30 Deeply Disturbing Movies That’ll Leave You Shook For Life

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1. Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda. I watched it at a pretty young age. The scene where they discover they’ve been driving over dead bodies is haunting. Superb acting.

— meiyokil

2. Prisoners

Prisoners… holy shit that movie left me uncomfortable for days.

— NotThatDroid

3. The Canyon

This one where a woman and her husband were stranded in some desert/wilderness.

Her husbands leg was crushed under a rock and she heated up a knife to amputate and cauterize the wound. Later she’s fighting off wolves and dragging him through nowhere. The whole situation is hopeless and he’s passed out from fever or something. She comes to kneel over him, sobbing, having flashbacks to their wedding, and decides to suffocate him so that she can survive. He’s struggling, she’s holding him down, he dies, and almost immediately a helicopter shows up overhead. And she’s just screaming at the sky.

I still hate thinking about it. I think it was based on a true story too.

Edit: you were right. The Canyon , 2009. Fuck that movie. Don’t watch it.

— firfetir

4. One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo was an absolute mind fuck for anyone not used to seeing Robin Williams as anything other than the Genie in Aladdin. Just creepy

— fatevilbuddah

5. We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin. It left me feeling incredibly sad for a while after it had finished.

— aquaticcarnation

6. Martyrs

Martyrs by Pascal Langier (the 2008 one). Just everything is so physically and psychologically terrifying.

— LargeNoob69

7. Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky. The scene where he’s getting operated on by the aliens. Still gives me chills today just thinking about it.

— delirium_3

8. Life is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful. I watched it on Christmas when I was ten and was quite traumatized. I couldn’t get the image of Benigni being escorted away at the end out of my head for days.

— KoolKoolWater

9. Pan’s Labyrinth

I watched Pan’s Labyrinth when it first came out.

I was 10 at the time.

— halwoll

10. Kids


I was a freshmen in college who was wildin out at parties and I took the ending as a sign I needed to start taking it easy…

— hambie

11. The Road

The Road. Oh man, the scene when they’re in that house… if you’ve seen it (or read the book), you know what I’m talking about.

Definitely was not okay for a while after seeing that.

— BurberryCustardbath

12. Irreversible

Irreversible. That rape scene was just way too brutal and I had to turn it off.

— SultanofShiraz

13. American History X

American History X. Definitely left you mouth agape at the end.
10/10 would not watch again.


14. Se7en

Se7en is a pretty grim slog through and through, but the Sloth sequence especially has been stuck in my mind for almost fifteen years at this point. I’ve always had a thing for movies and books where people are being murdered according to a pattern, but I’ve still only watched it once.

— Portarossa

15. Oldboy

EDIT: Just to clarify, I meant the original korean version.

— Solmon19

16. Schindler’s List

Schindlers list had me fucked up the first time I watched it.

— JoetheLobster

17. The Mist

The Mist. When my friend told me what happened at the end I laughed so hard. But when I watched it… It was less funny.

— cruooshup

18. The Truman Show

The Truman Show. The moment he touches the wall and realizes he has always lived in a prison, is breathtaking. The fact that it was only nominated for 3 Oscars is disappointing. Thank god one of them is for the screenplay, which is amazing.

— theuniquenerd

19. Dear Zachary

Shit, this one will make you want to watch Requiem for a Dream to cheer yourself up after.

— Dahhhkness

20. Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka).

I cried for a few hours in disgust, remorse, and sadness.

— imaketrollfaces

21. The Green Mile

That dry sponge execution scarred me for life

— nipplesaurus

22. Trainspotting

Trainspotting. I had just became a father right around the time I saw it. If you’ve seen the movie, I’m sure you’ll understand the significance that being a father had to do with feeling shook.

I was emotionally moved by what I saw, and have a better understanding of the grasp that addiction holds on people. I’ve never been so shook from a movie before.

23. A Serbian Film

A Serbian Film was pretty stomach turning and hard to watch for me. It definitely gives a… unique and unfathomable perspective of human trafficking and sex trade. It was a bit too much for me to handle seeing.

— EwookieBear

24. Coraline

Coraline. Those god damn button eyes are insanely terrifying

— –Doom–

25. A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Brutal. I still use ‘horrorshow’ as an adjective

— SuzQP

26. Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp. There was something about how cult like the church featured in it seemed. Even when I went to church as a child, no one was even remotely as devoted, for lack of a better word, to Christianity.

— officiallidiot

27. Event Horizon

Event Horizon. I don’t like horror films since they are just cheap jump scares and gore for the sake of gore, but this film left me creeped out. I had trouble sleeping after watching it.

— Data-Minor

28. The Blair Witch Project

Blair Witch Project

It looks contrived and common now, but back in 1999 and before we figured out how to verify things through this relatively new thing called the Internet, most of us really believed it was real found footage. So with that mindset, the ending just really shocked me.

— WhyYouYelling

29. 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane.

Going into it even after seeing a few trailers I still had no idea what I was about to watch, even thought it might be tied to the original Cloverfield somehow. Anyways, the amount of dread it causes you to feel the entire movie is surreal. My heart was pounding from the first 10 minutes to the last second. My gf and I had to decompress after watching it and had a Family Guy marathon when we got back home to take our mind off it.

30. Lord of the Rings

That part when Bilbo Baggins eyes got really big trying to take the ring from frodo. I was just a little kid

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