Any parent has experienced this scenario a hundred times: It's Friday night and time to hit the video store to select a movie to watch at home with your rambunctious litter. Naturally, as you're looking for a film the entire family can consume, you make a beeline for the section labeled "Family." After all, anything you'd rent from this genre should be guaranteed to deliver a fun, responsible night of movie-watching, right?

Unfortunately, this isn't necessarily the case. Some family films -- even ones that are rated 'G' -- venture into dark territory that may disturb impressionable young viewers. To assist you the next time you're shopping for films to watch with your little ones, Moviefone has come up with a list of 12 scenes from excellent family-friendly motion pictures that just so happen to be bleak, startling, or downright terrifying.

If you have any suggestions for other family films with challenging scenes that parents might want to know about, by all means let us know about them in the comments section.
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