There's one thing in particular that freaks me the fuck out, prolly because I saw it when I was a kid. There's a b-movie called "Tourist Trap", which was a remake of "House of Wax" that was done in the late 70s, and there's this one scene where the unlucky bunch of Scoobies are watching one of their compatriots be doused with wax while the villian (Chuck Connors, of all people) is telling them exactly what happens to someone if this happens to them, which is basically that you get so panic-stricken that you die of cadiac arrest before you even suffocate from the wax.
And on-camera the whole time is the girl freaking out from having this done and sure enough, you see her go into cardiac arrest and die. Movies aren't normally this blatant about on-screen deaths and it almost has the feeling of watching a snuff film. But to this day that scene freaks me out if I ever actually see that it's on TV.
The movie that freaked me the most when I was a kid was The Twilight Zone Movie -- especially the girl with no mouth.
"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." -- George W. Bush, Good Morning America, September 1, 2005
"President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale." -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, February 6, 2006
I know I will be the only one that mentions this movie. I also know I will be ridiculed endlessly for this. But the original "Child's Play" scared me something fierce. I think it had more to do with the camera angles than anything else. When they would show a camera angle from under the couch, all I could think was, "that maniac could sever my hamstrings." Yeah, I know, it's just a doll. I guess I have too many memories of that movie Magic, the one with the ventriloquist dummy. Just the commercials for Magic scared me as a kid.
The Ring freaks me out especially the beginning with Katie getting scared to death and being found in the closet. I have that permantly ingrained in my mind.I guess thats why I like Amber Tamblyn so much.
And also the first 10 minutes of the Dawn of the Dead remake. I saw it on USA and it sold the whole movie. And it just gave this whole feeling of dread that you needed in that movie.
And also the Priest Zombie in Land of the Dead. I jumped 15 feet in the air when that happened.
I was around 11 years old at the time I saw the original "Salem's Lot" mini-series on TV. Scary stuff.
"Speaking of Thomases, I loved your recent Atrocious GM Summit column, although I think that you flatter Isiah Thomas far too much by suggesting that he is merely one of a number of atrocious GMs. The truth is that Rob Babcock and Billy King are Einstein next to him. The mess he is creating right now in New York will be studied by business school students 50 years from now alongside Enron and pets.com."
Another vote for the Birds. I saw it much, much too young. Fortunately, I don't have fear of them now, even though I can't stand them flying around Home Depot either.
What got me over this was Mel Brook's tribute to the Birds in "High Anxiety".
To those that mentioned the Jaws scene where the guy's rotted decayed head appears out of that hole in the boat, I have been saying for years that was the best use of music building suspension. We find the hole in the sunken boat, there's a tooth in it, and the music relaxes us, we all take a breath, then GOTCHA.