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Traumatizing movie scenes you remember from childhood?


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Antz, the part with the war against the termites.
This actually came to mind, specifically when he was talking to the still-alive decapitated head of his friend.

I was subjected to a gauntlet of classics from my babysitter who was really into horror and because we were boys trying to seem tough and cool we pressured each other to survive them. Exorcist, It, Hellraiser, Night of the Living Dead, you name it. None of them bothered me as much as the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre did. That was my 'chickened out' movie. That first kill and appearance of Leatherface at the doorway scared the piss out of me and the general atmosphere of the movie before that scene was making me feel sick already. Rewatched it a few years back and I don't blame my child self.

Honorable mention to the shaving scene from Cabin Fever.


The scene in Squidbillies (had to look up the name) when they brutally torture and kill Santa. This is after I had woken up during the night, and so Cartoon Network was still playing Adult Swim TV shows.

That scene made me really upset.


Still new only older
Oh boy, an idea immediately shot into my head as I saw this thread. So 8 year old me is by a friend and his father is watching the first Mad Max and invites us over. We watch along and did not get a thing, but then the Hacksaw Scene came up. I watched with 100% focus and was shocked and traumatized. Here is a link without any of the bad stuff.

Spoiler it is at the very end of the movie.



I saw a bunch of messed up stuff but the main ones are the baby delivery scene and the deer scene from Freddy Got Fingered. Mr Garrisons sex-change episode was also really bad they spliced in real operation footage lol. This scene from The Toxic Avenger stuck with me too it's so mean.


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The part in Volcano where the dude melts in lava.
Wait, it was in a subway... that's underground... is it technically magma?
Any who, I was 6 or seven, and I had many nightmares about volcanoes in the following years.


Defender of the Sacred Nuggs
The only one I can think of is from Snow White when the queen changes from her normal appearance to the haggard old woman. I remember when I was little that scared me and I had to close my eyes and turn away whenever I watched the film, including the screens at disney land


Fun loving kitty cat
Original Poltergeist...remember that scene where the clown doll pulls the kid under the bed?

By coincidence, my sister had the exact same doll given to her by our grandparents! <gulp!>

So yeah, after watching that movie, I couldn't sleep for weeks unless I had that doll locked up somewhere before hand, or trapped under an egg crate with something very heavy on top of it, or tied up and secured to something...ANYTHING to reassure me that doll ain't coming for me tonight! <blush>


AKA Kardek
Someone already mentioned Don Bluth films. I recently rewatched All Dogs Go to Heaven, and I had completely forgotten about the nightmare scene. The rotoscoped ship adds a level of unsettling realism for me, even as an adult. Somehow the traditionally animated stuff is easier to compartmentalize in my brain as being fictional and "safe".

This clip has extra footage that was apparently never shown in theaters or home video.


Nexus Cabler

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Back when I was 5 or 6 I watched Jaws.

There was a scene from the movie where the shark gets halfway on the boat, causing one of the sailors to slide down right into his mouth and then chewed. It was graphic, the shark looked terrifying, and there was blood....lots of it.

It scared me crazy.

Imagine being 5 and seeing this. Just...wow


Marius Merganser

The Duke of Birds
Now it's hilarious, but I remember being terrified of the Jabberwocky from the 1985 version of Alice in Wonderland. Every time it appears on screen, the lights dim, there's flashes of lightning, and it chases Alice around. It had glowing red eyes and growled a lot. I really hated one scene near the end when it's coming out of a mirror.




The Fly 2.

It's hard to explain what is happening in these scenes, but basically the villain gets turned into a hideous monstrosity and it is implied that he lives on in a fate worse than death.

I saw it when I was 8 and it destroyed my soul. I'm not kidding, it effed me up.


The Brutally Honest Man-Child

The Fly 2.

It's hard to explain what is happening in these scenes, but basically the villain gets turned into a hideous monstrosity and it is implied that he lives on in a fate worse than death.

I saw it when I was 8 and it destroyed my soul. I'm not kidding, it effed me up.
If I saw this when I was 8 I probably woulda died then and there. Or just never slept again!


I'm not a furry if I have feathers.
There was this scene in Mission Impossible 3 where the bad guys implanted a tiny pill bomb inside some girl's brain. As soon as the hero's were in a chopper and almost managed to get the device out of her head, it blew up. That scene broke me down and haunts me to this very day.


an old film but with some superb special effects. As the lava comes or the bridge gets destroyed and the rescue team realizes that they are dead even though they are still alive. The mad race against time, because it is known that around 4 o'clock a mega-explosion in the crater will tear the entire island away.
I literally trembled with tension throughout the entire film, I remember that well.

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I don’t even remember what movie it was. Or even if it was a movie or TV show… But it had a bunch of aliens in it with human disguises. And at one point in the movie they took their human faces off to show they were aliens. The movie itself didn’t traumatize me. But I remember my mom was trying to convince me that it was real and that she was one of them. And she kept acting like she was going to take off her face.

I also remember seeing Scarface for the first time when I was about 3. I really liked the movie but I think the chainsaw shower scene might have freaked me out for a while. The crazy thing about watching that scene now is they really don’t even show as much as I remember back then… it’s just filmed really effectively.

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Explosion loving skooma cat
The Devil and Max Devlin. It was rzther intense for being 5 years old, having devil imagery, people selling souls and kids being sentenced to immediate death.
Probably helping to traumatize further was my biologic father wasn't the greatest example of the lowest form of Humanity available. I remember seeing Darth Vader and thinking he would be aan excellent step dad.