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21 Horror Movies So Disturbing, People Couldn't Finish Watching Them

Nope, sorry, turning it off.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to name a horror movie that was SO scary, they couldn't make it all the way through it. Here are some of the ~spookiest~ responses:

1. Hereditary (2018)


I love scary movies, but couldn't make it through this one. Not so much because it was "scary," but because it psychologically messed with me. My husband was into it, so I couldn't leave the theater, but I literally just sat there with my head hidden in his arm the last third of the movie.


2. Lights Out (2016)

Warner Bros. Pictures

I knew that, even after only a couple of minutes, I wouldn’t ever be able to turn the lights off again if I kept watching it, so I decided to stop mid-way through.


3. Silent Hill (2006)

Davis Films

I wish I could unsee that movie. My eyes were closed for the last 30 minutes.


4. The Fly (1986)

20th Century Fox

If the inside-out baboon didn't make you want to turn the movie off, then the maggot delivery sure did. It's a remarkable movie and a great take on the original, but anyone who makes it through that movie in the first sitting is a hero.


5. The Human Centipede 2 (2011)

IFC Midnight

It was disturbing and creepy. I don’t even think I got through half of the movie.


6. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Paramount Pictures

This movie gave me such terrible second-hand anxiety in theaters that I still can’t watch the whole thing. It’s a great movie from what I saw, but the thought of being held captive and not knowing what’s going on in the outside world gives me such bad anxiety.


7. The Grudge (2004)

Columbia Pictures

I first saw part of it when I was about seven years old. It scared me so much, I had nightmares for weeks. As I grew up, I started to really get into horror movies and most of the new ones didn't scare me. I figured I would try to watch this one again, expecting it to not be as scary. I WAS WRONG. To this day, I refuse to watch it.


8. Alien (1979)

20th Century Fox

The first time I tried watching it, I was 11 and at a sleepover with some friends. We were all in the basement with the lights on and, just as a suspenseful part was about to happen, the power went out and we were all thrown into pitch black. Scariest moment of my life.


9. One Missed Call (2008)

Warner Bros. Pictures

My mom, my younger sister, and I were watching this in my mom's room. During one particularly intense scene, the DVD player suddenly turned off. At first we thought the DVD was scratched because we'd rented it, but no. It was the DVD player. Straight up turned off. There wasn't a power outage in the area since all the lights were still on. The three of us just said "NOPE" and returned that thing. We never attempted to watch it again, and never tried to find out how it ended.


10. Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Warner Bros. Pictures

I saw it in theaters but, by the end, I just completely covered my eyes and was trying to think happy thoughts. I had nightmares for weeks.


11. Terrifier (2017)

Dread Central Presents

This one's on Netflix. Clowns don't really scare me, but that one was so disturbing I couldn't keep it on for more than a few minutes!


12. The Descent (2009)

The Descent

I tried watching this one with my husband and BOTH of us screamed so loud on a couple of parts that I just had to walk away. I went upstairs to pet my dogs so I could calm down. To this day, I still can’t finish that movie.


13. The Ring (2002)

DreamWorks Pictures

I consider myself a horror movie super-fan, but I have yet to watch this to the end. I’ve tried twice. First time, I walked out of the movie theater, crying. Second time, it was a sunny afternoon, but 45 minutes in it started storming like crazy, so I couldn’t finish it because I was too scared.


14. Signs (2002)

Buena Vista Pictures

Specifically, the famous part at the birthday party when the alien walks by the screen. I was in 7th grade and it scared the ever-living out of me so bad, I had to sleep on the couch for six months.


15. Begotten (1990)

World Artists

It’s a silent black and white film that reimagines the story of Genesis. I saw a gif online from it and was curious what it was from, so I looked up the film. Biggest mistake of my life. For WEEKS I could not close my eyes without seeing it.


16. Demons (1985)


It's this stupid movie from the '80s. I, unfortunately, watched some of it at a very young age and it traumatized me. I love horror films now, and have no problem watching blood and gore, but thinking about that stupid movie still scares the crap out of me.


17. Gerald's Game (2017)


I eventually made it through to the end, but I had to take a LONG BREAK in the middle because I seriously thought I was going to pass out.


18. Insidious (2010)

Blumhouse Productions

This movie traumatized me, made me hate scary movies, and gave me nightmares for three years.


19. The Nun (2018)

Warner Bros. Pictures

My friend and I were spending the day together, and decided to go watch this in theaters. When it started, we noticed most of the theater was empty. We spent the entire beginning of the movie covering our eyes until I finally suggested we leave and get tacos instead, so that’s what we did.


20. The Exorcist (1973)

Warner Bros.

I’ve tried to watch this a few times, but only ever get halfway through it before it starts to make my insides feels wrong. I know that sounds odd, but there’s something about her voice when she’s possessed. I’ll never forget the time my husband and I fell asleep with the TV on. I woke up in the middle of the night and it was on TV. I couldn’t even open my eyes, just hearing it was scaring me. I was frantically reaching around the bed, eyes closed, trying to find the remote so I could turn it the hell off.


21. And finally, The Shining (1980)

Warner Bros.

The first time I saw a scene from this I had to turn off the TV and leave the house! The scene where Danny is foaming at the mouth and the dead lady was rising out of the tub was too much for me.


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