- Pitchfork. The Other. Nuff said
- The scene in The Neverending Story where Artax sinks into the Swamp of Sadness still fucking breaks my heart.
- Could not have picked a better one than r2.
- How did that Ghostbusters scene destroy your childhood?
PS - Rick Moranis is hilarious!
I can't believe my parents let me watch the film when it came out. I was six years old.
I was never able to swim in deep waters again.
- I can't/wouldn't post it here, but, finding my dad's homemade porno tapes destroyed my childhood.
- R6 is a bore and is unfunny.
- R4 Gee, i dunno, being five years old and confronted with the possibility that this might somehow find its way into your bedroom.
- This scene didn't help either.
- When I was a very small child, I really TRULY believed that Godzilla was stomping on real buildings, full of real people. I was crying and screaming "Oh, the humanity!" (more or less), and didn't understand why everyone else was laughing.
- My older siblings took me to see The Exorcist when I was nine. I had nightmares til I was 20.
- The "Cemetery" episode from Rod Serling's Night Gallery scared the hell out of me as a kid.
- You guys are a bunch of nerds
- When Bambi's mother was killed. I still cannot comprehend how that was considered suitable for a kid's movie.
- The child catcher.
- The Hood
- I never saw the Neverending Story but the comments at the clip R2 links to say the horse really died filming that scene. Is that true?
- Without a doubt Beneath the Planet of the Apes. First they ventilate James Franciscus...
- then Charlton Heston blows up the whole fucking planet like some crazy right wing nutcase...
- Eldergay here. I saw "Death Wish" on cable and the rape scene terrified me.
- Dracula (Bela Lagosi) scared the shit out of me- but did not ruin my childhood.
- Alien ruined my childhood.
- I certainly wasn't a young child, been when I was about eleven I saw The Return of the Living Dead on TV. That one messed me up and has stayed with me.
- When the kidnapper in Benji kicked the little white dog and she flew across the room, breaking her leg traumatized me. I was 9.
- R24, here. This is one very disturbing scene in a movie that is full of them:
Okay, that was way more disturbing than Alien.
- I blame horror movies for the rise of the NRA.
- The Mexican Santa Claus movie where he battles the Devil... and the Devil invades the dreams of little children.
This used to run on TV on weekend afternoons over and over before Christmas. I think programmers just saw the title - "Santa Claus" - and thought it was heartwarming holiday fare.
- In Search of... Dracula. (It was a movie clip in a TV show).
Based upon when this was broadcast, I saw this when I was 7. I was so afraid that Nosferatu was under my bed, I was trying to get my parents attention by leaning out of the bed and trying to wave out the bedroom door (my bed was right next to it).
I didn't want to call out to them, so as to awaken Dracula. Since I was leaning out of the bed, and not touching the floor, the blankets weren't totally covering me. Therefore, I was susceptible to vampire attacks. (I was 7. Deal with it.)
My dad started to walk down the hall, and only saw my hand waving out of my bedroom door.
He comes into my room, turns the light on, and says loudly "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"
I replied, "Shhh. Dracula's under the bed, and he can hear you!"
Dad, "Jee-Sus Christ. That is the LAST time you watch that show!"
I took me 20 years to watch Nosferatu. It still really freaks me out. (as did "Shadow of the Vampire.")
- R30, those specials on TV about bigfoot, the loch ness monster, and aliens always scared me.
- Best comment on R24 link - "For a zombie, Tarman seems to have very good problem solving skills."
- LOL, I didn't see that R32. But I will tell you, that entire movie is extremely disturbing to me. Something about dead bodies and morgues.
- My parents let the television babysit me. I once saw the old movie "Old Yeller." The ending sent me into hysterics. I wept for that dog. My mom felt massive guilt.
- The Return of the Living Dead was written and directed by Dan O'Bannon, the guy who originally wrote Alien, although his script got a major overhaul from other writers because his writing was terrible(I've read some of the original script).
- One more point, it was also the first movie where zombies were said to like eating brains. That's where that idea originated from.
- My dad took me to see The Godather when I was six because my mother decided he and I should spend more time together. Not exactly what she had in mind. I remember making it through the movie but being physically sick later that evening.
