Movies That Scarred Me For Life: The Complete 12 Part Series

October 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

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I don’t think there is a movie fan on the planet that doesn’t have a list like this. Movies that scarred you for life. Most people immediately think of the horror movies that kept them up at night. I’m sure statistically, horror movies make up 90% of the films that send chills up your spine when you think about them. This series was always about more than just horror films. Even Disney movies can have a lasting affect on you for all the wrong reasons. Beyond that, there are also the movies that absolutely disappoint you so much that you can’t bare to watch them again. Movies that literally anger you because you expected so much more.

Combined, this series looked at everything from Spiders to bad sequels.

Check out the entire ‘Movies That Scarred Me For Life’ Series below and be sure to comment. What movies have haunted you?

The Prologue: Polkaroo is scary too!

Black Robe

Arachnophobia

My Life

Event Horizon

Ernest Scared Stupid

Paranormal Activity

Dumb & Dumberer

Gremlins

Hostel

Darkness

The Little Mermaid

The Human Centipede

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Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Black Robe

September 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

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Movies that scarred me for life is all about the movies that keep you up at night. The horrors you just can’t seem to get out of your head. But beyond the monsters, ghosts, slashers and aliens, there are also the cringe worthy films you wish you never saw. Movies that made you wish you had the lost two hours of your life back. There are tons of ways a movie can scar you for life. This series will look at 12 of my personal favorites.

BLACK ROBE

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Black Robe…  I saved the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) for last.  When I started this 12 part series, there was never a shred of doubt in my mind that Black Robe would be at the top of the list.  It all began long ago when I was very young…

While visiting family, my parents and my aunt and uncle wanted to have a dinner sans children.  So along with my sister and 2 cousins, we were granted a ‘movie night’.  My dad and uncle went out and rented a couple videos.  It’s funny how times have changed since then.  I can’t remember the last time I went out and rented a movie.  (Thank you ‘On Demand’.)  At some point, they decided to add Black Robe to the usual cartoons and comedies.  They asked us to watch Black Robe first thinking it would be an educational experience…

I’m sure they regretted not watching it first.

There we were, 4 kids in the basement watching Black Robe and constantly wondering if there was a rating higher than ‘R’.  We decided to go with ‘Z’…  Kids don’t like movies like Black Robe!  Personally, I remember being horrified during a scene where some men are forced through a gauntlet and beaten very badly.  That memory has always stuck in my head.  I was terrified of being forced into a similar situation.  You can actually see a glimpse of that scene in the trailer above.

I don’t remember if we finished the film or not but needless to say, our parents cooked us one hell of a meal the next night to make up for it.  Since then, Black Robe has become an inside joke in my family and to this day, I haven’t seen it since…

Black Robe…

The number 1 movie that scarred me for life.

Movies That Scarred Me For Life: My Life

August 5, 2011 at 8:06 am

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Movies that scarred me for life is all about the movies that keep you up at night. The horrors you just can’t seem to get out of your head. But beyond the monsters, ghosts, slashers and aliens, there are also the cringe worthy films you wish you never saw. Movies that made you wish you had the lost two hours of your life back. There are tons of ways a movie can scar you for life. This series will look at 12 of my personal favorites.

My Life

movies that scarred me for life: My Life

I once wrote about My Life as part of my Rainy Sundays series.  It really is a great movie to enjoy on a lazy day.  However, from the moment I decide to watch this film, I get anxious.  I’m nervous because I know once the movie is over, I’ll get caught examining my own life and what’s important to me.

After certain viewings, especially when I’m already sad, it can be pretty tough to imagine going through cancer.  Michael Keaton’s ‘Bob Jones’ embarks on a very real journey and it affects me every single time I see it.  It’s strange but the feeling I get when I watch My Life is an overwhelming sense of haste.  I feel like I have to rush out and do everything I can.  In a certain sense, this is actually encouraging because the movie serves as a reminder to cherish everything you love.

The down side is when I start thinking about the people I’ve lost and those I’m afraid to lose.  This is a very real thought process that EVERYONE has and most are afraid to face.  Having a movie ignite those thoughts is usually a ticket to the bottom shelf but I try to watch it at least once every few years.  Dealing with loss isn’t easy and nobody wants to address the topic voluntarily.

For the readers who haven’t seen the film yet My Life is about a man who is diagnosed with cancer and may not live to see the birth of his child.  The film is not only about dealing with cancer but also closure, family and love.

My Life makes me sad for all the wrong reasons but in exactly the right way.  I’m no different than anyone.  I’m afraid to talk about loss and it’s even worse when I watch the movie by myself.  The rest of my day is usually a write off because I get caught in that lethargic trance that I’d normally do anything to avoid.

Watching a movie that makes you sad on purpose can be a great way to bring out the issues you’re afraid to deal with.  My Life is one of the best but I hate feeling sad.  Watching it becomes a tug of war between an entertaining and thought provoking movie and an examination of how I live my own life.

