Skip To Content

    21 Non-Horror Movies That Scared The Living Crap Out Of People

    Don't worry, Coraline freaked us ALL out.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movie scared the living hell out of them. Here are some of their responses!

    1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

    Universal Pictures

    "I was terrified of E.T. as a child and well into adulthood. I love horror movies and rarely get scared by them but something about that character design really creeps me out."


    2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Loew's, Inc

    "My childhood nightmares were haunted by the Wicked Witch so badly I used to go to bed with a glass of water, so if she appeared in my room I could throw it on her and melt her!"


    3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

    United Artists

    "The Child Catcher scenes in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang still terrify me to this day. As a child, it gave me nightmares and ruined one of my otherwise favourite films."


    4. Labyrinth (1986)

    TriStar Pictures

    "The puppets from Labyrinth used to give me the creeps as a kid. I just couldn't understand how people liked them –particularly The Fireys – I mean they tried to remove Sarah's head!"


    5. The Witches (1990)

    Warner Bros.

    "The original terrified me as a child. When the Grand High Witch took her face off I found it terrifying, but I loved it."


    6. Watership Down (1978)

    Nepenthe Productions

    "Completely traumatised as a child, and I still refuse to watch it to this day."


    7. Gremlins (1984)

    Warner Bros

    "I had nightmares for years about being stuck in a lift with those creatures! Still to this day if my brothers want to wind me up, they’ll send a picture of them to me. They especially love to do it when I’m in the same room, so they can hear my screams!"


    8. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

    Walt Disney Productions

    "Unpopular opinion, but Alice in Wonderland. It honestly still freaks me out to this day! Just the whole wackiness of it and everyone chasing her trying to chop off her head – it’s scary as hell! Five-year-old me and 25-year-old me aren’t okay."


    9. Finding Nemo (2003)

    Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

    "Finding Nemo when Bruce appeared for the first time behind Marlin and Dory and then the same with the anglerfish. Can you imagine being a five-year-old and never having seen a jump scare like that ever in your life?!"


    10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was four when I watched it, and when it got to the scene where Augustus Gloop gets sucked up the pipe I was so traumatised. I refused to rewatch it for an entire year."


    11. Coraline (2009)

    Focus Features



    12. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

    Lucasfilm Ltd.

    "I had some bad dreams about the monkey brain dinner. But they were nothing compared to the nightmares I had after watching a batshit crazy cult leader pull out a man’s heart while he was still bloody alive. It really disturbed me!"


    13. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

    Warner Bros.

    "This film traumatised me and I had to sleep with the light on for weeks. I found the creatures horrifying and the worst part was when Atreyu’s horse Artax gets swallowed up by that swamp. Such a stressful watch for a five-year-old."


    14. MirrorMask (2005)

    Samuel Goldwyn Films

    "My brother watched it when I was a kid and for years I thought I’d just created these things in my nightmares. Only later did I see it on Netflix and realise it was that that was the source of the nightmares."


    15. Hook (1991)

    TriStar Pictures

    "I know it's supposed to be a family film but the pirates honestly scare me so much, I can never watch those scenes."


    16. 9 (2009)

    Focus Features

    "That is not at all a PG film. I remember a soul-sucking monster and a robotic spider baby that helped the monster. That film is engraved in my head and I had nightmares every day for a couple of weeks."


    17. Dumbo (1941)

    RKO Radio Pictures

    "Dumbo used to scare me so much, particularly the bit with the pink elephants. I don’t know what little six-year-old me was thinking but I was terrified. I still can’t watch it now."


    18. Anastasia (1997)

    Fox Animation Studios

    "All the Rasputin scenes in Anastasia scarred me for life! I always have to fast forward through those when I watch the film again."


    19. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "Dr Facilier really creeped me out. I haven’t watched it fully since then."


    20. James and the Giant Peach (1996)

    Walt Disney

    "I still cannot watch James and the Giant Peach. I'm not even afraid of insects but they freaked me out."


    21. The Lion King (1994)

    Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Feature Animation

    "I watched it for the time when I was five, and Scar was so terrifyingly evil, that Mufasa's death literally traumatised me. I still cover my eyes when that scene comes on."


    Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.

    Want to be featured in similar posts? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter! And don't forget to tell us the non-horror movie that scared the living hell out of you!