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2012-10-28 04:59:38 PM  
so i09 is now repeating their own articles from last year?

Nov 11 2011
 
2012-10-28 05:16:30 PM  
At least it wasn't a slideshow...
 
2012-10-28 06:34:38 PM  
Does anyone remember a cartoon, from the late '70s or early '80s, about a king's shadow that came to life? Because that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I remember there being a fachan in it. I think that bothered me the most.
 
2012-10-28 06:39:13 PM  
List fails without The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
 
2012-10-28 06:45:51 PM  
The Black Hole was the one that freaked me out. Not so much from the movie but the fact that it made me realize that life will never be fair. Good people will die for no reason and there is nothing you can do about it. Seems a bit silly now but it was a life altering event when i was a little kid. 

\also the Skeksis from the Dark Crystal.
 
2012-10-28 06:50:15 PM  
Most of those were intentionally creepy and/or scary, they were just made for children.
 
2012-10-28 07:00:34 PM  
Faerie tales are SUPPOSED to be scary. They were the original horror stories. They were tales to teach children caution, of the consequences for being a douche. They are supposed to give wee chill'runs some reason to be careful and cautious. Kids movies are supposed to have scary elements. They are learning experiences within a relatively safe environment. Fear teaches, as much as warm fuzzies, and tends to stick...
 
2012-10-28 07:09:28 PM  

Tellingthem: The Black Hole was the one that freaked me out. Not so much from the movie but the fact that it made me realize that life will never be fair. Good people will die for no reason and there is nothing you can do about it. Seems a bit silly now but it was a life altering event when i was a little kid.


The Black Hole was pretty farked up.
 
2012-10-28 07:25:51 PM  
unsinkablecork.com
 
2012-10-28 07:39:55 PM  
I was going to be all glad when The Plague Dogs wasn't on Netflix, because I don't like movies where bad things happen to dogs.

But then I saw the clip, and now I must watch it.
 
2012-10-28 08:02:34 PM  
Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.
 
2012-10-28 08:15:30 PM  
Willie Wonka, saw it as a 10 year old, and it was just ....... weird. Why is this movie deliberately effing with me. Grown ups couldnt explain it either.

I see it now and its great, at the time it was just .. disturbing.
 
2012-10-28 08:28:43 PM  

baka-san: Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.


Thisitty this this this.
 
2012-10-28 08:32:53 PM  
Apparently The Plague Dogs has a part where they are being hunted by a guy with a rifle. He falls from a cliff for some reason and later we get to see his mangled half-eaten corpse - the implication being that the dogs have been feeding on him to survive.
 
2012-10-28 08:34:40 PM  
i21.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-28 08:36:31 PM  
Awesome. The version of Alice in Wonderland I remember AND Unico. Unico really messed with me as a kid.
 
2012-10-28 08:36:53 PM  
i841.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-28 08:37:32 PM  
LIst fals without this. (video)

/okay, I'm three days early
 
2012-10-28 08:37:50 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List fails without The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T


I'm surprised how many people have never heard of Dr T. I remember seeing it over 50 years ago, and it scared the crap out of me. I'm sure it's the cause of my lifelong disinclination to learn how to play the piano..
 
2012-10-28 08:42:36 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-28 08:44:16 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List fails without The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T


THIS
 
2012-10-28 08:44:19 PM  

baka-san: Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.


Watership Down... You've read the book, you've seen the movie... Now.. Try the stew.
 
2012-10-28 08:50:59 PM  
I'm likely alone on this, but the only movie that ever scared me was The Super Mario Bros movie. Freaked me right the hell out.
 
2012-10-28 08:53:58 PM  
This topic seems to get repeated every six months or so, but I just want to say that I was looking for the "Charlie goes to hell" scene on YouTube not long ago and had no luck. So good on io9 for providing that (even though all those video clips on one page put strain on my browser).
 
2012-10-28 08:54:40 PM  
I took my niece and nephew to see the remake of 101 Dalmatians when it came out. My nephew hated anything that even hinted at scariness. The Skinner freaked him the hell out. We almost had to leave early.
 
2012-10-28 08:54:50 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

/nightmare fuel for a 6 year old.
 
2012-10-28 08:57:41 PM  

PacManDreaming: Does anyone remember a cartoon, from the late '70s or early '80s, about a king's shadow that came to life? Because that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I remember there being a fachan in it. I think that bothered me the most.


I think this is what you're talking about....

/creeped me the fark out, too
//that, and Unico
///Pappy sat down to watch that one with me and could only utter "jeebus christ on a pogostick" afterwards
 
2012-10-28 09:01:24 PM  
No Old Yeller?

Fail
 
2012-10-28 09:04:28 PM  

John Buck 41: No Old Yeller?

Fail


Or "The Yearling" for that matter.
 
2012-10-28 09:06:36 PM  
Scaring the crap out of kids is all part of being a parent.
 
2012-10-28 09:08:39 PM  
They had played the wrong part of Secret of NIMH. I seem to recall a chase through the woods with a scary ass owl with big glowy eyes that scared the ever living crap out of me as an 8 year old watching that movie.

I also remember being close to the same age watching the version of Alice in Wonderland and being freaked out about the Jabberwocky, as well as freaking out about the Wheelers a bit in Return to Oz.
 
2012-10-28 09:16:49 PM  
I distinctly remember something from when I was about four, which would make it 1977 give or take. It must have been a cartoon short before or between movies, but I've never been able to figure out where it might have come from.

