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on 16 Mar 2011 03:37

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The things that warped my childhood

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1. It (1990)

That's right, there's a clown with a freakin New York accent in the sewer inviting little kids to come down and float with him. He lures them away and eats them. The best part about this is the King has admitted that he used his child's nightmare as inspiration for this book. Any bets on how stable that child is now?

"Yup, Billy. That's right. That monster inside your closet is real. It's waiting in there with a piece of piano wire to stick in your eye! Daddy loves you, Billy!"

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2. Critters (1986)

My bedroom was in a basement, and my window was a window well. After watching this movie, I swear I saw a pair of glowing red eyes roll past my window one night, and I couldn't sleep for a month. They were vicious little bastards, and we were first introduced to the spines they shoot from their backs to immobilize people while they eat them. Why in the world was I watching this as a kid?

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3. Jurassic Park (1993)

Say what you will about the sequels, but this movie brought us the first thoughts of fast, nasty killing machines that were smart enough to open doors, hunted humans as humans were trying to hunt them, and could chew through anything. Those were some scary dinosaurs!
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4. Salem's Lot (1979)
The kid at the window

I was VERY young when I watched this one. The eyes on the vampires scared the living hell out of me, but mostly, it was the little boy coming back after his brother, appearing at the window, floating...and then coming for his friend! I will admit without shame to having slept with a cross under my pillow for the next four or five years.

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5. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Anyone who says that they were never scared by a giant puppet wolf that brings on the end of the world, hunts little boys, and appears with glowing eyes in a cave at the end of the universe to admit that the only thing he has left to do now is eat the main frickin lying!
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6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Flying Monkeys

Though today, I think they just may come in handy every now and then, these little blue primates were scary as hell taking away poor Dorothy and ripping apart the scarecrow!
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7. Return to Oz (1985)

Watch them here.

The picture shows us the masks of course, but not the horribly elongated limbs that ended in wheels that made them definitely fast enough to catch poor Dorothy. At five, they looked so real, and they gave me my share of nightmares. so much.

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8. Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Maybe it was the hanging neck skin or the fact that everything suddenly got dark and foggy when you knew it was going to appear. In this particular mini-series version, you could practically see the sticks that propped it up, but this was the one that scared the living daylights out of me!

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9. The Dark Crystal (1982)

Just look at that thing! Now add on the fact that it was a race that was trying to capture the protagonist to suck out his essence...AND that it emitted a whine that would rival the best Jerry Seinfeld routine out there, and you've got one great childhood nightmare!

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10. Labyrinth (1986)

These things took all of the pieces of their bodies off, played catch with them, and threw them into the fire. Then, when the main character's head didn't come off, they tried to take it off anyway, and chased her threw the woods, throwing random body parts after her. I was terrified!
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11. The Land Before Time (1988)

OK, it was a big mean meat eating dinosaur that stalked all the cute ones all through the entire movie trying to eat them and just wouldn't die! What kind of monster tries to eat something as cute as Duckie?
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12. Watership Down (1978)
That's right, I'll admit it:

Little bunny rabbits

But you try watching them enslave and attack each other and still be able to look at those cute little fuzzy things in county fairs the same. I had no problem eating them after seeing this movie.
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13. Arachnophobia (1990)
Super hybrid spiders

Anyone who has ever seen what a brown recluse can do...or has lived in certain places in Australia where you actually have to check your shoes and bed for certain nasty spiders can understand this fear.

I'm not afraid of spiders, actually, but as a kid, I was scared to death by this movie. I'd lived in a basement full of spiders that looked just like these and my parents had told me they weren't poisonous. All of the sudden I had cinematic proof that they were LIARS!
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14. Ghoulies (1984)

They look like this, and they came out of a toilet. I can't really remember, but I'm farely sure that this movie was responsible for some sort of insistence upon peeing outside for a couple of days. Thank God I didn't have neighbors!

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15. Legend (1985)

OK, to be honest, the devil just seemed like a lovesick jerk in this one. It was his minions that scared me more. I bawled for hours after watching the unicorn die in this movie, and I couldn't imagine that devil being so evil that he'd make one of his little evil midgets do that!
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16. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Sick E.T.

It wasn't the actual alien. Who could be scared of a thing that knew nothing about anything on the planet and could barely even waddle? But when the mom walked into the bedroom, and I saw him lying there amonst the sick kids all white and half dead, I had nightmares for weeks!
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I grew up with three older siblings, the youngest of which was nine years my elder, and I grew up watching all of their movies. Thanks guys...

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Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 27 9:24
Yes to all of these! Utterly terrifying!!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 9 22:54
Yikes..some of these freaked me out too as a child. :P
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 9 23:09
Great list! Mine would be extremely similar. Damn those Wheelers.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 10 1:33
I hate IT ahhhh SO scary!!!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 10 10:54
I love this list! Damn that Gmork vampire-werewolf harbinger of eternal existential doom! GREAT choices all the way through, and bonus points for including the wheelers.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 10 11:22
I have always been freaked out by clowns - Pennywise didn't help any - Great list.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 11 3:33
Just sick E.T.?! What about E.T. in general!? I still can't watch that movie. Good list though!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 14 20:22
Awesome list!!!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 14 21:08
well done
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 15 3:16
lol great list
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 1:17
Snake from Beetlejuice!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 3:14
Definitely a good one! I like how Tim Curry plays two of these. Kind of a creepy guy!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 16:22
OMG! Just looking at this list scared the living daylights out of me! XD
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 22 17:02
Great list! I am older than you, so I didn't see any of these as a child, except The Wizard of Oz. But the irresistable thing about a good horror movie is that the litle kid in you gets scared at any age. I am still a bit freaked out by the ghostly little girls in The Shining. And there's something slightly creepy about clowns even if they don't have sharp teeth and live in the sewer. :-P
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 27 5:59
Pennywise scared me a little when I was 7, and I remember the wheelers scared me (but I didn't get nightmares from any of them and it was a "fun" type of scary).
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Nov 17 22:06
You definitely had me at Pennywise. I live in the same city as Stephen King so that one has always been freaky. My younger cousin was terrified of the flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz, you only had to sing the music and he'd run and hide. Great list!
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Apr 3 10:31
Kids today need to see these classic terrors to toughen them up.
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 20 10:00
The floating kid in Salem's Lot scared the hell out of me too.
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 20 11:28
SPIDERS!!!! Ew, I hate those sons of bitches, lol.

Awesome List, on only checked it out, because of the Clown Icon, lol. scary as hell!
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 21 21:20
I agree. Those movies definitely warped my childhood. Especially #1, "IT". I used to get locked in a room and my brother would play that for me when I was a child. LOL.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jul 3 22:51
Lol no wonder you decided to call yourself sleepless.
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Jul 31 16:45
Call me nut but i found Firey laughable and i did not minded Pennywise too.
Posted: 1 year, 12 months ago at Sep 8 1:34
Salem's Lot, Was Terrifying. D:
Posted: 1 year, 12 months ago at Sep 8 1:57
I watched The Avengers yesterday and wondered what the 'flying monkeys' were... you gave me the answer.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 8 21:31
80s monsters scared me too.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 8 12:52
Posted: 11 months ago at Oct 4 14:05
IT definitely belongs at No. 1, creepy mofo!

Posted: 8 months, 1 week ago at Dec 29 20:26
Great list! Those blue, flying monkeys gave me nightmares as a kid, too! ;)

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