Ten of the Scariest Scenes in 80s Movies I Saw as a Kid

I consider myself lucky to be a child of the 80s. But growing up with some of these so-called kids movies of the time was occasionally trial by fire. During that decadent decade of Reaganomics, shoulder pads, and scrunchies, it never really occurred to movie makers just how terrifying some of the scenes in their movies were. To this day, typical horror doesn’t scare me to the level of the scenes in some in these examples. I think there’s something to be said about fear when it’s in relatively small measure compared to the rest of the film. Sure, the Halloween movies are scary. But you expect it. These are a different breed and, in my mind, far more effective.

So in light of the Halloween season, I thought I’d share my top ten scary scenes from 80s movies I encountered in my childhood. Sure, not all of them are kids movies: but they were all movies I saw as a kid. And they probably explain a heck of a lot about why am I am the way I am these days. Other 80s kids know what I mean.

10 – Gremlins (1984): The fountain scene. Gremlins always came on during the Halloween season, and without fail I always managed to tune in just when the damned evil Stripe jumps into the fountain and starts to spawn more Mogwais. It was the fear that the heroes had lost in spite of struggling against the evil Mogwais that really got me. Then, just when Gizmo goes and saves the day he attacks Stripe with a beam of light and his skin just… rots away. Nightmares. You got ’em.

9 – The ‘Burbs (1989): Any scene with the Klopeks. Sure, it’s a movie with Tom Hanks. Sure, it’s kind of a comedy. Even Carrie Fisher is in it. But the Klopeks, neighbors to the Petersons (Hanks and Fisher) are every bit as horrifying as can be. Not to mention that throughout the movie there’s all this talk of dead bodies and femurs. The Klopeks are supposed to play to our paranoia: they were cast and performed in such a way to make us mistrust them. But man, Reuben just freaked me out.

8 – The Hobbit by Rankin-Bass (1977, but in high rotation in the 80s) – All the Gollum scenes. Brother Theodore, who played Reuben Klopek in the ‘Burbs, was also the voice of Gollum in the Rankin-Bass Hobbit film. Even among Tolkien aficionados, there’s a certain nostalgia for this film. Sure, Andy Serkis is great—the performance is complex and heartbreaking and a wonder of CGI and motion capture technologies. But did Serkis’s voice haunt your dreams for decades like Brother Theodore’s? I don’t think so. Especially when he discovers his Precious is gone and his eyes go all wild. As of yet I’ve never seen a depiction of Gollum that incorporates as much horror, desperation, and emotion as this one.

7 – The Goonies (1985)- The corpse in the freezer scene. Sure, Mama Fratelli is terrifying. But let’s face it: when she tried to cut off Mouth’s tongue we knew it was all in good fun. However, when Chunk is caught in the freezer—all he wanted was some ice cream!—with a huge corpse falling all over him… yeah. The fear was palpable. And while there are many other scenes in that movie I love (“You know something, Willie? You’re the first Goonie.”) the corpse falling is what stood out in my mind for years whenever I thought “Goonies.”

6 – Stand by Me (1986) – The corpse scene. Apparently there’s a Corey Feldman theme going on here, as well as a corpse theme, but we’ll leave that discussion for another day. Stand by Me is a heart-wrenching film, especially when you watch it at a young age (which, considering its R-rating, I probably shouldn’t seen as young as I did, at about 9). However, I did see the film. When the boys finally stumble upon the body of Ray Brower, that finality of death is so sudden, so real, that the whole movie seems to hinge on it. It’s like the whole film holds its breath. Then Gordy loses it, and I lose it… and yeah. Death may be the most scary thing of all, since we all have to cope with it at one point or another.

5 – Labyrinth (1986) – The first goblin scenes. Usually the puppets in Jim Henson’s work don’t freak me out. But the sudden pan to the whispering, waiting, creepy puppets in the Goblin King’s realm hoping Sara will say just the right words… man, what a setup. The whole movie is sprinkled with horrific moments, not the least of which include the constant shots of David Bowie’s, um, costar in his pants. But as far as setting the tone for a film to be truly terrifying, it quite fits the bill.

4 – The Watcher in the Woods (1980) – The Karen in the mirror scenes. While not entirely a horror film—according to Wikipedia it was supposed to be family friendly—The Watcher in the Woods shook me to my core. Bette Davis is in it, too, and she basically tries to make summon the spirit of her missing daughter Karen into the daughter of her houses’s new residents. There’s a bunch of weird stuff, including a seance with a huge bell, and a guy named the Watcher (who’s apparently an alien) among other things. Karen wanders around in a series of scenes, trapped and blindfolded and… I’m going to stop writing right now. I’m still scared.

3 – E.T. (1982) – E.T. pink and bloated by the river. My parents loved E.T. And I pretended to. Except the thing was, every time E.T. ran away and Eliot found him by the river, my brain erupted into flames of terror. So I pretended to fall asleep every time we watched it just so I could escape the horror. Except I couldn’t, because as I tried to go to sleep I would run the scene over and over again in my head.

2 – Return to Oz (1985) – Mombi’s heads. “Dorothy Gayle! Dorothy Gayle!” Finding one horrifying thing in Return to Oz amidst the myriad choices is a little difficult. There’s no place to start, really, considering how weird, wonderful, and warped the film is. I mean, Wheeler dying by turning into sand? Electrocution? The Gnome king? Talking chickens? Well, that all pales in comparison to Mombi’s hall of heads. All these lovely women, their beautiful heads harvested for this hideous witch, all with open eyes and calling Dorothy’s name. Hello, therapy!

1 – The Neverending Story (1984) – The death of Artax. For once we don’t have the Henson Company to blame (though I could have included some scenes from The Dark Crystal on here). Just so you know, folks: when a boy’s horse dies—not just dies, but is slowly consumed by sinking sand while he screams and claws and cries and does everything in his power to save him… but fails… that’s a little intense. I never got over that, I don’t think. Pretty, pretty horsie. *sniff*

How about you? What were the films that scared you in your childhood that weren’t part of the Halloween canon? I don’t know, these scenes are scarier to me than all of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies put together. Mostly because the horror in them is, well, pretty real and unexpected.

[Top Image: MGM, Mombi; bottom image Goblins in Labyrinth, Jim Henson Company]

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324 Responses to Ten of the Scariest Scenes in 80s Movies I Saw as a Kid

  1. Every time there's a thunderstorm, despite my love of thunderstorms, I think about the horrific clown scene from Poltergeist. Pretty much anything from Poltergeist is terrifying though. Remember the crawling meat?

    • Absolutely. Poltergeist clown and maggots scenes should not have been left out. Horrifying when I was a child! :D

    • I only watched the beginning of Poltergeist with the girl in front of the tv by myself in the dark, shrieked in terror when the hand comes out and couldn't sleep in a room with a television for years

    • Whenever someone mentions Poltergeist, I always remember the scene where she fell into that hole in the backyard that was going to be their swimming pool. The storm had filled it half full of rainwater and after she slides in and re-surfaces, all those coffins and rotted bodies are floating around her and right in her face. That freaked me out and even though I haven't seen the movie in over 15 years, I still remember that scene vividly. Yikes!

  2. How about any scene from "The Peanut Butter Solution". I forgot I had even seen it till a friend brought it up… I think it was a repressed memory.

    • LOL, I had firmly convinced myself that movie was purely a figment of my twisted childhood imagination since I couldn't remember the title to look it up and I've never met anyone in my life who'd actually seen it.

      • I was starting to feel that way too. "Remember that kid who makes a 'solution' with peanut butter and dead flies? His hair had fallen out, he painted the solution on his head and his hair grew *really* long… Some creepy guy cut his hair, then, and used it to make magical paint brushes…" Yeah, that doesn't sound like a figment of a twisted childhood imagination. At. All.

    • I was totally just telling my husband about this movie and my hubby thought I made it up….that was a warped one!!

    • lol, I tell so many people about this movie and they look at me like i have 3 heads…I'm like come on!! he adds too much peanut butter cause it was runny and his hair grows too fast and the chinese kid puts it..you know where…and it grows outof his pants during class!

    • i had a tape of Ghostbuster's as a child…maybe 5…i used to watch it endlessly until it fell apart…i loved that movie…the part that always freaked me out was when Dana was turning into the Gate Keeper…and turned into that dog thing…freaked me out, but somehow i couldn't stop watching it.

  3. Thank goodness I'm not alone! I saw Watcher in the Woods when I was about 6 and apparently it gave me nightmares for a year. I still can't look into a mirror in the dark because of it.

    • It's a horrible movie now, in a whole other way. Maybe it's just because I saw it for the first time in my life aged 21 while drunk, so just can't take it's tackiness seriously (even though I can see that kinda thing might be nostalgically scary to some as other things are to me).

    • Oh lawd… IT was my immediate #1. I still can't stand to see a clown, brings back memories of Pennywise, and I was terrified of those storm drains in the sidewalk for ages!

    • …i remember watching IT as a child(6 or 7) for a good while after that i couldent take a shower without stuffing the drain O.o…

    • I agree with you Karry, regarding Stephen Kings 'It'. I saw it as an adult for the first and last time ever and I had to keep telling myself, 'it's just a movie' and even though I did to get through it, it doesn't help me now many years later. I don't like that kind of 'clowning' around. With Richard Thomas starring in this movie, I have trouble even watching him in the Waltons now days for the first time..This movie should never have been made with it reflecting on childrens minds…No wonder here why we're seeing so many kids growing into weird/uptight larger little kids. This is one of the many movies I frown on..just too scary. Shame on you Mr. Thomas on going from John Boy to this … how dissapointing. My scariest movie at 11, was 'Night of the living dead'..Again, I know it's just a movie, but how gross..