- This one can still terrify me and make me dissolve into tears.
- My parents forced me to watch The Three Faces of Eve as preparation for my grandmother's funeral. It was pretty traumatic, particularly in that my grandmother was not yet dead.
- As the above poster mentioned:
If you are truly an elder eldergay, that poor dog's death scene just about killed you. I felt entirely betrayed by Walt Disney.
- [quote]One more point, it was also the first movie where zombies were said to like eating brains. That's where that idea originated from.
What other zombie movies focused on brains? Every zombie movie I've seen, they aren't picky about what part they eat.
- I don't know R41, but it is often mentioned in popular culture that zombies like eating brains.
- This looks stupid now but it terrified me for a long time when I was a kid . It seemed to always be on HBO or Cinemax in the eraly 80's
- Going back .... way back .... "The Navy vs. The Night Monsters" gave me nightmares as a little kid. Something about the slowly advancing, unstoppable tree monsters freaked my little shit right out.
50 years later, it's a hilarious cheese fest, but I can still remember the terror I felt imagining monsters walking down the street towards my house.
- Magic with Anthony Hopkins and Ann Margret. It was the first R rated movie I saw. I was 11. I had to tell my mother I broke her rule about not seeing an R-rated movie because I was psychologically damaged afterwards. She was like "Oh well, I made the rule for a reason. You broke it and are now paying the consequence."
I haven't seen the movie since then, but it's up on You Tube in its entirety.
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Without a doubt Beneath the Planet of the Apes. First they ventilate James Franciscus...
[see YouTube video]
by: Anonymous\treply 18\t11/05/2012 @ 12:58PM
I like to masturbate to this clip. what's THAT all about.?
- CARRIE ruined my childhood and I never saw it until I was an adult. The radio commercials, the poster, the photos of Sissy Spacek covered in blood all freaked me out and gave me nightmares. When I finally saw it I appreciated it, but when i was a kid if people even started to talk about it I had to leave the room because it made me hyperventilate.
- Reptilicus! That SOB could projectile vomit acid!
I was askeert!
- "Invaders From Mars" was often on the Sunday creature feature and I always watched it despite the fact it scared me.
The sets and cinematography were surreal, and the story about a boy who witnessed an alien invasion but no one believed him disturbed me. There's one scene (in the trailer below) where his father doesn't just slap him, but backhands him and sends him flying.
All in all a very creepy movie.
- r17, that's what I've always heard - that the lift malfunctioned. I would love to find out that it's just an urban myth, though.
- To those traumatized by Jaws - I've never seen any of the movies. It's been hard to avoid, it's on TV all the time, and people have tried to force me to see it after all these years. I knew even as a kid I would be terrified and I love swimming in the ocean too much to let a stupid movie ruin it.
- The Planet of the Apes movie where they assassinate Cornelius and Zira and their faux baby at the end. Those movies were rated G!
- Hello! What about this scene that destoyed many, many childhoods!
- Better link for R49
- On TV, "V", some human collaborator fucks up and the alien Andrew Prine character pretty tells him it's okay because he'll eat him later
- It wasn't my childhood. I was babysitting my niece and nephew. My sister had HBO, and late one night I watched a movie called, "Humanoids from the Deep." At the end of the movie, the woman who had been impregnated by the humanoid had her baby. Her belly started twisting in all directions. Finally the mom's stomach burst open and this alien looking thing popped out. The End. All of a sudden, I hear, "Bubba, what was that?" I almost jumped out of my skin. My 5 year old nephew woke up and had been standing in the doorway of the den watching the movie at the end. For the next few days he asked me and my sister a lot of questions on what he'd seen. He will be 37 this year. It is now a beloved family story.
Day of the Dolphin. Cried until I had the dry heaves.
- OMEGA MAN when Lisa transforms into "The Family"
- The thing that gave me nightmares for years was the "Eye of the Beholder" episode of "The Twilight Zone." (With a dubbed, pre-Elly May Donna Douglas.) I am old enough to have seen it when it was first broadcast (although I was a pre-teen), and the big "reveal" at the end scared the shit out of me.
