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18 Insanely Creepy Documentaries That'll Make You Want To Hide Under Your Bed

Be warned: A majority of these documentaries contain disturbing subject matter.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the creepiest documentary they've ever watched. Here are the best answers.

1. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane, 2011

HBO / Via

"It's the perfect mix of creepy and sad. It's not as creepy as something about a serial killer, of course, but it's still a little oddity that'll stick in your mind after watching it."

– Leila Marie Bloom, Facebook

2. The Cannibal That Walked Free, 2007

Channel Five

"It's about Issei Sagawa, a Japanese man who was caught murdering and eating a young woman, but the police couldn't hold him since his crime was committed outside of his home country. Scary part? He's still out there walking the streets, and he doesn't hide how much he still craves human meat."

– Lena Liu, Facebook

3. Countdown to Zero, 2010

Participant Media

"I've watched it several times over the years. It's chilling to know just how many close calls there have been to a nuclear attack over the years."

– Marie Suzanne Todd, Facebook


5. Dreams of a Life, 2011

Dogwoof Pictures

"It's not so much creepy as it is desperately sad. It's about Joyce Vincent, a woman who died alone in her flat and wasn't found for three years. She died of an unknown cause, with the TV on, surrounded by half-wrapped Christmas presents."


6. Tickled, 2016

Magnolia Pictures

Tickled follows the story of a New Zealand journalist who delves deep into the strange yet compelling world of competitive endurance tickling. What starts as a quirky news piece slowly turns into something much darker.

– Suggested by elizabethm4a45b1b93

7. Just, Melvin: Just Evil, 2000


"It's so disturbing! It's about incest, child abuse, and molestation in a family by one man who is truly evil. Plus, the abuser's grandson is the one who made and narrated the documentary. It's heartbreaking."

– Sarah Rebecca Anastasia Andrews, Facebook


9. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father, 2008


"It's about a guy that dates an older woman who is possessive and abusive. He dumps her so she murders him. When she goes to jail his poor parents have to stay in contact with her as they have custody of their grandchild. The woman's behaviour is just so disturbing."


10. Child of Rage, 1992


"It's about a little girl who was abused so severely when she was young that she had no conscience, and enjoyed seeing things suffer. It was so off-putting to see such a soft-spoken, sweet looking girl admit to killing multiple pets and wanting to see her parents dead."


11. Rats, 2016

Discovery Channel

Directed by Morgan Spurlock, Rats chronicles rat infestations around the world and details their success as a species. Be warned though, this does include graphic scenes of rats being killed.

– Suggested by Catoya Lundy, Facebook


12. Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation, 2007

Waterfront Productions

"I am creepily obsessed with serial killers and this was almost too much for me. Albert Fish was a pedophile, cannibal, and serial killer with a masochistic streak. It's super disturbing and super sad as he claimed to have over 100 victims."


13. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, 1996


"It documents the false accusation and eventual incarnation of three teenagers for the murder of three little boys. It's chilling, it's heavy, and it's unbelievable."


14. Jesus Camp, 2006

Magnolia Pictures

"Jesus Camp is incredibly disturbing. It's about how Evangelical Christianity affects children. The kids seem brainwashed. As a Christian, seeing the effects of Biblical literalism made me scared of where my religion is headed. If you watch it, remember not all Christians are like that; it's not a representation of all of us."


15. Into Eternity, 2010

Films Transit International

"It's about the construction of Onkalo, a nuclear waste storage facility. Sounds bland, but here's the thing: The people involved are still trying to figure out how to tell humans thousands of years in the future not to open it up. If pondering the vastness of time, the concept of your own mortality, and the insignificance of our current cultures and languages in the face of millennia is something that terrifies you as much as it does me, then you'll find this to be a real head-fuck. Enjoy."



16. Cropsey, 2009

Breaking Glass Pictures

"I had never heard of the urban legend around Cropsey before I watched this documentary. It's filled with so many eerie twists and turns, it'll be hard to sleep soundly after watching."

– Kelsey Loesch, Facebook

17. Room 237, 2012

IFC Films

Ever since Stanley Kubrick's The Shining was released in 1980, people have come up with hundreds of different theories about the messages and meanings hidden in the movie. Room 237 focuses on all of the different interpretations for the iconic horror film.

– Suggested by siobhansands

18. Beware the Slenderman, 2016


"It's an HBO documentary about two pre-teens who stabbed their friend to appease the fictional horror character Slenderman. It goes into the lore around Slenderman and the stabbing itself. Most eerily, it explores the muddy differences between fantasy and reality for children, and for people suffering from certain mental illnesses. It will momentarily make you question how strong your connection to reality really is."


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