Graveyard Shift Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?  

Lowe Saddler
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List Rules Vote up the films that would've scared the snot out of you if you'd seen them as a kid.

Children should not watch scary movies. Frankly, it's debatable whether adults should be watching the panic-inducing genre. Surely there must have been scientific studies done that highlight the negative effects horror flicks can have on developing minds.

Some scary movies have been banned because they're so controversial, while other horror flicks have had scenes cut for being too disturbing. Even so, kids still sneak in to watch them, and parents are none the wiser.

The children who were once exposed to the misery of watching R-rated cinematic productions have shared their experiences with Ranker. Get ready to find out what your kids shouldn't be watching (or even listening to). 

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"Stepdad turned it on, said he'd stay for the whole thing. Then he went and got baked and forgot about me. I was 8 and am still traumatized 20 years later. I tried multiple times to get over my fear by rewatching, that just made it worse."

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It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I couldn't use the toilet, take a shower, walk past a storm drain, step on a manhole, etc, without thinking a extra dimensional demonic entity dressed as a clown was going to abduct me and eat me. Lol

"Edit: My grandparents did this to me. I walked in and started watching and they didnt saying anything."

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I was scared to sleep on my bed I thought I it was gonna open up and kill me."

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"When I was 12. idk, 2 year olds getting hit by trucks and being dug up by their grieving dad to be buried in a cursed burial ground in an attempt to bring him back to life, only for it to succeed but he's a malevolent flesh-hungry zombie freaked me out a tad."

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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I was in pre-school and had nightmares all night long about it. The next morning I woke up sick. Good thing was I got to skip school. Also the entity, I was always afraid any minute an invisible being would pin me against the wall and hurt me. I still can't seem to get the courage to watch that movie again."

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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I was 5 and I hid behind the couch while my dad was 'watching' me and siblings while mom went to a college class. He put a Chuckie vhs in the vcr for himself, made us go to bed, and fell asleep.


"I couldn't look away.


"Bad dreams and fear of dolls for years"

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Candyman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"My mom told me not to watch it. Snuck and watched it anyway, smh scared the hell outta me. Then every time i did anything wrong or bad. She told me she was gonna lock me in the bathroom and call Candyman to come get me"

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13 Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I haven’t touched it in years since I first saw it when I was 8 years old. Till recently... I now realized how terrible the acting was and how silly the film is overall."

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

 "I had a brother that would mess with me and tell me it was all an actual recording. And living in the eastern hills of Tennessee, there's a lot of wooded area. I think the woods always creeped me out anyway. Especially in the winter time."

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Jeepers Creepers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"Looking back I shouldn't have been as scared, but I was home alone at night in the basement den watching it, and I was already a little afraid of the basement. The scene where they go down the sewage pipe, I lost my nerve. Turned it off and didn't try rewatching for weeks."

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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"As a kid lol I was so scared of dogs when I was younger so seeing that damn dog massacre everyone and their mom had me in a damn panic! I just knew that dog was gonna come bounding through my second story window somehow."

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I talked my mom into letting me go to the movies to see it because in my young mind it was a space movie so it must be like Star Wars. Boy was I wrong. That movie messed me up for months."

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Leprechaun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"My sister told me it would eat my butt if I pooped on the toilet, I was barely potty trained, I pooped behind my Pa's recliner instead. We both got our butts beat for that."

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An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I was 6-7 my dad woke me up to watch it then sent me back to bed and made growling noises at my door."

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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I saw it when I was about 6. I have been terrified of birds my entire life because of it. It's just gotten a little better in the last 5 years. I am 55 years old..."

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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I'm not a huge fan of torture movies, so it freaked me out. So I got home, a little on edge, and started inching down the hallway of my dark house. I passed the bathroom and saw a figure there and dropped to the floor and started screaming. My whole family was in the hallway in seconds, watching my scream about a murderer in the bathroom. My dad flipped on the light to find... That someone had left the mirror tilted. I saw myself."

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"When I was 4, I watched nightmare on elm street at the same age, but David Bowie dancing around in tights stealing babies is the embodiment of evil IMO and it scarred me for life!"

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Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Horror Movie Scarred You Because You Saw It Way Too Young?

"I was 8 and I wouldn’t leave my bed I had to pee so badly... I had to read a book to get my mind off the shark I swore was in my room just waiting for my feet to hit the floor which I swore was water down there."