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Movies That Are Too Scary for Kids

Buzz In: What Movies Were Too Scary for You as a Kid (But You Watched Anyway)?


The Dark Knight is rated PG-13 and a lot of friends and relatives with kids have asked me if it's too scary for the little ones. Though it's a superhero story about Batman — and lots of kids love Batman — I think I would've been frightened by it if I were a kid!

It makes me remember when my parents would warn me that a movie was too scary, or would deny me access to one, even when I felt confident I could handle it. I was just a little kid at the time but I remember peeking through my bedroom door, furious that my parents were watching Gremlins while I was supposed to be sleeping, only to have seven nights of nightmares in a row as a result. I also sneaked a look at The Lost Boys at one point — during the scene when the noodles turn into worms, I recall — which sent me scrambling for safety under my covers.

What movies did you see that were probably too scary for you at the time?

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Oh yeah, i agree with E.T. That movie scared me when I was a kid too. I guess I should just not watch movies with aliens... tumblingdice: The Last Unicorn is really creepy. Actually all of those '80s "kids" movies have really creepy vibes to them: Labryinth, Return to Oz, The Never-Ending Story, etc.
tumblingdice tumblingdice 7 years
Wow, definetly The Last Unicorn... My friends had to call their parents to come save them from my slumber party, and I had to sleep all alone downstairs after watching that movie... Gah
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
Jaws scared the crap out of me. I still don't like seeing sharks on TV! I also was scared of dolls for a while after seeing Child's Play. Definitely not a movie for kids even though it involved dolls.
Princess-Peach Princess-Peach 7 years
"E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial". This movie was the nightmare of my childhood. Traumatizing.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 7 years
LOL I just remembered something! I wasn't allowed to watch R rated movies before I was 17, so I miss all the Friday the 13th and child's play movies. one night my bff was making me play catch up at an all night cheesey scary movie marathon, and we had gotten to bride of chucky (it was like 3 AM) and while we were watching, we heard a scratching noise coming from the hallway with the stairs to the basement...we ignored it at first, but then it was closer, she and i looked at each other, the lights went out, and right when we turned to look at the noise, her mom jumped out and screamed at us LMAO LMAO it was awesome! Bride of chucky isn't that scary, but the combo of weird noises, and the lights going out def spooked us!
Allytta Allytta 7 years
Alien - all of them. i was in primary school it was really late at night and my dad would spook me for fun. the next day in school all the kids would talks about the movie for hours.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
I'm with lots of other people on this one: Jurassic Park. That movie scared me so much, I was afraid to go to my room, fearing that a dinosaur would come crashing through the window and eat me. Talk about drama queen!
supertramp supertramp 7 years
Well it kinda doesn't count cause my dad encouraged me to watch the Exorcist. Its still hard for me to watch it though.
chrizell chrizell 7 years
I still can't look at the movie cover Child's Play. I was traumatized at a birthday party by it when I was in first grade. The Felix the Cat movie scared me a lot too, with the creepy head-hunter things. And Raggedy Ann & Andy. I know, I was a little lame as a child.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
I hated the Dark Crystal and it is still super creepy! Child's Play and Pet Cemetary (the sister in the attic with the twisted spine?!?) Funny - Twister made my little brother climb up the back of the couch!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 7 years
Does anyone remember a movie where in it, there were little green demons type things? It is an older movie so really it probably wasn't scary, but I remember a house of people, and one cut off the little green monster's head with scissors...they were thinner than gremlins, but maybe about the same height, maybe a little taller? I had dreams about it, but not really afraid of it...in the dreams, they would be trying to bite me and my mom and if they bit you (in my dream) you would turn into them. one bit my mom but she was a nice one and she stepped on the pedals while steered to drive away....i had that dream so many times when i was young...kind of odd really...
Isista Isista 7 years
To be honest, I've never been easily scared. I've always liked "horror" movies and rarely find them scary. I wasn't a kid, but the first horror movie that really even remotely scared me was The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I don't know why that freaked me out.
sunnyheart sunnyheart 7 years
Wow I feel old that so many people were scared of Jurassic Park! I agree the Dark Crystal scared the crap out of me, as did Flowers in the Attic. I was only about 5 when I saw this and the balcony scene... oh my god. Too much.
RaCheer RaCheer 7 years
Return to Oz...really bizarre movie. It's like The Wizard of Oz on acid. I always wanted to rent it though!
alethia037 alethia037 7 years
I am with syako... Jurassic Park! I think I stayed in the theater for the whole thing, because nobody else wanted to leave! But, I am pretty sure my head was in my big brother's shoulder the whole time!
Emma412 Emma412 7 years
Nightmare on Elm Street
Celebrity Celebrity 7 years
hands down POLTERGEIST. I slept in my parents room for so long after that movie. so scary. still scares me. that pretty much ruined all scary movies for me until Scream when i could playfully enjoy them again. But then Signs scared me again - I feel like those creatures live in my basement.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 7 years
I had an older brother so he watched all the scary movies. All the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm street movies gave me nightmares as a child. Night of the living dead still gives me nightmares.
ehadams ehadams 7 years
One of the Poltergeist movies. That one where ghosts come out of the mirrors. I had mirrored closet doors and I was scared of them for ages after that. Dumbo and Pinocchio scared me when I was really young too.
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years
Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Not that Labyrinth was terribly scary, but it took me years to get over my fear of David Bowie. :rotfl:
dlmslp dlmslp 7 years
i remember being scared in the friday the 13th (ch-ch-ch,ha-ha-ha) series as well as nightmare on elm street. it's so funny to see them now as they are so NOT scary. i was always intrigued by scary movies and i still am! love them! i watched the exorcist when i was way too young and i am still scared by that one.
cdanzer23 cdanzer23 7 years
I'm with you on the Lost boys worms part...that freaked me out for ages, and I remember really inspecting Chinese food after that movie. My older brother made me watch Hellraiser when I was really young too. No wonder I really dislike scary movies now.
heineken67 heineken67 7 years
The Stay-Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.
iheartstyle iheartstyle 7 years
gremlins defiantely and loads more, there were loads of movies that scared me when i was a kid. i loved lost boys though, 1 of my faves
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