10 Most Disturbing Horror Movies Of All Time


Admit it.  You love it when you watch a film that sits with you for hours, even days after.  Your stomach twists and turns, you cover your eyes but peek through your hands because you can’t miss a minute.  You get that strange internal shudder that goes down your spine all the way to your toes.  Your mouth tastes slightly off afterwards.

Yes, I love a good ol’ sick movie.  Not necessarily scary as in jump-scares.  More like scary as in could-this-really-happen-cos-if-it-did-I-would-never-sleep-again.  The most disturbing horror movies have a range of characteristics; while some are stomach-churning with oozy visceral goodness, some are mentally disturbing that leave you questioning the sicko who actually came up with the film’s concept.  I know when I find a movie disturbing because I get a headache from frowning so much and I get the walkabouts.  Here are the ones that particularly resonated with me – for all the WRONG reasons.

10. Dread

‘Dread’ is an interesting, thought-provoking movie; it follows a group of college students making a documentary about the things people dread most.  It’s a relatively slow film but quite enjoyable… that is, until the scourer scene pops up.  In short, one of the girls in the film has a dark purple birth mark that covers one side of her body and after being humiliated, attempts to use a scourer and a bottle of bleach to ‘clean’ her body.  That scene alone really messed with my head.

9.  Deadgirl

Hmmm… interesting is all I have to say for this one.  Oh, ok, I’ll give you a summary.  So this film is about a group of high school boys who discover a woman in an abandoned mental asylum who is literally unable to die.  Bound to a hospital bed, the boys’ hormones get the better of them and they proceed to experiment (in a number of different disturbing ways) with the woman.  It is quite disgusting and creates a lot of questions about morals and integrity.  Worth a look but not for the weak stomached.

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8.  The Woman

Similarly to ‘Deadgirl’, ‘The Woman’ once again has a woman help captive for a multitude of disturbing reasons.  However, Jack Ketchum’s film is centered around a seemingly family man who discovers the last remaining member of a wild clan of people.  He attempts to ‘civilize’ her by chaining her up, however he is unaware of the effect this woman is having on his family.  The film is violent and brutal, yet quite an interesting piece of social commentary.  This fact doesn’t make it any less disgusting.  I get quite squirmy when people are not ‘normal’; any deformities that are created for the purpose of sheer horror really make me feel quite ill.  I have recently added Ketchum’s ‘The Girl Next Door’ to my Quickflix queue, so I’m interested to see where that would’ve ended up on this list.

7.  Funny Games

Not to be confused with the Naomi Watts remake of the same name (which also stands solidly on its own), ‘Funny Games’ is an eerie German movie about a family who is tormented by a couple of sick neighbours while on holiday.  This is one film you definitely feel the need to watch with one eye closed; not for the scare factor, but because it is quite horrific in a totally different way.  The thing that makes this film so disturbing is not only that it could truly be a possibility, but the lack of remorse and the sheer pleasure the tormentors get out of their sick games will burn a hole into your mind.

6.  House of 1000 Corpses

I like Rob Zombie’s music and his films are quite good.  This one, being his first, still churns my stomach to this day.  I first watched this movie as a teenager and while it wasn’t particularly scary, some of the moments were quite horrific in my book.  I can still picture the half-man-half-fish (Dwight Schrute everybody!) and it gives me some serious wiggins.  Let’s face it: anything with deranged carnies will make anybody feel sick.

5.  Irreversible

I had only heard a little about this film before watching it.  My partner’s friend said his girlfriend had banned it from their house and said “I bet your missus can’t sit through more than half an hour of it”.  Challenge accepted!  But did I expect such a brutal, violent, grizzly film?  Not at all.  There are a lot of online references to the nine-minute rape scene of Monica Belucci, however I felt absolutely disgusted at the head-bashing earlier on in the film.  Not for the faint hearted but worth fulfilling that sense of curiosity we all have.

3.  Seven

Probably considered more thriller than horror, ‘Se7en’ is by far one of my favourite movies.  Of all the concepts highlighted in the film, I have to say there is one sin that really got to me: Gluttony.  I won’t say any more.

3.  The Hills Have Eyes

As I mentioned before, mutations and deformations make me absolutely sick to the stomach.  As in those made for sheer horrific entertainment.  The remake of ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ is one of the most disturbing films I have ever watched and is relentless even after multiple viewings.  I will count all of the mutants as equally disturbing in this one.  However, it is what they do to the family motor-homing across the state that really freak me out.  The baby, the rape, the scene where they go into the mutants’ house… ugh.  My stomach is gurgling as I type.

