10 Horror Movies You Should Never Let Your Kids Watch
Once kids reach a certain age, they start to get thrills by doing things they know they aren’t supposed to do, whether it’s sneaking out at night, playing pranks on the neighbors, or watching R-rated horror movies with extreme content and graphic violence. While such behavior is almost a rite of passing for kids on the cusp of their adolescence, there are some movies that are just so unsettling and horrifying that they should be kept out of the reach of children at all times. Those who own any of these 10 horror titles, be warned: do not let your kids see them, or you may have some hefty therapist bills to pay in your near future.
10. The Exorcist (1973)
Director William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece is still regarded in by many as the genre’s greatest accomplishment. The disturbing story of a young girl’s demonic possession and a faltering priest’s efforts to save her is still one of the most horrific tales ever committed to celluloid. While the girl’s head doing a complete 360 and her spiderlike contortions are certainly chilling, chances are you don’t want your kids watching a prepubescent girl masturbating with a crucifix. Keep this one out of their hands until they’re at least 18.
9. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
This 2008 horror movie stars Bradley Cooper as a big-city photographer on the hunt for the Subway Butcher, a serial killer who plucks his victims off public transportation. While that may seem like a fairly pedestrian premise for a horror movie, the execution is so graphic, violent and extreme that many of the most devoted horror fans can’t bring themselves to watch this movie more than once. If you’ve got a young daughter with a schoolgirl crush on Bradley Cooper, do everything you can to keep this movie out of her hands.