We all have at least one movie we saw as kids that totally MESSED US UP. And for some of us, it probably STILL haunts us to this day.

The website FilmDrunk.com asked a bunch of industry pros . . . most of whom you wouldn't recognize . . . to name a movie that did that for them.  Sure, the list includes obvious choices like "Alien" and "Psycho", but also movies you might not expect to have damaged young psyches . . . like these:

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit": The scene where Christopher Lloyd's character Judge Doom kills a cartoon shoe.

"Pee Wee's Big Adventure": There are a few creepy scenes in this movie, but Large Marge is probably responsible for traumatizing the most kids.

"Superman 3": A computer turns a woman into a robot.

For me, when I was about five, I tried to watch "The Neverending Story". I was loving it . . . until the moment when Atreyu's horse Artax DIES in the swamp. I was inconsolable. I might be misremembering this, but I swear my Mom took us to a double feature of Bambi and E-T at the Fox Theater.  I was crying non stop because ET had died, even though he came back to life.  And I still can't watch The Dark Crystal.

They're making a new one, and I WILL NOT be watching that, thank you very much.  It's a fuzzy memory, but in the original I was very creeped out by all the creatures, and I was definitely traumatized by whatever scene it was where the main characters had... what was it, the juice pulled out of them or something?  I've blocked it out of my mind.

And I remember being really weirded out by Labryinth, too.  Maybe I was more worried about getting kidnapped as a kid or something. I didn't like David Bowie's music as a kid because of it.

Anyway, what are some of the movies that freaked you out as a kid?  Are there some that your kids have been disturbed by?

Movingly yours,



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