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What Movie Did You Watch as a Kid That Scared the Crap Out of You?

I remember it like yesterday.  I was 10-years-old.  I had just gotten home from school.  It was an early release so I got home just after 11:00am.  I had the whole day and whole house to myself.  I could go outside and play, I could play some Atari (Yes… I’m THAT old.) My buddy also called and asked it I wanted to shoot hoops.  I declined because I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do.

My parents had already rented a copy of The Exorcist the night before on our brand spankin’ new VHS player.  I wasn’t allowed to watch it because it was rated R and my parents thought it was way too scary.

Part of me knew they were right.  That very same part of me hesitated, even as I deliberately and slowly took the movie out of its case, slid it into the tray and pushed play.

I cannot recall exactly when I realized that I was in over my head.  All I know is that when Linda Blair’s eyes rolled  back into her skull, I knew that I had come too far.  I couldn’t turn back.  The damage was done.  So I watched every single minute of it and when it was over, I couldn’t wait for my parents to get home.

I spent dinner trying to convince myself that by bedtime, all would be fine.  Who was I kidding?  I hadn’t slept with my lights on for years but I knew full well that if I could have stolen a flood light off the neighbors boat and mounted it on my dresser, I would have.  That night, every sound, every creek, every shift of the house was out to get me.  It was the longest night of my life and I didn’t sleep.

It took me many years to watch another scary movie.  I will never forget how much The Exorcist scared the crap out of me and to this day, I haven’t watched it since.

What movie scared the crap out of you when you were a kid?

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