The short, animated, started as a group of Indian shoreworkers, circa 1850 or so, loading a cargo ship close to shore by wading out to it. Not long after, they are attacked by a frenzy of sharks and devoured in a number of comical ways. i can remember a shark suddenly catching a worker and showing him on a platter before eating him.

Who thought this was a kids bit is beyond me... though come to think of it, I now wonder if it might have been a small part of some 1970's movie that my mother thought was child appropriate. Anyone recognize that description?
 
2012-10-28 09:16:55 PM  
I just watched The Secret of NIMH today, so I'm really getting a kick out of this article.

Wait, no I'm not; it sucked.

/the article, not TSON
//however, honored to be mentioned first on the list
///Labyrinth rules
 
2012-10-28 09:17:22 PM  

blueviking: I think this is what you're talking about....

/creeped me the fark out, too


That's it! Thanks. Here's the fachan I was talking about. Man, it seemed so creepy back then.

Of course, the animated version of The Hobbit scared me too. The goblins were terrifying. Of course, I was only six years old when I saw it, so that may have had something to do with it.

On a trivial note, the king in The Faeries was voiced by Hans Conried, who voiced Thorin in the hobbit. I immediately recognized his voice.
 
2012-10-28 09:21:59 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: I'm likely alone on this, but the only movie that ever scared me was The Super Mario Bros movie. Freaked me right the hell out.


Those tiny head dudes freaked me out. I hated that movie but LOVE John Leguizamo as Luigi!
 
2012-10-28 09:27:04 PM  
Gmork was farking badass.

But to this day, whenever I see a storm coming, I think of, no, not about The Dark Knight Rises, but about The Nothing from Neverending Story.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2009/01/the-nothing.jpg

SCARIEST. VILLAIN. EVER.
 
2012-10-28 09:27:46 PM  
Gmork was farking badass.

But to this day, whenever I see a storm coming, I think of, no, not about The Dark Knight Rises, but about The Nothing from Neverending Story.

www.blogcdn.com

SCARIEST. VILLAIN. EVER.


/dammit Fark, implement an auto load pictures from links algorithm. It's 2012 already :P
 
2012-10-28 09:28:57 PM  
I was never scared of any movies as a child but a National Geographic article about black holes and supernovas freaked me out.
 
2012-10-28 09:29:55 PM  
Is it just me, or is the writer of is article a bit of a pussy? Of the ones I've seen, nothing mentioned really stands out as all that scary. Of course I was never easily frightened by "horror" as a kid. Not trying to sound like a badass, I was just actually more scared by things like America's Most Wanted because the killer was STILL AT LARGE!!! I guess reality was always more scary than fantasy.
 
2012-10-28 09:32:54 PM  
Honestly the wheelers from Return to Oz never bothered me that much. However, when Dorthy wakes Mombi trying to retrieve the powder of life and all the decapitated heads from Mombi's collection start screaming as Dorthy runs past them did.
 
2012-10-28 09:36:20 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List fails without The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

 
2012-10-28 09:36:33 PM  
I'll have to watch it again to figure out why, but I remember Ernest Scared Stupid scaring the crap out of me as a kid.
 
2012-10-28 09:43:15 PM  

RockofAges: I CHALLENGE FARK TO BEAT THIS

Discovered a few years ago. Never the same since.

Link


that has received many greenlights over the years at Fark.

it is not obscure/unknown to those who have been here a while.
 
2012-10-28 09:44:29 PM  
My parents took me to see movies like The Changeling, Scanners, Prophecy: the monster movie, Death Ship, and Ghost Story when I was a kid, so none of these "scary" kids movies had any effect on me.

/I turned out pretty well adjusted, and I haven't had a nightmare in more than 25 years, so I guess they did something right.
 
2012-10-28 09:45:13 PM  

FunkOut: I was never scared of any movies as a child but a National Geographic article about black holes and supernovas freaked me out.


Heh...I got scared as a little kid not by Heffalumps and Woozles but by reading about the end of life on earth after the Sun died in an astronomy book.
 
2012-10-28 09:47:30 PM  
I read Watership Down when I was like 10, and loved it. It never scared me, and I can't imagine a movie being any worse.

However, The Neverending Story and The Last Unicorn scared the crap out of me. Also, The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, just the part where an unnecessarily realistic grim reaper takes his soul.
 
2012-10-28 09:51:06 PM  
While Labyrinth was a freaky movie, I don't think David Bowie's obsession with Sarah was all that bizarre. He was obviously a representation of her subconscious/imagination and defeating him was statement of choice that she was ready to grow up and accept adult responsibilities - that she wasn't going to be "ruled" by her imaginary worlds anymore. Even as a kid I got that. If you didn't understand that then the entire movie didn't make sense.
 
2012-10-28 09:51:29 PM  
This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.
 
2012-10-28 09:54:00 PM  

BigLuca: While Labyrinth was a freaky movie, I don't think David Bowie's obsession with Sarah was all that bizarre. He was obviously a representation of her subconscious/imagination and defeating him was statement of choice that she was ready to grow up and accept adult responsibilities - that she wasn't going to be "ruled" by her imaginary worlds anymore. Even as a kid I got that. If you didn't understand that then the entire movie didn't make sense.


I thought it was about a young woman's fear and fascination with bulging male crotches.
 
2012-10-28 10:08:43 PM  

FunkOut: BigLuca: While Labyrinth was a freaky movie, I don't think David Bowie's obsession with Sarah was all that bizarre. He was obviously a representation of her subconscious/imagination and defeating him was statement of choice that she was ready to grow up and accept adult responsibilities - that she wasn't going to be "ruled" by her imaginary worlds anymore. Even as a kid I got that. If you didn't understand that then the entire movie didn't make sense.

