Children are both blessed and cursed with a complete ignorance of canon. For children of the 80s and 90s, the video store shelf was democratizing. Classic Disney one day, The Peanut Butter Solution the next. Young Millennials have perhaps even more undifferentiated access, scanning any weirdo options on Netflix, Youtube, and "on-demand" television.
Flicks like The Land of Faraway and George's Island can leave young minds feeling disoriented and even betrayed. Beyond this more esoteric notion, some of these films--ostensibly created for children--are just plain terrifying, grotesque and/or inappropriate. I've tried to represent much of La Fete's "Tales for All" series of films.
As an adult, I've found myself seeking out strange family and children's films, not to recall past traumas, but as part of an overall diet of genre and "WTF" movies. Here are some of my favorite twisted, disorienting children's films, both childhood (least) favorites and recent discoveries. As always, suggestions are welcome.