22 "Terrifying" Movies From Your Youth That Are Not So Scary To Watch Now As An Adult
Maybe not so scary after all, huh?
asked you, the BuzzFeed Community, which movies were really scary to watch as a kid, but are really enjoyable to watch as an adult. You guys de-li-vered. Here are 22 movies that are no longer terrifying (for the most part) that people now love to watch!
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.
National Treasure (2004)
"I was really scared of
National Treasure when it first came out. I was six, and I really hated skeletons! Combine the skeletons with the movie's darkly lit scenes and you get the fuel for my nightmares. I really love the movie now. It is Nicholas Cage at his best."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz is a masterpiece and I will sing every word to every song as an adult. But as a kid, I would close my eyes and/or hide when the Wicked Witch was on screen. Let's not even discuss the flying monkeys."
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid. Ariel is my favorite princess, and I love that movie with all of my heart. The only thing is Ursula. She scared the living mess out of me when I was little. When she appeared on the screen, I ran out of my bedroom! She was super scary back then."
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
"I was terrified of the
Pirates of the Caribbean movies! My family had to leave the theater because I would not stop crying while watching it. I finally rewatched them when I was in college and fell in love!"
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy. I watched it as a kid and it gave me nightmares for months. The scarabs, the rotting mummy, it was all so terrifying! Now it's one of my all time favorite movies and I will love Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz forever!"
Coraline gave me straight up nightmares as a child. I was afraid of doors at one point! Now as an adult this movie is hella trippy and I love it."
The Polar Express (2004)
Castle Rock Entertainment
Golden Mean Productions
The Polar Express. I hated the scene with all of the puppets in the dark train car. It scared me so much that when that part came on I closed my eyes until it was over. Now I understand the symbolism (the puppet is Scrooge) but when I was younger I couldn’t watch that scene!"
Mosaic Media Group
"I am a huge fan of the Scooby-Doo series and the live action movies now, but the movie where the gang heads to Spooky Island and encounters those monsters/demons that possess people...it made me lose a lot of sleep as a kid!"
The Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast. The beast scared me really badly as a child but when I got older, I became less scared of the beast and saw him more as a tortured soul (which was the way he was meant to be perceived)! Now it's my absolute favorite movie of all time."
Prince of Egypt (1998)
"I was terrified of
Prince of Egypt so much! The scene with Moses’ dream creeped me out, and let’s not even start talking about the plagues! But now I really adore this movie! The music is amazing and it's an incredible story."
Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away. It was so scary to me as a kid! I was especially scared by what happened to the main character's parents and that ghost thing that followed her around! I watched it for the first time the other day and it wasn’t so scary after all."
Matilda. I love the movie now but the scene in the house where Mrs. Trunchbull is trying to find Matilda got my heart racing every time. Also, for some weird reason the scene with the chocolate cake scared me so much! Anyone else?"
Henson Associates, Inc.
Labyrinth. I was terrified that those goblins were gonna take me. The worst part was the orange things! I had nightmares for weeks with them trying to take off my head. I love the movie now."
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit scared me SHITLESS growing up. I used to find the stop-motion effect very scary and the plot didn’t help. Now, it’s one of the funniest, prettiest, and most detailed animated movies you’ll find. Also everything about Gromit is worth the price of rental. Cinema peaked here, and I stand by that statement."
Little Monsters (1989)
Little Monsters with Howie Mandel. I never slept with any body part hanging off my bed my whole childhood because of that movie. Now I can quote the whole movie! Plus, I make all my friends who haven’t seen it watch it!"
Mars Attacks (1996)
Tim Burton Productions
Mars Attacks! Scared the crap out of me as a kid, to the point that I had to sleep with the lights on...for a while! Now I think it’s hilarious."
The Little Vampire (2000)
The Little Vampire was horrifying to watch as a child! Now I completely appreciate the cuteness of the kid! But TBH, it’s still a little scary LOL!"
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, lol. The bit at the beginning with the guy having his hand chopped off (yuck) really freaked me out, even though you didn’t see it. I ran out the cinema and hid in the loo for ages. And Robin’s friend who'd had his eyes gouged out...I was a sensitive kid and just found it all really disturbing. Love it now though — Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham is the best!"
Gremlins. I watched it when I was 6 and had nightmares for months. As an adult I can’t stop laughing at the awful yet amazing puppets."
Sesame Street: Follow That Bird (1985)
Children's Television Workshop
Follow that Bird was the scariest movie ever! Had to leave the theater when I was five years old and didn't even attempt to watch until 20 years later! Now I can watch it and appreciate how wonderful Sesame Street was for kids. But the idea of Big Bird being lost and alone is not okay!"
Tremors gave me nightmares as a kid. I was always afraid something was going to pop up out of the ground and eat me! I was totally missing out on the humor of the movie. Kevin Bacon is amazing and hysterical and it has Reba McEntire! I love this movie now. A ridiculous gem."
Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)
Don't Look Under the Bed. Rewatched it today as a grown ass woman. Still terrifying, but 10/10 would recommend it now."
Were there any "not so scary" movies that you think we missed? Leave us a comment down below and let's bond over our childhood scaries!
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