Scary Moments

James / September 10th, 2012


  • seyton

    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.

    • Obed Salgado

      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

  • strint519

    September 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Large Marge used to terrify me.

  • candytooth

    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.

  • culwin

    September 10, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Marble Hornets would be scarier if it had better acting.

  • TheFartking90

    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.

  • raggletag

    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

  • Old Hay

    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!

  • hammerhorrortexas

    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.

  • jdshald

    September 10, 2012 at 1:09 am

    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.

  • Persian_Assassin

    September 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Holy SHIT. The guy from Twilight Zone! IT’S THE TRINITY KILLER!!! o_O MIND BLOWN

  • ejp022791

    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.

  • lcvolt

    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.

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    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.

  • Maggie1983

    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.

  • tatripp

    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.

  • mike99mccarthy

    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

  • Lorenzo Vegar

    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!

  • Shnoober

    September 10, 2012 at 2:12 am

    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.

  • Fractal

    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.

  • Jwong

    September 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

    The final scene in Roger Rabbit…




  • Eltanin

    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.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    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.

  • Ysman

    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).

  • MR__HYD3

    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.

  • ReeceS

    September 10, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I’d have to say the single scariest movie ever as a kid would have to be this – Tales from the Darkside the movie.

  • zengie

    September 10, 2012 at 2:43 am


  • razor_jim

    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.

  • smpfilmfan

    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.

  • Midori

    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.

  • majikman19

    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

  • Antimo

    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.

  • meshblorg

    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.

  • captainmarmalade

    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.”

  • Salculd

    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.

  • meshblorg

    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.

  • szimm

    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

  • Fred . Fuchs

    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.

  • buffetboy

    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!

  • icing

    September 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

    indiane Jones and the last crusade, the Donnovan death scene > scared me shitless.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    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.

  • Josh2995

    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.

  • Senna4ever

    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.

  • Riknight36

    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?

  • Mister Buckethead

    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.

  • querschnittf95

    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!

  • CharlieChalk

    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.

  • Snejku

    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.

  • Jakabok

    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.

  • metal_sonic_69

    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

  • y2j420

    September 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    The hospital decapitation scene in The Exorcist III…always gets me…

  • 0skulock

    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

  • VonKraut

    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.

  • DON

    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.

  • Achilles

    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.

    I’m 26.

  • MichaelVonGoth

    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!!

  • Dark Pythagoras

    September 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

    “The Gate”
    The cab driver from “Home Alone 2”
    “Night of the Living Dead Part 2”
    “Stephen King’s IT”

  • lfgubrs

    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!

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    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.

  • Crosbinator

    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.

  • diegowar

    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…

  • Juststeve

    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.

  • ilil00

    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.

  • Despair4Ever

    September 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

    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.

  • MelancholyAcid

    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.

  • Einsam

    September 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

    apollo 18 is a good movie to give you a good jump

  • HammerOfChrist

    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.

  • thevoiceofterror

    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.

  • gtitus76

    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…..

  • Jdneil79

    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.

  • marc_lawson

    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?

  • spwh103

    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.

  • ddaniel

    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.

  • drk421

    September 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    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!!

  • oliverworld

    September 10, 2012 at 10:09 am


  • Jdneil79

    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…

  • Chrisern

    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.

  • Abe

    September 10, 2012 at 10:34 am


  • Chrisern

    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:

  • scat3710

    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.

  • scat3710

    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.

  • distaulod

    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

    fright rags has a killer large marge shirt

    check it out :

  • klsadfj sklfj

    September 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

    seven’ scared me the most, the seven deadly sins, and the death. it disturbed me a little.

  • Vevildead

    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.

  • wettkatt

    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.

  • Squall85

    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. 🙂

  • WinterDeathPeach

    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.

  • Ren

    September 10, 2012 at 11:45 am


    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

  • Ren

    September 10, 2012 at 11:53 am


    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


  • J.J. McSandfarm

    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.

  • jakeo10585

    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.

  • DavidARice

    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.

  • GrimShin

    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?

  • September 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    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…

  • jfeigl

    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.

  • Jerry

    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.

  • quickson1

    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?

  • ZidaneTribal

    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?

  • kane117

    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.

  • chrander

    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.

  • deakordonkey

    September 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Poltergeist. Clown under the bed. Scariest thing ever as a kid.

  • BruceLong

    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!

  • fantasticfink

    September 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    little monsters: boy and snik. holy fuck.

  • fantasticfink

    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.

  • bogansauce

    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!

  • ptbibble25

    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

  • species_5618

    September 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    by far…….. ALIENS.

    o boy i should have never watch that movie when i was young :).

  • marvelmite

    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

  • Jakabok

    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.

    3. Predator.

    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…

  • spekkio

    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.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    September 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    LARGE MARGE SCARED THE LIVING CRAP OUTTA ME!! Always had to look away on that part. LOL.


  • AJM

    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.

  • PUK015

    September 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    The scareist moment and funneist moment I had in when I was a kid was when I saw this movie called dogma. When it came to the part when the shit demon came out (I call it the poop monster) I ran away frome the tv crying and I was afraed to go to the bathroom. I thogt that the poop monster wood come out and eat me. I ask my mom that she will whach me when I go. She always says the poop monster is not going to come out. Evey time the poop monster came out I run away and afraed to go to bathroom. I remeber my dad burst out laghing every the poop monster comes out. Every time now I see dogma when the poop monster come out I thinke back to the time that I used to be afraed to go to the bathroom. Today laghe about.

  • MajickMike

    September 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    The Twilight Zone: The Movie had two parts for me that burned into my brain…I grew up watching Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers), always seeing him as a happy, friendly guy. Not very threatening in any way…until the opening scene in that movie, “Wanna see something really scary?”. And the “finger wagging” alien that grabbed John Lithgow is one of the scariest things I saw growing up. My father resembles John Lithgow and it rocked me to my roots on many different levels. Another movie that freaked me out bad was Dream Scape with Dennis Quaid. Not a movie for children whatsoever, but I watched it when I was about 8 years old, messed me up pretty bad. That scene with “Tommy-Ray” when he says “Abracadabra.” and blades replace his fingernails. He proceeds to rip the heart of the train conductor out, holding it in his had, he says to Dennis Quaid, “Hey Alex, have a heart.”.

