Everyone remembers their first scary movie.
Mine was Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. I hadn’t heard of a vampire, and I don’t think I understood what one was after viewing the movie. Although I didn’t quite understand or remember the movie’s entire contents, I didn’t sleep that night, fearing that ghostly children would be scratching at my bedroom window, begging to be let in.
I was a first grader when I watched Salem’s Lot. And this is all I remember:
Moving boxes with unknown contents. Creepy graveyards. Darkness. Monsters. Dead-eyed, floating children. Dead kids. With fangs. Scratching on windows. Other kids. Dead ones.
That’s what makes a good scary movie for a first grader – creep factor.