Since today is Halloween, the office has been discussing classic horror films and TV shows that we find scary. We thought, to celebrate the season of scare, we'd share the things that terrified us when we were younger. So, take up your position behind the sofa and read on... if you're brave enough!

What make Matt mortified?

After watching ‘The Ring’ at the age of 12, answering the telephone was never the same again. For those who haven’t seen it, the film contains a short but deadly videotape that once watched, gives the viewer one week to live – morbid I know! The warning comes via telephone as a haunting voice whispers the words ‘seven days’ before hanging up.

Needless to say, any incoming calls were left for the answering machine that following week!

What creeps out Claire-Marie?

When I was a teen, I became engrossed in ‘Point Horror’ - a series of young adult horror fiction books with titles such as ‘The Babysitter’, ‘My Secret Admirer’ & ‘Teacher’s Pet’.

I'd spend hours reading each tense story in my room or I’d hire the audiobooks from the library and listen to them with the curtains closed. I look back fondly on those books now, but doubt I’d be able to handle the adult equivalent now!

What makes Jamie jump?

When I was growing up I remember watching the remake of George A Romero’s ‘Dawn Of The Dead’. It involves a group of survivors in America hiding out in a mall after a zombie apocalypse, what makes this different to other zombie horror movies is that the zombies can run, very fast!

I was scared after a while having watched this, but now I love zombie films.

What turns Ben's boxers brown?

The only episode of Doctor Who that ever gave me nightmares was The Empty Child. The young half-dead boy with a gas mask fused to his skin, making his face eerily emotionless while he sadly asked everyone "are you my mummy?" Add to that the fact he could turn you like him at a touch and the whole thing scared the hell out of me.

It actually took a few years for me to pluck up the courage to watch the second part of the two-part episode. It still gives me the shivers now.

What leaves Laura lily-livered?

When I was a teen in the 90’s, my friends and I used to play a VHS board game called Atmosfear - a game with TV host, "The Gate Keeper who must be obeyed!” A game of skill, strategy & suspense all wrapped up in a race against time!

You each had to write your worse fear on a card, then try to beat the clock and avoid facing your worse fear when the time runs out. The game would have us all squealing with fear and laughing at the same time.

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