Rewatching Scary Childrens’ Movies

Happy Friday! I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend since I have been sick for the past few day. Do you have any plans for this weekend?

This post is going to be a bit different from my usual posts because I wanted to rewatch several movies that scared me as a kid, but were age appropriate at the time.

Jumanji (1995): The first movie I watched was Jumanji. I could only watch this movie once despite having it on VHS because the concept of being forced to play a board game with all these wild animals scared me. I only remembered the boy being trapped in the game and the scene with the rhinos and elephants stampeding through the house. Rewatching this movie 15 or so years later, the animals appear unrealistic, but as kid I could see how they were scary especially the scenes with the stampede and the crocodile. The acting in the movie was still great and Robin Williams did a wonderful job portraying a man who was trapped in the board game for decades. Rewatching this movie has made me appreciate it more, and it will be interesting to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle when it is released later this year.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998): The next movie I watched was Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. I loved Scooby-Doo as a kid and my parents bought me many movies on VHS, but I could only watch this one once. At the end of all the Scooby-Doo episodes and movies, the monster was caught and the man or woman behind the mask was revealed, but in this movie the monsters were REAL. In this movie, the gang goes to Louisiana to investigate haunted houses. During their visit to a secluded plantation, they encounter ghosts, zombies, and even werecats. I especially remember the scene with the zombies coming out of the ground and Shaggy and Scooby-Doo being in the van while that happened. When I rewatched this movie I noticed the animation is a bit outdated, but it was still good considering this movie is almost 20 years old. This movie was not scary now, but I could see why the scenes with the monsters were creepy as a kid. Despite all the real monsters, this movie had a good and unexpected ending, and I am glad I rewatched it.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971): The last movie I watched was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I remember watching this movie at my elementary school, and I did not like it all. The concept of a winning ticket to a chocolate factory seemed fun and all, but the oompa loompas and the boat scene were downright scary. When I rewatched this movie, it was much more enjoyable. I loved the songs in this movie, and the acting was great. However, the boat scene was still creepy especially with Gene Wilder’s singing. I enjoyed rewatching this movie, and I want to rewatch Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now.

What movies scared you as a kid?

21 thoughts on “Rewatching Scary Childrens’ Movies

  1. Charlie and the chocolate factory horrified me too! We were analyzing the movie and that particular scene for a course i took in uni and we learned that the scene was mostly improvised by Gene, the passengers genuinely had no idea what was going to happen so their reactions are all real.

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  2. I hope you feel better soon first of all 😊 Really enjoyed reading this post. I had to think a bit about the movie that scared me as a kid. I honestly can’t think of one (at least not when I was a really young kid). But, when I was about 11 or 12 years old I saw a movie that scared the heck out of me. Well, at least the ending did and that was the Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Donald Sutherland. Wow…that ending…it was so incredibly scary 😊

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