Time Magazine Online has recently published a list of the seasonally topical “ALL TIME Top 25 Horror Movies.” A list of pretty standard fare, until you arrive at #20. Get ready to have your pants scared off!
#20 – Bambi
Amazing that the first movies parents took their tots to in the 30s and 40s were the early Disney features. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo all exploited childhood traumas. Parents disappear or die; stepmothers plot the murder of their charges; a boy skips school and turns into a donkey. Kids were so frightened by these films that they wet themselves in terror. Bambi, directed by David Hand, has a primal shock that still haunts oldsters who saw it 40, 50, 65 years ago.
A couple of things here. Where’s Bambi 2, the much more frightening remake? Seriously though, Pinocchio and Snow White seem more dark to me than Bambi. Maybe that’s just me.
You can see the whole list here.
Happy Halloween all. As for me, I’ll be in bed with the sheets over my head with horrifying visions of curious deer, twitterpated bunnies, and affable skunks haunting me.
P.S. – Is “oldsters” really a term now?