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19 Reasons "The Witches" Is The Scariest Film Of All Time

Evil child-killers stalk orphaned boy, rating PG.

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The Witches is one of the most horrific, gruesome, and frankly traumatising films of all time.

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great film – it's an amazing, revolting body horror – but oh my god, the horror of it. It's based on Roald Dahl's book, and it's about a little boy called Luke whose parents are killed, and then he's basically hunted by witches and loads of people mutate into rodents while convulsing horribly.

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If you haven’t seen it, or if you just want a bleak reminder to celebrate Halloween, here are some of most fucked-up moments from the movie...

1. The extremely disturbing bit when a small child goes missing and turns up in a painting.

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A witch kidnaps poor Erica, and a few months later the little girl turns up – trapped in a painting on her parents’ wall. Her parents must suffer for the rest of their days, watching their child trapped in a 2D plane, staring mournfully back at the human world she has left behind.

3. The bit where Luke’s parents go out for the evening and die.

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Luke runs into his parents' bedroom in the morning to show them his drawing, but their beds are still made. They never came home. The police knock on the door. This film was rated PG.

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4. This witch’s purple eyes.

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She’s stalking Luke because she wants to kill him. She tries to lure him with a snake, but he doesn’t come down from his treehouse. Her eyes sear into the soul of every child who watches the film.

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14. They're all screaming as their bodies start to sprout hair all over.

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Yes, a whole roomful of them mutate into mice – slowly, with tons of Jim Henson's most upsetting monster prosthetics.

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