10 Horror Movie References in the New Ninja Turtles Animated Series



Aside from that time Playmates released Ninja Turtles/Universal Monsters mash-up toys in the 1990s, our Teenage Mutant friends aren’t exactly synonymous with the horror genre. Well, they never used to be, at least.

Premiering in 2012, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is surprisingly heavy on horror movie inspiration, and the best way I can describe the show is that it seems to have been tailor made for parents who are horror fans – and kids looking to break into that fandom in kid-friendly fashion.

It’s quite evident that someone behind the scenes of the show is a massive horror fan, as each episode – particularly in the current season – is littered with little winks and nods to the genre. For horror fans like ourselves, the new show is one hell of a treat, and I implore you to start watching – no matter your age.

In an effort to give you the push needed to start doing just that, today we take a look back on ten of those horror movie references that have thus far put a huge smile on my face!