Wednesday 22 May 2024

The top 5 movies that traumatised me as a child!

I wouldn't say I am a big movie buff but I do have a lot of favourite films and I have been listing them for a few months. You can read about my favourite action movies, Sci-Fi movies, my favourite Animated movies and my favourite musical movies and my favourite disaster movies. In the run up to Halloween I shared my favourite scary movies and the week after I shared my not so scary movies which were more up my street for the spooky season, in the run up to Christmas I shared my favourite Christmas movies my favourite sport movies and most recently my favourite movies to cry to.

This time it is all about the movies that traumatised me as a child. What were our parent's thinking letting us watch these movies!!


The Land Before Time!
After a huge earthquake, a young dinosaur named Littlefoot finds himself lost and alone until he meets four friends in search of their families.

This has a great message that power of friendship can overcome even the greatest of hardships but what sick, sick people allowed an animated children’s movie about dinosaurs to be this sad?

The NeverEnding Story!
To escape from his dull life and bullies at school, Bastain takes refuge in an old book store. There, he begins reading an old storybook and finds himself drawn into the mythical world of Fantasia.

Artax sinking into the Swamps of Sadness. That despair you hear in Atreyu’s voice as his beloved horse slowly sinks into the mud never fails to make me cry and when I watched it as a child I was beside myself. I had a similar looking pony and was convinced anytime we went near mud that we would sink!

When a giant white shark fatally attacks swimmers on the shores of Amity Island, Sheriff Martin Brody teams up with a marine biologist and a local fisherman to hunt down the creature.

This didn't traumatise me that much but it did my brother. I don't know where my mother was but my dad was in charge and thought it was a good idea to let us watch Jaws. I was about 9 years old so my brother would have been about 7. I don't know why he thought it was good to show children a movie about sharks, you don't exactly get friendly one's. My mother was furious and my poor brother had nightmares for weeks. Oops.

The Wizard of Oz!
A young Kansas girl who dreams of a better life" somewhere over the rainbow" is caught in the eye of a tornado and lands in the fantasy world of Oz.

I didn't even know what a tornado was but if the wind picked up I thought I would be transported to Oz and I really didn't want to go. The Wicked Witch of the West terrified me and those flying monkeys gave me nightmares.

A family's dream home turns into their worst nightmare when evil spirits rise up to torment them and possess the soul of their innocent daughter.

Can you believe that Poltergeist was only rated PG when it was released in the 80's. I think that's why my parents thought it was OK for my brother and I to watch when we were young. I don't even remember what scared me as I have never went back and rewatched it, once was more than enough for me!

What movies traumatised you as a child?


  1. Oh my goodness, those flying monkeys! Mine was The Green Berets with John Wayne, David Janssen, and Jim Hutton. I cried at the end and the way one of the characters died gave me nightmares. We used to watch Land Before Time when Sophia was little and whenever anyone said "the bright circle", we would burst out laughing!

  2. Jaws and Poltergeist are not child friendly, that's for sure.

  3. I loved The Land Before Time but I remember it did make me cry at lot! I was traumatised by Return to Oz, lots of scary things in that one! The end of ET scared me when I was little too. I think that films when I was a child definitely dealt with darker themes than they do now.

  4. The movie that traumized me as a kid was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory .

  5. I'm not sure why my parents thought Jaws would be a good movie for me to watch, but they did and I was so scared!

  6. Thisiswhereitisat23 May 2024 at 10:46

    The movie that tramitsied me has to be birds,

  7. OH yes, Poltergeist scared me too as did the witch and her monkeys in the Wizard of Oz; though to hear my family talk I was a huge chicken and most movies caused nightmares for me. To this day I have to be careful what I watch/read before bed because my overactive imagination can really take over when I'm sleeping.

  8. My mum took me to see Poltergeist too! The ratings back then must have been very relaxed! I have to admit that I traumatised my oldest son when I let him watch the video ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’. It was a children’s movie but it has this scene where a toy Indian comes to life but dies after a scare. My son screamed and cried ‘turn it off’ and I felt so bad! He was never an overly emotional kid but he was devastated over the poor old Indian.

  9. I remember Poltergeist being quite scary. Nightmare on Elm Street gave me nightmares for years! My eldest brother put it on and I saw most of it. I didn't sleep for months! Love them all now though. xx

  10. I remember reading Jaws as a young teen and I vowed I would never watch the film. Turns out the book was way more graphic!! (I did watch the film) I'm wracking my brains for films I watched as child, it was such a long time ago, lol. I remember watching a lot of horror movies as a young teen and Dawn of the Dead was really scary, but there was one with cannibalism which I can't remember the name of and it was truly something I wouldn't want to watch ever again. I remember crying at Bambi and Dumbo though, so maybe they will count?

  11. Oh my goodness! You nailed this list! I still remember my mom saying that my youngest brother (eight years younger than me and six younger than my other brother) came along three years later than planned BECAUSE my middle brother had nightmares and slept with her and my dad for years... all caused by the Wicked Witch and flying monkeys! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Visiting via the #MMBC link up.

  12. Same! You sure hit the nail on the head with these.
    Visiting today from MMBC