9 Childhood films that STILL creep me out!

I do love a scary film. Especially supernatural ones where you can't actually see the scary being - it's not scary when you actually see a man dressed up in dodgy make-up and horns (I'm looking at you Annabelle).

However, it's the films that you don't expect to be scary that leave a lasting impression on your mind.

At the moment I'm busy introducing Lily and Ollie to some of my childhood favourites. I've re-discovered my love for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and cringed whilst watching the first of the Harry Potter films (the acting definitely got better as it went along).

Obviously, most films have a slightly scary or sinister protagonist, a baddie or a bit in the dark with a serious soundtrack. For those parts I'm there with Lily, explaining any fears away if needed. I have been surprised at how she's not really bothered by bits that I would expect to bother her a little bit.

But then there are some films that I hesitate to introduce Lily to, not just because I think she will be scared but because there are definitely scenes that still scare the crap out of me!

The Never Ending Story

The scariest film of my childhood without a doubt. The Nothing still haunts my nightmares (it's one scary wolf-puppet-thing) and the bit with Atreyu in the swamps? Still reduces me to tears. Just look at those eyes. Damnit I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The child catcher. Enough said.

Roald Dahl's The Witches

My sister Louise loved this film and so we watched it a bit but seriously, it's a really sinister film! The bit where all the witches at the conference take off their wigs and shoes still makes me cringe. And don't get me started on when the High Witch pushes the baby pram down the hill...

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Aside from each horrid child meeting a grizzly end, the part of this film that I still don't like is the boat trip. All the flashing colours and clips of spiders and snakes make me feel quite sick.


I always used to get freaked out by the part in this film where the naughty boys start turning into donkeys. It's really quite scary! I know they're naughty, but come on, use time out...

Watership Down

Cute bunnies. Dead bunnies. Fighting. Blood.
Not recommended for young children.
No kidding.


The most upsetting part of this film as an adult is when Dumbo and his Mummy are separated, it's heartbreaking. But as a child I couldn't stand the bit where Dumbo gets drunk. I remember watching it as I was waiting in Harrods to meet Santa and it upset me so much that I remember that bit more than anything else! 



Another favourite of my sister's but I was damn bloody scared of those nasty little buggers.


Obviously, Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky is a creepy affair, complete with flying bare-breasted witches, ghouls and skeletons rising from the grave. However, Lily loves it (unlike her Mummy who used to hide behind the sofa for that bit).

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has been left permanently freaked out by these films? What filmed scared you as a child? Let me know in the comments!
wendy said...

You missed out Return To Oz. OMG,that film used to scare the crap out of me! After the lovely Wizard of Oz, where they all go skipping down the Yellow Brick Road, Return to Oz was like something out of your nightmares!
Dorothy's electric shock treatment, a smashed up yellow brick road, screaming disembodied heads...... just NO.
Never seen watership Down but husband still traumatised from seeing it as a kid and refuses to let the small people watch it. :-D

Our Cherry Tree said...

Yes! That is a really dodgy film! I only watched it once, found it really disturbing and didn't finish it!

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