This might surprise you, but I wasn't always a fan of horror films, I used to be pretty scared of them - mainly, as I called them, dead heads with the eyes open; aka, dead bodies with the eyes open. I used to be a bit of a wuss, and I used to watch CSI reflected in the kitchen window, I am a changed person now, but this is my list of ones that used to scare me... Used to... Oh, and these aren't all horror films or films, actually most aren't. They are mainly kids films or TV... obviously.
Thinking back to my amazing childhood, one of the moments that stands out as scaring me, which wasn't a lot, my parents didn't go out of their way to intend to scare me, but the main one that scared me was from the classic Disney cartoon, Pinocchio. Ahh, now you're with me, wait, but you might think it's the other scene... The scene I am not talking about here is the one where all the young boys are violently turned into donkeys, made to smoke and drink, and then pushed onto a boat for god knows what... Okay, I have made this scene sound scary... But this is not the scene, and I am going off cue...
The scene that did actually scare me, and still scares me now, I am embarrassed to add, is the part when Pinocchio and Gepetto are out at sea and get attacked by Monstro the Whale. I always had in my head that it was the Disney cartoon version of Monstro that scared me, but actually, having done my research and googled it, the live action scares me too. The live action one, being a film that I have not seen in donkeys. No Pinocchio pun intended..
Monstro just scares me it turns out, I love whales, they are some of my favourite animals, but the way he attacks the little raft, scares me. Even just looking at photos gives me the shivers - I'm sure he is a lovely whale normally, but those scenes of him jumping out the water and such, nope. And googling it, I am not the only one... It's good I am such a fan of things that live in the water...
My next one, is probably even less horror movie than the first one, but is probably less well known too. I have only ever known literally one or two people I know to know this film; this film is Dot and The Kangaroo. Heard of it? Nope, didn't think so. It's a brilliantly clever and underrated film, about a girl who is friends with a kangaroo. Not scary sounding so far, I hear you say, which is true, the film as a whole isn't a really scary film, tense but not scary.
The reason this film is on here is because of one song off here, and that song is the Bunyip song. Now, if you don't know what a Bunyip is, here comes a load of useless knowledge from me, you're welcome... A Bunyip is a large mythical Australian creature that lurks in places such as caves and swamps and can be a bit of a nasty piece of work. So, from that description, you do wonder why it was put into a kids movie.... Saying that though, I am definitely not against scaring kids..
This song has lines such as "the bunyips going to get you", and "so you better get out quickly".. Lyrics that aren't terrifying at all, all to cave drawings of people running from a ghost like creature, mostly slowly appearing out of water. I feel I am not selling this well, it is a seriously underrated movie, with a scary moment that all kids should see.
And I learnt another word for a Platypus off here, so there, it's a learning experience too...
Okay, now onto something really scary...The Magic Roundabout. To be specific, The Magic Roundabout, Dougal and The Blue Cat. Dougal and the Blue Cat is about the old gang, when a new arrival comes along, Buxton the blue cat, who likes to talk to the blue voice and other strange things the gang aren't a fan of.
Now, I must be honest, I have not watched this film in years, literally years, so I can't really remember any of it, except this scene, and even this scene is a little fuzzy... The scene in question is basically Dougal standing in the dark with a blue tinge, in front of a backdrop of houses. It doesn't sound creepy, but I promise you, it really is. He stands there, and lights in the houses start coming on and going off and you hear the pretty damn terrifying Blue Voice just whispering and muttering in the background... Not creepy at all.
I recently bought this film to re-watch it, and yet, I still have not... What reason I haven't though, is unknown...
I have realised that there are pretty much no horror films on here...but all of them still make you feel the same way as actual horror films, so I think it can be allowed.
The next one though, is down the horror route, it is just a kids show but with a horror twist... But is an unexpected one. The next one is an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the episode Abracadaver, about a magician who, after being taunted, dies after one of his shows and is brought back to life after the theatre where he is lying is knocked down, and starts to bring terror to Townsville.
Already, you can see there is a zombie in this, a zombie, in the Powerpuff Girls, and he is a scary one, if you don't see it coming, it is literally like one of the early episodes of The Walking Dead. Al Lusion, (yes, that is the magicans name!!! Kids shows are so so clever.), appears after them watching a zombie film and just does brings havoc.
I really would like to watch this episode again, I remember where I was when I first saw it was that good, down the road and at some of my closest friends... Good times! Being scared as a child. My favourites.
I sense a theme here, a theme of kids cartoons, following the Powerpuff Girls, follows Scooby Doo, two actually. The first is from Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, where the gang go to investigate a creepy house and some creepy towns people on a Louisiana bay.
Not only, are the creepy people there secretly cat people, there are also zombies, clawing their ways out of the ground all around them. Andddd, this film is also, for a cartoon, very very realistic, so not only are zombies trying to eat people, and people are getting a bit furry, it could be out of an actual horror film. A horror film with an insane soundtrack.
My second Scooby Doo one is from an old episode, Haunted House Hang-Up, which is from the second series, ever! So an old one. This episode really pulled on my fears of the unknown, and the unknown of noises and lights, down corridors and big houses and such, not aliens. The gang are heading to a rock concert when they hear about a haunted house and decide to take a look.
This entire episode is about a mysterious light walking around a house, and just not knowing and then random noises, I find that creepy and I still do. It's the thing that scares me in the most basic way and ends in the biggest anti climax ever. This episode does not need any more on it... I am getting scared...
This is longer than I had planned, but my last one is a little horror, Deep Blue Sea, and is basically when a dead body gets stuck under the water and jumps out to scare the poop out of everyone. When I was young, and saw this, I used to think that the teddies at the end of my bed was the dead body.. simple as. Not logical but simple.
THIS IS LONG. I am so so sorry, but I got carried away. Anyway, what scared me as a child, yay!