    And finally, the movie Nightmares from 1983 which was comprised of 4 short stories. “The Bishop of Battle” starring Emilio Estevez hit home as at that time, we were playing video games that had graphics very similar to those seen in that movie. I can still picture that giant head saying, “I am the Bishop of Battle, master of all I survey.”. When I played Arkanoid years later, I was creeped out to see that the final boss was a giant head which closely resembled “The Bishop of Battle”.

  • Claudio Paola

    September 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Great episode James! Very inspirational and I was also terrified from the Twilight Zone episode just as you were! :S


  • September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    E.T. gave me nightmares out the ass. Of course you saw E.T.’s wrinkly slinky necked, bug eyed, and squashy ass outside your window. He was serving up that nightmare fuel with a family friendly twist.

  • DMM_poo

    September 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Dude. James. We are the same age, and the three things you picked are probably the three things that I have been scarred by my whole life. I’m not shitting you. It’s freaking crazy.

  • DMM_poo

    September 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    the whole twilight zone move freaked me out, but that scene in particular has left lasting impressions. Another one that freaked me out was Cat’s Eye.

  • HarryPnass

    September 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    That dog thing from The Shining

  • Magnum66

    September 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Weird, I swear I used to have the exact same thing and thought E.T. was outside my window as a kid while I was sleeping, and was watching me. Scared the shit out of me for some reason.

  • hotsows

    September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    The toy clown assault scene on poltergeist scared me when i was a youngin. Also the alien face peeking around the corner on communion.

  • ikensee

    September 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    When Judge Doom got ran over in Roger Rabbit that always scared me. I couldn’t even look at the tv.

  • deakordonkey

    September 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Also,In the movie Pet semetary, The ghost of the kid that gets hit by the semi truck. pretty much the whole exorcist movie, and the scene in childs play right before chucky kills his first victim, ya, you know, the babysitter that gets hit with a hammer through her eye and then she falls out the tall building, smashing through the car.

  • Justin Hall

    September 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Pennywise. I’m 27 years old, and I still hate clowns.

  • Douglas Quaid

    September 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I was scared of the librarian in Ghostbusters. Also, I remember having nightmares about the wolf from The Never Ending Story.

  • GameGenie710

    September 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I was scared shitless from the heart scene from Temple of Doom. I didn’t like seeing blood, invasive surgeries, or thinking about inner body organs, needles, or things like that (hell, I still don’t, you can tell I don’t like hospitals very much) And seeing that guy just rip through someones chest and pull someone’s heart out just wigged the shit out of me. Sure, I look back at it now and it’s just plain silly, but it messed with me a lot when I was a kid.

  • mistahtom

    September 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    The only films today that come close to how scary the 80’s films were is the Paranormal Activity movies.

  • stubbs

    September 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I had to register just to share my experience with this too, I recall being around 11 laying in bed at home watching the twilight zone movie on TV late at night by myself (in my room, parents just a yell away) and this took my comfort zone of home and stuck it right up my ass with a stick of dynamite . I tried to sleep that night and had hectic nightmares, when the window opened and the monster was creeping, I yelled for my parents like a little girl. There’s only two other movies that mind fucked me nearly as bad, stephen king’s “the thing” (my mom rented it for me and my best friend on my 13th bday THANKS MOM!!) and for some reason Event Horizon… there’s something about the mood or the particulars of the situations that make me still get that “under my skin fear” even to this day. But I AM ALL THAT IS MAN… so I aint EVER scared… as long as said 3 movies remain off my TV. kthnx bye… mom? *looks left and right*

  • ravendogg

    September 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Movies from my childhood that scared the shit outta me that I can remember off the top of my head:

    Never Ending Story
    Dark Crystal
    MISERY (could not sleep with my legs stretched out for i dont know how long after I saw the sledgehammer scene)

  • crevicizer

    September 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I remember as a kid I got scared in the TV movie of the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, the evil wolf that worked for the witch used to scare me to the point where I’d have nightmares.
    I find nowadays the only thing that scares me are video games. I guess the feel of being in control, and that the character is YOU just makes me jump in well made games like Silent hill, or Doom 3

  • mirbo

    September 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Ha, I remember the same three things as a kid.

  • Kevin XI

    September 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Yeah, that airplane monster was fucked up. Not as bad as the Poltergiest clown, though. Fuck that god damn Poltergeist clown.

  • shane77x

    September 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    One movie only scared the hell out of me for years. I saw it at 8 years old and was affected until about 13…..Return of the Living Dead part 2. When the torn in half, rotted chick was tied to the table and they questioned it. That shit horrified me. I always thought that people that lived next to cemeteries were fucking nuts.

  • lotusclown

    September 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    the human centipede.. just the idea of what was happening, the most fucked up disturbing shit i have ever seen in my entire life..

  • terrance_s

    September 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    The opening scene from monster squad where the dead are rising out of the shifting floor boards made me scream like a little girl as a kid.

  • lostinthe50s81

    September 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    anyone remember or see a movie called the peanut butter solution? came out in 1986. it’s a twisted kids movie!

  • Doogrisa

    September 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    That scene from The Twilight Zone scared the crap out me as a kid. I finally got to see the movie “The Grude” and you were right James. That movie freaked me out.

  • crusingtp

    September 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    telly tubbies scare the shit out of me

  • ILoveMuteButtons

    September 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I’ve never seen the Twilight Zone movie clip, until now. Thanks James, thanks a lot. lol

  • drunken_step_dad

    September 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

    That Twilight Zone movie is great, I cought it on HBO when I was like 11 or 12 and that part and when the kid pulled the rabbit out of the hat freaked me out so bad I turned the channel when I watched the rerun. Also that part with Dan Aykroyd kinda did too.

