With the dawn of the home video, a big part of growing up was watching countless movies. Most kids’ movies are supposed to be colorful, funny, and safe entertainment for impressionable minds to enjoy. However, in the 80’s and 90’s, that wasn’t always the case. With wild, untamed imaginations, kids can be scared of almost anything. What parents thought was a harmless, G-Rated movie actually scared us half to death. Other times, we might have been over at a friend’s house and walked into a room at the wrong time, witnessing a movie not intended for us and unable to shake the horrific images from our brains. Whatever the case may be, these movies left a lasting scar, and we’re forever changed because of it. Here are 25 Movies That Scared Us As Kids.
Those of you who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s probably at some point witnessed the horror show known as Legend, starring everyone’s favorite running man, Tom Cruise. Creepy, eerie, surreal, bizarre, there’s really not a good enough adjective to describe this movie complete with weird looking hooked-nosed goblins and a villain that looks like Satan.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
No one thinks this movie is meant for kids, but that didn’t stop you from walking in while it was playing in the living room at exactly the wrong moment. The nuclear apocalypse scene showing Linda Hamilton’s screaming, fiery skeleton clinging to the chain-link fence still haunts your nightmares.
Oh boy, where to start with this one? From the creepy, talking hands that get all handsy with Jennifer Connelly to the old gremlin lady in the giant trash dump, this nightmare fuel, compliments of Jim Henson’s crazed mind, had you wrecked for weeks as a kid. On top of that, things certainly got uncomfortable when old man David Bowie was hitting on the very 16-year-old Jennifer Connelly.
Perhaps at one time, your parents called out and said, “Hey kids, let’s watch this movie about bunnies. It’ll be great fun!” Instead, you watched an hour and thirty-one-minute bunny bloodbath. From dogs violently turning the rabbits into roadkill to Holly’s traumatic dream of the warren’s destruction, this hare terror likely induced another awful bout of childhood bed wetting. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
Similarly, this Disney childhood cartoon of frolicking woodland creatures seems innocent enough until young Bambi’s mother is gunned down halfway through the film. The feeling of being lost and alone is terrifying for any child, so watching it happen to a helpless dear likely sent you wailing to your mother, clinging to her leg, and refusing to let go.