Post by mikedetorrice on Jun 26, 2020 17:57:41 GMT -5
Well, although it wasn't a movie, the TV show episodes from "One Step Beyond" are among the all-time scary presentations for me. They were docudramas generally based on reported events and John Newland's direction and on-screen hosting of the series was superb, both memorable and appropriately frightening. And, perhaps above all, the intro/exit theme music to me remains to this day, utterly eerie and terrifying and a brilliant example of music's ability to frame or set a mood.
Post by LadyJazzer on Jun 26, 2020 18:36:36 GMT -5
I was about 5-6 when I first saw Wizard of OZ on the screen. The Wicked Witch in the crystal ball, replacing the picture of Auntie Em, and cackling at Dorothy had me on the floor hiding under the seats.
I was already in my 20s or 30s when some of the scary "when I was a little kid" movies you guys mention came out.
Yeah...I'm thinking the same thing as you. As a result, I didn't see many or most of the movies you guys are talking about 'cause I stopped going to movies when I was an adult. So as previously mentioned, the ones that got me going were the black and white deals from the early to mid 1950s.
Post by rickyguitar on Jun 27, 2020 0:41:04 GMT -5
I think it was Twilight Zone episode. Alien came to earth, somebody killed him for his force field, cut the controller off his hand. Then the bad person, maybe a woman (?) Could not turn it off and was trapped. But hey, alien is not quite dead and cuts through the force file eith his green blood oozing from vein were controlled was cut off. He hooks it back up, turns it off and dies BUT she still can't get out, she has his green blood on her hand and is trapped forever!!! Sat up with my mom for awhile after that one. Thanks mom.
Post by oldnjplayer on Jun 27, 2020 6:02:25 GMT -5
"The Uninvited" with Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey. One of the scariest Ghost stories ever.... I also remember seeing "How the West Was Won" in Cinerama. Great experience. Also this was shown when Movie Screens were huge, and going to a Movie was a special experience.
When I was 5 parents took me to see The Shark Hunters. It was about the Navy experiments in shark repellents after the Indianapolis sinking. A little boy, my age, fell overboard and was immediately killed by sharks. Dreamed about that for a long time. Wouldn't see Jaws until it came on tv. Even now, I don't like swimming in the ocean.
We got our first TV set when I was 6. That year, I saw on TV a film of a windstorm twisting a bridge over the Columbia River, up in the Pacific Northwest, and hurling a car into the water.
We lived near Columbia, Louisiana, which has a bridge over the Ouachita River. After seeing that film, I would get nervous whenever we drove over the Ouachita River bridge at Columbia, Louisiana. Since that was Columbia, and that was a bridge over a river, I was afraid our car would be thrown into the river with us in it.
I remember scenes from a couple Disney(!) movies doing it to me.
The "A Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia - the mountain turns into the Devil, all the ghosties flying around. (No, I didn't see it when it came out (1940)).
Darby O'Gill and the Little People - The guy (not Sean Connery) opens the door to have the Banshee wailing away right in his face. Yeesh. The later scene with the headless coachman ("Darby O'Gill - Get in!") didn't help much. Came out when I was 8 (1959).
There's a little-discussed Twilight Zone episode 'Twenty-Two' that I saw staying up late with my Mom when she was so sick and well on her way to dying. I was 9 or 10. It's about a woman in a hospital for exhaustion who keeps having a dream about being in the hospital basement by the Morgue, and a creepy lady greets her at the door and tells her "Room for one more honey..." .
My Mom loved that kind of scary stuff and I do too.
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Post by RonC Picker on Jun 27, 2020 12:22:32 GMT -5
I don’t recall being scared by movies/tv as a kid. I was an adult when I saw The Exorcist movie and immediately read the book. Scared me enough that I slept with the lights on for 3 nights, LOL. Being raised as catholic, and having been an altar boy, I believed in God and the devil.
Another vote for the flying monkeys here. And the Wicked Witch of the West.
My other pick would be "The Omen." I saw it when I was about 13. It happened to be the late show on the first night my parents ever let me stay home by myself overnight. I totally lost it when the story started linking end-of-the-world prophecies to modern political events. I spent the whole night in front of the television set listening to the overnight snow to keep my mind off what I had just seen.
My older brother and I used to stay up most of the night and watch scary movies on weekends when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was usually a Frankenstein or Wolfman or similar movie. But one night the old black and white "13 Ghosts" was on and it scared me so bad I hid behind the couch and I don't think I slept well for a couple weeks after that. In the Dayton area it was hosted by Dr Creep and we loved to watch these movies and eat popcorn. They would show 2 or 3 movies back to back. I hadn't thought about that for a long time. I have a lot of good memories from those times.
The Hearse with Trish VanDevere later in life, But I remember a movie called Black Sunday about a witch that came back to life after being burnt at the stake. It was black and white . Scared the bejesus out of me as a kid.
Les Diaboliques, a french black and white suspense thriller from 1955 was the first film to ever seriously unnerve me as a kid. A wonderfully made film that has stuck with me. It was remade as Diabolique in 1996.