20 Non-Horror Movies That Are Just Too Darn Scary

‘Pinocchio’ is basically body horror
20 Non-Horror Movies That Are Just Too Darn Scary

Even in an age when plot spoilers are treated like stray bullets, there are certain unspoken agreements between movie and moviegoer regarding what to expect when you walk into a theater. A Disney movie isn’t going to have any scenes you don’t want to watch with your parents. A Martin Scorsese joint is going to test your bladder. A Jack Black movie isn’t going to earn you any extra IQ points, but every single person watching it is going to have a good time.

So it’s quite frankly bullshit when a comedy, kids movie or even regular old thriller pours on the nightmare fuel without warning. At least going into a Blumhouse production, you know there’s going to be grisly death, grotesque creatures and existential terror; nobody wants that in their blockbusters. Yet Hollywood insists on putting those pickles in their peanut butter. That’s why Redditor bellathehellgirl asked r/AskReddit, “What movie scares the hell outta you that isn’t a horror movie at all?” and Reddit had plenty of cinematic beef to air out.


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The Mummy



Mars Attacks!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Homeward Bound

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Return to Oz

The Dark Crystal


The Brave Little Toaster


James and the Giant Peach

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Alice in Wonderland

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Spy Kids

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