2.  I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

Rape and torture, when paired up, are always going to be incredibly disturbing.  I’m not usually affected by these things, even as a woman, however this film sat with me in quite an unsavoury fashion.  While I didn’t enjoy the rape scene, I oddly enough enjoyed the revenge inflicted on Jennifer’s tormentors, no matter how sick to my stomach they made me.  When there is no supernatural element to a film, no demon possession, no comical masked serial killer, just sheer human brutality… that marks a deeply disturbing film which only leads to one thought: This could happen to me.

1.  Pet Semetary

I know I’ll probably cop some flack for putting this at the top of my list, but there are just so many elements of this film that give me some serious heeby jeebies.  The flashback scenes with Aunt Zelda freaked the you-know-what out of me – and I only watched this movie for the first time a couple of years ago!  There are a lot of actual scary moments in this film (a lot of them include post-mortem Gage), however this was one movie that truly made my stomach turn, primarily due to Aunt Zelda.  Definitely worth a watch (and a highly recommended book by my dad), this is one that really disturbed me out for days to come.


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      1. Mith Besler April 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

        I would add the 1999 movie Audition to the list. 

        • Poorwendy July 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Audition is very disturbing.

        • Drew M. September 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          Audition was deliciously disturbing.

        • Al January 28, 2013 at 3:27 am

          I dare anyone to see an obscure art film called the “Begotten”. Black and White, no dialogue, just the sound of crickets and torture.

        • Slimfo March 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

          LOL Audition sucked

        • B(squared) April 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

          If “Human Centipede” doesn’t make a list of most disturbing movies than it’s a pretty weak list. Especially since “seven” and Pet Sematary” made it the list. Two thumbs down ! This aricle sucks.

        • LittleKrystalGirl@100 July 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          I honestly didn’t find The Human Centipede that disturbing. To me, it was just disgusting. I would have added The Last House on the Left to the list (the original – I haven’t seen the remake so I can’t recommend that). I nearly cried while watching it and it stayed with me for ages.

        • Andrew Hoctor July 30, 2015 at 3:41 am

          Who the hell came up with this list?!?! Irreversible?

      2. Firedog909 April 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Would put Martyrs and Inside on this list. Def over Pet Sematary.

        • James Bailey June 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

           i got bored of that film, scary to begin with but after an hour of someone knocking on the door it just got boring

      3. Doug Fields April 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        “The Strangers” –  stuck with me for quite a while after I saw it.

      4. Marc April 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Eden Lake was pretty messed up.

      5. earthdancedaph May 5, 2012 at 4:29 am

        I truly met my match watching INSIDE whoa…I think my review is around here somewhere:) 

      6. James Dodds May 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

        Oh how I love House of 1000 Corpses. The follow up, Devils Rejects is more of a “Oh crap now I must run (but kill along the way)” kinda film.
        Se7en is very clever. Lust, Pride and Wrath are the worst for me.
        I don’t think I will ever watch The Hills Have Eyes again. Way too over the top for me…
        Hunting down Deadgirl now though!

        • danagerocco July 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

           deadgirl is availabel on netflix instant queue

        • danagerocco July 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

           dead girl on netflix instant queue

        • Ani February 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

          Deadgirl and Audition made my brain cry. And I lost control of my bladder. And I might have died for a few minutes.

      7. Aldo Valencia Piñan June 13, 2012 at 1:27 am

        I assume you have not seen “A Serbian Film” yet. Don’t try. All these movies will become Discovery Kids after that.

        • Shannon Sterling August 3, 2012 at 2:44 am

          Agreed. “A Serbian FIlm” is most definitely disturbing yet the message is quite intriguing. THe ride is terrifying but for some reason you have to finish.

        • Phillipé Salander September 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

          See that’s the funny part, I can pull a message out of just about anything but the message here was either so muddled or so weak. And nothing could justify what happened in that movie. We can forgive the oral sex murder and the decapitation but the infant business and where children are involved crosses a certain line, not even morally, fuck morals, on an animal level it was just….unacceptable.

        • Don Ball October 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

          Also agree. A Serbian Film was the one that did me in.

        • Johangd January 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm

          consider it as the big brother of “Taken”, don’t mess up with people you don’t know and don’t even think you know the ones closer to you.

        • JacksonHart August 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

          True. One of the few movies I’ve ever said to myself “Man…I really just can’t finish watching this movie…”, but I stuck through it.

          But you seriously will not find a more disturbing movie. I have no doubts that this writer just hasn’t seen that movie, because if she did, it would be at the top spot without question. The newborn scene is one of, if not the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on film.

        • Aaron Tom August 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

           “Serbian Film” was absolute trash.  Nothing disturbing about it.  The newborn scene is laughably atrocious, and I’m not one of those internet “tough guys” that say this about any movie.  “Cannibal Holocaust”?  Disturbing as hell and will stay with me forever.  “Salo”?  Ditto.  “Serbian Film” just felt like a 16-year-old cramming as many vile ideas as he possibly could into 90 minutes, and the end result is embarrassing.

