What Genre Movie Made You Leave the Theater or Shut Off the TV?

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There are a lot of possible reasons why you have to stop watching a movie part of the way through. Sometimes it's just terrible, but other times it's too scary or too sad — or it's just undefinably evil. What science fiction, fantasy or horror movie made you stop watching?

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Annalee Newitz

Unfortunately, I don't get a lot of chances to leave the theater when movies suck, because as a critic it's my duty to see them through to the end. (Which is a good thing, because some movies start out horribly and by the end are pretty great.)

So my pick is The Swarm, which scared me so much when I was a kid that I had to leave the theater with my dad in tow. Even though Michael Caine was in it, saving the day! First of all, bees are scary as shit. And second of all, there's a really graphic scene where this kid (who was roughly my age) watches his family get killed by bees. Too much!