When was the last time you saw a horror movie that shook you to the core?

I remember hitting the Cinema Center 8 a lot as a kid. I was only 9 years old in 1984, but I remember vividly seeing Gremlins with my buddy, Aaron, and being freaked out at those tiny little monsters wreaking havoc.

You might remember any one of the many Friday the 13th movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Halloween movies... and that brisk walk to your car at the end, with a quick peek over your shoulder to make sure a killer wasn't following you to your ride.

The 80s seems like such a great decade for horror, with such a variety of monsters and creeps. I always think of the little girl in Poltergeist getting sucked into the family television, or worse yet her poor brother, getting pulled through a window and almost eaten by a tree.

Killer cars, plants, clowns, and dolls. Zombies, vampires, and werewolves. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, and Freddy.

To this day I still move quickly to my car when I'm walking at night, and I'd be lying if I didn't say I kinda jump into my bed and car every time I get in, out of fear that those hands are going to reach out from under and pull me down.

Zombies are still my favorite type of scary movie, and Night of the Living Dead is my all-time favorite. (Return of the Living Dead might be the movie that scarred me for life, though.)

The 90s had it's own kind of scary, with so many great psychological movies. Silence of the Lambs, The Blair Witch Project, Flatliners, and Misery.

Of course, we saw an explosion of cheesy franchise movies come into existence, too. Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Saw, and the Final Destination movies got started, which featured a mixture of predictability and an overuse of CGI.

What movie do you remember that shook you to the core?

~Chris Farber / The Saturday Night Mix Tape


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