        • Pebbles Kington August 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

          I watched Cannibal Holocaust. I found it rather boring and switched it off. When I tried the second time I fell asleep half way through. Decided not to try again.

        • Bob B December 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          Little over halfway is when it gets good from a horror standpoint. Whole movie is good though

        • jesse meenaghan September 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

          Finally!!! someone who understands that all these movies just suck and basically thrown together to make $$$ on netflix.

        • Piotr Nowacki November 20, 2012 at 12:04 am

          Cannibal Holocaust was really awesome, one of those movies that really had a plot and posed an overall question on human nature and what ‘civilized’ actually means.

        • Eric Crabtree August 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm


        • Leonard February 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

          I watched Serbian Film at night and just laid in my bed unable to sleep for the whole night, no joke. Cannibal Holocaust also disturbed me but not on the level of Serbian Film.

        • manuela August 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

          i honestly recommend you The Serbian movie, great :)
          Human Centipede (first and second sequence, i can’t wait till third come out)
          and the most disturbing are old movies …HEI TAI YANG (Man behind the Sun) and Salo’ (120 days of sodomy)..there are more, but those are the most disturbing I ever saw

        • nuno rocha September 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

          Serbian Film and Martyrs are absolut cllasic movies regarding traumatic scenes in a movie.In this list that i respect of course,nothing is nearly as traumatic as this 2 movies.Sorry…i was forgeting about Irreversible…..this 3 movies will last a long time in your head after seeing them.I can assure you. Only Se7en can come close…because the genius of Se7en is not showing the killings,is letting your own mind go wild trying to imagine the deaths.

      8. jeffity June 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        Funny Games is Austrian, not German.

      9. Penny Wanjiku June 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        Human Centipede. God help all who watch it.

        • GreenGrr June 17, 2012 at 5:22 am

          I saw that. It was too stupid and gross-out to really disturb me that badly.

        • Jeff Rittenour July 30, 2012 at 2:19 am

          see there could be two lists. One on disturbing films that are still good…and then ones you shouldn’t watch lol

        • HorrorMovies December 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          Good point on making two lists.

        • Ani February 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

          I couldn’t. The synopsis alone made me vomit a little. I am…a punk ass.

        • DK October 13, 2015 at 3:09 am

          The first Human Centipede I kind of laughed at…but the idea gave me the willies especially the feeding scene. Human Centipede Two by far was more disturbing and was actually somewhat believable in the realm of a psychotic thriller. It freaked me out more than quite a bit. Reading this list it seems like Serbian Film might have to be added to my playlist!

      10. General Zod June 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        Pet Cemetery?  That’s almost a comedy.  Audition is WAY more disturbing.

        • Jeff Rittenour July 30, 2012 at 2:19 am

          yeah I don’t know about pet cemetery…but I agree with Hills Have Eyes…the trailer scenes were brutal. Like sittin there in shock kinda stuff. I watched it with my friends and we were SILENT throughout that shit lol

        • poofy_and_boofer August 13, 2012 at 4:28 am

          if you watched pet sematary now, yes it would seem more like a comedy than a horror flick.

          but if you watched it back in the 80s when it was released, it would have done some serious damage to your childhood. that and Stephen King’s IT. f*ck that movie.

          And yes, Audition is disturbing.

      11. Denis Carrillo June 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        Audition is sick, also but only if you can take it i’ll say martir 

      12. ZeD June 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        I’m surprised ‘Martyrs’ didn’t make the list – I thought nothing could really get to me again until I saw that…

      13. Zachary Ryan Winkelmann June 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        no nekromantik eh?

      14. Carlos G Diaz June 20, 2012 at 4:25 am

        How about….

        Cannibal Holocaust…..Salo…..Tetsuo…..Eraserhead…..Begotten….Man Bites Dog….Meet The Feebles…..Last House on the Left…….and Guinea Pig.

        • Becky North July 8, 2012 at 3:32 am

           cannibal holocaust #1 without freakin’ question. if you find the above movies (talkin’ about the top 10 list by author) disturbing then you should never ever see cannibal holocaust – or even do any research on it

        • customer August 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

          wow- i never heard of that one sounds like a movie in the way they use to make them back in the 70s…Blood Sucking freaks got banned in Europe( i think), so sometime you will only find an edited copy but the full versions are out there probably on tape.

        • klownz January 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

          Which guinea pig film you fuckin idiot

      15. Cody Huebel June 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Ok So One Of My Picks Would Be Insidious…… The Use Of Tiny Tim’s Rendition Of “Tiptoe Through The Tulips”, A Lipstick Faced Demon, And A Man Dressed Up Portraying A Disturbingly Creepy Old Lady Ghost. This Movie Is Disturbing In Every Sense Of The Word Causing Goosebumps Throughout. Also Quite Possibly The First Movie To Startle The Crap Outta You With The Title Screen During The Opening Credits And Some Maniacal Fiddle Action. I Also Agree With How Martyrs And Audition Didn’t Make The List.

