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The Time Ranger

Childhood Terrors

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The Time Ranger

We were all kids once, and I wager quite a few of us have done this, watched a tv show or film that was not meant for kids and ended up terrified. What was yours and how did you come across it. Did you buy tickets for a kids movie and sneak into a gore filled horror flick or stayed up late promising your parents you wouldn't watch anything inappropiate but still did so. Or maybe it was a kids show that was oddly spooky like one of my choices below.

 

Courage The Cowardly Dog

Looking back it was a good show, but it always had an eerie armosphere and some episodes had some very creepy moments for a kids show, this gif from a certain famous scene actually gave me nightmares as a young'un.

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Also from Courage this monstrosity which looks straight out of a David Lynch fever dream.

 

And don't forget about the f*cking moon.

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Outside of spooky kids shows I recall being at a cousins house and they were watching quite a graphic film where a lady was trying to commit suicide by by putting a plastic bag over her head depriving her of air. I didn't understand at the time what exactly was happening but I knew it wasn't good.

 

So what are yours?

 

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Guest Billy Russo
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The Sixth Sense.

 

I watched it when I was younger, and I still can't bring myself to watch it as an Adult. I was scared to go the toilet for days when I was younger as I was scared something was going to pass behind me. The tent scene was also terrifying with the girl puking. This movie literally scarred me for life.

 

 

 

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Tacymist

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This leprechaun looking thing in the Are You Afraid of the Dark intro. I loved watching the show as a kid but I always left the room during the intro or else I couldn't sleep that night.

 

Also The Adventures of Tom Sawyer game for NES. The giant alligator boss, the haunted house level, and pretty much the whole game just creeped me out. Still does tbh.

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SonOfLiberty

The Terminator and Terminator 2 creeped me out when I was younger. Especially in 2 during the nuclear apocalypse scene. Robocop was pretty intense too due to the gore which I wasn't used to at the time. Funnily enough I didn't really watch horror movies when I was growing up and only got into them in my early/mid teens so some of the movies that freaked me out really weren't supposed to be scary.

 

For the first two Terminator movies I think it was the whole idea of this unstoppable cyborg that made me feel uneasy. In 2 when the special effects started to be more convincing I used to cringe at the T-1000 and no matter what they did they couldn't stop it. 

 

Anyway sometimes I wonder though what it must of been like for a teen in the 70s seeing The Exorcist at the cinema. I first watched that in 2004 and it gave me chills. Lord knows what it must've been like in 1974 (Or whenever it released).

 

 

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Lonely-Martin

I've always been one to embrace the scares, I love 'em.

 

I think my love of horror comes from all the way back when I watched the likes of The Wizard of Oz or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Those movies, even today at the right age, are great gateway movies to learn if you like spooky stuff as a kid, and it'll only grow if ya do, lol.

 

After that, Arachnophobia was memorable for not being the funny PG rated flick I anticipated, and I grew fascinated by spiders ever since, lol. Then I caught Stephen King's It on TV, which has had a lasting impression on horror and drama scares for me. Cracking remakes of late too.

 

But once a bit older and I could get to my mates with his trusty VCR and heavy drinking dad, we watched so much and I loved it. Nothing was off limits and the chap at the Video shop back then was a mate of both mine and my mates family, we had good access.

 

Freddy, Jason, Michael, Chucky, Pinhead, Leatherface, bring 'em on. I was so ready. :)

 

9 hours ago, SonOfLiberty said:

Anyway sometimes I wonder though what it must of been like for a teen in the 70s seeing The Exorcist at the cinema. I first watched that in 2004 and it gave me chills. Lord knows what it must've been like in 1974 (Or whenever it released).

You and me both, absolutely.

 

Terminator 2 was the one back when I was young that was everywhere and as it was a 15 over here, I couldn't go and was gutted. (Always wished we'd get the US's ratings since, PG 13, let me take my boy to the new one, lol. He's 14 and now knows how I felt, though I am a bit gutted for him too). 

