Kim Tsuyuki
Arts & Entertainment Editor

We all have that one movie that absolutely traumatized us. Maybe it was a horror movie that you saw too young or something that hit a little too close to home. Some of them you can’t explain; you just know it makes you feel wrong. If you want to have a good laugh or share in our traumatizing picks with us, indulge in the list below. Some movies are pretty spooky — just in time to wrap up Halloween!

Joe Donnelly, Faculty Advisor: The Exorcist (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

“I don’t like vampires or anything Satanic, probably because The Exorcist scarred me for life (as did my formative years in a Catholic school in Ireland.).” 

Bri Wilson, Editor-In-Chief: IT (Hulu)

IT scared the LIFE out of me; Pennywise is the reason I’m horrified of clowns. I’ll never forget that balloon scene. In fact, I hate being at birthday parties that have balloons because of that movie.” 

Kristi Weyand, Executive Editor: Tusk (Hulu)

“I’ve watched a lot of f—ked up horror movies in an attempt to numb the trauma from other horror movies, but this one is objectively the worst. I don’t know how it’s even listed as a comedy. I could not hear a door creak without thinking of the horrible walrus cry for a really long time.” 

Ari Juarez, Managing Editor: Nightmare On Elm Street (HBO Max)

“My babysitter was watching it with her friends and didn’t realize I was sneaking over to watch it with them until Freddy Krueger murdered someone and I screamed.”

Dulce Martinez, News Editor: The Conjuring (Netflix)

“White people are scary.”

Emily Henderson, Asst. News Editor: Alien (Hulu)

“My dad made me watch Alien when I was six years old in order for me to “not be scared about things anymore,” but, in actuality, it did the reverse effect. Go figure.”

Abigail Sanchez, Opinions Editor: Coraline (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

“I never watched the movie in full, but I have watched the trailer. I don’t know why, but it just looked too creepy for me.”

Angelica Escobar, Asst. Opinions Editor: Child’s Play (Amazon Prime Video)

“Chucky was my childhood fear.”

Haley Vallejo, Campus Life Editor: Scream (Amazon Prime Video for $3.99)

Scream traumatized me when I was little. I couldn’t look at the ghost mask for years after I watched it.”

Kim Tsuyuki, A&E Editor: Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Amazon Prime Video for $3.99)

“I know it sounds silly, but hear me out. I went to go see this movie in theaters with my dad when I was five, and it’s the only ever movie I’ve fallen asleep to in theaters. I woke up during the scene where the were-rabbit was super up close to the screen and its beady little eyes filled up most of it. I absolutely hated it.”

Mercedes Brookins, Asst. A&E Editor: Coraline (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

Coraline definitely scarred me as a child. I don’t know if it was the button eyes or the scary other mother, but I’m pretty sure I had nightmares.”

Manny Jones, Features Editor: Saw (Peacock)

“I forget which one, but I first watched a Saw movie when I was about eight, and the violence without reason really shocked and confused me. I still find it interesting, though not quite as scary, but I wonder what was so fascinating about that game?”

Harmony Albarran, Asst. Features Editor: The Ritual (Netflix)

“I started watching this movie with a bag of peanut butter M&Ms. Halfway through, my adrenaline reached new heights and I kept crying — haven’t eaten peanut butter M&Ms since.”

Arturo Munoz, Sports Editor: The Puppet Master (Amazon Prime Video)

“When I was a kid, I saw The Puppet Master in the middle of the night randomly, and I watched the whole movie. Once I saw it all, I was afraid of toys for a while.”

Sage Amdahl, Photos Editor: Gremlins (HBO Max)

[Gremlins] scared me when I was a kid. I always thought they were gonna snatch my feet from under the bed and eat me.”

Abby Padilla, Social Media Manager: A Clockwork Orange (Hulu)

“It’s a mixture of the pure evil in Alex, the disturbing treatment, and how in the end all the effort put into him was for nothing. Visually disturbing, and the ending kinda rubs in that some people are naturally evil and will always be.”

Tanner Sherlock, Staff Writer: Jurassic Park 3 (HBO Max)

“I watched the first 20 minutes of it with my dad when I was about nine. Spoilers: a guy gets eaten and almost broken in half by a dinosaur within those 20 minutes. Had to stop watching when I started crying and my dad felt bad. Still love dinosaurs.”

Beck Beckham, Staff Writer: Hellraiser (Amazon Prime Video for @ $3.99)

“I for sure watched this way too young.”

Emily Corona, Copy Editor: Coraline (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

“A manipulative person tricking you into believing you are in a happy environment . . . then BAM!! She kidnaps your parents, and you’re actually in hell, and she is trying to steal your soul!!”

Jose Toro, Staff Writer: The Exorcist (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

The Exorcist is a scary a—s movie. The original film gave [me] many nightmares and . . . weeks without proper sleep.”

Kyra Davis, Copy Editor: Candyman (Netflix)

“I would say that this scarred me because it’s the brutality against the black body, but also the revenge for this brutality is nerve-racking. I would be afraid to look at mirrors for some time because I would be afraid that Candyman would come and get me, so I stayed away from mirrors for some time.”

Nadine SyedJefri, Copy Editor: Child’s Play (Amazon Prime Video)

“The infamous Chucky movies were never too fun for me because I was about only five when my dad made me watch Child’s Play in between Chinese horror movies with hopping vampires. Not my greatest childhood memory.”

I think we can all agree that Coraline was terrifying, especially for it looking like a kid’s movie. If you’re looking for a movie to scare you this Halloween, put one of these on! They won’t disappoint.

Featured Image Courtesy of People.

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  • Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

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