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(Short List)   The 20 scariest characters from your childhood. List thankfully fails to include your mum's overly familiar boyfriend   (shortlist.com) divider line 334
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2012-07-12 09:25:41 AM  
When I first saw star wars in the theater I was about 5 and thought the big black helmet guy was just awesome.
 
2012-07-12 10:00:16 AM  
WHY am I just now finding out that the BBC made a Tripods series in the '80s?!?!?

/runs to You Tube
 
2012-07-12 10:03:07 AM  
20 scariest if you grew up in the UK.

They forgot sleestak.
 
2012-07-12 10:03:28 AM  
I thought that Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka was scary, particularly when he started his yelling.
 
2012-07-12 10:26:41 AM  
Hmmmmm seems to be a very UK-centric list. I've never even heard of half the characters. And a boy on the show "Grange Hill" is scarier than Death?
 
2012-07-12 10:30:02 AM  
I watched Jaws as a kid and had to check to the toilet for shark fins for the rest of the year.* So, really, giant man-eating robo-sharks should be on the list.

*Sometimes, I still do

 
2012-07-12 10:56:45 AM  
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except for Pennywise. That farking clown had me scared of shower drains for years.
 
2012-07-12 11:05:47 AM  

Walker: Hmmmmm seems to be a very UK-centric list. I've never even heard of half the characters. And a boy on the show "Grange Hill" is scarier than Death?


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How can you be scared of this? All he wants in a nice curry and some peace and quiet.

That and to reap Rincewind, and really can you blame him for that??
 
2012-07-12 11:16:12 AM  
Meh, I grew up on Chiller Theater and Dark Shadows. By the time I was 8, I was completely jaded. The Child Catcher was awesome, Willy Wonka was eccentric but turned out great in the end, and Darth Vader was a cool villain.

The rest on the list...never head of them or never saw them as a kid. I was a teenager when I saw Dark Crystal and could only marvel at the detail and how convincing the puppetry was, but my little brother was definitely scared. I'm a recent Doctor Who fan, so only first saw Davros maybe last summer. I was in college when Return to Oz came out and still haven't seen it all the way through. As for Pennywise, I had already read It and hated it--only watched It for Tim Curry. When I did watch It, all I could see was Tim Curry doing an AWESOME job and acting circles around Richard Thomas.
 
2012-07-12 11:23:28 AM  
The The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang dude reminded me of a cross between Alice Cooper and the wicked witch from the Wizard Of Oz.
 
2012-07-12 12:01:09 PM  
My childhood apparently wasn't very British.
 
2012-07-12 12:16:57 PM  

BunkoSquad: WHY am I just now finding out that the BBC made a Tripods series in the '80s?!?!?

/runs to You Tube


If you're interested, this guy has the comic serial of the trilogy that ran in Boy's Life back in the early '80s.
 
2012-07-12 12:20:58 PM  

PacManDreaming: If you're interested, this guy has the comic serial of the trilogy that ran in Boy's Life back in the early '80s.


VERY interested. Thanks!
 
2012-07-12 12:23:25 PM  
 
2012-07-12 12:45:57 PM  
I think I would have appreciated it if my Dad would have had an overly familiar girlfriend, especially as I got into the teenage years...
 
2012-07-12 12:50:07 PM  
Came for Skeksis, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-07-12 12:52:14 PM  
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2012-07-12 12:54:09 PM  
"Bullet" Baxter was far scarier than Gripper. Gripper was a bully, Baxter was
a) a teacher
b) a psychopath
 
2012-07-12 12:55:13 PM  

BunkoSquad: WHY am I just now finding out that the BBC made a Tripods series in the '80s?!?!?

/runs to You Tube


Wow! I hadn't thought about Tripods in decades. I remember reading the comics version in Boy's Life.
 
2012-07-12 12:56:25 PM  
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2012-07-12 12:58:29 PM  
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UH OH!
 
2012-07-12 12:58:38 PM  
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2012-07-12 01:00:16 PM  
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I'm Skeksis and I know it.
 
2012-07-12 01:00:36 PM  

BunkoSquad: WHY am I just now finding out that the BBC made a Tripods series in the '80s?!?!?

/runs to You Tube


Good series, but they only made the first two books - The White Mountains and City of Gold and Lead. They didn't fund the final book.
 
2012-07-12 01:02:10 PM  
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2012-07-12 01:02:17 PM  
List fails without the scary old preacher dude from Poltergeist II.
 
2012-07-12 01:02:21 PM  
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"BOY!"
 
2012-07-12 01:02:27 PM  
Geez and nobody thought to include the person who wrote the PIF Apaches, quite possibly one of the scariest movies to show a kid?!?

