There are some things that you can’t un-see. Some movies, sometimes seemingly safe ones, have visual or story elements that disturb, and continue to disturb long after the credits roll. Maybe you’re lying in the dark, just on the brink of sweet, sweet sleep, when suddenly the creepy grin of the Cheshire Cat pops up in your head, and suddenly you are three years old, stuck in the awful psychedelic world of Disney’s Alice, and you can kiss your nocturnal rejuvenation goodbye, thank you very much. Here are 10 movies that left a lasting, but not loving, impression on us.
Night of the Hunter: Two children are stalked by a murdering psychopathic preacher who wants their father’s stolen fortune. Do not watch this movie alone. At night. Before you try to sleep.
No Country For Old Men: I knew nothing about this movie when a friend took me to see it for my birthday. All I knew is that he really wanted to see it and I didn’t know enough about it to know better. Despite the fact that this film is beautifully made, I spent large portions of the second half of the film with my eyes closed because I couldn’t stand to watch another person be killed. Also, Anton Chigurh has to be one of the scariest movie villains. Ever.
Bambi: Bambi is a young deer hailed as the ‘Prince of the Forest’ at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, in particular a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. He learns the skills needed to survive, and he even finds love. One day, however, the human hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety.
Alien: A routine stop on a barren planetoid infests a spaceship with an alien creature which kills off the crew one by one.
The Vanishing: A young man begins an obsessive search for his girlfriend after she mysteriously disappears during their sunny vacation getaway. His three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a seemingly mild-mannered professor who, in truth, harbors a diabolically clinical and calculating mind. When the kidnapper contacts the man and promises to reveal his lover’s fate, the film unfolds with intense precision, culminating in a genuinely chilling finale that has unnerved audiences around the world
Psycho: A larcenous secretary picks the wrong place to spend the night, the Bates motel, run by a peculiar young man and his crotchety mother.
Something Wicked This Way Comes: This film is advertised as being a family-friendly film, but having seen this as a kid, I have to disagree with that statement. This movie was horrifying and has left terrifying images of swarming tarantulas forever in my head.
Cujo: So, let’s pretend you’re a kid who doesn’t like dogs very much. And let’s say your extended family on both sides is filled with large canine pets. And let’s say you sneak out of bed and hide behind the couch while your parents watch a rabid St. Bernard attacks a rural Maine community. Now let’s pretend you have a deathly fear of all dogs until you are a legal adult. Inconvenient, no?
Alice in Wonderland: Yes, the Disney version. SOOOOOO CREEPY….