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Things that scared you as a child


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What were some things that scared you, or were used to scare you as a child?  Stories, fictional or real people, places and items?

 

 

For me it was La Lechuza 

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An old witch that could transform into an owl, but her human face would stay unchanged. She would swoop down and carry away children and people wandering out of their homes in the night. 

If you heard a child crying in the darkness it was most certainly her trying to lure you out of your home and the only way to make her go away was to offend her by screaming out vulgarities which, now looking at it as an adult is hilarious. 

"Fuck on off bird hag, and fuck your mum too!"

Ofc there was la llorona, but that's a well known legend. 

We lived in a smaller hacienda in the countryside and we were forbidden to go to the town after it rained because my grandfather told us that the dead came out after the rain because their earth beds had softened.

The reality, I learned much later, was that the small hillside on the way to the town was a dumping ground for unwanted infants which probably contributed to all the legends of witches and the luring calls. During the harder rain seasons the still, bloated bodies would wash out into the roads.

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I was fine with The Maxx, but the Isz were made manifest in my mind for decades after seeing them. 


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Otherwise I was haunted by the idea of death pretty hard. 

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It was much worse when I was younger. 

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There was this old Russian movie called Вий (Vii) which had a scene that scared the shit out of me. In this one scene the protagonist had to spend three nights in a church around the dead body and it ended up being so scary. The part at 3:14 was what gave me nightmares. 

 

Other than that, the occasional vampire. I got over my fear of the dark when I was like 10 or 11 or so. 

EDIT: At 4:40 the scene when the witch finds the priest's barrier and starts circling him is what kept me up at nights. 

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Xadem said: 

There was this old Russian movie called Вий (Vii) which had a scene that scared the shit out of me. In this one scene the protagonist had to spend three nights in a church around the dead body and it ended up being so scary. The part at 3:14 was what gave me nightmares. 

 

Other than that, the occasional vampire. I got over my fear of the dark when I was like 10 or 11 or so. 

 Holy shit this looks great 

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Oh right, I forgot the really scary one: 

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Seeing kids turn from non-religious to Christian as I was growing up I actually took as scary instead of disappointing. Kids being so malleable at young ages made it look like it was stealing their souls, which led to an early stigma towards religious media and much debate and research as they metamorphosed right in front of me. 

I'm still weird and highly uncomfortable walking into churches. 

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Lena said: 

 Holy shit this looks great 

I'm definitely biased, but Soviet cinema is some of the best I've seen. 

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Xadem said: 

 

This camera work is amazing. 

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Seeing kids turn from non-religious to Christian as I was growing up I actually took as scary instead of disappointing. Kids being so malleable at young ages made it look like it was stealing their souls, which led to an early stigma towards religious media and much debate and research as they metamorphosed right in front of me. 

I'm still weird and highly uncomfortable walking into churches. 

 That's actually pretty tragic. How hardcore Christian are we talking? And have you had a chance to see how those kids turned out as adults? 

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Xadem said: 

Seeing kids turn from non-religious to Christian as I was growing up I actually took as scary instead of disappointing. Kids being so malleable at young ages made it look like it was stealing their souls, which led to an early stigma towards religious media and much debate and research as they metamorphosed right in front of me. 

I'm still weird and highly uncomfortable walking into churches. 

That's actually pretty tragic. How hardcore Christian are we talking? And have you had a chance to see how those kids turned out as adults? 

It was a mixture, but the softer stuff scared me too conceptually. Around kindergarten and first grade was where I found it really haunting, as personalities are just forming somewhat, but the religious shift seemed a lot more jarring than just learning something in class. It really felt like walking into those buildings was somehow changing people like something out of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" or "The Stepford Wives", especially when I'd see those who once argued against them start to talk like them later on in the year. 

Around the sixth grade I spent one to two months in a Lutheran school. It was a bad time. All of this has left a very strong impression on me that, even though I see it more realistically now, is still surprisingly motivating. 

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As adults they went a number of different directions. I can't really generalize it too much, especially since the internet gave them so many outlets that were not a thing prior. A lot of them had a "breaking out" moment, their own coming out of the closet. Usually whatever thing that was repressed by their upbringing becomes a heavy part of their identity from years of allowing it to form into a fixation.

I've tried to help some people get out of the religious mindset, but even those I succeeded with had a lot of them fall right back in once I was out of range. A few rounded out to more agnostic perspectives though after enough debate and questions, but not nearly enough. 

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