Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | May 3, 2023

The Sixth Sense

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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(Buena Vista Pictures Distribution)

Spoiler Alert: In The Sixth Sense, young Cole (Haley Joel Osment) has the ability to see ghosts lurking around him. But in the movie's most unsettling scene, Cole is hesitant about using the bathroom in the middle of the night. As he eventually gets up to go, he fails to notice a figure walking past him. However, he does sense the temperature of the room dropping, accompanied by eerie noises from the kitchen. When he enters the kitchen, he sees a woman wearing a pink robe, facing the corner. He nervously asks, "Mama?" but quickly realizes that he's got something else on his hands. The ghost turns to Cole and snaps at who we have to assume is her deceased, abusive husband, "No, dinner is not ready," before showing off her slashed wrists to Cole and shouting, "Look what you made me do!" Just thinking about it gives us chills.

Cape Fear

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In Martin Scorsese's remake of this thriller classic Robert De Niro plays Max Cady, a newly free convict who wants to get revenge on the lawyer who had him wrongly imprisoned by targeting his lawyer's family, including his teenage daughter, Danielle (Juliette Lewis).

Disguising himself as a theater teacher, Cady pushes himself on the girl in her high school auditorium, making her suck his thumb before leaning in for the creepiest make out of the 1990s. Scorsese is a master of tension, but this scene is upsetting at a cellular level.