All right, so that's TV. For movies, I remember when my parents took my sister and me to the drive-in (ask your grandparents) to see Ben-Hur. We had to hide behind the seats whenever the lepers were on. To this day I have no idea what they looked like.
- Anyone born prior to the '90s is bound to have an example of a movie scene -- particularly a children's movie scene -- that left them feeling gutted. Children's movies of the past were much, much darker than the ones being produced today, and they didn't hesitate to explore painful and sometimes downright horrifying situations and issues.
- Cutting moments, bathroom scene.
- The TV ad for some horror movie in the 70s scared the Hell out of me as a child. Someone is taking his revenge on people (or something) and killing them in gruesome ways. The young, hot couple were doing it in the shower and the shower walls closed in crushing them. I was terrified of showers for years after that.
I have no idea what the movie was, so if anyone does, let me know.
- Waking up at 2a.m. at the age of 8, going downstairs to sneak-watch TV and see this.
- King Kong with Jessica Lange. First that scene where she's tied to the posts and Kong is coming after her. Terrifying. I mean. Then at the end, when he's been shot, and he falls and lays there with his heart beating slower & slower, then he dies, and all thru the attack on him she's screaming and crying and it was horrible, just horrible. I was 6.
- Close Encounters, the child abduction. Charlotte's Web (70s animated). Terms of Endearment.
- Very well said, R62.
- "The Mysterious Monsters" was a terrible "documentary," narrated with gravitas by Peter Graves, from Sunn Classic Pictures. They put out several terrible faux-documentaries in the 70s.
As a youngster, I totally bought into anything "Bigfoot." My brother took me to see this movie, and this scene scared me to death. It stayed with me for a long time afterwards. I ran past windows, terrified I was going to get swiped by a giant, hairy fist.
Now it looks totally cheesy and fake.
- Hell, the preview for "Jaws" traumatized me as a child.
- The Dark Knight Rises
- It's tie between "Can't Stop the Music" and "Xanadu." I was straight before I saw them.
- Me too, R50.
- R12: Ah, memories. "Portifoy", by McDowell trying to sound southern.
I'll never forget it.
- As I've mentioned before, the end scene in "Born Free" where the couple has to throw rocks at Elsa to get her to leave them go and live free.
I couldn't breathe.
- The scene where the flying monkeys captured Dorothy.
In fact,the whole damn movie screwed me up.
I loathe the Wizard of Oz
- Race With the Devil: It had RV's and satanic worship.
- 77 posts and no mention of "Return to Oz"? Guess not too many kids of the 80s here.
- The guard in Papillon who went around feeling up the inmates. Totally weirded me out.
- I've seen it, R78. A lot of 80's movies and shows I could mention. The wheelers were very scary.
- Damn, that Trilogy of Terror link with the voodoo doll makes me really regret living in an open plan house with few doors to slam shut on malevolent puppets and other things. How the hell would I survive? Hide in the loo??
- Any scenes with the Wicked Witch of the West horrified me as a child. I loved TWOO, but always feared the witch. My niece was scared of Michael Jackson when she saw the Thriller video.
- There was a daytime soap opera scene that I stumbled upon when I was seven years old that I'll never forget.
Someone had been stabbed in the chest and was bleeding to death on the livingroom floor, as their loved one screamed and cried over them.
Why the fuck did that make it to daytime TV? I was just flipping channels looking for a cartoon, and then this.
- My parents took me to Sand Pebbles when I was maybe 5 or 6.
The scene where old engine room coolie is crushed to death by the steam engine came as a bit of a shock. Any hopes my father ever had of me being a gear head went out the window after that.
- OMG r15, me too!!!!
Also, I used to sneak onto the stairs at night and watch TV without them noticing and once a commercial for some Bigfoot movie came on and they played this unearthly howl that scared the pants off of me. I used to think Bigfoot would come to get me in my room at night.
- I have to asgree with the poster who said the rape scene from "Death Wish". My mother and aunt took my two cousins and me to a drive-in to see a double feature: that movie and "Dog Day Afternoon". She always claimed we were supposed to fall asleep.
I can still see that rape scene in my mind. Jeff Goldblum played one of the rapists.
