Top 10 Darkest Kids Movies


The Top Ten

1 Coraline

The bit where she changed into a spider scared the s*** out of my 6 year old and when coraline was told she'd have to have buttons sewn into her eyes.. he's seen the rest on this list exept poltergeist which is no kids movie..

This scared me. How is this a kid's movie? more like an animated horror film. Don't let your kids watch this unless they want nightmares for days. They were gonna gouge out her eyes and sew buttons into it.

Threatening to sew a child's eyes with buttons, sewing up a boy's mouth, there are many creepy things about this movie. It still goes down as one of the scariest stop motion animated films of all time. - Canuck101

I watched this when I was eight and got so scared

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2 The Nightmare Before Christmas

It's a little dark but compared to coralline my god coralline is way creepier film but I like that I want kids films to have a little of a dark edge but 100 percent dark like silence of the lambs or anything, but yeah this a good film I don't why but watch mojo ranked as number two on the other top ten creepy kids movies.

This isn't dark! Just because its set in Halloween town! The only creepy part is Oogie Boogie being made out of bugs! But its still a good movie

When Oogie Boogie was made of worms and beetles, not only it freaked me out but it kind of disgusted me too. - LaST_LiGHT

Watched about 15 minutes of this at school. It's NOT that bad or scary honestly. - Lunala

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3 Monster House

This never scared me. The only part that got to me was when he was dreaming while that phone was ringing. Everything else was fine. I've seemed to have only been freaked out by Coraline on this list...

It's strange because nothing in this list ever scared me as a child except monster house.

Scared me to death when I was little. Now it still creeps me out. Despite that, it's one of my favorite animated movies

What really scared me is when the house was standing up and chasing the kids and the other guy. What disgusted me was that Bones was a real pervert. - LaST_LiGHT

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4 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Even though I don't love this film, it's a brilliant piece of animation. I think it is the darkest kids' movie as even though there are a group of comical gargoyles featured, themes of death, redemption, friendship and lust. At one point, the villain actually sings a song about how he wants to rape Esmerelda!

I agree with everybody on the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The movie suggests murder and it has a dark undertone to it. There are all these hidden dark messages in the movie.

It is a fine movie, but hellfire is scary. It gave me nightmares. It is about him murdering her or raping her.

When I was a kid, I watched this with my brother. I was only 10 and he was like 6.
When the villain's song of how he wants to rape Esmeralda came up, I was like, "Whoa! " and covered my brother's ears. What was Disney thinking on that one? - LaST_LiGHT

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5 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It really scared me when I was a kid! Especially when you see the boy who becomes very long. I couldn't sleep for days!

Watched this when I went to visit my cousin. And a bunch of my little cousins friends came over to visit (the cousin and their friends are all like 6 year olds) and they laughed at the movie. So not that scary at all. - Lunala

I got scared when Violet turned into a huge violet balloon and when the fat kid gets stuck in the tube. I thought he drowned after being in all that chocolate. - LaST_LiGHT

My favorite movies but you rigth

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6 Poltergeist

This is NOT a kids movie! Take it off now! It has a guy's face being peeled off!

This is a grown ups movie you idiot

Number one will always be Poltergeist and number two will always be Return to Oz. - ultrablastic123

This is an adult movie, genius.

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7 Return to Oz

The pumpkin head freaked me out. What really freaked me out was the hall of heads! I was like what? - LaST_LiGHT

She has a freaking hall of HEADS!

This was based on the books, and it seems cool!

Return to Oz is torture.

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8 James and the Giant Peach

Lol, this movie was awful. 2/10 - AlphaQ

not scary

9 All Dogs Go to Heaven

It's about dogs dying

Darkest movie about dogs, but it is actually a really good movie. - Bluejay3

Just the same as Oliver and company

This didn't make me cry "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" did. - LaST_LiGHT

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10 Pinocchio

It's a movie based off a really deranged, dark and twisted book. The movies dark to, but OH MY LORD. The book's just sadistic!

This is a fantastic movie. It scares the crap out of me though...

The part when the kid turns into a donkey, freaked me out, man. - LaST_LiGHT

A movie that's dark, but the book is even dark.

