For me...the one that cured all my Movie fears permanently...was the first "Halloween". I wasn't alone in my fears... 'Cause the entire theater jumped up from their seats and screamed "Bloody-murder" when Michael kept coming back...each time. Then...came the part where I was driving home afterwards. I let each person out one at a time with the high beams on facing their front door. Easy for them...but no one was around to do that for the driver. If I had run into anything...I mean anything...between my car and my front door (while running at near Mach speeds!)...I would have had an instant heart attack and died...before I would've had a chance to start screaming!
Now...I look back at that movie and go..."What...this ain't scary!"
Another movie was, believe it or not, was "The Wizard of Oz." I saw it for the first time when I was about 5. The Wicked Witch of the West scared the Hershey Kisses out of me. She gave me nightmares for weeks. I watched that friggin' movie again and again every year (TV used to play "The Wizard of Oz." annually, like "It's a Wonderful Life back when cable was just starting to grow in popularity). I finally stopped watching it by the time I became a teenager. No more nightmares by then...I out grew the fear, I guess.
Exactly...If you made it through the scary witch flying around during the tornado...as a kid. Then...face to face with the witch over the ruby slippers...you were eventually treated to those herds of flying monkeys ready to come kidnap you from the air! Yikes!
The Exorcist was the scariest movie ever!!! It was ALL scary, especially back in 1973 when it hit theaters!!! OMG, I did not sleep well for about a week after that!!! When she was in bed and started spewing that green gunk ... oh my Lord, I thought everyone in the theater was going to run out... screams could be heard for miles I bet!!! And the sounds coming from her...creaped me out!!! Now, it is rather tame by scary movie standards, but back in the day...it was truly a HORROR movie!!!!
When the old sailor got eaten alive in Jaws. I was three when I saw that.
I regained my love for the ocean, swimming, the bathtub, and so forth. (Yes, for a while I was deathly afraid a shark would come up out of the drain and get me!)I even went on to become a pretty good swimmer and boater. And I know that sharks aren't any more dangerous than bears in the back country.
But to this day, I still can't stand to watch Jaws the whole way through.
It was a scene from that shark movie - Deep Blue? Not sure of the name. Anyway ... it was when they grabbed a poor guy that was being winched to a helicopter and took him underwater and smashed him into the underground sea-lab window.
Not mega-scary but from that point I didn't want to watch any more.
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