I thought it was about a young woman's fear and fascination with bulging male crotches.


Wrong Briton and wrong movie.

You're thinking of this:

frothygirlz.com
vortexstreet.com
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-28 10:08:44 PM  
Thanks to that damn Willy Wonka movie, to this very day little people / midgets / dwarfs freak me out.
 
2012-10-28 10:10:06 PM  

FunkOut: BigLuca: While Labyrinth was a freaky movie, I don't think David Bowie's obsession with Sarah was all that bizarre. He was obviously a representation of her subconscious/imagination and defeating him was statement of choice that she was ready to grow up and accept adult responsibilities - that she wasn't going to be "ruled" by her imaginary worlds anymore. Even as a kid I got that. If you didn't understand that then the entire movie didn't make sense.

I thought it was about a young woman's fear and fascination with bulging male crotches.


Well, I guess boys get enough big busted heroine and villain movies. Girls deserved ONE bulging crotch movie. Shame that the bulging crotch had to belong to David Bowie though.
 
2012-10-28 10:10:53 PM  
BTW, you're not the only one who gets confused lol, even Google does:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-28 10:11:36 PM  

2words1finger: Thanks to that damn Willy Wonka movie, to this very day little people / midgets / dwarfs freak me out.


The scene with the fizzy lifting drinks did it for me. I still get nervous around fans.
 
2012-10-28 10:12:26 PM  
The Woman in Red. The part where the kid gets locked in the coat room overnight.
 
2012-10-28 10:12:58 PM  

calbert: RockofAges: I CHALLENGE FARK TO BEAT THIS

Discovered a few years ago. Never the same since.

Link

that has received many greenlights over the years at Fark.

it is not obscure/unknown to those who have been here a while.


I got that on DVD from a thrift store. I think it's the real reason you hear people trying to get Mark Twain books out of school curriculum, the children might go on to find out just how heretical Mark Twain is. Satan saying "I can do no wrong because I do not know good and evil" isn't in any bible class but it's theologically sound. Satan never ate from the tree of knowledge.
 
2012-10-28 10:16:52 PM  

RockofAges: I CHALLENGE FARK TO BEAT THIS

Discovered a few years ago. Never the same since.

Link


Heh, I was immediately going to counter with the 'Satan' scene from the Mark Twain Claymation movie (I first saw that as a six year old, by the way).

However, having clicked your link..

/it's the Satan scene
 
2012-10-28 10:30:27 PM  

RockofAges: I CHALLENGE FARK TO BEAT THIS

Discovered a few years ago. Never the same since.

Link


I loved that movie as a kid, and it got me into Twain quite early. I think I was in 3rd or 4th grade when I first read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I wasn't scared by that movie at all.
 
2012-10-28 10:30:39 PM  

BigLuca: FunkOut: BigLuca: While Labyrinth was a freaky movie, I don't think David Bowie's obsession with Sarah was all that bizarre. He was obviously a representation of her subconscious/imagination and defeating him was statement of choice that she was ready to grow up and accept adult responsibilities - that she wasn't going to be "ruled" by her imaginary worlds anymore. Even as a kid I got that. If you didn't understand that then the entire movie didn't make sense.

I thought it was about a young woman's fear and fascination with bulging male crotches.

Well, I guess boys get enough big busted heroine and villain movies. Girls deserved ONE bulging crotch movie. Shame that the bulging crotch had to belong to David Bowie though.


I know this is 3 1/2 years old as it is but let me just leave this review here. Link
 
2012-10-28 10:35:29 PM  

rocky_howard: BTW, you're not the only one who gets confused lol, even Google does:

[i.imgur.com image 542x179]


25.media.tumblr.com

Uh, dude...
 
2012-10-28 10:39:25 PM  

taxandspend: lohphat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: List fails without The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Just looked this up on Wikipedia. I love how pretty much every movie that's either a crap film or a box office bust will have the sentence: "It has since gained a cult following." And usually, there is not an outside reference to back this up.


I think it was the first attempt to bring Dr. Suess to the screen, and it was so bad it drove Ted Giesel to swear he'd never have anything to do with holly wood again.

/it was pretty bad
//and incredibly weird
///an atomic bomb? really?
 
2012-10-28 10:40:15 PM  

FunkOut: rocky_howard: BTW, you're not the only one who gets confused lol, even Google does:

[i.imgur.com image 542x179]

[25.media.tumblr.com image 383x388]

Uh, dude...


Uh, dude...

thatsthejoke.jpg

Don't you see even Google relates the two instances?
 
2012-10-28 10:41:49 PM  
Ernie, in the pyramid, with Bert.

Enjoy... If you dare.
 
2012-10-28 10:45:09 PM  
the flying butt monkeys in The wizard of Oz freaked me out as a kid and I still hate them.

the boat ride acid trip in Willy Wonka is a bit much for children to digest. my Mom used that phrase about being a 'bad egg' all the time and i used it often too. holy crap, rarely has anyone known what the hell we we making reference to. people are idiots.

i watched black & white late night horror regularly as a child. our mother was a deeply disturbed woman who had little clue of what was appropriate for children.
 
2012-10-28 10:45:12 PM  

rocky_howard: FunkOut: rocky_howard: BTW, you're not the only one who gets confused lol, even Google does:

[i.imgur.com image 542x179]

[25.media.tumblr.com image 383x388]

Uh, dude...

