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question of the day: What movies have given you nightmares?

Today’s QOTD comes from reader Paul, who asks:

What movies have given you nightmares?

I’ll refine Paul’s question: Not metaphoric nightmares, not just unpleasant thoughts in the waking world, but actual, genuine, for-real scary dreams as you sleep. Bonus if the nightmares were so bad they actually woke you up.

As an adult no movie has scared me this bad except Threads, which dates from 1984 but which I didn’t see till a few years later, when I would have been in my late teens. A horrifically plausible look at the short- and long-term impact of an all-out nuclear war, it still haunts me to this day… to the point of, sometimes, impinging on my dreams. I watched it again a few years ago, and it’s still completely terrifying. (It’s available on DVD in Region 2, though not Region 1, and you can watch it via a series of YouTube videos, starting here.)


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