45 Things That Were Incredibly Traumatizing For Every Single Millennial Growing Up
"Return the slab."
First and foremost, the original Unsolved Mysteries theme song.
If that didn't get you, then Robert Stack's scary-ass voice definitely did.
But the Unsolved theme song was a straight-up lullaby compared with the Are You Afraid of the Dark? theme song.
The ominous rowboat rocking to and fro in the fog.
The swing just, like, moving.*
The whole thing was cruel.
Standouts from Are You Afraid that destroyed your adolescent life included the Frozen Ghost...
...the Pool Monster...
...Old Man Corcoran...
...the kid with the red bike...
...these faceless aliens...
...that terrifying girl and her damn locket...
...and, of course, the Ghastly Grinner.
The Ghastly Grinner was scary and all, but Zeke the Plumber was a whole other level.
Rasputin's death scene in Anastasia, which really was extra.
That episode of Rugrats with Angelica's "brother" was also pretty messed up.
So was that episode where Tommy turned into an adult baby monster.
The furnace in Home Alone was terrifying.
The chokey in Matilda was nightmare-inducing.
Courage the Cowardly Dog was a fucked-up acid trip for 12-year-olds.
"Return the slab or suffer my curse." Nope.
The clown in It.
Larry turned into a boogeyman in the Disney Channel Original Movie Don't Look Under the Bed. (Listen, that whole movie was horrific, but that scene really stands out.)
Mischa Barton puking under a bed.
Really, just seeing Sixth Sense ruined many lives.
This toilet still haunts me when I have to pee in the middle of the night.
And let me tell you, if a TV has static, I'm running.
I have no time for Samara coming out of the TV.
Any mention of the Blair Witch still gets me.
The intro to The X-Files, which just sent a chill up your spine.
The underrated Halle Berry movie Gothika.
Michelle Pfeiffer's experience in What Lies Beneath.
Nicole Kidman's experience in The Others.
Slappy the Dummy from Goosebumps.
We honestly don't talk enough about how scary the Goosebumps TV show theme song was.
Judge Doom's reveal in Who Framed Roger Rabbit that was just so unexpected.
The Temple Guards on Legends of the Hidden Temple were just so aggro.
These toys keep me up in the middle of the night.
When I'm all alone, I swear I hear, "I bring you...love."
When you're on a highway and see this...
...you definitely think this is going to happen, thanks to Final Destination.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come basically gave you Christmas-themed nightmares for years to come.
You hate looking down alleyways for fear of seeing Gooey Gus.
And lastly, there was nothing scarier than the blue screen of death.
Good luck sleeping tonight!
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