The Movies that Traumatized Me As a Child

I think every child who watches movies has seen a film as a youngster that scared them half to death. Sometimes it’s not even horror movies but rather simply films with startling moments or scarier themes that can be somewhat traumatizing. As someone who stills gets the heeby-jeebies while, and after, watching a scary movie, I had quite a few frightening experiences watching movies as a child and I’m here to share with you every film (that I can remember) that left me traumatized. Lol, enjoy.



I was shown Jaws for the first time when I was a little girl, maybe seven or eight, and I can still remember recollecting two specific scenes that scared me. One, the scene where Hooper goes down to investigate the shipwreck and sees the dead guy. I still get a bit creeped out at that part because it scared me so badly as a kid.

And then, of course, watching Quint getting eaten for the first time is seared into my memory bank due to the horror of that particular moment. There was so much blood and as a child who still believed in Santa Claus at the time, the Great White looked as real as ever. It was an absolutely terrifying experience.

The Shining

Scary movies are scary movies for a reason and The Shining is, unfortunately, one of those films that I saw a little too early. I didn’t see the whole film…clearly, but I saw the twins, and that was enough. I remember being a kid and squeezing my eyes shut, holding my hands over my ears, and doing whatever I could to not see or hear what was on the television screen as they spoke to the little boy.

Gosh, I don’t like horror films. I never have and I never will.

The Exorcist

Speaking of horror movies, The Exorcist just might be the scariest one of them all. The first time I saw The Exorcist was while watching the AMC channel on television during, appropriately, Halloween month. On the television screen was simply a wall and a backboard of a bed. Not so scary right…until the girl popped up on the screen and left me frozen in terror. I couldn’t sleep with the lights off for two months straight after I saw that girl’s face.

Since then, I’ve seen bits and pieces of The Exorcist one time…and that’s it. I will never watch it again.

Children of the Corn

It took me a long time to get the courage to watch Children of the Corn again and discover that the film is actually super corny due to the film’s traumatic beginning. You know, the couple hitting the kid with their car, seemingly killing the child, and then the child gets back up. Scared me half to death!

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark


Raiders of the Lost Ark is a great film that isn’t usually synonymous with horror but that doesn’t make the end any less frightening. As a child, watching the Nazis melt before the power of God was horrifying on a number of levels.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


Speaking of Indiana JonesThe Last Crusade scared me even worse as Walter Donovan drinks from the Holy Grail with the wrong chalice and ends up aging at a super rapid pace. Watching him become a skeleton before Elsa’s very eyes was scary on a whole bunch of levels and left me rather traumatized afterward.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Now, you want to talk about scary. I was five-years-old when my parents took me to see this movie in the movie theater! We had the Chamber of Secrets on DVD, we were pretty much fans of the franchise, and my parents thought it would be great to take me and my sister to see it in the theater. I sat in the bottom row of the theater petrified as I watched a movie filled with frightening creatures such as dementors and worst of all, werewolves. For a while, after this film, I was deathly afraid of werewolves…and probably still am as a matter of fact. Lol.

And that’s where the list ends…at least these are the only movies that I can think of at the moment that have managed to scare the chills out of me.

What are some movies that have managed to scare you as a child? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

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