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    19 Kids Movies That Are So Freakin' Disturbing People Had To Leave The Theater

    I, too, would run out of the theater "screaming and crying."

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community which movies were SO disturbing they had to leave the theater. To our surprise, they named a bunch of children’s movies that seemed downright terrifying. Here’s what they said:

    1. Coraline (2009)

    Focus Features

    I was 6 years old when Coraline came out, and I went to see it with my family in 3D. I was so freaked out by the button eyes on the dolls that I hid my head in my mom's purse and begged her to leave with me. She took me to get ice cream, but for years I had nightmares about that movie.


    2. Monster House (2006)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    I was so excited to see Monster House... until the house started eating people. I was terrified after that and had to leave. I haven’t watched it since.


    3. Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)

    Warner Bros.

    When I was 5 years old, my mom took me to see Follow That Bird and we had to leave because I couldn't handle seeing Big Bird lost and mistreated. I still think it's the scariest movie ever.


    4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

    Universal Pictures

    When I was 6 years old, my dad took me to see How the Grinch Stole Christmas in theaters. I don't even think we made it 20 minutes into the movie before we had to leave because it made me so anxious. I don't remember exactly what it was specifically that made me need to leave, but the green makeup did NOT help. It took me years to be able to watch the full movie.


    5. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)


    I grew up on Wallace & Gromit, so when The Curse of the Were-Rabbit came out, my father took me to see it. It wasn't even the scary part of the movie, but when the rabbit bunch first begin to grow under the full moon, I screamed and ran out the door. I wouldn't allow my father to take me back inside. I was going home. I'd clearly seen enough.


    6. Frozen (2013)


    I saw Marshmallow the snow monster and I ran out screaming and crying.


    7. Spirited Away (2001)

    Studio Ghibli

    I couldn't watch all of Spirited Away. The idea of being separated from my parents in a strange place was horrifying to a younger me (and, honestly, still is now). There is so much in that movie that I could point to that made it so scary. It’s brilliant — just not for me.


    8. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

    Paramount Pictures

    I remember going to see A Series of Unfortunate Events with my grandmother when I was 9 years old. It wasn't a huge deal since it was a children’s movie. However, she didn’t quite understand the subject matter beforehand and became so disturbed at how depressing the premise of the movie was that she took my hand and escorted me out.


    9. The Boxtrolls (2014)

    Focus Features

    My sister and I normally go to the movie theater without checking which movies are playing — we just go and pick one randomly according to the time we're there. One day we bought tickets to see The Boxtrolls. I swear it was the most disturbing movie I have ever watched in my life, and it's supposed to be a kids movie. After 20 minutes we couldn't watch it any longer so we just left.


    10. Kung Fu Panda (2008)


    I was about 3 or 4 years old when I saw it. The evil leopard scared me so much that my dad had to take me out of the theater. It was so scary I had a tantrum and nightmares about it.


    11. Coco (2017)


    My daughter needed to leave in the middle of Coco because she couldn't handle the talking skeletons.


    12. Chicken Run (2000)


    The pie machine scene in Chicken Run made me run out of the cinema crying. I was 6 years old when that happened, but I still haven't seen the full movie.


    13. Aladdin (1992)


    I was so stressed out about the Cave of Wonders that I went into the lobby of the theater to play videos games until it was over.


    14. Brave (2012)


    I was 12 years old when it came out, but the bear fight scene scared me so bad I had to leave the theater and wait for my friend's dad to come get us.


    15. Antz (1998)


    When I was 6 years old, my mom took me to see Antz. The scene where all the bugs were fighting and killing each other was so scary and traumatizing that my mom had to take me out of the theater. I’m in my twenties now, and I still can’t watch that movie.


    16. Chicken Little (2005)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    Not gonna lie, I had to leave during Chicken Little because the falling sky scared the shit out of me.


    17. E.T. (1982)

    Universal Pictures

    When my dad was a kid, my grandpa brought him and his brothers to see E.T. My grandpa had to get up and leave when E.T. died. It's been years, and no one in the family has seen the actual ending to the movie.


    18. Boss Baby (2017)


    I thought it would be fun to do a mommy-daughter day at the movies with my 4-year-old. We went to see Boss Baby. 45 minutes into the movie, she ran out of the theater in hysterics.


    19. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

    20th Century Fox

    I was pretty young when Diary of a Wimpy Kid first came out. Toward the end, my brother and I had to leave the theater because we were so grossed out by the "cheese touch."


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