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

This movie Is dark and dirstrubing and I love that! You can kinda of say this is like all the dark children films from the 70s 80s and the early 90s, some are even creepier but yeah like I said I want kids film to have a dark edge for parents saying oh we don't want any dark things in kids movies because it's gonna mess them up shut up just shut up remember when you as a kid you had a lot of this dark creepy PG films and I know parental guidance for children under 9 or 10 but still just don't will show my kids this I will show them a lot of dark fantasy kids films when have them and I wish they will keep making more of this dark children films.

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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

The only good character is zero cause he's cute.

So good

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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

Freaked me out, man - SkullKid101

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4 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

I the reason why they put this on the list was because it was rated PG but you have to know movies like this are the reason why ratings such as PG- 13 even exist the same with certain films like gremlins, Howard the duck and the Indiana Jones movies but anyway I wouldn't really say this is nesscially a bad movie it just didn't scare me as much but if you showed it to any little kid it will probably scare the living day lights out of them so yeah I don't think it's a kids film at all it's clearly horror.

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5 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.

This movie was clearly made for older kids! they can take this kind of stuff!

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6 Return to Oz

She has a freaking hall of HEADS!

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

This was definitely dark.

Return to Oz is torture.

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7 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!

Should be #1 this movie is terrible! WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY IS SO MUCH BETTER - cehrl0201

It was kinda creepy when the robots caught on fire and melted. Scared the crap outta me as a kid.

Not scary till the fat boy gets stuck in the tube

8 James and the Giant Peach

Nothing wrong with the movie, the beginning made me cry a little, but that's it. - PeachyBlast

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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

Really are u stiuped it is a kid movie my cousin is 3 and he is not scarred

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10 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

It sweared and it has a g rating - Tyoshi

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The Contenders

11 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...

2 words- Pleasure Island.

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

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 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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14 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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15 Frankenweenie

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

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16 The Adventures of Mark Twain
17 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This is a scary movie kids should not watch this

18 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
19 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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20 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 is way more scary than this crud seriously it could give you nightmares for the rest of your life

But guys the sequel is much better and everybody knows that

This was not scary for me

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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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