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Never take your kids to see horror films.

They'll be traumatized and remember them forever.
Back in the day, before CGI graphics had the capability of ruining the plausibility of certain scenes, filmmakers often turned to practical effects that were more convincing, and sometimes, even more terrifying.
The Excorcist, anyone?

Traumatized Redditors recall some of the most horrific images seen on the screen when they were kids and have grown into adults who are still afraid of the dark.

Curious to hear from strangers online, Redditor FantasticGear3257 asked:
"What was a movie that traumatized you as a child?"

Don't be fooled by family-friendly films from the 60s through the 80s. There's nothing G-rated about these films.

The Flying Car

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the kid-catcher kept me up at night."


"The scariest part of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the creepy scene where they pretend to be clockwork dolls. Gave me nightmares about dolls for years and they still creep me out."


Neverending Nightmare

"The Neverending Story. The Swamp of Sorrows, the Sphinxes and the knight's corpse, the giant syringe for Falkor, and goddamn Gmork, especially that scene in that cave..."

"It used to be on the Disney Channel a lot in the early 90s, and if I saw something that thought even might be that movie coming on, I'd run to turn the TV off in a panic."


Not About Cute Bunnies

"Watership Down."

"My parents thought it was a cute cartoon about rabbits. Had no idea how violent and disturbing it was."


"This is the only correct answer."

"I also thought it was a cute bunny movie."

"I'm almost forty and f'k that movie to this day."


Not In Kansas Again

"Return to Oz. My grandparents bought it thinking it was going to be like the first one. Spoiler: it isn't. Comes complete with wheelies( these things that had long bicycle wheels as arms) a headless witch, and a talking jack-o-lantern that gets tied to a couch that can fly."


Golden Ticket To Terror

"Interestingly enough, I was always terrified of Willy wonka and the chocolate factory. When I watched it, I was the only one able to understand that it was child murder. Also I couldn't make it past the violet blueberry scene."


These scary films—one of which is oddly a music video—have scenes that kept people up at night for years.

The Moonwalking Werewolf

"Not a movie, but the Thriller music video by Michael Jackson at the part where he turns into a werewolf is the scariest most disturbing thing to this day."


That Bloody Indy Scene

"I walked in on my parents watching indiana Jones and the temple of doom. The exact moment was the scene with the guys heart being ripped out which scared me for years. Didn't know what film it was until I stumbled on the scene on YouTube a year ago!"


Iconic Possession

"The Exorcist."


"Far far far from it bro lol. They rereleased the exorcist in theaters in 2000. I was 7. For some reason I'll never understand my dad took me and my cousin to watch this. We literally ran out the theaters crying when she floated and her head spinned. She was my main nightmare , I was scared of dark because of her. She's still my main fear if I'm in the dark lol"


The Exorcist GIF by filmeditor Giphy

People Avoided The Water After Seeing This

"Jaws. Was taken to see it as a kid in 1975, so I would have been around 6 years old. I spent the next year or two sleeping with my legs tucked up tightly beneath me, coz you know... bed sharks!"

"Also the scene with the head popping out of the sunken boat, I don't think I have ever been as shocked by a jump scare since."


Japanese horror films contain haunting images that are indelible.

The Wretched Curse

"The grudge. I'm 21 now and still afraid of attics until this day ."


Murderous Video Tape Footage

"The ring."


"I saw the Ring when I was 18. I told my boyfriend I wanted to leave within the first 15 minutes and he made me stay anyway. I spent the next few months in absolute freaking terror."

"It's been 20 years and just thinking about that girl makes me sleep with the lights on."


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