I was maybe eleven years old when I saw Dan Akroyd and Albert Brooks discussing things that were Really Scary on cable, and the moment that followed was haunting enough to stick with me for years.  As a fan of scary movies (even ones that get dismissed as cheap jump-scares, like ‘Paranormal Activity’), that brief moment of terror was exhilarating.  (It wasn’t The Twilight Zone, really, but it was exhilarating.)  In the years since, I’ve found a few film and book experiences that replicate that sudden jolt, including, strangely, an episode of Family Guy where Brian has a harrowing mushroom-induced hallucination, leading us to today’s bone-chilling query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that claiming never to be scared by anything ever is no fun at all (and also clearly a lie), asking: What’s the last pop culture experience you classified as Something Really Scary?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Any episode of Criminal Minds usually freaks me out, but there was one in the 4th Season about Romani families and how they kept their bloodlines going that stil chills me to this day.

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