene where they take it out. Nowdays I just think it’s awesome but back then I was horrified.
I saw the original 1963 “The Haunting” when I was a kid, and it scared the shit out of me. Forget monsters, this thing would screw with your mind.
I also saw the original Twilight Zone Nightmare at 20,000 feet and it also scared me as a kid.
September 10, 2012 at 10:06 am
I love the Large Marge scene, scared the crap out of me, too.
The dog-monster sequence from John Carpenter’s The Thing will always stick with me in my memory. I watched that movie with my mother when I was like 6 years old. That and the chestburster scene from Alien. Who would ever show those movies to their 6-year old child? Oh, well, I’m very grateful… I love those movies forever!!
This will make you laugh, but another unforgettable scary scene for me was when Michael Jackson turned into the werewolf in the Thriller video. I was four when that video premiered, I was so scared!!
September 10, 2012 at 10:09 am
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September 10, 2012 at 10:14 am
RE: spwh103 — I too was disturbed by Zelda in “Pet Semetary” when I saw it years ago as a kid. Just about a year ago, I bought the DVD and SKIPPED OVER the chapter where we see her…and I’m over 30 years old. Totally Ridiculous, I know…
September 10, 2012 at 10:21 am
The single most scary thing for me was BOB from Twin Peaks. It’s a twenty year old series, so I hope noone minds me “spoiling” it. When Leland first sees BOB in the mirror, something inside me sort of… burst. Hard to explain, but I was nearly petrified with horror. Also when BOB creeps across the livingroom in Maddie’s vision. Such a commonplace setting, with a demonic entity dressed in a denim jacket. His face haunts me to this day, twenty years later. Others here mentioned Poltergeist, and it scared me as a kid too. But Twin Peaks, and especially BOB, got to me in a much more profound way.
September 10, 2012 at 10:34 am
September 10, 2012 at 10:39 am
By the way: If you have three hours to spare, check out the top 100 scariest moments on YouTube. I watched the whole thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qPC8VYRttA
September 10, 2012 at 10:40 am
I know what you mean about just wanting to be scared. I’m turning 30 this year and rarely get that feeling anymore. It’s that sense of excitement that just is very rare to feel any more. It’s weird to miss it, but I do. The most recent movie to give me a little bit of that feeling was Paranormal Activity 3. Probably because I still like to believe in ghosts. Give it a watch if you haven’t yet. The whole series is pretty good.
September 10, 2012 at 10:41 am
The ghostbusters scene in the LIbrary used to get me as a kid. I used to hide behind the big recliner as a child and peak out from behind it during the part when the ghost librarian turns around and goes afer them.
September 10, 2012 at 10:46 am
The black swamp thing from Creepshows two, the eye in the hand from The Gate, the alien surgery scene from Fire in the sky, and the ending of Frankenhooker all mind fucked me for life.
September 10, 2012 at 10:47 am
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September 10, 2012 at 10:50 am
seven’ scared me the most, the seven deadly sins, and the death. it disturbed me a little.
September 10, 2012 at 10:59 am
I saw the movie E.T. when I was 5 years old. It was my first movie and it scared me so much that I suffered from sleep paralysis for ten years, i’m not kidding. I still love the movie thought.
September 10, 2012 at 11:01 am
I have to admit, That Alice In Wonderland was one of the best ones ever made! I actually have a copy of both parts on dvd :). For myself the movie that gave me nightmares for weeks as a kid was Dario Argento’s DEMONS. Talk about scared from the “OUTSIDE LOOKING IN” This was a horror movie that took place in a theatre where the people in the movie were actually watching a movie about demons. It still kinda creeps me out today. One of the greatest horror concepts, in my opinion. If you never seen it, track it down and watch this masterpiece, then track down DEMONS 2. But after that dont get sucked into the hype of a DEMONS 3, people say it exists, but in my experience I dont belive it does. Its was just another ploy to sell some shitty movies about demons. P.S. Keep up the great work James. I’m 35 years old now and you bring me back to my childhood everytime I watch one of your videos. Thanks man. P.S.S. You should come to a Comic-Con in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada one of these years.
September 10, 2012 at 11:23 am
Are you still afraid to look at the window at night or you could get yourself though the trauma? By the way there’s a psychological explanation behind this, not just the movie. The human brain tends to look for familiarities just like faces and you can easily discover one in a form of cloud or on a tree bark. But when you see a real human watching at you can be really creepy at night. If you miss being scared play Fatal Frame 2 on PS2 or the Wii. 🙂
September 10, 2012 at 11:35 am
There is one movie that terrified me as a kid(when I was 7) and when I rewatch it as an audit(when I was 21) it still scared me. The movie was Carnosaur. I was scared out of my mine as a kid seeing that movie. For almost a week I kept having nightmares of killer dinosaurs, and when I rewatched it I was too scared to let my dog out, which is stupid, but for that night I was scared for the first time in years.
