Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | June 28, 2023


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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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.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

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Fire Walk With Me gives us a deeper and more haunting glimpse into the final hours of Laura Palmer, while also exploring storylines that come after Season 2 of Twin Peaks. It's a hybrid prequel-sequel that Lynch fans clung to as their only chronological guidepost until The Return appeared. The film has its own array of odd and disturbing scenes, but this one may just take the cake for being the most gruesome moment not just in Fire Walk With Me, but in all of Twin Peaks.

Laura Palmer's ongoing struggle against BOB reaches a fever pitch in this disturbing scene when her moment of peace when she's alone in her bedroom is shattered by the sound of a fan in the hallway and BOB's sudden appearance at her window. As BOB terrorizes Laura, she demands to know who's attacking her - a request that leads to a chilling realization. BOB's distorted face gives way to that of Leland Palmer, revealing the terrifying truth that BOB has possessed Laura's own father.