Let me start by saying that not everything on this list compared to us adults will be scary, creepy or terrifying but show them to children and it's a whole different story. I'm not going to say these movies are not for all children because every child reacts to things differently. For example as a child I would watch Friday the 13th movies non-stop and never get nightmares! But if I ever saw this face...
I HATE THIS IMAGE SO MUCH, AHHH, GO AWAY!
Seriously, once the evil queen turned into that old freak I had nightmares for days! Always looking up and down my hallway before I used the bathroom at night. Well, this is my list of movies that were intended for a younger audience and probably definitely gave them some nightmares!
1.) Watership Down (November 1, 1978 (USA). Rated: PG)
Watership Down... Where to start? I really do love this movie, but you can't tell me a majority of children wouldn't be freaked out by it! And the messed up part about Watership Down? Before you even watch the movie, the poster looks creepy as all Hell.
"Hey Sarah, you know what would be a great idea? Let's take the kids to go see Watership Down. It looks kid friendly. Everyone loves rabbits!"
No parent in their right mind would be that happy to let their child watch this movie when they actually get to watching it. Even though Watership Down has it's gore, totally creepy soundtrack and no lack of animal violence - I must say that it still has a rich story that will always stick with me. But so will the sheer cringe!
2.) The Plague Dogs (October 21, 1982. Rated: PG13)
Another heart-wrenching punch in the stomach of a story that might be a little controversial for what age is best to watch the film. I chose the title My List Of Terrifying Children Movies because Scary, Creepy, Depressing, Totally Tear Inducing and Scarring Kid's Movies is just a little bit long. But this movie is all of that. Something that I've noticed about child's movies like Watership Down and The Plague Dogs are their messages. The movies are not meant to have the super happy endings, and that's a bit unsettling for a cartoon made for young adolescents.
It's almost a wake up call for both children and teens when they watch this, that the world isn't always fairy tales. Nevertheless, maybe these movies shouldn't be targeted towards a younger audience. Let the parents teach the children about the harsh realities of life when they reach a mature age. You know, that whole let kids be kids mentality. You're only a child once in your life, and it never lasts long enough! Let's let them take it easy and rock out to Spongebob, yeah?
Watch the full movie here. Warning: Not for sensitive eyes! I mean, obviously, you have been reading this, right?
3.) Shakespeare: the Animated Tales (the Divine Comedy) (1992-1994, Rated: PG)
I hated, I repeat, I HATED aftercare back in first grade because of this movie! I'm not sure if anyone knows what "Aftercare" is but when school would end a lot of the kids would go outside so their parents could pick them up. Then you had kids, like me, our parents would work late so we had to stay after school until our parents could come pick us up. Well, we had this teacher; a very intelligent man, a man of the arts that would always read us stories about Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, and many works of Shakespeare.
I mean this dude would read us some twisted shit by kiddy standards! But I loved the stories and I couldn't wait to learn more. Until one tragic Aftercare day that I'll never forget...
Why would they encourage children to watch this movie!? JUST LOOK AT IT!
4.) The Hobbit (1977), The Lord of the Rings (1978) & The Return of the King (1979-1980 USA)
All three of these movies I cherish so much! But the animation almost gave me nightmares as a kid! Especially the Lord of the Rings animation. We watch this story line as adults with high emotion, imagine little me back then!
Both the Hobbit and Return of the King didn't have a rating only The Lord of the Rings did with a rating of PG. After watching the movies a few times I was no longer scared, well, not every time at least! I guess you really do grow out of some things!
5.) The Secret of NIMH (July 2, 1982 (USA) Rated: G)
Why was this rated G?
Another great movie but yet AGAIN I don't understand '70s & '80s animation! It's just so damn dark! YIKES!