This board got me to thinking about which movies and tv shows have scared me the most, and I realized that the ones that always haunt me--there have only been a handful of them--are the ones about repressed memories that are then recovered; and the remembering is as scary as the forgetting. The one that got to me as a kid was Spellbound, where Gregory Peck was traumatized by things like tracks in the snow. Then in my teens it was Freud, where Susannah York has a recurring dream that makes no sense to her or to Dr. Freud, until she remembers what she's REALLY been dreaming; that one shock cut scared the p*ss out of me. Then in middle age ST:NG, of all shows, did an episode where some crew members had lost several hours of their lives and used the holodeck to reconstruct, little by little, what had really happened to them. That really played on me, since it stretched out the recovery of the memory, one tiny piece at a time. I don't know why this one motif affects me so strongly, unless I'm repressing a memory of my own. I have a feeling it's related to the type of movie that strikes me as being about my own life--offhand I can only think of two examples, Time Out and Conspirators of Pleasure--which are both about someone concealing the truth of his life from everyone else. But they're funny-awful rather than scary-awful. I guess the scary ones are about hiding the truth from oneself rather than others.