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

Updated June 2, 2019 90.4k votes 8.0k voters 104.4k views20 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • The Exorcist1
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    "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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  • Insidious2
    2,280
    3,839

    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

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

  • The Grudge3
    2,017
    4,064

    The Grudge

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

    "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 Fourth Kind4
    1,536
    3,163

    The Fourth Kind

    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas

    Released2009

    Directed byOlatunde Osunsanmi

    "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 Ring5
    1,840
    4,019

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    "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."

  • The Hills Have Eyes6
    1,551
    3,439

    The Hills Have Eyes

    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman

    Released1977

    Directed byWes Craven

    "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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  • Pet Sematary7
    1,748
    3,941

    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

    "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."

  • A Nightmare On Elm Street8
    1,493
    3,748

    A Nightmare On Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

    "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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  • 28 Days Later9
    1,389
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    "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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  • Halloween10
    1,323
    3,574

    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    "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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  • Annabelle11
    1,294
    3,526

    Annabelle

    Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn R. Leonetti

    "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 Blair Witch Project12
    1,272
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

    "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 Falls13
    859
    2,730

    Darkness Falls

    Emily Browning, Emma Caulfield

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Liebesman

    "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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  • Salem's Lot14
    781
    2,556

    Salem's Lot

    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia

    Released1979

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    "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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  • Jaws15
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    "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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  • Suspiria16
    338
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

    "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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  • Mother17
    305
    2,125

    Mother

    Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin

    Released2009

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    "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!"

  • Dolls18
    290
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    Dolls

    Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee

    Released1987

    Directed byStuart Gordon

    "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."

  • The Perfect Storm19
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    The Perfect Storm

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    "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 220
    122
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    Kill Bill: Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    "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."

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