ByKay Dunne, writer at
Failing adult. Movie lover. Tea drinker. Imagination is the only weapon in a war against reality
Kay Dunne

Remember when you were a kid and a certain film would make you hide behind the couch. Do those films still make you hide behind the couch still?

Well for me there still are films that make me run or cover my face with pillows if i have to sit through them. These are my top 3 kids film that still scare the bejeezus out of me.

Number 1: Labyrinth.

David Bowie in Labyrinth.
David Bowie in Labyrinth.

Nowadays, Jim Henson's Labyrinth is something of a cult classic. But when I was like nine or ten this film terrified the crap out of me and to this day it still does. I cannot look at David Bowie to this day because he haunted my childhood dreams.

Somehow as a nineteen year old I still can't muster up the courage to sit through this film. Everything about it frights me out: the plot surrounding around a man kidnapping a baby, to his abnormal obsession to the teenage sister. Also, for some reason the puppets just seemed wrong....

While some people may disagree with me, I cannot stand to watch Labyrinth to this day or look at David Bowie as normal man again. Also, I do not plan on conquering my fear of this film anytime soon...

Number 2. The Witches.

What even was this movie???
What even was this movie???

Based off the immensely popular Roald Dahl book came a very scarring film marketed towards kids. The story follows a boy, Luke, who gets turned into a mouse after discovering a horde of ghastly faced witches disguised as beautiful women. What makes this film worse is how ghastly the witches ghastly faces are. The only difference between the film and book is that the book and a less happy ending. The film made up for the happy ending by making the witches even scarier.

Exhibit A: Anjelica Huston as the Grand High witch
Exhibit A: Anjelica Huston as the Grand High witch

I mean who thought that make up was a good idea for a kid's film. Don't get me wrong it's amazing make up but surely children have cried and I know I have at least once when watching this film. The reason this film isn't number one has to do with the fact that David Bowie still creeps me out.

Number 3: All Dogs go to Heaven.

I'm taking a break from films that scared to the point of me not sleeping, and wrapping up with a film that made me cry and to this day still does. All Dogs go to Heaven sounds like a sad film, and it is. But a good sad film. While as a child I couldn't appreciate it cos I was too busy loving my own dog because I was terrified. This film I feel is a milestone in each child's life, I have yet to come across a person who has not seen this film. Of the list All Dogs go to Heaven is the one I feel children would be glad to have watched. It is the only film on this list where you truly grow to love the characters in it, making it even more traumatic at the end but as I said before it is a film that is a good sad film an one that won't make you go diving for behind the couch.

Now this is end of my story. I felt it was nice to end this blog with a sad film (sorry if any of you were reduced to tears). We all have a few films that once we watched we refuse to watch again and most of my examples of those are children films of when I was growing up. There is no way directors would get away with traumatising kids as much today as the did before. But also, I feel that the old children films were better than the ones today and while I still have thoughts of the Witches or the Goblin King in my nightmares sometimes, Kids films aren't made like they used to be.


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