Disturbing Movie Scenes Still Discussed Decades Later

By Sophia Maddox | December 16, 2023

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

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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.

The Cell

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(New Line Cinema)

The Cell is a visually stunning and disturbing film that stars Jennifer Lopez and Vincent D'Onofrio. It follows the story of a serial killer who falls into a coma, leaving his latest victim's location unknown. The FBI enlists Catherine Deane, played by Lopez, to enter his mind using an experimental virtual reality technology to extract the information they need.

The film's most striking feature is its combination of haunting beauty and terror, especially when it delves into the killer's disturbed mind. The most disturbing scene takes place during Catherine's second visit to the killer's mind, where she witnesses his childhood and the abuse he endured from his father. Trapped in a closet, Catherine can only watch as Carl is psychologically tormented, beaten, and burned with a hot iron. This scene is a turning point in the film, revealing the reasons behind Carl's instability and staying with the viewer long after it ends.