What used to scare you as a child?(197 Posts)
I was terrified after I had seen the film Jaws at school, that a shark was going to come up the plug hole in the bath or up the toilet bowl. And for ages I had nightmares about that dead body that appeared from under the rocks in the water. My Mum was that they had shown the film at school I was about nine
and easily scared. I also remember being terrified of the Triffids which was on telly when I was young. I remember my sister, who is three years younger than me chasing me round pretending to be a triffid! I still can't watch horror films.
Oops was supposed to be in chat
Pennywise the cown (It) voms a bit
The wheelers from Return to Oz scared the shit out of me
and still do
I was also scared to watch The Neverending Story be aide I thought I would never be able to stop watching it and would be stuck forever never able to do anything else
Monsters under the bed
Can't think of anything else really, my uncle used to scare me as he would always grab us roughly and tickle us with bony fingers.
I was always terrified that if my arm hung over the edge of the bed whilst I was asleep the crocodile under the bed would eat it .
No idea where that came from
I have memories of finding all sorts of childrens TV programmes disturbing: Pipkins, Krystal Tips and Alistair, The Magic Roundabout, Rainbow, The Herb Garden, Bagpuss, Mr Ben...!
Maybe it was because TV was such a rare luxury. We only got a TV when I was 5, only had three channels, black and white. And my dad had a rule that we couldn't have it on if it was light outside, unless it was raining!
Turnip - the Wizard of Oz has terrified DS1 tonight. Had to reassure him its just a film and isn't real. He was only watching the Tom & Jerry version as well.
Ha ha! Well apparently as a kid I was scared of the honey monster and a character in Rupert Bear (that twiggy thing with the long nose). As a slightly older child (and this will teach me to sneakily watch films!) the 'bed in woods' scene in American Werewolf in London creeped the crap out of me!
I used to run quickly from the light switch in to bed (from about 8) and jump the last step in to bed to avoid scary under-the-bed beasts.
and now after horror movies
And I saw jaws around the same age, I would get a sudden panicky feeling in the deep end of the swimming pool. Shudder.
And I had a cuddly one sat in top of my wardrobe too!
Hulk Hogan. My mum used to watch me (while I was asleep) backing away from him terrified. She ended up using 'magic powder' (talc) in my bedroom, sprinkling it everywhere which stopped bad dreams and it worked.
I use it for my dd3 now.
Vampires. Read Count Dracula when I was 10, think it was a short version, and I went through a phase of hanging garlic up at all the windows. Terrifying!
Love anything horror now though.
The bath plughole
The child catcher from chitty chitty bang bang scared me witless!
Also the bit in teen wolf when his eyes glow red.
War, just the notion of war was very worrying to me. I was 10 when the Falklands Conflict happened, so that just exacerbated it. I remember thinking that everyone was going to die except me and I would be just wandering around some horrible post-nuclear wasteland. Other things that tied in with that time were the assassination of John Lennon and the attempts on the Pope and Ronald Reagan. Oh and that Raymond Briggs thing, what was it called. Not The Snowman.
Also saw Chuckie when I was around the same age, very scary movie.
the demon headmaster! (90s child)
The bath plughole! Yes!! Source of creepiness... Yeuch
I used to have this really vague sense that something was waiting for me under the bed.
The feeling has never, ever, ever left me.
I am 33 years old and as far from a 'girly girl' as you can get. I am afraid of nothing and no-one and look like I'd punch your lights out soon as look you.
And yet every night -EVERY NIGHT - I have to have my feet tucked in by the duvet or I won't sleep. Even if it's 35 degrees and all I've got is a sheet, my feet have to be tucked in. If I wake up and my feet are untucked I panic and do this frantic burrowing until they're covered again.
The monsters, you see, won't get to your feet through the covers.
DH says I should just wear socks. what a twat. He knows NOTHING.
I was seriously scared of Daleks, I still shudder if I see a picture of one and I nearly ran screaming from a shopping centre a couple of years ago when there was an actual real life dalek being paraded around for some reason.
Also, there used to be an advert on TV when I was about 3 where someone was sitting at the table eating custard and an octopus came up through the floorboards and grabbed the bowl off them. I have never been able to eat custard to this day!!
Wee Willy Winky.
My mother so knew how to get me to go to bed before 8 O'Clock!
I used to see all sorts of scary things in the crinkles and patterns in the curtains that would keep me awake for ages.
I used to have recurring nightmares of the bit from the film Jason and the Argonauts, where the men have been plundering treasure and the statue guarding it suddenly comes to life. Its head turns round with an ominous creak - I can still remember it and how the image of it kept me awake, 40+ years on, yet when I see the film itself the scene is quite different to my memory . . .
i used to be so, so, so, so scared that someone was going to "take me"
this was especially bad at night when I would literally be frozen with terror underneath my duvet imagining a person standing by my bed waiting for me to move.
That bit of the beginning of Watership Down where the field gets built on and loads of rabbits suffocate, I could not get that image out of my head in bed at night.
The skeleton under the bed who would surely grab my feet if I dangled them over the edge.
The firebird - theatre company did it at my infants school and left me terrified for years after. As far as I remember if you touched it and you were a good person you were fine. But if you were a bad person it burnt you up. I came from an abusive home and by that age I was convinced I was such a bad person it was going to find me and burn me up.
Very young I was scared of the bad fairy in my dreams, so stopped sleeping. Sleep deprivation led to me hallucinating the bad fairy instead
I was also terrified of witches coming to get me and people spying on me. I used to get changed under the covers as I was convinced cctv cameras were in my room. Also that my toys were plotting to get me and would come alive at night. As a teen I was convinced a little man lived on my shoulder and hanging off by back whispering to me and plotting against me. I was also terrified people would find out I was insane and was very withdrawn.
I had loads of fears, each age of my life is marked by what the current bogeyman was. They all shared the common characteristics of constantly watching me and the fear of being punished for being such a bad person.
As an adult I was diagnosed with paranoid delusions and hallucinations. Apparently not unusual in those with upbringings like mine. And I am not as mental as I thought i was. Thankfully now all under control. I spent a large amount of my life in constant fear.
Fire alarms, bells, anything shrill and alarm like, it got slightly better when I went to secondary school and got used to the bell to change lessons.
It was because when I was 4 my dad ran into a burning house, he pulled out 3 kids and their mother. Unfortunately I was left alone on the pavement watching my daddy go into fire and thinking he was never coming back. I remember it like yesterday.
Yes, I could never have arms or legs sticking out of bed, in case of being grabbed by the ghost who haunted the bedroom (man with a floppy wide-brim hat according to my sister). Our house was blessed by the priest but I still didn't feel safe.
I saw a film called Piranha. I suspect it was a load of old rubbish (70s/80s film, can't recall it now), but it upset me and gave me nightmares.
Fork lift trucks and the big carriage in our local museum.
Entirely rational - both are clearly terrifying, I'll have you know.
Zadok is it When the Wind Blows?
Clowns and they still terrify me now. I dont trust the creepy fuckers
Daleks, The child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The witch in Wizard of Oz , Dolls, they
give gave me the creeps!
I was terrified of my parents killing me in my sleep. My first memory is of me waking up in bed in the dark, and with the door shut (always been scared of the dark), and I thought I was dead, and that they had "finally done it". I was always so anxious, thinking they were just waiting for the right time. No idea where this idea came from, I was only 3-4. By 5 I decided they maybe wasn't going to kill me, as they would have surely done it by then! :P So strange. Still scared of the dark, and of someone attacking me randomly in the dark!
Nuclear War and the sun going out - oh and gravity breaking
The video to thriller. Still scares me shitless
Oh and I cannot sleep if there is a gap in the curtains or the wardrobe doors aren't shut properly. <<mard arse>>
Ghosts, I wouldn't enter a room without a light being on because there were ghosts hiding somewhere in the dark.
those flying wizard of oz monkies <shudder> and also a tree outside my window was a monster obviously , I loved Doctor who but davros scared me witless , and i was allowed to watch hammer house of horror with my nana I mustve been about 8 or 9 when it was on, bloody hell that scared me but it was ok cos under the covers keeps monsters and ghosties away
Mummies. My brother wanted to go to see them at the British Museum and my parents took me in there despite absolute screaming hysterics and begging to be taken out.
If you go and see the Mummies at the British Museum you can see how that would be terrifying for a child that age.
I was frighten of going upstairs on my own after that until I was about 11. I know that sounds really extreme but it was terrifying.
I think I saw several scary films on TV when I was too young to cope with them, that is, about 13 : The Birds - the bit where they find a farmer with his eyes pecked out. Let's Kill Uncle - where the children try to kill their uncle with a tarantula, and a TV series where someone is held down under bath water and drowned. I used to feel fear when I walked into our bathroom for ages. I thought there would be a body under the water.
I never realised how much the Daleks scared me until my ds got his first talking Dalek. The sound seemed to trigger a buried fear in me and it took me ages to get used to it.
Apart from scary TV stuff, I worried a lot about my mum as it was a time of terrorist attacks on London (1970s) and she used to go shopping after work at lunchtime and I worried that she'd get blown up. I used to go and meet her if it was school holidays so that if she died I'd hopefully die too, but I never told her that. Sadly she died of cancer when I was a teenager so I feel like I worried about the wrong thing.
Nuclear war, emu, the singing ringing tree.
Everything!! Really... I was a scaredy cat
Oh yes, and I used to worry about going upstairs to the toilet at my gps' house after dark as it was rather dark and also you had to walk past the door to the cellar in the hall and things come out of cellars and attack you, as everyone knows.
Turniptwirl, the wheelers were the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread, they are the scariest thing ever!! Even now, at the age of 33, I can't watch them!
Films that were more 'real' scared me. Jaws was clearly fake
even though my big sister tried to scare me by making me watch it but when i woke up snuggled up to my mum on the sofa and she was watching the posieden (??) adventure (or whatever its called) it gave me nightmares for months.
My horrid recurring dreams scared me.
And the worst - night time fears that my parents would die, or that the house would catch fire. I moved bedrooms aged 9 so i could have a room (much much smaller) with an easier escape route.
The dark when I was little. My door had to be left exactly the right amount open with just the right sized 'carrot' of hall light on the ceiling.
Oddly, when I was older, everything had to be pitch black and I'd happily walk a friend to meet her mum up a very very dark drive and walk back on my own.
Cybermen, anything to do with brains and skulls.
I still hate skulls in on clothes!
I was really scared of one panel in the Tintin story the Seven Crystal Balls - the one where the Inca mummy is climbing in the window of the explorers.
OMG I've just found the image that terrified me: http://nekkonezumi.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/rascar-capac.jpg
Oh yes couldn't have a gap in the curtains and wardrode and bedroom doors firmly shut!! I was also scared of being 'found out' as if i was some sort of imposter.
Clicky link nekkonezumi.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/rascar-capac.jpg
Anyway I was petrified that something like that would climb through our windows. I got it a bit mixed up with a werewolf from Scooby Doo who similarly climbed through a window and that also freaked me out.
In vain my parents pointed out that we had iron bars on our windows so nothing could get in - of course bars wouldn't stop an Inca mummy/werewolf for a second!
nothing. as an adult absolutely loads.
nothing. as an adult absolutely loads.
That ending of The Simpsons episode where Mr Burns is reunited with his bear Bobo. I hated the dramatic music and his robot legs as he was running, ergghh!
Oh!! Another one. I ws an avid reader and my poor mum used to strugglevto find enough suitable books for me. She bought me one called 'The Scarecrows' which although a childs book, i still find incredibly sinister and terrifying!! I think i was about 10 and reading well beyond my age.
The bohemian rhapsody video. The bit with the flying heads.
Wind- we were really affected by the 1987 hurricane and for years afterwards I would watch the trees outside for particularly active leaf movement. Honestly it was like Armageddon, an isolated farm house on top of a hill surrounded by trees that toppled one after another!
Also balloons, still don't like the rubbery, unexpectedly banging little buggers!
Balloons. But not the nice, shiny ones - the ones that have gone down a bit and are sort of wrinkly. It's now a phobia and I completely freak out if there's one in the room because obviously it's going to jump at me and touch me.
Dolls - creepy proper-faced dolls, like the porcelaine ones (baby dolls and Barbies are fine). I had a clown doll with a porcelaine face, it sat facing my bed. Every night after lights-out I'd creep out of bed and build a fort around the fucking thing, piles of books with things like lego bricks piled on top so if it decided to move in the night and try to get me, it would knock everything over and wake me up.
I was also weirdly terrified of holes. I had a recurring dream where huge bubbles were chasing me, they had holes in but hadn't burst, they were just big shiny bubbles with gaping holes in them.
That's just the tip of the iceberg though really, was a very fearful child. Guns as they were always around in case of intruders, farm machinery, we would have an accident pretty much every year, fires, ditto, lost count of the times I rang 999 with some drama or another!
The Carry On Screaming film would give me nightmares.
Pylons. Still don't like them!!
Pretty much everything. I'm now diagnosed with a handful of mental health conditions, so it's unsurprising really...
The dark (still sleep with a lamp on)
Someone coming to kill me; for months I slept on the floor of my room, because then when someone came to kill me, I'd hear them stab the bed because they wouldn't know I was on the floor....
Someone coming to take my face, after having listened to the Return To Oz tape. <shiver>
Afraid that I would make bad things happen / that I caused bad things. Everything from family deaths to natural disasters.
Vampires. I used to go to bed fully clothed, including a polo neck and a hat, so they couldn't get me.
Fire, and the house burning down. This carried on for years. After one major anxiety episode, my parents installed a fire alarm in my bedroom. I kept a 'fire bag' packed ready in case I had to jump out of the window.
And after hearing that stupid fucking killer dolly story, I developed a fear of a beautiful musical doll my aunt had given me. It was wrapped in two carrier bags, put in the freezer, which was then locked, and then the door to the room where the freezer stood was also locked as well.
The wheelers, the childcatcher, that Ghostwatch programme / hoax that was on BBC1 in 1993, 'Charley Says' child safety adverts in the 80's, motorbikes. These things still scare me now!
The Wicked Witch of the West. Used to have nightmares about her all the time.
The 'Don't Die of Ignorance' advertising campaign for AIDS in the early eighties, i was born in 79 so quite young. My mum had to tell me about sex and also took me to see the HV who explained what AIDS was because I was so scared I was going to catch it.
I watched IT at 9, bathrooms, sewers etc. Though I wasn't afraid of the clown really, more scared that blood would start coming out the plug.
Oh and an irrational fear of snakes, not saying that fearing snakes is irrational but my fear certainly is. I can't look at pictures of snakes, if they are on tv I will cover my eyes until DP tells me it is safe, and even if I don't actually see it the thought of snakes will make me pull my feet off the ground, and I can't put them back for at least 30 minutes. In fact just typing this made me pull me feet up. I live in New Zealand, there are no snakes here.
Hmmm - the same as you actually. Triffids were terrifying!
But my immediate though was 'wolves'. They were my very young fear - 6/7 yo or so. Actually could have been younger. I need to ask DM to be sure. She drew a cool cartoon that changed my mind about them and then they were my friends.
There was a picture in a Krystal Tips book I had that scared me. I can't remember exactly, but it did - it might have been a face in a house.
Patchouli - yes! It was the shadow of the folds of the curtain against the windowsill that I thought were wolf ears.
elvisola - fucking hell! What an awesome bloke, but poor you!
And I was another bed vaulter.
God and judgment day
Stripey flying things like wasps
The dog dying
The wurzels singing about their combine harvester - dunno why?
Omg yes to the Wheelers from Return to Oz (in fact the whole film terrified me!)
DS 10months has started crawling with a plastic ball (the wee ones from his ball pool) in each hand........felt an involuntary shudder when I first saw him do it and then realised it was cos he looked like a Wheeler!
monsters under the bed. scorpions in my slippers (I lived abroad where they were rife).
The Theme Tune to Picture Box used to scare the living shite out of me ...oh and Michael Bentine's Potty Time used to terrify me to but I have no idea why!
Thunder and lightning (still terrified of it)
The clown from IT
Vincent from the beauty and the beast series
The wimpy man
Street performers, particularly the robot men.
Anyone dressed in fancy dress costumes.
Having my toenails cut
I was a scaredy cat!
I remember a girl being snatched from her caravan when I was about 8 (so mid 80's) and had nightmares for months after about my 3 year old brother being kidnapped from a toy shop and me not being able to save him!
The child catcher, monsters under the bed, the witches who flew around on 31 October!
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I was really, really scared of tree roots. If we had to walk past a tree with exposed roots I was terrified, especially when they had done that thing where the tree was planted years and years ago and had eventually caused the pavement to crack upwards <shudder> (this is probably, come to think of it, the root cause of my revulsion about cracks and holes!)
I was convinced for some reason that trees had the ability if they wanted to to grab your ankles with their roots and pull you under the ground. I can't remember when I grew out of it, but I'm fine now.
Unless there's a massive tree with really big strong looking roots on display
My dad once tried to cure me of this phobia by taking me to a wood and hiding Thanks Dad.
Also public toilets and unfamiliar toilets in general - still feel jumpy in horrible grungy ones. Not sure what I am/was scared of. This I didn't grow out of until I started drinking alcohol and then I was a combination of drunk/needing to pee so much I didn't care
Hiddenhome I feel so sad for you. I am a foster mum and pray that the little girl I have long term never feels that when she grows up.
Walking up the stairs at night thinking they'd turn into gloop and Freddy Kruger would get me from the front door and looking out the kitchen window in the dark.
I'm still scared walking up the stairs at night. I have to do a double step at a time, a bit harder now with SPD!
The Incredible Hulk TV show, just when he would get angry and turn green, it really got me twitching and I'd hide behind my fingers , weird eh?
I would hate going upstairs, convinced something was going to get me.
There was a film in the early/mid 80s (I think) where a man in a coma made all sorts of disasters occur. That freaked me out for years.
About the same time we would watch Hammer House of Horrors, Nightmare on Elm St etc when we stayed at Nans, which was scary enough, but she had one of those Blue Lady pictures at the top of the landing which just looked so evil.
I hate horror films.
Cybermen, the sound of them marching still scares me. My DD1 is scared of squirrels, apparently one hid under her bed with a plan to steal Baba, her bear. She is now in her 20's and still pales at a photo of one.
I remember watching an episode of Bergerac with my mum with a mysterious red hooded figure and for nights I laid in my bed frozen in terror that it would get me.
Also terrified that if I went on a beach, a shark woukd get me.
But the most frightened I've ever been was when my mum told me she was going to die and I was going to live with my uncle and aunt. I still regularly dream I'm a child again with no control over my life and it's horrible.
The cyber men
The storm troopers
The child catcher
Pretty much all of Return to Oz but especially the wheelers
And two odd ones. This The Sandman urgh! Creepiest animation ever.
And a Czech(I think) version of Alice in Wonderland called Alice that used stop animation to create a dead stuffed rabbit leaking sawdust as the white rabbit. This was on on a Sunday afternoon for kids to watch. WTF?!
I think there must be something about puppets though because DS1 watched an episode of Midsomer Murders when he was about ten and couldn't sleep for two months. It had Punch and Judy in it
The Boy from Space. This last one particularly terrifying.
Quick sand. I always believed it was a huge problem for me...living in south London. I'm 22 now and have still never seen real life quick sand.
Yy to the monsters under your bed that will grab your feet if they dangle down.
A babysitter that would pretend she was a witch. I would walk around the room pressed up against the wall so I didn't have to go near her.
Escalators - specifically getting body parts caught.
I was always afraid someone would kidnap me. Maybe my parents overdid the whole stranger danger thing.
I think I spent most of my childhood petrified
Oh god and the girl from the moomins
Brown and a certain smell. Shudder..... When I was younger we were playing in the waste ground behind my house and the three little boys we were playing with told us they had found a body and shudder they dragged us to look. I saw brown clothes and this horrible smell.....It turned to be a shop makiain and the smell was flowers mixed with dog poo but scared me for years. Still hate brown.
Monsters or baddies under the bed.
The long, dark journey from my bed to my parents' when I'd had a nightmare and the fear that a ghost or something would grab me en route!
The fear of my cats dying. I used to have upsetting nightmares - first I'd get one about my sister dying, which was sad and scary. The one about my Mum dying, which was even more sad and scary. Then one about the cats dying, which upset me so much I'd wake up sobbing. My Mum was very patient about my priorities when I ran into her room crying!
Ghosts. There was a series, grown up TV, with paranormal detectives - think Joanna Lumley was in it? - where there was a ghost on an abandoned underground station who whistled 'Pack up your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag' that worried me for years.
Spontaneous human combustion - I'd seen that picture of someone where only their ankles and shoes were left in a magazine.
Cybermen and Daleks. I jumped six feet in the air when they brought cybermen back to new Who (dh laughed himself silly, the git - he'd spotted a glimpse of the feet earlier in the programme so was prepared).
Clowns. Think I'd seen an ad for a horror movie with an evil clown.
The Amityville horror - read about it in one of my mum's women's magazines. eek. eek. eekety eek - NOT suitable for children.
Yes, to quick sand! I think there was an episode of the A Team where they were sinking in it and it petrified me.
I am still afraid of a hand coming out from under the bed to grab my ankles. Really wish I hadn't watched that episode of Luther a few weeks ago!
I am also still scared of the dark. I woke my own son up in the middle if the night when he was about 14 crying hysterically and clutching the bottom of his quilt because the electric had gone off and my DH had gone out. When DH came home he had forgotten his keys and had to get a ladder and climb in through an upstairs window because I was literally too scared to walk down the stairs and open the door for him in the dark.
I could punch myself I'm so pathetic!
When I was about 7 I developed this terror of a toy I had been given: it was a sort of metal egg-shaped head attached to a retractable folded piece of wood which sprang out at you.
Looking back now I can't imagine why I was so scared: it was totally innocuous. But I was so scared I went to great lengths to prevent my mother going to the back reaches of the toy cupboard where it was stored.
Then later when I was about 11, at the height of he Cold War, I became (not so irrationally) terrified of a nuclear war breaking out -- to the point that I avoided watching news bulletins.
DR Who, especially the one in the London Underground (thousands of years ago... I am old) can't remember if it was cybermen or yeti's but it scared me enough to send me behind the sofa.
Oscar the trash monster from Sesame Street.
A friend of my parents' when he babysat and I was in bed (unfounded).
ET's hand appearing round the door frame like in the film.
Alligator coming out of the toilet, like the film Alligator.
Spiders, flies, dandelion clocks <wimp>
Spontaneous human combustion but it's not real and as my mum says usually caused by someone smoking and falling asleep with lighted cigarette. Didn't like to tell her I read up on it as part of my plan of if you know about it you can't be scared. Didn't work even now....
Alice In Wonderland
It still does
I was scared of everything. I didn't sleep through the night properly until I was eleven - I used to lie awake until my mum was asleep, then turn my bedside light on and read until the sun came up.
I was a very well-read child!
Wow, armadillo, you poor thing. Very moving post. I bet no-one in the theatre company had any idea their work would have that effect.
And Elvis - your father was a hero, but I can see how watching him go into a burning house must have been terrifying.
I was about 4 or 5 when my dad let me watch jaws
surprisingly not one of his worst parenting fails I remember being petrified at night of sharks coming out of the floor. So much so that I would go to the toilet at night without stepping on the floor.
And Ralph, that's heart-breaking. Did you end up living with your aunt and uncle?
Beards,Punks and people dressed up in full costumes (mickey mouse etc)
I still dont like masks of any description.
I did get to the bottom of the 'punk' fear though, When I was a Baby my
dM and her friends were punk (coloured hair,shaved,mohichans, peircings etc) they were glue sniffers and used my mums flat as their glue den. I was really badly with the fumes from the glue and was taken away by social services and the police, I was in hospital for 6 weeks while a big court case was going on. I believe thats where my punk fear came in. I remember small things like graffiti on the walls and tv's being thrown
When I was a toddler I used to dream about toilets chasing me with their lids snapping open & shut!
Also I was terrified of diggers.
And fireworks because I thought they would land on my head...
Then age 10 I nearly got struck by lightning so was terrified of it after that.
My brother's entire childhood goal was keeping me in a permanent state of fright.
He told me about faces coming up through the kitchen tiles, of the dead that were buried beneath our house.
He would alarm me by saying there had been a nuclear attack and I'd have to block all windows, doors and even plugs to stop the radiation from killing us by melting our skin.
He informed me of tales of the Bermuda Triangle, vampire bats and Easter island.
If we ever saw anything scary on tv/films he'd gentle inform me that the monster will be in my wardrobe that night.
Amongst other things, what scared me most was when he'd zombie attack me. He'd turn of the lights and come for me doing a zombie moan. Oh, and I suffer from claustrophobia as result from him wrapping me tightly in a quilt and putting pillows over my face, whilst singing "suffocation!"
I'd like to add a disclaimer that he is now 37, very charming and sensible. But doesn't have children.
Showing my age now, but I had to run out of the room when the video for 'Another Brick in the Wall' by Pink Floyd was on TOTP - walking hammers and teachers feeding kids into a mincer! Sapphire and Steele was also pretty creepy - anyone remember the episode with the man with no face?
I was a scardey cat but, I think with good reason. Seems inappropriate films caused a lot if it. Thanks mother video ratings are there for a reason you know.
I watched a film where someone drilled a hole in the ceiling and covered the sleeping person in syrupy gloop then sent a plague of locusts down to eat the person. I was terrified of any round marks on the ceiling.
Freddie - relative used to sing the song outside my door when I went to bed. One two Freddie's coming for you.
IT -still hate bastarding clowns to this day. Also china clowns - peroit aaaagh!
Chuckie - enough said.
Ear wigs - saw a film where someone put a helmet on and they crawled in and ate his ear insides. Still to this day hate slaters as they remind me.
Foot grabbing monsters under the bed - still a threat even as a grown up they can get you!
Walking down dark hallways or upstairs - obviously there is someone waiting to grab you.
I break down crying and have a panic if someone touches my neck - not sure where that came from.
I don't know if these things ever truly leave you.
Sorry didn't mean it to be so long. Actually quite therapeutic getting that all out.
A bulldog coming out of the toilet and biting my bum when I was on it. Years later, as an adult I visited a friend, she had a white ceramic bulldog on her toilet cistern .
Loads of weird ones.
That orange flying jigsaw piece off Jigsaw. I didn't like it's face.
Old victorian style public loos, the sort where the cistern is high up and you have to pull a chain to flush.
The man on sesame street who used to always fall down the stairs carrying a load of pies.
The number 9 on my Grandma's bedroom clock. Every other number was ok
Urgh! Just remembered two more. The box of delights intro and griselda from terrahawks. Who the fuck comes up with this stuff and then packages it for kids?
Another one - the crucifix on the wall above my bed when I stayed at my Grandmother's house. Very realistic depiction of suffering/nails.
The dark ad noises in the night
Big dogs off leads (still scare me)
The bogey man
I had the safest most harmless childhood and am sorry some of you had real life stuff to be scared of.
Just remembered another one. There was a children's programme about some dolls who lived in a doll's house. I think the name was Tottie but I might be wrong.
Anyway one of the dolls was called Birdie and she was made of wax, so of course they thought let's show her get too close to a naked flame and melt. I still remember sitting there in shock at her horrible death.
I can remember learning in Year 6 about the World, Space, asteroids etc.
Two things stick in my mind particularly. One was someone asking what would happen if the World stopped turning. The answer was that the whole World would implode and end. I spent the next few years terrified of any sign of this happening.
The second was discussion around Asteroids. We were told that a large asteroid landing in the Sea would release a huge wave that would wipe out anyone on the coast close enough. Ever since I have been terrified of tidal waves.
I thought the Box of Delights programme itself was a little scary, too!
Another one for arms and feet not being exposed while sleeping. Also the cupboard under the stairs ( this is about 25 years before Harry potter!!!)
ben5 i still can't have my feet exposed whilst sleeping.
Another one for child catcher. Can't bear him even now and I'm 51.
The dark. Flushing the loo if I went during the night.
Witches flying around the 'little light' which was kept on because of my fear of the dark.
I always rather enjoyed the scary bits in Dr Who and found it not scary enough once Jon Pertwee and Tom baker were on.
Another one for being tucked tightly in bed to prevent limbs being chopped off by the witches. I remember it took me ages to feel safe in a duvet because of escaping limbs!
Most of all was the terror of either parent dying.
Anything to do with eyes - glowing eyes, scary eyes, eyes suddenly changing or springing open. When I was 8 or 9 I watched Judge Doom's death in Who Framed Roger Rabbit - I was so scared I went grey, shaking and throwing up
Yes to funny eyes. They still freak me out now.
Think the 'earwig in the helmet' mentioned might have been from Star Trek: Wrath of Khan , and is definitely a shuddery tv-moment.
