Graveyard Shift We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results  

Bailey Benningfield
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List Rules Vote up the horror movies so scary, you can't watch them to this day.

Even if you're a horror movie fanatic, some films are difficult to watch. Several of the best horror movies feature scenes terrifying enough to stick with us forever, creating irrational, yet wholly understandable fears. To discover the worst of the worst, Graveyard Shift asked horror movie junkies which flicks are a little too frightening to handle.

Whether the movie scared you as a child, or you simply can't deal with creepy dolls, here are some of the most fascinating and hilarious reasons why people can't watch particular films.

Vote up the horror films so scary you can't make it to the end.

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

"The Exorcist. I watched it way too young - around 12, I think. I genuinely turned into a freak who only slept in the day, as I was too terrified to sleep at night! Sleep therapy and a counselor sorted me out, but I still to this day feel physically sick if I see a picture of her face."

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Insidious is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson

"The Insidious movies actually scare me. And I'm a hard one to scare with movies."

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

"Pet Sematary. The Gage scene freaked me out after having kids because it's every parent's worst nightmare. Plus, I live on a road where logging trucks go by constantly."

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The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman

"Laugh all you want, but The Grudge movies scarred me for life. I was forced to watch the first one when I was... about 8 if memory serves me right, and I still have nightmares to this day. Can't hear that noise without freaking out, and [I can't] look into a closet if it has an attic space."

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

"The Ring traumatized me so badly when I saw it in theaters almost 16 years ago, and I haven't been able to watch it since."

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

"28 Days Later got my heart racing. That wasn't the first movie to have running zombies, but it was the first movie I saw on the big screen that had them."

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

"When I was 16, I was introduced to Freddy Krueger. I spent the next three nights in my parents' room. Then I made myself watch it until I wasn't scared."

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

"I'm sorry, but Michael Meyers gives me so much anxiety I feel nauseous. I have a serious fear of being chased, and the way Michael stalks and chases is overkill. If I watch a Halloween movie, I ALWAYS have the same dream where he chases me 'til he stabs me, and I wake up crying. How lame, but so scary."

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

"Don't get me wrong - I'm a horror movie fanatic. I'm not scared of horror movies, but I cannot watch The Hills Have Eyes. It's just too much."

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Annabelle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe

"I watched Annabelle when I was pregnant. That scared the crap out of me. Not the demonic doll part, the very beginning when the psycho couple sneak into the main character's [place] and proceed to stab the woman in her pregnant belly. That messed me up for the rest of my pregnancy."

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The Fourth Kind is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

"Anything to do with aliens sh*ts me up. It's just how it's made to look like a true story, with 'parallels' to 'original footage;' while part of my brain knows it's not real, part of it finds the whole thing far too real, and far too terrifying! Milla Jovovich should stick to zombie films... I love a good zombie film!"

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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

"Some of y'all might find this funny, but The Blair Witch Project scared me the first time I watched! Anything unseen in some creepy woods scares me! Once I went camping, and some people in the area who were camping as well yelled at us for being loud at 8 pm. I snuck [up to their campsite] in the middle of the night... put all kinds of rocks and sticks cobbled together around them, Blair Witch-style. Always wondered what they thought when they woke up in the morning."

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Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Emily Browning, Emma Caulfield, Sullivan Stapleton

"I was flipping through channels and came across [Darkness Falls]. I remember... this little boy with covers over his head, and when he took them down, there was this black, shadowy woman hovering above them. I immediately turned the channel saying, 'Nope nope nope.'"

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

"Mine isn't much of a horror film, but Jaws. To this day, I cannot watch anything with sharks in it. And my family lives for Shark Week. Can't handle it. Turns my stomach and freaks me out!"

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Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

"The kid outside the window. Then there's the same thing in the corner in the dark, and it opens its eyes. Creepy."

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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

"It's really weird, and I'm not sure why, but to this day there's something about Suspiria that freaks me out to no end. The Exorcism of Emily Rose used to scare the sh*t out of me as well."

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Dolls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee, Hilary Mason

"When I was about 18, I watched Dolls the night before my trip to visit my grandma. She said she didn't have room at her place, so I had to stay with my aunt and uncle. They showed me my room, and I instantly freaked out - my auntie collected antique dolls! I stayed at my grandma's home and slept on a cot."

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Mother is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Won Bin, Kim Min-jung, Yoon Je-moon

"I don't even know if it's a horror movie - it just really got to me. Had to turn it off, which was weird. I freaking love scary movies!"

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

"I still can't sit through the storm sequence in The Perfect Storm. It absolutely terrifies me. Ocean disaster movies - can't do them, except Poseidon. Can't bring myself to watch The Finest Hours either."

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list We Asked Which Horror Movies Are So Scary You Still Can't Watch Them, And Here Are The Results
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

"That scene in Kill Bill: Volume 2 where Kiddo plucks out the woman's eye. The acting out of flailing and screaming in agony made my skin crawl and stuck in my mind. Wasn't scary, but it disturbed me enough not to want to watch that scene again."