The Films That Messed Us Up Forever

It’s that time of year—leaves are turning, pumpkins are being carved, and costumes are being prepped. But among all the usual Halloween festivities is another tradition: watching scary movies. However, if you were scarred from watching one when you were too young—or perhaps when you had Scarlet freakin’ fever—you may be sticking to just consuming candy instead.

Scaring kids can be an art, but sometimes it’s just easy. We have film ratings for a reason, after all! Though it doesn’t have to even be an R-rated movie to make a lasting impression on a young mind...or a horror movie at all.


We asked our colleagues at the offices what the first movie to truly mess them up was. And though most of the answers were obvious—not to get all generic internet clickbait on you—some of the answers may surprise you!


Let us know what you think about the traumatic experiences our pals related in the video and share your own in the comments. I’ll go first: I was six when the original Child’s Play was released, and though I did not see it, just the billboards around town were enough to give me recurring nightmares about Chucky for months. The mind is a mysterious thing...

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A Lantern of Hope

This forking movie single-leggedly instilled a lifelong fear of spiders in me. I’m fine when they are outside, but any spiders I find in my home only have a 50/50 chance of making it out alive. If they are in the kitchen or living room, I’ll do what I can to catch and release them outside, but if they are in the bathroom or my bedroom, that’s pretty much an automatic death sentence.

Sorry, eight-legged friends. I know you have good intentions, but that movie forked me up quite thoroughly.