Childhood Trauma: Movies/Shows that Terrified Me – Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann discusses movies and TV shows that scared the crap out of him as a child. This was inspired by Adam from YourMovieSucks who asked other creators to make videos detailing their childhood trauma induced by movies or television.

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Quick, funny reviews of movies and games, new and old.


  1. I always hated the scary episodes of any show and I still do. The only movie that you mentioned that I saw as a kid was Raiders of the Lost Ark. The creepiest show I ever saw was Courage the Cowardly Dog. Heck, I rarely saw PG-13 movies until I was 10 or 11. I could NOT imagine your childhood. O.O The only movie I can’t think that scared me as a kid was the Triplets of Belleville. The silence. The bulging eyes (similar to your honorable mention). The villians. To this day, I CANNOT see that movie. It scared me for a full month. When I would go get a snack at night, I would always think the armoire was the henchmen from that movie because they were square as well.

  2. Oh man, I could go on for hours with examples of this stuff because I was such a pansy as a kid. Ironically I love the horror genre as an adult, but back then probably due to an overactive imagination, I was fucking scared of everything. Also, entertainment deemed suitable for kids was a little more risqué back then than it is now I think. Off the top of my head some examples of shit that terrified me,
    Large Marge from pee wee’s big adventure, not to mention the evil laughing clown when his bike is stolen. I had major problems with clowns.
    Judge Doom from Roger Rabbit. Never has there been a purer example of nightmare fuel.
    The Grim Reaper as portrayed in Baron Munchausen. I loved that movie as a kid, but could not handle those scenes.
    It’s funny you mention Fire in the Sky, just seeing the trailer for that freaked me out.
    The scene in batman 89 with the joker and the mob doctor.

    The rapidly aging guy in Last Crusade

    The heart ripping scene in temple of doom

    The Witches, so many disturbing things in that movie.

    And many, many more.

  3. lilith_ascennding

    I was a huge pansy as a kid, and ironically, I’m more into horror and scary stuff today than I was as a child (not super comfortable with everything in the genre, like anything Uncanny Valley for example, but I’m pretty good now). Segwaying from that Uncanny Valley example I gave, Goosebumps scared the shit out of me as a kid. Slappy the Dummy always scared me the most. I can remember when the Goosebumps theme song would start and they’d quickly flash to his face, I’d start crying and freaking out. I got more into the books in middle school, but Slappy always has and always will scare the shit out of me. Wishbone was one of my favorite TV shows growing up as it introduced me to a lot of my favorite books (including Frankenstein and The Time Machine of all things). However, the Jekyll and Hyde episode definitely traumatized me. Watching Dr. Jekyll change into Mr. Hyde and take on a monstrous appearance terrified me. It scared me so bad that I didn’t get over my fear of this story until I was almost finished with college. Yeah, I was that freaked out by it. It was so bad that if I read a book or watched a movie or TV show that referenced it, I would not read that book or watch that movie again and I would change the channel as fast as I could (I remember doing that for the Veggie Tales version of Jekyll and Hyde. Shit fucked me up, man.). Got to thank the song “Confession” from the Jekyll and Hyde musical and a My Litlte Pony animatic for getting me over that particular fear. I hated Courage the Cowardly Dog. I didn’t have cable growing up, so any and all cable cartoons were watched either through video store rentals/VHS’s I owned or TV’s at vacation places and friend’s houses.I remember the Space Chicken episode was tacked on as a bonus to the Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost home video. It was all fine until the farmer man (is it Eustace? I don’t really know the guy’s name) started turning into a chicken and laughing hysterically. It also didn’t help that once he turned into a giant chicken, he attacked his wife. I refused to watch that movie after that. Danny Phantom scared me a lot as a kid. I remember catching the episodes that introduced the characters of Sidney Poindexter (the nerd ghost) and Desiree (the genie ghost) while on vacation and being terrified of them. I think the idea of being trapped in an alternate dimension where everyone hates you (and also being trapped in someone else’s body after being forced out of your own) as well as watching your best friend literally turn into a monster as he is consumed by obsession over newfound otherworldly powers is what really scared me. Other quick shout outs I’ll give to scary shit before I wrap this up: Ursula from The Little Mermaid, The Hag from Snow White (and the Queen’s transformation into her), the transformation scene from Belle’s Enchanted Christmas, The Twilight Zone, the trailers for Hide and Seek and Silent Hill (although the poster for the latter scared me more. I’m talking about the SH movie by the way), and Gremlins. Yeah, that about wraps things up for childhood trauma.

  4. The Mysterious M

    As a kid, that episode of Boy Meets World freaked me the hell out!

  5. Snorgatch Pandalume

    One scary memory from my childhood was a movie in which a computer was killing people. A woman was dictating something, and when she said “breath” the computer printed “death.” She tried to correct it, and it kept doing it. Then the lights started going out, and she ran down a long hall with the lights going off behind her. She got in an elevator, and the door closed on her and cut her in half. I don’t know the name of the movie, though.

  6. The Real Silverstar

    Funny, horror themed stuff never really bothered me that much, probably because I’ve never really exposed myself to that much horror; up until around mid-adolescence I only ever watched comedies and cartoons, and I was too old for Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? (I’m closer to the You Can’t Do That on Television/Danger Mouse/Turkey Television era of Nick), so I didn’t watch them except for bits and pieces. I hated clowns as a kid (but for me it was more disgust than fear) and I was a tad freaked out by Ralph Bashki’s Wizards the first time I saw it, but nothing in it out-and-out scared me.

    No, I was that weird kid who was frightened by abstract stuff, like certain production logos would freak me out. My brother and I compiled a list of them on our blog:

  7. I think the first Non-Horror movie that scared me was “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade” when they are in Paris down in the catacombs where they find the tombs of the dead Crusade soldiers and the Nazis flood and fire them out so the tombs are over turned and start floating along the water. Creeped the hell out of me when I watched it as a little kid.

  8. The Movie Explorer

    Oh God, Fire in the Sky. You know, allegedly “based on a true story,” I thought it, and all “alien abduction” stories for that matter, was complete bunk. For some reason, despite my cynicism, I kept watching. And I tell you, in spite of my personal opinions, I had months of sleepless nights after watching this! One of the most effective horror movies, whether or not that was the intent. And I saw it as a [young] adult!

  9. Holy cow, I need to see Fire in the Sky.

    I had similar experiences with seeing Psycho and Raiders as a kid and loving the Halloween episodes of various shows. My traumas came from sneaking things or when a late night movie came on after the news and my dad didn’t realize because he was working hard from home to send his kids to college and we really should have been in bed. A scene from one of the Leprechaun movies stands out, in which he sawed a dude in half. Gave me nightmares. Something from one of the Chucky movies got to me early on. And…if I’m honest, the melting faces on Raiders haunted me. There’s probably some Star Trek buried in my psyche that I have repressed since I watched it a lot as a kid… And I remember something about rats eating someone but I don’t know what the hell it came from.

  10. Omg! Fire in the sky! That part! No one ever knows what I’m talking about!

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