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Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Paranormal Activity

July 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

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Movies that scarred me for life is all about the movies that keep you up at night. The horrors you just can’t seem to get out of your head. But beyond the monsters, ghosts, slashers and aliens, there are also the cringe worthy films you wish you never saw. Movies that made you wish you had the lost two hours of your life back. There are tons of ways a movie can scar you for life. This series will look at 12 of my personal favorites.

Paranormal Activity

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Paranormal Activity was an indie phenomenon whether you liked the film or not.  Turning tens of thousands of dollars into millions was a remarkable feat.  The reason for the film’s success is a simple and terrifying concept executed to perfection.

I saw the original in theaters in a packed house with my girlfriend and had an absolute blast.  I can understand that some people didn’t like the movie but the way I see it, you either bought it or you didn’t.  Those that bought it ran for their lives in their own homes for months afterwards.  I happen to be very interested in ghosts and the paranormal so I was completely wrapped up in this chilling tale…  And ran for my life in my own home.

At the time, my girlfriend and I were 2 hours away from one another and I had to drive home by myself after the movie ended…

In the dark…  Alone…

It’s bad enough when you’re genuinely freaked out but if you’re a horror fan with an imagination it’s much worse.  I felt an equal balance of terror and inspiration during that drive.  Inspired by such a fascinating success story and frightened that a demon could be waiting for me when I got home.

A co-worker of mine won’t even allow the DVD in his home now.  I wouldn’t go that far but I was definitely freaked out as I drove white-knuckled down that dark highway.  I spent most of the time thinking about the infamous ‘dragging’ scene.  The rest of the drive was spent trying to forget the creepy smile pictured above.

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After the drive, I was extremely tense and nervous in my house.  It was actually pretty cool.  There aren’t many movies that make me keep the lights on.  By the time I went to bed, my imagination had taken over and I was doomed.  I remember being thankful that my bed rests against a wall.  All I could think about was my door slamming shut and an invisible demon breathing on me…  That night I slept as far away from my bedroom door as possible and left the television on for good measure.

I think about Paranormal Activity every single time I hear an odd sound at night.

“Is this the night?”

Sometimes, I let my imagination get the better of me and really, that’s what makes Paranormal Activity a great horror movie.  It’s a film that takes a life of it’s own once you leave the theater.  (If you bought it of course.) In this case, the fear of the unknown took over. Paranormal Activity is one of those rare movies that scarred me for life because it kept me coming back for more.  I was first in line for the sequel and will be for every forthcoming entry into this remarkable franchise.  Sure I was terrified that first night and had a hard time falling asleep.  The difference is, I went and saw the film a second time the very next night…

I didn’t sleep any better that night.

Never before have I had so much fun being scared in theaters.

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Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Dumb & Dumberer

July 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

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Movies that scarred me for life is all about the movies that keep you up at night.  The horrors you just can’t seem to get out of your head.  But beyond the monsters, ghosts, slashers and aliens, there are also the cringe worthy films you wish you never saw.  Movies that made you wish you had the lost two hours of your life back.  There are tons of ways a movie can scar you for life.  This series will look at 12 of my personal favorites.

Dumb & Dumberer

dumb & dumberer bad movie

The original Dumb & Dumber is pretty much my favorite comedy of all time.  It’s hard to find someone in my generation who won’t laugh at least a little if someone yells:

“You sold my dead bird to a blind kid!?”

Or…

“Why you going to the airport?  Flying somewhere?”

The movie is full of quotes that dominated a lot of conversations I’ve had with my friends over the years.  Dumb & Dumber is a classic.  Plain and simple.

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THEN CAME DUMB & DUMBERER

There have been rumors for decades that a true sequel starring Jeff Daniels & Jim Carrey would arrive someday.  Lloyd Christmas himself even talked about the possibility not too long ago.  Sadly, we got a prequel instead.  Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd…

What a complete disaster.  The film tried desperately to duplicate the magic of the first film but failed at almost every turn.  If you are a die hard Harry & Lloyd fan this movie made you cringe.  Although, I will say they did a fantastic job casting the two leads.  I really wasn’t horrified by the acting at all.  It was the story that bothered me the most…

There is a very fine line you have to walk when creating a movie that is purposely dumb.  The first movie got it right.  The second movie was frustratingly bad and tainted the memories of Sea Bass, IOUs, TurboLax and “what if he shot you in the face?” 

Did we really need an imaginary pirate in the prequel?  Did the whole thing have to hinge on a special education program so a principal can steal some cash?  The first film was all about two idiots in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Yes that was an intentional quote too.)  Having someone scheme against them bothered me especially for a paltry 100 grand.

And don’t get me started on how they treated Freda Feltcher!

dumb and dumberer when harry met lloyd

For a while I was disappointed because there was so much wasted potential but I got over it.  Some movies should be left alone and Dumb and Dumber is one of them.  I suppose exceptions can be made if the Jim, Jeff & the Farrelly brothers return.  I’m not holding my breath.

It’s hard to watch some of your favorite characters get trashed on the big screen.  I watched Dumb & Dumberer ONE TIME and I’ve been trying to ignore it’s existence ever since.  Thankfully, I can still go back and watch one of the funniest movies ever made.

dumb and dumber boy this party really died

“Boy this party really died…”

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