In honor of Halloween this weekend, I asked the crew here at EB a couple questions surrounding their first encounter with the horror movie genre, and who scared the crap out of them as a youngster. Check out their responses below, and let us know in the comments what your first scary movie was and who kept you up at night in fear.
Nick, Associate Editor:
“I never really watched scary movies when I was little, but the first legitimate movie that kept me up at night was The Ring. The images on the video and the fly transferring from screen to reality really creeped me out, along with the nose bleeds. Around the same time was when I first saw The Exorcist, and when Regan becomes possessed and starts freaking out and spins her head…terrifying.”
Ana, Staff Writer:
“The first scary movie I saw is a toss up between Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. I was the sweet age of 6 when my father thought it was a good idea to let me watch both of these movies.
As a kid, Freddy Krueger scared the crap out of me. It also did not help that my father owned a Freddy mask and would purposely scare me as a kid. The idea that Freddy’s skin looked burned and he had knives for hands was scary enough. Also, the fact that Freddy could make your worst nightmare happen was scary. I was terrified of going to sleep. I was also afraid of the dark. I actually still am afraid of the dark. Jason was not too bad, he just walked really slowly with a machete. He seemed like a big doof with a hockey mask.”
John, Staff Writer
“First movie I remember being scared of was Ghoulies:
Justin, Associate Editor:
“My first scary movie was Scream, but the movie that scared me was The Descent, because it plays on my overwhelming fear of claustrophobia and being trapped. For books, the scariest is Stephen King’s anthology All Dark, No Stars. There is minimal supernatural elements which makes it even more frightening. Scariest things to me play off of my real fears and not goblins or ghouls.”
Amanda Russell, Staff Writer:
“The scariest movie I’ve ever seen (probably) is Poltergeist. The original, not that lame 2015 crap. I first saw the movie when I was about 7 or 8, so obviously that scared the literal sh*t out of me. I couldn’t watch TV alone for almost a year because of obvious reasons. There was one scene in particular that I can still remember, and that’s when Carol Anne was first taken from the poltergeist. Everyone else in the house is caught up in their own problems, then the girl’s closet door opens, and everything starts getting sucked up into it. Then, eventually, she’s pulled from her bed by this ominous white light, and gets trapped in another realm. Thus commencing the rescuing of her. Besides that creepy medium woman, that scene still gets to me this day. Call it cheesy, but I find it terrifying.”