Inspired by The Independent’s recent roundup of 10 of the bloodiest bedtime stories, we decided to take a look back into our own childhoods, and came up with this list of 10 of the darkest children’s movies. From more subtly disturbing films like Bambi to the truly gruesome ones, like Watership Down, check out our picks after the jump, and be sure to add your own sources of childhood trauma in the comments.
1. Bambi (1942) – So what if you don’t actually see Bambi’s mother get shot by the hunter. You definitely hear it, and we’d argue that for most imaginative kids, that’s much worse. And then Bambi’s absentee father seals the deal, telling him, “your mother can’t be with you anymore.” Oy.