Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | January 13, 2024

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Welcome to our gallery featuring some of the most disturbing scenes in film history. For many of us, movies have been a way to escape from reality and be transported into new and exciting worlds. However, there are some films that take us to places we never wanted to go, showing us the darkest corners of humanity and the human psyche.

Some viewers may have seen these movies when they were first released, or perhaps they were introduced to them later in life. But regardless of when they were viewed, these movies have left an indelible mark on their viewers. From the unforgettable head-spinning scene in The Exorcist, to the chilling moment in Gerald's Game, where the protagonist is left alone and handcuffed to a bed after her partner dies from a heart attack, these scenes are sure to leave a lasting impression. So, let's take a deep dive into some of the most disturbing scenes in movie history and explore what makes them so unforgettable. Continue reading to experience the horror.

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(Curzon Artificial Eye)

This truly insane movie by Yorgos Lanthimos is based on a Greek tragedy and stars Colin Farrell as an heart surgeon who’s presented with an impossible task by the son of a former patient - kill a member of his family or watch them all die a slow, painful death.

We’re tempted to name the scene where Farrell ties up his entire family and spins around firing a shotgun so he doesn’t actually have to make a decision as the most disturbing scene, but for our money the scene that really gives us the creeps comes much earlier, when the son of his former patient sloppily eats a big plate of spaghetti in the strangest way possible while explaining just what’s going to happen to his family.

The Cell

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(New Line Cinema)

The Cell is a visually stunning and disturbing film that stars Jennifer Lopez and Vincent D'Onofrio. It follows the story of a serial killer who falls into a coma, leaving his latest victim's location unknown. The FBI enlists Catherine Deane, played by Lopez, to enter his mind using an experimental virtual reality technology to extract the information they need.

The film's most striking feature is its combination of haunting beauty and terror, especially when it delves into the killer's disturbed mind. The most disturbing scene takes place during Catherine's second visit to the killer's mind, where she witnesses his childhood and the abuse he endured from his father. Trapped in a closet, Catherine can only watch as Carl is psychologically tormented, beaten, and burned with a hot iron. This scene is a turning point in the film, revealing the reasons behind Carl's instability and staying with the viewer long after it ends.