    • OMG, yes! I saw It when I was 10 for the first time, and I had nightmares for a week! And I refused to shower after that, only baths, for nearly a month … I STILL sometimes shudder looking at shower drains …

  4. I've apparently got about a decade on our author, so most of my scariest go back to late-night runs of old thrillers on TV. In the 80's, however, my Achilles Heel was the suspense more than the actual scares. Waiting for the hitchhiker to show up in the woman's house in Creepshow, for instance.

    On the other hand, I had a B&W TV as a youth, and remember several scary late-night episodes of The Twilight Zone ("Talking Tina", the late-night caller, the airplane Gremlin, the Ventriloquist Dummy, and Agnes Moorehead all come to mind) which kept me awake for many a night.

    In the 70's, it was old movies like The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill, as well as the little doll in Trilogy of Terror.

    Finally, who among us remembers (or who can forget) Chiller Theater? That hand always gave me more chills than the movies they were showing!

    • Trilogy of Terror ruined me. My parents, brothers and little sister had to look under the bed for me for years after seeing that little doll come to life. And when Karen Black (scary in her own right) finally "kills" it in the oven, the scariest image of the entire movie happens! For the life of me I can't remember the two other stories that make up the trilogy.

      • One of the three was about Karen Black as an irritating housewife who was eventually lured by her apparently long-suffering husband into a closet of some sort where she was then eaten by a monster.

    • Trilogy of Terror ruined me. My parents, brothers and little sister had to look under the bed for me for years after seeing that little doll come to life. And when Karen Black (scary in her own right) finally “kills” it in the oven, the scariest image of the entire movie happens! For the life of me I can’t remember the two other stories that make up the trilogy.

    • OMG, that little doll in Trilogy of Terror was truly terrifying; and I have yet to watch a movie as scary as The Exorcist – and still won't watch it alone. That scene with the bed rising up had me spooked for many years and the priest being given Last Rites as he lay bloody and dying at the bottom of those steps was deeply deeply disturbing. ( I think this might have been a 70s movie though.)

    • I definately agree with Twilight Zone. All of them scared the pants off me. That old man sneezed his nose off and I was so scared to get sick. And then the kid that controlled everyone in the house and took his sisters mouth away! I was scared of my brother for a month!!! (Sorry if I am remembering details wrong. I was probably to scared to remember right.) I laugh now at some of the stuff that scared me. Other things still get me.

  5. Oh my gosh! I think that Watcher in the Woods may be my number 1 from my childhood… I _still_ get the shibbers thinking about it!

  6. this is totally from memory as i've not watched the movie since childhood; the scene in Something Wicked This Way Comes when the spiders start appearing all over the boy's room. *shudders*

    • There was always a commercial during that scene and our dad would make us go outside to lock up the van, but of course he would always be in it or under it, or one time he was laying on top of it, it terrified us but we have great memories of dads weird sense of humor.

    • I have to go with Salems Lot as well. But the scene with the vampire in the rocking chair. "Look at me! Look at ME, teacher!" Still freaks me out!

  7. I'd add the scene from Neverending Story when he kills the Nothing Wolf in the cave. I was certain that big wolf thing lived in my basement! The first five minutes of Jaws scarred me for life, and The Dark Crystal is also pretty creepy.

    • Oh, god, that scene scared the dickens out of me, too. I had nightmares about Gmork forever.

      But now I want to get out my red-and-green-printed copy of the book (in the original German) and read it :)

    • I was going to post the same thing. It's probably been 15 years since I last saw it, but I watched it all the time as a kid up to my early teen years. The fact that I regularly have nightmares about (were)wolves that look like that … I'm pretty sure Neverending Story is to blame.

    • I'm with you Lisa, although I was less upset by the wolf as I was by the idea of The Nothing. I couldn't understand it properly but I just new it terrified me (and it still does!)

      I also had nightmares for years over the Death of the Skeksis Emperor, it really was a very unpleasant film, but I loved it.

      In fact – thinking about it – the three films I adore the most from my childhood, The Dark Crystal, NeverEnding Story and Labyrinth were all pretty scary. And although it was a travesty of a sequel, the memory draining machine from NeverEnding Story 2 was pretty bad too!

    • This is absolutely the scariest scene from any 80's movie, that scene sticks in my mind so many years later.

  8. WIllie Wonka (the Gene Wilder version) when the spoiled girl blew up like a blueberry. Also the flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz. Those both freaked me out when I was little.

  9. That's exactly what I thought of the second I read the title of this article. I used to be so freaked out by that scene.

  10. This is spot on… I feel so much better about my childhood now, knowing i'm not the only one who had the crap scared out of them by this…

  11. Brother Theodore (Reuben from The 'Burbs) warrants a search on Youtube. Just trust me and do it. Despite having been on Letterman's show a number of times he's a practically completely unknown genius.

  12. Wall Street, when Gordon Gecko gets taped and then caught. I cried and cried, and my Mom had to take me out of the theater, I was so inconsolable. Tragic scene; haunts me to this day.

  13. Wall Street, when Gordon Gecko gets taped and then caught. I cried and cried, and my Mom had to take me out of the theater, I was so inconsolable. Tragic scene; haunts me to this day.

  14. The bathtub scene in ghostbusters 2 when it tries to eat oscar, that scared me silly my dad said i was on top of his head so scared, only until recently i was able to watch that scene.

  15. Frodooooo and the nine fingers… and the ring of dooooom!

    That's all I remember from Frodo. (Or was that a different hobbit movie?)

    • That was from Return of the King. I saw it on TV. The details of how these movies came about is strange. After The Hobbit a director named Ralph Bakshi made another animated film as The Lord of the Rings but he never finished it. Although it was released it of course leaves you hanging at the end. Then the guys that made the original Hobbit loosley picked up where Bakshi left off and there you have the original (albeit sketchy and weird) trilogy

  16. I was about five when I saw labyrinth and I still remember being scared out of my mind and sobbing like an infant at those opening scenes.

  17. digressing to the future a little but a movie that scared me immensely was I Am Legend, it should be illegal for film makers to kill a dog that they make you love for half the movie and then a little later show you that he could have lived and been turned back to normal. anyway i'm sure a film maker did that in the 80's too. shameful

    • They do that in a ton of movies, mostly horror. Most people react stronger to the killing of an animal than to the killing of a person in movies.

    • They do that in a ton of movies, mostly horror. Most people react stronger to the killing of an animal than to the killing of a person in movies.

    • I couldn't agree more! Why couldn't Will Smith get bitten and then he finds the cure before he succumbed to it!

  18. That blindfolded girl in the mirror (not to mention some part in the stream where Davis is pushing her down with the stick) from Watcher in the Woods freaked me the HELL out.

    Also, yes, The Dark Crystal–specifically the part where Kira's getting drained in the lab. *shudders*

    • Just looking at B. Davis was a freaky experience. Even though she was one of the best I don't think she had to do much acting in order to scare people.

  19. How about in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" where Judge Doom gets squished by the steam roller then gets dunked in the dip machine. Holy crap.

  20. Something Wicked This Way Comes has many weird and scary parts, but the backwards carousel thingie got me the most.

    That and when the guy in Robocop gets dumped in the radioactive sludge, then comes out like he's half melted and dissolves into splattery goo when hit by a car? yea, that one sat with me for a while.

  21. I concur with this list. Additions would be:

    * Gorax from The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage.

    * Pennywise from Stephen King's IT when he's peeping behind the drying sheet.

    * 80s Doctor Who. Every episode. *Shudders*

    * Wurzel Gummidge.

    * That scene from Creepshow where the sludge on the lake sucks the skin off that girl through the cracks in the raft.

    * The Wizard of Oz. Not an 80s film, but scary as.

  22. Yes! Mombis heads AND when the Gnome king transforms. Not sure if that's epic or scary.

    Someone comments Poltergeist, the decomposition part, that scared to a point were I couldn't even stop watching.

    Others:

    Neverending story- Like you said, Death of Artax
    The Labyrinth- The part when the Goblins are hiding behind the furniture
    Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer: Ok, so that's no a movie, it's a videoclip, but the ending is one of the horrific things I've ever seen. Worst thing is, it was relatevily unintentional.
    Edward Scissorhands: Edward's look when he kills Jim
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Doom's death
    N.I.M.H: When Mrs. Brisby has to escape from the guard. Or the Owl. Or the cat. Or how the cage moved when Brisby was in it Or.. wah, loads of things. It didn't scare me as much as the Poltergeist part though.
    The Witches: When Bruno turns into a mouse. That movie in general gave me nightmares

  23. Despite the animated bunnines, Watership Down is NOT a kids movie.
    I haven't watched it since the 80's but remembering the attack on the hill, the blood and death and then it goes all mystic… -still unnerves me.

  24. I can't believe Ghoulies didn't make the list. That monster popping out of toilet was pretty freaky, but the clown scene messed me up for years. I remember having vivid nightmares of monster clowns even at 5 years old.

  25. You think those are scary? Try walking into the room while your parents are watching "The Thing" and seeing a dog's head being peeled open (especially when you're already afraid of barking dogs anyway)…

  26. Tied for first: Tim Curry as the devil in Legend. Medusa in the original Clash of the Titans. I could never look her in the eye for more than a millisecond. Can't beat Harryhausen.

    • The scene at the end of Superman 3 – when the lady turns into a robot used to scare the crap out of me!

      I hated watching that scene. I was only about 4 when that movie came out but yet the lady scientist turning into a robot was about the only thing I remember. Even today looking at that scene is creepy as hell.

  27. Mom took us to see Ralph Bakshi's Wizards when it came out. Cartoon=kids' movie. Rotoscoped death, blood, and brutality. Not what a small child should see.

  28. Watcher in the Woods was TERRIFYING. There's something about movies filmed in the 70s – they all seem to have such an air of menace. I think it might be lack of score in so many scenes. I recently bought it on DVD, and it's still scary! I still jump whenever the glass cracks.

  29. The entirety of Disney's The Black Cauldron. That movie still gives me nightmares, and I can't watch zombie movies without thinking of that movie.

    • Toatlly agree with you. The Black Cauldron was terrifying. It gave me nightmares for weeks. I also was halfway scared to death by IT (Stephen King), I watched it when I was about 9 on an evening all alone at home and seriously chewed through the couch cussions out of terror. Then there was the show Fraggle Rock I could never watch because I was sooooo afraid of the Gorgs.

  30. When I was little nothing frightened me more than watching "The Dark Crystal". The death of the Skeksi and the rest of them clawing like rabid animals at the fresh corspes crown, the big mechanical bugs coming after the Gelflings and Augra and the Landstriders. And what about the zombiefied Gelflings (like Kira) as they have their very life force sucked away from them by the crystal shard and the damned Skeksi drinking it like freakin' crack heads. I was ALWAYS bothered by the fact that as I got older I realized that not only were the Skeksi and the Mystics mirror images of eachother (in theory, they were the good and bad halfs of one whole being – who you finally see at the end of the movie when the shard is made complete again) but that underscores like slavery and human (or Gelfling) trafficking were a huge piece of the story.

    Oh and it's true….only girl Gelflings have wings….silly boys…

  31. Everyone always makes fun of me for being afraid of E.T!! But truly that movie terrified me, and terrifies me to this day. I love your list, because all those movies completely frightened me as a child, and other people never really seemed to think they were scary on the same level that I did. Till now – thank you for the validation!

  32. The scariest thing, hands down: The close-up of the woman opening her robot eyes in Superman III.

  33. The scariest thing, hands down: The close-up of the woman opening her robot eyes in Superman III.

  34. Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) I remember seeing this as a kid. Is was a rerun on TV and I still to this day cannot forget the image of the half snake "thing". I still wake up in the middle of the night after having nightmares about half snake/half human "things" crawling around my house.
    Cat People ranks high on my list of scariest eve. I lived in the boonies and we only watched TV occasionally. So the scary stuff from my childhood is the stuff from an earlier generation. I read a lot though and Stephen King's Tommyknocker will haunt me forever.

  35. There were two movies from the 80's that absolutely scarred me as a kid, Poltergeist and The Gremlins. I had nightmares, deep horrific nightmares, about both of those movies. There was a gap between my bed and the wall where a gremlin could hide from the hall light and though I knew there weren't any little green presonifications of evil there – in theory there could have been.

  36. Mine will always be that seen in THE SENTINEL when the dead father walks from one end of the room to the other. In the dark. Nekked. I freaked out. I had nightmares. And then a month later I saw that nekked old hag come toward Jack Nicholson from out of the bath scene in THE SHINING. Nekked, old, dead people creep me out.

  37. Stephen King's "Carrie"….the scariest part is when you least expect it. The hand coming out of the grave while the credits are rolling at the end. My son, in one fluid motion, went from sitting on the floor into my lap when that came on.

    • Very true. I almost did a back flip out of my seat when that hand shot up and out of the ground. Truly a most startling moment for me.

  38. Stephen King’s “Carrie”….the scariest part is when you least expect it. The hand coming out of the grave while the credits are rolling at the end. My son, in one fluid motion, went from sitting on the floor into my lap when that came on.

  39. HOLY SHIT. ONE JUST GOT ME, EARLIER.Dustin Hoffman in Hook. Okay, sure, early 90s, but it can count. And not any particular scene, but that one where he's slowly, creepily winning Peter's son over.That still puts the heebie-jeebies into me. Not so much the actual portrayal, which is laughable now, but the whole mentality of this guy wanting to steal kids away from their dad, who was Peter fucking Pan, who'd effectively sacrificed his own life for theirs already, years before the story even began. The whole idea that someone like that could exist scared me then and scares me to this day, even beyond actual murderers, it's safe to say.

    Edit – Just realised I'd started oddly rhyming towards the end of that. Go me.

    • Desperate, horrible screaming ALWAYS got me as a kid. The scene in Hook with the "Boo Box" with the scorpions TERRIFIED me! I remember having to pull my TMNT sheets off the bed every night before going to bed just to make sure there were no scorpions in there.

      Also, when they rip the clothes off the Skeksi and he's screaming….. ugggg.

      10 seconds into the Goblin scene in Labyrinth in the beginning, where they're all waiting for her to say the right words caused me to run screaming from my neighbor's house, sprint back over into my house and hide in the basement (counter-intuitive, I know… I wasn't thinking straight). I didn't watch the movie past those first five minutes until I was in my 20s when all my friends were talking about it… it was about the same time I could watch Beetlejuice after being scarred from watching Davis & Baldwin age rapidly at age 5.

  40. Peanut Butter solution, Paperhouse, the scene from Mouse and his boy explaining infinity, unico, the last unicorn….

  41. I'm still freaked out by Goonies, I might have been 80s kid but it was way scary to me with my wild imagination.

  42. the death of Artax in the Neverending Story wasnt scary, but it messed me up for life. i HATE that scene. so traumatic and sad. i mean Atreyu is cold, wet, and in a world of muck, then his horse gets stuck and he's cheerfully all, "come on Artax, lets go" then when the horse just stays there and he's freaking out trying to get the horse out, i just cried

    its a bit much for a kid. The wolf scared me more. i just cried!

  43. I used to get nightmares from Beetlejuice, in particular the part near the end where the sculptures come to life

  44. This just reminds me of how unscary kids movies are today! We need more corpses in Disney pictures, less fluffy dogs.

  45. I agree with many things on this list, but am I the only person that was freaked out by the 3-boobed Harpy from The Last Unicorn as a child? To this day that voice is still the scariest sounding thing in the world, in my opinion.

  46. I can relate to the whole list and many of the comments, but my number one will always be Legend and the first time we see Darkness (Tim Curry) and that smile of his – I ran from the room. I was at my brothers house and down the hall the adults were planning his upcoming wedding and I put in the VCR what I thought would a nice film about unicorns and instead my seven year old self was permanently scarred and I can't look at Curry to this day without seeing that vicious smile and all the make-up. Just a few years later I saw a picture of Pennywise and knew exactly what was behind that evil clown – Darkness!!! Interestingly enough, as a teenage, IT was me and my friends favorite film. I own both Legend and IT, actually I think I own and watch often just about every movie listed in the article and each and everyone of them gave me the creeps. What does that say about me?

    • Finally somebody mentioned Legend!!! By far the best movie when it comes to golbins, elves, gnomes, unicorns, and all that fairy tale stuff!!!!

    • Large Marge in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. To this day I have a hard time looking at her face.

      She was pretty scary to me even without turning into the monster. Her stone cold look and a big woman who drove trucks.

  47. Most of the animated movie Heavy Metal freaked me out…never did well with rotting corpses coming to life so the plane scene just did it for me. My first experience with animated naked people and sex kinda balanced it out tho. Fascinating!

  48. i didn't grow up in the 80's but in the 90's and saw allot of these movies as a kid, and i totally agree, but the part in the labyrinth that scared me the most was the pink guys throwing their own heads around. they always creeped me out and so i would go get a snack or something when that scene started.

  49. How can u forget The Omen, ok maybe Im a little older than u guys, but I had nightmares, and it was more because I hated the music. Wow, you could scare me with just that.

    • i was absolutely terrified of being abandoned after watching the brave little toaster as a child; i was so convinced that my parents would just leave me in the house one day waiting for them to come back for years…. speaking of abandonment movies…. the Land Before Time, Dumbo and Bambi were three other movies that gave me panic attacks as a child

  50. I will never, ever, ever be able to watch that scene in Neverending story without bawling… and I'm a grown woman now.

  51. Bigfoot/Harry & the Hendersons where he pops up in the front window of the car after they've put him on top. I used to run out of my room about 3 mins before the scene and put my fingers in my ears

    • I don't remember much about that movie other than when I was a kid I used to bawl my eyes out near the end…I think it had something to do with the part where they are trying to get Harry to go back in the woods and are saying stuff like "we don't want you, get lost etc" I just remember crying like hell when the movie was almost over

  52. does anyone remember a film clip abut a man wit a top had floats out of an alley wit a walking stick and he looks up at a window cuz the light was on and it was a mother putting her son 2 bed and the man flys threw the window 2 get the child

  53. Great list! Return to Oz freaked the living crap out of me. The beginning where Dorothy is being treated for delusional beliefs about the exsistance of OZ and shes about to be given shock treatments GOD! Forget the screaming heads man Kansis is the true horror!
    And then in Oz they bring that poor couch creature with the moose head to life but when the rope holding him together breaks and he falls to pieces and he is still alive and…..they just leave him there when they could just as easily have gone back with new rope and tethered him back together…but they dont, they just leave him there alive and sentient to just exsist in piceses, alone!…until the last of magic wheres off. Can you get a sadder horror than that…disposable loved ones… Arrrgh, sob, shudder!

  54. All i remember is I was about 7 or 8 yrs. old flipping through channels (this was 1989 so the choices were pretty limited) And i stopped on a channel, went to go do something & then upon coming back into to living room finally looking @ the TV… I saw that this little boy & his mother had trapped something so cute & innocent sounding inside their fireplace. what on earth could this be? "Andy, Nooo…we're friends to the end? right?" The little boy replied "This IS the end..friend!"…then the little boy lit the match, threw it into the fireplace & the serial killer doll known as Chucky began his long, tormenting stay in my dreams! haha.

    • THINK…HE IS BACK…haunting World of Warcraft Cataclysm…having escaped Wrath of Lich King where my grandaughter rez.d in fireplace and we had everyone online trying get her out as she was too big. No offense…that is her toon…ANd none will use Logitech headphones cuz they reveal half the guys are gals or vice versa and who cares but a cool guild will empty rapidly when breaking news is lay off crit. Greatgrams seven alts as she is ours and will be in guild with or without u so there. Ineff. or not I quit too cuz of game lag but am back on after telling them I had better games on my desk top…but feel free to delete me…go to Wuerking Animations…just found that this am and am scared to death myself….clicked the blue sky map….outta here…Weebakmockin

  55. I didn't realize anyone else had even seen Watcher in the Woods! The Never Ending Story, Return to Oz, and The Labyrinth are also all childhood favorites. In The Never Ending Story what scared me the most (I just sobbed every time I watched Artax sink) was when Atreyu has to walk past the giant things with laser eyes, and that whole thing with the wolf with glowing eyes.

    I also have a nomination: The Gate. The little goblins were scary, but the parts that terrified me the most were finding the family dog dead in the bedroom and the dead guy that was in the wall. For MANY years I was afraid to get to close up against the wall when I slept because I was afraid there was a dead body in there.

  56. Didn’t “Watcher in the Woods” have a part with a sudden cut from a relatively quite scene to a loud, screaming witch attached to a rollercoaster? If so, then I’ll never forget getting up just before that to get something from the table where the TV was and nearly having a heart attack and falling backwards when the sudden scream pierced the room (to the mirth of my mother and sister).

    Also, I still don’t like the creepy squeaking of the Wheelers, the giant heads in the cavern, and pretty much most of the creepy stuff from “Return to OZ” (why oh why did American McGee cancel OZ?)

  57. another terrifying moment in E.T. – When ET is sick and all doped out and white just sitting in the hallway looking over.

    Also, in the Dark Crystal some of those scenes where they meshed actual people running from far and then close up shots of the gelflings. That struck me the wrong way when I was young, they looked creepy.

  58. You Know what's Really Messed Up about your Number 1 top scariest sceens as a kid movie thing… inthe book. Artax could talk. And while Atryeu is begging and pledding Artax to pull himself out of hte swamp of Sarrows Artax is begging and pleading for Atreyu to let him die. Screaming about how he wwants to die he welcomes death … it's like ten times more depressing easily

  59. You forgot "The Witches" with Angelica Houston. The part where the little girl is trapped in the paitning always freaked me out. I still have nightmares about it!

  60. OMG! I was terrified of the Moie watcher in the Woods. When the old woman (Betty Davis) Pushes the girl underwater with the branch to dislodge her…I was sure that this was a murder taking place right in front of me. I didn't fully watch the whole movie until I was 14!!! But I had no issues with JAWS? Go Disney. Hahaha

  61. I’d say you have a slightly low tolerance for whats considered scarry. You state valid points to be sure, I’m not trying to come off like it’s cool to be desensitized or anything, but I’d hate to see your reaction to what I have seen! The 60ies had a few things to say about scary; Barbarella, yes the Jane Fonda ‘classic’. (As Dan Akroyd used to say on SNL) Those killer flesh eating childrens dolls the apokolipse like children played with, they screamed as they walked and chomped their way towards you!-forget about it, not to mention those kids themselves, murderous lot that they were, were completely unnerving. Then there were the killer budgy birds in another ‘trap’ Barbarella fell into-If that doesn’t give you nightmares, you should check for a pulse! Oh ya, these sadistic robots that seem to keep the murderous children in line, the sound they made, made quite in impression to an adolescent me.
    The 60ies sopa opera Dark Shadows, had creepy statues that spoke, a woman had a literal skeleton in her closet she used to have conversations with, then there was the TV show UFO, some of the perils of being at the mercy of deep cold space left me terrified anything NASA. Last but not least, The 3 Stooges, (of all things) had a movie called The # Stooges In Orbit, with 2 (or 3) of the scariest (to a kid) Frankenstein looking aliens that were after them. What was happening wasn’t scary, what they looked like was, I was about 7 or so when I saw this.

  62. I'd say you have a slightly low tolerance for whats considered scarry. You state valid points to be sure, I'm not trying to come off like it's cool to be desensitized or anything, but I'd hate to see your reaction to what I have seen! The 60ies had a few things to say about scary; Barbarella, yes the Jane Fonda 'classic'. (As Dan Akroyd used to say on SNL) Those killer flesh eating childrens dolls the apokolipse like children played with, they screamed as they walked and chomped their way towards you!-forget about it, not to mention those kids themselves, murderous lot that they were, were completely unnerving. Then there were the killer budgy birds in another 'trap' Barbarella fell into-If that doesn't give you nightmares, you should check for a pulse! Oh ya, these sadistic robots that seem to keep the murderous children in line, the sound they made, made quite in impression to an adolescent me.
    The 60ies sopa opera Dark Shadows, had creepy statues that spoke, a woman had a literal skeleton in her closet she used to have conversations with, then there was the TV show UFO, some of the perils of being at the mercy of deep cold space left me terrified anything NASA. Last but not least, The 3 Stooges, (of all things) had a movie called The # Stooges In Orbit, with 2 (or 3) of the scariest (to a kid) Frankenstein looking aliens that were after them. What was happening wasn't scary, what they looked like was, I was about 7 or so when I saw this.

    • The point is, these are scenes that are scary to a kid – if you saw these movies for the first time as an adult, they are probably not scary at all, just like the movies you saw in the 60s were probably considered tame by the adults of the time. Everyone has low tolerance as a kid, and when you revisit the same movies as an adult, it brings to mind all the nightmares you thought you had forgotten about…

    • Now you reminded me of Lord of the Flies possibly one of the MOST terrifying films I have ever seen and long as I live I will n-e-v-e-r get over Patty Mcormack being struck by lighting in the Bad Seed scary just scary. Good thing I didn't see The Wicker Man until I was an adult but I had the misfortune of seeing Phantasm when I was younger I'm scarred for life.

    • Now you reminded me of Lord of the Flies possibly one of the MOST terrifying films I have ever seen and long as I live I will n-e-v-e-r get over Patty Mcormack being struck by lighting in the Bad Seed scary just scary. Good thing I didn’t see The Wicker Man until I was an adult but I had the misfortune of seeing Phantasm when I was younger I’m scarred for life.

    • Now you reminded me of Lord of the Flies possibly one of the MOST terrifying films I have ever seen and long as I live I will n-e-v-e-r get over Patty Mcormack being struck by lighting in the Bad Seed scary just scary. Good thing I didn’t see The Wicker Man until I was an adult but I had the misfortune of seeing Phantasm when I was younger I’m scarred for life.

  63. The seen in The Shining when Jack Nicholson is making out with the woman who killed herself in the bathtub of room 236. Then, there's the seen in The Changeling where the woman goes upstairs to see if anyone is there and as she enters the dead kid's old room the kid's wheelchair turns around and chases her out the door and down the stairs. GASP!

  64. Jesus, did no one see Killer Clowns from Outer Space when they were a kid?? The puppet scene scared the crap out of me. If you've seen it, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

  65. Holy shit dude, Large Marge gave me nightmares! SHE SHOULD BE ON THIS LIST. Meh, Mombi's heads didn't scare me half as much as those sick fucks TRYING TO GIVE DOROTHY SHOCK TREATMENTS AT THE BEGININNING. It turned my stomach as a kid to watch that. And I was far more freaked out when Mama Fratelli has Chunk's hand over the blender *gag* So many iconic movies for me there though…

  66. We've all got a lot of overlap in childhood fears, apparently. The scene from E.T. that you mentioned freaked me out, but the scream at the swingset scared the hell out of me every time I heard it. It didn't help that we had the read along cassette that prominently featured it as well.

  67. I was very freaked out by "Return to Oz." The scene where the headless witch is after Dorthy bothered me on many levels when I was a child. Glad to see I'm not alone.

  68. I have read all the comments, and I agree with all of you, I just have to say, you've made me feel so less crazy! I thought I was the only one scared of ET, I watched that movie only ONCE in my life, and couldn't do it again till this day (I'm 28)
    And as for the Neverending Story… so many scary scenes… the gmork all movie long… the sphynxis, both the north and south ones, the mirror in the snow… FALCOR, that's a hell of a creepy creature…
    I also still cry when I see Artax die… it's awful…

    Thanks for sharing!!

  69. I have read all the comments, and I agree with all of you, I just have to say, you’ve made me feel so less crazy! I thought I was the only one scared of ET, I watched that movie only ONCE in my life, and couldn’t do it again till this day (I’m 28)
    And as for the Neverending Story… so many scary scenes… the gmork all movie long… the sphynxis, both the north and south ones, the mirror in the snow… FALCOR, that’s a hell of a creepy creature…
    I also still cry when I see Artax die… it’s awful…

    Thanks for sharing!!

  70. What about the Dark Crystal? When the Skeksis dies (when he lurches up suddenly and gargles "I'M NOT DEAD YET" or something before he finally does die and crumbles) at the beginning? Or when the life force gets sucked out of the little potato head guy?? Freaked me out.

    Poltergeist is definitely up there too. Still can't watch it as an adult. :/

  71. The most mind-scarring scene in an 80s movie that I can remember was The Fly (1986), where Seth Brundle is arm wrestling a brute, Marky, in a bar for $100 the right to take the man's woman from him. The scene of Seth literally ripping the man's wrist bone, and the horrific high-pitched scream coming from Marky are enough to leave a little kid scarred for life. I couldn't believe how callous the woman was at the sight of her boyfriend virtually getting his hand ripped off his arm. She goes off with Seth as if nothing happened.

  72. The most mind-scarring scene in an 80s movie that I can remember was The Fly (1986), where Seth Brundle is arm wrestling a brute, Marky, in a bar for $100 the right to take the man’s woman from him. The scene of Seth literally ripping the man’s wrist bone, and the horrific high-pitched scream coming from Marky are enough to leave a little kid scarred for life. I couldn’t believe how callous the woman was at the sight of her boyfriend virtually getting his hand ripped off his arm. She goes off with Seth as if nothing happened.

  73. The 50s version of "The Fly" . At the end when the tiny fly with a human head is desperately screaming "help me" as he is about to be eaten in spider web. The guy drops a rock on the hapless creature to put him out of his misery. I had nightmares for weeks.

  74. The 50s version of “The Fly” . At the end when the tiny fly with a human head is desperately screaming “help me” as he is about to be eaten in spider web. The guy drops a rock on the hapless creature to put him out of his misery. I had nightmares for weeks.

  75. The 50s version of “The Fly” . At the end when the tiny fly with a human head is desperately screaming “help me” as he is about to be eaten in spider web. The guy drops a rock on the hapless creature to put him out of his misery. I had nightmares for weeks.

  76. The 50s version of "The Fly" . At the end when the tiny fly with a human head is desperately screaming "help me" as he is about to be eaten in spider web. The guy drops a rock on the hapless creature to put him out of his misery. I had nightmares for weeks.

    • Agreed. So sad. Also in the 50s, my parents took me to see the animated film version of Animal Farm (yes, THAT Animal Farm!). I must have been around 5 and sobbed uncontrollably when they hauled the old horse off to the glue factory … I think it's what made me a lifelong Liberal!

  77. Pffft. I watched WAY scarier stuff than this as a kid. Never-Ending Story? Pfft. Poltergeist? Yeah. THAT was scary. Of course, now I'm not really afraid of anything, so it turned out ok. :D

  78. In David Cronenberg's "The Brood" the scene where the camera looks up beside the stairs to see one of the Brood peeking through the bannister, who immediately withdraws and leaves bloody hand (mitten?) prints on that pristine white-painted surface gives me the WILLIES to this day!

  79. Apologies in advance that these aren't 80s movies (however, "The Brood" mentioned in my first comment below is ALMOST 80s, showing a date of 1979).

    Any scene in "Don't Look Now" (1973) that contains the little girl(?) in the red hooded mack (raincoat to those not familiar with this bit o' Brit terminology). And that finale scene… Omigawd, chills my blood every time.

    Speaking of disturbing finale scenes…. Paranormal Activity (which IMHO had quite a few disturbing bits throughout).

  80. Does anyone know what movie/show this was– circa 1985, high school teacher gets possessed by some kind of vicious supernatural force residing in a sphinx-like statue…there's a scene where she tries to clear her head in the school bathroom, and her reflection's eyes glow read and it snarls and grabs her hand…..scared the CRAP out of me as a kid.

  81. i like this person, infact i skipped work today(you see i'm disabled).but i got a butt-hole of a brother-in-law who insist i go to work instead of enjoying my free-time i got left on earth. one day i'll be rid of my inlaws for good. cesar lopez-peace out

  82. Wow “Watcher in the Woods” – you’ve just brought those “dead-and-buried-in-my-head” scenes back to life – very scary film for me as a kid.

  83. Wow “Watcher in the Woods” – you’ve just brought those “dead-and-buried-in-my-head” scenes back to life – very scary film for me as a kid.

  84. Wow "Watcher in the Woods" – you've just brought those "dead-and-buried-in-my-head" scenes back to life – very scary film for me as a kid.

  85. Wow “Watcher in the Woods” – you’ve just brought those “dead-and-buried-in-my-head” scenes back to life – very scary film for me as a kid.

  86. I can't BELIEVE nobody mentioned the wooods scene in Snow White and the little boy turning into a donkey in Pinnochio or the fight with the whale and Don Bluth practically ruined MANY a childhood with movies like 'Watership Down' 'The Plague Dogs' and 'Secret of Nimh'. I also HATED the opening scene in Twilight Zone the movie where Dan Arkroyd turns into that freaky demon thing[shudders]

  87. I love most of the movies everyone here is talking about. Cocoon was one that I felt the most unreasonably scared of. I saw that bright floating alien thing in every window in my house for days. Jaws is the only movie that actually changed my life though. Can't go in the ocean more than knee deep without hearing that music.

  88. The ET scene, for sure, is burned into my memory for all time. And the scene with the horse in the Neverending story.

    Alsos,
    The first scene in Hocus Pocus where the little girl wanders TO THE WITCHES HOUSE.
    Another witch one– The Witches where a little girl is trapped in a picture until she dies of old age
    The Three Musketeers where the lady jumps off the cliff
    We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story where the creepy circus guy is, what, disintegrated by crows?
    Flight of the Navigator when the kid wakes up in the ditch
    Actually, the Labyrinth scene with the ball after she dances with Jareth.
    The butterfly tells the unicorn about the red bull in the Last Unicorn.
    The last scene in The Black Hole where Reinhardt and Maximillian merge as they fall into the black hole/hell. A kid's movie?
    The scene in The [old] Time Machine when the morlocks show up. Damn.
    The Wiz scene with the "munchkins"
    Pretty much the whole scene in Pinocchio with Pleasure Island. Thanks Disney. Thanks a lot.

  89. Gmork, the giant black wolf from The Neverending Story terrified me totally and utterly. It took me several years to be able to watch that scene and not be scared. Also agreed with Mombi. The Woman in Black, where she comes flying in over his bed became infamous in our school when we were shown it in a class, we all never forgot how terrifying that was.

  90. umm ok dude, your a wuss. Never-ending story scene when the horse died was not the scariest scene, its when that black wolf all of a sudden just leaped towards the kid, his eyes wide, mouth full of blood and that look that he's going to devour your soul is freaking scary alright. Recheck your fears there cry baby

    • When Artax died, it wasn't really scary…it was just so sad.   And you're right, that scene with the wolf was terrifying!   

    • That is the greatest movie!  I especially love the part where they're sitting around the big dinner table, eating those hideous hot dogs!   Dan Akroyd: "C'mon folks!  fix up some of them dogs, the way I do!"   

  91. Love all these movies! but the scariest for me was the witch with one eye? in the dark crystal….as a child i couldnt watch her…also It…the part where she goes into her childhood home and its actually pennywise(or when pennywise gets the little kid in the beginning) another scary one is the remake of the shining that came on tv sometime in the past 10 yrs…when the chick gets out of the bathtub and comes after the little kid….i screamed and i was an adult by this time! scariest though is still nightmare on elm street when freddy is eating the pizza with the sausage heads…ick!!!

  92. I'm a child of the 80's too. What scared me the most was the little demons attacking from under the bed in The Gate. I was 5 or 6 when I saw it. I would not put my feet down near the edge of my bed for years, I always put them on the floor as far away as I could.

  93. well it wasn't a movie but the only thing that scared me as a child was at the beginning of tales from the crypt when he popped up out the casket and laughed…..the horror

  94. Not an 8-'s movie, but I saw it in '87 when it was a limited re-release in theaters: Disney's Snow White. Now hear me out- the queen-turned-witch laughing maniacally and running through the hills as the lightning flashes and the thunder rolls- pretty scary for a 6-year-old.

    Also, the Black Coach ride and banshees wailing from Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Disney always did make the best scary movies. And this one had Sean Connery in it!

  95. dude you are the biggest pussy. go see nightmare on elm street and then make up a new list. bitch 

  96. Uhhh when I was a younger, willow with Warwick davis use to freak me out I was like 3-4 when i saw it and I haven't watched it to this day cuz of when they turned into pigs. Atleast I think that's how I remember it happening.

    Also there was 2 other movies or maybe tv shows. Infact may have been the same. I only remember 2 scenes the one is where a girl is laughing historically as she falls out of a window. And the second was one of those round wooden things at the top of a banister well it was talking that's all I remember. I do remember being scared to go upstairs by myself as achild

  97.  The Dark Crystal . All the poor little midghet dwarves shoved in  a net, there little face pressed against the rope. Scary movie altogether for a little kid.

  98.  The Dark Crystal . All the poor little midghet dwarves shoved in  a net, there little face pressed against the rope. Scary movie altogether for a little kid.

  99. Large Marge from Pee Wee's Big Adventure
    The librarian ghost from Ghost Busters
    Many scenes from Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Many from The Secret of Nimh

  100. Holy Crap, Neverending story was riddled with horror. The scene in the mausoleum/gazebo thing with the wolf talking to him….blaaargh. But yes, I was emotionally scarred by the drowning of Artax.

  101. I'm with you on E.T., though for me it wasn't the sick, pink E.T. on the riverbank. The scene that spooked me out, every time, was the agents coming over the hill in full on encounter suits.

    Sure, E.T. Was wierd looking, but at least you could deal with him as he was. Mysterious, unknown and unknowable 'people' in masks? Super creepy!

  102. The death of Artax was borderline traumatizing. There were many things like that from my childhood that were intentionally scary (It's Alive, Troll, Cat's Eye) but that one was awful. Also, the scene in Legend in which the girl is hiding and the pig thing breaks into the house looking for her and talking about eating her eyes. 

  103. Legend-Tom Cruise first movie where he had to save the unicorns….the seen with the monster in red!!! EEECK! 

  104. Nothing But Trouble…. not exactly a child's movie but i watched it young…. when the judge takes his body parts off, when the entire "roller coaster" cart of people get killed, and (shudder) the twins…. just about everything in that movie scared me

  105. Piranha –  I actually saw Piranha before I saw Jaws but I had to same fear of going back in the water. There's a river near my house where I used to go alot, for months I was afraid Piranhas would swim up and eat my feet.

    Halloween 3 –  The scene where the family are watching the tv and the kids mask fills with snakes and creepy crawlies. UGH

    The Craft –  I think that's what it was called. I don't know the whole black magic think freaked me out. But for some reason one scene always disturbed me. A blonde girl sitting in the shower crying because all her hair is falling out.

