More Than 40% of Americans Think They Could Survive a Horror Movie

Americans are getting spooked at an early age ? the average person first remembers watching a horror movie at 10 years old.

A study of 2,000 people examined what scares people as children, and later as adults.

Results found 52 percent admitted that what frightened them in their youth still has an effect on them today.

It's no surprise then that certain movie villains have a lasting impact on people. Top childhood villains were the Daleks (Doctor Who), Darth Vader (Star Wars), and Voldemort (Harry Potter).

Other creepy characters that rounded out the top five included the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz) and the Child Catcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tubi also revealed that 62 percent of people think it can be fun to be scared.

While watching a horror movie can be a good time, 47 percent admit that a scary movie has caused them to have a nightmare.

Chill-inducing flicks can take a long time to shake off, seeing as the average person feels jittery for three days after viewing a spooky movie.

There are certain films that are a right of passage for people to see while they're young.

The most common horror movies people watch before the age of 18 include: The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho.

The Shining, Evil Dead, 28 Days Later, The Conjuring, and Alien capped off the top 10.

Some movie villains still give adults the heebie-jeebies like Jigsaw (Saw), David Kessler (An American Werewolf in Paris), Norman Bates (Psycho), John Ryder (The Hitcher), and Freddy Kreuger (A Nightmare on Elm Street).

A spokesperson for Tubi said, "people enjoy getting scared, especially at Halloween time. A classic horror movie can make for a spooky, but fun night in."

Still, many people think they would fare pretty well if dropped into a horror movie. Forty-six percent think they would survive as a character in a scary flick.

On the other hand, when respondents were asked how they think they'd like perish in scary movie, three in ten think they'd suffocate.

Twenty-nine percent theorized they'd be stabbed, trip or fall on a fatal device, or crash in car, while a quarter of people think they would be decapitated.

The spokesperson for Tubi added, "Classics like Psycho and The Nightmare on Elm Street have stood the test of time because of their indelible villains. Beyond them, cult horror classics like Hellraiser and Donnie Darko can definitely round out the perfect horror marathon on Tubi."