Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Unintentionally Scary Family Movies

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Unintentionally Scary Family Movies

Old 02-20-08, 12:03 PM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 149
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Unintentionally Scary Family Movies

The mention of "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" reminded me of the fact there are old movies that were intended for the family audience, or kids themselves, that were a least a little creepy or frightening (including "Limpet") without intending to be. Family movies made in the '60s, in particular, tend to sometimes be creepy. I've made a list of some old ones that I watched on TV (and still pop up on places like TCM) as a kid that scared me:

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
7 Faces of Dr. Lao
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
The Phantom Tollbooth
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
The Boy With Green Hair

Any other examples?
Old 02-20-08, 12:12 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,466
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
The red bull from The Last Unicorn used to scare the crap out of me.
Old 02-20-08, 12:12 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 562
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"Large Marge" from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure comes to mind.
Old 02-20-08, 12:15 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
The Infidel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: the kingdom of the evil Voratians, ruled by the wicked Ak-Oga
Posts: 11,526
Received 32 Likes on 22 Posts
What the heck is creepy or frightening about "The Incredible Mr. Limpet"?
Old 02-20-08, 12:24 PM
  #5  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 149
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by The_Infidel
What the heck is creepy or frightening about "The Incredible Mr. Limpet"?
Don Knotts? I think it was the animated fish version of him that was really creepy, and the part where he falls in love with another fish (while still having a human wife).
Old 02-20-08, 12:35 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
visitor Q's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 2,501
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
This might be a leap, but if parents aren't careful I would think that they could take Pan's Labyrinth as a mythical fairy tale and forever scar their kids.
Old 02-20-08, 12:42 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
The Infidel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: the kingdom of the evil Voratians, ruled by the wicked Ak-Oga
Posts: 11,526
Received 32 Likes on 22 Posts
Originally Posted by visitor Q
This might be a leap, but if parents aren't careful I would think that they could take Pan's Labyrinth as a mythical fairy tale and forever scar their kids.
Yeah, the scene where he bashed the guy's face apart pretty much made me realize I had totally misinterpreted the trailer as being a family fantasy movie.
Old 02-20-08, 12:44 PM
  #8  
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 71,383
Received 116 Likes on 78 Posts
Originally Posted by visitor Q
This might be a leap, but if parents aren't careful I would think that they could take Pan's Labyrinth as a mythical fairy tale and forever scar their kids.
Ditto Bridge to Terabithia.
Old 02-20-08, 12:44 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 4,594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Return to Oz definitely could be too much for a kid to handle.

-NiCK
Old 02-20-08, 12:56 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
IDrinkMolson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: DE
Posts: 4,316
Received 157 Likes on 81 Posts
The child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang still sends chills down my spine whenever I watch it.
Old 02-20-08, 01:01 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: North Cacalaca
Posts: 8,531
Received 9 Likes on 8 Posts
Never seen it, but I heard The Polar Express was kinda creepy.
Old 02-20-08, 01:04 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
riotinmyskull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: portsmouth, va
Posts: 9,176
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
the neverending story (gmork specifically)
secret of nimh
dark crystal
labyrinth
Old 02-20-08, 01:10 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 1,437
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...the boat ride is just freaky.
Old 02-20-08, 01:26 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 20,764
Likes: 0
Received 13 Likes on 6 Posts
Originally Posted by ToddSm66
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...the boat ride is just freaky.
Yes! The whole place was freaky.
Old 02-20-08, 01:52 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 6,032
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Watership Down
Old 02-20-08, 02:02 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 799
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Peanut Butter Solution
Old 02-20-08, 02:08 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
sauce07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Centreville, VA
Posts: 6,547
Received 21 Likes on 16 Posts
Flying Monkeys!!!
Old 02-20-08, 02:08 PM
  #18  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,604
Received 14 Likes on 10 Posts
The Great Yokai War
Old 02-20-08, 02:12 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: New York
Posts: 2,902
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Breton
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
The Banshee gave me one of the worst nightmares I ever had as a kid. That movie is tops on my list for this discussion.
Old 02-20-08, 02:43 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Dr Mabuse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: 75 clicks above the Do Lung bridge...
Posts: 18,946
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson
The child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang still sends chills down my spine whenever I watch it.
damn straight...

that was the one that leapt to mind when i saw this thread...
Old 02-20-08, 02:50 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Legend
 
DeputyDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 14,080
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Dave7393
The Banshee gave me one of the worst nightmares I ever had as a kid. That movie is tops on my list for this discussion.
ditto, but I still loved it.
Old 02-20-08, 02:57 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mondo Kane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 11,412
Received 49 Likes on 43 Posts
Didn't Darby O'Gill have a headless horseman in it too?
Old 02-20-08, 03:20 PM
  #23  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 810
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jpoppe
The Peanut Butter Solution
This is the correct answer
Old 02-20-08, 03:22 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
JackBurton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2,055
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jpoppe
The Peanut Butter Solution
Wow, haven't seen or heard of that one in years. Its not available on dvd is it?
Old 02-20-08, 03:25 PM
  #25  
Member
 
Brack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: near Cincinnati
Posts: 9,987
Received 47 Likes on 33 Posts
Leprechaun. Warwick Davis was in all these family films in the 80s that aren't scary, and then he stars in this. I don't get how any little kid wouldn't be scared of him in this movie.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.