    The Exorcist. –  Yep I actually I was 14 when I saw this but to this day it is the scariest movie Ive ever scene. I was physically shaking when I watched it.

             Other things that scared me

    Batman –  The Joker.  –  I had a nightmare once when I was a kid that the joker caught me and I was pretending to be on his side so he wouldn't kill me.

    Doctor No from The James Bond Junior cartoon –  He had green skin and a long chinese moustache. .Id ask my brother to tell me when he was gone so I could look at the tv again..luckily he was'nt a regular character on the show.

  106. Piranha –  I actually saw Piranha before I saw Jaws but I had to same fear of going back in the water. There’s a river near my house where I used to go alot, for months I was afraid Piranhas would swim up and eat my feet.

    Halloween 3 –  The scene where the family are watching the tv and the kids mask fills with snakes and creepy crawlies. UGH

    The Craft –  I think that’s what it was called. I don’t know the whole black magic think freaked me out. But for some reason one scene always disturbed me. A blonde girl sitting in the shower crying because all her hair is falling out.

    The Exorcist. –  Yep I actually I was 14 when I saw this but to this day it is the scariest movie Ive ever scene. I was physically shaking when I watched it.

             Other things that scared me

    Batman –  The Joker.  –  I had a nightmare once when I was a kid that the joker caught me and I was pretending to be on his side so he wouldn’t kill me.

    Doctor No from The James Bond Junior cartoon –  He had green skin and a long chinese moustache. .Id ask my brother to tell me when he was gone so I could look at the tv again..luckily he was’nt a regular character on the show.

  107. Not a film, but a tv programme, and from the 60's, The SInging RInging Tree. It was a european kids programme, dubbed, a fairy tale, and scenes like when the prince was turned into a bear, or when the haught princess went all ugly, and the creepy little dwarf that had the tree – that stuff freaked me out for years after

  108. The movie House when the little boy's playing in the garden and a hands comes outta the ground…..

  109. A lot of good suggestions here. I have watched many of them but missed Watcher in the Woods. Ill have to check that one out. One movie not in here that impacted me for a long time was Killer Clowns from Mars I think it was. I already hated clowns as it was so that movie was the icing on the cake for freaky.

  110. I have vague memories of watching From Beyond when I was about 9. There is a scene when someone walks in on this humanoid creature sitting in the floor of a hospital room wearing a hospital gown eating a human heart (or some other organ). Even at that age, I wasn't bothered by movies, but that actually made me throw up. I'm 34 now, and that is still the only time I have vomited because of a movie.

  111. Anyone remember INVADERS FROM MARS?
    That "brain boss" martian was pretty nasty.
    And this was from Tobe Hooper, from Poltergeist as well.

  112. Another thing….half of the stuff mentioned on the list isn't scary; just rather morbid or straight up depressing.

  113. The roach motel sequence from Nightmare on Elm Street 4.

    For a young boy, watching a human being transform into a giant bug – the worst for me is when her regular feet get stuck in the flypaper – is some really traumatizing s * * t.

  114. and I thought I was the only one!!! I tried watching the Labyrinth a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't take it. It was just too scary for me (still)!

  115. I didnt feel most of those scenes in the same way you did (I always thought gremlins was pretty laughable), totally agree with number 1 though, thats the only scene I can remember from that movie, horrific stuff. For me, I had an irrational fear of clowns, I saw Stephen Kings IT when I was WAY too young, freaked the shit out of me. Then, in i think the same year, I saw "killer clowns from outer space", which is laughable at my current age, but back then, i was having recurring nightmares about it.

  116. THANK YOU for mentioning Return To Oz! That movie FREAKED me out as a kid, but I loved it more than the original Oz. Such a highly ignored movie that it disgusts me.

  117. My little brother couldn't watch the scene with the turtle thing coming out of the swamp in Neverending Story. He'd scream every time we watched it. As for me, the vulture people in Dark Crystal and the creepy muppets that threw their heads around in Labyrinth got to me.

  118. I think for me, it was the 1st CHILD'S PLAY movie. The 1st is when we see a shadowy Chucky run across the hall past Maggie the babysitter, and the next when he's heading up the fire escape into psych ward where Andy is.

    • thats some scary shit right there. terrified me too, the scene where they have a midget playing him crawling up the stairs at the ward

  119. Also, WILLOW was pretty scary. The scene where that Troll's skin was torn from its body. Then during the fight between Raziel and Bavmorda, where Raziel is going over her face with the wand, and Bavmorda springs back to life with that death rattle. Plus, the Death Dogs attacking the nursemaid. Sick.

  120. the movie Troll with Noah Hathaway (played Atreyu in Neverending Story) the part where the creatures are singing that creepy song. gave me nightmares as a child!!

  121. Poltergiest 2 when Craig T Nelson drinks the worm in the tequila and barfs out a slimey poo monster. That and the priest "Kane" I couldnt sleep for 2 weeks after that, hearing that song he sung go over and over in my head "God is in his holy temple" Man that still gives me the heebie jeebies!

    • Holy crap, just reading those lyrics freaks me out all over again. It seems to be wrong to be frightened by that phrase but the way he sings it, or when Craig T Nelson sings it… willies, dude.

      The dark crystal scared me even though I can't even clearly remember too much from it.

      Killer Klowns From Outer Space gave birth to my still present fear of clowns, and the one thing I remember most is the people wrapped up in cotton candy. Still can't look at the stuff without thinking of it, let alone actually eat it.

      Ok, I don't actually remember what this movie is, but the one scene that has always stuck with me is that there was a witch or something obsessed with some kind of special fruit that she kept under a giant glass dome. Something happened and she was going for the fruit as the dome cover came down and I think it crushed her but all I can see to this day is her reaching for it and screaming, but by then I was screaming too (I admit it I was a real scaredy cat as a kid and VERY prone to nightmares). Anybody know what I'm talking about? its been driving me crazy for years trying to figure out what it was.

  122. Labyrinth goblin scene STILL to this day creeps me the hell out. They just popped to a screen full of evil goblins all looking at YOU talking about how they want to steal this baby. So to me they watch everything all the time like that. *Shiver*

  123. Something that always scared me about Labyrinth, was the "Helping Hands". Something about falling into a pit of arms scared the ever-living snot out of me. I still remember being scared shitless while watching that scene. …Probably has something to do with me possibly being molested as a child, but whatever. RIGHT, so that and gremlins. I don't really remember it, but all I DO remember is that it scared the crap out of me, and I guess I sort of blocked it from my mind. The other movie that scared me was Leprechauns (I think). Something about a man stealing some leprechaun's gold and then the leprechauns coming after him and something about him being trapped in their world, and the main leprechaun being down right frightening. Labyrinth is the only movie I've seen recently, and of course now I can see the humor in it, and I actually like it a lot now. But back then… Eesh!

  124. Evil Dead – the first part definitely scared the crap outta me when i was little… but nothing scared me more than Nightmare on Elm Street!! I couldn't sleep for weeks, gave my parent quite a headache!! The trapdoor scene from Evil Dead, n the whole school sequence in Nightmare on Elm street… I think about it these days n it still manages to scare the crap outta me!!

  125. Let's see, how about Tim Currey from Legend as #1! That dude freaked me the hell out, his make-up was incredible and so were his horns!

    Always was freaked out by JAWS, but watched it intently even so.

    I agree with whoever mentioned the Wolf in the cave from Neverending Story.

    Aliens, when Ripley is by herself trying to save Newt.

    The Terror Dog in Ghostbusters tracking down Luis Tulley.

    A couple scenes in Willow freaked me out, like those trolls or the Queen at the end.

    Darth Vader……..to a kid who had no idea of prequel bullshit and CGI, he was the king of darkness and intimidation. Plus, the voice.

  126. When I was way, WAY too young, my parents took me to see the Kaufman remake for Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I think they were unprepared for how disturbing it was for a PG movie (yes, this was before the PG-13 rating, that's how young I was). The whole movie was a goddamn nightmare, so scary I couldn't even cringe down in my seat, hide my eyes, go out to the lobby. The screech-shriek-scream still haunts me, and as an adult I've watched it with friends,and none of them said they were bored. It holds up to the day–that was the first real (REAL) downer-ending I saw. Of all the horrifying things, for some reason, the one that popped up in my nightmares over and over was the pod creature that went horribly wrong, the dog with the hobo's head, that causes the female lead to freak out, scream, and blow their cover. I'm going to go watch some cartoons now…

  127. The man buried up to his neck on the beach while the tide rolls in screaming at the top of his lungs: "I can hold my breath for a long time!" I think this was one of the three in Trilogy of Terror. Hilarious but unsettling at the same time.

  128. I agree with almost everyone; but didn't anyone see "Children Of the Corn"…the name Malichi still makes me shudder. I know someone who just named thier son Malichi and I was like "seriously, did they not see the movie." I will never look at a corn field the same way. I think the most fearful part is that I could totally see children doing that even today.

  129. The whole movie 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is freaky as heck. The scariest Disney movie ever.

  130. this is not a movie but Michael Jackson Thriller song part where the man laughs at the end almost made me shit myself ….. then the video came out and i shit myself!!!!

  131. Okay, I know this isn't an 80's movie and that it is pretty old but for some reason they played it in my classroom in high school and that was in the 80's. The teacher claimed it was a 'classic' and had historical significance. It was called 'Nosferatu' and it gave me nightmares for months (and an occasional nightmare even now). The actor in that movie, I believe his name was Max Shreck or something was one freaky looking guy and that scene where he is creeping to her bedroom was almost too scary to watch. I'll never forget it.

