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    22 Horror Movies So Terrifying, People Had To Turn Them Off Halfway Through

    "Oh, no thank you." —Me to the horror film as I change the channel.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to name a horror movie that was so scary, they had to stop watching in the middle of it — and they did NOT disappoint! Here are just a few of the ~most terrifying~ responses:

    1. Jaws (1975)

    Universal Pictures

    "After watching just the opening scene as a kid, I was too afraid to go to the bathroom. Like, I seriously thought that the shark might jump out and bite me in the rear end."

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    2. Unsane (2018)

    Bleecker Street

    "This was the most unsettling movie I’ve ever seen. Basically, this poor girl is trapped in a mental institution with her stalker as her caretaker. It was just too much for me. I had to stop the movie because I was literally crying at one point, I was so uncomfortable."

    aprilinthed

    3. I Saw the Devil (2010)

    Peppermint & Co.

    "I typically love scary movies and have easily seen hundreds of them, but this Korean movie was the first one I ever stopped midway through. It’s about a serial killer and a cop’s quest to find him...and that's all I'll say without giving too much away."

    BonkersTheCat3000

    4. Evil Dead (2013)

    TriStar Pictures

    "The remake messed me up really badly for a few weeks. I didn't even finish it, but I was so disturbed that night that I couldn't close my eyes for more than a blink. I really was nauseous and shaking the rest of the day, even though I could only make it through the first third of the movie."

    Kjaco

    5. Signs (2002)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "I went to see this at the theater when I was around 12. The first time you see the alien on the roof of the barn, I freaked the heck out...I couldn't breathe. My grandmother thought I was having an asthma attack, so she stopped the movie. The best part is that I didn't even HAVE asthma, I was just dramatic."

    laurennn0420

    6. Wolf Creek (2005)

    Roadshow Entertainment

    "The one movie I couldn't finish or try to watch again (and never even recommend to people) is this one. It’s based on a true story, set in Australia, and is completely freaking terrifying. It's VERY real-feeling and VERY upsetting."

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    7. Ghost Ship (2002)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "When I was in the eighth grade, my friend and I were watching this. We were eating Rice Krispies Treats cereal when the part with the maggots came on. We thought we were going to puke and had to stop the movie immediately. I slept alone in my friend's sister's room that night and was STILL scared the whole night."

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    8. Final Destination (2000)

    New Line Cinema

    "The first one scared the crap out of me. It literally got to the point that I was begging my sister to leave the theater. I’ve always been afraid of flying, so that opening scene destroyed me."

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    9. It Follows (2015)

    Radius-TWC

    "I have seen A LOT of scary movies, but the only one I had to literally walk away from was this movie."

    Kittytoes

    10. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

    Screen Gems

    "I was in high school, and during the scene when she’s in the barn counting to 6 (the number of disciples who betrayed Jesus), I started crying because I was so scared. I left the theater in the middle of that part and still, to this day, haven’t finished that movie. I’m not even religious and I found it terrifying."

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    11. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

    Vanguard

    "This movie isn't scary so much as it's just sick. It's one of only, like, five movies I couldn't finish watching. It just made me sick to my stomach, and I usually love horror movies!"

    Sobrien91

    12. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

    Columbia Pictures

    "I watched the original movie around the same age that I started babysitting as a kid, and even though I didn't watch it until the end, it terrified me for YEARS. I was always worried that someone was hiding upstairs."

    Smee

    13. The Village (2004)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "My dad made me watch this when I was around 6, and because I was so young, I didn't really understand what the movie was about and fully thought that the main creature was a REAL thing. We had to turn it off halfway through, and I had nightmares about it for around 10 YEARS until my friend made me rewatch it with her, and now I laugh at it."

    mckenzieholahan1132

    14. Mother! (2017)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I'm surprised no one named this one yet! I couldn't finish it because it was so weird, so I read the full synopsis and it creeped me the heck out. I'm truly glad I turned it off."

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    15. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

    Buena Vista Distribution

    "When I was a kid, my dad rented this and put it on for me to watch while he went to get pizza. Movie rentals were expensive back then, so I was laying on the couch too terrified to watch it, but also too terrified to turn it off. I made it to the creepy 'Narek' scene before I gave up and told my dad when he got home that I couldn't do it. I’m 42 now and STILL have not seen it to the end."

    jessicarosep

    16. Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

    IFC Midnight

    "I straight-up lost my shit midway through the movie and had to basically beg my boyfriend to turn it off (meanwhile, he was laughing at me the entire time)."

    veronica_cachairs

    17. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

    The Jerry Gross Organization

    "This movie remains the most vile thing I ever tried to watch. I’m all for a great revenge movie, but this crossed too many lines."

    diyanahj

    18. Hostel (2005)

    Screen Gems

    "I had a full-blown panic attack in the middle of the movie that got so bad that I had to turn it off. It's so disgusting."

    Mkr687

    19. The Strangers (2008)

    Rogue Pictures

    "My boyfriend and I were home alone on Halloween and it was my (stupid) idea to watch this. BIG MISTAKE. I'm very paranoid to begin with, so when my boyfriend pointed out the masked man in the house with the girl, I had to turn it off. No shame."

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    20. The Collector (2009)

    LD Entertainment

    "This movie is so unbelievably hard to watch because of all the contraptions set up. You never see anything coming. The part with the cat broke my heart, and I haven't been able to sit through it past that part."

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    21. Pet Sematary (1989)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I dipped out of the original as soon as Zelda came on-screen. It's been well over 10 years since I tried watching it, and she still haunts my dreams."

    keln96

    22. The Human Centipede (2009)

    Bounty Films

    "I could not (and will not EVER) finish this one. I’ve seen hundreds of scary movies, but none of them have ever made me feel like I was going to be physically ill until this one."

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    Now it's your turn! What's a horror movie so terrifying, you were unable to finish it? Share your story in the comments below, and don't forget to follow the BuzzFeed Community for a chance to be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed post or video!

    Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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