Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | July 6, 2023

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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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Picture this: Private Pyle, a portly and weak link among his battle-hardened platoon in Kubrick's Vietnam flick, is causing trouble for the rest of the group. You see, it's their responsibility to whip him into shape, so any minor mistake from Pyle means punishment for everyone except for the clumsy soldier himself.

In a display of pure savagery, the troops unleash their fury on Pyle in a cruel hazing ritual. They strap him down to his bunk, one by one taking turns to beat him with a bar of soap wrapped in a towel. Pyle's piercing cries of agony are unbearable.


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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.