Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments

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  • rmlohner
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    A shame you had to stop at 11. I put up my own list on Youtube:

    11. The Wheelers in Return to Oz.
    10. The defibrilators in ET.
    9. The trash compactor in Star Wars.
    8. All of Jumanji.
    7. Close to You in Mirrormask.
    6. The Giant Mouse of Minsk in An Americal Tail.
    5. The opening sequence of Spirited Away.
    4. All of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    3. The ark being opened in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    2. The Ceti Eels in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
    1. The Fire Gang in Labyrinth.
  • Arios Schiffer
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    I was petrified of the Wheelies! Even when they were dying!
  • Bagman  - Another Fucking scary scene
    The intro for Alfred J kwak
    has out of nowhere this wierd mix between the grim reaper and the alien from alien kind of explode this cute little ducky who was previously riding on an elephants back. All with la la la-la laa, music running over it!
  • famousashtray
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    the wheelers kept me up at night
  • ThatHalf-BloodWithTheBrawn
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    Personally, I think he should review Jumanji. Seriously, it's just one big Mindfuck. :pinch:
  • simsgirlgem
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    I agree but since there will be no more NC I doubt it be done
  • XanltheCSG
    OH GOD! close to you freaked the ever loving shit out of me!
  • seunghoyoum
    are you talking about the song in Spirited Away??
    dammit dude that song is so touching!!
  • collinlloyd
    I think you mean the song at the end credits? It's called Itsumo Nando Demo. It is a really sad but comforting song, and it really adds to the sadness at the end, with her leaving the world she just discovered back to her normal life. If I was her, I would have stayed in the "spirit" world.
  • leannan02
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    Ah, Close to You is my favorite scene in Mirrormask. =D Good stuff.

    And to NC, the Banshee scene scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I also couldn't handle the entire movie of The Brave Little Toaster. Seriously, fuck that movie.
  • Xaylia  - :O
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    Since when was the Nightmare before Christmas scary o-o
  • LilacElf82
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    All of ET scared the f**k out of me as a kid. And still gives me the creeps at 30.

    Go ahead....laugh. Everyone does and I'm used to it.
  • Zweimeterzwerg
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    I choose those fucking Marsians from Mars Attacks. Today, I love them but the first time i saw them they scared the crap out of me. Oh by the way does anybody of you know
    "Achmed the dead terrorist"? He looks like those Marsians.
  • ThatHalf-BloodWithTheBrawn
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    Dude, Achmed is FUCKING HILARIOUS!!!!!! :lol: :lol: "Knock knock," "who's there?" "Me, I kill you."
  • MassiveballS
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    hehe one step beyond nice..but! headless horseman was not so scary you should have put the one from 1999 ledgende of sleepy hollow but the cartoon was nice!!! ;D
  • Mattato
    Oh damn you, clown! Damn you to hell!
  • Mr. Easterband
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    The clown from "It" did it for me... And still does. For fuck sake, I watched the god damn movie when I was 5 years old! My 10 years older brother had rented it and I thought "Hey! A movie with a clown in it, how funny!" And boy was I wrong...

    This was the time before I had learned english and could not I read the subtitles either, so I had no idea what was going on. "Hey look the clown." *Screams, blood and gore.* "It's ok, It's ok, It's ok, It's just a clown, it's ok, it's ok..."

    Pennywise still scares the living shit out of me. My brother who rented it thought that it was funnier to watch my reactions than watching the movie itself. I might be scarred for life, but I still laugh about it. Ha Ha Ha!
  • tbussard
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    Number four is Large Marge? Everybody who's mentioned "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" always says that that scene scared the crap out of them. Frankly, I thought it was the most hilarious thing I'd ever seen when I was a kid. The clowns dream was easily much more scary than Large Marge.

    I also have to give you props for Judge Doom. Man, when I was a kid, I could barely watch the screen after Judge Doom had transformed into his more toony form. Hell, I never expected it, which made it even more awesomely terrifying!
  • Arjen-DH
    Among those are some scary moments indeed, and your humour is great. Me and my friends have seen your videos multiple times now, and every time we can't stop laughing.

    Though I don't think number 1 is actually the scariest. Number 2 definately is.
  • nafeasonto
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    THe tunnel scene still doesn't make any sense to me.
  • ilTGWTG
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    that scared the shit out of me
  • calger459
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    I haven't seen all of these, but yeah that tunnel in Willy Wonka? OMG. I second the commenter who listed the Wheelies from Return to Oz and The Giant Mouse of Minsk, I still find that stuff hard to watch even as an adult. The scariest thing I remember though is from Return of the Jedi where you finally see Darth Vader unmasked. It took me years to finally see the end of that scene, because I was too scared of what Darth Vader [i]might[/i] look like. Felt pretty silly when I finally saw it and saw he was just a dude with wrinkly yellow skin. Yeah.

    Great review!
  • ARM
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    Whoa, didn't see that Care Bears one coming! What the hell?! And strangely enough, I don't remember much about that tunnel scene from Willy Wonka, even though my family watched that movie all the time when I was little. Also, I don't agree with the #1 pick. The Banshee should be further down the list.
  • Dkad
    What about the sister of the villain in Superman 3, who is forced to become a robot at the end !
    Now THAT sequence is scary !

