David Cronenberg calls the Disney classic the scariest movie ever

David Cronenberg calls the Disney classic the scariest movie ever


  • David Cronenberg believes that his horror films are funny, not scary, as they contain humor along with disturbing elements.
  • He thinks that real horror comes from the news and newspapers, not from imaginative films like his.
  • One of the scariest movies he has come across is
    which he believes is terrible for the children because of the death of Bambi’s mother.

Director, screenwriter and occasional actor David Cronenberg is known for creating some of the most disturbing and terrifying horror films of a generation… at least according to everyone but the man himself. While sharing a list of three films that he believes are true horror films, Cronenberg explained Guardian that he believes his films are more funny than scary.

As the legendary director of films such as The Fly, VideodromeAND Crimes of the Future, Cronenberg has been responsible for intriguing, horrifying and repulsing many a movie lover, but it seems he has a different take on his stomach-turning cinematic offerings. He said:

“My imagination is not filled with horrors at all. This is the misunderstanding of what my films are. First of all, I think all my movies are funny. Not everything in them is funny, but they are full of humor. And secondly, it’s not really my imagination.”

He elaborated on his belief that the real horrors of the world come from watching the news or reading the newspapers. And that led him to discover what he believes is one of the scariest films ever made.

Bambi is a terrible movie about a child because Bambi’s mother is murdered. When you’re a kid, that’s a terrible thing. So does this qualify?



Publication date
August 14, 1942

David Hand

Hardy Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn, Thelma Boardman, Janet Chapman

Execution time

Felix Salten, Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, Vernon Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg

Pictures of Walt Disney

A great love story.

Disney Animated Movies

Naturally, Bambi is set to take on a new horror-oriented venture from the team behind it Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honeywith deer going on a blood-soaked rampage in the near future in the Bambi: The Reckoning. However, it seems that, as Cronenberg said, they have already been beaten to the punch by the original Disney version of the story.

What movies scare David Cronenberg?

The question of what scares our most beloved horror creators is one that is often addressed, and Cronenberg pursued it Bambi discovery with two other films that he considers the scariest he has come across. Beginning with a film he remembers from his childhood, Cronenberg explained:

“There is a movie called
Blue Lagoon
, which was really scary to me as a kid. It’s the kids on a boat, the ship sinks, the parents drown, the kids are alone on the island with a drunken sailor. There’s a scene in a cave with a snake and a skeleton and all that stuff, and that was a scary movie for me. Maybe for a not-so-scary adult.”

However, even for an experienced master of the genre – even if he does not believe this himself – the director also has an option for a film that can be considered scary for an adult audience. He said:

Don’t look now
, the Nic Roeg film starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. That really got to me. It was very effective filming, the foreshadowing of death was so poignant.”

As horror movie trilogies go, it’s nothing short of the eclectic mix you’d expect from someone like Cronenberg. While there are probably many of the director’s films that would rank higher on others’ lists, it’s a great insight into the mind of a cinematic great to hear exactly what they find scary.


The 12 best David Cronenberg movies, ranked by Rotten Tomatoes

David Cronenberg has been making movies for over 50 years. His films are master classes in disturbing imagery and social commentary.

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