  • willyp

    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I remember these….but if you miss being scared, watch INSIDIOUS on Netflix…that movie will scare the crap out of you. It did me and I’m 34 years old!

  • xalgolx

    September 11, 2012 at 3:08 am

    The creature on the plane definitely used to scare me when I was little too. The thing that always scared me the most though was the old blind woman from House on Haunted Hill that would just float across the room.

  • Aaron1375

    September 11, 2012 at 4:16 am

    The Large Marge scene always had me rolling. I loved Pee Wee’s reaction during that scene. For me a scene that stuck out was the final scene in Phantasm (my parents let me watch some pretty hardcore stuff) where you think it is over then the door closes and the tall man is behind the door and the things grab the kid and pull him into the closet. Doesn’t do anything to me now, but it scared the shit out of me as a kid and I had nightmares about that. I almost wish the sequels didn’t exist cause that ended so damn creepily with nothing explained and in the sequels they nullify that scene and explain way too much.

  • September 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I loved that Twilight Zone movie as a kid, but what really got me was not knowing this was a remake of original episodes. When I one day found this black and white Twilight Zone episode playing on T.V. with Captain Kirk in place of Lithgow, it blew my mind! At the time I hadn’t even heard of the concept of reboots or remakes, I thought I was witnessing some demonic act of satan designed just for me.

    I think as an adult, what scares me still is less of what scared us as kids (monsters/ghosts etc.), and more of what we realize IS scary, home invasions (The Strangers). I also imagine that as a filmmaker, you likely perceive new movie scenes differently than an average viewer, understanding what contents/techniques/materials might be used to pull off a certain affect? Hopefully if that’s true you have the ability to turn that off and just enjoy it!

    I just watch V.H.S. over the weekend, and absolutely loved that first section with the succubus, but what ‘scared’ me, was that final scene in the hotel in the second-honeymoon episode…I won’t spoil it but damn that nasty visceral no-music shit gets me.

  • Questor

    September 11, 2012 at 7:09 am

    The only movie I remember being really scared of was the first Ju-On. I’ve watched the part of it when I was 14 years old. It was about 11 pm and I found this japanese horror on TV. It was the part when that female character went to her apartment. The moment when ghost captured the girl scared the shit out of me (almost literally) . Now, after almost a decade, it’s one of my favorite horror movies, because it doesn’t have to use cheap tricks like jumpscares to scare the audience. If’s a definite must watch for horror fans.

  • strint519

    September 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Large Marge – I used to watch that scene peeking through my fingers.

    Freddy Kruger – My first encounter with a horror movie. My dad and uncle watched it as I should have been in bed. I snuck out my room and watched it in the shadows of the hallway. Couldn’t sleep right for weeks.

    Night of the Living Dead – My first zombie encounter.

    Ghosbusters – The librarian ghost. That scene was a face coverer.

    The Gate – The guys coming out of the walls really made me hate walls.

    Jaws – Couldn’t go in a pool at night without being paranoid well into my teens.

    The Fly – Brundle’s transition and the botched dog experiment effed my mind.

    Pet Semetary – Paxcow and Zelda both really shook me up, again I couldn’t sleep right for a looooong time.

    Creepshow 2 – The hitchiker. Put it this way, I’ve never picked one up.

    Evil Dead 2 – Dead by dawn….couldn’t go in basements for a while.

    Indiana Jones – The snake filled dinner. Gave me the life long fear of snakes.

    Alice in Wonderland – The Jaberwocky near the end of the live action one. Dumb I know, but I used to have to cover my eyes.

    Tales ftom the Darkside – When the mummy brained the guy with the coat hanger and left it in the fruit dish. Everytime to this day I see a fruit dish I see a brain. Also the gargoyle tale, was very tragic, and taught me to never break a promise.

    Rawhead Rex – He was just ugly as hell and terrified me.

    Creepshow 1 – The crate gave me the fear of underneath stairways. The tale with Leslie Neilson and Ted Danson also scared me, big time.

    The original Haunting – Setting and sound proved you don’t need a scary monster to be effective. I used to watch it with sound off at some parts because I would be to scared.

  • September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Totally agree with you willyp 😀 When Insidious came out, I chalked it up as being another paranormal/haunted house P.O.S. After seeing it…….I found my self squinting my eyes at quite a few scenes 🙂 Definitely a good return to classic horror 😀

  • klsadfj sklfj

    September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    “HAPPY GILMORE’ is my faorite superhero, he can hit the long ball over 600yds.

  • malthus92

    September 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Funny that you were scared by ET.

    My top scared shitless as a child scene is that first scene where ET is chased in the woods and the light of his red beating heart is reflected on the fern. That scene terrified me so that I refused to have this monkey stuffed animal hanging from my window because it reminded me of ET.
    All audiences my ass! XD

    Also have fawned memories as a child of the “It” movie series based on the Stephen King novel…damn that clown scared the shit out of me.

  • Squirrel1256

    September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The Jabberwocky part always scared me too

  • ass

    September 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    the scene in the shining where the lady in the bathroom starts decomposing and laughing scared the shit out of me

  • Jasperstaal

    September 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    As a child i was scared shitless of the dog with the red eyes in ghostbusters..i even had nightmares of that asshole chasing me on my schoolyard! I bought the action figure a few years back, was kinda cool to have this horror icon of my early youth in physical form. His eyes even glowed when you pressed the tail 😛

    Also, i cried as a kid in the first ninja turtles movie when splinter got kidnapped. Just so you know.

  • zengie

    September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The end scene of Don’t Look Now where that little deformed midget slashes Donald Sutherland’s throat scared me and the first time i saw Evil Dead.. I still get a good small scare from a good shock-effect in a movie when i’m really into it, alone in the room in the dark headphones on with your nose on yr laptop’s screen..

