Friday, May 21, 2010

Traumatized: Kid Movie Horrors!

You have to remember as a kid watching a perfectly innocent movie only to come across something unexpected…horror!

My first time experiencing this was the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” I loved that movie; the music, the inventor, the charming children, Truly Scrumptious and her beautiful wardrobe, the goofy grandpa, the beautiful countryside and big rambling home… And then came…the child catcher. I still think of that character and I shiver with terror. That to me is the original fear; a scary looking man who lures children with treats and steals them from their parents to force them into hard labor in a dark scary place with no teddy bear or soft bed to comfort them.

So, what got us that first tingle of fear and our future love of horror? Let’s have a look at just some of the culprits:

Flying monkeys, wicked witch, and the Wizard from “Wizard of Oz.”

Slugworth, Oompa Loompas and Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:

The Rock Biter in “The Neverending Story”

So, what childhood movie both horrified you and also piqued your interest in horror down the line?


  1. I do not know if it actually was an actual kid movie, but i watched as a kid and it freaked me out!
    The It!
    It was with a scary clown that had bloody ballons and hunted down children. It did n't like clowns since that!
    I know many people can't stand clowns, but until then i loved them.
    Do you know the movie i am talking about??

  2. It was a Stephen King series made for TV called "It" and the clown's name was Pennywise. Yes, it was horrifying! That was probably one of the most disturbing clowns ever!

  3. I think the scariest part of "The Wizard of Oz" was when Dorothy was living in that awful dusty black and white world with no friends except her little dog and they were going to take Toto away from her...still makes me cry (too close to home for me I guess).
    I do remember a little bit of a film that terrified me. It was about a girl who had seen something so horrible that she stopped talking. She actually no longer had a voice. Then one day the villian returns to get her and she's frantically trying to scream. I've had recurring dreams about that FOREVER! I was a film-holic when I was little, (being sick all the time)

  4. Cindi;
    That movie does sound familiar... I loved movies. I think I was off as a kid cause my parents had 5 kids of varying ages, so going to the movies wasn't on the schedule, so I did like other kids of my era--waited until movies made it to tv (usually took like 5 years or more) so I was watching Elvis movies and things from before way my time and thought they were current. Hee hee

  5. The abominable snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and the Legend of Boggy Creek had me scared to death of Bigfoot type creatures. The creatures you mentioned also contributed to my fears and peak my interests in creepy scary movies. Lets not forget Jaws and that damn shark...I am terrified of swimming in the ocean because of it!

  6. Julie;
    Most definitely--it's funny because that terrified me as a kid but now he's my favorite endearing childhood figure and I have a few little dolls of the snowman and am a Yeti freak! Hee hee ... see, it did scare us and then it fascinated us.

  7. I love this posting. I never actually watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a kid (I wasn't allowed to see many movies). I do remember being horrified by The Wizard of Oz tho. Thanks for the nostalgic memories! (I will have to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang NOW that I have full power and can actually order it! :-D

  8. Tami;
    Definitely see it! It's my favorite children's movie ever--even with the child catcher!

  9. I always thought the Oompa Loompas were creepy. I think the remake screwed up their image.

    BTW, I have a little something waiting for you over at my blog if you didn't already know. :)

  10. The monster that terrified and filled my dreams as a child was a "Coming to a Theater Near You" shot... hard to explain as to this day I have never seen the movie or even know it's name... it was a C.H.U.D. type thing only would have been made in the 50's.

    I remember seeing Chitty Chitty... as a youngster and loved the flying car.... a million years later, I bought the movie for my youngest child.... I had NO MEMORY that this was a Nazi theme movie.

  11. Of course you knew the movie! What was i thinking? lol
    Thank you for your comment. I knew you would understand me. I laughed so hard imagining you asking the bible folks about their sexual lives!

  12. When I was a way small pangs, those pink elephants on parade in the Dumbo movie warped me for good.

    Angry, trickster ghost elephants trying to entrance you with their music. No escape.

  13. Andrea;
    Thanks so much for the awards. I readily admit, I've gotten both fairly recently, but I will definitely post my appreciation for the awards. You're a doll to think of me. In fact, I'll answer your questions too.

    @eloh; that sounds familiar. I can't think of the name of it either. You made me think of another one that terrified me. It was on "Outer Limits" I think. It was a big growling monster that had electricity crackling inside of it. I remember literally hiding behind the chair and watching it but then hiding again and then watching it and then hiding again. I was terrified and fascinated...

    Your post on Dreaming of Rosemary was fantastic! I really enjoyed it. It was something that needs to be talked about. We all have to face that dilemma. I have to admit, when it comes to my spiritual life, it's my own damn business--religious folks knocking at my door. If you ask about my relationship with God, I will answer you, "Well, tell me about your sex life." Equally as private.

    I readily admit that my parents by the time they had me were both old and exhausted (I was #5 over a 13-year period), so no baby pictures, no going to see Disney movies, no reading of children's books. In fact, the first time I heard the Cinderella story was when I had my own kid. I'm really glad I missed Disney cause that Dumbo thing and that other animated thing...the psychedlic one with only music---totally need to be watched while dropping acid. I don't know what kind of guy Disney was, but I highly suspect he and Michael Jackson would have been old chums with their creepy version of childhood... You poor little pangsie!