Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | July 20, 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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(Roxie Releasing)

This mockumentary follows the day in the life of a charismatic yet gruesome serial killer named Benoit. Throughout the film Benoit offers his thoughts on life and death while pushing his documentary crew to extremes. The most deranged and disturbing scene in the movie occurs when Benoit gets the crew that's been following him to help him commit a vicious and unconscionable assault on one of his victims. This scene is where the film turns from horror comedy to just plain horror.


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(Paramount Pictures)

Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland in 2018, explores the fleetingness of humanity through the story of Lena (Natalie Portman), who discovers that her husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) is not dead after all. Lena embarks on a mission into "the Shimmer," a hazardous environment where biology and cells begin to change due to a meteor strike. The film is a meditation on grief and self-destruction, but it is also successful in its horror factor.

One of the most significant scenes in the film occurs when the team camp out in an abandoned neighborhood close to the swampland. After a member named Sheppard is attacked and killed by a bear, the team realizes that the Shimmer is refracting DNA from humans, animals, and plants with its alien properties. Anya (Gina Rodriguez) grows paranoid and ties up her crew, questioning them if they knew about Lena's marriage to a previous expedition member. Suddenly, a human scream is heard from outside, and Anya believes that Sheppard is still alive. When she investigates, the team discovers that the bear that attacked Sheppard has merged her genetic makeup, causing her vocal cords to merge with that of the bear. Each time the creature opens its mouth, its growls mix with Sheppard's dying cries for help, creating a horrific and disturbing moment that stays with the viewer long after the scene has ended.