In the world of film, there are a lot of directors that just want to make a movie that keeps you entertained and eating popcorn. Despite what a certain sect of cinephiles may tell you, there is nothing inherently wrong with this. It's a great approach to making a film. Most people walk into a theater or sit down at home in front of a movie purely because they want to be entertained. Moments of intense violence, heavy drama, or thought provoking surreal imagery isn't necessarily what the average person wants to sit down to when they want to relax on the couch or take a date out to the theater. It's a little hard to relax when you're sweating bullets and clutching a pillow during the final torture scene in Takashi Miike's Audition. Irreversible isn't exactly the kind of movie you want to take a date to.
As much fun as it is to be entertained, sometimes there is nothing better than sitting down to a film that made you feel something outside the norm. Sometimes it's nice to be terrified, deeply saddened, a little sickened, or offended. These feelings bring a lot of people to places their mind and body doesn't usually go. It's nice to think of a movie for days because you aren't quite sure what it all meant. These are the kinds of movies that get people talking and keep the mind sharp. This side of heavier film comes with a price though - they portray some scenes that are sometimes a bit too disturbing and hard to watch, some hard to ever forget. Let's take a look at some of those scenes that tend to stick in the viewer's mind...whether they like it or not.
Graphic descriptions of unpalatable, violent and heinous acts (some involving children) follow. Portions of the following article is not for the faint of heart.
13 Blue Velvet (1986) - Meeting Frank Booth
12 Trainspotting (1996) - Ceiling Baby
11 Gummo (1997) - A Shady Business Transaction
There are basically two kinds of people when it comes to Harmony Korine's Gummo: those that think the film is pretentious garbage and those that think it's one of the most brilliant films ever made. There doesn't seem to be much of a middle ground. There are a number of scenes in the film that are a bit hard to watch so narrowing it down to one is a little difficult.
10 Antichrist (2009) - Genital Mutilations
9 Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door (2007) - Final Torture Scene
The Girl Next Door tells the story of Meg Loughlin, a girl who comes to live with Ruth Chandler. Ruth is a seemingly proper woman in her neighborhood. In reality, Ruth is actually aiding in the delinquency of minors and a closet Satanist. Ruth ties Meg up in the basement where she is tortured both mentally and physically by Ruth and a group of children. In the final scene, Ruth allows her own teenage children and neighborhood boys to sexually assault Meg. When one local boy who has had enough refuses to take part, Ruth brands some graphic insults into Meg's stomach with a hot needle. The boy is beaten for not sleeping with Meg and as he slips out of consciousness he sees Ruth and the boys put a blowtorch to Meg. When the young man wakes up, Meg is passing away from the pain.
8 Pink Flamingos (1972) - A Snack For Divine
Once again we see a film with a number of scenes that stick in your mind and make your skin crawl, but that was pretty much director John Waters intent with Pink Flamingos and the genre of "trash cinema." Out of all the disturbing scenes in cinema history, Divine's final moment in Pink Flamingos as she attempts to prove she "is not only the filthiest person in the world, but is also the world's filthiest actress" is one of the most often mentioned.
7 Sleepaway Camp (1983) - Final Scene
For the most part, the original Sleepaway Camp is rather tame. Up until the film's final scene, you might actually find it pretty shocking that this horror/slasher even received an R-rating as most of the violence and language hovers around PG-13. Sure the film has some weird moments but nothing truly terrifying really happens. In fact, some of the antics and quotes from the campers are just plain funny.
6 A Serbian Film (2010) - A New Genre
Like Gummo, most people who have seen A Serbian Film are split right down the middle. Viewers who can make it through some of the events in the film either think it's brilliant social commentary or nothing more than bad taste for the sake of bad taste. It's incredibly hard to pick one scene in particular as the film is pretty disturbing from beginning to end. The brutal sex and violence almost never let up. The most disturbing scene of all cannot be explained here with any real detail as the acts are committed on a newborn infant. Just know that when someone tells you that A Serbian Film is one of the single most disturbing films ever made, they aren't easily offended nor do they have a weak tolerance when it comes to sex and violence in film. A Serbian Film is easily the most disturbing film ever made.
5 Visitor Q (2010) - It's Not So Bad Out of Context...
4 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Family Dinner
By today's standards, Tobe Hooper's original Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn't all that bad. The violence and gore isn't all that extreme and Leatherface really doesn't look very scary. In fact, there isn't even a chainsaw massacre in the entire film.
3 American History X (1998) - Curb Stomp
2 Misery (1990) - A Precautionary Measure
1 Audition (1999) - Feeding Time
Here we have another film from director Takashi Miike that includes an almost endless amount of disturbing sequences. In Audition, a man named Shigeharu discovers Asami, a woman he has been pursuing as a love interest, hides a dark and disturbing secret. When Shigeharu pays a visit to Asami's apartment he finds an old sack on the floor that appears to have something alive in it. Shigeharu pokes at the sack and eventually lets out its contents. What he finds is a human male that has had several appendages removed, including his tongue. The man is so broken mentally that he's barely recognizable as human and is better described as a creature. Asami nonchalantly enters the room with a dog dish of vomit. She sets it on the floor and the broken and disfigured man laps it up hungrily as Shigeharu watches in horror.
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