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    18 Movies People Admit They Watched Way, Way, WAY Too Young

    "It raised a lot of questions."

    Listen, we all have that one movie. The one movie we saw way, way, WAY too young to properly understand and/or process it.

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    Mine was The Graduate. My poor, unsuspecting mother trusted movie-loving, way-too-curious 8-year-old me to stay home alone one day when I wasn't feeling well enough to go to school. I saw this starting on one of the unedited channels and — for some reason — was like, "Ya know what? Sure. This seems like an appropriate viewing experience for me, a whole-ass child." (Though, for what it's worth, I loved it then and still do now, LOL.)

    Well this week, it was proven that this is an even MORE common experience than I originally thought when redditor u/Puffbirb asked, "What film were you WAY too young to watch?" and people responded with some wild and hilarious answers!

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    So with that in mind, here are just a few of the movies that were permanently burned into people's way-too-young minds:

    1. The Exorcist (1973)

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    Warner Bros.

    "I saw this when I was about 10. My parents are pretty religious but my mom loves horror movies. I started asking about demons/possession after hearing stuff at Sunday school and my mom thought it would be 'educational' viewing. I slept with a rosary for a while after that."


    2. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

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    "My dad showed me this when I was 5. It went well until my mom came home to me shouting '69, dude!' at the top of my lungs. Needless to say, my dad got an earful after that."


    3. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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    "I watched it when I was 10, didn’t understand anything about it, and was traumatized by the downfalls."


    4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

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    Paramount Pictures

    "I watched it when I was 4. This was before PG-13 ratings in the US were a thing so it was PG. My parents had no idea how bad it would be for a 4-year-old. I had nightmares for months."


    5. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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    "I was 11 and I didn’t understand anything."


    6. Arachnophobia (1990)

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    Buena Vista Pictures

    "That shit was rated PG like it was intended for families. Fuck you!"


    7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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    Warner Bros.

    "I was 9. It raised a lot of questions."


    8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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    EMI Films

    "The full implications of the events at Castle Anthrax took a while for me to get."


    9. Akira (1988)

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    "I remember having nightmares for weeks when Tetsuo’s guts burst out from his stomach and he started scrambling to put them back. I was 10 years old."


    10. Caligula (1979)

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    Penthouse Films

    "I went with my sister. Neither of us were old enough to drive ourselves so our mom dropped us off at the theater."


    11. IT (1990)

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    "The miniseries from the '90s. I was 8. Like any normal kid, I was already scared of clowns but this ruined me for sewers, drains, and just about any kind of plumbing for years to come. I still get the heebie-jeebies when I see that clown."


    12. Alien (1979)

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    20th Century Fox

    "As an 8-year-old, I just wanted to see a scary movie. Let's just say that I didn't sleep much the coming weeks but this experience also put me on a path of admiring the movie and the whole universe it built and the cinematography."


    13. The Grudge (2004)

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    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "My English teacher put this on in a class when I was 13. My mum was furious and I slept with a night-light until I was 22."


    14. Candyman (1992)

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    TriStar Pictures

    "That fuckin' scarred me for life!"


    15. Porky's (1982)

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    20th Century Fox

    "I'm not sure if anyone’s heard of it, but I saw it when I was like 10 and it definitely was not appropriate in any way, shape, or form."


    16. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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    Artisan Entertainment

    "I watched this when I was like 10 and it gave me nightmares for over a month. To this day, I have still not rewatched it."


    17. Death Becomes Her (1992)

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    Universal Pictures

    "When I was in kindergarten, I went to a sleepover party where the parents opted to show this movie to a gaggle of 5-year-old girls. That was the first time I realized that death is final. I must've cried myself to sleep for months after that. I'm an adult now and I still can't fathom what these parents were thinking."


    18. And finally: Final Destination (2000)

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    New Line Cinema

    "This was in the third grade. A little while after seeing it, I slipped in the shower and nearly had a panic attack."


    All right, you've had your laughs at their expense but now it's YOUR turn! What movie did you watch way, way, WAY too young? Share your story in the comments below!

    Note: Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit!