As an adult watching Disney movies, I realized something: The things that scared me when I was a kid still seem to be shockingly frightful. Obviously they don’t make me afraid the way they used to, but they’re still creepy … in a way that I somehow enjoy. You get it, right? Here are the top scary moments in Disney films that caused all my nightmares as a child (and still give me the creeps):
1. Jafar turning into a snake in Aladdin.
If you’re afraid of snakes like I am, this scene will haunt you. Whenever I see a normal snake, I’m afraid it will turn into a huge snake with a Jafar face..
2. The Fates sharing an eye in Hercules.
When the fates all share Clotho’s eyeball and take turns popping it into their heads … This is what I felt like when I first started wearing contacts.
3. The trees in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Remember when Snow White runs through the forest and those scary trees try to grab her? Gets me every time.
4. The evil wolves in Beauty and the Beast.
You may think Gaston is the only villain in Beauty and the Beast, but those man-eating wolves totally try to attack Maurice, Belle, and their horse Philippe.
5. Frollo setting Paris on fire in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
It’s really terrifying when Frollo sets the entire town on fire. Seriously, there is so much fire in the movie. Metaphors, guys.
6. The Horned King in The Black Cauldron.
But pretty much all of The Black Cauldron is scary. There’s a scene where all of the skeletons come to life that was a repeat nightmare for me as a kid.
7. When all the kids on Pleasure Island turn into donkeys in Pinocchio
Pleasure Island is all kinds of creepy! The evil Coachmen cons a bunch of young boys into taking a holiday to this island of dissolution where they’re turned into donkeys. No thank you.
8. Maleficent transforming into a dragon in Sleeping Beauty.
I sort of love the scene where Maleficent transforms into a huge fire breathing dragon, but it’s also one seriously scary moment.
There are some moments in Disney movies that are seriously scary, but that’s part of what makes them so great. What Disney movie moments still scare you? Tell us in the comments!