Every now and then there will be a movie that leaves me with a disturbed, nauseous feeling that lasts for weeks on end. To be clear, I’m not saying that these aren’t good movies. I’m just saying that for me, they’re a once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience.
8. Alpha Dog (2006)
This movie really lulled me into a false sense of security. I think it was especially shocking because all of the characters were humanized and well-developed, so their actions were even harder to comprehend. Plus, it’s based on a true story.
7. The Road (2009)
This was such a depressing movie. The thing about post-apocalyptic movies is that you know you’re probably not gonna get a happy ending (maybe unless it’s starring Brad Pitt). But this movie was so persistently heartbreaking and dark that it redefined my concept of “depressing movies.” That scene with the can of coke still makes me want to cry. On the plus side, it’s the type of movie that makes me feel so grateful for my cushy life.
6. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
This movie is so dark and creepy. “Evil kids” is always a subject that freaks me out, but some of the weird visuals in combination with the dark, tense atmosphere really shifted this movie from being “creepy” to being “emotionally scarring.”
5. American History X (1998)
Seeing as Jordan pointed out that I messed up my numbering, I thought I’d better add one more. I didn’t include this movie originally because I felt like the awesomeness outweighed the disturbing aspect, but as Devin said in the comments, it deals with some extremely disturbing subject matter. Plus, like Alpha Dog, the end is a huge shock.
4. The Conjuring (2013)
Daytime Jenna loves this movie. Nighttime Jenna… not so much. There was something about it that just felt so real; I think it was the perfect balance of ambiguity and explanation, so it all just felt like it could totally happen. Plus, there were those dreaded words at the end… “based on true events.” One of my biggest fears is that something will pull on my leg while I’m sleeping.
3. Grimm Love (2006)
Cannibalism is never a bright, cheery subject matter, but this movie really outdoes itself in the dark/creepy departments. The emotional and sexualized take on cannibalism is what left me sick to my stomach.
2. The Machinist (2004)
Well, firstly there’s the fact that Christian Bale weighs like 90 pounds. Then add that dark, depressing, and ominous tone that leads up to a horrible revelation and you get a truly disturbing story.
1. Requiem For A Dream (2000)
While this movie was exceptionally well-made, it left me feeling nauseous for days after watching it. The whole storyline with the depressed Ellen Burstyn and the one ending scene with Jennifer Connelly still make me cringe. Drugs are bad.
So after I finished my list I googled “disturbing movies” to make sure I didn’t miss any that I’d seen, and I realized how incredibly mild this list is. Sorry, but I can only handle so much.
What are some of the most messed up, emotionally-scarring movies that you’ve seen?
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