The 13 Scariest Animated Movies

scariest animated movies

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the scariest animated movies.)

Too often, animated movies are written off as silly children’s fare, but the medium is more than capable of scaring even the most hardened adult. From Disney classics to anime horror fests, animated films have been responsible for plenty of nightmare fuel. So as we count down the days to Halloween, let’s count down the scariest animated movies (using that unlucky number 13, of course).

Here are the scariest animated films, which include some familiar childhood horrors, some harrowing horror movies targeted at adults, and a surprising amount of John Hurt.

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Satoshi Kon‘s Perfect Blue turns 20 this year, and in honor of the anniversary, it’s heading back to theaters. A brand new digital transfer was commissioned for this release by GKIDS, who’s sending it to around 500 screens nationwide. This is a movie that that few people on these shores have seen, let alone in a theater, and so it’s the best chance to check out this classic film.

Here’s why you should make it a priority.

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