8 Retro Horror Flicks Sure to Make Your Halloween Sizzle

HalloweenWatching horror movies was one of my favorite things to do every year around Halloween when I was a kid. I was mostly forbidden to see anything rated R until I was well into my teens, but I still managed to see some pretty terrifying flicks at slumber parties and at my friends' houses during sleepovers.

Each Halloween, even to this day, I still love to pull out the old VHS copies of all those movies that made my skin crawl and do it all again.

So here is a list of my top 8 movies that scared me as a kid:


The Watcher in the Woods: This movie scared me to death when I was about 5 or 6. It had long been out on video by the time I first saw it, but OMG. It was terrifying. The missing girl! The creepy mirror! The blindfold! Agh! See it. Bonus points if you Real Housewives fans can spot one of the women from the show in her very young years.

Poltergeist: This one is not NEARLY as terrifying when you become a grown-up. But wow. At 5 and 6, this movie will haunt your nightmares!

Children of the Corn: One would think a flick that was about kids killing their parents would horrify kids. After all, I would have been safe. Not so. After seeing this movie at a slumber party, I didn't sleep for three days. Good time.

Halloween: This is how a scary movie is done. It's just the right mix of terror and violence and suspense. No child under 12 should see this. Trust me.

Pet Sematary: To this day, this remains a terrifying one for me. It's the everyday horror of a man who loses his child, his wife, and his sanity. Terrifying does not even begin to cover it.

Cujo: Dog. Young boy. Mom alone. 'Nuff said.

Nightmare on Elm Street: Classic. It's still terrifying. The original is far superior to the remake.

Witchboard: This was just a slumber party silly movie that got in my head. Has anyone else seen this? Am I the only one? Cree-PAY!

What movie scared you as a kid?


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