13 Children’s Movies That Aren’t Considered “Horror” Movies, But Really Should Be

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Hi, I’m Allie, and I’ve absolutely LOVED horror movies for as long as I can remember.

I often wonder where this love of all things ~morbid~ began, but I realized recently that a lot of my favorite films from childhood are actually hardcore horror films in clever disguises.

So, with this in mind, I decided to gather some of the freakiest movies from my youth. You’re welcome (for the nightmares):

1. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

A man who has achieved an incredible fortune through his candy career invites children from all over the world to visit his factory, which is located in a poverty-stricken area. The place is wrought with booby traps and torture devices.

The Most Nightmare-Inducing Moment: The boat scene. Why does that tunnel exist? They cut a chicken’s head off. There’s a man covered in snakes. It looks like a Marylin Manson music video.

2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

A baby is almost drowned in a well after his mother is brutally murdered. The baby is then taken in by his almost-murderer and forced to ring bells. There’s a lot to unpack.

The Most Nightmare-Inducing Moment: The entirety of the song “Hellfire,” particularly when the cloaked demons begin to pop up out of no where and sing at Frollo about how he’s a pervert.

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