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    18 Of The Most Shockingly Dark Movie Moments That Surprised Us All

    Basically, kids' movies and rom-coms can't be trusted 💔

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community what unexpectedly dark movie moments stayed with them the most. Here are their responses.

    🚨 Warning: there are spoilers ahead – read at your own risk. 🚨

    1. The many, many deaths in Avengers: Infinity War.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "It threw me for several loops. Since I'm a huge Marvel fan, I created all these theories, preparing for the worst possible ending. Everyone I thought would survive, died, but everyone I thought would die, survived. The silence in the movie theatre during the "dusting" scene was haunting."

    –Olivia Ryckman, Facebook comment

    "I had a lot of theories for that movie but Thanos winning was not one of them."


    2. Artax drowning in a swamp in Neverending Story.

    Warner Bros.

    "I really thought that horse was gonna make it."


    3. When Teddy suffocated in The Dressmaker.

    Universal Pictures / Broad Green Pictures

    "It just happens in the middle of such a happy scene, completely unexpectedly, and does nothing to further the plot. It’s so dark and tragic and I honestly don’t know if I love or hate that about this film."


    4. When Leslie fell to her death in Bridge To Terebithia.

    Summit Entertainment

    "I quickly got sucked into watching what I thought was a lovely kid's film, then BAM! death comes out of nowhere and made me cry."


    5. When Mufasa got murdered by his brother in The Lion King.

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "This goes without saying."


    6. Rosie's miscarriage in What To Expect When You're Expecting.


    " Mainly because It’s a happy rom-com, but the miscarriage was quite unexpected so early on in the film. It was very well handled though."


    7. When Emma suddenly died in the rom-com One Day.

    Focus Features

    "Emma gets hit by a truck?! Brutal. I still cry thinking about it."


    8. Marley's death in Marley And Me.

    20th Century Fox

    "I thought it was a wholesome movie about a family who adopts a puppy but nooo. It was so unexpected and I cried. A lot."


    9. When the grandad died in What We Did On Our Holiday.


    "I thought it was a heartwarming, family comedy and then suddenly the grandad died. It was depressing, to say the least."


    10. Thomas J's death and funeral in My Girl.

    Columbia Pictures

    "That funeral scene, it’s been 15 years since I first saw it and I’m still not over it"


    11. When Woody and the gang almost melted to death in Toy Story 3.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "When the toys were in the incinerator, for few seconds I genuinely thought that they would all die."


    12. And when Andy gave away all his toys at the end of the film – not the darkest moment, but definitely a sad one.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "I was a twenty-five-year-old man, bawling my eyes out in the theatre at the furnace scene of Toy Story 3. Just when I managed to get a grip on myself, the ending set me off again. Those were our toys - to see them pass to a new owner was the sudden realisation that those of us who were kids when the first film came out are now fully fledged adults."


    13. Ellie's miscarriage in the first few minutes of Up.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "Everything is bright and shiny and then boom, she loses the baby, you find out she can't have any more, and then she dies."

    –Megan Fenn, Facebook comment

    14. The tragic fate of Bruno and Shmuel in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

    Miramax Films

    "When I watched this, I thought it was going to have a wholesome ending about surviving the Holocaust through friendship. I later realised that I was very, very wrong."


    15. When ~everyone~ died at the end of Rogue One.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "Not ONE person could have had a better ending?"

    –Leenette Wells, Facebook comment

    "I was sitting in my seat with my mouth agape like "...they all died?!"

    –Ilyssa Silfen, Facebook comment

    16. Tadashi's very sudden death in Big Hero 6.

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "From all the cute, light-hearted promos, I didn't expect the overarching theme of the movie – dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one."

    –Jamie Lee, Facebook comment

    17. When Jamal's mum got brutally murdered minutes into Slumdog Millionaire.

    Fox International Productions

    "The poster for the movie called it the feel-good movie of the decade – I thought it would be about a couple becoming a millionaire and having fun. I didn't expect to see murder, torture, and soo much heartbreak. It wasn't very feel-good."


    18. And finally, when Okja the superpig was taken away to be slaughtered in Okja.


    "I thought it was a happy film about a girl and her giant pig, but instead it just showed the real state of our worlds meat industry"


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