10 Movies That Prove Children’s Cinema Was Scarier in the ’80s

If you have fond memories of children’s movies in the 1980s, clearly you are much stronger than I am. The decade turned out lots of uncomfortably dark and incredibly terrifying movies, both live-action and animated, that make that final sequence of Toy Story 3 seem like Fantasia. In the spirit of celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the scariest scary kids’ flicks, The Land Before Time (yup, 25 years ago this week! you’re old!), here’s a rundown of harrowing cinematic moments from our childhood.

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The Land Before Time (1988)

If watching Littlefoot’s mother die so early in the movie didn’t destroy you, you then got to live in complete fear of Sharptooth constantly trying to murder those tiny, adorable dinosaurs!