      16. Jean-Francois Boivin June 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        that list should be titled “10 Most Disturbing Movies that were theatrical released in the U.S. in the past 15 years”. it’s very narrow and picky.

      17. Patrick Boggs June 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Kudos on your list.  I know a lot of people are saying what should and should not have been included.  Well, let them write their own list.  I agree with most of your selections but have not seen Irreversible or the original Hills Have Eyes.   Dead Girl was hard to watch, yet almost impossible for me to stop watching.  Your list is the first that I’ve seen Woman on, but it may still be fairly new.  To me it was an instant classic, although it will be a while before I want to see it again. Jack Ketchum is a real twisted bastard, but man can he tell a messed-up story.
        And to the guy that mentioned A Serbian Film, I just want to say, you can’t un-watch a movie, but with that film I really wish I could. 
        So, thanks for the list and good job.

      18. Sarah Shaqiri June 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        There are also Cannibal Holocaust, Nekromantik, Requiem for a dream, The human centipiede, Audition, 120 days of sodom, Last house on the left (70’s version) and many others 

        • Zamanta De Jesus October 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          I was about to suggest Salo too…. With all these comments I have to recognize that I watch too much horror….lol

      19. Micah Joseph Loving June 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Lazy list by someone who hasn’t seen too many disturbing movies.  Pathetic list.

      20. Sam Potter July 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

        I have heard that “Antichrist” by Lars Von Trier is pretty disturbing as well. 

        • HongVan August 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

          That true, I swear those scene still stuck in my head.

      21. Jim Stone July 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

        Human Centipede TWO was SOOOOO wrong on SO many levels!  Very disturbing!  You can almost see some strange freak trying to do that for real like the freak in this sequel!  The rape scene was the most horrific experience in the whole movie! And let’s not forget how disturbing the Hostel franchise is!

        • Bradley Randleman August 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          You stole my thunder with “Hostel”… I didnt even want to see the sequel!!!

      22. Kola Cosby July 22, 2012 at 5:37 am

        Is something wrong with me?  Your list, of the ones I have seen they do not disturbed me.  I watch for entertainment, I know it’s not real, so they don’t bother me.  The only thing that does bother me is rapes scenes.  I will ff through those, I don’t feel they are necessary.  But most who have endured one don’t. :

      23. Kyle Jones July 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Fire In The Sky…

      24. Jim Price July 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        I agree with those who suggest Audition (1999). Not as relentlessly disturbing as some of these films, but it builds to one of the most effed-up scenes ever filmed (IMHO).

      25. Joerg July 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Men behind the sun was very disturbing, Kill List was messing with my head as well (even if there are quite some similarities to serbian film).

      26. Jeff Rittenour July 30, 2012 at 2:16 am

        would ‘Frailty” make this list? How about Irreversible? The latter isn’t a horror (and I haven’t seen it – but I heard it was rough) and the former well – that movie is messed up (from the kids perspective).

      27. James Scalzo July 30, 2012 at 2:36 am

        “The Girl Next Door” Will be on the revised list I guarantee

      28. Ralph Bunton August 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

         one you should watch if you haven’t is the movie Sick Girl

      29. Nemo Hoes August 3, 2012 at 1:43 am

        A Serbian Film. Nuff said.

      30. JacksonHart August 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        If you haven’t seen A Serbian Film…you haven’t been disturbed…Plain and simple.

      31. Brian Hudson August 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

        If you’re talking about disturbing horror films, you must, repeat, MUST have “A Serbian Film” and “Martyrs” on the list. Those would be in my top 5 most disturbing, without a doubt. Especially “A Serbian Film”… But “Martyrs” is a deeply disturbing film, too.

        I know that “Irreversible” is one of the most disturbing films ever, but it is clearly not a horror film…. even if there are moments that are “horrific”.   

        I have no idea what would lead someone to put “Pet Semetary” anywhere on the list, though I enjoy the film… I wouldn’t put it anywhere near the top 10. I mean, lots of horror films are not only more disturbing, but simply better in all respects… like “Hellraiser” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” or “The Exorcist” even…

        And of course, without “The Human Centipede” or “Human Centipede 2”, I have to say the list has some oversights. Regardless of anyone’s opinions about those films, there is no doubt that they are disturbing as hell. 

        Gotta have “A Serbian Film” on there though… one viewing of that film will stay with you for a lifetime.

        • hanna26manna August 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

          I completely agree with you. I cannot believe that The Human Centipede did not make the list! The sequel was even more disturbing. Being a horror fan, it takes a lot to make me feel sick and contemplate whether or not I can continue watching the whole movie, until I saw The Human Centipede. Definitely left me with the creeps.

