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Podcast 152: Remembering Your First Scary Movie

Michael Myers (Nick Castle) terrorizes teenagers in John Carpenter's "Halloween."
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Michael Myers (Nick Castle) terrorizes teenagers in John Carpenter's "Halloween."

The famous and not-so-famous recall the first films to scare them

152 Remembering Your First Scary Movie
Episode 152: Remembering Your First Scary MovieCinema Junkie pulls up an archive edition and adds some new voices as I ask people about the first film they remember scaring them. Listen to memories from horror fans and some famous horror celebrities like Guillermo Del Toro, Tony Todd, Tom Holland, and Lance Henriksen. Subscribe to the Cinema Junkie podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher.Support the podcast at kpbs.org/feedthejunkie.

Cinema Junkie asks people about the first film they remember scaring them. Listen to memories from horror fans and some famous horror celebrities.

I spoke with filmmakers like "Fright Night's" Tom Holland, monster sculptor Mike Hill, and actors Lance Henriksen (of "Near Dark") and Tony Todd (of "Candyman") at Son of Monsterpalooza about the first films that scared them. The answers ranged from "The Thing From Another World" to "Rosemary's Baby."

I also interviewed filmmakers and attendees at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival where the younger crowd tended toward choices like "The Exorcist" and "Halloween."

But whoever I asked, and wherever I interviewed people, the answers always included vivid details and distinct memories. Take a trip with me into a darkened theater to recall what films people recalled as the first ones to scare them.

This is an archive show from 2015 with a few new voices thrown in to freshen it up.

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