My first “scary movie” experience that traumatized me for years was Stephen King’s IT in 1990, which means I would’ve been 7-years-old at that time. I hated clowns for years because of that nightmare called Pennywise.
Colorful clown dolls, I’d hide them at the bottom of my toy chest. Trips to the circus and carnivals, I’d avoid contact with them at any cost. If it was clown-related, count me out.
Thankfully, I’ve overcome my fear of clowns. I even made it through Field of Screams Haunted Hayride without having one nightmare.
I have yet to see the 2017 remake, but maybe I’ll be able to fit it into my schedule somewhere between now and Halloween. I just hope it doesn’t awaken that childhood fear.
What follows is a Top 10 list of my favorite Halloween movies, from the scariest to PG-rated favorites.
- Halloween (1978)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
- The Ring
- The Shining
- Carrie (1976)
- Hocus Pocus
- The Nightmare Before Christmas