Then there were all those anthology movies that came out when I was young enough to be influenced by them. First, the Trilogy of Terror (the original one from 1975. There was a crappy remake, but I don't count that one). I didn't see it when it came out because I was only a year old, but I saw it on TV when I was pretty young. That part with the African doll that came to life and terrorized Karen Black freaked me the fuck out. Same with that clown doll in Poltergeist. My dislike of dolls and clowns probably stemmed from these two movies. I wasn't a child when I saw it, but the last thing I can remember being scared of in a movie was Tim Curry as Pennywise in IT. I think I even had a few clown based nightmares so that's pretty good right? But let me get back on track. Parts of Creepshow and Creepshow 2 were scary as hell. "The Crate" segement in particular was troubling. Until that time I'd always thought of tasmanian devils as cartoon whirlwinds. After that I was in constant fear that one of those monsters was under every set of stairs I saw (and under my bed, in my closet, just everywhere). In Creepshow 2 "The Raft" segment messed me up mostly because at the time I saw it we lived on a lake that featured a raft just like the one in the movie. It probably didn't unnerve many people as much as it did me, but that's just situational I suppose. I sure stayed out of the lake for a long time after I saw it though.
So after reading all this if you can think of something to watch that will actually give me back my sense of fear me please let me know. And please, no TV. I've seen YouTube videos that are scarier than anything I've seen on TV. American Horror Story in any incarnation is just not scary. Any help will be appreciated while I lie in bed at night, cursing your name, unable to sleep for fear of death. I want to think that every van is a rape/murder van, every odd noise is a killer coming to get me, and that every shadow might hold an unspeakable monster. I know I'm weird, but that would be awesome!
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been revived as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet.