Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | February 10, 2024

Eyes Without A Face

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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(Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France)

Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face is more than just an early exploration of the body horror subgenre. While other movies like The Blob and The Fly came before, Franju's film approaches body horror in a contemplative way, unflinching in its portrayal of the gore and horror.

The film's infamous face removal scene in the movie is still disturbing, not because of the copious amount of blood and gore, but because of the sheer process of it. Dr. Genessier carefully draws lines on the woman's face before slowly slicing it open. The meticulous incision spreads to the entire face, making the scene all the more uncomfortable to watch. The movie presents the surgery with a normalcy that makes it all the more unsettling. The fact that the woman was kidnapped only adds to the overall horror of the scene. This is a rough one, folks.

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.