 

But there's so many before my time that I would have found great fun to be caught up in the hype of or join the world in being scared or shocked. The moral panic that ensued with some was funny looking back too. I'd have enjoyed defending taboo back then. 👹

17 hours ago, Tacymist said:

This leprechaun looking thing in the Are You Afraid of the Dark intro. I loved watching the show as a kid but I always left the room during the intro or else I couldn't sleep that night.

I forgot about that show! Blimey, that takes me back, lol. Really good fun and now I remember being a bit spooked by The Demon Headmaster, have you heard of that one?

 

Nightmare was another that had me on edge at times too. That was an old role playing game type of show with one child wearing a helmet and relying on 3 friends to guide them through virtual puzzles and traps etc. Very atmospheric. (But aged so badly it's a bit cheesy now).

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13 hours ago, SonOfLiberty said:

The Terminator and Terminator 2 creeped me out when I was younger. Especially in 2 during the nuclear apocalypse scene. Robocop was pretty intense too due to the gore which I wasn't used to at the time. Funnily enough I didn't really watch horror movies when I was growing up and only got into them in my early/mid teens so some of the movies that freaked me out really weren't supposed to be scary.

 

For the first two Terminator movies I think it was the whole idea of this unstoppable cyborg that made me feel uneasy. In 2 when the special effects started to be more convincing I used to cringe at the T-1000 and no matter what they did they couldn't stop it. 

 

Anyway sometimes I wonder though what it must of been like for a teen in the 70s seeing The Exorcist at the cinema. I first watched that in 2004 and it gave me chills. Lord knows what it must've been like in 1974 (Or whenever it released).

 

 

I agree on The Exorcist. I've personally never understood what makes it so scary, but I think that's largely down to me seeing it so late. I thought it was creepy but I've seen much scarier films. I've become numb to most Horror films. If I saw it in the 70's, I likely would have sh*t myself.

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Nico

I wish I could like the OP more than once.

 

One of the Jurassic Park movies frightened me considerably as a kid, I could not watch it again until much later. Also, unrelated to movies and TV but the original Wolfestein game (which my parents played before I was born) was also scary to me.

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This specific face from Thomas the Train scared the f*ck out of me as a kid and idk why. I guess I was just a dumb kid!

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darthYENIK

Killer Klowns from Outer Space and the “It” TV movie really ruined clowns for me, and probably a generation.

 

I also was scared of beaches or large bonfires at night because of this scene from The Lost Boys...

 

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Forgot to mention Freddy Krueger (somehow). There was a period where I was absolutely terrified of falling asleep because I thought I'd die. I find the movies cheesy now but still love them. However back then, I thought it was terrifying. Some of the scenes were seriously f*cked up when I was younger. I remember one of the scenes that scared me the most is the puppet scene in Dream Warriors. It looks ridiculous now, but back then was another story.

 

 

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SonOfLiberty
On 10/5/2019 at 4:38 AM, Billy Russo said:

I agree on The Exorcist. I've personally never understood what makes it so scary, but I think that's largely down to me seeing it so late. I thought it was creepy but I've seen much scarier films. I've become numb to most Horror films. If I saw it in the 70's, I likely would have sh*t myself.

Admittedly the practical effects haven't aged well at all, but this movie was a big deal back in the 70s. Most horror films never touched anything to do with religion, possession etc. I can see how it was ground breaking for its time and why it freaked people out so much. 

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Is this The Guy?

I used to be terrified of Freddy Krueger back when I was a child.  Then one day I was watching Nightmare on elm street Dream warriors and they showed the Dokken Dream warrior music video at the end of the movie with Freddy having a nightmare and everything changed.  I still watch the movies because they’re entertaining classics but as far as horror goes I could never take Freddy seriously anymore.

 

Until this day I cannot watch The wizard of oz.  I saw that sh*t back when I was young and everything from the lollipop guild to the straw guy and the flying monkeys freaked me the f*ck out. They still do.

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