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Why it's terrifying: In Carlo Collodi's original novel Pinocchio is literally hanged to death, so I guess we can thank Disney for refraining from that particular tidbit. And yet I'll never quite get over my first viewing of the terrifying Pleasure Island sequence, during which all the bad little boys are transformed into squealing donkeys and then shipped off to the salt mines. As cautionary tales about the evils of smoking and drinking go, it...well, it didn't actually work, but boy did this movie give me nightmares.
Scarier than: A roving band of demonic, murderous pack animals.
- Chris Eggertsen