  132. The Gate where the hands come out from under the bed!!! I would take a running leap into my bed as a kid for years. I still don't like to stand right next to the edge of a bed because of that movie and I'm 30!! All the other movies mention I totally agree with!! I think I might rent them over the weekend and show them to my kids!!!

  133. Scary movie when I was a child? Watership Down, meant to be a family film.. but wow the begining was creepy as a child.. and then the description of the gas in the burrows.. *shudder*

  134. Growing up in the 80's I would have to sit here and think hard considering that well.. most of the 'children' movies that scared a lot of you all.. well sorry to say I love and watch over and over again. ( IE :: Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Legend, The Goonies, The Neverending Story, The Hobbit (original '72 cartoon).. and others I can't think of off the top of my head at the given moment but I'll go back to the matter of in the movie Legend with Tim Curry as Prince of Darkness. Now it took me a few good trys of watching the movie to see the whole thing play out but at the moment he comes stepping through the full length mirror still gives me the shivers because even before ever seeing this movie my mother had that kind of mirror stand in her bedroom and we even had one in the living room. So yeah watching the movie and finally seeing that sceen in it's complete matter.. I made her at least move the living room mirror out of the area for quite a number of years.

  135. the labyrinth, really?

    Ive watched about 5 of the 10, but none of the 5 were actually scary………….hmmmmm…….. scariest movie ive seen……..well it definitely wouldnt be from the 80's.

    Labyrinth undisputably the gayest movie ive seen, the directors probably used the spare change under their couches for that movie's budget. i mean, did any of u see the puppets?!?!?!

  136. Watching these movies now is no big deal but I can definitely appreciate the fear I had as a child.

    I don't know about anyone else, but The Last Unicorn got to me, with the drunk skeleton… <squeak!> I am also on board with the Something Wicked this Way Comes memories of a twisted carnival and lightning rods.

    My mom also let me (I think she hated me on some level) watch Nightmare on Elm Street when I was a kid. I stopped sleeping at night and began sleep walking for a year. Niiiice.

  137. A late post but still this stuff catched me…
    The death of Artax always makes me sad, I saw the movie a dozen times. Still, when I was a litle kid, the Alpha moonbase was on air in Hungary, and there was a scene which frightened me and my sister soo much, we hide in the next room trembling and covering our ears. The ominose part was the screaming monster, teleporting here and there, devouring people only to spit out their mummy. That was terrible.

  138. The movie scenes that negatively affected me the most as a kid?

    1) Quint getting killed by Jaws
    2) Everything about Carpenter's 'The Thing'
    3) Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Donald Sutherland when they splatter the pods with a crowbar
    4) The snakes and bugs coming out of people's heads inside masks on Halloween III:Season of The Witch
    5) The live organ donation scene in Monty Python's Meaning of Life
    6) Everything about The Exorcist
    7) The shower scene in The Shining

  139. Probably just me, but as a young kid when these movies were coming out, I didn't find them scary at all, or any of their parts..but then again I didn't find Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or any other purposefully scary/horror movies that frightening. *shrug*

  140. Robot lady from superman 3 ruined a part of my childhood and as for labyrinth the goblins at the beging are fine but those creepy pink fox looking things with the light up red eyes that try to tear her head off no thank you.

  141. Most things on the list i felt were more on the (break my heart in 2) or make me jump a little side of emotions, the rest was silly ie. Gremlins. But KRULL freaked me out for a simple reason, during a scene in a marsh a doppleganger creature attacks an old guy and takes his place, in my kid mind i convinced myself that the way he kills the old guy is pretty much the same as what me and my nightmare nemesis did, we touched each others back and either turned into a doll or fell underground.
    I was scared of the mime Marcel Marceau from the age of 3 till my teens because of intense recurring nightmares involving an evil demonic ghostly type mime and there wasn't anything like that in the media in 79 except for J.W. Gacy maybe but i wasn't aware of him and it wasn't KISS i loved them and knew who they were, maybe it was singer Klaus Nomi's image but doubtfull, anyway i was never afraid of clowns just mimes. The Poltergeist Clown doll, Killer Klowns, Pennywise (IT), Freddy didn't exist back then and didn't scarre me when i saw them. now picture this…

  142. Imagine the exact same cruel psychological mind games to torture you side of Freddy Krugger with his Nightmare Powers combined with the look and twisted evil peekaboo type of playfullness that Pennywise the Clown from IT displays… Pure Fear!
    The mime actually helped me not to be scared of much things early in life except a world of Zombies, but bullies i always standed up to them no matter what the difference was in size etc… movie monsters like Freddy, Jason etc… did nothing, to me it was more my sense's like dark 70's analog keyboard sounds that were in my nightmares and in horror movies till the 80's .

  143. Actually my first memory in life that i still hold today is of THAT evil mime at age 3 im 35 now, it's either a dream or a real event but it was on TV at my uncle's place while watching wrestling around 1979 i saw a mime with his tag team partner a fat bald hairy chested looking dude (think Mad Dog Vachon) doing an interview, it grew into insanely frigthning nightmares early on, got the power to get out of the nightmares after a while and around at 13 i was able to defeat him regularly up to my mid 20's, then things got weirder but that's a long story.
    I realised quite young that when i saw a Halloween commercial on Tv and covered my eyes and plugged my ears because of the theme music or didn't want to go in the Horror section of the video stores out of fear of glancing at something scarry i ended up just scarring myself for nothing, my imagination was overworking itself in overtime making it worse and worse than it was, like Evil Dead when i ended up renting the sequel at my 12th B-day after years of apprehending the worst and fearing the dreaded sight of the VHS cover, i had a bloody good time! ;D

  144. Poltergeist ruined clowns and steak for me! Pet Semetary FREAKED me out as did all Stephen King movies of the '80's and '90's and Twilight Zone the movie with the wierd kid who controls everyone…still gives me shivers!

  145. I'm a child of the '70s. Are there any like me who remember the hideous child catcher from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"? And who remember seeing "The Spy Who Loved Me" and being absolutely terrified of Richard Kiel's Jaws in that movie? And I remember being very scared for Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor and Jill Clayburgh in "Silver Streak" (sure, it was a comedy, but remember how suspenseful it was? Gene getting thrown off the train, knocked off the train, Gene and Richard having to jump off the train, Gene and Richard in the shootout, and, of course, being on the runaway train, where all their lives were in danger). Also, Alan Arkin as Harry Roat in "Wait Until Dark." And the '70s TV show "Cliffhangers," with Michael Nouri as a scary Dracula (at least, he was scary to the 8-year-old that was me). Some of the '70's horror movies that freaked me out were "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," "Psychomania" and the original "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," all of which I saw on the "Saturday Thriller Double Feature."

    Is there anyone out there who remembers being scared by these?

    • The original Don't Be Afraid of the Dark scared the hell out of me in my 20s!! Nasty little creatures with knives!
      And the whispering … "but I WANT to hurt her!" Many years later I found an old VCR tape of it at a flea market & bought it – and was embarrassed that I had been so scared, since the acting was so terrible … but the 1st impression still remains!

  146. Hi, does anyone remeber the name of a 70's or 80's movie which involed a group of little children dressed in red all in 1 anorak type coverings. there was a woman incharge of them who aparently gave birth to them and they would grow outside the body like big bloody boulders……very vague memories…anyone got any suggestions?? would really appreciate it.

  147. The '83 movie The Twilight Zone. Opening scene did not expect that! The 3rd segment "It's a Good Life" with the psychotic kid and the freaking Rabbit that he conjures up. The 4th segment with the creature on the wing. Alien and Aliens and finally, when I was reaaalllly little, the frickin' Bumble from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer scared the CRAP out of me!

  148. I watched a movie when I was young Called "Lost in the Desert" Directed by Jamie Uys. Starring Wynand Uys released in 1969, terrified me then and I am still effected by it today

  149. How is Legend with Tom Cruise not on the list? The scene when Tim Curry (Prince of Darkness) steps out of the mirror with his big ol horns and stuff…..scared the crap out of me growing up. Also that has to be one of the best depictions of a movie "devil".

  150. i think any movie that incorporates living dummies is scary enough for me, those things are creepy enough sitting there, forget dracula or those things, if i walked into a room, and a dummy turned his head to me and started speaking, i'd freak out!

  151. MONSTER SQUAD should be on this list!! Such a quirky classic that drew an extremely fine line between thrills, laughs and straight-up horror. I remember begging my father to rent this for me almost every weekend when I was a kid, lol. Probably explains my obsession with horror films today:)

  152. Cheers for posting Neverending Story as number one. That scene still kills me to this day……..makes me choke up everytime!

  153. Oh, to have only been frightened by Gollum in the Hobbit. No, I thought he was hilarious. But Elrond freaked me out for some reason. Even in the later, better animated LotR cartoons. Even in the new movies. And the weird green woodelves gave me nightmares too.

  154. Need help on this one. I've been trying to figure out what this movie is for years and nobody seems to know it but it was by far the freakiest scene I saw in the 80's. I was exposed to a lot of horror films and sci-fi stuff at an early age. I saw Conan The Barbarian in footy pajamas at the drive in at age 3. There is one scene though, that has endured as the creepiest. I know it would have been made before 1985, probably more like 83 or older as I was born in 1980. This is what I remember:
    There is a man sitting at a table alone. There is a pitcher of water and a glass. It's a little vague, but I think he pours himself a glass of water, drinks it, and then peels his face off. Underneath he's an alien, or creature of some kind. The only other thing I can remember about it is that there is a game show scene in the movie. I would greatly appreciate any info anyone has on this movie.

  155. I would also like to submit that the scariest thing about Labryinth is David Bowie's bulge.

    I think some people are missing the point of this post. It's about stuff that scared you when you were a kid. Not NOW. If I watched The Changeling now for the first time, I might think it was a little eerie, but at age 8 I didn't sleep for 2 days.

