Here’s something that I find interesting…I can watch all kinds of horror and gore in movies now. I get grossed out, sure, but it doesn’t really freak me out. The thing is, I still can’t watch the scenes that scared me really bad as a child, regardless of the fact that I can watch things that are 10 times worse now. Three of my favorite movies have scenes in them I can’t watch. In “Jaws,” I can’t watch the part where Richard Dreyfus finds that dead guy under the water. In “Poltergeist,” I can’t watch the part where the guy pulls his face off. In “Raiders of the Lost Arc,” again, I can’t watch the part where the villians’ faces melt off.
Also, “Orca” upset me pretty bad because of the part where the baby whale falls out of the dead mother. I also remember some movie called something like “Airport '77” scaring me pretty bad when I was about 4.
As I’ve gotten older, movies that really scared me are, “The Exorcist”, “Kids”, and “Blair Witch Project” made me have a panic attack in the theater but had no lasting fear.
Movies that have just depressed me/made me feel homicidal or suicidal were “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Death of a Salesman”, “Wag the Dog”, “Babe, Pig in the City” (yes, I know it’s just a movie about a pig but I found the stuff with Mickey Rooney and the monkeys ultra-depressing), “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.”