Top 10 Darkest Kids Movies

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The Top Ten

1 Coraline

I absolutely LOVE this movie, I know all the words. I have been watching this ever since it came out, all time favourite movie

Totally dark for a kids movie! - PandasNGaga

Could not sleep for WEEKS!

I watched this when I was 12, and I got nightmares for 2 days. This is scary as hell

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2 The Nightmare Before Christmas

The only creepy thing is when the kids' christmas toys turned evil and were trying to kill the children. - DemonSpiritGhostKitten

When you see the title, it may look dark, but it's actually a really cute and good movie. - PandasNGaga

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

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3 Monster House

This movie is decent but not scary. - DemonSpiritGhostKitten

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

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4 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The villain alone earned my vote. Frollo is creepy. - Cyri

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.

Wow no wonder this movie sucks

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5 James and the Giant Peach

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

All the bashing for this on the site needs to stop! I love this and it is way scarier than Paranormal Craptivity. - 445956

not scary

6 The Black Cauldron

I love The Horned King

When I was a kid and watched it for the first time I was so scared I couldn't sleep well for weeks. My mum still feels bad about letting me watch this 😄

7 The Secret of NIMH

This is not too similar to the book, but I like it nonetheless. - Cyri

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

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8 Poltergeist

Its not that scary. But it's not for kids. Before we watched it my mom told me it was scarier than most scary movies I've seen. True.

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

I mean it is rated PG so id say its for older kids, if they feel like getting fqed up

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9 Watership Down

You wanna make your friend not want a pet rabbit? Watch this movie

Why is it so low, this should be number 1.

This should not be a kid's movie. - Cyri

Why is this number 12, it has a lot of blood and violence

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10 All Dogs Go to Heaven

I've seen a couple of the movies on the list, surprisingly. - Cyri

It's about dogs dying

Its sad. When I was like 7 or 6 I cried

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

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The Contenders

11 Babe: Pig In the City

The beginning is pretty freaky when lots of the adult pigs get taken away and the main character gets taken away too despite being a piglet. - DemonSpiritGhostKitten

This kid movie is dumb

12 Foodfight!

Worst animation movie ever

13 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I hate this movie, so creepy.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is so much better. This one is pretty dark. - PandasNGaga

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

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14 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

15 Corpse Bride

Just as dark as films like coralline and the nightmare before Christmas the reason why is because they are all by the same creator obviously!

Well DUH. Why can't this be number 1 or 2? - LaST_LiGHT

The movie was very dark.

16 Felidae
17 Return to Oz

Between the shock therapy and the Hall of Heads, definitely a dark and disturbing movie. - PandasNGaga

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!

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18 9

This is a cool and underrated movie. - Cyri

Forget saying the movie Coraline is dark because THIS IS THE DARKEST ANIMATED FILM OF ALL TIME, THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE AT NUMBER 1!

Definitely freaky. 5/9 characters died in this.

19 The Adventures of Mark Twain
20 Spirited Away

This does not derive to be on this list

They may be nothing creepy about it but it still kicks ass.

This needs to make it to the top ten. - Discord1

21 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

I like the show and this films, but this shouldn't be for kids - 445956

22 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter stopped being just kid's entertainment at the third movie. The books were always for all ages. - Cyri

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

Not for kids

23 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

24 Small Soldiers
25 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

Wonka is crazy. - Cyri

I don’t fine this movie really dark all except for that tunnel scene which still gives me the creeps even today.

This movie is down right twisted. - VADERtheIMPALER

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26 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

This is not often considered a kids movie, but I still agree. - Extractinator04

27 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

17? This should be somewhere down in the top 10 list! It's the darkest Harry Potter movie of the entire series.

No the last one is.

Not scary at all

28 Madeline: Lost in Paris

This movie scared me when I was little

29 Disney's a Christmas Carol

This film scared me so much when I was little

30 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!

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

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

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

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31 Gremlins

If you get scared easily, you probably shouldn't watch this movie. - PandasNGaga

I don't really recommend children's movies that teach kids that it's okay to put animals in dangerous mechanical kitchen appliances

Gremlins 2 The New Batch may be calm and tame, but this sequel still has scary moments and a terrifying character that turns into a giant half orb weaver spider half gremlin abomination after drinking a magic potion.