  • ryancoke

    September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    The first “house” movie scared the crap out of me in grade 4. As did “pet cemetary” and more recently “the ring”

  • Jasperstaal

    September 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    @ryancoke maybe the book pet cemetary scared me even more as a kid! i read the book first, while my classmates were reading “goosebumps”. Readin stephen king and edgar allen poe as a small child was a wrong choice..oohh the nightmares 😛 bastards!!

  • Frankenchokey

    September 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    For me, it was Medusa in the original Clash of the Titans. While watching the movie, I remember hiding under a blanket on the couch with my brother and sister until our mother told us that she was gone and it was safe to look. Looking back, it’s hard to remember exactly why. It was almost as if we would be turned to stone if we looked at her on the TV.

  • gattz

    September 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Ah man, monster on a plane. That scene is definitely my scariest horror movie moment as a child as well. I still randomly think about it time to time even now, and every time I watch that movie I can’t wait for that part.

  • klsadfj sklfj

    September 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    the eyes in the window in the Amittyville horror, the damn clown from iT, and the muppets full body/ angry muppets.

  • TheSwede

    September 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I’m not sure you will ever read this, but my most scary movie of my youth was Aliens: Aliens return. The second movie.

    I had to sleep beside my father for 1 week :c

  • GuardianAuron

    September 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    It’s a shame the site can only pump out content every 4 days. 🙁

    Great video, James!

  • professorvoltron

    September 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Man! I remember Alice in wonderland and Twilight Zone. They both scared the crap out of me. The scene where the monster wags his finger at John LIthgow is still creeps me out!

  • rudy023

    September 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I remember that Large Marge scene from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. It scared me the first time I saw it, because it was unexpcted, but wasn’t so bad on repeat viewings. The John Lithow scene from Twilight Zone the movie seemed scary at first when I was young, but I thought the part where the monster shook his finger at him later just made it seem silly.

  • ittheclown

    September 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I agree INSIDIOUS was so so scary and im 28. I also used to be scared of IT and pet sematary. They need more new good ones like insidious it was awesome!

  • relapse808

    September 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    The monster on the plane was a scary one for me too as a kid. I have a lot of respect for the old twilight zones but I did see this monster from the movie first. I saw the William Shatner episode second and it didnt have any impact whatsoever. It looked like a giant stuffed bear man more than a monster shown here.

    Probably one of my scariest kid scare moments was watching “Aliens” all by myself with my parents gone. Movie scared the hell out of me and is still one of my all time favorites

  • September 12, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Two horror moments that I can think of right off the top of my head which scared the living hell out of me as a kid:

    1. The dog with the human face in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978 version). That haunted me for a long time, usually while lying in bed expecting the goddamn thing to scurry into my room or be beside my bed staring at me when I rolled over.

    2. The alien birth scene from V: The Final Battle. I haven’t seen it since it came on tv in 1984, but I remember vividly the woman giving birth and everyone thinking that her baby was normal. She had sex with one of the aliens, so there was a fear that her baby might be an alien. Then the doctor announced that there was another child inside her. When I saw what came out of her combined with the screams of horror from the mother and the nurse, that pretty much sealed the deal for me not getting any sleep for the next year.

  • xeemo

    September 12, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I caught part of one of the Toxic Avengers movies on HBO when I was about 5. Scared the living shit out of me.

  • Anodos7

    September 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

    My scary childhood moments:
    1. Large Marge

    2. The final Judge Doom’s scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, after he gets up and re-inflates himself after being flattened by a steam roller. As a little kid I was horrified by his insane high-pitched voice, red dagger eyes, and morphing body that blended cartoon and real-life characteristics.

    3. In the Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction episode, “Mirror of Truth,” the beautiful and arrogant woman who is cursed by a beauty shop owner whom she has insulted, and afterward thinks she has been turned “hideous” and “repulsive.” At the end the episode, you get a glimpse of what she thinks her face looks like in a mirror, and it’s a mummified, shrunken head or Gollum-like creature staring back at her. It’s a completely unexpected, heart-stopping moment for a little kid, because the viewer is led into thinking that she was simply overreacting; and that she was actually under-reacting made it particularly unsettling.

  • DerManiac

    September 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

    You… have a sister? How the hell did we never see her before?

  • TheGlitched64

    September 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

    It’s not a movie, but rather a game, but the scariest moment of my childhood was, believe it or not, Mario Party 2, where I had just finished a board, expecting to be flung back to the menu when suddenly the music changed and toad was kidnapped and I had never seen this before. I ran out of my room, I thought my game was cursed. 😛

  • someonenow1

    September 12, 2012 at 7:37 am

    James has reviewed some of the things that scared the hell of of me as a kid.

    1. The poster (not the movie) of the original Fright Night. James initially had only the non-scary lower half of it on his review during Monster Madness: Camp Cult, but has since put it back, with the horrifying vampire face.

    2. GAME OVER

    from Zelda II

    (nuff said?)

    3. The cover of Contra III the Alien Wars

    4. Large Marge

    5. The original 1980s MGM/UA Home Video logo from VHS tapes and LaserDiscs. The quietness leading up to the extreme loudness of the music, then the quietness afterwards is unsettling.

  • pixi

    September 12, 2012 at 8:53 am

    wow I had the exact thing with ET staring in my window too, my dad would pretend to beat him up so I could sleep.

  • Fred Fuchs81

    September 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Scariest moment i remember is in Tommy And Jerry the movie where they all the sudden say: “I’m Tom” “And i’m Jerry”

  • Guy on a Buffalo

    September 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

    3. Large Marge. Almost pissed myself

    2. Signs. He’s watching TV and the news crew shows footage of the alien just calmly walking across the screen. In theaters with my brother and to this day he still keeps making fun of me for it.

    1. Believe it or not… Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. When the queen transforms into the witch and her entire face takes up the screen. I was almost 4 when I first saw it.

  • Guy on a Buffalo

    September 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

    @DerManiac: Is that any of your business?

