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I CAN ONLY re­mem­ber watch­ing three things when I was a kid that truly ter­ri­fied me: Doc­tor Who (Now: clearly men in crap rub­ber suits. Then: high-oc­tane night­mare fuel), an episode of TV se­ries The Great­est Amer­i­can Hero set in­side a haunted house (don’t get me started on ghosts) and The Nev­erend­ing Story. (The Noth­ing and Atreyu’s horse Ar­tax drown­ing in the Swamp of Sad­ness may very well be the two most messed up things to ever be put in a kids’ movie.)

As an adult it wasn’t any of the usual sus­pects – The Ex­or­cist, Rose­mary’s Baby, The Blair Witch Project – that caused me to lose sleep. Nope, that hon­our goes to weird-ass 1989 alien ab­duc­tion movie Com­mu­nion star­ring weird-ass Christo­pher Walken. So freaked out was I af­ter watch­ing it at uni back in the day that I had to go sleep in my friend Cather­ine’s dorm room for the night. (And no, it wasn’t a dodgy come on, thank you very much – un­less some girls are at­tracted to grown men ter­ri­fied of aliens? If so, holler.)

This month sees the re­lease of the fol­low-up to a movie that has well and truly scared the be­je­sus out of gen­er­a­tions of film lovers: Hal­loween. While John Car­pen­ter’s 1978 orig­i­nal may seem slightly tame by to­day’s stan­dards of gore and frights, it’s a rock solid clas­sic that has fi­nally been given the se­quel it de­serves in Hal­loween. (Yes, they both have the same ti­tle, but it’s bet­ter than “Hal­loween: Please For­get

All The Other Crap Se­quels, I’m A Re­ally

Good One”.)

What films, both ob­vi­ous and maybe slightly left-of-cen­tre, have scared the crap out of you guys? Write in and let me know. Bonus points if it in­volves aliens. Dou­ble bonus points if it in­volves Christo­pher Walken.

Yours in hid­ing un­der the doona,

... ALSOTHIS MONTH AT EM­PIRE: In­ter­viewed Ryan Gosling from the chilly main street of Mo­long, NSW af­ter an emer­gency pit­stop due to my ride break­ing down. Read all about his ride thank­fully not break­ing down in new movie First Man (page 50).

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