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2009-10-29 17:00

It's not on top, it's inside
1979. My mates and I talked our way into the cinema to watch Alien (yep, the first one) – which was age-restricted 16 back in the good old apartheid days. We were 11. HR Geiger’s ominously eerie sets were bad enough. But the incubation scene where the alien rips herself out of John Hurt’s chest scared the crap out of me… until I saw the vaudeville parody of the little critter in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs a decade later.
- Miles Keylock

Nerds get scared too, y'know
I was a very sheltered kid when it came to visual media. Translation: I was a nerd who wasn’t allowed to watch TV. So when I saw the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street at the drive-in, I was so scared I couldn’t sleep for weeks due to a pathological fear of pillows. I am still not really over it, but for some reason horror movies put me to sleep.
- Jean Barker

"One, two..." Oh, no , I've wet myself
It’s got to be A Nightmare on Elm Street. I was about eight years old, and I watched it at my big sister’s house without Mom knowing. That little deuntjie, "One, two, Freddie’s coming for you. Three, four better lock your door…" ruined the innocence of nursery rhymes for me forever and, as a result, I still don’t know what happened to Humpty Dumpty. Freddie probably got him…
- Sam Brighton

Blame it on the SABC
Satan's Triangle, a made-for-TV cheapie that nearly made me wet my jammies and gave me nightmares for months. The movie’s climax, when the woman smiles evilly was the most terrifying thing I’d ever seen. Decades later, the movie still comes up in conversation. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only kid to be traumatised that Saturday night by the SABC/SAUK.
- Chris McEvoy

Clowning around

It – the movie that has left me with a life-long totally rational fear of clowns and anything with bright red fuzz attached to it. This fear even has a name: coulrophobia, so I know that I'm not alone in this. I was eight when my parents thought it would be a gas to get me and my even younger siblings from ever begging for a clown for our next birthday party ever again. Ironically, I mutated into a huge Stephen King fan at high school and just had to read the novel on which the movie's based to see if was all as scary as I remembered. Yup, clowns are devil spawn, alright.
- Shaheema Barodien

The devil made me do it!

I remember being scared witless during Days of Our Lives, when Marlena became a demon overnight. (Remember that?) I am still haunted by scenes of her floating off her bed and that freakt, terribly edited horror voice. I was only 12. Things like that shouldn't be on daytime television.
- Kele Scheppers

Gripping guts
Halloween H2O. I wasn’t big on scary movies but this was intense.  We were in high school hanging out at a friend's place. Zayaan of Parent24 was sitting next to me and none of us made a sound as we watched the slaughtering unfold before us. When Jamie Lee Curtis runs after her son (Josh Hartnett), you can see the guts hanging from the lightbulb. I will never forget that scene. I’m still not over it.
- Ulpha Edries

We've all been there. Caught in the moment when a scary movie is about to alter our grip on reality forever. 24.commers share the freaky movie moments that scarred them for life.

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