Just like how every neighborhood has a creepy house, we all have those one or two movies that we watched at maybe too young of an age. I started out in the horror world very young and to this day, I don't regret any of it. I decided to look back on the horror movies that I had viewed as a young child. These are the ones that come to mind and revive many grand, yet unnerving memories.
This M. Night Shyamalan film is the very first horror/suspense/thriller I had ever seen. Let me start off by saying that horror movies about aliens freak me out. Having seen this around the age of 5 or 6, I have been terrified of cornfields ever since. Growing up in a suburban area filled with nice neighbors, cool places to hangout, etc., we also had our fair share of cornfields. This movie turned into something I would watch with friends that lived next door. We enjoyed scaring each other and so we began investing our time into other horror films.
2. Stay Alive
This was back when PlayStation 2 was a big deal. This was another movie that I would watch with my friends. This was around the time when we would play games like Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, etc. I guess the movie made it very appealing to play video games and try not to die. Either way, this movie definitely gave my friends and I something to worry about whenever we went to bed that night.
3. Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers
I distinctly remember seeing this movie for the first time back when I was nine years old. It was on Halloween after I had finished trick 'r treating. I was sitting in the living room with my friends and for some reason, their parents thought it would be fine to turn on Halloween 5. Why did they do this? I have no idea. In conclusion, I witnessed my first Halloween kill that night. That specific kill would be Sam played by Tamara Glynn. She wore the red devil costume and was killed in the barn. After that moment, I went into the other room and continued counting my candy from that point until my mom picked me up, too terrified to continue watching the rest.
4. The Sixth Sense
My dad personally sat me down to watch this movie with him, however, within the first five minutes, I was out. The scene where the doctors patient has broken into the house and is in the bathroom really made me feel uneasy and on edge. I didn't watch the movie fully until a year later when my fear had subsided.
5. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
I specifically remember watching the opening church scene of this film with my dad. I was maybe 11 years old when I watched this and I was hooked from the beginning. By this point, I was more interested in how a movie can make someone feel the way they do when watching horror films. That night my dad took me to Family Video and let me rent the first film so I could get caught up, further fueling my love of the genre.