1. Everything about Unsolved Mysteries…



The intro music was chilling, but Robert Stack was the perfect host and made the show that much scarier. With a voice like his, he could’ve been narrating a cartoon about puppies and ice cream, and it still would’ve been scary.

2. The artwork from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books…



If your worst nightmares had hands, a sketchbook, and a charcoal pencil, this would be the result.

3. Rescue 911…



The intro was pretty intense, but what was scariest was that this show wasn’t paranormal, monsters under the bed, or fictional stuff — it was IRL scary. Home invasions, house fires, car accidents, search and rescues, all of the super feasible stuff that anxiety is made out of.

4. Judge Doom’s death scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit…



The eerily high-pitched voice, the human eyeballs popping out, the cartoon eyeballs being revealed and promptly turning into daggers. This scene was flat-out frightening.

5. The Blair Witch Project ads coming on during commercial breaks…



It just looked so freakin’ real. You didn’t even have to watch the actual movie. Many folks spent months in fear of commercial breaks knowing a Blair Witch Project ad might come on.

6. The “Zeke the Plumber” episode of Salute Your Shorts…



Salute Your Shorts was hilarious and entertaining for the most part, but the second episode of the series stands out for featuring a terrifying ghost custodian, the thought of whom still terrifies a lot of people.

7. The Living Forest level on Mortal Kombat II…



The blood and guts spewing everywhere after gruesome fatalities wasn’t an issue, but those living trees roaring and making scary faces in the background? Those were a problem. They alone made kids not even want to fight on this level.

8. Worrying that Gushers might turn your head into a large fruit…



Surely there was a better way to convey the fruitiness of these candies to young imaginations, right? These creepy transformed faces left skeptical kids wondering if a sugary snack was worth having a large fruit dome.

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