  • vitekr

    September 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

    the gremlins upset me a great deal as a child. i still dont care for those movies 🙁

  • d13

    September 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I was watching that scene from twilight zone in there and it looks like they modified john lithgow’s face to be more scared , in this video its with in the minute 5:29, looks like his eyes are going to pop 😛

  • vitekr

    September 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

    @Guy on a Buffalo

    i had forgotten about that scene in Signs. that is one that freaked me out and sincerely caught me by surprise as a grown man. but i dont feel bad about it because i saw this movie in a packed theater, and the entire audience gasped and shrieked at that scene.

  • September 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    last scene in raiders of lost ark? maybe?

  • jackieblue420

    September 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I used to sneak out of bed on saturday nights to watch Freddy’s Nightmares and it wasn’t really Freddy himself that scared me, but the opening intro when you see the faces of the screaming teenagers popping up around Freddy’s laughing face on the screen that freaked me out. Also the music intro to the original Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack used to creep me out as well. I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark when I was 9 years old in theaters when it was rereleased in 1996 and not only did the dead monkey and the snakes scare me, but the ghosts and the dematerializing bodies after the ark was opened made me nearly pee my pants. That gave me nightmares for weeks! I could go on and on about moments in movies that frightened me as a child, but those really stuck with me th most

  • shinmoteuchi

    September 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Great list! I remember most of the films you showed (especially Alice, I shitted myself when I saw this first time at age of 5) but there is one movie that stuck in my mind like the scene from the TTZ movie. It was about boy who had of monster under his bed, and the monster took his eyes and give to it’s children. The final scene was showing large group of kids at age about 5-7 yo, without eyes. I saw it as similar age and to this day i have this filling that something is coming every night I go to sleep.

  • Mrdavidamnesia

    September 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    The most scariest moment of my life was when i watched saw 2 of the needle pit. I hated needles as a kid and that kept me up at night. It was that scary…..

  • Kreta_TX

    September 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    one thing that really upset me as a child was that spooky alien from the film: “Explorers”, i had nightmares of being my dad, and my dad had worked for the European space agency.

  • September 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Weren’t you a little young to have an existential dilemma about there being something from the outside looking in?


    September 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The birthday footage in Signs scared the shit out of me.

  • Hypoxic

    September 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    For me, three films I remember scaring the fuck outta me were the transformation scene in An American Werewolf in London, the opening scene in The Twilight Zone Movie where Dan Akroyd changes into the monster in the car, and the Thriller video.

  • koopzilla

    September 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I watched a ton of horror movies as a kid, so not much actually scared me. I can think of 2 things off the top of my head though.
    The first is not from a movie, but always scared the shit out of me was the music from Unsolved Mysteries. It came on right before my bedtime and my parents would always watch it. I don’t know what it was about it, but I would lay awake for hours just thinking about that damn music.
    The second thing was Dawn of The Dead, that movie scared the living shit out of me bad. I wouldn’t even watch it for many years after I first saw it. I don’t know, it just seemed so real to me, like that could really happen. Come to think of it Night of the Living Dead was also really scary to me too, not anywhere near as bad as Dawn though. Black and White horror movies always seemed a bit scarier to me for some reason. Today those are two of my favorite movies ever made.

  • juggalogbus

    September 13, 2012 at 2:17 am

    The intro for Tales from the crypt . It was allways on late at night when i couldnt sleep and i was a lil kid . it just had a errie atmosphere that gave me the willies

  • soviut

    September 13, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Paranormal Activity scared the crap out of me.

    I saw the movie in theatres, but because it didn’t have any blood, gore or language, it was rate PG. This meant the theatre was full of kids who wouldn’t stop talking, whispering and using their cell phones. At one point, a very dangerous looking man in front of us stood up and threatened to beat the crap out of some kids who wouldn’t shut up; Which most of the adults were happy about at that point. It got so bad the that the kids actually ran out of the theatre there was so much animosity. I’ve never seen so many people at the customer service desk demanding refunds.

    But dispite all of that, the movie was legitimately scary. It wasn’t so much during the viewing, as it was afterwards, when you’re home alone and the house makes weird noises as you try to sleep. The movie psychologically breaks you down until a light mysteriously turning on becomes the most frightening thing you can imagine. It managed to awaken the childhood “something at the end of your bed” fear in me and kept me up several nights unable to sleep.

    It kind of reminds me of campfire stories. Simple but so scary it sticks with you when the stage is set correctly. All of it done on a $5000 budget.

  • Paul Dower

    September 13, 2012 at 4:13 am

    1) The opening scene to the Twilight Zone Movie, and the part on the plane

    2) E.T. (dont judge me, movie gave me nightmares)

    3) The Mummy (1930’s version) it was either that or Frankenstein, I saw them in 4th grade and couldnt sleep for a few hours that night

    4) Alien (saw it in 6th grade I think and man was it a bad idea)

  • BrokenSou1

    September 13, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I was so afraid of the scene with large marge… I was also afraid of my window for the same reason, but my window didn’t have a curtain or anything to cover it with…

  • neszero

    September 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I saw Stephen King’s IT when I was about 4 years old, and I was terrified of that movie, and clowns in general, until I was about 11 or 12 years old. The library scene is the perfect example of why that movie fucked with me psychologically: IT singles YOU out, and nobody else can help you.

    There was this episode of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction called “The Red-Eyed Creature” that scared the hell out of me when I was little. This little girl starts seeing a pair of glowing red eyes in the dark of her home at night. The parents try rationalizing that it’s just the LEDs on the alarm system, but it ended up being the maid was a monster or something? And then it turned out to be one of the “true” stories?!

    There were others, but those two were the main ones that caused many a nervous night without sleep.

    Looking forward to Monster Madness, James. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to make it happen. It always makes the Halloween season a bit more nostalgic and fun. Cheers!

  • Qix

    September 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Shadow Link did it for me =\

  • Cody

    September 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    @neszero: Wow, I remember that episode of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction! It also scared the shit out of me as a kid and caused me many a sleepless night. I actually tried to find that episode years later, but never knew the title of it so I didn’t have much luck. Thank you for bringing it up! Now I can go and look for it and watch it again, haha.

