Being a child of the 80's nothing scared me more than the fear of Nuclear War.. It was in the news in magazines it was everywhere. The Cold War really sucked eggs. I used to constant dreams of nuclear holocaust. Still do occasionally. We where all over exposed in the 80's..
Also, friends of my parents had a teenage son who used to make home made horror/murder movies. He was completely obsessed with horror movies. He had all kinds of horror movie paraphernalia all over his walls (including fake blood). Well, when I was about 5, he showed me one of his home made movies where he beats a guy with a shovel which scared the shit out of me. Then he pulled the shovel out of the closet. I was afraid of him after that.
Wow its like you guys were reading my mind. I was totally scared of clowns and dolls. I remember staying with an aunt who collected dolls around the time Child's Play came out. Of course she kept a cabinet full of them in the room I was sleeping in. Needless to say I didn't sleep well. Oh and those puppets from the "Land of Confusion" video. Especially the Ronald Reagan one. Damn you Genesis.
The other day my girlfriend brought up how she was scared of the boogieman from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon... I soon agreed. That thing freaked me out: oversized noggin, big red lips and a blue face... creepy stuff for us kids.
These are always interesting but no one has mentioned the one that Scared me the most as a kid. I still feel kinda weird saying this cause I like both of these movies now, but Terminator 2 and Alien probably scared me the most when I was a kid. I saw them on TV when I was about 7 or 8. I'd sit awake in my bed with a bat, the windows open, and all the doors closed, especially my closet doors. No dark spaces were allowed.
And I agree that IT is a really creepy movie and an even creepier book.
Bigfoot. I was fascinated with and at the same time horrified by Sasquatch. The thought of some big hairy monster roaming the woods sent shivers down my spine. I read all I could about it and watched any movie related to Bigfoot. This might have been a mistake. There was one movie in particular, I believe it was called Mysterious Monsters. One scene had a woman sitting on her couch in front of a big picture window. All looks normal for a bit, then suddenly you see a massive shadow pass by the window.The woman is oblivious to this, and she continues to watch TV or whatever it is she is doing. Then a huge hairy hand smashes through the window and grabs her. She struggles, and gets away.Her husband heads for the door to investigate and when he opens it, a bigfoot is standing right in front of him. To this day I will not sleep near a window.
The Exorcist scared the crap out of me as a kid and it still does. I can't watch it alone, EVER! The only movies that frighten me are ones that involve demonic possession. Speaking of which, there's a new exorcism movie coming out next month called "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." I watched the trailer today (while partially covering my eyes, of course). Also, any scary movie based on a true story scares me as well.