September 10, 2012 at 11:45 am
THE SINGLE SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENT OF MY LIFE
As a child, watching The Terminator, when Sarah and Kyle blast the fuel truck with him inside to high heaven, i truly geniunely thought it was over, they killed him, movie’s done….then….that fuckin black mechanical skeleton rises from the flames….dude…i was seriously in panic, i found it a terrifying sight like nothing else i’d ever seen
then the goddamn thing starts to walk toward us in stopmotion! which makes any walking 100 times creepier, its something about the jerkiness of the movement that makes it so alien and freaks me out, i love stopmotion because of that
September 10, 2012 at 11:53 am
A MORE RECENT SCARE I THINK NO ONE HAS SEEN
I highly recommend the movie “MEGAN IS MISSING”, is about two teenage girls who encounter an online predator thru chat, the whole movie is narrated in the found footage style. It’s VERY crude and shocking, it’s actually a movie with a message about taking care of your child but as a horror movie works very well too
The point it, it has a couple of flash images that will be burned to your skull, really horrible stuff, it’s the only movie that has gave me that TRUE SCARE that James is talking about in this video
I totally, totally understand what you say about “i miss being scared” and this movie made me feel it again now at 33 years old.
Please someone else see the movie, its terribly underrated and pretty much no one that i know has seen it, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
DONT GOOGLE IT OR YOU WILL SPOIL YOURSELF THE SCARY MOMENTS
September 10, 2012 at 11:58 am
I’m surprised that you didn’t mention how John Lithgow’s eyes bulged out of their sockets for a split second. It’s faster and more terrifying than Large Marge.
I was never afraid of any movie or TV show that I can remember, but the giant blue blob in the final palace of Zelda 2 always scared me. It became a running joke among my siblings, but the first time I saw it, I jumped and hid in my bed, screaming, and my brother (who hated Zelda games and had never played Zelda 2 before) had to take the controller and kill it for me.
September 10, 2012 at 11:59 am
you should have mentioned Ernest Scared Stupid the part where Trantor the troll is in Elizabeth’s bed.
September 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm
My scariest moment was the first Terminator when Arnold’s skin burn and revealed the exoskeleton. That was fucking scary.
September 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm
nightmare at 20,000 feet (remake) also scared me and it stuck in my head for so long. I was afraid to fly after that, especially if I was seated by the wing..
A BIG BIG notice!:
You can just see it on a subliminal level, but, John Lithgows (who made an amazing job) eyes almost pops out of his head in the scene where he looks through the window, when the monster is just by it, just when it cuts from the monster back to John Lithgow, his eyes look like this:
wonder what the reason with that is?…. weird right?
The scariest moments were in movies that were supposedly for kids as Jakeo10585 mentions where Trantor the troll is in Elizabeth’s bed in “Ernest Scared Stupid”. Any of the scenes in “Neverending Story” with Gamorck- particularly when his eyes were glowing in the darkness- but perhaps for me the most terrifying were the Skesis in “The Dark Crystal” they scared the shit out of me!
September 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm
James once said his goal as a filmmaker is to make a funny horror movie, and to make a scary horror movie. We all know his funny movie would be awesomly funny… But after seeng this video I also think his scary movie would be scary as hell…
September 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm
tim burton said in making PWBA (his first major movie btw) he tried to incorporate as many different genres, styles, and plot devices as he could, horror obviously being one of them. They happen about once a minute; its fun to watch and pick them all out as the story unfolds.
September 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Hey James-I doubt you have time to respond but I was curious if you saw Sleepaway Camp at a young age. I saw it when I was 9 and the final scene scared me to death and is still burned into my memory. Also, on the subject of kids movies, the owl from Secret of Nimh was pretty damn scary.
September 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I hope you use that abandoned hospital in the AVGN Movie. Is the movie perhaps going to have some scary parts?
September 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Scariest of my childhood was that episode with that beautiful woman who was cursed to be ugly in Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?
September 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm
I don’t remember seeing the Twilight Zone movie as a kid, but I absolutely agree that the gremlin is scary as hell. Even as I watched the footage in this video, I got chills, especially the part where the gremlin wags its finger at John Lithgow.
A couple of movies that did terrify me as a kid were Ernest Scared Stupid and Return to Oz. If you saw those movies as a kid, you probably know what I’m talking about.
September 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm
I never notice Lithgow’s eyes bulging for half a second before! go look at when he opens the window again if you hadn’t noticed it. Maybe that is part of the subconscious fear?
