October 31, 2008 at 10:32 PM EDT

It’s not always the Freddies or Jasons of the world that give me the shivers. Sometimes it’s the most banal, inconsequential movies that send me scurrying under the covers. When I was a kid, that flick was The Hugga Bunch movie. Yes, a film about plushy dolls with a penchant for embracing haunted my nightmares. Check it out here, and tell me it isn’t creepy:

But I’m not the only one with irrational movie fears. Here’s a selection from the staff:

  • Jean Bentley’s inexplicable fear of space makes Wall-E (specifically the scene where they’re playing outside the spaceship), a creepy cartoon affair.
  • It’s not a movie, but Marc Vera still gets goosebumps watching the HBO theme, which terrified him as a tyke.
  • Jami Lundborg finds FernGully frightening.
  • Christmas is scarier than Halloween for Jamie Levinson, who wigs out when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pops up on TV.
  • Perhaps echoing many a ’70s kids’ fears, Gary Susman ranks the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory right up there.
  • While Mark Luckie never wants to see shrinking kids again.

It’s your turn PopWatchers. Get it off your chests: Which movie inexplicably gives you the heebeegeebees?

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