I didn’t scare real easily as a kid, and found humor in most horror movies. That said, when I did get scared, it was pretty bad. Certain images stay with you and can have a profound effect on your psyche. Let’s go back to a time when crapping my pants was the result of fear and not binge drinking. Here’s a look at five movie scenes that literally scared the sh*t out of me when I was younger.
1. Friday the 13th Part I – The Ending
Friday the 13th movies just aren’t scary. They’re predictable and stupid. However, the above scene really did a number on me the first time I saw it. With Jason’s mother beheaded, I had figured any “scary” parts of Friday the 13th were finished, especially with the pleasant music playing in the above scene. But no – Jason springs from the lake, horribly disfigured, and drags our protagonist into the water with him. I didn’t see this coming and it scared the hell out of me. It’s a cheap scare, but it worked.
2. Return to Oz – The Wheelers
I don’t know how Return to Oz can be considered a kids’ movie. The whole thing is dark and creepy and includes Fairuza Balk running from a headless woman and screaming severed heads. The scariest scene, though, is the appearance of the Wheelers. These bizzare creatures were unlike anything I had ever seen and I could tell right away that their intentions were bad. They may not seem so scary anymore, but when I was a kid, they were the equivalent of your girlfriend telling you she’s pregnant. Horrifying to even think about.
3. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – Large Marge
It was years before I was able to actually look at the television screen during the Large Marge scene. Today, the scene is simply funny, but back then, it resulted in many a sleepless night and checking under the bed. “Be sure and tell ’em Large Marge sent ya!”
4. The Fly – Seth Brundle’s Transformation
Cronenberg’s remake of this movie is far superior to the original, and he takes his time with Brundle’s transformation into a human-insect hybrid. We see Brundle’s strength and stamina improve, only to then see his body and mind begin to deteriorate. He loses his teeth, his fingernails, and even an ear. Not too long afterward, he’s vomiting on his food. The slow, painful transformation of Brundle from a man into a monster scared me quite a bit when I was a kid, but I’m still not sure if it was because I was scared of the monster or the transformation process itself.
5. Sleepaway Camp – The Twist Ending (clip NSFW-ish)
I saved the best (or worst?) for last. Sleepaway Camp, for about 99% of the time, is a generic slasher flick. Some of the murders are pretty creative, but nothing is particularly scary…until the end. This scene speaks for itself and scared me more than any other movie scene I have ever witnessed. The facial expression, the feral noises, and that hanging dong scarred me for life. I hooked up with a “girl” from Thailand last summer, and grabbing “her” surprise package was a luxurious sea cruise compared to having to watch this scene again.