        • Joel September 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          The Human Centipede isn’t disturbing, it’s laughable, stupid and shows like a bunch of 8 year old’s wanted to make a disgusting movie.

        • hanna26manna September 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          If you don’t find people being sewn together by mouth to anus, and goes even further by feeding the first one laxatives for further amusement, then you have problems.

        • Joel September 16, 2012 at 1:24 am

          The idea is fairly disturbing, sure, but the movie isn’t, its execution is laughable.

        • Ganjamancer October 25, 2012 at 5:50 am

          You are crazy the Dr was fantastic in the ‘Centipede’, he is a legendary character actor in Germany. Its a disgusting film but the production is solid.

        • Guest October 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

          @Ganjamancer No, the production isn’t solid, not even a little bit, it was about as solid as diarrhea and smelled about the same too.

        • Joel October 31, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          @twitter-76719068:disqus No, the production isn’t solid, not even a little bit, it
          was about as solid as diarrhea and smelled and looked about the same too.

      32. customer August 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        What about Blood Sucking Freaks…a  gross disturbing movie you can’t forget not many people know about…just be sure to get the uncut version.

      33. Dimitar Koparanski August 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        I guess how distubing a movie is is a matter of an opinion 😀 (or point of view :D)

      34. vinniebraz01 August 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        If the Body horror stuff scares you, I’m wondering if you’ve ever seen the David Cronenberg version of “The Fly?”  That’s the horror movie I saw when I was too young, and I still have a hard time getting through it.

      35. Lyndsey Manns August 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        A Serbian Film.

        That is by far the most disturbing yet amazing move I have seen.

      36. Christopher August 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        I watched a movie, The Divide, recently.  If you haven’t seen it, it stars Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance and some other lesser known actors.  It is the story of nine survivors of a nuclear attack on NYC.  The nine take refuge in an old fallout shelter, of a high rise apartment building.

        The truly disturbing aspects of the film, is watching each member of the group slowly loosing their humanity and morality over the course of the picture.

        The film is directed by Xavier Gens, who directed Hitman in 2007.  The movie based on the video game franchise of the same name.

        The Divide is a very dark and depressing film.  It’s one of those movies that you watch once and will never watch again.  Not because it is a bad film, but because of the dark subject matter and   the feeling you hopelessness you are left with when the credits roll.

        This movie left a definite impression on me and I am not a person who is easily affected by movies.  This one though really got to me.

      37. Joseph Mummerth August 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

        visions of suffering , and antichrist , belong on any list of disturbing films . seven and the hills have eyes does`nt belong on the list at all !

      38. John Skinner August 17, 2012 at 6:32 am

        Try Cannibal Holocaust. It was banned in 8 country’s and involved real killing of animals. The director was arrested because the killings in the movie appeared so real.

      39. Mike Arce August 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Let not forget the french! “Calvaire” & “Martyrs” should definitely be in this list.

      40. John Rambo August 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

        Yes these aren’t the most disturbing for all of us, but this is the writer’s opinion. I haven’t seen anybody mention the Slaughtered Vomit Dolls trilogy yet, nor the August Underground trilogy yet. Mordum is the worst, (second film) they’re shot in the “real movie” way and it looks super realistic, props to the makeup team on that. Watch them, for me they’re over ASF, which I actually thought was amazing.

      41. Higgledyh Higglesworth August 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

        House of 1000 corpses is a crappy B Movie. You`re having a laugh because you like the movie.

      42. Radislav Cicic August 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        just want to agree with posts below Serbian Film and Martyrs need to be among the top five most disturbing ever also another Serbian film titled The life and death of a porno gang has a good disturbing factor and at the end Devils Rejects just for Rob Z. fun base

      43. RIB August 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        I believe Antichrist (2009) would also fit very well on this list. Psychologically and physically brutal. The self mutilation alone warrants it. Not to mention other notable horrors committed by Dafoes lunatic wife… Martyrs is also excellent.

      44. schlimmagehtsnimma August 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        Very nice list indeed, but Funny Games is Austrian, not German.
        Just wanted to point that out.^^

      45. hanna26manna August 27, 2012 at 2:37 am

        I can’t believe that the Human Centipede did not make the list!!!! That movies is the most disturbing and sickening film I have ever seen. I didn’t think it would be possible to make an even more disturbing movie, until I saw the sequel, Human Centipede 2. The plot: Creepy doctor kidnaps people and surgically attaches them to one another by mouth to anus, to make a ‘pet’ for himself. It’s really realistic and gross.

        • idleprimate August 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

          what that movie was, was tedious and boring, with a gag punchline that had worn flat from blogging months before the movie came out

      46. hanna26manna August 27, 2012 at 4:46 am

        What about Ichi the Killer and Grotesque? Both banned by the BBFC, and then some.