Uh, dude...

thatsthejoke.jpg

Don't you see even Google relates the two instances?


So you just wanted to post a bunch of mostly naked Sting pictures. Got it.
 
2012-10-28 10:48:56 PM  

Gyrfalcon: baka-san: Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.

Thisitty this this this.


nah, I think kids can deal with very adult topics if they are presented correctly and they have those things... oh, what do you call them? everybody used to have at least one... oh, PARENTS to help them frame the material.

8 of those movies were among the best I saw as a kid. Secret of NiMH and NeverEnding story were (for me) the 2 best in the list. Few movies are able to present loss and show how we should fight on instead of losing hope. Both taught the reality and need to face frightening and seemingly insurmountable conditions in a way children understand and remember.

Kids are just little adults. Make them into snowflakes and you get defective adults that can't cope with reality.
Part of growing up is supposed walking that tightrope of keeping your innocence as long as possible, while also preparing for the eventuality of facing the real world.

Another part of deciding when to show some of these movies to your kids (for example: Watership Down) is recognizing there is a big difference between seeing that movie at 5 or 6 and seeing that movie at 10.
But again, that requires that elusive 'good parenting' that seems so hard to come by these days.
 
2012-10-28 10:50:09 PM  
wizard of oz

also Pinocchio turning into an ass scared the bejesus outta me.

banana splits scared me witless
 
2012-10-28 10:51:16 PM  

Martstar: RockofAges: I CHALLENGE FARK TO BEAT THIS

Discovered a few years ago. Never the same since.

Link

I loved that movie as a kid, and it got me into Twain quite early. I think I was in 3rd or 4th grade when I first read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I wasn't scared by that movie at all.

Never saw the full movie. Read the original short story, though, and the clip does the scene justice, but it also really doesn't give the impact of the story - it was definitely written by Twain during one of his 'rage against the heavens' moods.

/Assuming it doesn't end as the short story did.
 
2012-10-28 10:52:49 PM  
Bambi. no contest.
 
2012-10-28 10:59:58 PM  

willfullyobscure: Bambi. no contest.


This so so much. Messing with kids emotions for four generations.
 
2012-10-28 11:01:37 PM  
Time Bandits
 
2012-10-28 11:04:23 PM  
It wasn't a kids' movie, but Ghoulies 2 was pretty horrifying to my adolescent psyche.
 
2012-10-28 11:09:12 PM  
Johnny Socko and His Giant Robot had some terrifying moments.
 
2012-10-28 11:09:48 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Johnny Socko and His Giant Robot had some terrifying moments.


Sokko
 
2012-10-28 11:10:00 PM  

Martstar: RockofAges: I CHALLENGE FARK TO BEAT THIS

Discovered a few years ago. Never the same since.

Link

I loved that movie as a kid, and it got me into Twain quite early. I think I was in 3rd or 4th grade when I first read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I wasn't scared by that movie at all.


Still love that movie, and that scene was, and is one of my favorite animated vinettes of all time OF ALL TIME!!
I was maybe eight years old when I first saw it, and more than anything, it estabished in me a love for well crafted animation.

watership down was not a childerns story. never was, never will be. but HBO showed the hell out of it in the daytime slots for the kids and pushed it as "family"

It blew me away as a kid because it was incredible animation, and told a serious story, something that mind at that time had not registered. Kinda like how I was upset I couldn't go with my brother to go see Heavy Metal, it was a cartoon, and cartoons were for kids!

you get the idea...

The black hole was pushed at kids because it was Disney... well... that movie at first had been an independent sci-fi production, and was meant to be a serious space thriller.

they ran out of money mid production,

Disney Bailed them out and added their own touches to finish the film, the junked out floaty robot was never in the original production, and added as a side kick. the original movie was meant to cash in on 2001, Disney's rework was meant to cash in on star wars.
 
2012-10-28 11:11:01 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

It still amazes me that the creepier thing in this pic is *not* the witch.
 
2012-10-28 11:19:38 PM  
I wasn't fazed by much of the nightmare fuel people my age cite from childhood. I loved Willy Wonka, boat scene and all. Return to Oz was awesome. Secret of NIMH was dumb (I thought) and I was actually mauled by a dog by the time I saw Neverending Story, so the Gmork scene seemed pretty tame.

However, Doctor Who playing on PBS out of Boston used to scare the snot out of me. Which is hilarious to me now, but my six year old self totally suspended disbelief of the low budget costumes.
 
2012-10-28 11:34:45 PM  
somebody at i09 has been watching The Nostalgia Critic
 
2012-10-28 11:39:08 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: watership down was not a childerns story. never was, never will be.


Other than the fact that it was the written version of stories that Richard Adams made up for his children... apart from that it's definitely not a children's story.

I think, in my head, until my brief visit to teh wikis just now, I had assumed that Watership Down was contemporaneous with, or even authored by, Beatrix Potter. Anthropomorphic rabbits getting up to all sorts of cutesy shenanigans.

But there are two types of tales for children; the generally sanitised, bowdlerised, Disney-esque tales that demand a happy ending and bad people getting their just deserts while the heroes live happily ever after, and the more realistic ones, such as the brothers Grimm's efforts, where nasty shiat happens all over.

The second type reflects reality better, so should always be preferred as a teaching aid.

I may just have to read Watership Down, as soon as I'm finished Escape from Camp 14. Sounds like they may have a lot in common.

/Never liked Disney's schmaltzy children's stories.
//Also, Watership Down was the subject of one of my favourite TV quizzes last week. Go here and play wall 213.
 
