Graveyard Shift

Creepy Old Cartoons That Will Give You Nightmares 

Jacoby Bancroft
Updated December 12, 2019 2.6k votes 989 voters 108.2k views 13 items

If you thought the cartoons from the '90s and aughts were twisted and creepy, just wait until you see the freaky, weird cartoons that came out of the first half of the 1900s. Some of these "children's" cartoons would pair nicely with the next season of American Horror Story and are effective in making your skin crawl. You'll see everything from surreal, sometimes even trippy sequences of cute little characters' descents into hell, whimsical animal cruelty, and, in two instances, really eerie, herky-jerky puppet animation - not to mention crackly and canny audio that would fit right in on a horror movie soundtrack.

Check out the list below to learn all about the creepy old black and white cartoons that probably had children more freaked out than entertained. 

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The Devil's Ball
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Who needs sleep, right? One quick glance at this legitimate nightmare fuel and you immediately wish you could unsee it. Every new image is creepier than the last and there's no way Lucifer's parties are anywhere as creepy as this.

The Devil probably looks at this and exclaims "I'm evil, but not this evil," and then sleeps with the lights on for a solid week.

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"Wanna be a member, wanna be a member?" ask the creepy white-clothed individuals to the freaked out Bimbo. Besides having a total Klan-y vibe, the group tries to torment and slay Bimbo until he agrees to join their club.

It all ends with the other club members shedding their white robes to reveal an incredibly saggy Betty Boop who finally convinces Bimbo to join by waving around like one of those inflatable people.

 

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Swing You Sinners
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Can a dog and a chicken make babies? That seems to be one of the main points of this doozy of an old-timey cartoon. After a few unsuccessful attempts to choke the chicken, the fowl jumps into the pants of our lead dog hero thing. Even though they are facing opposite directions, the chicken still jumps out followed by a bunch of little chicklets.

The animated God in this cartoon must look down on different species relations because the dog stumbles into a graveyard where he's reminded through a bunch of singing spirits that he's going to perish. And then, it's rather brutally demonstrated to the dog just how seriously the spirits mean business.

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The Peanut Vendor
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You know how in horror movies, characters sometimes stumble upon a cursed video tape that shows something horrific, and then that horrific thing comes to life and slays them all? This experimental animated film would work well in that capacity.

Quick, Hollywood, put this creepy monkey creature in a horror movie and you will have the next great horror icon that can stand side-by-side with such terrifying creations like Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. And for heaven's sake, buy some of his peanuts before he gets you!

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