When I read the book I remembered that children's stories are, indeed, where true horror lives. My childhood nightmares would have been quite featureless without the imaginings of Walt Disney, and there's a few little details concerning black button eyes in that book that make a small part of the adult brain want to go and hide behind the sofa.
"HOOOOOOOOLY SHIT I'M GONNA DIE!!"
— NintendoCapriSun, Let's Play Mother 3, Pt. 51: Holy Shit, I'm Gonna Die!, upon Lucas and Boney being cornered by the Ultimate Chimera
Would you turn me to a child again? "No, never, I am your Guide." You can see a small grin on the face of the master, when the puppet's in his place.
— "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet" by Sonata Arctica
Petey: TA-DAH! The first drawing of an actual toad zombie! Look—it's walking inexorably towards you! Walk walk walk walk!
Alice: Thanks! I wasn't sure what to dream about tonight, but now I know.
— Cul De Sac by Richard Thompson
"If you're trying to scare me... you're doing a good job!!"
[Letting your young child watch The Fellowship of the Ring] would be like subscribing to nightmares.
— Swedish movie critic in a review in the Nerikes Allehanda. (At the time, seven-year-olds could watch the LOTR movies in theatres with a parent, and eleven-year-olds could go see it alone if they wanted).
Sometimes fear is the appropriate response.
— 1, 9
"This movie is a goddamn torrent of traumatizing, horrifying images designed to scare the literal shit out of you when you're ten. (...) Poltergeist originally was, according to the MPAA's official website, rated R; however, director Tobe Hooper and producer Steven Spielberg were able to get the movie a PG. On appeal. That basically means that they visited the MPAA's office, held out their hands, and said, “Awww, c'mon!” and the film got a PG rating with no additional cuts or alterations. Millions of children everywhere were later scarred for life. Thanks, guys! I would forward my extensive therapy bills to Spielberg's office if I weren't sure I'd be greeted with a punch in the nuts and a Cease and Desist letter from his attorneys."