Kids See Their First Scary Movie At Age 10
Your 4th grader might be watching "Scream" this week.
Only 46 percent of us think we could survive as a character in a scary movie, but we're quick to let 10-year olds watch and weigh in. Are we nuts?
Growing up, I didn't want to go downstairs to the basement of our house for about three years after seeing Halloween and I think I'm still a little messed up because of it. I couldn't get the lights on fast enough back then, and I'm still not a fan of the dark. Or chainsaws. Or Freddy Krueger's creepy razor-gloved hand as it carves up victims in their dreams.
The most common horror movies people watch before the age of 18 include "The Exorcist,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Halloween,” according to the NY Post.
The average age that kids see their first scary movie is 10. If we saw a horror flick at a young age we most likely had the jitters for a few weeks afterward, and 52 percent of us say the effects linger as an adult. It's hard to shake visions of a guy getting tossed like a rag doll onto dangerous electrical circuits until his face melts off. Those scenes take forever! Gross. And strangely-fascinating, but mostly gross.
My kids are 11, 9, and almost 8, and they have yet to see a true horror film. They've seen "Stranger Things" and "Once Upon a Time" where odd and sometimes freaky things happen, but they've never watched something that's been so gross and/or frightening that they didn't feel like eating popcorn. For them to watch a scary movie, it would probably mean I'd have to watch with them, and Mama don't play like that. I'm still too freaked out from watching Jamie Lloyd get tossed in the corn thresher when I was 11 (Halloween). It's all puppies and meadows and rainbows from now on.
If you love scary movies, good for you! Drop some candy corn in your popcorn because that sweet-salty mixture is amazing. It will help pass the time while you wait for the next victim to quit running around in a panic in the dark, feeling her way through the house with both hands on the walls, thinking she's going to escape a slow and painful death. Turn the lights on!
The most common horror movies people watch before the age of 18, according to the NY Post:
“A Nightmare on Elm Street”
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
“28 Days Later”
And there's your inspiration for a scary movie night at the house this week.
The Post also said, "Forty-six percent think they would survive as a character in a scary flick." Could you? Most think they would suffocate, but other popular ways to go include getting stabbed, tripping or falling on a fatal device, crashing in a car, or being decapitated. Happy Halloween.