Fear is a powerful thing. It has the possibility to completely overwhelm us, cause us to act irrationally and is one of the things which holds the most power over all living things. It’s odd then, that we as humans so often find ourselves chasing a good scare, finding pleasure in the adrenaline and subsequent buzz which always follows. Horror movies have been a staple of film since its very inception for good reason and nearly 100 years later there is a vast back-catalogue of spooky offerings to enjoy. But this isn’t about the films who’s prime directive is to scare us, rather the films which give us the willies for reasons unknown. So to celebrate these films which unintentionally terrify us and with it being Halloween, I’ve put together a list of 5 terrifying films which aren’t really supposed to be scary.

5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


The daddy of all Star Trek movies, The Wrath of Khan isn’t scary by design. In fact, it’s mostly epic dialogue, deep exposition, big character development, and the most heartbreaking finale in the Star Trek canon. It did, however have that horrific scene where Khan puts that alien bug in Chekhov’s ear. It’s enough to give you a complex.

4. Fantasia


While best known for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – the classic Mickey Mouse Vs A Million Brooms deathmatch (which, to be fair, is dark enough,) the whole movie based on it’s epic orchestral score that will make you panic in some places before you’ve even seen the animation over the top of it.

3. Jumanji


The flowers. The mosquitoes. The drums. The game that unleashes all hell (and is about to get it’s Rock Reboot) made Hellraiser look like good clean fun. Lesson learned. Do not play random unknown board games you’ve found on a building site.

2. The Witches


Okay, this one’s cheating a little, since it’s scary by design; but as far as a children’s movie is concerned this one’s twisted. Angelica Huston’s the top witch, and she’s super scary – exploding people with a look, and turning children into mice. It’s based on the book by Roald Dahl, who was the master of torturing small children, which brings me neatly to…

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Roald Dahl co-wrote the screenplay for Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which explains a lot, since The Child Catcher is arguably the scariest villain in cinematic history – quite an impressive feat, considering he only appears in the last half an hour of an otherwise harmless children’s movie filled with adventure and family fun.

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