Disturbing Images From The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

By Sophia Maddox | February 21, 2024

Doctors with reassuring bedside manner in "Johnny Got His Gun" (1971)

We've got something for every ghoul and boy in this assortment of 60 of the most bone-chilling images from pop culture, sure to whip you into a spooky frenzy -- click on, if you dare. Proceed with caution -- you don't want to be the first dude who goes out to investigate the ruckus in the barn, but you don't want to be the Final Girl either, if you know what we mean. Ready, set -- boo.

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Gosh, don't these doctors look comforting! These are the three military physicians assessing the main character in the opening scene of Johnny Got His Gun, a chilling anti-war film from 1971. Written and directed by Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun tells the story of a young WWI soldier who is hit by an artillery shell and loses his arms, legs, sight, hearing, and ability to speak. He is kept alive in a hospital bed even though he can neither move not communicate, and drifts between reality, memories and dreams. Eventually, through use of Morse code, he is able to get messages to his caretakers. First "help" -- then "kill me." If this all sounds a bit familiar, you may be recalling the 1988 Metallica song "One," which was based on the story. Metallica used clips from the film in the music video.

Christopher Lee and comely co-stars of "Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972)

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Today we know the late Christopher Lee as Saruman from the Lord of the Rings saga and Count Dooku from Star Wars -- but in the '60s and '70s he was one of the iconic actors of the horror genre, portraying Dracula in feature films 10 times. Seven of those Dracula movies were made for Hammer Film Productions, the British production company that specialized in stylish, gothic films about classic horror characters played by creepy actors (Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed were also Hammer stars). Hammer films were also famous for their alluring female cast members, who were sort of horror's equivalent of Bond Girls. Here, Christopher Lee is enduring another day at the salt mine with (clockwise from top left) Stephanie Beacham, Marsha Hunt, Janet Key, and Caroline Munro. Munro actually was a Bond Girl in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Hunt appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983), but is more famous for being the subject of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar."