Viral Twitter Thread Has Users Sharing Some Unexpected Movies That Traumatized Them as Kids

These Are the Movies the Internet Says Traumatized Them as Kids
A poster advertising the anniversary collector's edition of the movie "Jaws" is posted on a lifeguard tower July 2, 2000, on Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. Some people on Twitter named "Jaws" as one of the movies that traumatized them as children. Dan Callister/Newsmakers

Sure, adults may act as though nothing in the world can frighten them, but truth be told, some scary movies from their past still keep them up at night.

This was discovered when people started commenting on a Twitter thread that asked, "What Movie Traumatized You as a Kid?" Twitter user @loudandfearless kicked off the terrifying trip down memory lane on Tuesday. "Oh this is a good one. I'll start: Jumanji," she wrote.

Oh this is a good one.

I'll start: Jumanji pic.twitter.com/q9aVSi1Grq

— Ashley Bower (@loudandfearless) February 18, 2020

Many adults agreed the original Jumanji film starring Robin Williams left an uneasy impression on them when it premiered in theaters in 1995. There were a few other films that were intended to be family-friendly, like Jumanji, that equally had adults shaking in their boots when they were young including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Some adults even admitted to being afraid of the Disney movie Pinocchio.

Pinochio. The scene where Lampwick turns into a donkey freaked me out. pic.twitter.com/5EKO0JLP0r

— Vivian 🥗 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@vivkinder) February 18, 2020

Of course, the usual suspects were listed including horror classics like Poltergeist, Nightmare on Elm Street and Child's Play. And plenty of people named 1973's The Exorcist as the most traumatizing film of their childhood.

"I was 5 years old when I saw "The Exorcist," and that movie scared the living daylights out of me (my grandmother had NO IDEA it was going to be so graphic)," one user wrote on Monday.

I was 5 years old when I saw "The Exorcist," and that movie scared the living daylights out of me (my grandmother had NO IDEA it was going to be so graphic).

Even by today's standards, it's an extremely well-done movie.

Top 3 scariest of all time. https://t.co/Nl6NNhrgE3

— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 19, 2020

Some folks said hay trucks still gave them the heebie-jeebies because of Jeepers Creepers, whether it be the 1939 original or the 2001 remake.

Jeepers Creepers had me scared to go outside no matter the time of day. I just knew his ass was gone swoop down, snatch me off my bike and take me to his lair. pic.twitter.com/lyTnBOl7Cc

— Be Like Ang💨 (@angiepooh09) February 19, 2020

Jeepers Creepers... when I was a kid, like 5-6, I SWEAR he was standing outside of my window and I’ll never forget the fear I felt.....
shits still got me fucked up.. https://t.co/jXDu8zqHLb

— Leialoha🌺 (@ShiromaLeialoha) February 19, 2020

Although many adults said that they've come to love movies they initially deemed scary as a child, there were a few titles that had a lifelong impact, particularly the movie 1975 film Jaws. The Steven Spielberg classic follows a sheriff, a marine biologist and a sea captain as they hunt down a massive killer shark terrorizing the waters of the beach town, Amity Island.

JAWS, JAWS, JAWS!!! My parents thought it was a good idea to take a 7 and 5 year-old to see it on a rainy day during our vacation to the JERSEY SHORE!!! Didn't go anywhere near the water the rest of the week...😳😳😳

— Alicia Stichweh (@abstichweh) February 19, 2020

Some adults on Twitter said watching the movie as a kid scared them so much that even now as an adult they're afraid to go in the ocean.

"The blob? The Witches? The Exorcist? The Ring? You must be kidding... Okay The Ring was pretty scary one. But I'm still to scared to swim because of JAWS," one Twitter user wrote on Monday.

The blob? The Witches? The Exorcist? The Ring? You must be kidding... Okay The Ring was pretty scary one

But I'm still to scared to swim because of JAWS pic.twitter.com/GyMXxsVQr2

— Madison... (@MadisonSaysWhat) February 19, 2020

"Jaws… I was waaay too young to see that shit and I suffered from the same recurring nightmare because of it, even into adult life," another wrote. "It would end with me treading water in the ocean and I'd wake up just as a giant shark came up from beneath and bit me in half. Messed up."

Jaws... I was waaay too young to see that shit and I suffered from the same reccurring nightmare because of it, even into adult life... it would end with me treading water in the ocean and I'd wake up just as a giant shark came up from beneath and bit me in half.
Messed up. https://t.co/0uEzJHWwfY

— Pete Gilmore is SUPER DEAD on Indiegogo (@PeterGilmoreArt) February 19, 2020

Although National Geographic has claimed the odds of dying from a shark attack are just one in 3.7 million, more than 50 percent of adults living in America still suffer from galeophobia—or a fear of sharks—while 38 percent of people are afraid of the open sea—thalassophobia—because of sharks.

Below are a few more movies that traumatized adults as children.

JAWS, JAWS, JAWS!!! My parents thought it was a good idea to take a 7 and 5 year-old to see it on a rainy day during our vacation to the JERSEY SHORE!!! Didn't go anywhere near the water the rest of the week...😳😳😳

— Alicia Stichweh (@abstichweh) February 19, 2020

The CHILD CATCHER from Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. CHILD. CATCHER. Literally. pic.twitter.com/0rABv6DyrK

— Mulled Whine ~ Proud Fucking Jewess ✡️ (@OGintheOP) February 19, 2020

Poltergeist. The toy clown in the closet messed me all up pic.twitter.com/fyks3YbVWK

— Kenn Yeomans (@YesiKenn) February 19, 2020

MOMMIE DEAREST. I’ll never watch it again.

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 19, 2020

I loved every other minute of the movie— and I still do— but man, the Boat Ride scene in Willy Wonka? The stuff that lifelong nightmares are made of.

— Trey Callaway (@TreyCallaway) February 18, 2020

People are talking about Poltergeist, The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining being traumatizing when they were a kid. For me it was the Original Scream. pic.twitter.com/uowEOZ6v5j

— Cameron Grant (@extracoolcam101) February 19, 2020

The Exorcist freaked me out pic.twitter.com/DxILY6JsBf

— Ron Rhodes (@RonanRhodes) February 19, 2020

The Birds.. still get a tingling up my spine when i see more than 2 birds flying around.. #Moviesthatscaredyou pic.twitter.com/IFF1hHAv2P

— That's Cute (@iriskiss) February 19, 2020

People who were traumatized by Mars Attacks clearly never saw Fire in the Sky, The Exorcist, Jaws, Child’s Play, Poltergeist, Watership Down, Children of the Corn, Gremlins, Old Yeller, The Grudge, or The Neverending Story. pic.twitter.com/PZ3Og4PJ9V

— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) February 19, 2020

Child's Play was NOT scary . Jeepers Creepers was NOT scary. Elm Street was NOT scary .Darkness Falls nor The Ring was NOT scary. You know what WAS scary? Hellraiser pic.twitter.com/ETQXqNR78C

— Luscious413👸🐝♈ (@Luscious413_) February 19, 2020