1. The Secret Of NIMH (1982)



From the same guy who brought us the wholesome series that was 
The Land Before Time, The Secret of NIMH was no cutesy talking-animal movie. Instead, the gloomy animation terrified us for a good chunk of our childhood. Packed with violence and a damn satanic owl, The Secret Of NIMH haunts us to this day.

  1. Labyrinth (1986)



Leave it to David Bowie to act in one of the creepiest children’s films of all time. Everything about this film was downright terrifying.

  1. All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)



One of the most beloved children’s films of all time could have also been your introduction to sinning. From alcoholic and gambling themes to escaping doggie death row and the dark depiction of burning hell,
All Dogs Go To Heaven was a little too real. Plus, the ending made us cry.

  1. The Last Unicorn (1982)



Based on a unicorn who believes to be the last, the plot follows the mythical creature on a journey to find others of her kind. In the process, the unicorn is turned into a human to escape a killer bull, falls in love and forgets where she came from and her sole purpose. This movie was one giant mind-fuck that terrified the shit out of us.

  1. Spirited Away (2001)

This Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece stole our hearts and our peaceful nights. Sure, the characters themselves are creepy, but the countless complex messages Miyazaki conveys in this film are the real things that keep us up at night.

  1. Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins’ special effects are enough to make us shiver even today. This movie is one big, giant “Nope!”

  1. The Addams Family (1991)



If you thought we were going to forget one of the most morbid families of all time, you were dead wrong. (Pun intended.)

  1. Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

The adaptation of this beloved children’s book left parents angry and concerned for their children. It comes as no surprise that many parents began reporting that their children started experiencing nightmares because of the movie. The dark tale explores a lonely group of monsters looking for a higher power, in which the film’s child protagonist is unable to live up to. Talk about heavy.

  1. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

We don’t even have to say it. You already know.

  1. Charlotte’s Web (1973)



As soon as we came around to the idea of a spider in the role of a mother figure, Charlotte had to go and die on us. But it’s fine.

  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

We’re not sure who OK’d Ray Bradbury’s twisted tale to be made into a Disney movie, but regardless, it happened. While the film was watered down significantly to cater to a younger audience, it still had some gruesome scenes atypical of most Disney movies. No wonder this tanked at the box office.

  1. The Witches (1990)

All we’re saying is that this scene where the witches rip off their own their face was totally David Lynch’s inspiration for Season 3 of Twin Peaks.