Although some thrill-seekers watch scary or bizarre movies to evoke feelings of discomfort deep within themselves, at the end of the day, most films aren’t all that traumatizing. Most viewers are able to go on with their lives, having satiated their desire to add a little fear to their lives. However, there are some films that take things too far and are so over-the-top that to watch the whole thing would be nothing short of masochistic. These films have such disturbing content that you’ll want to take a shower after watching them. Here are the films that are too disturbing to watch in their entirety… view at your own risk.
You’ll Stay Far Away From Ouija Boards After Watching Veronica
Directed by Paco Plaza, Veronica is a Spanish supernatural horror film, loosely based on the events in 1991 when Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro died mysteriously after she used a Ouija board. At its core, there’s nothing exceptional about Veronica’s storyline.
A girl uses a Ouija board to contact her deceased father and things take a turn for the worse after she’s possessed by a demon. After being released on Netflix on February 2018, it was described by critics as “the scariest horror film ever,” with countless individuals unable to watch it in its entirety.
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Meet The Feebles Is Like The Muppets Gone All Wrong
Directed by Peter Jackson of The Lord of the Rings, Meet the Feebles is a 1989 New Zealand black comedy musical. The Feebles are animal puppets that are part of a stage troupe. They’re despicable characters involved in narcotics and deplorable acts. While the film is mostly a comedy, it’s also disturbing to watch characters who are usually meant to entertain children act so inappropriately.
Critic James Berardinelli commented on the film, saying, “The stories of these … characters are told in a disgustingly graphic, obscenely offbeat, and caustically funny manner. Meet the Feebles is for those with a strong stomach and a seriously warped sense of humor.”
Hereditary Will Make You Question Your Own Family
Hereditary is a 2018 horror film directed by Ari Aster as his directorial debut. The film managed to make a whopping $79 million against its $9 million budget while simultaneously shocking audiences and critics alike. The A.V. Club commented, “In its seriousness and hair-raising craftsmanship, Hereditary belongs to a proud genre lineage, a legacy that stretches back to the towering touchstones of American horror…”
While the film might have been successful in both the box office and among critics, that didn’t mean it wasn’t frightening. While all the jump scares and supernatural entities are horrifying on their own, what makes the film truly hard to watch is how real all of the characters’ pain appears.
mother! Will Have You Crying For Your Own
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, mother! is a 2017 psychological horror film. The film follows Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem,) a couple living together in a secluded country home.
Although the film was mostly well-received by critics, the film’s biblical allusions and acts of violence sparked major controversy. While some saw mother! as a work of art, others found it to be downright disturbing with its acts of cannibalism, infanticide, and violence against women to be too much to handle.
Raw Will Turn You Into A Vegetarian
Raw is a French-Belgian horror drama directed by Julia Ducournau. The film follows a young girl named Justine who’s a vegetarian attending her first year at veterinarian school. There, she tastes meat for her first time and develops a taste for flesh that goes beyond just animals.
Released in the United States in 2017, the film had mixed reviews, with many people complaining about its graphic content. On one occasion at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, some viewers required medical attention after fainting from the film’s graphic scenes. For many reasons, the film had a limited theatrical release in the United States.
Caligula Is Nothing More Than A Snuff Film
Released in 1979, Caligula is an erotic historical drama based on the life of Caligula, the ruler of the Roman Empire from 37 AD to 41 AD. Historically, Caligula’s reign is noted for his brutality, perversions, and desire for complete power. The film goes to great lengths to depict the kind of horrible person Caligula was, with no shortage of depravity, violence, and lust.
The film was released by the adult magazine Penthouse, who used real adult performers for unsimulated intimate scenes. This “artistic direction” turned the movie into a high-budget obscenity more than anything else. To put things in perspective, renowned critic Roger Ebert couldn’t sit through it and it’s been banned in numerous countries.
