So I rewatched "American Werewolf in London" a few night ago and couldn't help but laugh throughout the film. That movie has some really good subtle humor to it that I couldn't appreciate when I was 9-10 years old. I especially thought the ending was pretty funny when they cut away from her crying and him dead and started playing the Marcel's rendition of Blue Moon. I remember that scene being really sad but the Marcel's music really got me in a fit of laughter. Even now I can appreciate the movie for its time for advancing special effects but man that movie was probably more funny than scary for me now that I'm in my mid 20's. Any of you guys experienced this? Watching a scary film some odd years later and feeling different about it?
I remember seeing Stephen King's The Shining in like 5th grade. That movie scared the hell out of me back then, probably because it was at a sleepover around the time of midnight. But now, I just look back on it and don't get scared. Some parts are generally creepy but they don't really scare me...
Sure. I had recurring nightmares about the Child's Play movies when I was very young. I also have distinct memories of totally flipping out watching The Argon Quest while I was at home alone one night. It's not even a horror movie. It's some shitty kids move made with puppets. It was pretty freaky to me, though. I don't find movies at all scary anymore, but that's to be expected.
YUUUUP. That part ruined me for a good few days as a kid. Another one was The Sixth Sense. The part where the kid said he found his dads gun and then turns around, revealing the giant hole in his skull. I hated that part.
Poltergeist. The face skin scene scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. Nowadays, poltergeist is more funny than scary.
Deep Impact, I don't now if I can watch that now either.
Were you deathly afraid of Asteroids hitting the planet or something?
Fuck yes. THEY COULD DESTROY THE PLANET AND WE CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT IT.
Oh shit man! That's a revelation that I'm kinda getting scared of.
Pet Cemetery, It, Child's Play.
Pretty much anything with kids in it. I know if I watched any of them today they would be insanely cheesy.
Holy shit, you read my mind. Chucky, Zelda, and that creepy old lady with the black teeth from It ruled my nightmares as a child.
Return to Oz.
This especially freaked me out as a kid:
That's because that movie was freaky as hell. It's really only barely appropriate for young kids. It didn't scare me per se, but definitely made be feel uneasy. To this day my parents still talk about what a messed up movie that was (I'm 28).
I couldn't watch the throat slitting scene in Braveheart when I was younger... (I was probably 11 or so when I first saw it) but other than that nothing I can think of.
For some reason the game World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck freaked me out when I was little, but I played through it last week and I was fine. Fuck you Mickey! You and your magic don't scare me no more!
When I was around 6 or 7 (at least, that's what my memory tells me, I should probably double check that with my mom) they showed Stephen King's IT on tv as a mini-series. I remember sitting there watching it with my mom being down right terrified to the bones of my body. I think what terrified me the most (aside from it probably being my first exposure to "scary films") was simply the notion that kids were the only ones that could see Pennywise so there was no being saved by the adults. I can still recall how afraid I was of that film, because since then I have never been that afraid of any movie. It's a specific feeling when you're feeling it physically. Today it's just fun, and it probably started my liking of clowns (as opposed to fear them, for some reason).
Pet Sematary was one for me. Gage scared the living shit out of me when I saw it as a kid, but when I watched it again a few years ago, I thought it was pretty dumb and cheesy. But no horror movies really scare me anymore, some just kind of creep me out.
The scariest movie I think I've seen as an adult was Jesus Camp.
Child's Play 2, it was the only movie that I saw as a kid and would have nightmares and even peed my pants once. I still remember the ending where it takes place in a toy store with all the chucky dolls. I haven't seen it since but you wouldn't have the same effect on me. Also I will say Alien. Watched it recently and it is a good film, just not as tense as I remembered it. Enjoyed the long set ups for characters deaths, but I wasn't ever scared or even at the edge of my seat. Aliens holds up better than the first one.
@Pezen: Haha I remember IT. I remember that led to my fear of my parent's porcelain clown dolls they had in the living room and me not being able to take showers for awhile. Was a pretty stinky kid for a couple of months in first grade.