If you thought the cartoons from the '90s and oughts were twisted and creepy, just wait until you see the freaky, weird cartoons that came out of the first half of the 1900's. 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 death, 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.
The Devil's Ball
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.
"Wanna be a member, wanna be a member?" ask the creepy white-clothed individuals to the freaked out Bimbo. Besides having a total Ku Klux Klan-y vibe, the group tries to torture and kill 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 arm men. Dudes will do anything for a little rock n' roll.
This might seem like a lighthearted cartoon about a man working a construction site with the help of his animal friends, but in reality, it's nothing short of sadistic. This weird monkey lead character named Bosco has no problem using his animals for musical instruments, much to the delight of his girlfriend and possible sister (they look exactly alike). Whether it be chopping off the head of a mouse in order to make different noises on a wobbly saw, or grabbing and squeezing the air out of a recently-inflated goat so it sounds like pipe organs, there's no end to this master's cruelty and general disregard for life. Serial killers start off torturing small animals, if you'll recall...
The Peanut Vendor
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 kills 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!