We all have scenes from a movie that we will never forget because they were just that chilling.
In a recent online discussion, the topic was disturbing movie scenes you can’t forget. Here are ten of their top choices.
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The Green Mile
The electrocution scene in The Green Mile was quite disturbing and a top answer in this discussion. One person said, “The dude getting electrocuted without a wet sponge in The Green Mile was horrible.”
Someone else said, “That scene is the main reason I have a big fear of electricity. I almost needed emotional support when I had to change my car battery because I was so anxious.”
American History X
If you have seen the movie, you already know what scene they are talking about. One man said, “The curb scene in American History X. I still remember the sound of it.”
Someone replied, “That movie is on my ‘everyone needs to see this movie once, but I won’t watch it again’ list.” Someone else said, “The sound of his teeth clicking on the curb, still makes me shudder. The sound guys that did that scene deserve awards.”
Misery is a good but disturbing film as a whole. The scene that had people talking was the ankle scene. One commenter said, “The ankle breaking scene in Misery was pretty shocking when I saw it as a young kid.”
A lady replied, “In the book it was a hatchet. It is the one scene that is playing every time I happen to see it playing on TV, and was the most traumatizing part of the book as well. I read it in bed, and yanked my feet up in response.”
Okay, there are lots of creepy scenes in the Final Destination series, but this is the creepy scene. One movie lover said, “The timber wagon where the log flies off into the car behind. I still don’t trust log carriers because of that scene.”
A man replied, “It really is a very specific generational trauma, nobody my age will drive near one of those trucks but younger and older people think we’re crazy.”
SAW is a great series of horror films, and as such, there are many memorably disturbing scenes. One in particular caught a lot of attention, though.
One woman said, “I’d say the saw scene where the lady is dropped in the used needle pit, it just makes me squeamish even though I’m not scared of needles.” Another woman said, “She is digging with her hands through the needles. Just thinking of them sticking under my finger nails!”
This post-apocalyptic thriller has plenty of memorable scenes, but a few were particularly disturbing.
One man said, “There is a scene from the movie The Road when the father and his son stumble upon a house looking for food and find a door that goes down to a basement. They then see from their light a bunch of naked people cowering from the light. On the table there is a man whose lying without clothes on a table. His leg has been crudely cut off and cauterized and he is moaning, ‘Help us.’ The father then realizes that cannibals are living in the house and are using these humans as food.”
The bear mauling scene in The Revenant leaves very little to the imagination as to what they might be like. One person said, “The bear mauling scene from The Revenant was so realistic and horrifying. I also live in bear country, so that scene is always in the back of my mind while hiking.”
Someone replied, “Seeing the cubs calling out and whimpering afterwards broke my heart as well. The bear was just protecting them, and boy did she go hard.”
Disturbing movie scenes are often even more disturbing when they are based on a true story.
One film lover said, “The scene in Zodiac where he kills the couple going on a picnic. It’s so unexpected and real feeling, especially when they get tied up and he just stabs the man right next to to the woman and she has to watch the whole thing until her turn. Plus it’s a true story which is even crazier.”
The ending of The Mist, based on a short story by Stephen King, makes it one of those movies that you’ll probably only ever watch once.
One person said, “When he killed his kid and the other people, it was spooky. Only to be saved right after that. Even Stephen King was horrified. I think he said he preferred this ending to his own.”
Someone replied, “That ending made me so angry when I first saw it and it made me hate the movie for years until realizing that the fact it got such a strong emotional response out of me, makes it great art.”
This is an amazing movie, but so much of it could be categorized as unforgettably disturbing, especially since it happened in real life. One man said, ” The movie was a great portrayal of how terrible humans can be towards other humans.”
Another man replied, “The scene where the guards are doing “target practice” on the prisoners from their watch stand. Scenes in movies like this always get me way worse knowing that this was an event that actually happened and humans actually did this to each other.”
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