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Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching 

Bailey Brown
Updated July 3, 2019 25.2k votes 3k voters 74.6k views 22 items

List Rules Vote up the movies you can't finish, even looking through your fingers.

A good horror film can genuinely scare the viewer whether with the narrative, the suspense, the monster, or the gore. More often than not, scary movies miss the mark, and any horror buff could tell you there are plenty of titles that just don't qualify for the genre. The most disturbing horror movies are the ones you have to watch from behind a pillow or through your fingers, these are the films worth turning on at midnight with the light off, the ones that would make even the most experienced fear seeker cringe a little. 

Whether you draw the line at cannibalism, body modification, creepy kids, or the devil himself the horror movies you can't finish likely highlight one or more of these common aversions. Disturbing horror movies push the limit on what's actually scary. For Raw this means relating to and sympathizing with the cannibalistic villains.  For The Human Centipede II this means watching people live through unimaginable suffering for an extended amount of time with little to no hope of recovery. Whatever the premise, some films are too horrifying to watch all the way through, so much so that perhaps only a true horror fan could actually finish them. 

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Released: 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more

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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Wan

Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. It is the first installment ...more

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Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama

Released: 2002

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Neil Marshall

The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film directed by Neil Marshall. Six women enter an unmapped cave system, become trapped, and are hunted by flesh-eating subterranean humanoids.

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Ring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yūko Takeuchi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Hideo Nakata

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The Human Centipede 2 (F... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Lee Nicholas Harris, Dieter Laser, Dominic Borrelli

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tom Six

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Dutch black and white exploitation film written, directed, and co-produced by Dutch filmmaker Tom Six. The sequel to Six's 2009 film The Human ...more

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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ari Aster

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It is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

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Silent Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christophe Gans

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The Green Inferno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Daryl Sabara

Released: 2014

Directed by: Eli Roth

The Green Inferno is a 2013 American cannibal adventure horror-thriller film directed by Eli Roth and co-written with Guillermo Amoedo. The film stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira and ...more

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The Orphanage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona

The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger ...more

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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Annabelle: Creation Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia

Released: 2017

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd

Released: 2002

Directed by: Eli Roth

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The Nun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Anita Briem, Paulina Gálvez, Belen Blanco

Released: 2005

Directed by: Luis de la Madrid

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Gerald's Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carol Stuycken

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

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Veronica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer

Released: 2017

Directed by: Paco Plaza

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Teeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Jess Weixler, Josh Pais, Nathan Parsons

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mitchell Lichtenstein

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Raw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Raw Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas

Released: 2016

Directed by: Julia Ducournau

Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian named Justine (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more

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Carnage Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Horror Movies You Can't Even Finish Watching
Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Ashley Bell

Directed by: Mickey Keating

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