5. Never Ending Story- Not even the dreamy synthesizers of the title song, performed by Kajagoogoo and Limahl, could soften the horror of this flick. I'm not sure what used to freak me out more--the nasty-looking wolf with the glowing green eyes or those two sphinxes who try to kill Atreyu. All I know is that I was glad that the story wasn't really never-ending.
Actors: Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn, Deep Roy, Alan Oppenheimer, + more
Initial Release: 1984
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersensee more on The NeverEnding Story
4. The Carebears Movie- How friends as harmless and lovable as the Care Bears could end up on this list is baffling. Maybe the producers thought that by pitting Funshine Bear and friends against a demon in a book, they could underscore the power of The Carebear Stare. But it was a demon in a book! Not only is that nightmare-inducing, but can you imagine how many kids were afraid to open books after they saw that movie? Can you blame them?
Actors: Mickey Rooney, Melleny Brown, Cree Summer, Brian George, Luba Goy, + more
Initial Release: 1985
Directed by: Arna Selznicksee more on The Care Bears Movie
3. The Labyrinth- Sometimes it's fun when humans and puppets come together; it's magical even. But, I suppose it all depends on who the humans are, and what the puppets look like. You put Alicia Keys and Elmo together, kids and adults can both enjoy without trepidation. You put David Bowie in revealing spandex pants, alongside a character who looks like someone put Tommy Lee Jones in the microwave, there is some serious impropriety going on. It doesn't stop there, though. I had dolls on my bed, and that movie caused me to never want to turn my back on them, for fear that they might start talking to me about never leaving me, and then the next thing you know they're all dancing in my room while the giant owl watches us from outside my window. No thanks.
Actors: Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz, Brian Henson, Kevin Clash, + more
Initial Release: 1986
Directed by: Jim Hensonsee more on Labyrinth
2. The Dark Crystal- This movie will always be scary. But, you want to know what the most frightening thing about this movie is? No, it's not the haunting soundtrack. No, it's not the disgusting Skeksis, tearing the heads off of rats with their razor-sharp beaks. It's not even Aughra, pulling out her eyeball and waving it around. Simply put, the good guys are just as grotesque as the bad guys. Maybe those tall, skinny grasshopper-horse things could save my life, but I'd be too busy peeing my pants looking at them to even think about mounting up and riding to safety.
Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Barry Dennen, + more
Initial Release: 1982
Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Hensonsee more on The Dark Crystal