September 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm
One of my scariest memories from a movie was the troll battle in Willow. It’s perfectly done. You see the dark shadows of the trolls crawling around the castle without Willow or anyone else knowing they’re there. The suspenseful buildup left me yelling at the screen. Then out of nowhere that one pops up in Willow’s face and screams. I’m 29 and I first saw it when I was 10 maybe? I still remember to this day what that fucker looks like and how that scream sounds that they make. One main reason I was hoping that James would touch on in the video is how different scary movies are now compared to the past. The fact that they used puppetry and costumes for the trolls really made it a lot scarier than any CGI monster I’ve ever seen. Also, with real humans in the costumes they move so much more realistic.
September 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Poltergeist. Clown under the bed. Scariest thing ever as a kid.
September 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm
I am genuinely surprised James or anyone in the comments for that matter hasn’t mentioned Meg Mucklebones from Legend with Tom Cruise!
Meg scared the actually shit from my bowels!
September 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm
little monsters: boy and snik. holy fuck.
September 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm
now i have to go through everyone’s comments and watch they’re scariest moments on youtube.
September 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm
Wow! These were the exact same things that scared me as a kid. I was born in 1985, so maybe we were exposed to the same type of things. Great video James.
September 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm
My all-time scary moments:
1. Every goblin scene in the Labyrinth. I’m still scared by that movie and it’s caused an obsession.
2. The first chestburster in Aliens. When the marines discover that person begging to be killed I had to stop the VHS tape every time.
3. The hanging, skinned bodies in the beginning of Predator. What a great reveal! It looks a little cheesy now but it used to terrify me at night.
4. The “Father’s Day” story in Creepshow still scares the hell out of me. But as a kid it was pants-shitting terrifying.
5. Everything about Child’s Play. I saw the poster of Chucky in a video store as a kid and never fully recovered.
6. The Skeksis from the Dark Crystal. While I’m sure they pop up on everyone’s list, I used to run screaming at the sight of them. I literally watched the movie from behind my cousin’s couch.
7. The face-melting scene in Poltergeist. That movie is a lot to process as a child, but that scene in particular was indelibly burned into my brain.
8. The opening credits of Tales from the Crypt. This is my favorite TV show opening of all time – it’s so perfect, from the music to the little details of the mansion and the gliding camera. My grandma used to show me TFTC as a kid and it’s always gotten to me.
9. The car scene at the end of the original The Haunting. That’s still one of my favorite horror films – it’s so psychologically dense and atmospheric.
10. The scene in Jaws where the shark eats little Alex. Not only is that my brother’s name, but it was finally a scene in a suspense movie where a kid got it. I read Jaws as an elementary schooler and it kept me out of pools, oceans, and even deep puddles for years.
Thanks for the post, James – this was a great topic!
September 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm
odly enough the only movie that has given me nightmares was war of the worlds, the tom cruise version, I guess it’s just the feeling of being hunted by something you can’t kill
September 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm
by far…….. ALIENS.
o boy i should have never watch that movie when i was young :).
September 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm
I was always freaked out by those creepy bat guys in Beastmaster and Freddy Kruger, maybe I shouldn’t have been watching Nightmare on Elm Street at the age of 5
September 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm
1. The scene in Child’s Play when Chucky gets out of the chimney burnt.
2. For me, everything in stop-motion was fucking scary, as a result I shit myself in Terminator 1.
4. The opening credits of Tales from the Crypt.
5. A scene in Beetlejuice when the 2 ghosts show their scary faces.
6. An episode from The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. THE FUCKING MEDUSA EPISODE ! That was the first time I closed the TV.
7. Jeepers Creepers, the church basement scene.
8. REC ending,
9. Halloween (don’t know which one) it was a chase in the rain at night .
10. The fucking sloth from Seven.
and many more…
September 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Some of the movies that scared me as a kid was Morla from Never Ending Story, and ET. I couldn’t watch ET until I was 13 yo. I guess I have always been kind of a coward. But still I always wanted to see those movies, they became one of my favorites.
I can still be scared for movies, becoming an adult haven’t changed much. Though movies like Never Ending Story isn’t scary at all anymore, I just think they are cool. Movies like Paranormal Activity I think is still scary, and I saw V/H/S recently and thought it was really good.
September 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm
LARGE MARGE SCARED THE LIVING CRAP OUTTA ME!! Always had to look away on that part. LOL.
THE WORST FOR ME IS THE LIBRARIAN GHOST IN GHOSTBUSTERS!! TOO DAMN SCARY!! LOL!
September 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm
What a weird coincidence. When I was 6, I went on that E.T ride in Universal Studios, and got scared of E.T from that point on, and I swear I kept seeing his silhouette in the dark.