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The Most Utterly Depressing Horror Movies Of All Time

Updated August 18, 2021 7.3k votes 1.3k voters 63.4k views16 items

List RulesVote up the horror movies that left you screaming and sobbing in equal measure.

Horror films are meant to entertain us while also providing plenty of jump scares and scenes to make our pulses race. What happens, though, when a horror movie is too dark? And can a film in the horror genre be too dark?

Take for instance Hereditary, a film with a brilliant cast, engaging plot, and plenty of gore - but at what cost? The viewer might feel more sad than scared after finishing a film where an entire family falls apart with seemingly no end to the madness. From post-apocalyptic worlds to deranged hostage situations, there are more than a few horror films that cross the line from terrifying to depressing.

Here are 16 of the most depressing horror movies in history for you to rank. Vote up the ones that left you wishing you'd picked something a little more lighthearted to watch.