The 19 Scariest Childhood Monsters

By Editorial Staff in Geeks and Gaming On 10th October 2015

#1 Village Of The Damned

As children, we don't have many experiences, so watching a horror movie or listening to a scary story can have much more of an effect (mostly on our psyche). Stuff that wouldn't scare us now used to be terrifying. Want to relive all that horrible glory?

Village of the Damned was the scariest movie for me as a kid, but the following list are some that might have kept you up all night...

#2 Zombies

Made popular in Night of the Living Dead...

The word Zombie is a Haitian-derived word and is related to voodoo practice. It's a re-animated corpse under the control of whoever resurrected it. We've always known them as brain-eaters. It took a century or two, but zombies are now deeply established in American folklore.

The original voodoo zombies were completely controlled by the spell caster. Today's contemporary zombies are usually badly decomposed, mindless, moaning, mobile corpses. They cannot think for themselves besides the most basic things (like walking and eating). Zombies have been featured in all types of films from comedy to extreme horror. They still scare us, even after the countless movies we've seen and sometimes, even in the comedies.

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#3 Werewolf

As a result of coming in contact with many dangerous animals, mixed with general ignorance about the workings of the world and nature, many legends developed about people turning into certain animals. The most prevalent of these legends is that of the werewolf, a half-man half-wolf monster that comes out during full moon. Asian variations on the werewolf are the weretiger and werepanther.

Known as Lycanthropy, turning into a wolf usually happened on the night of a full moon. The afflicted person would change into a humanoid wolf (sometimes a normal wolf, depending on the legend's origin), rampage across the countryside, and change back into a human by morning with no recollection of the previous night's event. Accusations of being a werewolf were prevalent during the 16th and 17th century witch hunts, but then died off quickly. A werewolf can only be killed with silver.

#4 Frankenstein

In the early 19th century, a young girl, Mary Shelley, wrote the novel Frankenstein. It was about a young scientist who learns how to imbue life into something material. He spends a couple of years crafting a body out of pieces and then creates his "creature," which he never names and really hates. Today, we know this monster as "Frankenstein," but it never actually had a name in the original book.

Since the original book, Frankenstein (the monster) has been depicted as a towering re-animated corpse many times with a comically elongated head that's flat on top. Sometimes, two wooden (or metal) knobs stick out of his temples these are, presumably, where Dr. Frankenstein (the scientist) attached the cables he used to re-animate the monster. Frankenstein is less scary than many of our other childhood monsters, but the source idea is terrifying!

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#5 Vampires

Since the introduction of Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's book, Dracula, in 1897, the vampire has become the most popular monstrous character in all horror fiction. But the vampire's roots stretch way back in history and portions of the vampire legend can be found in most cultures.

Most vampire folklore originated in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, especially in the Balkan states, like Croatia. Some people believe that sufferers of porphyria were the originators of vampire myth, but this has been disproven by researchers who say that drinking blood does NOT help porphyria sufferers alleviate their symptoms. Vampires can be killed in many different ways, most notably by sunlight, by a stake through the heart, or by having its head severed from its body. They are not fans of garlic.

#6 Jason Voorhees

Along with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees is the OTHER most-popular movie serial killer (mass murderer) of all time! When we say "other" we do not mean he is in 2nd place no, no, this is Jason "Hockey Mask" Voorhees we're talking about! His machete alone is enough for us to tell any lie he wants us to and we'll do it convincingly, too!

Jason, as stated before, wears a hockey mask and likes to kill people with his gigantic machete. To be fair, though, Jason is a master killer and can do so in any way he fancies. His favorite killing grounds are Camp Crystal Lake where he sometimes like to hibernate underwater, but he has also made it to the big city, as well as to space, for some extra killing. Jason and Freddy are NOT friends and have fought each other, namely in Freddy vs. Jason.

#7 Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger was a child serial killer who was captured by a mob of his victims' parents and burned to death in a boiler room. Before his death, he make a deal with some demons for immortal life in exchange for having to haunt people dreams and dish out death. Since he was a serial killer, this was a dream come true (pun intended!)

Freddy wears a striped sweater, a leather hat, and a single glove armed with razor sharp "nails" (blades). His face is burnt badly (from his body's real death at the hands of the mob of people) and he haunts people's nightmares. If Freddy manages to cut you, or kill you, during your nightmare, you will suffer that same fate in real life! Needless to say, the fact that Freddy haunts our dreams is enough to make him one of our scariest childhood stories. Yeah, the movies were rated R, but we still watched them, because it was the 80's!

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#8 Michael Myers

Michael Myers is a serial killer who murdered his older sister when he was six. His favorite weapon is a huge kitchen knife and he likes to wear a white (and somewhat expressionless) mask. Michael, like Jason Voorhees, does not speak and prefers to let the knife do the talking for him.

In the Halloween moviesexcept for Halloween 3, that movie suckedMichael goes on a rampage trying to kill Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. It turns out she's his younger sister. Michael manages to wipe out all her friends, but Laurie survives to be terrified another day. Michael is not exactly the scariest of our childhood memories, but we've included him because he's become such an established icon of death.

#9 Leatherface

Leatherface is everything a woman looks for in a guy: big, knows how to work with tools, and a cannibal. Wait, what?! Just kidding, Leatherface is one of the scariest guys around since ever. He DOES know how to use tools, specifically a chainsaw on your face! He needs to make those leather masks somehow and this is the only way he knows how!