Gremlins 2 The New Batch is way more scary than this crud seriously it could give you nightmares for the rest of your life

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32 Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island

Really Scooby doo, that most mean she's scared of the live action movies too.

Agreed my sister cried in this and she's 14

33 The Plague Dogs

Two dog surviving in England where they also eat one man.

34 The Polar Express

That scene with the cart of abandoned toys always creeped me out, - Turkeyasylum

35 Frankenweenie

More sad than creepy. - Cyri

Absolutely LOVE this movie. Sad though and a little creepy.

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

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36 Toy Story 3

The first two Toy Story movies were pretty good. But this one, it's so dark! The toys almost die! Not to mention, there can be some pretty sad parts. - PandasNGaga

Person: It's Disney,It's for babies!
Person: Wait! The toys are getting incinerated! Why is this even a kids movie!? - DemonSpiritGhostKitten

The first two were so light you could fly in those. This was filled with an evil teddy bear, that smells like strawberries, which are red and what else is red? The story is about abandonment and prison. I watched this at school and I felt like I saw a gory animation.

Toy Story 2 ended quite well, why did they need to make another?

One scene the incinerator

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37 Antz

It's a film that probably wouldn't have been allowed to be made today, or if it was, it would be rated PG-13. It's rated PG, but there's swearing and adult jokes, plus the ant/termite battle is quite brutal. It's still pretty good though - Hanjax70

Nobody mentions this one. I don't see why. There is a battle where you get to see brutal deaths (by ant and termite kid's movie standards) - Cyri

38 The Dark Crystal

This movie is dark and the fact that it was made by the same guy who did Sesame Street and the muppets Jim Henson was his name and I think the reason why he made this was because he didn't want all his films to be all bright and colorful or too happy and go lucky and I agree I think kids films need a little bit of a dark edge but not too much and don't listen to the guys who say kids can't handle darkness, well little kids who are like 5 maybe but kids above yeah I think some of them will be ok and the creator Jim Henson I think went on to do labyrinth that's also one of those old dark children films and the puppets in that film are just as disturbing as the puppets in this film or even creepier and it has the late David Bowie and yeah you should check it out it's a pretty good film it's also on this list oh yeah let me tell why this film is dark A the puppets are creepy and want to rule the world B one of human animatronics gets slaughtered but there isn't really any gore or anything ...more

The puppets freak me out.

39 Scared Shrekless

"We will chop off your head, and then laugh when you're dead! - RalphBob

40 Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton threw away the rulebook on this one, with dark scenery, awesome effects and a certain burtonesque tinge to all the evil characters - CrowdedChisel

Well in my opinion this version sucked it had lazy writing made all the characters uninteresting and I didn't find any thing imaginative.

Tim Burton gave his own twist on it, and I like it

NOT AT ALL SCARY

41 Jumanji

This movies not creepy at all.

Love that movie

42 The Witches

Why is this a kid's movie if it has a scene where she peels her face off? - LaST_LiGHT

It's just a disturbing mess of a movie.

This movie is scary because it has a witch peel her face off

This movie scared the hell out of me.

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43 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry sticks a sword up a snakes mouth and then it shows blood all over it

This was supposed to be a kids film, its so dark - roblist

44 The Brave Little Toaster

I think this should be higher. I mean, come on, many characters die onscreen, and even three of the main characters nearly die at certain points!

It may sound like a movie like Care Bears but it's not this movie actually pretty dark the clown is creepy.

Such a dark movie. FOR A TOASTER! - Pony

This is 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
times darker than monster house!

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45 Night at the Museum

I'll have you know that Night at the Museum is NOT a scary movie, unless you write your own story about it. You better take this off this list, or I will SLAP you SILLY!

This is a wonderful movie, and not dark. Not scary at all. Unless you are little, and scared of the T-rex. - TheWolfLover

46 Wizards

This is not a kids movie lol

What's this movie about?

47 Fantasia
48 Frozen

Can someone tell me why is this here - LaST_LiGHT

How the hell is frozen dark?!

Number one how is it dark? Number two why is it rated PG?

49 Brave
50 Inside Out

It's not really dark. "Deep" would be a more fitting word. - Hanjax70

It's not dark, it's deep

Out of all the dark kid movies out there seriously this your kidding right?!

This is not dark at all. Only a stupid kid thinks that

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