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    22 Unexpectedly Dark Kids Movie Moments That People Wish They Could Forget

    Willy Wonka is low-key a horror film, right?

    We asked you, the BuzzFeed Community, which kids movies got unexpectedly dark and boy oh boy, did y'all deliver! Here are 22 kids movies that people thought were a little too dark for their taste.


    Note: Submissions have been edited for clarity and/or length.

    1. Home Alone (1990)


    "Home Alone. When the wet bandits hung Kevin up by his sweater on the coat hooks and told him that they were going to do all the things he did to them (blow torch, etc.), I was terrified! Especially when they said that they were going to bite his fingers off one by one first!"


    2. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)


    "When Pete sends Scrooge McDuck to hell in Mickey’s Christmas Carol, that sends shivers down my spine."


    3. The Witches (1990)

    Warner Bros.

    "The Witches with Anjelica Huston. I haven’t seen it since I was a child and I still remember it vividly. I was terrified when Anjelica Huston transforms into that scary hag. Good God."


    4. Watership Down (1978)

    Nepenthe Productions

    "Watership Down. Any part with the rabbits dying was very dark. That movie was brutal and traumatized me as a child! (Who am I kidding, I still hate it)."


    5. The Princess and the Frog (2009)


    "When Dr. Facilier gets dragged away by the souls in The Princess and the Frog."


    6. Monsters, Inc. (2001)


    "In Monsters, Inc. when Mr. Waternoose says 'I will kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die.' Even as a kid, it gave me the creeps."


    7. Mulan (1998)


    "The scene in Mulan right after they stop singing 'A Girl Worth Fighting For' when they see the desecrated village was SO sudden and dark."


    8. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I've said it once and I'll say it again: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory straight-up turned into a horror film as soon as they entered the tunnel. It will forever scare me!"


    9. Matilda (1996)

    Jersey Films

    "That whole chase sequence through Trunchbull's house in Matilda was terrifying. Those close-ups of her sniffing the chocolate box and the fact she had a shot put ready to smack them with was so scary! Pam Ferris deserved an Oscar for that role because she was disgusting, horrific, and frightening!"


    10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Warner Bros.

    "When Quirrell took off that turban in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 7-year-old me was horrified. I had nightmares about him turning to stone for weeks!"


    11. The Black Cauldron (1985)


    "The Black Cauldron when Gurgi jumps into the cauldron and SACRIFICES himself to save everyone because he loves his friends but thinks no one wants him. Sorry, I’ve got a tear in my eye."


    12. Tangled (2010)


    "In Tangled, when Mother Gothel sings ‘Mother Knows Best.’ It’s creepy, awful, and it terrified me as a kid."


    13. Ratatouille (2007)


    "The first 10 minutes of Ratatouille are very dark: Gusteau dies from heartbreak, the rats have to escape to avoid getting shot by the old lady, and they show all of that rat poison! It was terrifying, even though I watched it as a slightly older child!"


    14. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)


    "My mom showed me Homeward Bound when I was about 9, and seeing the cat fall over the edge of a WATERFALL made me cry!!! It was horrible seeing animals in pain!"


    15. Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama (2005)


    "In Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama when Rufus bit Eric. That green funk came out of him and he shriveled into a horrifying mess. It seriously messed me up as a kid!"


    16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

    Universal Pictures

    "How the Grinch Stole Christmas ALWAYS makes me feel super emotional when it's the flashback and the Grinch just wants to fit in but he is relentlessly bullied and made to feel like an outsider. His rage overcomes him and he isolates himself from the toxicity of Whoville. When he looks off the mountain, I literally have to fast-forward through it because I WILL bawl my eyes out. Childhood Grinch needs a freaking hug!!!"


    17. Dumbo (1941)


    "Dumbo's mother rocking him with her trunk while locked in the cage...Oh God it still brings up TRAUMA!!!!"


    18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)


    "In Who Framed Roger Rabbit when the judge lowered the little cartoon shoe into the dip and killed him!"


    19. Return to Oz (1985)


    "Return to Oz. As a kid, when I watched the scene where the heads start screaming in their cases, I hid behind the couch!"


    20. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)


    "Bridge to Terabithia when Leslie dies all of a sudden, it changed the entire dynamic of the movie!!!"


    21. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

    Neue Constantin Film

    "In The NeverEnding Story, when the horse died in the swamp of sadness."


    22. And finally: Pinocchio (1940)


    "The ‘Pleasure Island’ scene in Pinocchio. When the children turned into donkeys, I found it terrifying!"


    There ya have it! Are there any unexpectedly dark kids movie moments you think we missed? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!


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