It must be one of the greatest joys as a parent showing your kid a favorite movie for the first time. Being able to introduce your children to Star Wars, Back to the Future or Lord of the Rings, must be an incredible experience. However, whenever showing your kid a movie or TV show of any kind - you always have that fear at the back of your mind that whatever you show your kid will scare the living daylights out of them.
Think back to your childhood and its most traumatic moments. While sometimes you end up watching The Exorcist a few years too early, sometimes it's something completely innocuous that gives you nightmares for literally years. And vice versa, sometimes as an adult revisiting some of your favorite childhood films can unveil some uncomfortable secrets about them. What you once thought of as wholesome entertainment for the entire family was much creepier than you could have ever imagined.
While some of these films have horrific elements, none of them are actually horror films. These are movies that are usually geared towards kids that are actually way scarier or more unnerving than they may seem on the surface. What unusual film gave you nightmares as a kid? What are we missing?
15 The Dark Crystal
14 My Girl
13 The Wizard of Oz
11 Alice in Wonderland
10 Casper (1995)
6 The Polar Express
5 Old Yeller
3 Beauty and the Beast
2 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Even without going "deep" into Pinocchio, it is obvious that it's pretty creepy. Whales are eating people, kids are being turned into donkeys and dolls are just creepy. Even deeper than that though, we never fully bought the whole "lonely old man narrative who builds a wooden boy" -- well we DID, but not quite in the way that the film presents. Why is this old man, who is alone, fantasizing about having a little boy as his friend? Why does this little boy have a giant nose that grows when he lies? As much as you can insist that whole thing was innocent, if he really cared about kids, why didn't he volunteer at an orphanage or hang out with his nephews or something. Creating a creepy wooden doll that doubles as a primitive s*x toy is not a good look.
Sources: metro.co.uk, denofgeek.com
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