        • CoreyShaughnessy August 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

          Ichi was great, but it was really cartoony. I would never consider it disturbing.

      47. BHourie August 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        The Exoricist didn’t make your list? Time to hang it up you fail

        • DREW BURGE August 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

          The Exorcist is probably the most overrated horror movie of all time. It’s not even close to disturbing.

        • CoreyShaughnessy August 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

          Really, grandma? Still shaking on your bedpan?

        • BHourie September 3, 2012 at 5:21 am

          Grandma? you must be some young punk bitch keyboard warrior eh lmfao fag

        • CoreyShaughnessy September 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          Well, actually I’m a real warrior serving in Afghanistan. So there’s that. And as a horror/shock fan, I like the big boy movies like August Underground and Murder-Set-Pieces. I’m not left shaking by an image that flashes on the screen during a lightning storm.

        • BHourie September 4, 2012 at 1:17 am

          It’s too bad your generation is lost, I’m guessing you think Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj are the greatest musical artists as well. So keep on being told what to like. And serving in Afghan eh, it’s too bad your government uses you like the bitch you are to invade a country on a lie. Enjoy your pathetic salary as a soldier while you protect the real enemy that sucks the oil and poppie renevues to line their pockets lmfao

        • CoreyShaughnessy September 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

          Wow, you’re accusing someone of being told what to like when your big horror experience is The Exorcist? You should probably take a long look in the mirror so you can see what a hypocrite looks like. And I’m so glad you’ve watched CNN and read some headlines on Huffington Post. You have such a deeper understanding of the war as opposed to somebody that, you know, is actually there. I guess some people have talk and some people have balls.

        • CoreyShaughnessy September 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

          Also, considering that you used “lmfao”, I’d place your age at about 15. Glad you enjoyed your first R-rated movie!

        • Sinister Ginger August 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

          good god people, the exorcist was greaat for what it was. the special effects were groundbreaking and it was for most part a decent film. I however dont think a message board is a place to vent about what you have seen in

        • Sinister Ginger August 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

          iraq and have seen more horrors of the darkside of the human race then what anyone should experience. this is suppose to be a fun discussion. if you want to tell your horror story write it down but dont belittle someone because you disagree with how scary the exorcist was.

      48. Steven Shepherd August 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        okay its your oppinion…but i think for myself the top5 most be 5.Hostel 4.Human Centipede 2 3.Martyr 2.dread 1. Human Centipede….but it think some movies from your list are really great horror movies ..but the movies an my list are sic sadistic and no entertainment….as a big horror movie freak I MUST SAY if something is not entertaintment anymore in a movie and almost too close on reality…sadistic and no entertainment.

        • CoreyShaughnessy August 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

          So pedestrian. You need to explore more.

        • hanna26manna September 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

          I would switch Human Centipede 2 to first and Human Centipede to 4th place. I found the part where the lady gives birth in the car and has to step on it because it landed under the gas pedal, pushed it for me.

      49. Fred Händl ♫ August 29, 2012 at 4:53 am

        I tend to agree with this list, although mine’d contain following movies as well:

        – Saló [ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073650/ ]
        – Cannibal [ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910548/ ]

      50. Felix Cangas August 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Nekromantic?A Serbian Film?Slaughtered Vomit Dolls?perhaps you should watch more movies because these films are pretty tame.

        • M Drake January 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

          What the **** have you been watching?? A Serbian Film, pretty tame?! You been watching real snuff films there guy?

      51. CoreyShaughnessy August 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Yeah, not to be a jerk, but this list is super tame. Should have at least included the perennial August Underground.

      52. idleprimate August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        Martyrs, The Loved Ones and Nekromantik were pretty disturbing, more so for me than many of the authors choices

      53. Hector Manuel Elias Oliver August 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Martyrs should definitely be here. Nice list though.

      54. Andy Brown August 31, 2012 at 2:04 am

        This entire conversation is pointless without the inclusion of “A Serbian Film”. Everything else pales in comparison.

      55. Guest September 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        funny games isn’t a german movie. it’s an austrian movie.

      56. Mochipants September 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

        “Disturbing” and “disgusting” aren’t the same thing. Half of these belong in their own list of “10 goriest horror movies”.

      57. Zachary Rose September 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        I would be ashamed to have written this list, there are a ton more films that are more disturbing, do more research and watch more movies before making a list this bad.

      58. Frankie September 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        The top disturbing movie of all times is like Mike mentioned: “Martyrs”. It really gets you inside and mess you up for the night. I am 44 and I saw a lot. Could not stop watching.

      59. Casey White September 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Clearly a list made by someone who hasn’t seen any true disturbing horror films. Funny Games? Really? I’ve seen more messed up ABC Family dramas. Martyrs and A Serbian Film should have topped this list.

