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Which Horror-Film Scenes Scared You More Than 'Anything In World,' As A Child? I Remember A Few. Vividly :-).

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Initial post: Aug 15, 2012 6:01:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 6:14:42 AM PDT
Jeff Sekerak says:
Karen Black, Waiting For Mother. While Squatting In 'Hunt' Position And Hacking Kitchen Floor With Machete...

...After, of course, being 'infiltrated' by evil spirit of 'Zuni Fetish Doll.' This, the final scene, in the made-for-TV version of Matheson's short story, 'Prey' (from, Trilogy of Terror (Special Edition)).

I was an impressionable youngster upon my first viewing of this one. And it horrified me about as much as Ms. Black's performance in the final scene of 'Burnt Offerings.'

Her films, done with director D. Curtis: Phenomenal, to me; each one, 'sticking' to my memory, like a piece of discordant, peculiar music, difficult to discard from mind.

From this tale, I began reading King, Etchison, Bloch, and more.

The rest is 'history.'

Jeff Sekerak

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 6:21:59 AM PDT
Yes: Karen Black with her long sharp teeth is a vivid memory of horror from my youth. Good call.

The little monsters whispering to Kim Darby ("We want you, Sally") in the TV movie "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" were very creepy.

In "Burnt Offerings", I was really struck and chilled by the image of the gaunt funeral chauffeur who appears to Oliver Reed. One of the most scary images I can recall. That toothy grin ... I was always wondering if he might show up at my door one morning!

Another frightening memory was during "The Legacy" when Katharine Ross is staying at the mansion and its owner gathers the guests together to speak to them (this wealthy but sickly man Jason Mount Olive was not seen but was kept in a room filled with medical equipment). He had this horrifying, frail voice that was breathy and strained. He called Katharine Ross over to his bed to receive a ring and become one of his heirs. And the camera reveals his revolting hand coming out of the bed linens to grab her hand. Wow. I never forgot that.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 6:43:34 AM PDT
Alina says:
It was the morlocks in the original The Time Machine for me. The sequence where one decays was especially upsetting as a kid. Interestingly I watched it with my nephews and their modern day interpretation was that the morlocks were totally lame because they were obviously people wearing poorly designed suits.

Karen Black certainly creeped me out as a teenager.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 6:49:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 6:56:25 AM PDT
Jeff Sekerak says:
Great stuff, Baron.

Yep, I hear you on 'The Legacy,' and 'Don't Be Afraid...' For a child especially? Disturbing; to put it mildly. And, of course, Oliver Reed and B. Davis, crouched in terror, awaiting the grinning, black-clad driver of 'Burnt Offerings' - with his coffin 'in hand' - NOT easy to watch as an impressionable youth! :-)

I recall being disturbed, as well, by Farrow's empathetic, warm, 'endearing,' smile in final scene of 'Rosemary's Baby' - particularly after her initial reaction to viewing her newborn.

And can I ever forget, 'Come play with us Danny. Forever. And ever. And ever...' (The Shining)?



Posted on Aug 15, 2012 6:57:30 AM PDT
Baron, you stole mine!
I saw TONS of horror movies at the drive in with my parents.
The scenes in Burnt Offerings of that chauffer, OMG! That guy totally freaked me out. With those glasses and those teeth? *shudder*

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 7:38:22 AM PDT
Splinker says:
The Fly with Vincent Price. The scene where the woman is in bed and she hears the shambling fly dragging it's foot outside her window.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 7:50:29 AM PDT
Alina says:
Aaaaargh. No. It was the scene where the fly squeeks "Help me".

Movies that I remember horrifying snatches of as a child are The Snake Pit (a scene where she's literally in a pit surrounded by mad women) and The Reptile (a woman is revealed as being a snake-creature). Also the scene where Bette Davis appears soaked in blood in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. I also found the opening to Rebecca pretty creepy as a child.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 7:56:58 AM PDT
Ooh, I have another one.
The scene in Salem's Lot where the boy is scratching outside of the window.

I'm going to have to see that Bette Davis movie.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 8:09:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 8:23:27 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
The scene in which the protagonist finds the goat mask in Crimson Cult [VHS] (or Curse of the Crimson Altar ( The Crimson Cult ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Spain]) scared the hell out of me for years.

