I’m not much of a horror buff, but I can safely say Candyman is the scariest film I have ever seen. I was around 8 or 9 and I crept into the living room where my parents were watching it and hid behind the sofa. This was probably not one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made…The images from this film haunted my dreams throughout much of my childhood. I still can’t say ANY name in front of mirror multiple times. Come to think of it, perhaps this film is responsible for my irrational fear of bees and wasps (along with My Girl, which still upsets me).
Scream is another film that lingered in my mind for years afterwards. I watched this at a sleepover with 4 or 5 other girls when I was about 11 or 12. I remember trembling and being too freaked out to use the bathroom. I called my Mum as soon as the sun came up and got her to take me home. Stupidly, I also watched Scream 2, which also played with my mind. I felt unconformable using the bathrooms at the cinema for some time after that film. I still feel uneasy when I see people in costume, wearing that mask.
What is the scariest film you have ever seen? Is there something that has stuck in your mind, long after the credits have rolled? It may not even be considered scary or a horror, but for whatever reason, it’s one that has had an impact on you.
By Sam McCosh