Scary Movies as Kids

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Seeing as this is an interesting topic and was an issue in our household, let’s discuss viewing horror movies as children. I know I did, from seeing the Twilight Zone movie in the theater (age 7) to watching The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Jaws when they came to television (elementary school years). Were they scary? Hell yes! I had nightmares about Freddy Krueger, used to run up the basement stairs after being down there and having to turn off the light, and refused to swim in Hawai`i for a while out of fear of sharks. I’m scarred to this day by some of them, especially the long hallway scenes of The Shining, but I absolutely love the adrenaline rush of a good scare (or creep factor) gives me.

Seeing as my daughter went from an “immune” 10-year old (laughing and ridiculing old horror movies) to an overly-frightened 11-year old (getting pissed off at being purposefully scared and crying at the slightest thing), my question is this: is it the generalized child or the specific individual? I’m told it’s because she’s 11, yet I (and many others) watched scary movies at that age and earlier. Not to mention the fact that not 6 months prior we were watching such movies regularly without so much as a peep. I’m told it’s because shes a girl, yet I have¬†many¬†female friends who grew up just like I did.

I know some friends of mine don’t watch horror movies, but I remember far more who had the same experiences I did. So, let’s hear it from the peanut gallery. What were your experiences? Did Rachel truly lose her resistance and is acting normal for her age? Or is she being overly-emotional, milking the sympathy thing, and needs to get some thicker skin?