L. Frank Baum's Oz books have delighted multiple generations of children; the first one was published in 1900, and a beloved film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz has enchanted audiences since 1939. The books scared quite a few people, though. In fact, Oz is a haunting place, full of frightening scenes. The scariest things in the Wizard of Oz series still cause nightmares - the Wicked Witch of the West is just the tip of the iceberg.
The denizens of Oz are famously immortal, but the books are chock full of twisted fates. It's enough to make you steer clear of the Yellow Brick Road for good.
The RakPhoto: Tik-Tok of Oz/HarperCollins
In Tik-Tok of Oz, a group of soldiers encounters a creepy bat-winged monster known as the Rak. The Rak is only half visible, though, because its body is a furnace that sends out massive clouds of black smoke. In the dark, people can see the creature's massive burning eyes.
The Rak also takes great pleasure in crushing soldiers and talking about eating them.6719Is this disturbing?
First introduced in the book Ozma of Oz, the underground Nomes held the villain title long before the Wicked Witch. The unfriendly, unpleasant little beasts love mining, and Roquat rules over them. A tyrannical king, he often slashes his subjects when displeased with them. The Nome King becomes even more nightmarish in the movie Return to Oz, where he emerges from stone itself in creepy stop-motion.
When Dorothy and friends feed him a laced egg, though, he disintegrates.6722Is this disturbing?
The Winged MonkeysPhoto: The Wizard of Oz/MGM
Servants of the Wicked Witch of the West, the winged monkeys appear in the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, chattering and flapping away. In that story, they smash the Tin Woodman on a pile of rocks, tear apart the Scarecrow, and trap the Cowardly Lion in a tiny cage before taking Dorothy to serve as the Witch's lackey.7842Is this disturbing?
The Tin Woodman
Yes, even the Tin Woodman (or Tin Man) has a creepy background. Formerly known as Nick Chopper, he was a normal human until he fell in love with a servant of the Wicked Witch of the West. The possessive witch cursed Nick's ax, and as Nick chopped wood, he also cut off his arm.
The arm was replaced by a tin one, and then all of Nick's body transformed. What's more, he's unable to love the woman he fell for because he lost his heart.5427Is this disturbing?