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They’re Baack: 25 Terrifying Characters From Your Childhood

By Monica Bielanko |

High on acid, plotting your “accidental” drowning in the chocolate river.

The first time I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory I was confused. Candy is good. Yes. Chocolate river, better still. But Willy Wonka and his freakish Oompa Loompa minions terrified me. Still can’t watch that movie without feeling like I’ve somehow overdosed on hallucinogenic drugs, which, perhaps was the intention? Who’s to say?

And so it was that most of the entertainment of my childhood inspired intense fear ostensibly while providing wholesome childhood enjoyment. Sleeping Beauty: wonderful. Maleficent: horrifying. Gizmo: so cute! Spike: nightmares for weeks.

Really, who didn’t sleep in their parent’s bed for weeks after watching Poltergeist with your big brother when your parents were gone? Just me? Doubt it. That clown (Don’t ‘what clown?’ me. You know which clown) has inspired a worldwide terror of clowns that pretty much rendered clown parties obsolete. Clowns in cartoons, movies, theme parks and TV shows should be discontinued FOREVER. And writers (I’m looking at you Stephen King) should never, ever be able to write about them ever again, free speech be damned.

Here is the list of the top 25 most terrifying characters from your youth. Do you agree? What’s missing? Coming soon: Top 20 Freaky Characters From Your Teenage Years including more from the insane membrane that belongs to Stephen King, Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers and the rest of the gang.


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25 Scariest Characters From Your Childhood

The Child Catcher

Who isn't horrified by The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Nobody, that's who. Freddy Krueger ain't got nothin' on this guy. To refresh your memory click here. Mwahahaha. FUN FACT: The Child Catcher was the inspiration for Marilyn Manson's Smells Like Children EP. He even dresses like the Child Catcher on the cover.
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You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who.

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “They’re Baack: 25 Terrifying Characters From Your Childhood

  1. Amy says:

    Terrifying- Christopher Lloyd’s character Who Framed Rodger Rabbit. Gave me freakin nightmares for a while!!

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  3. Disappointed greatly says:

    These lists should be only lists because, turning the page for each thing makes the sight CRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On mobile I devices.

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