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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

"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."

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.

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