  • Francis J. Fox

    September 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    James, even before you said it, our 1st two are the same man: Large Marge & The Jabberwock – my 3rd is Dr. Giggles appose to your Twilight Zone.

  • Elvenking

    September 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    My parent let me watch whatever the hell when i was growing up. I must have say Exorcist when i was about 11. So THAT scared the shit out of me. You can’t convey that shit to an 18 year old who watches it today…but back then…a lot of shit was still really mysterious, and that movie certainly worked.

    Next case, Evil Dead….I just thought that was mega freaky. I watched this under a blanket in my parents house after midnight when everyone went to bed and the house was dark. I was engulfed in the horrific story and i thought it was the most brutal thing at the time. Probably about 14 or 15 when I saw that.

    Exorcist, Omen and Amittyville Horror all freaked me out…the spiritual thing was really freaky to me back then. But now I know it’s all fake as the religion that it portrays…so not much out of those movies anymore. Especially for the new kids…they wonder why we were all so freaked out.

  • Elvenking

    September 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Come to think of it…damn…all the dead movies…Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, City of the Living Dead, Return of the living dead…my childhood was an array of watching every horror movie I could find in search of shit that would really scare me. The flesh chewing stuff was pretty greusome. One of my favorite of all time is this scene from the orgiginal Alien though….

    The guy is crawling through the pipes and they are watching the alien on the radar…they can see how close it is to him…but he cannot…and all you hear is the increasing rate of this beep that says the alien is closer. And chaos ensues as finally…the beep is so fast…as well as your heart….and the alien is right there and everything goes flatline. ….That just leaves you hallow…lol….Great scene.

  • Elvenking

    September 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Salem’s Lot….when the vampire visits the child and hovers outside his window telling him to just let him in. Ohh my gawd…gives me chills just thinkiing of it!

  • Elvenking

    September 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    What I wouldn’t give for the innocense in a good fright these days. It’s one of those things that makes being a kid really great!

    One more terrific scene from my age….I am really meant to write the book on this subject…but I will devieate from horror just to show diversity.

    Face melting scene from Indiana Jones…nuff said.

  • DefragDoll

    September 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    The closet skull from Poltergeist messed me up for years. Dunno if I ever truly shook it. But then not long after, Ghostbusters taught me how to laugh at that fear. So maybe I should watch it again.

  • Elvenking

    September 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Okay….for a real obscure example….there is this movie called ‘Without Warning’ and it involves these aliens who have these symbiotic creatures that they fling from themslelves and stick to peoples face. After affixing to the face…they proceed to burrow tenticles under the hosts skin and wreak some pretty bad results. The effects were convincing of the time and it made you cringe in your seat to watch. This is a great obscure B movie that often scared the shit outta me.

  • Elvenking

    September 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    @ Defrag – Hell yeah…Spielberg really could do a very good story. Poltergeist was one fo those movies you loved getting scared by. “They move the stones but not the bodies….why did you move the stones but not the bodies!!!” Wow…just an amazing film from front to back…possibly one fo the best terrors of a childhood.

  • trafony

    September 14, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Whoa, I had the same exact fear of windows as a kid, and for some reason I always felt like ET was going to pop his head up. I actually got the chills when you mentioned that and I saw ET. That never happens in the movie, so why did we both have that fear? So strange.

  • rtrlopez

    September 14, 2012 at 12:56 am

    @ trafony – Holy shit I had the same exact fear with E.T. and windows… I´m actually pretty disturbed right now, where the hell did we get that image?? I used to have nightmares about E.T. spying on me and to this date I still get chills when I watch him in the movie.
    Could it be that Spielberg or whoever created E.T.´s design, had the same “vision” and thats where the inspiration came for the creature in the movie…
    BTW I also had this fear of E.T. coming up the stairs or something, but this was less upsetting for some reason, didn’t pop into my thoughts that often…
    Actually, a funny story, right when the movie came out, my dad used to joke that I was an alien because the very first sounds I made as an infant were E and T, and this was way before the movie came out, just a random coincidence.

  • September 14, 2012 at 6:47 am

    In the late 1980s/early 1990s there was a kid’s gameshow over here in England called Knightmare. Each “quest” would last several episodes and feature a team of four kids. One member of the team was designated the “Dungeoneer” and the other three would be his/her advisers.

    The Dungeoneer would have to wear a big horned helmet so that they couldn’t see anything, and the advisers would guide them around a chromakey environment similar to a Dungeons and Dragons game. They’d have to pick up objects, answer riddles posed by monsters which lived in the walls, solve (sometimes fiendishly difficult) puzzles and interact with other characters in the Dungeon realm. Failure meant death, and it was these death scenes which I found particularly frightening.

    A Dngeoneer’s life force was represented by a face with a helmet. First the helmet would flake away, then the skin, and then finally the skull would crumble leaving just a pair of eyeballs flying toward the camera. When I was a kid this absolutely terrified me.

    There’s a few clips on YouTube, and I believe TheSpoonyOne did a review of the series as well.

  • Mr.Amazing42

    September 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I used to watch A Haunting as a kid and it would freak me the frick out.

  • mike79p

    September 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Nice video-
    Here’s a list I made a few years ago showing the top 7 movies that scared me as a kid-some similarities-

  • Bassie02

    September 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Anything from The Sixth Sense. I’m fucking serious.

  • EJacob

    September 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Definitely the gargoyle on the wing from Twilight Zone The Movie. The first time I flew on a plane, I remember I kept looking out over the wing to make sure it was clear. Talk about anxiety.

    I would add that Aliens kept me up at night. I think it was the anxiety combined with some of the gore involved. That and you had these tough space marines that were just getting it handed to them.

    My greatest problem was with the Crypt Keeper from Tales From The Crypt. I still hate that guy.

    I think monster making and puppetry has become a lost art, thanks to CGI. It seems like the “higher end” horror movies these days rely on CGI, and that stuff just doesn’t seem as life like.

