Many sweet childhood memories often come from the movies we loved and cherished. Talking animals, flying cars, violent stampedes that murder the father of a poor, little lion; just the average animated movie back in the day. When we look at some of our favorite movies when we were kids, it's sometimes so disturbing what we find, and why we weren't so shocked by these traumatic moments.
Old and new, some of these childhood films definitely have some disturbing scenes that still, to this day, have left some emotional scars.
BambiIs this not the first movie that came to your mind when I said traumatizing childhood movies? You literally hear gun shots in the background then watch little Bambi cry out, "Mother!" while shivering in the snow. What a dreary, sad, heartbreaking scene for a kids movie!
The Lion KingYou know exactly what scene I'm talking about. This is the definition of traumatizing. We just watched a violent murder, then on top of that, Simba had to watch it all go down. If this is the circle of life, I don't know how much I want to be a part of it.
The NeverEnding StoryThis was an 80's classic filled with a truly traumatizing scene of a horse being drowned in a "sea of sadness." We watch as he slowly descends to his death, even though Atreyu, the truest of friends that a boy could ever be to a horse, is screaming and fighting to save him from his sinking death. Yeah. Major trauma.
E.T.Classic film, yes, but they found a worm-looking alien in a corn field and then tried to dress him up as a human? I feel like any normal kid would run from something like this. I know I would.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?Do you remember Judge Doom? He was the crazy villain in this movie that literally would melt the Looney Toon characters in a pot of boiling goop. We were watching a scary bald man burn his victims alive. He ends up getting crushed by a giant rolling pin, then also burned alive. Graphic, creepy, and downright traumatizing.
Return to OzThe original Wizard of Oz: timeless, wholesome, a little weird with the flying monkeys, but overall, a classic. Return to Oz: bad sequel, creepy, floating heads, overall a scarring experience. This whole movie is truly terrifying. The whole thing just kind of gives you bad vibes, way worse than flying monkeys.
Don't Look Under The BedThis was a Disney Channel movie that still, to this day, makes me not want to look under my bed. There's a scene where a girl dives into a pool of blood and the school gets infested with flies; it's almost like the plague. The boogeyman in this movie is sure enough to give you nightmares as a child, and maybe even as an adult.
Little MonstersSpeaking of monsters. Come on. This movie is all-around weird, but the scene where the blue monster, Maurice, rises from the ground with his pointy teeth, then his eyeballs pop out of his head. Oh, and then he grows horns. Just when I thought it couldn't get any more traumatizing, I found out that it was Howie Mandel who played that creepy monster. I'll never be okay.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryThis whole acid-trip of a movie really freaked me out as a child. It sounds all dandy at first, this beautiful chocolate factory and candy for all the children. Then kids start blowing up and drowning in chocolate lakes. The most disturbing scene, as we all know it, is the tunnel scene, where Willy Wonka and his oompa loompa army, row into a chaotic, creepy spiral of weirdness, all while whacky Mr. Wonka sings ever-so-calmly.
The Fox & the Hound
It’s 2018 and I still can’t get through the scene in The Fox & The Hound when Widow Tweed leaves Tod in the woods.— Angie Alas (@Angie Alas)1519357069.0