It can be shocking to revisit the movies, TV shows and books we loved as kids. As it turns out, there was a lot of really messed up stuff in our childhood that we've managed to block out through the years. Whether it was "that one scary part" in your favorite movie, or the show your parents really shouldn't have let you stay up late for, we all have something spooky lurking in our memories.
If you're not up for the challenge, close this list right now, because we're going to take a walk down memory lane and uncover 13 of the scariest things we (somehow) enjoyed when we were kids.
1. Reading Garbage Pail Kids before you were ready
Okay, so these collectibles were (mostly) harmless, but there are a couple that were definitely too grotesque for kids. If these cards were still popular today, you could bet that more parents would be upset about them.
2. The Evil Clown from The Brave Little Toaster
Who thought it was a good idea to take a cute little kids movie about a talking toaster and drop a nightmare about an evil clown into it?
3. The Gmork
While The Neverending Story had its share of dark and frightening scenes, nothing else measured up to the Gmork, the huge wolf monster who serves the Nothing. There's no shame in admitting you closed your eyes during his scene.
4. The Crypt Keeper
Maybe you felt like you were old enough to watch Tales From the Crypt, but one look at this pun-loving host was enough to make most kids turn off their TV and sleep with the lights on.
5. Mola Ram's scene in Temple of Doom
There's no denying this film was too intense for young audiences, helping to create the PG-13 rating with scenes like the terrifying "kali ma" ritual.
6. Large Marge
Large Marge's scary face in Pee Wee's Big Adventure terrified me so much that I avoided the movie for a decade, which is a shame because it's a real comedy classic.
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