2012-10-28 11:44:43 PM  

MurphyMurphy: Gyrfalcon: baka-san: Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.

Thisitty this this this.

nah, I think kids can deal with very adult topics if they are presented correctly and they have those things... oh, what do you call them? everybody used to have at least one... oh, PARENTS to help them frame the material.

8 of those movies were among the best I saw as a kid. Secret of NiMH and NeverEnding story were (for me) the 2 best in the list. Few movies are able to present loss and show how we should fight on instead of losing hope. Both taught the reality and need to face frightening and seemingly insurmountable conditions in a way children understand and remember.

Kids are just little adults. Make them into snowflakes and you get defective adults that can't cope with reality.
Part of growing up is supposed walking that tightrope of keeping your innocence as long as possible, while also preparing for the eventuality of facing the real world.

Another part of deciding when to show some of these movies to your kids (for example: Watership Down) is recognizing there is a big difference between seeing that movie at 5 or 6 and seeing that movie at 10.
But again, that requires that elusive 'good parenting' that seems so hard to come by these days.


Well, okay, I guess we've just got a miscommunication as to what we're calling a "kid." I read "Watership Down" at about age 10 or so. I was thinking of "kid" as taking your little toddler to see it at age 4 or 5 thinking it would be a pleasant cartoony-type feature or somesuch.

Speaking of which--just saw the trailer for "Red Dawn." Talk about a movie not being for kids....or anyone else....
 
2012-10-28 11:45:43 PM  

KrispyKritter: i watched black & white late night horror regularly as a child.


Same here. Lots of horror movies starring Vincent Price. The Haunted Palace and The Fall of the House of Usher really creeped me out.

And for real piss-in-your-pants terror, this takes the urinal cake. This movie still gives me the creeps.
 
2012-10-28 11:48:24 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: I wasn't fazed by much of the nightmare fuel people my age cite from childhood. I loved Willy Wonka, boat scene and all. Return to Oz was awesome. Secret of NIMH was dumb (I thought) and I was actually mauled by a dog by the time I saw Neverending Story, so the Gmork scene seemed pretty tame.

However, Doctor Who playing on PBS out of Boston used to scare the snot out of me. Which is hilarious to me now, but my six year old self totally suspended disbelief of the low budget costumes.


EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!!!!!
 
2012-10-28 11:55:05 PM  

I Like Bread: The Woman in Red. The part where the kid gets locked in the coat room overnight.


That's actually The Lady in White. Great movie. Frightening as hell for a kid.
 
2012-10-29 12:00:11 AM  
All of those examples of fear were intentional. The article is crap.
 
2012-10-29 12:00:57 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List fails without The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T


ERMAHGERD YES. That movie creeped me the f*ck out. Thanks Dad for those memories!
 
2012-10-29 12:08:17 AM  

therecksays: Time Bandits


Came here to say this. Midgets are farking creepy.
 
2012-10-29 12:10:06 AM  

baka-san: Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.


Are you kidding? That was the first full-sized book I ever read.

It was AWESOME.
 
2012-10-29 12:12:44 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-29 12:22:22 AM  

Eirik: I distinctly remember something from when I was about four, which would make it 1977 give or take. It must have been a cartoon short before or between movies, but I've never been able to figure out where it might have come from.

The short, animated, started as a group of Indian shoreworkers, circa 1850 or so, loading a cargo ship close to shore by wading out to it. Not long after, they are attacked by a frenzy of sharks and devoured in a number of comical ways. i can remember a shark suddenly catching a worker and showing him on a platter before eating him.

Who thought this was a kids bit is beyond me... though come to think of it, I now wonder if it might have been a small part of some 1970's movie that my mother thought was child appropriate. Anyone recognize that description?


Hugo the Hippo was a feature, and set in Africa, but that could be it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22peXeUcalY
 
2012-10-29 12:26:12 AM  
Something Wicked This Way Comes.

For a Disney flick, that one creeped me out, especially where that guy gets stuck on the carousel that can alter your age and he turns into a skeleton and collapses sorta like that german at the end of Last Crusade.
 
2012-10-29 12:26:54 AM  
I got my hands on my brother's copy of this and it changed me forever

www.panelsonpages.com

Full frontal cartoons, glowing green death orbs, and WW2 zombies. Yeah my friends didn't even believe me something so cool existed.So naturally the next weekend I had a sleep over. Ahh! That made for a great 3rd grade year.
 
2012-10-29 12:34:06 AM  
List fails without Dot and the Kangaroo. The whole thing with te Buntain scared the crap out of when I was 8 or so and saw it on HBO
 
2012-10-29 12:34:32 AM  

the opposite of charity is justice: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]

It still amazes me that the creepier thing in this pic is *not* the witch.


This. I remember being terrified of the flying monkeys at a very young age.
 
2012-10-29 12:34:35 AM  
Watership Downs,

great movie, even better book
 
2012-10-29 12:41:41 AM  
List fails without Dot and the Kangaroo. The whole thing with the Bunyip scared the crap out of when I was 8 or so and saw it on HBO

BUNYIP

farking autocorrect
 
2012-10-29 12:54:16 AM  

ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.


Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

wildcardjack: Satan saying "I can do no wrong because I do not know good and evil" isn't in any bible class but it's theologically sound. Satan never ate from the tree of knowledge.


I'm hardly a theological scholar, but Satan wouldn't have needed to eat from the tree of knowledge, would he? Wouldn't he already have that knowledge, being a fallen angel?
 
2012-10-29 01:05:55 AM  

rocky_howard: Gmork was farking badass.