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The Contenders

11 The Secret of NIMH

One of the best animated, no, one of the best movies of all time. The internal conflicts of the characters, the dark atmosphere and overall gloomy moments makes this movie quite intense, and it's complicated plot may be too difficult for younger kids to understand, but it's overall a great movie for people looking for an animated movie for older kids and adults.

You guys are all idiots did you grow up in the 80s or 90s even through I didn't myself but I still know kid movies back then were dark intense and little disturbing but still this is the best from don bluth hell even the best animated movies of all time, but yeah I still don't get why it got a G rating because I think there was a sword fight and there some blood in that scene so yeah maybe PG would have been a better rating

Please do not use "It's creepy & scary! " as an excuse not to like The Secret of NIMH. The insane darkness, classic Don Bluth animation, feeling of a classic Disney movie and maturity are major reasons why The Secret of NIMH is one of my favorite movies of all time. - The Ultimate Daredevil, who hates the successor of The Secret of NIMH with a burning passion

Swearing, blood and G rating? Who are the idiots who made this movie? (Also, it's sad because the son has pneumonia) - LaST_LiGHT

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12 The Land Before Time

Probably the darkest dinosaur movie, Sharp tooth (the T-Rex) was surprisingly very terrifying! Some scenes were also very sad and even depressing and it has an overall dark atmosphere throughout. But it's a great movie with beautiful music and immensely likable protagonists. - Bluejay3

I love this movie it's not scary at all

13 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

I know a lot of people think Tim burtons charlie and the chocolate factory is creepier movie well yeah it may be a little disturbing but when you really get down to it this ones creepier ok I'm not gonna explain everything because I know a few people know about the theories but yeah it's so disturbing that I disagree with a lot of people who think the bad remake is the more disturbing, but I think we can all agree that this is better than the Tim burton but am not saying he's a bad film maker or anything I mean I like films like the dark batman movies also nightmare before Christmas and beetlejuice all that stuff but remember he did do the 2010 live action version of Alice in wonderland so yeah he was doing some pretty painful remakes for while but I'm sure there's a lot of painful remakes out there that are worse also one of the reasons why I thought the original was better was because it was more colorful but I know that's Tim burtons thing and all so I'm not gonna complain about ...more

This movie is down right twisted. - VADERtheIMPALER

Willy WOnka killed the children. Read the theories!

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14 Frankenweenie

It really scared me and my friend we did the opposite of recommending it we talked people out of watching it we were so afraid we wish we never heard or saw the movie/preview we wish it never existed

Love it but sad

It seems cool! good way to introduce your kid to classic movie monsters!


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15 The Adventures of Mark Twain
16 Watership Down

Pretty dark for a kids movie. Like "Where The Wild Things Are"

It's so freaky one of the creepiest kids movies of all time

It has blood gore poop and cursing I love it

This used to be one of my favorite movies, but it shouldn't really be for kids...

Although I have never seen this movie, I have read the book and it has some cursing and some blood in it.

That's one of the reasons I've actually not seen the movie...

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17 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
18 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Yeah the title says half blood so yeah its not like it sounds family friendly.

This is not a kids movie I couldn't watch it until I was 10

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19 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This movie is not scary at all! At least in my opinion. I mean, there is dying and assassin. But that is what makes the movie what it is. If you still think this movie is scary you should read the book first, then it will seem less scary. I used to be scared of Harry Potter and the Socerers Stone, but I read the book, and once I finished the book I was able to watch the movie without being scared. So parents, have your children read the book first instead of watching the movie first, it will help a lot.

This is a scary movie kids should not watch this

After Sirius Black dies the HP movies get darker. This is an exception. At the start of the film we see skulls which represent death and Harry Potty twerking. - AlphaQ

20 Batman: The Mask of Phantasm

This is definitely not a children-only film, but the fact that this is branded as a children's film is baffling. It is filled with murder (ONSCREEN) and obvious sexual jokes. It was a good movie, but I wouldn't show it to any little kids.

Murder and sexual jokes. You call THIS a kid's movie? - LaST_LiGHT

It's rated PG and that was back when those kind of movies actually meant something any movie that's PG today kid movies in particular means it's practically G.

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Top Remixes (7)

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. James and the Giant Peach
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
1. Return to Oz
2. Watership Down
3. Coraline
1. Coraline
2. Monster House
3. Return to Oz

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