  156. For me it was Alien. those face huggers scared the crap out of me for a good 2 years. I thought they were under my bed and going to climb up the post to cling to my face and implant me with a baby alien where i was to endure a terrible horrible death screaming out to my parents to help me! All the wile they watched in horror as their only son's chest exploded in front of them and having to tackle killing the little monstrosity that popped out! I was 8 years old when my cousins forced me to watch this movie in my grandmas dank dark basement. Oh, they followed that movie up with Aliens, which had just come to VHS!
    A good second was the scene in Cat's Eye where the troll sucks the soul's from peoples mouths… Come to think of it, i had an issue with being suffocated or something.

  157. I recall 'Invaders From Mars' and the film version of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' scaring the crap out of me as a kid in the 80s.

    Though, nowadays, not as much, of course. But if I had kids, I wouldn't show them those films until they were at least old enough to shave.

  158. There's one that sticks out to me particularly. I was young, I don't remember how young, but there was an evil shaman, and a guy in a cage suspended over flames, and he was screaming. Then the shaman punches a fist through the man's abdomen, reaches up into his chest, and pulls out his still beating heart. I didn't realize until much later that it was not, in fact, a horror movie, but a scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

  159. I may not have been born until 1991 but I did see the Labyrinth. I don't remember what age but I was young. I found the scene with those orange bird things to be creepy as heck! When they started throwing body parts around was very scary to me at the time i saw it. I still think its a bit creepy.

  160. While I was never scared by any of the movies listed above (Thanks dad for the Carrie/Bloody Mary featurette when I was 5!) My list is short: XTRO, the scene when the woman gives birth to a full grown man. THE HOWLING, just about every scene, the worst being the movie theater and the doctors office, to this day i will not go into the woods, or watch ANY horror movie about werewolves, including Silver Bullet. C.H.U.D, and DOLLS. That scene where they all turn their heads at once… creeptacular…

  161. One of the scariest images from the 80's has to be the dog/thing from John Carpenter's 'The Thing'. That effect was Stan Winston's contribution to the film (Bob Bottin did the rest of the effects). The thing's black eyes and all the external, crawling bowels filmed in reverse had people barfing and running out of the theater the first time I saw it. How cool is that.
    Another one… it takes a lot to scare me (I watch a lot of horror), but there is one episode of The X-Files entitled "Home"… when mother Peacock rolls out from under the bed, I litterally jumped out of my chair. That episode was a weird mix of humor and unusually brutal horror. At one point it was actually banned from reruns on FOX.

  162. I watched a lot of horror movies as a child in the 80's (Puppetmaster, NIghtmare on Elm Street, etc…). The one scene in a movie that actually scared me, though, was when they showed the sister with the horribly curved spine in Pet Cemetery. That was the only scene in any movie that made me leave the room. For some reason, I could not watch it. Maybe because unlike most of the other horror movie ideas, this was something that could actually happen.

  163. LOL I like Sid Vane's reply, you do have a slightly low horror tolerance my friend, however with that said, I'm so glad someone else agrees with the Burbs! that movie with the Klopeks freaked me out when I was a kid and I still love it to this day. "Ray, thats a femur, a human thigh bone!" Love it!!! So kudos for adding that! However, the rest seem a bit cliche, I mean don't get me wrong I love Gremlins and Goonies and to me the best part of ET was when Drew dressed him up as a girl but it had no real scare factor to me. I remember Corey Haim in Stephen Kings Silver Bullet when he's being chased by the werewolf after he lights the fireworks Nightmare on Elm Street (yes I was able to watch these films way, way too young), Creepshow!! the fathers day cake, Ted Danson getting his just dues, the crate, priceless entertainment!!! The Thing, CHildren of the Corn when the kids massacre the whole town at the beginning. Aliens! Enough said! Poltergeist 2 was my favorite when they are in the hotel. Anyways, those are a few I would choose, everyone's got their horror moments they vividly remember and are traumatized by.

  164. Salems Lot! Yeah, the kids scratching at the window was creepy. But the scene with the vampire in the rocking chair still freaks me out! Just rocking, then he opens his glowing eyes, "Look at ME! Look at ME, teacher!" Holy crap that scene still gives me the chills. Salems Lot freaked me out for years! My all time favorite!

  165. Those flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz, and those moving columns in The Wiz! Then I hated that freaking Puff the Dragon LSD-slanted cartoons! Then there was that crazy movie that used to come on either Night Flight on USA or TBS with the blue alien people capturing humans and using them as pets. I think it was either the Savage Planet or Fantastic Planet. And who forget the first time seeing Michael Jackson change in Thriller (not the werewolf, the undead change)!

  166. a few more come to mind that freaked me out for sometime…
    1. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure – his run in with large marge when her face goes all claymation
    2. Raiders of the lost ark – when they open the ark and the Nazi's faces start melting off (kids movie?)
    3. Dumbo – the drunken visions with the elephants attacking each other to creepy music
    4. Steven King's IT – when the picture in the photo album talks and moves and he drops it and is starts pouring out blood (kid's movie?)
    5. Little monsters – body parts start trying to put themself back together. ( I think that was the movie…I remember a spine crawling)

  167. great #1! I remember this one shaking me up pretty badly when it came out and I was a little kid. Poor horse.

  168. I was going to comment that the death of Artax should be number one, and that I was pissed that it didn't even make the list. Then I got to number one. Worst traumatic episode…ever.

  169. The writer of this article is a wimp; a whiny and crying little baby.
    There is NOTHING scary in any of those movies. It is sickening to me that anyone can even think to suggest that any of those scenes are scary in any way. They are not.

  170. The ones listed here are pretty good. I agree with some of them. "Never ending story" horse dying scene- not scary -but super sad. My scariest movies are not horror movies, but they are not kids movies. I will just put 2 here: "the elephant man" (based on a true story – directed by the great david Lynch.) and "Twin Peaks" (the t.v. series). Twin Peaks (also by david lynch (and mark frost) is the best t.v. show ever, including almost every genre` like; comedy, very Sexy, thriller, romance, c.s.i stuff, sci-fi, drama, alternative (like meditation / different realm's), stage shows, kooky slapstick, just plain weird characters, etc.. and scary horror. Not a guy chasing you through the woods w/a knife – but demonic possession haunting your house- spirits traveling thru electricity, time warping and family members bodies being inhabited – one scene from twin peaks was so scary that an older Man in Europe died from seeing it. Their next very scary scene needed to have a disclaimer before the episode aired. oh, as for kids movies, "the gold bug" (poor house scene) and "the water babies" had some scary oddness to it. (the peanut butter solution is a great movie- the director was obviously a bit different (like david lynch) – which is something we desperately need a lot more of.

  171. Here the movie that freaked me when I was a little kid,

    "Willy Wonka" (1970) – the fat kid got stuck in the pipe. When 1st time I saw that movie,I freaked out at that part.

    "Little Monsters" (1989) – The Boy, He's freakin' CREEPY!!!!! & I don't like they scared the baby in 1 of the scene.

    "Moonwalker" (1988) – I got scared & hid behind the couch where's a scene that miceal turned a Robot at the end.

    "The Gate" (1987) – Every scenes in that movie that creeps me.

    "Invaders from Mars" (1986) – Big Giant aliens who puts implant in people to make them into their mindless slaves, Those aliens are TOTALLY GROSS & SCA-RY!!!!

    "Libyrinth" (1986) – The scene where the girl woke up in her bathroom,but she figured it out that isn't real & trapped alter-reality. That's TOTALLY CREEPY!!!!!

    "Nightmare on Elms" series (1984-89) – I hid underneath the blanket when every scene w/ Freddy Krueger shown up, because I was afriad of him.

    "Beetlejuice" (1988) – The only things freaked me out are scluptures (that the stepmom made), big giant zebra earthworms, & the hands's coming out of the food when the family's having dinner.

    "Peewee's Big Adventure" (1985) – the scene where Peewee had a nightmare that going to hospital. That's most FREAKIN' mess up scene in the whole entire movie.

    "My Demon Lover" (1987) – I ran away when I saw a part of the man turns into a fat lady but her head blew up.

  172. The scariest and saddest thing about Artax's death is… it really happened; They could not rise again the platform the horse was standing on… so the poor animal died. It's true, search for it.

  173. At 37 years old I am still scared of some of the stupidest old movies. The two that I remember most during that time was Jaws and Pet Cemetery "I played with mommy now I want to play with youuu." Literally got goose bumps just typing that. There was one I watched as a kid that was much older called "Magic" I remember nothing about it other than it had a killer ventriloquist. To this day my # 1 phobia is ventriloquist dummies. They scare me so back that I scream, cry and have an anxiety attack when I see them. I don't know if I had this phobia before the movie or if it caused the phobia. Terrifying.

  174. The Sphinx in the Never Ending Story ("…the sphinx can see straight into your heart…"); when they kill the knight in armour, on horseback, who attempts to pass through by shooting lightening bolts from their eyes. Atreyu ventures down to have a crack at it, and he looks down at the dead knight…who's helmet face-mask suddenly flies open to reveal a charred face…and the music reaches this crescendo, with these drums beating fast, like my own heart….yep, wigged me out every single time.

  175. The showdown scene in Never Ending Story with Gmork still gives me the chills and I'm 30. Not only the visual of the monstrous wolf ("If you come any closer, I will rip you to shreds"), but the entire conversation between Atreyu and Gmork I find very prophetic, unsettling and poignant, "People have begun to lose their hopes, and forget their dreams…People who have no hopes are easy to control and whoever has the control,? has the power."

  176. Apollo creed getting battered to death by Ivan drago and the Fly. Every time I got sick I thought my fingernails and other body parts were going to fall off :*( :*( :*(