Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later 

By Sophia Maddox | May 31, 2023

Smile

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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(Paramount)

Smile is a horror movie that takes viewers by surprise with its genuinely chilling atmosphere and scares. The movie's antagonist is capable of manipulating its victims' perceptions, leading to a somewhat confusing ending that can blur the lines between reality and hallucination. The story follows Dr. Rose Cotter, a psychiatrist who is haunted by terrifying visions after witnessing a patient's gruesome suicide. As she investigates the strange occurrences, Rose discovers the evil entity that's been chasing Laura is also after her. She confronts her trauma by locking herself in her mother's abandoned house, where the entity takes on the form of her mother, and then transforms into a giant and deformed monster. In the end, Rose appears to defeat the creature, but it's revealed that she never left the house, and the entity possesses her body, causing her to set herself on fire. Her love interest becomes the new victim of the smiling demon. Smile is a terrifying exploration of guilt, trauma, and the haunting power of the mind.

The Last House on the Left

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(American International Pictures)

Wes Craven's first horror movie, The Last House on the Left, has a mix of tones. It's a dark and gory exploitation film, but also has elements a dark comedy. It's weird. It's upsetting. It's wild. Despite its imperfections, the film is still considered an important part of horror history because of its extremely horrifying central scene.

Two young girls on their way to a rock concert are abducted by four heinous criminals, who force them to engage in sexual acts while they watch. As if that isn't disturbing enough, Craven decides to go even darker. One of the girls tries to escape but gets caught and is brutally murdered. The other girl, on the other hand, endures a longer and crueler fate. The ringleader, Krug (David A. Hess), carves his name into her chest, subjects her to torture, and then leaves her to walk into a lake where she's shot to death from afar. It's hard to watch and incredibly disturbing.

The Last House on the Left, the brainchild of horror maestro Wes Craven, is an exercise in darkness, punctuated by a score that sounds like it was composed by Satan himself, courtesy of David A. Hess. Among the many disturbing sequences in the film, one stands out as a raw, unflinching portrayal of true horror that leaves an indelible mark on its viewers.