But to this day, whenever I see a storm coming, I think of, no, not about The Dark Knight Rises, but about The Nothing from Neverending Story.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2009/01/the-nothing.jpg

SCARIEST. VILLAIN. EVER.


They look like big, good, strong hands don't they?

/I hated this movie because it was always the go-to 'put on a movie when there's nothing to do' flick when I was in grade school. Saw this tons of times then and just got sick of it. However I think I'd probably be able to appreciate it nowadays.
 
2012-10-29 01:09:14 AM  
The most terrifying movie scene from my childhood is definitely the scene in Willy Wonka where the girl turns into a blueberry. I never saw beyond that part because I started freaking out and my family had to turn the film off. Nightmares for weeks.

I never watched the movie again as an adult.
 
2012-10-29 01:11:14 AM  

BigLuca: FunkOut: BigLuca: While Labyrinth was a freaky movie, I don't think David Bowie's obsession with Sarah was all that bizarre. He was obviously a representation of her subconscious/imagination and defeating him was statement of choice that she was ready to grow up and accept adult responsibilities - that she wasn't going to be "ruled" by her imaginary worlds anymore. Even as a kid I got that. If you didn't understand that then the entire movie didn't make sense.

I thought it was about a young woman's fear and fascination with bulging male crotches.

Well, I guess boys get enough big busted heroine and villain movies. Girls deserved ONE bulging crotch movie. Shame that the bulging crotch had to belong to David Bowie though.


I've got no problem with that.
 
2012-10-29 01:14:03 AM  
Glad Ernest Scared Stupid gets a mention. Damn thing terrified me when I was a kid.
 
2012-10-29 01:20:53 AM  
That 1970 Easter special where the kid's dog gets kidnapped. To whatever psychopathic cadre of monsters created this and subjected my young self to it...a hearty f*ck you.
 
2012-10-29 01:35:53 AM  

baka-san: Watership Downs, both the book and movie, were never, will never, even a little, be for kids.


Perhaps. It is extremely violent and scary but that being said, I saw it in daycare and wasn't all that traumatized. Great movie.
 
2012-10-29 01:37:04 AM  

Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

I was hoping that The Last Unicorn wasn't the movie I was thinking about when I first came in to this thread. That farking tree created some messed up nightmares in my youth.

 
2012-10-29 01:37:58 AM  

Summoner101: Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

I was hoping that The Last Unicorn wasn't the movie I was thinking about when I first came in to this thread. That farking tree created some messed up nightmares in my youth.

Wooooooo, tag fail.
 
2012-10-29 02:18:47 AM  

JonZoidberg: Something Wicked This Way Comes.

For a Disney flick, that one creeped me out, especially where that guy gets stuck on the carousel that can alter your age and he turns into a skeleton and collapses sorta like that german at the end of Last Crusade.


Or the spider scene? *shudders*
 
2012-10-29 02:20:57 AM  

res_nihil: /I hated this movie because it was always the go-to 'put on a movie when there's nothing to do' flick when I was in grade school. Saw this tons of times then and just got sick of it. However I think I'd probably be able to appreciate it nowadays.


Hey no way, me too! In fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen the entire movie because my mom was always picking me up from summer camp or school or whatever like half way through it.

That said, the parts of the movie I did see never creeped me out, just depressed me. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever got creeped out by stuff as a kid. Probably because I refused to watch it. Still won't watch scary movies except like once every few years. It's always "okay, this shiat totally won't freak me out in the middle of the night for the next month". And then it does. I'm a huge wuss.

/Irrational fears should really respond to logic better
 
2012-10-29 02:34:06 AM  

FunkOut: rocky_howard: BTW, you're not the only one who gets confused lol, even Google does:

25.media.tumblr.com

[25.media.tumblr.com image 383x388]

Uh, dude...


"Nothing? Nothing, tra la la?"
 
2012-10-29 02:34:37 AM  

Mugato: Tellingthem: The Black Hole was the one that freaked me out. Not so much from the movie but the fact that it made me realize that life will never be fair. Good people will die for no reason and there is nothing you can do about it. Seems a bit silly now but it was a life altering event when i was a little kid.

The Black Hole was pretty farked up.



That movie couldn't decide whether it wanted to be an action-adventure, a thriller-suspense, a creepy horror, a serious drama, a religious fantasy or a Disney kiddie merchandising flick. It jumps focus too much, and that's what doomed it.
 
2012-10-29 02:38:47 AM  
Dark Crystal (Skeksis hmmmmmm)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (child catcher)
Scrooge (scene where he attends his own funeral and then his trip to hell)
March of the Wooden Soldiers (aka Babes in Toyland) (Barnaby and the Boogeymen)
Black Hole (Maximilian and his whirling blades of death; 'hell' scene at the end)
Spirited Away (parents turned into pigs; Noface pigs out and then his chase with Sen)
 
2012-10-29 03:02:31 AM  
For some reason, "The Wiz" scared the crap out of me. I think I was 5
 
2012-10-29 03:19:34 AM  
Does anyone have a link to a half-cgi German short with a one word title like 'Creep' or 'Poison' or something like that? The protagonist goes to his girl's apartment with his friend and she has a friend over with a broken leg? Tall order, I know, but a great short where he sees they're trying to poison them. Arrgh. I'll post if I can find it. Well done, uber creepy.
 
2012-10-29 03:39:41 AM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: For some reason, "The Wiz" scared the crap out of me. I think I was 5


It was the subway scene with the attack trashcans with fangs and the growing dolls the vendor had on the platform.