There’s A Reason A Serbian Film Is Banned In Several Countries
A Serbian Film is a 2010 horror-thriller and the brainchild of director Srđan Spasojević. The film follows Miloš, a struggling adult performer who agrees to be part of an “art film” in order to make some much-needed money. However, he fails to realize that he’s agreed to participate in a film that forces him to commit horrific violent and abusive acts that are too depraved for almost all viewers.
Apparently, the movie isn’t repulsive enough to be shocking, but is a metaphor for “the monolithic power of leaders who hypnotize you to do things you don’t want to do.” For the film’s depictions of torture and abuse, it has been banned in Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Norway,
The producer of the next film couldn’t even watch it all the way through.
The Original Martyrs Is Enough To Give The Bravest People Nightmares
Martyrs is a 2008 French film that was remade in the United States in 2015, although that version was much tamer. The original film is packed full of child abuse and horrific deaths, centered around a series of girls who are locked up and tortured in a slaughterhouse.
When it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival people left the theater in masses and producer Bob Weinstein couldn’t finish watching it even though his company bought the movie rights. According to the New York Times, “When horror fans dare other horror fans to watch a movie, it’s Martyrs.”
The Green Inferno Makes You Want To Stay Far Away From The Jungle
Director Eli Roth is known for his take on horror films, as seen in his work in the first two Hostel films. Unless you’re familiar with Roth’s previous work, you probably won’t stand a chance watching a group of college activists in the Amazon as they stumble upon cannibals in The Green Inferno.
Eli Roth commented on the film: “You don’t want people walking out of a movie; you want them running out of the theater screaming.” It’s the film’s use of physical special effects and horrifying convincing portrayal of torture that made this one a go-to for gore-lovers and a true nightmare for the average audience member.
The Woman Has Intellectual Themes At Its Core, Supposedly
According to an audience member that left the theater at the Sundance Film Festival, “This film is not humane […] This film ought to be confiscated, burned. There’s no value in showing this to everyone.” The 2011 movie centers around a dysfunctional family who attempt to civilize a wild woman by locking her up and torturing her in unspeakable ways.
Although the film was relatively well-received for its clever nuances and social commentary, many people find it hard to look past the sheer brutality. Supposedly, there’s a lesson to be learned if you can make it all the way through.
When the star of a film can’t watch it, you know it’s a brutal one
Irreversible Attacks All Of Your Senses
Irreversible proved to be such a traumatic and graphic film that even the film’s star, Monica Bellucci, can’t watch it herself. There’s no lack of incest, abuse, and death, which led over 250 people to run from the theater or even pass out during the film’s Cane’s premiere.
On top of the visually graphic sequences, the film also relies on low-frequency sound waves. These sounds can’t be heard but the body can register them lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, unease, and nausea. Apparently, most people don’t even last until the scene that makes even the biggest gorehounds turn off the film.
There’s Nothing Ecstatic About The Great Ecstacy Of Robert Carmichael
The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael is a British independent film directed by Thomas Clay in 2006. It tells the story of Robert Carmichael, a teenager living in Newhaven who finds himself involved with an unsavory group of individuals who introduce him to a life of hard narcotics and violence.
During a screening at Cannes Film Festival, numerous audience members walked out of the theater with the film’s rape scenes being described as “[making] A Clockwork Orange look like a Britney Spears music video.” Director Clay defended the film’s violence by claiming that it was a statement on the Iraq War, although that doesn’t make it any easier to watch.
The Angel’s Melancholy Is Too Disturbing To Be Discussed In Detail
The 2009 German film Melancholie der Engel, or The Angel’s Melancholy, was not well-received upon its release. While some were able to look past its sickening content and praise its cinematography, most saw the movie as nothing more than depraved and vile, especially regarding the use of real animal cruelty.
The acts of cruel physical violence are too disturbing to be discussed in detail, most of which would bring even the most hardcore gore-lovers to their knees. Regarding the brutality of the film, a critic for Severed Cinema wrote, “If anyone can sit through it all… I think that’s pretty impressive by any standards.”