  • Kobi123

    September 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    man, i can remember some for me, i’m not a huge horror fan so stuff still scare me sometimes in movies.
    i know the time burton joker scared me when i was a kid and Freddy with his music gave me nightmares but i think two things that scared me when i was in my teens was IT and The Exorcist, that face that flashed of Kazuzu, man, it got stuck in my head.

  • September 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Will james I didn’t know your scared of those movie’s as a kid will…I know most people were scared of something..will as for me I was scared when I was 6 to 10 years old was Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees and Chucky….

  • MacK

    September 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    If I had to pick one monster that frighten me the most, I’m gonna say Chucky scared me when I was 12. I couldn’t look at dolls the same way ever again and left me traumatized me for years on.

  • Guy Incognito

    September 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Dude, when I was a kid, I had to check my closet and under my bed for E.T. or I couldn’t get to sleep. I’m glad I’m not the only one that was freaked out by that thing.

  • MrStaypuft

    September 20, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Poltergeist had my top scary moments.

    1st. When the ghosts drag Caralanne into their world/closet. This gave me nightmares for a month and I could not sleep unless the closet door was closed.

    2nd. The tree grabbing her brother and attempting to eat him. This freaked me out as a kid. And yes I count it as a second moment as that is how I remembered it.

    3rd. When the ghost skull came out of the closet to scare the parents to keep them from getting Caralanne back. although it did also remind me of Shaul Khan(sp) from Mortal Kombat so it didn’t scare me as much as the other two.

  • Thirdeye343

    September 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    For me, the scariest scene that stuck into my mind was in Amityville Horror (70’s), where the mom goes into the daughter’s room to close the window and she sees those red eyes that immediately fade into the dark. Like you, James, I was terrorfied to sleep next to a window since then. That entire movie fucked me over.

    Also, the original Blair Witch project scared the shit out of me. Even though you don’t see anything, the mere thought of a malevolent entity tormenting these kids was enough to make me scared.

    Both of these movies claim to be true stories, so as an ignorant child, I believed it. And that just made it worse, haha.

  • scorpio666

    September 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Things that use to freak me out as a kid were 1) Mrs Doubtfire when her/his face gets run over after he/she drops it outta the window, that gave me nightmares!


    2) The Hamburgular from Mc Donalds, lol I know bizzare right but I used to wake up half outta it, and obviously still dreaming, and c him sat in the corner of my room, I used to scream my ass off, lol

  • scorpio666

    September 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    This video reminded me of an old jagermesiter I think advert that talked about ‘BEWARE THE JABBERWOCKY’ or summat and had the really creepy looking puppet, that advert used to freak me out too, I’d change the channel whenever it started up lol

  • deriik2020

    September 22, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I saw the very last minute of that Alice show when I was 12 or so just randomly flipping through channels and have spent over a damn decade trying to find out what the hell it was. I thought it was wizard of oz related I couldn’t remember although at one point I had narrowed it down to Alice and reasoned that whatever the hell I saw must have been the Jabberwocky. Funny though my memory was completely different from this scene. I remembered her getting home and calling for her parents but everything else got completely jumbled in my head. I swear that she went into a kind of condo and that Jabs was green and stationary and that it was just one single shot of Jabs followed by Alice screaming. Well I think my search is over though I’m pretty sure my memory was just playing tricks and this is it.

  • gutterboy

    September 22, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Watched my father’s copy of Alien when I was about five years old one day when my mom was cleaning the house, I made it to the part where Dallas is in the air duct and he turns around to the alien with outstretched arms. I hit stop on the vcr and ran outside and sat on swing set for a good long while. Wasn’t afraid of the dark until then.

  • dresmasher

    September 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

    if you miss being scared, try playing “Amnesia the Dark Descent” or “SCP-087-B”.
    Also “The Grudge” was a movie that scared the crap out of me.

  • phoenix252005

    September 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Wow thats so crazy,I was insanely scared of those exact same moments as a kid! That and The Fly(1986). Im still freaked out by that movie to this day!As a kid I would be so scared to look into the wall because my imagination got the best of me and I could see these scary faces in the wall and I was so afraid of the dark til I was almost 12 years old lol

  • travismorg

    September 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I can honestly say I shared your fear of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. I was always terrified of that movie as a child, and it seems a lot of my friends who are in the same age-range, also share this experience.

    The other 2 scary moments I think are worth mentioning are….

    1) Howard The Duck : Although watching it now, makes me laugh, I was absolutely terrified of the monster the villain character becomes at the end.

    2) The Pit : This is a low-budget horror movie most people haven’t seen or heard of, but I caught it one saturday afternoon on local TV in the 90’s. I’d rather not spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but the final scene has left an impression on my that will NEVER go away. NEVER.

    3) IT (Stephen King) : The opening sequence to the mini-series “IT” where Georgey is floating his boat down the sidewalk and it goes into the sewer drain and pennywise offers it back to him…. so scary. I specifically remember walking home at night from a neighbors house, and always stayed a few feet or so away from the sewer drains.

  • Gunner

    October 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    The idea of something watching you from the TV was used in Demons 2.

  • The Fettuck

    March 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I remember losts of jumpscares but these two moments are the moments when i was really scared!!

    1. Bloody bodies in the trees (Predator, my favorite movie!!)
    2. Rotating Head on the stairs (The Exorcist)

  • June 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    The brothers grim had the mudman in it. I couldnt sleep for days.

  • September 25, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Large Marge scared me for sure. Did you ever see Manhunter? I haven’t seen it for a while, but it might scare you. I dunno. You can try it.

  • sean craig

    December 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    penny wise still scares me to this day

  • January 4, 2014 at 3:01 am

    I used always see michael berryman in my window growing up. Had countless nightmares of that guy. I hadn’t even seen The Hills Have Eyes yet. Just the cover box at video stores and in other flicks like Weird Science.

