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Postby kageri » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:09 am

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books.

I still read all of them, and the stories themselves weren't all that scary, but the illustrations. Dear God, the illustrations.
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Postby mo » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:11 am

When I was a little kid, I was scared of the movie Darkness Falls, where the Tooth Fairy kills you if you see her face. I couldn't sleep for so long.

Also, I've always been scared of deep water.
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Postby SwimChick17 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:38 am

I was always terrified that my house would catch on fire at night (or any time, really) and that I wouldn't hear the smoke alarm if my door was closed. Consequently, for the first 13 years of my life, my door was rarely closed. Then I discovered that the same door that would block the sound of the fire alarm (it doesn't, by the way) would also block the sound of my little brothers early in the morning. I now sleep peacefully with my door closed.


Other than that, I was never really afraid of monsters under my bed or scary stories or movies or anything like that. I was a happy kid, so I didn't really involve myself in that stuff anyway.


My uncle did scare me out of eating watermelon seeds for years when he said that a watermelon would grow in my tummy and the only way to get it out was to sneeze really, really hard so it came out my nose. Good thing I'm not a huge watermelon fan!
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Postby queen_of_painting » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:05 am

SwimChick17 wrote:My uncle did scare me out of eating watermelon seeds for years when he said that a watermelon would grow in my tummy and the only way to get it out was to sneeze really, really hard so it came out my nose. Good thing I'm not a huge watermelon fan!

Ha! That reminds me of an episode of "Rugrats" that kind of spoofed Fantastic Voyage. Angelica told Chuckie about this myth and the babies had to shrink down and travel inside of his body.
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Postby bright dot-dasher » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:10 am

kageri: I just skimmed through some in the library today- you're right! The illustrations are worse than the stories!

SwimChick17: What your uncle said was quite interesting. But I still swallow the seeds whenever I eat them- well, now I do, but I remember as a little kid I was hesitant to eat anything if they had seeds, besides strawberries.

One thing that scared me as a little kid was the heater. It made a disturbing pattern of noises at night.
And another thing was I got frequent nightmares. Every night, I would listen to The Little Mermaid songs on tape, but I always, for some reason, fell asleep on the same song- Poor Unfortunate Souls. Think there's a connection? :?:

I remember one time, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this big, round, bright-white light, and for a split second I thought that it was the moon, going to crash into the Earth. I turned around and it was just a tall lamppost. 8D Just a few-seconds, one-time thing of freaking out.

That, and of course, monsters. That's probably why I watched Monsters, Inc. late. Before, I believe my parents told me that monsters have been exterminated, or something like that, and it made me feel better back then. But after watching Monsters, Inc., I felt sorry for the "exterminated monsters". :lol:
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Postby thedriveintheatre » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:54 am

Off the top off my head, there were a couple of scenes from animated movies that freaked me out as a kid:

The nightmare sequence in The Brave Little Toaster with the freaky clown and the toaster 'dying' a horrible death by water immersion.

Hercules decapitating the many-headed Hydra, only for a new head to sprout out in his first of the Twelve Labours. Man, that scene with the storm and the scary-looking faces was terrifying!

Ursula's death by ship bowsprit impalement in the Little Mermaid. Again, the stormy weather and that blood-curdling scream was scary!

The mutant toys' appearance in Toy Story. Besides the fact that they were disturbingly made from cannibalized toy parts, they looked as if they were going to kill Buzz at first! I was particularly frightened of Babyface, Legs and RollerBob. Gawsh, I didn't stop crying even when Woody realises they weren't evil after all!

There are maybe lots more, but these are the few I can remember at the moment. :D
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Postby little_chef_eva09 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:15 pm

TDIT: Oh my gosh... I remember that scene from the Brave Little Toaster!!!! :O That is another piece of my childhood right there... I loved those movies. I used to be scared of that machine that crushed cars. :lol:

Whenever there was a really bad thunderstorm, we had this extremely old smoke detector at the end of the hall in my old house (all 4 of us used to sleep upstairs), and whenever lightning would strike, the smoke detector would make this really loud "click!!!" noise (I don't know any other way to describe it), but I'll tell you right now, that scared the crap out of me. I always dreaded thunderstorms because of that stupid smoke detector, and I didn't like going downstairs to my parent's room because I was afraid the thing would make that noise when I went by. haha.

