To this day, the only movie that has directly given me nightmares is Watership Down. I saw it when I was 7 or 8, and I'm sure that my parents had only the best of intentions. Yes, it was based on a serious book about societal conflict, but it was also an animated movie about rabbits ... some of whom happened to be absolutely terrifying, with their ragged appearance, red eyes, and evil intentions.
You can argue that Watership Down isn't really a little kids' movie -- and I would be the first to agree. But what about movies that are meant for kids and families and seem innocent enough at first glance? Some have scary scenes that seem to come out of nowhere -- or just happen to push the wrong buttons for certain kids. An informal survey of our readers, editors, and friends turned up these prime examples (warning: possible spoilers!) of blindsides they didn't necessarily see coming:
- The Wizard of Oz: Most people find the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys extremely creepy, and the