List certainly fails.
 
2012-07-12 01:03:33 PM  
I remember almost every one of those. Thanks for the nightmares, jerks. When I was a kid, I made the mistake of watching the Twilight Zone movie. Two things scared the hell out of me....

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and...

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To be honest, that Gremlin still kinda creeps me out.
 
2012-07-12 01:03:49 PM  
List fails without Bubba/The Scarecrow:

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2012-07-12 01:04:42 PM  
Technically... I wouldn't classify stuff like Poltergeist, Phantasm, and It to be 'childhood' stuff.

+1 for Large Marge, though, forgot all about her.
 
2012-07-12 01:05:44 PM  
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Hello, child.
 
2012-07-12 01:06:28 PM  
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2012-07-12 01:06:54 PM  
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2012-07-12 01:07:10 PM  
Everything that scared me as a kid seemed to always have Sid and Marty Krofft involved.
 
2012-07-12 01:08:44 PM  

wippit: Technically... I wouldn't classify stuff like Poltergeist, Phantasm, and It to be 'childhood' stuff.

+1 for Large Marge, though, forgot all about her.


Mommy didn't let you watch R rated movies?
 
2012-07-12 01:11:04 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img171.imageshack.us image 500x363]

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except for Pennywise. That farking clown had me scared of shower drains for years.


Maleficent didn't scare me, but she gave my sister nightmares.
 
2012-07-12 01:12:55 PM  

MadMonk: [i406.photobucket.com image 400x300]

Hello, child.


God is in...his holy temple. God is in his holy tem....ple!
 
2012-07-12 01:13:08 PM  
List fails without the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys
 
2012-07-12 01:13:52 PM  
List fails without

www.startrek.com
 
2012-07-12 01:14:20 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: I remember almost every one of those. Thanks for the nightmares, jerks. When I was a kid, I made the mistake of watching the Twilight Zone movie. Two things scared the hell out of me....

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and...

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To be honest, that Gremlin still kinda creeps me out.


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2012-07-12 01:14:40 PM  
Chucky used to give me nightmares as a 6 year old. I thought my toys were going to come alive and kill me. I only saw a few minutes of the first Child's Play when I was that age, but it really stuck out in my young mind.
 
2012-07-12 01:14:41 PM  
I am old old old, and the abominable snowman on Rudolph did, in fact, scare me when I was little. As did the Grinch. As did Cruella de Ville, who was scarier than Malificent. I also remember a show where Huck Finn was live action mixed with animation and in each episode the guy who played Lurch showed up as some form of Engine Joe. He scared me.

I was a weenie little kid in the 60s.
 
2012-07-12 01:15:33 PM  

PacManDreaming: Sorry, but that list fails without Mr. Barlow.

It also needs to include the Glick boys.


Salems Lot was the first thing I thought of, as well. Barlow left a very distinct impression on my 8 year old self when that aired. A few years later on rebroadcast, my buddy that I was watching it with threw up.
 
2012-07-12 01:16:22 PM  

hbk72777: wippit: Technically... I wouldn't classify stuff like Poltergeist, Phantasm, and It to be 'childhood' stuff.

+1 for Large Marge, though, forgot all about her.

Mommy didn't let you watch R rated movies?


Oh she did. Watched the original Friday the 13th with me and laughed her ass off the whole time. Still not a childhood movie.
 
2012-07-12 01:16:28 PM  

Godscrack: The The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang dude reminded me of a cross between Alice Cooper and the wicked witch from the Wizard Of Oz.


That would be the Child Catcher, and yes, this list is lame without him. Growing up the the US in the 70's, most of the characters in this list are unknown to me or not so scary when I saw them

They fail without the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz.
 
2012-07-12 01:17:41 PM  
Not a character, but probably the scariest thing I remember from my childhood was the intro to Tales from the Darkside. My sister would actually put her fingers in her ears, close her eyes and hum during the intro.

After it was over we could relax and enjoy some terrible acting.
 
2012-07-12 01:17:47 PM  

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As a kid I'd have faced a legion of those monsters for a smile from Holly.
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2012-07-12 01:19:42 PM  
This list is for old, British people.
 
2012-07-12 01:20:33 PM  
I was terrified of Chucky.

But I was even more scared of "The Temple of Doom". I was certain that every night, my basement would turn into the Temple of Doom and my parents and big brother would have satanic heart-eating rituals in there. I assumed that was why I had an earlier bed time than everyone else.

I wouldn't go in there for years.

/I had a very active imagination for a 4 year old
 
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