- The trailer of "Night of the Living Dead" TERRIFIED me!
- [quote]The child catcher.
I think Benny Hill as the Toymaker is about 1000X scarier.
- The TV movie version of "It." That clown scarred me for life.
- Incredibly disturbing trailer for "Magic".
- I have no idea what the movie was - a movie about knights - but as I sat at six watching it, my favorite character who was a young man suddenly was run through with a sword and killed. I was flabbergasted, burst out crying, pleaded for "them" to change the scene as my parents explained things to me, and finally left the room. For a long time I wouldn't watch movies because I was afraid someone I liked would be killed.
It was evidence of my being a gay boy, and the young man was cute and appealing.
Destroyed? Since then I have found it extremely hard to deal with young men being killed in films. Which, of course, is rough, since young men die all the time in films.
- If you are wondering about a movie or show, ask about it on IMDB. They have a special section just for this topic. The people there have been very helpful, even with obscure titles based on vague descriptions:
- "Xtro" That clown scene haunted me for years afterward. Also,this scene from the Canadian film "Curtains".
- [quote]The TV movie version of "It." That clown scarred me for life.
Even as Pennywise, I still found Tim Curry incredibly hot.
- Miles O'Keeffe destroyed my underwear as a kid by giving me boners.
But I was too young to watch it -- 8 years old.
I developed a slight fear of the dark. I had to shower in my parents' bathroom for a year. And I never dived off the high dive of my local community swimming pool, all because only one person could be in the deep end at one time.
- The Fox and the Hound.
They weren't friends at the end. :(
I cried for two hours.
- [italic]Solaris[/italic]. Too fast-paced, too action-oriented.
Bengali in Platforms
- r84: I remember watching that as a kid on TV. The scene that scared me was the Asian woman getting her clothes torn while surrounded by leering men.
- Train wreck in The Greatest Show on Earth and Betty Hutton in the role of Holly in that movie.
- Frank Langella's Dracula. I was 8 and had a sleepover at my grandparents with my cousins. Two boys 11 & 13. I wanted to show them I was cool. Scared the crap out of me.
- Who saw Return to Oz?
Oh right, we're all gay.
The Wheelers = horrifying.
- I agree with the posters who mentioned Magic. That Dummy scared the shit out of me, and it was only from the previews. I never saw the movie when young.
I never saw Jaws when young, either, but the previews intrigued me more than frightened me.
Witchiepoo from H. R. Puffinstuf scared the crap out of me.
- Children of The Corn. This was largely a regional phobia as I grew up in Kansas SURROUNDED BY CORN FIELDS.
I remember sneaking out into the living room when I was pretty young and my older brother was watching it. I only saw about twenty minutes of it, which was enough to leave me sleeping halfway under my parent's bed for a year.
That bastard red-headed Malachai kid. GEEZUS.
- Freaking "Watership Down". Creepy ass cartoon movie about rabbits fighting for their lives trying to escape a fire and/or a tractor or something equally horrifying...I just remember hearing those rabbits screaming. (Not unlike the sound those rabbits made.when Daddy butchered them in the back yard.)
Shiiiit...still freaks me out.
Oh, and once in third grade I accidentally flipped to HBO.and
saw a cross dressing Julie Andrews disrobed from the waist up in Victor /Victoria. Never could watch Mary Poppins the same way after that.
- The Graduate, when Mrs. Robinson showed off her body
- That animated movie Heavy Metal had some scary shit in it. I was 5 I think when I first saw it on Cinemax in the 80s.
- "Carnival of Souls," when the old man zombie rises out of the water.
One of the old Japanese Godzilla movies, where a giant monster is trampling Tokyo, stops to pick up a Geisha, eats her, and spits out her kimono. Which movie was that?
Sunday afternoon movies at Grandma's house in the early '70s...
- Nothing I ever saw in a movie freaked me out more as a kid than the scene at the end of THE FLY where the little half-fly, half-man trapped in the spider's web is screaming in high-pitched terror, "please, help me!" and, "please, go away!" when the spider comes home for dinner.