Watching it now is sad as the Oz dance scenes are in the old WTC plaza.
 
2012-10-29 03:51:19 AM  
List fails without "Watcher in the Woods".
 
2012-10-29 04:56:38 AM  
This short is scary without blood and gore. And it's animated oddly.

Smile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT1Erm2C4iQ&feature=youtube_gdata_play e r
 
2012-10-29 06:09:31 AM  
List fails without Timmy's New Feelings that they showed in health class
 
2012-10-29 09:22:01 AM  

JonZoidberg: Something Wicked This Way Comes.

For a Disney flick, that one creeped me out, especially where that guy gets stuck on the carousel that can alter your age and he turns into a skeleton and collapses sorta like that german at the end of Last Crusade.


LOVE this movie. I have read the book also. Ray wrote both, so the movie is like an abridged version of the book. Pam Grier's in it, in a role that you'd never picture her playing after all her "Foxy Brown" type roles.
 
2012-10-29 09:30:19 AM  
Hrm. Unico on the Magic Island looks like a movie I have been trying to remember for most of my adult life. Unless there's another anime movie out there about a little girl trapped in a castle with blocky golems which used to be her family. I just remember her escaping for some reason.
 
2012-10-29 09:39:33 AM  
Glad the updated it with the Greedy from the Raggedy Ann & Andy movie. I ate that up as a kid, but rewatching it the other day for the first time in thirty-five years, it now looks like something out of R'lyeh. And the weren't kidding about the wooden twin dolls. Those were very creepy.

Side note, I sent that same link to my sister the other day and responded with a Helen Lovejoy-ish "this is why there is so much violence in society", which is funny because she refuses to allow her snowflakes to see anything even remotely scary (she even turned off Toy Story because the toys were "mean to each other") and instead they watch the blandest, most banal kiddie crap imaginable. And my never is a violently aggressive little bastard who hits his baby sister, manhandles the cat, hits the dog, hits his mother, punches me, swings his tiny little fists and his grandparents, even one swinging a meat tenderizer at them. And my sister and her husband, who are normally very smart people, have convinced himself that they are effectively disciplining him with this exchange.

"Do you want to go to time out?"
"No."
"Then behave."

/he'll spank the two-year-old girl for any slightest reason but doesn't lay a hand on the four-year-old brat
//"Richard's too tough. You can hit him with a two-by-four and it won't faze him."
 
2012-10-29 10:27:17 AM  

PacManDreaming: blueviking: I think this is what you're talking about....

/creeped me the fark out, too

That's it! Thanks. Here's the fachan I was talking about. Man, it seemed so creepy back then.

Of course, the animated version of The Hobbit scared me too. The goblins were terrifying. Of course, I was only six years old when I saw it, so that may have had something to do with it.

On a trivial note, the king in The Faeries was voiced by Hans Conried, who voiced Thorin in the hobbit. I immediately recognized his voice.


I remember watching the cave scene from the Hobbit on film projector right before going to bed as a child. Frightening when the goblins open their giant maws.

Here is my submission from Dot and the Kangaroo: Bunyip song
 
2012-10-29 10:31:46 AM  

sickb0y: List fails without Dot and the Kangaroo. The whole thing with the Bunyip scared the crap out of when I was 8 or so and saw it on HBO

BUNYIP

farking autocorrect


Dang, I was late. Glad someone else was frightened by it, and remembered it. Now to check the list to see if the Greedy from the Raggedy Ann movie is on there.

In the 70s and 80s apparently you couldn't make a children's show without nightmare fuel.
 
2012-10-29 10:58:03 AM  

lohphat: The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: For some reason, "The Wiz" scared the crap out of me. I think I was 5

It was the subway scene with the attack trashcans with fangs and the growing dolls the vendor had on the platform.

Watching it now is sad as the Oz dance scenes are in the old WTC plaza.


Yep that scene terrified me as a kid. I can still hear the boo-doo-doo-dooo-do noise the dolls made when they chased Michael and the gang around. Scared the shiat out of me.
 
2012-10-29 11:18:48 AM  

Fano: sickb0y: List fails without Dot and the Kangaroo. The whole thing with the Bunyip scared the crap out of when I was 8 or so and saw it on HBO

BUNYIP

farking autocorrect

Dang, I was late. Glad someone else was frightened by it, and remembered it. Now to check the list to see if the Greedy from the Raggedy Ann movie is on there.

In the 70s and 80s apparently you couldn't make a children's show without nightmare fuel.


the Bunyip didn't bother me in the slightest, in fact, it was one of my most favorite scenes from that movie, of course, the Satan scene from the adventures of Mark Twain is also one of my most favorite scenes of all time OF ALL TIME!

and i'm.. fairly well adjusted....

Now... The Mouse and his child...

that flick just depressed the hell out of me as a kid
 
2012-10-29 11:31:35 AM  
Sorry, but if these films scared you, you are a vagina.
 
2012-10-29 11:36:43 AM  
No felidae? Fick you io9
 
2012-10-29 12:24:53 PM  
How about the Johnny Quest episode with the Invisible Energy Monster?

I also have a new meme image!

"Oh, it's this thread again."

meggardiner.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-29 12:46:05 PM  

Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

wildcardjack: Satan saying "I can do no wrong because I do not know good and evil" isn't in any bible class but it's theologically sound. Satan never ate from the tree of knowledge.

I'm hardly a theological scholar, but Satan wouldn't have needed to eat from the tree of knowledge, would he? Wouldn't he already have that knowledge, being a fallen angel?


