30 Shocking Inappropriate Scenes That Sneaked Into '80s Family Films

By Jack Ripley | December 14, 2023

The Monster Squad - The Werewolf Transition

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(TriStar Pictures)

The Monster Squad, released in 1987, is a beloved cult classic that managed to bring together all the iconic Universal monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolfman in a single film. While the movie is packed with humor, heart, and thrilling action, there's one scene in particular that stands out for its unexpected scariness: the werewolf transformation. In this scene, the character of Jonathan (played by Jon Gries) undergoes a gruesome and intense metamorphosis into a fearsome werewolf. The special effects team, led by the talented Stan Winston, crafted an incredibly realistic and horrifying transformation sequence that remains impressive even by today's standards. As Jonathan writhes in pain, his bones crack and shift, his face contorts, and fur sprouts all over his body, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats. The level of detail and the sheer brutality of the scene make it surprisingly disturbing, especially considering the film's otherwise family-friendly tone. 

All Dogs Go To Heaven - The Hell Sequence

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(United Artists/MGM/UA Communications Co.)

All Dogs Go To Heaven, with its lovable characters, catchy songs, and heartfelt moments, is remembered as a childhood favorite by many. However, some parts of this animated film are not so lovable - in fact, they're downright scary - particularly the hell sequence. In this scene, Charlie, our German shepherd protagonist, falls asleep and experiences a nightmarish dream where he is transported to a hellish landscape. He finds himself surrounded by monstrous creatures and tormented by terrifying visions. Flames engulf the screen, and the eerie, unsettling atmosphere creates a sense of unease as a demonic figure taunts and threatens Charlie. The entire sequence is a stark departure from the rest of the film's lighthearted tone, t's hard to deny that the imagery might be too much for some young viewers. Woof!