Actually, according to Texas Chainsaw Massacre's confusing lore, Leatherface is controlled by his family and is probably mentally-challenged. He is definitely encouraged to do bad stuff by his family members, and while we don't know his true motives, it's safe to assume he fears them enough to do what they say which also does not preclude that he might enjoy it, too. Very scary guy, indeed. I'm staying away from Home Depot.

#10 "It's, Pennywise the Clown

Pennywise is the central antagonist character in Stephen King's novel It. Pennywise is a monster of unknown origin that wakes up every 3 decades or so in the small Maine (fictional) town of Derry to kill and eat as many people as possible, preferably children. It can shape shift, and always takes on the form of it's victim's greatest fears. If your greatest fear was Andy Dick, it (Pennywise) would show up as Andy Dick. Scary, indeed!

Pennywise has been named as one of the scariest monsters of all time, probably because of many people's irrational fear of clowns. Pennywise acts nice when he's luring you in, although we have to admit he looks demonic and we're not even afraid of clowns! Once you're within it's grasp, it shows you it's true terror potential. Tim Curry played Pennywise in the 80's 2-part mini-series, It. He was ridiculously scary.

#11 Predator

Predators yes, there are many are a race of extra-terrestrial beings who hunt advanced intelligent species for sport. They avoid harming anything that does not have the ability or willingness to fight back, like a child, or an unarmed or injured person unless they attack the predator, of course.

The predators have an advanced sense of honor and like to do things alone. They do not work in teams. If they are on the losing end of a "hunt," they will actually commit suicide to regain their honor. If they win, they skin whatever it is they killed and polish its skull, turning it into a trophy. The predators are really scary for the simple facts that they're bigger than us, more advanced than us, can travel in space, and have a portable invisibility cloaking field!

#12 Aliens (The OTHER Predators)

Aliens are one of the scariest creatures around when everything is considered! They are parasitic creatures that grow inside another living organism, and as a result, they take on certain characteristics of whatever species it is that they're born from. At first, a "facehugger" latches on to something alive. It impregnates the living organism and the alien begins to grow within after the facehugger has detached. Within a few days, the alien erupts from within the body it was growing in, killing its host, and then it goes on a feeding spree!

Depending what species the facehugger impregnates, the alien will look different. Most of the aliens we have seen were born from humans, but there is evidence of at least one other mix the alien born from a predator impregnation. Let's just say, it was ugly. The scariest parts of the alien are it's super-acidic blood (that will melt metal) and it's mouth-within-its-mouth! Nasty business, all around!

The first "Alien" movie was the best.

#13 Pinhead

Pinhead is a member of a race of extra-dimensional beings called the Cenobites in the Hellraiser movie franchise. His head is pierced with pins, and he's generally all-around-ugly. He can only travel to our dimension through the puzzle box called The Lament Configuration. If you ever solve the puzzle box, Pinhead come to you and lets you experience his version of sexual sadomasochism. Fun.

Supposedly, the cenobites used to be human. We guess we'll accept that since they look somewhat human well, most of them. At some point, something happened to these guys, and they became the cenobites. They do NOT live in our reality usually. Their main goal is to reach unrealistic heights of pleasure through torture and pain, experiencing sensory overload.

#14 Ghosts or Poltergeists

Like the "Twins" from The Shining.. Ghostly figures are always scary!

When thinking of scary childhood stories, no monster comes to mind quicker than the ghost. We always think of campfire ghost stories as some of our scariest childhood memories. They were always told by someone who really knew how to tell a good story, and it always made us wonder why they decided to waste their gift scaring the crap out of little kids?

Ghosts are found in all cultures and in all religions. They have been talked about and "seen" since way before Christianity ever came into the picture. People believe most ghosts remain around us for a specific purpose Few ghosts are there just to torment the living. Specific forms of magic (as well as rituals) were created to rid the living world of ghosts or to help the ghost fulfill their objective, whatever that may be.

#15 Chucky (Do NOT Include Batteries)

Another serial killer, another movie idea! Chucky is the name of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer first shown at the beginning of the horror movie, Child's Play. Charles suffers a mortal wound and uses his knowledge of voodoo magic to transfer his soul to an electronic kid's doll. Death and terror ensue!

Chucky is not the scariest murderer we've come across, and his humorous quips don't help in making him any scarier. But he has made us pause, for just a second longer than we would have, anytime we see a doll of any sorts sitting in an empty room, looking forward with a blank expression on its face. Chucky was scary to any kid who saw the movie, even though they should not have been watching it!

#16 Gremlins

Merry Christmas! It's time to open your present! Oh, look it's a cute fuzzy little teddy bear? What, don't get him wet, or feed him after midnight? I just did. OMG, now he's a murderous little gremlin who just killed the dog and is going after mom! Damn you, Steven Spielberg!

Gremlins (from the movie Gremlins) are mischievous little creatures who want to cause lots and lots of trouble and, of course, kill things. They reproduce through water contact, become goblin-esque from eating after midnight, and can be killed by a bright light or by sunlight. That'll teach you to buy anything from a store in Chinatown!

#17 Leprechaun

This movie originally was a "comedy" but it turns out, after 7 sequels, it's one of the scariest horror characters ever. An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. Don't look for the pot of gold in the dark!

#18 Critters

Of all the places in the galaxy they chose Earth. They hide is small places...

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

This 1986 film gave me goosebumps... speaking of which...

#19 Goosebumps

Based on the childrens books by RL Stein, Goosebumps is an upcoming release that will surely become a classic for scaring the crap out of kids!

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series.

It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange... he is a prisoner of his own imagination - the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, Hannah, and Zach's friend Champ (Ryan Lee) to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

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