Yeah, different parts from different movies used to freak me out, but I couldn't name them all off the top of my head.
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Postby Al-Bob » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:24 pm

little_chef_eva09 wrote:TDIT: Oh my gosh... I remember that scene from the Brave Little Toaster!!!! :O That is another piece of my childhood right there... I loved those movies. I used to be scared of that machine that crushed cars. :lol:


Yikes...don't remind me of that scene...

That clown was absolutely SCARY!!!! Like the worst clown i've ever scene.

And that magnetic machine was freeky...it just glided...glided...and got them!!!!!
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Postby Mark-E » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:29 pm

From what I can remember I was a fairly uneasy child and found myself creeped out by things that had no right creeping me out.

Two things in particular stick out...

The first was from an old disney sing along video that took place at the haunted mansion, rather embarrassingly. Here is a video

(it's not creepy at all, by the way) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Nbc8iNbY4

The second was an old Warner Bros cartoon called "Hollywood steps out" I generally found it too unsettling as a child to even make it all the way through. Again, nowadays it doesn't seem so bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOKsb07rgms
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Postby little_chef_eva09 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:42 pm

Mark-E wrote:The first was from an old disney sing along video that took place at the haunted mansion, rather embarrassingly.


I used to be a Disney sing-a-long freak when I was a baby. I had just about every one of those imaginable! :D Anyways, my mom didn't let me watch the Haunted Mansion part when I was little - she thought it would scare me. :lol: My little brother used to be terrified of the Grim, Grinning Ghosts song from the Haunted Mansion when we went to Disney a few years back (2005). We bought the CD, and he claimed he had nightmares because of it. I loved that song!

What would be embarrassing is if you were still afraid of the video. :shock: Lol..... :D
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Postby Mark-E » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:17 pm

little_chef_eva09 wrote: What would be embarrassing is if you were still afraid of the video. :shock: Lol..... :D


Oh..err, no. Of course i'm not still afraid of it!






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Postby thedriveintheatre » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:47 am

little_chef_eva09 and al-bob: Yeah, I remembered the junkyard climax. So scary when their "master" got picked by the magnetic crane and dumped on the crushing machine. Especially the part when the toaster sacrificed himself by jumping into those crunching gears... *shudder* Freaky!

Mark-E: I've never seen Grin Grinning Ghost but I can see how it might look scary to a kid... laugh out loud! And the caricatures of Hollywood Steps Out are downright ugly and disturbing in a way... :)
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Postby Fairly Odd New Yorker » Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:17 am

little_chef_eva09 wrote: My little brother used to be terrified of the Grim, Grinning Ghosts song from the Haunted Mansion when we went to Disney a few years back (2005). We bought the CD, and he claimed he had nightmares because of it. I loved that song!


I have a Villains snowglobe that plays that tune. :lol: I love the song, but I've never heard the lyrics (if it has any)
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Postby Mark-E » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:17 am

There are the lyrics!

When the crypt goes creak,
And the tombstones quake.
Spooks come out for a swinging wake.
Happy haunts materialize,
And begin to vocalize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

Now don't close your eyes,
And don't try to hide.
Or a silly spook may sit by your side.
Shrouded in a daft disguise,
They pretend to terrorize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree,
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree.
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes,
Start to shriek and harmonize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

When you hear the knell of a requiem bell,
Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell.
Restless bones etherialize,
Rise as spooks of every size.

If you would like to join our jamboree,
There's a simple rule that's compulsory.
Mortals pay a token fee.
Rest in peace, the haunting's free.
So hurry back, we would like your company.
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Postby bright dot-dasher » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:41 am

Some random stuff on T.V. used to freak me out as a kid. Such as the Halloween episode of Lilo and Stitch, when the headless Lilo came in. And the "This is Halloween" sequence from The Nightmare Before Christmas. They don't scare me anymore, though.
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