How Lemony Snicket never garnered a sequel is still beyond us.
Critically loved by both kids and adults, Jim Carrey's black comedy was a masterclass in balancing the line between cruel child abuse and hilarious ingenuity.
The tale of the three Baudelaire orphans being terrorised by the evil master of disguises Count Olaf is full of imagination, wit and murder attempts.
While he ceremoniously proceeds to off each and every loving adult in their life, it's the specific attacks on the children themselves that throws kids into a tizzy.
Behind the sofa or on the psychologist's?
Numerous failed attempts to bump off the kids (including a particularly dark plot to strand them on railway tracks as a locomotive steams towards them) certainly worry but never scare.