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Top 10 Scariest Movies from My Childhood

Each year when October finally makes its appearance, I get the itch to watch a scary movie.  It’s as if I owe it to Halloween to scare myself to the point where I have to sleep within inches of Casey on our king sized bed.

Two years ago while Casey was away at some conference, I watched a lame movie about a werewolf.  The movie wasn’t nearly scary enough, so last year I decided to do a better job and pick out a much scarier movie.  The movie I chose?  Paranormal Activity.

I get scared and I get scared easily.  Some movies have affected me for years after I watched them.  The Ring was one of those movies and it forever scared me from the sight of a scrambled picture on a TV.  The movie itself wasn’t all that scary until I woke up in the middle of the night and my TV was inexplicably on with the familiar white and black dots scrambling across the screen.  There were a few problems with what I saw that night.  Whenever my TV loses a picture it automatically goes to a blue screen, so there was no reason for the scrambled picture to be showing on my screen.  The other problem was that I went to bed with the TV off.  Casey swears she didn’t wake up and set up that little scene, but I still have my doubts.

To prepare for Paranormal Activity last year, I read the summary of the movie on the Internet and then I began the show.  No surprises mean that it’s impossible to get scared, right?  I made it about 15 minutes into the movie before my mind had had enough and I shut off the movie.  I struggled to sleep for weeks after those scary 15 minutes and my nightly trips down for Vivi’s nightly food were absolutely miserable.

I attribute the ease at which I scare to some of the movies I watched as a child.  My parents weren’t all that keen on letting me watch scary movies, so I used to watch them when I stayed over at my friend’s house.  I do plan on watching some intermittently scary movies with Addie, but I certainly won’t subject her to a life of being scared of scary movies by having her watch any of the scarier shows I watched as a kid.

Here are the 10 scariest movies from my childhood:

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  • The People Under the Stairs 1 of 10
    The People Under the Stairs
    I'm not so sure that it was the movie that was so scary so much as the fact that it confirmed my previous fears that there could be things under the stairs. I was particularly scared of thing under the stairs since the doorway that led under the stairs in the house where I grew up was located in my bedroom.
  • Gremlins 2 of 10
    Gremlins
    I have no idea why Gremlins scared me so badly. It was probably because I watched it for the first time when I was only 5 or 6 years old and is the first scary movie I can remember watching. By the time Gremlins 2 came out, I was over my fear.
  • Seven 3 of 10
    Seven
    This movie came out while I was a teenager and it hasn't had the lasting effect that most of the other movies have had, but I struggled to sleep for quite some time after watching it. Because I watched this movie for the first time while staying at a hotel during a high school track trip, it was a bit awkward trying to sleep a bit closer to the dude next to me because I was so scared.
  • The Fly 4 of 10
    The Fly
    The Fly is another one of those movies where I just don't get why I was so scared of it. I watched The Fly for only the second time two years ago. It's one of those movies where it isn't really scary, just gory; however, that probably didn't matter all that much since I watched it for the first time when I was 7 or 8 years old.
  • Candyman 5 of 10
    Candyman
    I used to watch this movie each Halloween when I was a teenager. It wasn't that the movie was really scary; it's the whole stand in front of a mirror and say something three times that got me. Bloody Mary has always been one of my most feared games.
  • The Watcher in the Woods 6 of 10
    The Watcher in the Woods
    I remember very little about this movie. It was one of the only scary movies I got to watch with my family and it creeped me out for months. The night I watched that movie my sister and I had to walk her friend home because she was too scared from the movie. The sun had been down for hours and it was slightly foggy that night. That is still probably the most scared I have ever been while outside.
  • Friday the 13th 7 of 10
    Friday the 13th
    Another movie I don't remember a whole lot about and one that probably wouldn't be all that scary now since the only thing I remember about the movie is the gore. After watching Friday the 13th, I refused to watch any of the later movies from that series.
  • Silence of the Lambs 8 of 10
    Silence of the Lambs
    I watched this movie on my own when I was a teenager. My parents and siblings were gone and I had the house to myself. After the movie was over I had had enough of trying to sleep in a house all by myself, and that's when I learned I wasn't nearly as scared sleeping outside when my parents were gone.
  • Stephen Kings It 9 of 10
    Stephen Kings It
    I'm pretty sure this movie did serious psychological damage to an entire generation of kids, and it is probably the reason so many people are scared of clowns. I've still never made it all the way through this movie, and it has scared me so badly that I refuse to read the book. And that makes me sad because Steven King is such an amazing writer.
  • The Shining 10 of 10
    The Shining
    Few shows have done more damage to people than The Shining. I can still vividly remember the first time I saw that kid on his Big Wheel riding down the hall when he sees the twin girls. It is because of that movie that I absolutely hate being in large buildings alone. I can't even go into churches alone because of the psychological damage that movie did to me.

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