What movie had you hidden under the covers as a kid, fighting your brain as it forced you to relive the horror of that one scene on repeat until sleep kicked in to save you? You might be too embarrassed to admit that a movie made for kids had you covering your eyes, but this article is your safe space to fess up with the rest of us. The internet is teeming with tales from adults who admit there were times children’s movies turned darker than they should have, leaving them with memories they’d rather forget. Today we’ll be taking a look at a handful of seriously creepy kids’ flicks that had us hollering for our parents to double-check under our beds at night. These movies were so dark that many refuse to rewatch them as adults, but even the fearless can agree they were questionably frightening for little ones to watch.
The Petrifying Principal
“Prin-ci-pal.” It’s right there in the word. Your school’s leader is supposed to be someone you can trust like a friend. However, the kids in Matilda were under the rule of the treacherous Miss Trunchbull. Forget ruling with an iron fist; this headmistress had an iron maiden for students unlucky enough to land on her bad side.
Matilda’s home life was a dumpster fire, and her school life wasn’t significantly better with the threat of big bully Trunchbull and her cruel and unusual punishments. This woman swung a girl around by her pigtails, force-fed a boy enough chocolate cake to feed a horse, and locked children in her medieval contraption dubbed “The Chokey.” This movie made regular ‘ol detention look like paradise.