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Trevor Thompson
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There are several that come to mind. ALF weirded me out because he used to eat cats.

Terrahawks. That witch character was frightening.

The Incredible Hulk (live action) when he transformed into the hulk. Man, I couldn't stand it.

Return to OZ. What the hell were those Wheelers about? Freaky.

Watership Down. To this day I have not seen the whole of that film. Those rabbits getting murdered. It should have had a warning that it wasn't for kids. Terrifying!

Super Ted (yes, I know). Something about an alien being coming down and turning an ordinary Teddy Bear into a superhero freaked me out a bit.
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THE MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW (1981). I believe this film was released theatrically, but I saw if first when it was on TV. Orson Welles narrates the story of Nostradamus and his "predictions." I no longer believe that nonsense, but as a kid it put the fright in me.

THE DAY AFTER (1983). In my pre-teen to early teen years, the thought of nuclear destruction started to get to me. This is in no small part due to that Nostradamus movie.

I can't think of a great number of TV shows that frightened me as a kid, though. There are a few more films (theatrical), not counting outright horror films, that unnerved me, though.

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Sapphire and Steel. It was meant to scare. And it did. I remember one with dead animals coming out of the walls... Creepy, unsettling and weird.

There was an anthology show called Dramarama that went on a spell of doing tales under the banner of 'Spooky'. There were some terrifying ghost tales in that.

There was a children's show called Bagpuss that was supposed to be charming, benign stuff, but it began with black and white Victorian photos and something of that aspect gave me the creeps.

When the Wind Blows. An animated adaptation of a storybook by Raymond Briggs that tells of an elderly couple and the effects of nuclear fallout. It was both sad and unnerving.

There was a BBC miniseries drama called Maelstrom that I don't remember much about beyond that it was dizzyingly scary to me.

I also recall an episode of the BBC's Miss Marple series (with Joan Hickson) that scared the crap out of me. It was an adaptation of A Pocket Full of Rye and had Peter Davison in it as a guest star.






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After watching Ultra-Man daily at 4 and 5 years old with no issues, somehow Godzilla movies freaked me out at age 7. I had probably SEEN the Godzilla suit on the Ultra-Man show! 

Perhaps it was the number of monsters on screen at once...as they were generally presented one at a time on the TV series. 

I was also a King Kong fan literally as far back as I can remember, and never became afraid of his movies (...until 2005. Ha!).

It may have been Kong that got me to suck it up and sit thru a whole Godzilla movie. 


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Star Trek, "Dweller in the Dark." Scared the living crap out of me the first time (and second time) I saw. If I recall correctly, I literally watched it the first time through my fingers. That horta terrified me.
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The Singing Ringing Tree, it was a European fairy tale
type show, it had a scary dwarf, bear and fish, what
made it even more scary was that it was narrated in
English, but you could still hear the original language
on the soundtrack which made it very creepy!
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While not a kid, the post-apocalyptic movies "The Day After" (mentioned above) and the BBC movie "Threads"  scared the crap out of me.  Especially "Threads".

 
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The Sleestak from "Land of the Lost" terrified me as a child. It didn't stop me from watching though.
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Star Trek, "Dweller in the Dark." Scared the living crap out of me the first time (and second time) I saw. If I recall correctly, I literally watched it the first time through my fingers. That horta terrified me.

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Me, too. 

Also, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973). That movie scared the bejeezus out of me. Saw it on tv when I was around 7 or 8, so that would have been 1978 or 1979. I've only watched it once or twice since, and the last time was well over a decade ago. Have not seen the 2010 remake.


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Oh so many;

SALEM'S LOT- I was 14, so if that's too old strike that.
That little warrior doll from TRILOGY OF TERROR. Haven't watched it since the mid '70's, nor will I.
Balok's puppet from STAR TREK. Why did it have to be on so many of the episodes credits? WHY!?
From LOST IN SPACE, there were these silver, firehose like arms, that came off a larger machine and would float around behind then grab you.
Of course those creepy Zanti's from THE OUTER LIMITS. Large ants with human like faces, creeeepy.
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Doug, that doll from Trilogy of Terror is terrifying! Iíve not seen the episode but I looked it up. Yikes!
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When the Wind Blows. Truly sad and haunting.
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Godzilla

The Fly

Things that could potentially be real to a young mind
seemed far more threatening, so

Bigfoot documentaries

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Excellent topic, Trevor. I'm certain I'm blocking out a few key examples, but the ones that come to mind at the moment are...

Where the Red Fern Grows, both the book and the movie. Depressing as all get out. 

Star Trek: The Salt Vampire with it's parasitic sucker mouth. Flowers of any sort on that show. From Gertrude, Sulu's pet glove-plant to the Omicron Ceti spores to the thing that tried to kill Spock in the Apple. I'm certain this impression was exacerbated by the Gold Key comic "The Planet of No Return," Trek's first comic adaptation. In it, the Enterprise investigates Planet K-G (for Kelly-Green) after a crewman and a hamster (!) are converted by spores from the planet into hulking, dying plant creatures. At one point, they are acknowledge they are viewing an intelligent civilization and when set upon by rolling tumbleweeds, Kirk shouts, "Sentries! Start triggering!" One of his men says, "Good shooting, sir! You got every one of them!" The issue ends with the Enterprise circling the planet, using its phasers to burn every thing alive to ash, so they can pose no further threat. It's like the single best and worst Prime Directive/IDIC story ever... 

