25 Traumatic Family Movie Moments
I recently compiled a list of traumatic moments in family movies for Den of Geek. There really was a greater number to choose from here than even I first expected. Anyway, here’s to celebrating childhood nightmares:
For the most part, when a film is billed as being ‘fun for all the family’, you know what to expect. Good old fashioned PG fun with an upbeat ending and a strong positive message to take home with you. This message can be anything from believing in yourself, being kind to those you love, or simply that tying a lot of balloons to your house will result in a joyous high-spirited adventure.
However, one of the other fairly regular aspects of a beloved family film tends to be an occasional moment of borderline inappropriate trauma. These are the moments your parents fast-forwarded over when you were really young to save you from the anguish. The moments that even now, decades down the line as a fully-fledged adult with a council tax bill and a sensible coat, you remember with an all-too crystal clear clarity.
For every clean-cut hero there’s a terrifying villain, and for every uplifting and heart-warming underdog story, there’s a dead Disney parent right around the corner. There’s only 25 moments covered here, but the list could probably have been double that amount. Nearly making the traumatising cut were Lampwick’s transformation in Pinocchio, the Horned King in all his glory in The Black Cauldron, the frankly weird Great Owl in The Secret Of NIMH, and the startling vision of doggy hell in All Dogs Go To Heaven. There’s a worryingly large range to choose from, but here are 25 of the most traumatic moments from beloved family movies.
Den of Geek: 25 Traumatic Moments in Family Films