Done with watching conventional horror? Revisit these Cartoon Network shows for really terrifying plots!
Who said animation is for kids? Because Cartoon Network denied the idea with a number of shows which revolved around creepy themes and disturbing storylines and yeah, we watched a lot of that as kids without realizing it. As kids, we remember enjoying shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, Johny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, or Steven Universe without realizing the depth of their plotlines. I remember watching Courage the Cowardly Dog as a kid and coming across Freaky Fred as one of the early antagonists of the series. The concept of how a villain is so obsessed with shaving everyone’s hair was funny to me back then but it sounds very creepy now. Though these Cartoon Network shows were incredibly popular that gave us a number of memorable characters and storylines, a number of things can only be understood by an adult audience.
Children are more scared of paranormal kind of horror but that loses its impact as we grow older. Unique show concepts seen on Cartoon Network give us shivers because of their analogy with reality and that’s the kind of horror that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Some people don’t find conventional horror interesting enough and want something that makes them uncomfortable. Cartoon Network was not just entertaining but some shows had the power to make us excited and wonder about their plot depth.
Halloween is close and if you want to enjoy some real horror, here are our recommendations!
The classic adventures that Dexter’s experiments brought were fun to watch but some episodes dealt with relatively terrifying storylines. In the episode “Filet of Soul”, DeeDee’s dead pet fish comes back to haunt them as they didn’t let its body get flushed in the toilet. The episode has absurdity, humor, and a parodied classic ending from the “Thriller” music video.
We always appreciate how Powerpuff Girls always save the day with their powers. The problems they solved had a deeper meaning to them which we weren’t aware of as kids. In one of the episodes, Mojo Jojo traveled back in time to stop the Professor from creating Powerpuff Girls, but instead, he found out he was the one who helped the Professor in creating them and the Powerpuff Girls fought the paradoxes in this episode that was thrilling to watch.
While the whole show is made to be watched for its deeper themes, there were some episodes where they went too far in terms of creepy visuals. In one such episode, Steven and Connie come across a dead patient’s body who suddenly wakes up and his appearance looks exactly what nightmares are made up of.
Regular Show isn’t so regular when it comes to deep plots. It’s known for its anthology-style Halloween Specials, so you can expect the episodes to get darker with each episode.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
It would be a crime to not include this show in this list. Courage the Cowardly Dog is full of creepy episodes that are enough to give you chills and make you laugh at the same time. The episode titled “King Ramses’ Curse” is said to be the creepiest episode of the show.
As the name suggests, Adventure Time was literally an adventure time for all of us as it gave us a fair share of humor and adventure. The episode that stands out for all of us is “Mortal Folly” where they show “Lich” who wants to destroy all life forms from existence. The show also offers us a good share of disturbing stuff.
This show needs no introduction as it was a major part of our childhood. The story revolves around a group of friends who always find trouble falling into their laps. And the mysterious plots will keep you on the edge of your seat.
What are you watching this Halloween?