Power Rankings: Movies That Scared Us

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As we wrap up this Halloween season, a few of us decided to share some of the movies that legitimately scared us. The movies did not have to be horror but they did need to be ones that got under our skin. I wanted to share a bit about my picks and why they “scared” me.

Deliverance will forever be a movie that chills me to the bone mainly because of this scene. Much like what Jaws did for people swimming in the ocean, Deliverance made me apprehensive about going into the woods. I wasn’t worried about Jason slashing me to death. No, I was worried about running into toothless hillbillies. This movie is also the reason The Blair Witch Project freaked me out. Was it something supernatural messing with those kids in the woods or was it some drunk rednecks looking for a good time? I remember walking to my truck late at night after seeing BWP from a friend’s house who lived out in the country and having my head on a swivel to make sure no one ran up on me.

To this day I still take dark corners slowly because of TCM and Leatherface coming around the corner smacking a guy over the head with a mallet. I know it was technically in a house and it wasn’t a dark corner, but ever since I was a kid, that’s how I imagined it. Some maniac just popping around a dark corner and smack the begeezus out of me.

“The Raft” part of Creepshow 2 mainly freaked me out as a kid because we would always swim in a tank similar to the lake the kids decided to take a dip in before they were attacked by this weird water monster. We even had a barge identical to the one in the movie. I think it was a couple of weeks before we even tried to go swimming out there again. I honestly couldn’t tell you why The Curse scared me as a kid other than I was probably young because it’s an awful movie. I just remember wanting to shut it off after one scene of people looking like they were melting like tar or something.

Let us know below what are some movies that scared you and why?

Vincent Kane:

  1. Deliverance (1972)
  2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  3. Creepshow 2 “The Raft” (1987)
  4. The Curse (1987)
  5. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Sailor Monsoon:

  1. Child’s Play (1988)
  2. Poltergeist (1982)
  3. IT (1990)
  4. Jaws (1975)
  5. The Exorcist (1973)

Mark Naff:

  1. $9.99 (2008)
  2. Raising Cain (1992)
  3. The Cardinal (1963)
  4. The Conversation (1974)
  5. Long Shot (2019)

Lee McCutcheon:

  1. Funny Games (1997)
  2. Irreversible (2002)
  3. The Witch (2015)
  4. Calibre (2018)
  5. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Author: Vincent Kane

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