Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | October 28, 2023

Audition

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(Chimera)

Aoyama, a middle-aged widower, is convinced by his son to start dating again before it’s too late. His friend, Yoshikawa, a film producer, suggests that they hold fake auditions for Aoyama’s “wife” and if he likes any of the women, he can ask them out. Despite the obvious flaws of this method, Aoyama agrees. When Aoyama looks through the headshots and resumes of the young actresses, he immediately becomes drawn to Asami Yamazaki, a former ballet dancer. After a montage of awkward and hilarious auditions, Asami comes in last, and Aoyama is entranced by her meek demeanor. They go out to dinner, and the movie takes a drastic turn. The second half of Audition becomes hallucinatory and grueling, featuring a prolonged torture scene where Asami gleefully tortures Aoyama with long needles and a wire saw while saying, “deeper, deeper.” It’s a truly disturbing sequence that’s hard to forget.

The Silence Of The Lambs

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(tristar)

The scene in The Silence of the Lambs that finds Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster) searching for Buffalo Bill in his dark, creepy lair is a masterful exercise in suspense and terror. As Clarice moves through the dark, dank basement, she is completely unaware that Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) is stalking her with night vision goggles. We see things from his perspective, watching Clarice's every move as he prepares to strike. The tension builds slowly but steadily as Clarice gets closer and closer to Bill's hiding spot, and we're left on the edge of our seats as we wonder whether she'll be able to escape unharmed.

What makes this scene so scary even today is the expert use of pacing and atmosphere to create an overwhelming sense of dread. The use of silence and darkness is especially effective, as it leaves us feeling as disoriented and vulnerable as Clarice herself. Additionally, the fact that Bill is such a disturbed and unpredictable character only adds to the terror, as we know that anything could happen at any moment. Even though the film is more than 30 years old, this scene still holds up as a prime example of how to create fear and tension in a horror film.