As an adult horror fan I have a bit of a stronger stomach than I did as a child. I’m able to parse through images with a centered awareness that keeps me sort of numb (hey – maybe this is the “desensitization” the media warned me about) to the whole thing unless I see a truly remarkable gag.
But when I was a kid there were some moments I just couldn’t get out of my head. Looking at these now, some of them feel kind of random, “why did I freak out to this?” But there’s no denying they made an impact on me anyway. Whether if it was because they were so gross I couldn’t eat for a week or because they brought me closer to understanding how quiveringly weak my own mortality was… they messed me up for a bit.
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Ugh. When poor Dale Midkiff reanimates the body of his dead wife (played by Denise Crosby) we know the outcome won’t be good. But did they have to go with the eye socket? That slimy glob of pus running out of it? I remember watching this at a friend’s house and his dad would make sound effects as it happened, “Gloop!” Parental supervision!
After our antagonists run over the bicyclist then back over head head, crushing it like a melon, they hop out to snap polaroids of his brain. Forgive me if I’m describing the scene somewhat incorrectly, I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it since I was 10 years old. Because of this scene I literally stopped eating Life cereal (I watched this on VHS during breakfast) for years.
I was at the multiplex with my parents waiting for what I’m sure was a perfectly PG movie when I snuck away and poked my head into this theater. I happened in there just in time to see a zombie munching on one of the head of one of the paramedics. I still remember that vibrant yellow rain slicker burning into my brain. Funnily enough, I thought this was a serious movie at the time.
Another film I snuck into for a few minutes. I was obviously too young to understand the marionette work Leatherface was performing with that body, but the way everything goes wobbly and herky-jerky when he grabs that chainsaw freaked me the f*ck out.
Perhaps the most mainstream film on this list, I couldn’t wait until this hit Blockbuster because my parents were actually gonna let me rent it. I still had to close my eyes during the surf punk kill, particularly when one of them gets the center strip of his scalp peeled back.