  • The Fettuck

    January 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    My most scary moments when i was a kid (horror movies included):

    Predator (1987): The first time you see the dead bodies in the trees after the camera slowly goes through the bushes following the bloodtrail on the ground.

    Tremors (1990): When they picked up the hat from the ground and it revealed the dead face.

    Jumanji (1995): The scary drums coming from the game at night!! It was more creepy then scary.

    Alien (1979): The cat jump scare!

    Toy Story (1995): The first few scenes with the evil looking toys. Also more creepy then scary.

  • T S

    April 6, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Your fear of sleeping by your window is so creepy to me, because I had the exact same problem with my window, except it was because of that creepy window-sniffing fucker from Jeepers Creepers.

  • December 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Part 1
    I was scared shitless numerous times as a kid by what I saw on the screen.
    The earliest I recall being frightened was when I saw Gamorreans in Return of the Jedi. I couldn’t have been older that 6 at the time and I remember wishing right there and then I hadn’t come to see the film. Luckily, those ones never came back to haunt me.
    Back in the VHS days bad quality meant your imagination went to work more often than in today’s HD era. Just the trailer alone for Hands of Steel creeped the fuck out of me. I didn’t understand the character was a cyborg and I was convinced he had a bug or something living in his wrist. I remember lying awake in my bed at 6 am shaking in cold sweat.

    • December 31, 2014 at 9:22 am

      It’s a nightmare trying to post long comments here. James should do a You Know What’s Bullshit? episode about it..

    • just_to_comment

      January 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Part 2
      I had been so scared by a number of frights at the time that I remember not even wanting to keep a Beetlejuice flyer at home.
      Not every single thing frightened me though. Freddy never did for instance…
      The worst cinema experience ever came when I went to see a bad Polish flick called The Curse of the Valley of the Snakes. A face melting scene reminiscent of Arnold Ernst Hoht’s demise in Raiders of the Lost Ark paralyzed me the point of being unable to run the fuck out the cinema.
      I hadn’t seen any Friday the 13th films at the time, but it felt like the series was the most brutal on-screen fiction could ever deliver. In Swedish there are two words for horror: skräck and rysare. I always associated Jason films with the former name which sounded way more chilling to me.

      • just_to_comment

        January 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        A long comment seen by the site as spam once cut into pieces is seen by the site as repeated comment. Two thumbs up!

  • January 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    p a r t 3
    P r e d a t o r… F u n n y J a m e s s h o u l d m e n t i o n t h e l a c k o f r e s o l u t i o n a s a n a g g r a v a t i n g f a c t o r. S o t r u e … T h a t’s w h a t t h e w o r s t t h i n g a b o u t s e e i n g o n l y t h e f i r s t h a l f o f t h i s f i l m a t t h e a g e o f 11 w a s. S i n c e I d i d n’t g e t t o a c t u a l l y s e e P r e d a t o r, m y i m a g i n a t i o n i n s i s t e d h e h a d t h e h e a d o f a g o a t s t r a i g h t f r o m h e l l. W i t h a b i g f u c k i n g s e t o f h o r n s. A n d i n v i s i b l e m e a n t h e c o u l d b e a n y w h e r e a r o u n d m e. F u c k m e, w o r s t s c a r e o f m y l i f e t h a t t o o k m e a t l e a s t a g o o d 6 m o n t h s t o r e c o v e r f r o m. I t t o o k m e m o r e t h a n 20 y e a r s t o w a t c h i t i n i t s e n t i r e t y. I m u s t a d m i t, t h e f i l m h a s a g e d b r i l l i a n t l y a n d i s a s i m p r e s s i v e a n d c r e e p y a s e v e r t o d a y. I h a d n’t s e e n i t a t t h e t i m e, b u t I s o m e h o w a l w a y s k n e w T h e T h i n g f e l l i n t h e s a m e c a t e g o r y. A n d l u c k i l y A l i e n di d n’t g r a c e m y V C R a t a n y m o m e n t e i t h e r.

    • January 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      sad that was the only way the site would let me post part 3. on the other hand, maybe cryptic was meant for this particular part to be. All in all, little did I know what I was signing up for the minute I decided I wanted to share the stories of having been traumatized by horror films on

  • January 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Part 4
    More shocked than scared would have been Sybil. Why would a mother ever do that to her daughter? Another shock came with a film about a plane crash in the middle of a desert. The character is forced to drink his own pee and eventually dies of thirst. I remember not wanting to let the water out of the tub for the longest time after that. To this day I haven’t found what film it was. Anyone?
    And for the big finale: Mirror, mirror. Oh, Steven Spielberg, how could you include this one in the relatively kid-friendly Amazing Stories TV series? And Filmnet, how could you air it at 6pm? Just as seemingly unassuming as James’ Twilight Zone short. And with a similar “what’s behind you?” theme. Episode directed by Martin Scorsese. I consider it a masterpiece. And to this day I don’t like mirrors.
    It was the 80s teen comedy Summer School and the horror film obsessed character duo of Chainsaw and Dave that made me realize the genre was not only meant to creep you out. It was to be interested in and turned into a hobby.

  • January 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Part 5
    The only thing that scares me today is the X-Files. The formula there is really fucking strong and the unknown factor is creepier for me than anything. Dead light in the middle of the night and the abduction that follows… Oh, Fire in the Sky too! By all means, do see this one.
    Not only am I not scared of Beetlejuice flyers anymore, but I fall asleep next to signed photos from Hellraiser, Exorcist, Nightmare, Psycho, Alien, Silence of the Lambs, X-Files, Shining, The Thing, Misery and Blair Witch Project up on my wall. I even have an original photo from the set of Predator with Kevin Peter Hall smiling at me from beneath his mask.
    Do I miss being scared? I don’t know.

  • February 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I’m 10 and this didn’t scare me.

  • Sean Pultz

    September 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I talk a great deal about moments that scared me as a kid.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I Like The Jump Scare.

  • horrorlover1994

    August 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I Still Like To Get Scared.

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