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Scary Kids Scaring Kids // 10 Eighties Movies To Traumatize Your KidsWith

2.2.15

We all have fond memories of our childhood. But looking back honestly, some of these kids movies freaked me out. We put together a list of the most frightening films, that they just don’t make them like anymore.


10. Frogdreaming (AKA The Quest) starring Henry Thomas. A weird story, very creepy and proved the imagination of what you don’t see is far scarier than what you do see. Cody is a very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive adventurer who is about to explore the depths of a legend in Devil’s Knob national park, Australia.

9. The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a fantasy world. The film was directed and co-written by Wolfgang Petersen (his first English-language film) and starred Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Thomas Hill; and Alan Oppenheimer as the voices of both Falkor and Gmork. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film produced outside the USA or the USSR. The film was later followed by two sequels.


8. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor .. Yes you heard that right. Now, I know what you’re thinking! Ewoks and scary don’t even go on the same line. Well, look at some of the creepy characters they put in the 1985 made-for-TV film, set in the Star Wars galaxy. The film focuses on Cindel, the little girl from the first film, who—after being orphaned—joins her friends Noa, Wicket, and the other Ewoks, in protecting their village.

7. In Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Pee Wee is an eccentric child-like man, loves his red bicycle and will not sell it to his envious neighbor, Francis (Mark Holton). While Pee-wee visits his friend Dottie (Elizabeth Daily), the bike is stolen. Thinking his bike is at the Alamo, Pee-wee sets off on a trip, where he meets many remarkable people, including waitress Simone (Diane Salinger) and a motorcycle gang. Eventually, Pee Wee discovers that his bike is being used in a movie and tries to recover it.

7. Beetlejuice was Tim Burton’s really big breakthrough, a few years after Pee Wee and just before the Burton frenzy that came in the 90s and before the director’s almost exclusive relationship with Johnyy Depp, an original idea by Michael McDowell, visualized by the unique humorous and macabre eye of a visionary director, that spawned an animated cartoon series and a sequel, which is in development , as confirmed by Burton himself a couple of months ago.

6. The Willies was definitely one for the cult audience, starring Lord of The Ring’s Sean Astin. When this collection of short films came out onto video, it really did scare the hell out of kids everywhere, making them fear the bog monster lurking in the toilet at school. The Willies was a horror anthology written and directed by Brian Peck (best known as Scuz in The Return of the Living Dead). Says it all really doesn’t it? and this was for kids?…really?!


5. The Labyrinth cemented even further how Jim Henson was a master at creating monsters. The first in our Henson-house-made productions, no one else created such grotesque but at the same time innovative inventive characters. Labyrinth also the first of two in our list of British-made American adventure fantasy films. The film stars David Bowie as Jareth and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah. The plot revolves around 15 year old Sarah’s quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King.  Ahhhh! They don’t make them like this anymore do they?



4. Return to Oz proved that there’s something unnerving about showing a bunch of kids, a palace full of decapitated heads, all alive and looking straight at you. Return to Oz was a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, it was initially met with mixed reviews due to it’s rather sinister feel. Now quite the sequel you would expect for an Oz film. Despite Fairuza Balk’s performance, critics felt the protagonists were too creepy for viewers to sympathize with: Dorothy’s friends are as weird as her enemies, which is faithful to the original Oz books but turns out not to be a virtue on film, where the eerie has a tendency to remain eerie no matter how often we’re told it’s not. Other critics described it as “bleak and creepy”.



3. The Dark Crystal was another stunning British made weird and wonderful fantasy by Henson. Jen (Stephen Garlick) raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was
broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain
control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring
peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.


2. Critters came from New Line Cinema (which was owned by Warner Bros.), comprised of four movies that combine elements of horror, science fiction and comedy. The first film, called simply Critters, was released in 1986 and received “two thumbs up” from Siskel and Ebert. These things from outer space were tougher than they look, if you ran from them they had projectile spikes that contained a venom.


1. Gremlins is Joe Dante’s perfect balance between the silliness of Christmastime and some really clever and funny dark comedy. The Mogwais (Cantonese for “monsters”) can’t eat after midnight, shouldn’t be exposed to bright light and never be let to touch water so they won’t multiply… Those three rules alone provide a good enough basis for a modern fairy tale that embraces gluttony, greed and violence in a seemingly childish movie, that if you look close enough, you’ll make out how it signifies caustic satire and much observation on how modern society functions.



RS/ZR

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