- R97 I saw the fox and the hound like a year ago and I was devastated by the way it ended, I feel ya. And what was the lesson of that depressing cartoon anyway?
- all those hoo hoos at the beginning of Carrie, horrified me.
That orgy scene. I couldn't look at dick after it for long time.
- my idiot stepfather took me to see "outlaw josey wales" when i was in 4th grade. i remember having nightmares about the rape scene for years.
- I remember watching The Night Stalker in 1972 with Darren McGavin. I was six or seven years old. I screamed in the middle of the night waking the whole house as I thought I saw a vampire at the edge of my bed.
- "SQUEAL LIKE A PIG, BOBBY!"
- R108, that has to be "War of the Gargantuas."
Here's the scene.
- Meant to add, I think they edited that scene for television. I remember it being more graphic.
- I first saw The Shining when I was 3. REDRUM scared me the most of all the scenes. Around the same time, a few other disturbing gems:
-Rocky Horror Picture Show
-Return to Oz (yup, the Wheelers)
-Birg Bird in China, Big Bird in Japan
-A great number of music videos on MTV
In this era, I also remember seeing Carrie, Marathon Man and children's movies that I now find creepy...I don't remember that they disturbed me at all at the time.
- I agree with (R23). The movie Jaws scared the living shit out of me. I could only swim in a pool for years after watching that flick, and even then I would be watching for fins while hearing that damm theme song in my head. Totally traumatized.
I Hate Big Fish
- R38, without a doubt. I think I didn't take a real deep breath for a year until about 11:16 pm 11/6/12.
- Not a film but an episode of the Twilight Zone, "Room for One More" scared me from early childhood to this day. I still can't watch that episode. I have also had a lifelong terror of flying.
Now for some reason I was terrified of flying even before I saw this. For no apparent reason I never wanted to get on a plane. When I was 4 my dad got tickets to fly to San Francisco. I became so hysterical they had to call a doctor. We neve took the trip. I guess I saw that episode a few years later at about age 8. It sure didn't help.
To this day I have not been on a plane. I get nervous even seeing planes above me in the air. I'm no spring chicken. I still have no idea why the fear of flying.
- "Midnight Lace" starring DL fave Doris Day.
On the phone with her stalker, tears streaming down her face from her tear-filled eyes, her scratchy, sobbing fearful voice as she speaks to him...
- [quote]In this era, I also remember seeing Carrie, Marathon Man and children's movies that I now find creepy...I don't remember that they disturbed me at all at the time.
Marathon Man didn't bother you? When the creepy Nazi dentist drilled on him without painkillers? When he bypassed the tooth with the cavity because "that nerve is already dying" and picked a healthy tooth to drill on instead? Fuck, that got to me when I saw that.
I still have a problem with Dentists because of that movie, although it didn't help that my family dentist was an old guy who drove around in an ancient Mercedes.
- I was 7 yrs old when I watched THE OMEN on ONTV at my aunt's house. Before that, my moviegoing experiences were limited to ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and THE SHAGGY DA type fare. Anyway, seeing Damien's nanny hang herself at his birthday party, the priest getting impaled by a lightning rod, the photographer getting decapitated by a plate of glass, and Lee Remick getting pushed out a hospital window was all too much for my innocent Catholic eyes. I couldn't sleep for days and had nightmares for months.
- R64, I think you're referring to the Vincent Price movie "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" (or its sequel, "Dr. Phibes rises again").
They are both great cheap horror movies...
- "The World is a Circle" from LOST HORIZON
The horror! The horror!
- There was a Night Gallery episode that freaked me out for weeks titled "There Aren't Anymore MacBanes." It was about a guy who summons up a demon to kill his uncle and then realizes he can't stop it.
The link shows the demon right before it broke into the room. The part that got me was when it stuck its giant claws in through the window.
- Thanks a heap, R100! I'm gonna have nightmares for weeks now. Betty Hutton-----the horror!
- I saw Vincent Price's "The Last Man on Earth" on the late show when I was a kid. I was a mess for quite a while afterward, both terrified and sad for him.
- The Birds. The scene where Jessica Tandy goes to the farmhouse & the ppls eyes are pecked out. Still will not watch that scene.