Revenge Has A Knack For Giving People Seizures
Coralie Fargeat’s 2017 release Revenge is a horror film that follows a woman who is assaulted and left for dead in the desert by her lover and his friends. Somehow, she miraculously survives and sets off in search for revenge which ends in a brutal and violent spree.
The film is intense, gory, disturbing, and was enough to cause a Toronto Film Festival attendee to suffer a seizure in the theater during its premiere. Even the lead actress, Matilda Lutz, claimed that many of the scenes in the film made her uncomfortable even though she was the one acting.
The House That Jack Built Wasn’t Allowed To Run For Any Awards
Lars von Trier is well-known for his ability to deeply disturb his audience as seen in his works Antichrist, the Nymphomaniac films, and more. After a several year ban for claiming he sympathized with Adolf Hitler, Cannes allowed him to show his new film The House that Jack Built in 2018. The film is about a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon, who has been on a spree for the past 12 years.
During that time, he commits all kinds of abhorrent acts, which resulted in over 100 people leaving from the screening at the 2018 festival. The film is so appalling that it wasn’t allowed to compete for any prizes or awards.
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Goodbye Uncle Tom Has Been Condemned By Just About Everyone
Goodbye Uncle Tom’s directors, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, are best known for their “shockumentary” films, with Goodbye Uncle Tom being no different. The 1971 Italian film is an exploitation documentary film based on true events during the era of slavery in the United States. The filmmakers used real documents from the period to demonstrate the unspeakable horrors faced by the Africans sold into slavery.
The film has been condemned as being both appalling and unforgivably racist. Roger Ebert claimed that it’s the “most disgusting, contemptuous insult to decency ever to masquerade as a documentary.”
Bite Will Take Away Your Appetite
Released in 2015, Bite is about a young woman who is bitten by a waterborne insect while in Costa Rica. This results in her undergoing some horrifying changes and a complete bodily transformation. The film is considered to be a body horror flick as the woman begins regurgitating pus, laying eggs around her apartment, and turning into the unthinkable.
At its showing at Fantasia Fest in 2015, audiences were given Bite-themed vomit bags and the film resulted in two people requiring medical attention during the showing. If the director gives you a bag to get sick into, you should probably prepare for the worst.
The Bunny Game Is Far Too Real
The Bunny Game is 2010 low-budget co-created and written by Rodleen Gestic and Adam Rehmeier. It tells the story of an adult worker who is abducted by a truck driver and subjected to nauseating forms of torture. What makes The Bunny Game so sickening is that none of it is fake.
Besides the narcotic and alcohol use, all of the atrocities committed to the protagonist (played by co-creator Roldeen Gestic) are real, down to the branding on her back. Rodleen volunteered to do this as a way to purge her of similar experiences from her past. Of the film, Rehmeier stated, “I do not like the film […] It’s not a film you should like. If you say you do, then you’re really weird.”
Baskin Will Make You Want To Repent For Your Sins
Baskin is a 2015 Turkish art-house horror film that is best summed up as an all-around disgusting, frightening, supernatural, torture fest. The film follows a group of police officers who unintentionally wander into a portal to the underworld. From there, the men find themselves in a grotesque walkthrough of some of the most sickening and repulsive acts of violence that most people can’t even imagine.
While the film is deemed as one of the most disturbing films in recent memory, it wasn’t rejected by all critics. Some even praised it for its underlying themes. Many others couldn’t see past the horrors experienced by the main characters.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
In 2009, the Dutch Horror film The Human Centipede took the world by storm. While it was utterly disturbing and nauseating to watch, director Tom Six wanted to make something even worse for his audience. The result was The Human Centipede II in 2011. The film focuses on a disturbed parking lot attendant named Martin who is obsessed with The Human Centipede.
He recreates his own version of the centipede, except this time he uses 12 people and he doesn’t have a lick of medical training. You can imagine how that went. The film is up close and personal in all of its gore and torture, with only the sickest of audiences making it all the way through.