      60. hanna26manna September 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        Funny Games was really messed up.

      61. Stupor Nova September 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        The most disturbing film ever? Harry Potter….Nuff said!!

      62. Benjamin September 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        No Hard Candy, Inside, A Serbian Film, or Martyrs? Audition? Oldboy?

      63. Daniel Anthony Mecca September 8, 2012 at 6:08 am

        I have to agree that Pet Semetary 1 was messed up, the flashbacks are what did it for me and yes, Gage once he came back to life. Movie is still weird. I may get some crap for it but, I also think JEEPERS CREEPERS 1 was pretty damn creepy, no punn intended. It just was…. I loved it. MARTYRS and HIGH TENSION also should be on this list!

      64. Mitchell Robertson September 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

        August Underground: Mordem

      65. Matt Azazel Solar September 10, 2012 at 6:36 am

        How is A Serbian Film not on this list? And not #1 on the list? I’ve seen some gory, disturbing flims but A Serbian Film makes all of them, including every movie on this list (Pet Sematary is #1? Really? That’s really the most disturbing thing you’ve ever seen?), look like an episode of Sesame Street. I can say that I am traumatized by what I saw. I’ve seen gore enthusiasts breakdown and vomit to this one.

      66. Cody M Patterson September 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

        i laughed my way through most of these, especially pet cemetar and House of 1000 corpses, I love that movie! watch Hatchet and Hatchet 2 if you want to see gore.

      67. Tina Middleton September 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        Can’t knock how someone feels about a movie.. It’s not for me, or anyone
        else to diss what someone finds scary. People have varying degrees of
        scare factors and different ideas of what horror is. Deadgirl was pretty

        I think “A Serbian film” wasn’t scary so much as a
        gorefest. It’s not my idea of terrifying. Disturbing, yes. Somebody
        decided to make a movie about a chain of every vile, repulsive act known
        and sometimes unknown to man. It made my stomach churn, but it didn’t
        truly terrify me in the sense of sending a chill down my spine. I was
        sickened and so far beyond shocked, I turned the movie off because I
        felt filthy just playing it. I was kept awake by the thought of
        somebody’s mind entertaining the ideas in that movie enough to put them
        on film, how much the kids portrayed actually knew about the film, and
        what it would do to their psyche. But I wasn’t awake with the fear that
        something or someone was going to get me and I needed the lights on so
        that I could see and not trip over an errant shoe like the stupid girl/
        guy did and do me in.

        I think this is a pretty solid list. I
        would’ve included Martyrs for sure. Audition, the first Poltergeist,
        Psycho (took being a mama’s boy to a whole other level), The Birds,
        Ginger Snaps (if hormonal, menstruating, teenage werewolf girls don’t
        scare you I bow before you), The Thing, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
        (1970’s), The Orphanage ( awesome that bloody entrails doesn’t always
        equate to scare-the-$*** out of you), Freaks, Event Horizon. My scariest
        movie would definitely be The Shining. Those twin girls chanting, “come
        play with us…forever.” Yeah….just no. As I said, varying degrees of
        scary. ~Sigh~ so many….

      68. Tina Middleton September 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        There are varying degrees of scary for everybody. Not everybody may agree with this list, but it’s the reviewer’s choice. I don’t think A Serbian Film was at all scary. Disturbing and depraved? Yes. It was like someone stuck a chain of the most vile, repulsive thoughts known and sometimes unknown to man together and put the ideas to film. I felt filthy just watching it and hoped the kids portrayed in that movie didn’t have a clue what was going on. It kept me awake at night because I wondered what effect the movie would have on the kids’ psyche. It didn’t send a chill down my spine, it didn’t make my hair stand on end and need to sleep with the lights in case i needed to make a quick getaway and didn’t want to trip over an errant shoe like the stupid girl/guy did and do me in. It sickened me, but it didn’t truly scare me.

        I think this is a pretty solid list. I
        would’ve included Martyrs for sure. Audition, the first Poltergeist,
        Psycho (took being a mama’s boy to a whole other level), The Birds,
        Ginger Snaps (if hormonal, menstruating, teenage werewolf girls doesn’t terrify you I bow before you), The Thing, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
        (1970’s), The Orphanage ( awesome that bloody entrails doesn’t always
        equate to scare-the-$*** out of you), Freaks, Event Horizon. My scariest
        movie would definitely be The Shining. Those twin girls chanting, “come
        play with us…forever.” Yeah….just no. As I said, varying degrees of
        scary. ~Sigh~ so many….

      69. Tyrone Kendall II September 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        The most disturbing film I have ever seen, that’s easy “28 dresses”. As for horror, I would ad Martyrs, Cannibal Holocaust, Inside and a movie I haven’t seen mentioned by anyone Ankle Biters

        • Jon Stenerud September 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

          I see what you did there :)

      70. Casey Poe September 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        I was wondering when someone would mention August underground. I personally enjoy Rob Zombie, Stephen King and Wes Craven.

