TOP 10: Scenes that traumatized my childhood

BEWARE, THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS (shocking scenes often happening towards the end of films)…
I think that everyone has been traumatized by a scene in a film when they were kids, at least once. I’ve been traumatized many times, images getting stuck in my mind and leaving a permanent imprint. These ten films have traumatized me in a good way, turning me into the movie fan I am today. Some scenes were just so visually striking that I was shocked, while others were really tragic and sad and had to impress the mind of a child. So here is my Top 10 of the most traumatizing scenes of my childhood. 

1. Dumbo’s mother cradling him with her trunk while she’s in a prison cell in Dumbo (1941)

2. Dave murdering HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

3. John Merrick crying “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being!”, in The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980) – the film is my number 1 in the most traumatizing films EVER.

4. Edward destroying his hands while his creator is dying of a heart attack in Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)


5. The death of Victoria Page in The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948)

6. The black mask and costume of Wolfgang’s father, later worn by Salieri in Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)

7. Myra’s suicide in Waterloo Bridge (Mervyn LeRoy, 1940)

8. The transformation of Sarah into a vampire at the end of The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski, 1967)

9. Maleficient’s raven turning into stone in Sleeping Beauty (1959).

10. E.T leaving Earth in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)

How about you? What scenes traumatized you as a kid?

Viddy Well!


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