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.
Enjoy! IF YOU DARE.
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