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

THis scared the living crud outta me! The blueberry scene is horrifying

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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 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

8 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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9 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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10 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

The Contenders

11 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!

That river scene though

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12 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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13 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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14 The Adventures of Mark Twain
15 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

Not a kids movie.

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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16 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

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

17 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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18 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

19 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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20 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.

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21 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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

22 Gremlins

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

The first film maybe because it was rated PG but this is one of the movies that give birth to the PG- 13 rating the same with Howard the duck the Indiana Jones movies and poltergeist I already know the second one wasn't but I'm not sure about the first don't get me wrong I'm not saying this is a bad movie at all it's actually pretty good but I like the second film better because it was darker and it was longer and it was amining at the right age group 13-14 kind of age because I definitely a 6 year old will not be able to handle this probulay not even a 9 I mean that gremlin exploding in the microwave that could really dirsturb or frighten younger kids but aside from that it's pretty enjoyable to watch check it out if you hadn't seen.

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23 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

24 Disney's a Christmas Carol

This film scared me so much when I was little

25 The Brave Little Toaster

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

This movie is so much darker than monster house! This movie has a suicidal A/C, a suicidal flower,some mice tried to pull Blanky into a mouse hole and then eat through him and get to his internal wiring and have the mice get electrocuted or start an electrical fire, they come across a jump scare forest, Lampy almost kills himself charging the battery,Kirby tries to eat his own cord,they almost die falling into quicksand, they get taken to a part shop where a blender gets murdered, there's a horribly scary song called it's a b movie, there's a mish mash that's a can opener, a lamp and a shaver,unkind cutting edge appliances that send our heroes to the junkyard and there's a second villain song called cutting edge, our heroes arrive at the junkyard and there's a third villain song called worthless, the bloodthirsty magnet tried to kill the master, toaster sacrificed himself and back in the jumpscare forest toaster has a dream about being tortured by an evil clown.

I don't get why would almost dying falling into quicksand is dark, I mean, I've seen it happen a good amount of times in kid shows. - tent2

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26 The Polar Express

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

27 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

28 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 😄

29 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


30 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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31 Bambi

I will not cry. I will not cry.

They shot Bambi's mother.

It is not scary...but it is sad

32 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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

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33 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

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34 The Plague Dogs

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

35 The Little Mermaid

How is this movie dark?

I agree with the 2nd comment

36 Toy Story 3

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?

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37 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.

38 Frozen

How the hell is frozen dark?!

Can someone tell me why is this here - LaST_LiGHT

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

39 Brave
40 Inside Out

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

It's not dark who the hell in the world will think that's movie is dark it's just stupid

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

It's not dark, it's deep

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41 The Goonies

This should be in top 10. Some parts are really dark and it's a kids movie. - MaxPap

This was quite dark

42 Spirited Away

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

This does not derive to be on this list

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

43 Lady in White

It's very dark and its underrated. - Fandomstuck

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44 Stand By Me

the entire plot is about a group of kids going to see a dead body. Stephen King wrote it too... need I say more? - VADERtheIMPALER

How is this a kids movie? It's rated R!

45 Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

You idiot bad guys don't kill kids and the Star Wars franchise is a classic movie series whether it's the prequels or the sequels it will always remain a classic in our hearts

Star Wars is not for kids, it's too violent, kids get killed in those movies by bad guys, it's for teens and up. - nelsonerica

Darkiest of the Triolgy at the same time the worst - ss1oooz

46 Scared Shrekless

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

47 Hotel Transylvania 2

Dumbass dumbass how is hotel Transylvania movies dark I can tell you have never seen any children films from the 80s and 90s they were dark if you see movies like dark crystal secret of Nimh return to oz little monsters and stuff like that then you will know what dark movies for kids are, and besides those movies are hilarious

I like the original Hotel Transylvania, but this one is WAY too dark for me

48 Finding Nemo
49 The Incredibles

This is one of my favorite movies ever but it's SOOO dark. It has genocide - Username123

50 Cars 2

This is so disturbing.

I had nightmares for days when I saw these vehicles with eyes!

Not recommended for kids until they're 12+ - tent2

Come on guys really cars 2 out of all the creepy kids films.

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