What’s something you saw (as a kid) that gave you nightmares for a long time?

What’s something you saw (as a kid) that gave you nightmares for a long time?

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  1. My 1st grade class was right next to the pentagon (parents were mil/fed employees) during 9/11 and my mom picked me and my sister up to go back home on base. When we drove past the pentagon my sister kept babbling about beetles on the walls (she was four or five) and when I looked I just remember seeing soldiers scurrying up the non collapsed sides of the building and disappearing into the smoke. I had dreams of beetles coming out of smoke to drag me into fire for months.

  2. During the “Alien” craze in the late 80s and early 90s, seeing a mix of the War of the Worlds TV series, and a bunch of “abduction survivors'” stories on garbage TV really messed me up for a few years. Looking back, I may have had my first panic attack at a super young age because of that whole thing. I had abduction nightmares for years.

  3. The old lady across the street who would sit in her rocking chair with 380 on window seal waiting for the 🏀 to bounce in her yard so she can point it n yell.

  4. I remember seeing a commercial for a horror movie when I was younger and it featured a scene where a woman’s face was melting. It terrified me and gave me nightmares for weeks.

  5. An ad for “2001: Space Odyssey” on TV when I was 3 or 4, showing the monkey killing the… whatever that thing was, and throwing the bones in the air.

    Started crying and hid in the corner. Was absolutely scared shitless, and had an intense fear of gorillas until I was 10 or something.

  6. There was a fire on a soap opera that my mom watched (maybe Days of Our Lives?) and I came into the room while she was watching and proceeded to have nightmares about my house having a fire and losing my parents. I had to sleep on my parents floor for over a year. I was probably 6 or so. When I was 18 we had an actual fire and only me and my brother were home when it happened. Thankfully no one was hurt 🙏

  7. In 5th grade I made the mistake of watching Jaws the night before going to the beach.

    I wouldn’t go anywhere near the water that day.

    I used to also get a ton of *Tremors* related nightmares as a kid after watching that movie.

  8. When I was around 6 or 7 my family went to the funeral of our uncle, the first I had ever attended. Although she knew he wanted a closed casket, his wife insisted on a private “showing” for the family only. Had nightmares about that for quite a while.

  9. **The Day After** – pretty much messed up and entire generation in 1983. I had a friend who kept this great big joint in a box – his “end of the world joint” that he would only spark once the warheads were on the way. I remember lying in bed at night, wondering if every plane that flew over would be the one that dropped the nukes.

    It was so scary, it basically ended the Cold War.


  10. No idea the movie but the scene is a child’s bedroom. The child is in bed and the parents are trying to convince him there is nothing to be scared of. Dad opens the closet while talking to the child. 2 very large glowing eyes open in the dark closet and blink. Dad not seeing it, closes closet and leaves the bedroom. Changed my freakin life! I tried to figure out what movie this was from when I got older but came up with nothing. If anyone might know what movie please let me know. I’d love to watch this scene as an adult. Circa early ‘90’s on basic cable on the U.S.

  11. The movie Signs. Specifically the scene where they are recording a home movie and catch the feet under the fence or something. Greetings from my nightmares extraterrestrials!

  12. There was an Alford Hitchcock TV series. There was a guy in prison who was trying to escape. The guy that was supposed to help him escape was next to him so they were buried alive.

  13. A clockwork orange , when I was a kid I was allowed to rent anything that wasn’t in the curtained section so I saw a lot of movies I probably shouldn’t have.

  14. The Shining.

    I convinced my parents to let me watch it when I was 8, because I had seen the Treehouse of Horror parody. That bathtub scene fucked me up and I refused to bathe for the longest time.

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