People Are Sharing The Child-Friendly Movies That Traumatized Them As Kids, And I Agree With Several Of Their Choices

    "My mom desperately tried to convince me to stop watching The Land Before Time when I was little. I ended up being an absolute sobbing mess every time I watched it, but kept insisting that I wanted to watch it. My mom eventually just threw the tape away and told me it broke."

    As a child, I loved the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang until this absolutely terrifying man, known as the Child Catcher, appeared onscreen. He ruined the entire movie for me with his terrifying attempts to lure innocent young children into his wagon by promising them candy and other sweet treats.

    the Child Catcher

    Given my own experience, when I saw u/ladanyilatz ask, "What child-friendly movie left you traumatized?" over on r/AskReddit, I was immediately intrigued.

    Here are 23 movies meant for kids that actually left people traumatized, from Gremlins to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

    1. Coraline

    2. My Girl

    a girl crying over a little boy in a casket

    3. E.T.

    ET in a crate on a kid's bike

    4. The Wizard of Oz

    5. Bambi

    Bambi and his mom

    6. Bridge to Terabithia

    kids hanging out by a treehouse

    7. Matilda

    8. The Brave Little Toaster

    the toaster getting angry

    9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Rudolph with a little boy

    10. Spirited Away

    11. James and the Giant Peach

    James standing in front of a large peach

    12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    the hunchback singing

    13. Marley and Me

    14. The Land Before Time

    an adult dinosaur with a baby one and two frogs

    15. Where the Wild Things Are

    a creature hugging a child

    16. Finding Nemo

    17. Dumbo

    Dumbo flying

    18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Roger Rabbit hugging a man around the neck and looking scared

    19. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    20. The Last Unicorn

    a dragon looking angrily at a unicorn on a beach

    21. The Witches

    a witch

    22. Gremlins

    23. And finally, The NeverEnding Story

    a child talking to a large creature

    Did any of these movies also traumatize you as a child? Are there any others that terrified you so much that you'll never be able to watch them again? Share your picks in the comments!

    Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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