People Explain Which Non-Horror Films Absolutely Terrified Them
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Moviegoers are passionate about the genres they seek in theaters. One genre many people tend to avoid is the horror genre.


Zombies, blood-suckers, knife-wielding maniacs, anyone? That's a hard "nope" from many audiences who prefer laughing at Will Ferrell movies or shedding a tear from triumphant classics like Rudy rather than shrinking in their seats and bracing themselves for the next jump-scare.

But sometimes, movies that aren't marketed as horror films should really get a re-evaluation because there are moments in the film that may unintentionally creep the bejesus out of certain audiences.

Curious to hear examples of these, Redditor bellathehellgirl asked:

"What movie scares the hell outta you that isn’t a horror movie at all?"

These Redditors were not prepared for what was in store for them.

It Starts Off As Fun & Games

"Jumanji. As a kid I used to have nightmares about those monkeys chasing me."

– 4thDimensionFletcher

Creepy Muppets

"The Dark Crystal"

"WHAT THE F'K IS THAT THING"

– Poorly-Drawn-Beagle

Not The Oz We Remember

"Return to Oz. Saw it when I was 5. Had nightmares about the wheelers for years."

– WestCoastWaster

Everyone loves a Disney classic.

However, these Redditors found certain parts of the films every kid grew up loving to be absolutely terrifying.

The Wooden Boy's Trauma

"Ever watched Pinocchio as an adult?"

"That is effed up."

"The scene with the boy turning into a donkey and losing his s*t over it is downright traumatic and not the kind of body horror one expects from a kids film!"

– maxcraigwell

The Lost Girl

"The original Alice in wonderland. It terrified me as a kid that she couldn’t find her way home, nobody was really helping her, she was just stuck."

– kclark2293

Everyone's Mad

"Definitely this. Not only that she's lost but that she's in a world so alien yet familiar. The kind of place where if you were stuck there your whole life you might go mad if you manage to acclimate at all. Lost forever in an alternate world with inhabitants that are so outlandish you can't tell if there really is some structure to what they do and how they think or if they really are all just mad in the head."

– maico3010

Well, It Is A Roald Dahl Book

"James and the Giant Peach. F'k that whole movie."

– mcc22920

Even dramatic films involve conflicts that may be too intense for some viewers.

Too Much Stinging

"My Girl when Macaulay Culkin gets stung to death by bees. Childhood me was scared of bees for quite a while."

– [deleted]

Blurring The Lines Of Reality

"There's a movie I remember seeing with Britney Murphy where she dropped off her husband for a medical procedure and came back to pick him up only to find out he never existed or something and was made to believe she was hallucinating the entire relationship etc.."

"The thought of learning that anything in my life is a hallucination, is terrifying to me."

"Another one I can remember was Premonition with Sandra bullock. The movie itself wasn't the greatest, but the plotline is terrifying."

– travelingpug

These were marketed as comedy. Yet, who was laughing the entire time?

Who You Gonna Call?

"I was very young when I first saw the original Ghostbusters."

"I was NOT expecting the library ghost to do that!!!"

– axeman020

Scary Satire

"I know it was meant to be a comedy and all, but Mars Attacks. Call it deep-seated child trauma from seeing it when I was too young. Watching people get disintegrated into piles of bones gave me nightmares for weeks."

– xSapphirya

I remember seeing David Lynch's Elephant Man as a kid and being traumatized after seeing the disfigured face of John Merrick.

It's supposed to be a drama that should elicit sympathy and compassion after seeing the main character being exploited and paraded around by a Victorian freak show.

But for this young viewer, the critically-acclaimed film was nothing but a traumatic moviegoing event.

What movie forever unintentionally traumatized you?

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