I can't stand having any part of a limb hanging over the bed edge, am always convinced something is going to grab me. No idea what protection the invisible barrier around the bed actually provides!
Oh, and this scene from Starman (shows a baby growing suddenly into a man) still gives me the eebie jeebies, and its not even a horror!
Dr Who music, triffids, nuclear war (thanks to school showing us 'Threads'), someone breaking into our house, red wall paper in the hall, being asked to answer a maths question, standing still using the phone in case I got shot through the window (another film) being chased by the big kids from the 'rough family' (really?) 2 streets away.
No discernable basis for any of them <weird kid>
Oh and the brain eating machine in a Blake's 7 episode (#toomuchtvthanksparents)
The Witch from Chorlton & The Wheelies.
Flushing the chain - I thought it would release creatures from under the toilet who would chase me down the stairs. No idea how I didn't break my neck falling down the stairs - I used to fly down them like a maniac!
The Stepmother as the old woman with the apple in Disney Snow White. Dsis and I used to play this and bite an apple and pretend to be Snow White quite often.
I was scared of the most random things as a kid. Like mirrors (think i accidentally saw some sort of horror where they were like a portal for the dead?), clowns and dolls, and whales (good job there's not many in yorkshire..).
But bless my brother, hes older than me and can remember plain as day, the night he came into my room as i was scared of something. I was about 6, he would have been 11. He sat with me and explained in great detail how my duvet was magical, and nothing scary could ever possibly get through a magical duvet! I was totally convinced and never felt scared in bed again. Still partly
totally believe in the magic duvet.......
Bagpuss. Hated it. I still get the creeps if I see it now. I also saw a Nightmare on Elm Street at 10 and just thought it was funny. But Bagpuss freaks me out.
Well dreams about house fires did it for me. Also as a kid at primary school I read a book on nuclear physics and then had a few nightmares about nuclear warfare.
I dreamed that my house was the only one left standing after a nuclear attack on my home town and in the dream I was unable to build a fallout shelter. The best bit is that in the dream I did recall correctly how to build one out of household objects like dinning tables and heavy objects.
The pink panther theme tune! Actually, it still scares me. <shudders>
Oh, i was also terrified by the riddlers! Freaky puppet bastards! Still cant watch the opening credits to this day.....
Was also terrified of Jaws
still am. Can remember my DM saying 'there are cameras right there, it's not real' etc. still gave me nightmares!
Also just remembered a late 80's/maybe 90's kids TV programme called Moondial - scared the bejesus out of me!!
I loved the moon dial series...... Don't get me on the horrible Roald Dahl books. I'm dyslexic and when I read it becomes very visual. His books are too scary and not suitable for children. Dyslexia is a gift which some lucky people get but Roald Dahl books are awful. Give me the pictures ginger ale and famous five any day. Thinkthe twits were too scary and remember being scared of them but not as bad as the colour brown. (see previous answer)
I loved the Roald Dhal books as a kid, still do but I had the audio books of the witches and the magic finger....they terrified me in a way the books didn't.
I loved moondial too, it was a bit scary.
The witch in Chorlton and the Wheelies. Have just googled her and know why!!! 😱
I was terrified of the dark (I still am) and I used to think that there were wolves under my bed and in the ironing hamper at the top of the stairs. I have no idea why I thought that. I also used to make my mum fast forward the part in Snow White where the queen turns into the old witch.
if you went to school in the 70s or 80s they used to show you these fucking TERRIFYING public safety videos.
this one in particular scared the bejesus out of me. Was about six when they made us watch this
roadworks (men digging big holes I could fall down) [random]
Jaws for the loo
Face on my wardrobe (vivid imagination)
Men rolling big tractor tyres at me ( recurrent dream)
Men rolling beer barrels at me (another)
larosa and london I did love it, so much so that I bought the DVD years later but I still think its one of the scariest things I've ever seen, especially for a kids show! Think it was the music, and miss raven <shudders>
Another vote for the AIDS/iceberg video, and Watership Down in general. That film gave me nightmares for years. Wasn't that keen on The Dark Crystal either...
One mounted me in the school playground from the back and noone could get it off me [cringe]
big BIrd from Sesame Steetvthe way he slinked about freaked me out.
My big one I am still petrified of now, I can't type it but its a Spielberg film with Drew Barrymore in circa 1984, feel ill thinking about it.
Didn't Dahl put the twits in glue to the ceiling at the end....shudder...visually to a dyslexic its scary....mind you Ithink sometimes as children you like being scared...
I used to be terrified of flushing the toilet, I was convinced I'd get sucked in
I also couldn't sleep uncovered or dangle a limb over the edge of the bed in case the monsters got me. I still don't like either of those, although I've
mostly got over the fear of monsters.
Ooh numbum, I also remember that girl being kidnapped from a caravan in the mid-80s. I was about 7 at the time, and became terrified of having a window open at nighttime in case a kidnapper came in.
I also used to be scared of waking up in the morning and finding I'd lost the ability to speak. No idea where that came from. I used to make 'ahem' noises whenever I woke in the night to check I hadn't become mute.
Waking up in the middle of the night to find my Mum - in the middle of another episode of psychosis - sitting on the end of my bed because she thought I'd died.
And the Wheelers from the Wizard of Oz... Still can't watch that
Chucky the movie scared me.
I was scared of the toilet was paranoid something I don't know what was in the toilet when I was sitting on it
obviously pee/poo lol
Then when I flushed the toilet I'd run for the door an look back to check nothing was there or coming after me.
My mother in her infinite wisdom decided that I needed to watch this 'public information' film! I was 9 FFS!
I was severely traumatised about the threat of nuclear war for years! I had just managed to put it out of my head when we went to war with Iraq the first time and one of my teachers gave us a lecture about the chance of Saddam Hussein having nuclear weapons!
Maximillian's spinning hand blades in Disney's Black Hole. I was actually sick in the cinema I was so scared. Even today hearing the music that accompanied his arrival sends me into a panic.