Wrong Satan. The character in the story was the nephew of the more infamous Satan.
 
2012-10-29 12:59:58 PM  

Ramien: Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

wildcardjack: Satan saying "I can do no wrong because I do not know good and evil" isn't in any bible class but it's theologically sound. Satan never ate from the tree of knowledge.

I'm hardly a theological scholar, but Satan wouldn't have needed to eat from the tree of knowledge, would he? Wouldn't he already have that knowledge, being a fallen angel?

Wrong Satan. The character in the story was the nephew of the more infamous Satan.


Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Neondistraction, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.
 
2012-10-29 01:10:13 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: Ramien: Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

wildcardjack: Satan saying "I can do no wrong because I do not know good and evil" isn't in any bible class but it's theologically sound. Satan never ate from the tree of knowledge.

I'm hardly a theological scholar, but Satan wouldn't have needed to eat from the tree of knowledge, would he? Wouldn't he already have that knowledge, being a fallen angel?

Wrong Satan. The character in the story was the nephew of the more infamous Satan.

Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Neondistraction, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.


The great Satan is actually John Ritter.
 
2012-10-29 01:37:06 PM  

Teufelaffe:

The great Satan is actually John Ritter.


I Know exactly what that scene is with out even clicking the link ;)
 
2012-10-29 01:54:18 PM  
The trailer for the 1978 film "Magic" with Anthony Hopkins. Good old fashioned nightmare fuel.
 
2012-10-29 04:01:43 PM  

Summoner101: Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

I was hoping that The Last Unicorn wasn't the movie I was thinking about when I first came in to this thread. That farking tree created some messed up nightmares in my youth.


I lent the Last Unicorn to a friend, and her daughter made her turn off the movie, crying "It was an evil movie".
 
2012-10-29 05:52:38 PM  

timharrod: Eirik: I distinctly remember something from when I was about four, which would make it 1977 give or take. It must have been a cartoon short before or between movies, but I've never been able to figure out where it might have come from.

The short, animated, started as a group of Indian shoreworkers, circa 1850 or so, loading a cargo ship close to shore by wading out to it. Not long after, they are attacked by a frenzy of sharks and devoured in a number of comical ways. i can remember a shark suddenly catching a worker and showing him on a platter before eating him.

Who thought this was a kids bit is beyond me... though come to think of it, I now wonder if it might have been a small part of some 1970's movie that my mother thought was child appropriate. Anyone recognize that description?

Hugo the Hippo was a feature, and set in Africa, but that could be it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22peXeUcalY


Good lord, that's it. I've had nightmares about that scene for decades! And, despite that I couldn't have been older than 4 when I saw it, I remembered it pretty close to what I just saw.
 
2012-10-29 06:52:38 PM  

lohphat: How about the Johnny Quest episode with the Invisible Energy Monster?

I also have a new meme image!

"Oh, it's this thread again."

[meggardiner.files.wordpress.com image 474x349]


I thought that was the only episode that the show had.

/seen it so many times.
 
2012-10-29 06:53:20 PM  

WrongTrousers: /nightmare fuel for a 6 year old.


Agreed
 
2012-10-30 12:55:55 AM  

Cerebral Knievel: Ramien: Neondistraction: ShawnDoc: This list is worthless without The Last Unicorn.

Yeah, it wouldn't be the creepiest on the list, but it's creepier than Labyrinth. I remember the giant vulture and the red bull in particular giving me the creeps when I was a kid. Of course that didn't stop me from renting it at the video store on occasion. Oh, and that living tree with the giant boobs - wtf was with that?

wildcardjack: Satan saying "I can do no wrong because I do not know good and evil" isn't in any bible class but it's theologically sound. Satan never ate from the tree of knowledge.

I'm hardly a theological scholar, but Satan wouldn't have needed to eat from the tree of knowledge, would he? Wouldn't he already have that knowledge, being a fallen angel?

Wrong Satan. The character in the story was the nephew of the more infamous Satan.

Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Neondistraction, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.


Oh, no. No sir. He's white, white as you folks.
 
2012-10-30 02:05:43 PM  

gunga galunga: Glad the updated it with the Greedy from the Raggedy Ann & Andy movie. I ate that up as a kid, but rewatching it the other day for the first time in thirty-five years, it now looks like something out of R'lyeh. And the weren't kidding about the wooden twin dolls. Those were very creepy.

Side note, I sent that same link to my sister the other day and responded with a Helen Lovejoy-ish "this is why there is so much violence in society", which is funny because she refuses to allow her snowflakes to see anything even remotely scary (she even turned off Toy Story because the toys were "mean to each other") and instead they watch the blandest, most banal kiddie crap imaginable. And my never is a violently aggressive little bastard who hits his baby sister, manhandles the cat, hits the dog, hits his mother, punches me, swings his tiny little fists and his grandparents, even one swinging a meat tenderizer at them. And my sister and her husband, who are normally very smart people, have convinced himself that they are effectively disciplining him with this exchange.

"Do you want to go to time out?"
"No."
"Then behave."

/he'll spank the two-year-old girl for any slightest reason but doesn't lay a hand on the four-year-old brat
//"Richard's too tough. You can hit him with a two-by-four and it won't faze him."


That's the sign of serious issues. Have the kid checked out for ADD, it can manifest itself as severe anger issues and adrenaline acts like Ritalin to them.

The same thing happened with my Husband's family, except in reverse. Hubby has ADD as well but was a quiet kid who was easily cowed. His younger brother and sister, holy shiat, powder kegs.

Hubby comments that ritalin turned his brother "into a human being".
 
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