As Halloween is my favorite day of the year, I usually celebrate October by watching as many horror films as I can. A recent TV showing of a horror film I saw years ago as a kid prompted me to write this thread about horror movies that scared you when you were younger and your reactions to them now. The film I saw recently was the Canadian horror film THE GATE (1987) which I first caught on video as a kid. I remember finding this one totally scary (especially the part with the hands reaching out from under the bed to grab the kids along with the zombies of the dead workman falling out of the wall. Seeing it now, its a pleasant and entertaining film but not remotely scary. Its creepier before all hell breaks loose with creepy shots of the smoke-belching pit but Randall William Cook's stop-motion creatures are quaint (though they do move more smoothly than David Allen's stuff) but they're more cute than horrific (even the big one). The zombie workman is well designed but not well-employed beyond his first shock appearance. The visual effects are good but the rendition of hell on earth doesn't really raise any shivers. The hidden messages played backwards on heavy metal records was old stuff even back them. The super-saturated blue lighting is more MTV than atmospheric and Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson's score is not as effective as some of their individual works. Still, the three leads (including a young Stephen Dorff) are engaging and the supporting teenagers less annoying than usual. LionsGate apparently owns the rights to this one now (judging by the closed captioning info before the end credits) but I think the only R1 DVD of this is one of those budget discs in an oversized clear jewel case with artwork that once cluttered the racks of mall video and record stores. Horror films that I still find scary from my childhood, on the other hand, are HALLOWEEN, THE FOG (that closing shot...), THE HOWLING (whispers in the foggy night and that happy face sticker), THE CHANGELING (love that shot of the wheelchair at the top of the stairs that jolts Trish Van Devere)... "The Drop of Water" from BLACK SABBATH, and one I've seen more recently: GHOSTWATCH. One I've been wanting to revisit that I remember being really scared by was the TV movie DON'T GO TO SLEEP. What's yours?