Renowned animator Don Bluth once said that he felt you could subject kids to anything in a movie, so long as it had a happy ending. Well it looks like a lot of filmmakers took that advice to heart, because these 10 movies had some totally horrifying scenes totally come out of nowhere, and I'm pretty sure some of them scarred us for life.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest - The Machine
Leave it to a movie about preserving nature and stopping pollution to make a friggin construction vehicle terrifying. FernGully's message is anything but subtle, and it drove that home by turning this deforestation device into a friggin demon.
And that's of course before an actual demon made of pollution comes to play as a result, which of course just turns the whole movie into an unintentional horror movie.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - The Witch
Snow White isn't exactly short on spooky imagery (both the Queen herself and the forest Snow has to escape through get pretty terrifying in their own right), but the movie lulls you into a false sense of security once the hilarious and loving dwarfs show up. What could possibly go wrong now?
And then BAM, THIS happens.
The Queen turning into her witch form is still one of the most terrifying scenes in animated film history, and pretty much every scene with her afterwards is pure nightmare fuel. Disney set the tone for their later, jarringly scary scenes in their movies right from the get-go.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - E.T.
So I can't be the only one that found E.T. (the alien, not the entire movie) terrifying as a kid, right? I mean, just look at this little bastard!
How could you not find that scary as a kid? He's just so weird and has those dead eyes!
Pinocchio - The Donkeys
What was it with early Disney and filling their movies with genuine grade-A nightmare fuel. I mean, Pinocchio was already pretty bad between the super angry circus ringmaster and the gigantic, scary-ass whale that he has to escape from.
But no, by far the scariest part comes when the puppet ends up at Pleasure Island, where all sorts of misbehaving boys are turned into donkeys, corralled into pens by demonic-looking shadow men, and SOLD INTO LABOR IN SALT MINES!