Warning: The following contains spoilers for some awesome and classic movies. Oh yeah, there is also a lot of slicing, cutting and breaking of body parts.
The screams echo in the night. The Butcher's knife covered in blood. Fingers, arms, noses and ears cut, diced and sliced. Blood sprays on the walls, the floors and even reaches the ceiling. All hope is lost. No, we’re not talking about an episode of The Bachelor. Body mutilation in film first became popular through the horror genre. Disturbing body mutilation can be found in many horror films, such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream and Saw. However, it’s no longer only in horror movies where one can see the slicing of an entire limb or the decapitation of a head. The mutilation has spread to other genres. It’s often disturbing, painful and very hard to watch. It’s done sometimes for shock value but other times filmmakers include body mutilation for realism. With the help of special effects, body mutilation in film can look and sound very accurate. The mutilation will sometimes go to the extreme and other times, it’s so simple but the results are the same. The key is to make the viewer feel the pain. It makes us cringe and want to turn away; but we can’t, or if we do, it’s only for a second. Here is a look at 12 of the most disturbing body mutilation scenes in movies.
12 Cabin Fever - September 12, 2003
11 Casino - November 22, 1995
10 Fargo - March 8, 1996
9 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - December 20, 2011
8 Drive - September 16, 2011
7 Kill Bill Volume 1 - October 10, 2003
6 The Audition - October 6, 1999
5 Misery - November 30, 1990
4 Hostel - January 6, 2006
3 Oldboy - November 21, 2003
2 127 Hours - January 28, 2011
1 Reservoir Dogs - October 23, 1992
Reservoir Dogs is a cult classic independent crime film. The film centers on a diamond robbery gone wrong and focuses on the events before and after. The actual diamond heist is not shown. It’s notable as being the first film by Quentin Tarantino. It’s widely regarded as one of the most influential independent films. It starred Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Chris Penn, Tim Roth and Tarantino in a minor role. The film contains one of the most disturbing and famous body mutilation scenes. The scene features a deranged Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), torturing a police officer he took hostage. He slashes the cop's face and then brutally slices his ear off; all the while the song “Stuck In The Middle With You” plays. When the film played in theaters, it was common for people to walk out during that scene. Reportedly at one showing, iconic horror director Wes Craven walked out. Madsen also noted that it was difficult for him to shoot the iconic scene.
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