But it definitely made me think that Star Trek had a mad on for plants for some reason. Don't believe me? Where did their greatest foe come from...? Botany Bay. Just saying is all... 

In any case, whenever they showed up on the show, they scared me. Gertrude is terrifying. See also: Little Shop of Horrors. 

What else? There was a movie called "Monster on Campus" in which the bite of a long-thought extinct sealicant turns a student into a caveman and its blood turns a mosquito into an enormous dragonfly-monster. I did not like that at all. 

The Nosferatu-style vampire from Salem's Lot creeped me out so I didn't watch the rest of the series. 

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I was four when Salems Lot debuted. Both of my parents loved horror films so they let my sister (who is a few years older than me) and myself stay up to watch it. When the little boy was floating outside the window asking to be let in, that did it for me. I can recall running down the hall to my room and freaking the *bleep* out.

It never bothered me but my sister would get freaked out when a character would remove their face on The Six Million Dollar Man. I thought robots were cool but she apparently disagreed.


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"War of the Gargantuas" was one that got me when I was six years old back in the early seventies. We watched it on a 12 inch Black and white TV, which made it even creepier.

But seeing the Green Gargantua eat that lady and spit out her clothes. . .
I had nightmares on that one for weeks.

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Salemís Lot!


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When I was very little, it was "The Wizard of Oz."  I could not handle that witch and her initial appearance amongst fire and smoke in Munchkinland terrified me.

Also, the opening of the original "Pete's Dragon" when the redneck family sang about all the horrible things they were going to do to Pete once they found him unsettled me and I left the theater before any real action happened. I re-watched that scene as an adult, still found it unpleasant.  Just some things, I guess.
 
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Ed A. - I forgot that TWoO scared me pretty damned good too.

Brian H. - "seeing the Green Gargantua eat that lady and spit out her clothes. . ." Never saw that movie, but the same kind of creatures were in Beastmaster. Flying around, homing in on their target, wrapping their arms around him, and watching him futilely try to escape... until he was devoured. BRRR!

Also, Brian, Audrey II has been the part I've played most often on stage, so I guess we can never meet face to face. Although I don't talk like that all the time... ;)

Doug C. - They had the Balok head at the end of second season ST:TOS episodes because, damn, can that guy act!
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I would have included the African Doll from Trilogy of
Terror too, if i`d remembered it was a tv movie, that
little bugger scared the crap out of me!
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PSYCHO - for some reason, my dear, sweet grandmother thought it would be a good idea to let my brother and I watch this while she babysat one night. It wasn't. The image of Janet Leigh lying dead on the bathroom floor was burned into my mind for years and years.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON - I would imagine this one needs no explanation.

THE CHANGELING - the trailer for this movie scared me so much that I didn't even watch it until I was well into my 30s. That wheelchair scene was enough to traumatize me.

OUTERSCOPE 1 - this one didn't scare me as much as just creep me out. Those puppets were just...wrong. They still creep me out.


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Brian Rhodes: I had probably SEEN the Godzilla suit on the Ultra-Man show!

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Yup, you may have...

Jirass

The 1972 TV movie GARGOYLES scared me as a kid...

...Until the titular creatures started speaking English in the final 3rd of the film, and it became a bit silly.

(Edited to replace wiki entry with another Ultraman Link)

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Night Gallery.  Most specifically, the pilot episode where Roddy McDowell gets a lesson in ghostly revenge by the rich uncle painter he murdered, whose spectral canvas initially appears to be mere faux scheming but eventually turns out to be genuinely supernatural and deadly.
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As one of those kids who loved monsters and horror, there wasn't much that actually scared me. However, there were a few nightmare inducing moments:

Burnt Offerings (in particular that grinning chauffeur)

An episode of the original Battlestar Galactica had an insect-type race that would imprison humans in cocoon type pods to be slowly devoured by the aliens young. As a kid no older than 8, I found it horrifying

The Zuni-doll segment of Trilogy of Terror

Pretty much every vampire in Salem's Lot


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Not only as a kid. When I got my first HDTV, I looked at what was available on my cable channels. There was this Planet Earth documentary; you know, bighorns on mountain vistas, flocks of flamingos, whales broaching; that kind of thing. Not this episode. It was about these snakes that hang by their tails over the entrance to caves and try to catch bats flying in and out, their heat sensors against echolocation. Hanging snakes, twisting their bodies around trying to catch bats flapping by. In the dark. In high definition. No offense to our ophidian and chiropteran cousins, but that gave me the willies. I know my way around my house in the dark, but that night I turned on a light before going through any doorway.

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