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3 Most Disturbing Movies You've Ever Seen

Yazoht

Second Unofficial Autobiographer
1 - Antichrist (wasn't able to finish it) -- visual and mental horrorshow
2 - Beyond the Black Rainbow -- >.<
3 - Annihilation (and it's one of my faves ~) -- creepiest sounds


had to really think about this
 
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CaitlinSnowLeopard

Well-Known Member
Most of the movies I willingly subject myself to aren't truly "disturbing" by any means, but I'm still haunted by the scene with the rabbits dying in the tunnels in "Watership Down":

 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
One of my favorite underrated Youtubers, Nyx Fears, did a three-part series dissecting and describing the grand "iceberg" of disturbing, cursed, and not-safe-for-life films. Trigger warning: Everything. Literally, everything.

Here's the first in the trio, which covers mostly familiar popular horror and indie films:

 

Kumali

Lupine-American
Nyx Fears may be a self-described "psychopath," but she (he? they?) gets points for having an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and a 5-string banjo on the set. :)

On the other paw, points off for "I don't know who made [The Bunny Game], probably some asshole" in video #2. How can you even know about The Bunny Game without knowing that it was co-created and co-written by its female lead, Rodleen Getsic, who intended it partly as a cathartic means of overcoming similar real-life trauma that had happened to her? (Which is not a defense of the movie, just that I would have thought any critic addressing it would know that.)
 

vikingbeast69

A Wolf, Man!
1. Yellowbrickroad. Great “lost in the woods” story that features one of my favorite themes: reality breaking down and people losing their minds as a result.
2. Pulse (original Japanese version). Existential horror that takes a great hook and pushes the possibilities further than most movies would.
3. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Rewatched this one last weekend. Not horror but dark as hell, especially since it’s about one of the gruesomely exploitative forerunners of reality shows: the dance marathon. These things could last for months, with the desperate contestants reduced to shuffling zombies at the end. Some of the imagery is genuinely haunting to me.
 

Troj

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dino Therapist
Nyx Fears may be a self-described "psychopath," but she (he? they?) gets points for having an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and a 5-string banjo on the set. :)

On the other paw, points off for "I don't know who made [The Bunny Game], probably some asshole" in video #2. How can you even know about The Bunny Game without knowing that it was co-created and co-written by its female lead, Rodleen Getsic, who intended it partly as a cathartic means of overcoming similar real-life trauma that had happened to her? (Which is not a defense of the movie, just that I would have thought any critic addressing it would know that.)

Thank you! Love knowing that kind of background trivia/information, and that does absolutely change the meaning of a film like that. Good for Rodleen Getsic!

It is easy to get jaded because so many of these films were just created as straight-up wank-fodder or shock-fodder.
 

Kumali

Lupine-American
Thank you! Love knowing that kind of background trivia/information, and that does absolutely change the meaning of a film like that. Good for Rodleen Getsic!

It is easy to get jaded because so many of these films were just created as straight-up wank-fodder or shock-fodder.

Interesting film to read about, actually...probably not so much to actually watch :) Getsic conceived the whole thing with the director, Adam Rehmeier, who was also the sole cameraman and pretty much the whole crew. Jeff Renfro, who played the truck driver who kidnaps Getsic, is a real-life truck driver who'd never acted before (the truck in the film is really his). They shot the film in sequence, all in first takes, and most of it was improvised, with only the two actors and Rehmeier present. Getsic's dedication to "keeping it real" was such that when she was chained up in the back of the truck and they took a break from shooting, she asked not to be let out of the chains; she wanted to "fully experience" it. All in all it sounds like more of a form of extreme therapy for her than a film worth seeing - I've seen a few clips and that's plenty...

(I did see a YouTube vid of a panel Q&A the cast and director did at some horror film convention, and it was adorable how affectionate they all were with each other after making this horrific torture-porn film.) :)
 

Khafra

Heave away, haul away
I've seen it mentioned once already, but it's definitely Funny Games.
I don't really have an issue with violence, but this one hits different, almost like it's judging and condemning you for even watching it. Then again, that was exactly the point the director tried to make.
 

Khafra

Heave away, haul away
I guess the title said three, so I might as well give some honorable mentions.

The Painted Bird from 2019 is equally disturbing as it is realistic and atmospheric, making it hard to forget.

And Whiplash might not be very disturbing, but it was nerve wracking to watch the first time, and it's also an amazing movie, so go watch it.
 
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