Many of us have movies that defined our childhood. Mostly because they fill with up with the delight and excitement one can only feel as a kid. For others, it was because they scared us half to death.
Whether you've revisited those movies since or can't even look at the VHS cover/DVD cover/general images of them anymore (anyone else do that thing where you turn the video or DVD in towards the wall so you can't see the title and little picture from them anymore?), there's at least one filum from your youth that you'll never forget, for all the wrong reasons.
@loudandfearless aka Ashley Bower posed the question to the Twitterverse and it got quite a response.
Oh this is a good one.
I'll start: Jumanji pic.twitter.com/q9aVSi1Grq
— Ashley Bower (@loudandfearless) February 18, 2020
Many mentioned 'Pinocchio', which sees a naughty child get turned into a donkey. Others referred to the Child Catcher of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', another terrifying prospect for kids all round.
This scene in Pinocchio haunted me for years. Thanks a lot, Disney. pic.twitter.com/VPqkPSREIH
— DC (@dcb97) February 19, 2020
This is easily in my top 3. Watched it recently with my yound son and I turned It off, some scenes were disturbing, even as an adult. Not sure who likes this movie! pic.twitter.com/yrjUoM2Z26
— David ☀️ (@wttdavid) February 19, 2020
The CHILD CATCHER from Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. CHILD. CATCHER. Literally. pic.twitter.com/0rABv6DyrK
— Mulled Whine ~ I'm not gonna debate you, Jerry. (@OGintheOP) February 19, 2020
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang pic.twitter.com/gJf3do87px
— Mr Tasie Devil (@MrTasieDevil) February 19, 2020
Still others quoted 'The Wizard of Oz'. Or worse yet, its follow-up 'Return to Oz'.
— Kathryn Delaney (@kathdelwar) February 19, 2020
‘How bout a little fire scarecrow?’ had me shook... pic.twitter.com/R7U5AFXeiz
— Megan Inaba (@meganinaba) February 19, 2020
I’ll raise you one with the utterly terrifying sequel: “Return to Oz” pic.twitter.com/wtH1LYrMTj
— DevinNunesTHEDragQueen (@NunesDrag) February 19, 2020
Return to Oz. Those wheelers and the heads on a shelf? Come on! I actually thought it was a nightmare for years until someone mentioned hating that movie as well. pic.twitter.com/9K4BroLIm4
— Bike Repair Bear (@Hostilebear) February 19, 2020
This scene gave me nightmares for years. pic.twitter.com/0FjfL6izx4
— 🕰🌼 gretchen 🕰🌼 🇺🇸 (@lyatt_1941) February 19, 2020
Wizard Of Oz: aren't these flying monkeys scary?
Return To Oz: THIS LADY COLLECTS HUMAN HEADS AND THEN WEARS THEM
— TheRetroCritic (@TheRetroCritic) February 19, 2020
No doubt about it:
I'm a San Diego native and seeing this with my older sisters when it came out made me give up Boogie Boarding for like a month 😏 pic.twitter.com/pH5usvsoyv
— RRP at Law (@RRPatLaw) February 19, 2020
— Maverick 🐾 (@mav_the_dude) February 19, 2020
Poltergeist. That goddamn clown! Lol. I couldn’t sleep well at my friend’s house because she had one and a closet facing the end of the bed. I did it a few times, though. 😄 pic.twitter.com/pwXsIuPeK3
— Agent 99 🌎 Social Distancing (@GetSmartResist) February 19, 2020
Poltergeist...especially Poltergeist 3...the mirrors. To this DAY, I can’t sleep in a room with mirrored closet doors. pic.twitter.com/yVabH4Kb1R
— Tania Freedman 🇨🇦 (@TaniaFreedman) February 19, 2020
I dunno... pic.twitter.com/5JOu0tOUJI
— Dead Astronaut (@lacretro1) February 19, 2020
The Exorcist. And it still does.
— Keith Harris (@MKeithHarris) February 19, 2020
The Exorcist freaked me out pic.twitter.com/DxILY6JsBf
— Ron Rhodes (@RonanRhodes) February 19, 2020
The Exorcist. Period. End of sentence. The Exorcist. Couldnt watch it again, full-thru without stopping it, until I was in my twenties.
— Shrillbilly (@Shrillbilly) February 19, 2020
Nightmare on Elm Street. Yeah, I know I shouldn’t have been allowed to watch that at 5.
— Andre Smith (@AndreJSmith85) February 19, 2020
Nightmare on Elm Street pic.twitter.com/lQheOPflJh
— GisElla (@Gis_EllaTO) February 19, 2020
Nightmare In Elm Street. I didn't even watch it. When I was a kid, I saw a few scenes of it after sneaking out of bed and my older sister was watching it. It was enough to give me nightmares about Freddy to this day. I'm 35 y/o.
— Mariposa🥤🐢 (@Dollbabeb) February 19, 2020
The Shining 😳 pic.twitter.com/zMX5Gpt3tV
— HowlAtMe🐾 (@verroa84) February 19, 2020
Saw The Shining when I was 8. Why?! pic.twitter.com/Af5vPIUApl
— Jody Sherron (@jodysherron) February 19, 2020
Meanwhile, some were scarred not by being afraid but heartbroken and traumatised from the reality and finality of death.
They thus chose 'The Lion King' and 'The Land Before Time' among other childhood classics.
— Gamma Bomb Survivor (@Banner7997) February 19, 2020
— preach (@preachdnb) February 19, 2020
If you'll excuse us, we'll be blubbering like babies for a moment.