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?