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 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.
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.