Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | December 16, 2023

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

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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(Curzon Artificial Eye)

This truly insane movie by Yorgos Lanthimos is based on a Greek tragedy and stars Colin Farrell as an heart surgeon who’s presented with an impossible task by the son of a former patient - kill a member of his family or watch them all die a slow, painful death.

We’re tempted to name the scene where Farrell ties up his entire family and spins around firing a shotgun so he doesn’t actually have to make a decision as the most disturbing scene, but for our money the scene that really gives us the creeps comes much earlier, when the son of his former patient sloppily eats a big plate of spaghetti in the strangest way possible while explaining just what’s going to happen to his family.

Blue Velvet

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(De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)

If you're the kind of person who likes an insane movies David Lynch's magnum opus, Blue Velvet, gets funnier with each rewatch, thanks in large part to the over-the-top performance from Dennis Hopper. But there's one scene in this picture that isn't amusing at all.

When Frank Booth (Hopper) makes his initial appearance it's like he's a monster that crawled out from a dark closet. He inhales nitrous oxide while ordering Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), the woman whose husband he's kidnapped, to pose for him. He leers at her body with a look that's equal parts lust and rage. He violates her. He talks to her incoherently like a baby. It's a difficult scene to endure, one that never gets any less grueling.