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Most of us couldn’t wait for our teenage years when we’d FINALLY get our hands on a few movies with 15-ratings – 18 at a total push – but considering many of us were left traumatised by films actually aimed at children, we don’t actually know what the rush was all about.

From The Witches to Labyrinth, our childhood viewing experience was punctuated by sharp intakes of breaths followed by bloodcurdling screams as we wondered what the hell our parents were thinking popping this one in the VCR for us.

But, it was Friday, it was film night, and we were damned if we were going to bed early just because we couldn’t handle the giant spider Jumanji was throwing at us.

With the night that's in it, here is a brief a run-down of the movies which had SHEmazing staff whimpering into their mam’s crochet throw.

1. The Witches

When the Grand High Witch, played by Anjelica Huston, removed her face and revealed herself for the bald, hook-nosed, hunch-backed creature she truly was, our childhoods came to an official end.

We knew we weren’t in for an easy ride – the clue WAS in the title – but THAT thing? Too much lads, too much.

2. Labyrinth

There are a few amongst us who found David Bowie himself a little creepy, but when it comes to this 1986 flick, it was the Shaft of Hands that scared the beyjasus out of most of us.

They might have said they were helping hands, but their mocking tone of voice and cruel laughter told us all we needed to know about those scaly things.
 

3. Jumanji

We’ll give them this one – after the success of Mrs. Doubtfire, our parents probably thought they were onto a sure thing with Jumani, but they were wrong….very wrong.

The moment a collect of GINORMOUS spiders – accompanied by the squishiest sound we’ve ever heard – slowing began making their way down a window and across the floor behind Kirsten Dunst’s head, all bets were off.
 

4. IT the Clown

In fairness, this was one of those movies which we watched when our older cousins – who cared little for our emotional wellbeing – were left in charge for the evening.

And while we may have convinced ourselves we were able to handle Stephen King’s IT, the moment that terrifying circus runaway popped his head through the sewer grate and grinned up at Georgie, we knew we had made a MASSIVE mistake.

4. The Goonies

Regularly – and understandably – touted as one of the greatest kids’ movies of all times, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t find ourselves totally creeped out at various points throughout The Goonies.

From the unremitting drizzle to the lad’s dank surroundings, we were primed for a scare from the get-go, and got it when Sloth and his love of Baby Ruth bars were unveiled.

5. The Princess Bride

This 1987 flick seems to tick all the boxes; romance, fantasy, adventure, comedy… and downright horror.

We are, of course, talking about the moment Westley  – our first movie crush, obvs – fell victim to an enormous swamp rat’s eager jaws.

We can still hear the gnawing at night…

 

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As adults we're delighted to receive gifts at all, let alone a whole stocking full of them. But rewind a decade or two and you'll remember the absolute PANIC of writing your Santa list. What if you left something out? What if you sent it too soon and changed your mind? What if Santa just didn't bother bringing you the toy of the moment?

Those were the days. Here are a few of the toys you most definitely prayed Santa would bring you on Christmas morning. After all, he got a good deal too – you left him out the fancy foil-wrapped biccie from the Afternoon Tea tin PLUS a glass of milk…

1. Mr. Frosty Ice Maker
How cool did this look on the ads? Though they somehow neglected to mention that it took hours of sweating and a LOT of upper body strength to produce one cup of measly ice…

2. Baby Born
She ate AND pooed. Oh, Zapf Creations, you evil geniuses.

3. A Furby
This freaky little fella gave you endless entertainment on Christmas morning, but by Stephen's Day you had him hidden in a cupboard just to get five minutes' peace. This parenting-a-robot stuff is hard, lads.

4. A Nintendo Gameboy
Plus the Pokemon Red and Blue games, obvs.

5. A candle-making set
Relatives would be presented with lopsided yellow candles for years to come.

6. A Tamagotchi
No matter how diligently you played with them, cleaned their poo and kept their happiness levels up, the little guys never made it past their teenage years. RIP, Nikatchi.

7. A Talkgirl Dear Diary
Macaulay Culkin had his Talkboy, and we had our electronic Talkgirl diaries. Just don't forget the password…

8. Sky Dancers
A total health and safety hazard… but so pretty!

9. Bop It
Forget Bop It Extreme, this was the original and best. Twist It! Pull It! Bop It! So MANY commands to remember.

10. Cupcake Dolls
We saw nothing wrong with grabbing our doll's skirt and placing it over her head to transform her. All in the name of aesthetics.

 

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Ducks fly together! The Mighty Ducks was the ultimate underdogs tale – we challenge you not to get a lump in your throat watching it.

If you were a fan of the iconic 90s movie and dreamt of rising to the dizzy hockey-playing heights of Charlie, Goldberg and Banksy, you'll be delighted to hear that there was a pretty impressive cast reunion over the weekend.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of D2: The Mighty Ducks' release, and to celebrate, the old gang got back together… and even re-created the Flying V!

Be still our beating hearts!

Marguerite Moreau, who played Connie in the films, posted some lovely snaps to Instagram of the big get-together. We love this group hug featuring Mike Vitar (Luis), Garette Henson (Guy), Marguerite, Vincent Larusso (Banksy), Aaron Lohr (Dean), and Scott Whyte (Gunnar).


Nostalgia is just coursing through our veins right now at an unstoppable rate. And just look at Shaun Weiss, who played Goldberg! He's so cute… where did the puppy fat go?!

Sadly Joshua Jackson and Emilio Estevez, a.k.a Charlie and Coach Bombay, neglected to attend, which is kind of a downer.

Joshua has spoken before though about how much he would love to be involved in a fourth Ducks movie. In an interview with Time earlier this year, he said "I feel like a fourth film should happen… The next generation should have its own version."

We live in hope…!

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