I forgot but yes, quicksand I was also scared of.
I remembered a couple more: The War of the Worlds - my parents would sometimes put on the LP when we'd gone to bed and I'd hear it drifting up the stairs. Think it's phenomenal now though.
And weirdly when I was 9/10yo I was scared I was developing a hunchback, because I thought my top vertebrae were too knobbly.
Being left by my family.
I woke up alone in the middle of the night on our coach journey to the south of France in 1977. I was 6. My dm, df and brothers had gone gone to clean teeth, loo etc.
I howled so much. I knew all other passengers were getting cheesed off and one young woman, a nurse called Rachel came to talk to me and reassure me my family was coming back.
My mother denies this ever happened. Since then, I scared childhood pals because I believed that their parents,that we were waiting for, weren't coming back either - from the shop or the school gate of older siblings etc.
Dr Seuss books with their nasty characters shudder
My DC's childhood was never darkened by any green eggs or ham.
Preferthedog <shudder> at Dr Seuss.
ET. I was petrified of ET. I refused to even look at it. I was 15 when those bloody BT adverts with ET came out. It ruined TV until I forced myself to look at it and watch the film. I was well proud of myself! I still jump out of my skin if I catch an unexpected glimpse of ET. Horrible rubbery bastard.
Rottweilers (still scared now)
Ghostwatch gave me terrible nightmares.
Princess Mombi from Return to Oz. The bit where her headless body rises off the bed to chase Dorothy while all the heads in the cabinets scream is still scary.
Pylons. My mum told me they were dangerous and I really took it to heart, and there's also a creepy scene in Watership Down involving a pylon that really freaked me out.
A children's horror novel called Room 13. It involved Dracula.
The AIDS awareness adverts from the 80s
And finally...Aubergines- I thought they were heroin.
One of my earliest nightmares that I remember, was walking in the street with a vest but no knickers on.
Fears of being smothered when DB pulled the sheet over my head, being held so I couldn't move, fear of heights and the sea/deep water.
Being in the pitch black/dark, which made me feel I couldn't breathe.
The Gremlins ..... Still make me nervous now!
The villain from sleeping beauty - Maleficent (she was bat shit crazy)
Nuns. The ones in the old black and white habits.
We had a convent at the bottom of our road and they always seemed so stern and scary. Used to hear horror stories of how brutal and sadistic they were from girls who went to the convent school.
Evil in a penguin suit
Oh GOD! Ghost Watch! <<faints>>
I watched this with DP and his parents. I was 16. I had no idea it was a fucking spoof! I made it to the bit when they panned around the room then flicked back and the bloke was standing by the curtain! I had a total meltdown. I was hysterical! DFIL had to take me home to my mum! I was sooo upset! My mum was a total bitch! "FFS! Pull yourself together you silly cow!"
To this day I cannot sleep without the covers completely covering my arms and legs. Because obviously the monsters under the bed cannot get me through the duvet
The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. That scene where the children were hiding in the toy maker's house, and the Child Catcher comes with a van.
"Ice cream, cherry pie, all free today!" So they run out, go into the van and all the sides fall off to reveal they're locked in a cage and he takes off with them.
Those Wheelie things in Return to Oz as well. How was that a kids film, lol?! Wheelies, shrieking heads, and Dorothy getting electric shock treatment as they thought she was losing it as she said she'd been to a faraway land called Oz.
Oh GOD! Ghost Watch!
Wow, had forgotten all about that! Was that the one with the ghost, Pipes?!
That was scary stuff - especially as it was billed as being real if I remember correctly!
It was! Apparently is scared one bloke so much he killed himself!
Terrorists coming to kill my dad. (He is a Norn Iron policeman)
Terrified by the possibility...used to lie awake in the dark listening for footsteps
Mirrors in the dark. I remember watching something on tv when I was about 4 or 5, where the character looked in a mirror and saw a ghost in it. To this day, I still cannot look in a mirror when the lights are switched off - I might see a ghost, you see?!
Also, I was irrationally terrified of daddy long legs, moths and grasshoppers/crickets. Don't mind daddy long legs now. Moths are fine
apart from the massive hairy fuckers , but grasshoppers/crickets are still just evil and have been sent from the devil...
Mine where ET and Ronald McDonald
Stupid now and pretty tame.
Giant Haystacks the wrestler.
The talking toilet from Look who's talking.
Freddy Kruger (sp).
I can't remember the actual name of the programme but it was a sort of supernatural detective series (Sapphire and Steel?) and there was one episode where a man with no face stalked you through any photos you were in.
For years I was terrified of any smartly dressed man in a bowler type hat. Not good when you live smack bang in the middle of the Thames Valley and commute to school on the main Paddington to Reading train line...
The Toilet Monster.
If I didn't run from the loo downstairs and make it back to bed before the toilet had finished flushing and making all its noise, the toilet monster would get me and I would die
The theme tune to World in Action : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95qLDc7zwYY
Nuclear war, being kidnapped (I used to leave a trail of some sort wherever I went when I was about 5 so my parents could follow it when they discovered I was missing), asteroids, Davros, the video to Thriller and most dolls. Most of Watership Down freaked me out, though I loved all of Fantasia including the bit with the ghosts.
There are some pieces of music that scared me witless for no reason at all - I still can't listen to Nights in White Satin without shuddering.
Bizarrely, I am still to this day, at 34 years of age utterly terrified of an episode of Captain Caveman- which has a masked man haunting a film set.
I used to hide behind the sofa when it was on TV.
I found the episode on YouTube- I was going to watch it to quench the fear- and wimped out after 30 seconds
Anything to with Rabies bizarrely.. I'd watched this horrendous programme on it which freaked the hell out of me and then saw a public information film on it and that was me done for
The ghost who we were told lived in the cellars at grandad's house. We stayed there after my grandad's funeral and were so scared my sister and I wouldn't sleep alone. We ended up sharing a single bed and going to the bathroom together.