    With the metalic eyes and all that...

    By the way, will you do a review of Superman 3 and 4 ? That would be great coz there's a lot of things to say... =)
  • Iconbuster
    The Tunnel from Willie WOnka is my personal most scariest scene from this list.
  • ThatChickWithTheGoggles
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    I must just be too young because none of these things (except maybe the Willy Wonka tunnel thing) ring any bells. I thought the clown from It was more terrifying. For me, I guess I was more scared about Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps.
  • 200monkeys
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    This is definitely my favorite of the Top 11 Series thusfar...

    Willy Wonka scene shoulda gotten number 1. Jesus Christ, I remember it occuring in the movie but I have no recollection of it being like that. Everyone refers to it as the "Acid Tunnel", but I hardly think that does it Justice. It's moreso terrifying than it is drug induced. Definitely the funniest of the bunch too.

    Most of em you nailed too... I didn't see poltergeist till I was in my teens, and I never saw banshee or carebears, but the rest of that stuff was definitely quite terrifying.
  • AndyP
    Am I the only one who thought that the number and title cards are alot like the title sequence from James Rolfe's (aka the AVGN(heh heh heh)) Monster Madness that he did last October?
  • NintendoAddict
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    I actually thought that the monkeys were scarier than the witch lol
  • CAPTAIN N
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    Oh my good i remember Judge Doom. Seriusly when i was a kid there wasn´t anything that could scare me. but when i saw that freak and those EVIL demonic eyes i was soo scared that i just ran into my room and locked the door.. i was FREEEKED out.... Why dont they make those kinda thing anymore xD
  • redrum
    I'm surprised the face-melting angel scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark didn't make it. I was horrified by that scene a million different ways.
  • Sandheaver
    The tunnel scene still creeps me out, and Large Marge also caught me completely offguard.

    Still a great compilation from the Nostalgia Critic, IMO.
  • ilTGWTG
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    Here's my list(Modern)
    11.Epic Movies Willy Wonka
    10.Voldemort
    9.Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode 3
    8.Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    7.Davy Jones from Pirates of The Carribean
    6.Chucky from Child's Play
    5.The Statue of Liberty's Head in Cloverfield
    4.Mesogog from Power Rangers Dino Thunder(I never watched the show again)
    3.Royal Pain's Gun from Sky High
    2.Giant Sandman from Spiderman 3
    1.Mrs. Lovette's burning body from Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • monkeydavis-1
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    oh god, that image of mrs lovette stays with me. highly disturbing
  • Dove
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark; the Ark being opened
  • Nostlgiafan2
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    I SHIT my pants when i watched this! :D
  • DO A BARREL ROLL!
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    i dunno, in the #1 movie, seeing Sean Connery sing is a hell of a lot scarier than the Banshee, or whatever the hell it was.
  • mysticlink89
    I almost forgot about Judge Doom, that guy was an asshole.

    One of the only things in a movie that scared the crap out of me when I was young.
  • mrprince911  - large marge
    its one of those moments when your glad you had to take pee during the movie I came back to hear the ghost joke and was thinking darn I missed something cool but when I saw it man it scared the crap out of
  • chaossquid
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    Great call on Judge Doom.

    My candidates:

    Gooey Gus from "Attack of the Slime Monster" (Ghostwriter)
    I don't know why the heck this wrinkly purple midget is so scary, but when someone makes a motivational poster about it, that's got to be damn freaky.

    The donkey transforming scene in Pinocchio
    That whole movie was filled with horrors! Monstro the whale, Stromboli...but the little boys transforming in to donkeys and being forced into little crates by creepy men with whips is one of the most frightening moments in my childhood.
  • Tohda  - ~~~
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    I must say, I'm surprised to not see the Crypt Keeper on the list. I swear I about crapped bricks every time I saw that guy as a kid...
    Also; nice catch on Large Marge, however. In all the creepy characters I was thinking of, she didn't cross my mind~~
  • Oskpet
    ilTGWTG wrote

    "Here's my list(Modern)
    11.Epic Movies Willy Wonka
    10.Voldemort
    9.Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode 3
    8.Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    7.Davy Jones from Pirates of The Carribean
    6.Chucky from Child's Play
    5.The Statue of Liberty's Head in Cloverfield
    4.Mesogog from Power Rangers Dino Thunder(I never watched the show again)
    3.Royal Pain's Gun from Sky High
    2.Giant Sandman from Spiderman 3
    1.Mrs. Lovette's burning body from Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street"



    What are you? five years old? Sandman from spider man 3? the statues head from cloverfield? so the statue was more scary then the monster? I know the monster was not so frightening but it was still scarier then the statue. come on... Davy Jones? OMG violet from Charlie and the chocolate factory? Willy Wonka from epic movie? Voldemort in the first movie was a little scary but thats because i was nine at the time. Chucky on the other hand is scary. more worthy on the list would be Micheal Myers from Halloween, Jason from friday the 13th and Freddy from nightmare on elm street
  • F1315NJ
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    ahh, the Headless Horseman was my favorite Disney villain. although looking at him now, he looks like hes wearing a friggin jumpsuit
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