Some movies aren't for kids. Some movies that are for kids probably shouldn't be. Whatever the case, these folks on Reddit were asked "What movie traumatized you as a kid?" and they responded with their darkly hilarious stories about being scared by movies they definitely shouldn't have been watching.
These posts have been lightly edited for language and clarity.
From Redditor u/Usefulaluable
The old It. Mom is a HUGE Stephen King fan, so I was ... 6 or 7? The first time I watched it.
Tim Curry, man. I didn't shower without either my mom or sister standing guard for at least a year.
When the new one came out, my mom thought it'd be fun to tie a red balloon to the sewer grate outside our house. Full grown adult or not, f*ck that.
- Released: 1990
- Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
From Redditor u/DrozdMensch
This film i saw in late USSR in summer Pioneer camp. Freddy was f*cking extra scary for Soviet kids. F*ck. Now I'm afraid to sleep.
From Redditor u/doggoshennanigans
I was looking for someone to say this.
I saw it in sixth grade at my best friend’s birthday party/sleepover. I literally slept in the fetal position, surrounded by stuffed animals, reading a bible by flashlight until I passed out for the next six months.
Yeah, this movie scared me so bad I didn’t even care that the other kids laughed about it at school. I was all, “Whatever, at least I’m sleeping at night.”
- Released: 1984
- Directed by: Wes Craven
From Redditor u/Indigo_Sunset
More specifically, the cameraman in the bathroom scene who notices a slight cut on his face ...
Many years later my son wanted to see it, after seeing it in a stack of free DVDs. We skipped that specific part. He did see it much later and said he was glad he didn't see it back then.
From Redditor u/cellblock2187
Everything about this movie creeped me out, and now, as a full grown adult with kids: What the HELL were my parents thinking?!?!?! Why was I allowed to watch that movie at 6 years old?!?!?
I've wondered if watching it as an adult would remove some of the awfulness from my brain, but I'm not willing.
- Released: 1982
- Directed by: Tobe Hooper
From Redditor u/WorldBiker
Jaws. Can't swim in the sea or a lake without thinking, however fleetingly, that there's a shark nearby. I am convinced, for example, that the Norwegian fjords are filled with Greenland sharks.
From Redditor u/deuteranopia
When I was in second grade, my parents decided to take my brother and me down to Disney World. We drove from Wisconsin to Florida in the back of my dad's F-150 (it was a regular cab with no extra seating) that my dad had a hard cover/shell on and threw a loose pair of car seats into.
When we got there, it was too dark to go to the beach, so my parents got us some sh*tty takeout and we went to the hotel room to eat and rest up for our first time ever going to the beach. My jack*ss father decided, "What better way to ready ourselves for the beach than by watching Jaws!"
I was almost too afraid to even go to the beach, let alone wade out past anything above my ankles.
- Released: 1975
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg