In the ’80s, certain „kids“ films scarred a whole generation of children. Movies like The Dark Crystal and Return To Oz left us traumatized, but even seemingly innocent films like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial contained scenes that definitely were never meant to be watched by children.
Though it may be painful to reminisce: Here are 10 traumatizing kids films from the 80s we’ll never forget!
#1 Goonies: The Fratellis
Of course, the monstrous Sloth was scary – but not as much as Mama Fratelli. What kind of mother would treat her children like that?
#2 Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The Dip
For the most part, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was funny and adventurous. But the scene where the poor, innocent shoe gets dissolved by “the dip” was simply horrible…
#3 The Dark Crystal: The Skeksis
The whole mood and atmosphere of The Dark Crystal made us shiver. Especially frightening were the Skeksis, those giant bird-reptiles which haunted our nightmares for years to come.
#4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The home invasion
Who wouldn’t be afraid of faceless men invading your house and tearing apart your family? This is a primal fear of every child.
#5 All Dogs Go to Heaven: Hell
All Dogs Go to Heaven is such a loveable film – why did the scene in which Charlie stares into the apocalyptic depths of hell have to be so drastic?
#6 Return To Oz: The Wheelers
Return To Oz wasn’t exactly a kids movie, admittedly. But we all watched it nonetheless – and dark characters like the Wheelers scared the hell out of us.
#7 The Secret of NIMH: The Owl
This movie is filled with a lot of frightening beasts, but the Great Owl with its sharp claws and snapping was particularly horrifying.
#8 The NeverEnding Story: Artax‘ death
For many children, the scene in which Artax dies in the Swamps of Sadness was the moment they realized what loss really means.
#9 The Black Cauldron: The Horned King and his skeleton army
Thanks god this movie wasn’t as popular as other problematic kids films in the ’80s – it contains way to much dark imagery to be appropriate for children.
#10 Labyrinth: The goblins
The scene in which the goblins kidnap Toby was really hard to watch – but it was just a first glimpse at the scary and morbid world we were about to enter…
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