We were in our 30s at the time
Btw, the poster who linked to the 'world in action' theme-that was a good shout.
Also does anyone remember Picture Box? (Schools programme) the theme is as sinister as hell:
Leslie Neilson and the plastic dinosaurs on the dresser opposite my bed. They actually MOVED!
Watcher in the woods-Disney film about a missing girl and an eclipse.
Whippet dogs that were huge, fast and kept escaping from their garden.
When the wind blows (I think) the nuclear programme.
YY to the World In Action opening sequence. Doom-laden music and I always thought that the Leonardo "Vitruvian Man" was Jesus, which meant the whole thing took on very apocalyptic tones.
Nuclear war terrified me and (aged about eight) I took to stealing food from the kitchen and hoarding it in a suitcase under my bed, along with the "Protect and Survive" leaflet. I managed about half an hour of watching "Threads" and had to go to bed because I was crying uncontrollably. TBF even my parents were ashen-faced.
Daleks haunted my childhood nightmares. There was an incident when I was about five in which my granny walked me to a local playing field where a fete would take place later in the day. There, in the middle of the empty field in the morning mist, was a full-size DALEK. I clung to my granny's leg and became quite hysterical, thinking it would turn and spot us at any moment. It wasn't until we came back later in the day, with the fete in full swing, that we found it was one of those daleks you could get inside and trundle around in. The owners must have set it up early. Granny offered to pay for me to have a go in it, but I was still too scared.
Ghosts, things going on fire, aliens, spontaneous human combustion, asteroids hitting the earth (in particular a Nostradamus prediction about the "king of terror will come from the skies" in 1999 which didn't happen- terrified me for years though), non-specific horrible things that would happen if any part of me including my head wasn't under the duvet all night, shapes made by stuff in my room in the dark, nuclear bombs, tons of pictures in books, dead birds, dead anything really, any toy with funny looking eyes, going upstairs on my own even in the daytime, tons of other things. I was a very anxious child. I have bipolar disorder and wonder if the anxiety was a symptom of it even back then. The only one of these things I'm still scared of is the dead birds which people think is pretty odd considering some of the scary-sounding situations I deal with at work that don't bother me at all.
CharityFun - I am laughing my head off at the Dalek in the mist. And also at SpinningBird's anecdote about Captain Caveman. My best mate and I used to gauge the severity of our sore throats by saying 'Oh CAAAveeey!' and seeing if we went off the scale.
I forgot The Tripods - awesome theme but a bit scary. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIqhy95I858
My ladybird Dracual Retold book
Paradise Towers (dr who - bonnie Langford nearly gets ate by some geriatric cannibals, which in retrospect seems a good rather than a scary idea).
I was scared of the toilet flush too, had completely forgotten until I saw others mention it! I had to open the door then go back and flush so I could run out of the room quick!
I'm also another one who was freaked out by Watership Down, I vaguely remember a rabbit with a wire round it's neck?
Also Poltergeist - I begged to be able to watch it, saw about 5 mins and was traumatised. I only plucked up the courage to watch it years later!
I have to sleep inside the covers too, even when its hot; I also have to cover my ears :/ DH thinks I'm a bit odd, I'm so surprised I'm not the only one
Defo the dark crystal
the bird like dancing puppety things on labyrinth that could take their heads off and throw them around.
Ear monsters from wrath of khan, for YEARS I thought this was what an earwig was.
Oh and the ending music from the x files
Daleks--when l was young in my dreams they used to chase me alone the road from my house and l escaped down the stairs....
Now l am all grown up l am still terrified of the Daleks and l still occasionally dream about them but this time Dr Who writers have created Daleks who can fly...
I am doomed doomed ...
Did anyone else ever sit through a very realistic blood-guts-gore-and-all 'information' film about childbirth, which was shown to primary schools in the late 70s/early 80s? They didn't explain what the placenta was and I assumed the woman's insides had all been dragged out of her. She seemed happy enough at the end, even when what appeared to be a blood-soaked blue salamander was plopped on her chest.
It terrified me. I'm sure everyone in my class had children much later than the standard as a result.
Star Trek Kahn Ear Worm...tick
The Dark Crystal...tick
Fecking Bastarding Nostradamus...tick
The arm eating monster under the bed...tick
I am not ALONE! <<sighs with relief>>
Can I also add...
The Day of The Triffids
Everything else written by John Wyndham.
Disabled people <<glad I grew out of that one>>
Spiders <<never grew out of that one>>
Climbing the stairs in the dark!
edam - the Joanna Lumley psychic detectives programme was Sapphire and Steel(e?). I absolutely remember the "Pack Up Your Troubles..." one, to the point that even now (at 43!) if I hear that song, it makes me think of that episode.
There was also an episode (may be the same one?) where a man in a suit and trilby-type hat turned round to face the camera and he had no face. OMG, I can still see THAT too!!
Yes to (even now) not being able to dangle legs/arms off the side of the bed.
Yes to Threads.
Yes to the Triffids.
Cybermen though. Those buggers were the ULTIMATE EVIL. Also, they killed Adric (one of the Doctor's sidekicks, with whom I was totally utterly in love and bound to marry as soon as we met) and so deserve their own special place in HELL.
There was a scary rhyme about an undefined but definitely murderous someone gradually getting closer and closer doing the rounds at junior school. It ended with a sudden shouty bit at the end about them being right beside you or somesuch. Terrifying when you were laying in bed at night and could hear them creeping up the stairs.
YY to Cybermen also Sea Devils. Didn't paddle for years after that series of Dr Who.
Monsters under the bed who were all set to grab a stray foot or arm if they got the chance.
Doctor Who, especially Daleks
Just remembered an episode of Star Trek where a bloke they'd rescued wiped everyone's faces blank because he didn't like them laughing. That had me cacking for ages too. I really shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near 70's TV
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