I watched it on youtube as an adult ( . . . and the movie is stupid, and the scene is not scary at all. But as a kid . . . eek!

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 8:10:57 AM PDT
Splinker says:
H.R. Puff 'n Stuff was pretty creepy.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 8:22:19 AM PDT
Alina says:
Aaaaargh. No. The scene in Salem's Lot where the vampires are crawling on their haunches. I've got to rewatch Salem's Lot.

I think we're starting to confuse "scared me as a kid" with "high level scares". I think there's a difference between things that were imprinted on you as a kid vs. classic scares that you might have seen later.

But Charlene, if you haven't seen Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte then shame on you. It's a classic horror.

For super creepy B & W horror I'd recommend:


They're both movies where people who've seen them will say "you're watching them for the first time? - you lucky bustard".

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 8:48:33 AM PDT
Splinker says:
I have used a picture of that biting doll in a few blog posts.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 9:06:08 AM PDT
Alina, I have been developing a liking for old movies and have been trying to catch up with ones I haven't yet seen.
Bette Davis, though, is one of the actresses that I have REALLY enjoyed. It's a bummer that I'm just discovering her now.

I saw All About Eve and Dark Victory, and Whatever happened to Baby Jane. I'm also trying to see every Hitchcock movie. So far, Rear Window is my favorite.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 9:20:19 AM PDT
Alina says:
You're in for a big treat with Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

One of my fave Hitchcocks that's often overlooked is Marnie. Very witty, though the sexual politics leave us modern gore-vixens chewing through our werewolf collars.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 9:24:12 AM PDT
Alina says:
Yes, I'm going to assume that you didn't have pre-pubertal lust for Jack Wild. This adds an entirely different dimension to a viewer's experience of H.R.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 9:39:09 AM PDT
I've added Marnie to my list. Thanks!
Perhaps I'll have my husband get a better collar for me before I watch it. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 9:55:55 AM PDT
Splinker says:
True. But there's something about witchiepoo...

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:11:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 10:36:52 AM PDT
This isn't a film, when I was very young there was a series shown in the UK in the 60's called The Singing Ringing Tree. It frightened the life out of me.

And William Hartnell as Dr Who scared me more than the Daleks :)

The film that I was first badly frightened by was Snow White and The Seven Dwarves. The wicked witch with the apple.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:28:58 AM PDT
F. Winston says:
Of all people, George Brent in THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE along with Dorothy MacGuire who was a deaf mute and I remember the entire audience screaming when his eye peers through a curtain as he is about to strike.I was a child and grew to find Brent the most boring man in films.
The irony is that when I had a summer job in college, it was to drive the aging Mr.Brent on summer when he was infirm.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:42:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 10:58:18 AM PDT
Juzbyosef says:
Bette Davis also starred in THE NANNY. The scene where she's lost her mind and is bathing the dead, fully clothed little girl freaked me out something awful when I was a kid.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:47:43 AM PDT
Oh man, my list is growing!

Juz, that sounds effed up! LOL On the list it goes!

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:58:03 AM PDT
Juzbyosef says:
Wow, Charlene! I can hardly believe you haven't seen HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE. I'm really very jealous. I'm sure I've seen every film Bette Davis ever made.

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN, with Shelley Winters and Debbie Reynolds, has a scene where a dead woman wearing a tap-dance costume has been stabbed a bunch of times and is propped upright somehow in a marrionette stance, with her eyes wide-open and blood all over her. I can barely remember a single plot-line from that movie. But that stabbed, bloody, dead lady with her open eyes and propped-up arms scared the you-know-what out of me.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 11:03:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2012 10:27:04 AM PDT
Juzbyosef says:

****** SPOILER ALERT!!! *****************

The scene where Baby Jane has been starving her crippled sister for a few days. She finally shows up with lunch. But when the sister takes the cover off the plate, it's just a (OMG!) dead pigeon! Awh, youth. We were so easily terrified.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:13:05 AM PDT
F. Winston says:
The Karen Black scene from that TV trilogy was genius and so well performed by Ms.Black.....real insanity and scary.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:24:16 AM PDT
YES! Now that one I have seen and it was horrifying.
I thought the bird was her sister's pet, though?
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