/ What terrified you as a kid?
The opening title to a program called Armchair Thriller used to shit me up when i was a kid.
A BBC children's drama called The Changes, I am still wary of pylons to this day.
Hammer house of horror
Start sequence of tales of the unexpected
The Daleks in the early days of Dr Who, I just dreaded waiting for a lift to open to see if there was one there or not.
(In hindsight, If I had been DR Who I would have cut all lift cables and only used stairs)
> Yeah, but not half as scary as:
> That nagging, off key theme tune still gives me the Fear.
Yeah that is a spooky little waltz. Just went from that to the World in Action theme. Brought back loads of memories from the 80s. Think im going to go and watch an episode of The Professionals.
yetis in Dr Who - oh and the Cybermen - Evil F*ckers!
jimmy saville :-O
There was a weird Doctor Who episode with some cats that scared the bejeezus out of me.
Also, the film 'the Company of Wolves' had me sleeping with the light on for a while.
> A BBC children's drama called The Changes, I am still wary of pylons to this day.
The pylons thing stirs an unsettling memory deep for me as we'll, will have to investigate
For me I remember being terrified by the pub sign of the Eagle and Child at stavely.
> Also, the film 'the Company of Wolves' had me sleeping with the light on for a while.
It is a 15 certificate film, and ideally aimed at a proper adult audience!
Not quite scared, but I was always wary of Simon Groom on Blue Peter...
The changeling in Krull when he mimics the seer. Those black eyes...
My dad coming home drunk.
I knew I shouldn't be watching films like that, but in a way it was fun to scare myself shitless.
Also did it with the howling, an american werewolf in london and especially the fog.
Ironically, nowadays i must be desensitised as i cant find any film that can scare me like those did!
False office ceilings
After watching a film called "the willies" (There's a scene with a creature that lived in the false office ceilings that ate people who were on the bog)
> Ironically, nowadays i must be desensitised as i cant find any film that can scare me like those did!
Try Silent Hill (you need to suspend some disbelief and choose to take it seriously, mind).
Or get a little bit stoned and watch Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
Which reminds me... Return to Oz.
That shit was da boooooomb!! We got to study the book (the white mountain(s?)) in GCSE english.
and the scene in Star Wars where they are trapped in a small room and the walls start closing in on them
The shroud of turin for some reason.
Sapphire and Steele
I seem to recall my scout master was a little too "hands on"
why he insisted i sat on his lap "in case the fire spits" whilst singing ging gang goolies round the camp fire I'll never know.
> Sapphire and Steele
That was a strange program. I particularly remember an episode with a man with no face. Scary.
Hot air ballons, lifts and Nuclear War!
Luckily 2 out of the 3 don't worry me anymore - ballons and the nukes! Still don't like lifts :-)
As a young child a school teacher told us a story about a young boy who collected moths and pinned them to his wall.
To cut a long story short one of them came alive and smothered him in his sleep.
Even now at 40 years old I am edgey going to sleep if their is a moth in the room.
That glass skull at the start of Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers. Well it didn't terrify me....I thought it was a bit shit really....but still it used to slightly give me the chills!
> My dad coming home drunk.
That sounds suitably grim. :|
I was scared of Mummies and anything like that. Oddly enough I went on to study Archaeology and Ancient History and I now love stuff like that.
Tales of the unexpected and Children of the stones.
Sad to say, my dad. Hope it's not a hereditary thing.
Silent Hill had atmosphere, but that's all- gimme the walking dead anyday!
I don't do wes craven films- watched lots of them and i just dont agree with his status as the modern 'horrormeister'. Formulaic horror by numbers is how i see his films! quiet LOUD quiet LOUD doesn't excuse a lack of script or storyline!
The twilight zone.
Daleks? Rubbish! Cybermen? Bring it on. Hole in wet vest? Yikes!
Don't watch this then :-)
Freaked out is putting it mildly....
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.
Lost a little sleep thinking about this.
Alien, had a 2' tall alien model (with luminous bits) when I was about 10 or 11, had to put it in the wardrobe to sleep.
Also they used to test the air-raid siren every other tuesday in the early eighties, used to count 4 minutes before breathing a sigh of relief.
The threat of my dad smacking me - kept me on the strait and narrow and out of bother.
I never really got scared by anything.
Until I watched American Werewolf in London. After that I imagined wolves coming out of every shadow! :-/
> I never really got scared by anything.
"I'm not scared of practically anything" - E11
That Hitler wasn't really dead and the War would start again
Balloons bursting at childrens' parties
(Loved her to bits though)
Thunderstorms. Probably as mum was terrified of them and said we should all go downstairs because of the danger, ideally into the under-stairs cupboard until it passed. I used to sweat and tremble under my blankets until dad carried me downstairs, my eyes tight shut.
Hahaha. I remember that! and its exactly like you said. What a great series!
In the Peep Show episode 5 of series 5, Jez's manager Cally has a New Age belief in the healing power of crystal skulls, and makes the normally rational Mark agree that "I believe that they were crafted by the ancient inhabitants of Atlantis and that they're powerful centres of healing" in return for keeping peace in the relationship. Mark comically frustratedly smashes the crystal skull later in the episode, stating that if its healing powers is so great it can heal itself.
The Singing Ringing Tree. Apparently I'm not alone
For some reason my Dad thought it'd be fine letting a small child watch Alien. I was about 10 or some where around there. He seemed suprised when I was terrified :-P
Me to it scared th eliving daylights out of me when I was young
Me too. Not so much the Moomins them selves, more the slighlty sinisister feeling of the whole cartoon. That girl in red was horrible.
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