Hello there –
This is my first traumafession (of many to come as my obsession with horror as a child was only slightly overshadowed by my intense fear of the dark) and I thought I’d start with perhaps the scariest of all entries into the horror genre – for me as a child, that is. That would be the commercial. I have always found the scary commercial to have a rather epic horror feel – because you just never know when it’s coming. They sneak up on you right and left and the only warning you usually have is some alarming music or a deep warning voice – and sometimes that’s just not enough – especially if you find yourself unable to look away.
At the age of 5, the first commercial that scared the pants off me (where I was actually aware of the title of the movie) was IT’S ALIVE. I don’t remember anything other than the image of the baby carriage with the claw hanging from it and maybe some crying and a voice telling me about the impending terror – and it scared me so much that I would avoid all commercials before bedtime just to be on the safe side – only to go to bed with the radio on and have to radio spot for the movie send me careening into a pit of fear. Great.
The next movie to cause a premature heart attack/aneurysm combo in my 6-year-old psyche was THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD. I had no idea what the hell was going on with the title or any of the images from the commercial when I was a kid, and the only vague image that I have of it to this day is what seemed to be the cross section of two legs – as if they were sawed off. I don’t know if that image is even in the movie (I just found it on You Tube and plan on watching it soon) but something about the whole feel of the commercial just scared me to death.
AUNT JOHN SEZ: No trailer available on this one, but here’s a clip:
Next we have AUDREY ROSE. As most of you who had this scare as a wee child and then saw the movie later know – this is really not a scary movie at all. It was the damn commercial! I think all of us who survived those dark days remember the scenes of her up against the window (both inside and outside) – and nothing really happens. Just a little girl who herself is really scared.
And last but not least – the piece de resistance – MAGIC. Another movie that, as it turns out, isn’t really all that scary. But man oh man; I couldn’t get that freaking dummy face image out of my head for years! Every time the lights went out that image would be there -burned in my brain – keeping me awake.
I never saw any of these movies as a kid (and still haven’t seen whether or not Peter Proud’s legs are sawed off or what), and they were all pretty humorous and/or tame when I did see them as an adult. Pretty funny.
Thanks you guys so much for this site – I am officially addicted!