15 Movies That Scarred Us for Life Because We Saw Them Way Too Young

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We all have that one movie that, even when you’re in the middle of it, you realize you’re not prepared or mature enough to handle it and be okay.

Mine? Pet Sematary. That sh*t still gives me nightmares.

But these 15 below are pretty brutal tiny soul-killers, too.

#15. That’s what older brothers are for.

“Jeepers Creepers. But I think it’s mostly due to the fact that my older brother convinced me it was based on true events.”

#14. I didn’t sleep for the entire summer.

“I snuck in to see The Exorcist when I was 12. I didn’t sleep for an entire summer. One morning, about 6am, a woodpecker or some bird got into our attic and was pecking and flying back and forth. I woke up my younger brother and sister, made them come with me to the attic door. I made them hold hands with me and say the Our Father. I was out of my mind.

EDIT: my first gold! Thank you so much!”

#13. That movie messed me up.

“The Hills Have Eyes (•-•). That movie messed me up for a long time.”

#12. Never seen one in real life.

“My brother made me watch the first scene of Twister when I was 7.

Didn’t watch any of the rest of the movie after seeing the dad get ripped from the doorway in front of his family. I’m still terrified of tornadoes 20 years later, even though I live in a place that never gets them and have never seen one in real life.

Edit: For all of you commenting that you became amate*r weathermen due to your fear of tornadoes, I feel you, that was also my first career choice as a kid.”

#11. Weeks and weeks of nightmares.


Weeks and weeks of nightmares centered around that thing that honestly looks like it was made from paper mache, and the skeletons. I was goddamned terrified of skeletons as a child.”

#10. Father knows best.

“My dad thought it would be a good idea for me to watch The shining when I was 6.”

#9. Fears in real life.

“I forget which one but it was one of the Final Destination movies, it was the one where there was a guy who died to a pool drain and someone died because their shoelace got stuck in an escalator, that gave me a fear of escalators for a while.”

#8. In the middle of the night.

“Pet semetary. I still get a little freaked when getting out of bed in the middle of night for fear a crazy undead child will slice my Achilles with a knife”

#7. My little heart couldn’t take anymore.

“E.T. My dad had to take me out of the theater. I was screaming and crying and my little heart couldn’t take anymore. That’s a rough one.”

#6. I will never be old enough.

“I will never be old enough to rewatch Requiem for a Dream

Edit: Thanks for the gold! Also these comments are depressing me at work lol”

#5. Was not ready.

“The Fly (1986)

My young mind was not ready for that movie.”

#4. The melting dude.


The melting dude got me bad.”

#3. Not-so-tongue-in-cheek.

“Mars Attacks! I had seen violence in movies before but the ray guns turning people into skeletons freaked me out for some reason.”

#2. Buggy fruit.

“James and the Giant Peach gave me my irrational fear of insects and insects inside fruits.”

#1. I had never watched a scary movie before.

“The ring. I was around 7 or 8 at the time and had never watched a scary movie before. Anyways made it to the end of the movie completely shitting myself. Used to sleep in my clothes, pee in jars and hide them in a drawer to avoid going to the bathroom late at night, if I was brave enough to make it to the bathroom I would sleep on the floor. Had an old tv in my room at the time that I would cover at night with a blanket lol this went on for easily a year then I started to get over the fear decided I was gonna watch tv one night flicking through the channels and what do i see? The ring 2 🙁

So yeah seeing Wells or tv static still sends a chill down my spine

Edit: Wow thanks for all the up-votes and my first gold! It’s crazy seeing how many others were affected by this movie then again I can’t say I am suprised.. got me thinking about another movie that messed me up big time which was the alien movie Signs.. especially the recording where the alien walks passed the kids party I remember just being paralysed with fear.”

I’m so glad now that at least I was in middle school. Yikes!