Traumafessions :: Reader Albert F. on Night of the Living Dead, The Exorcist & The Thing

What scared me as a child most was:

1. A midnight T.V. showing of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I was 13 years old and a NOLD virgin!

2. Seeing THE EXORCIST on T.V. when I was about 7 years old. I was from a very Christian background so the devil was a constant source of horror.

3. Seeing JOHN CARPENTER’s THE THING. At 13 I thought I was beyond childhood terror. Silly boy. The scene where the fella’s head dripped off his body and grew spider’s legs… well, it stayed with me for a few nights.

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11 years ago

Dear Albert,

You should feel no shame for your 13 year-old trauma. I was around 13 when I saw Return of the Living Dead (you know, the “funny” one) and it basically put me into a fear-coma.