Even the masters get a little spooked sometimes... at least when they were younger. In a spot for Eli Roth’s History of Horror on AMC, some of the biggest names in the horror genre, like Stephen King and Joe Dante, recount what films freaked them out when they were kids.
For the older generation like King's, classics like The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Birds, and The Mummy (the Boris Karloff one, not the Brendan Fraser one) sent a chill up their spines. While almost laughable by today's standards, these iconic features helped set the stage for the way we scare ourselves silly today through the medium of film.
"The girl in the white bathing suit," King says in the video, referencing Julie Adams' character from Black Lagoon. "The creature's right below her, reaching up and not quite touching her foot, and I'm going ewwwwww, you know?"
For the younger filmmakers working today (e.g. Roth), it was The Exorcist, Jaws, and Poltergeist that really got their goats. The sheery amount of profanity and graphic images found in these films certainly upped the ante from what had come before.
"The Exorcist is the movie that traumatized me like no other," Roth states in a sit-down with Slash of Guns N' Roses. "And then my parents were like, 'You're Jewish. We're fine. We have to worry about dybbuks.' I was like, 'What's a dybbuk? I'm not worried about a dybbuk.' I was like, 'I'll be the exception.' I swore I was gonna get possessed."
The promo also features testimonials from Sara Paxton, Diablo Cody, Leonard Maltin, Rob Zombie, Lil Rel Howery, and more.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror premieres on AMC Sunday, Oct. 14, at midnightt/11c.