      71. Surfing_Rowdy September 22, 2012 at 12:37 am

        Clearly you guys haven’t seen “The Collector”. I’ve seen basically all the movies above and nothing on this list even comes close to that movie. After seeing it was from the makers of Saw i figured I could handle it with no problem but this was fucked up on a whole other level

      72. Phillipé Salander September 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

        Calvaire was nuts. But I think A Serbian Film takes the cake for the most fucked up. Hands down and I’ve seen ALOT of fucked up movies, but that was the first one to ever truly make me feel genuinely upset and violated. I literally felt sick. NOTHING does that me.

        • Phillipé Salander September 27, 2012 at 2:35 am

          AntiChrist should make it on there, for obvious groin related reasons.

      73. Buffee Gabrielson September 27, 2012 at 3:12 am

        Texas Chainsaw Massacre origonal and Last House on the Left (wes craven_)

      74. Guest September 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        “The Human Caterpillar2 freaked me out…ewwww

      75. Vicky Hall September 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        “The Human Centerpide” freaked me out..ewww

      76. E.A. Blair September 30, 2012 at 12:39 am

        The esteemed authoress needs to get ahold of a dictionary and look up the difference between :grizzly” and “grisly”.

      77. Jarrod S. Barnes September 30, 2012 at 1:51 am

        I completely agree with you putting Pet Semetary as your number 1. Maybe it is because I saw it when I was young. But man, that is a terrifying and disturbing film. Deformity, child death, zombies (people and pets) and so much more. Nice list. I have seen most… Serbian Film, Thesis and Martyrs are on my “to see” list…I think they might dislodge some on your list.

      78. jesse meenaghan September 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        this is the worst list and explanation portion i have ever seen. are you like 14 and play on your playstation all day and night because that’s who i imagine writing about and choosing these films. ROB ZOMBIE IS THE WORST “director”EVER!! his movies all suck. he has no clue. all he knows are the cliches of horror and think it’s cool but it’s not cool to be stupid.

      79. Julie Fishman September 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        there is a Hungarian film called “Taxidermia” that is weird, beautiful and really disturbing, yeah those scenes that stay with you for quite a while after the film is over… not for the faint of heart, not that it’s super gory, just some scenes that are hard to watch.

      80. Bill the Cat October 2, 2012 at 12:48 am

        Human Centipede 2. AWESOME!!!!!

      81. Robert Bish October 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        Why isn’t Hellraiser on this list, the first time I saw the Chatterer, that image was burned into my memory.

      82. CLEANANDCRAZY64 October 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        LOVE THESE FLICKS. ,, / ,, /

      83. Mike Ahern October 9, 2012 at 2:37 am

        where was “Henry: Portrait of a Serial killer”?

      84. Mariano Gambetta October 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

        the only really disturbing film here is Funny Games
        the “rewind” scene was so fuc***ing perfect

      85. Chris Meyer October 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

        you cant forget ” delicatessen “…movie was pretty awesome

      86. Ganjamancer October 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

        ‘The Human Centipede’ trumps all those movies.

      87. Mark Harding October 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        I’ve seen a lot of these “most disturbing films” lists, and for some reason, not one of them listed Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Not much gore, but without a doubt the most realistic depiction of serial killers ever filmed. The scene of an entire family being slaughtered in their own home (as viewed through a portable camcorder) will definitely stick with you for days.

        • Rod October 16, 2013 at 12:39 am

          No. Gerard Kargl’s Angst is the most realistic.

      88. szore November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer.

        ’nuff said.

      89. Lee Akira November 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        How about 8MM? I found it very disturbing. The 8MM snuff film, the seedy underground porn world and when Nicolas Cage got back at the film makers. One of Cage’s only good films in my opinion.

      90. Captain Optimist November 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        Pretty sure you need to update this with the Human Centipede movies. Ho-ly God. Nobody should ever watch those. Ever.

      91. daniel almodovar November 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        SEED should be top 2. Sick movie. A must see.

      92. Leif Ryd December 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        Salo and Eden Lake (mainly for the ending) tops my list…

        Noone’s mentioned New York Ripper yet? Saw a fragment of Blood Sucking Freaks back in the 80’s, happy I didn’t see more.

        For me, the endings of of ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Dancer in the Dark’ by Von Trier are generally more disturbing than most horror films mentioned here (that I’ve seen). Splatter and gore is generally more ‘disgusting’ than ‘disturbing’. It’s the films that manage combine sadism with the psychlogical that have the hardest impact on you.

        You can always make films that are more brutal than others. ‘Beyond the Limits’ by Olaf Ittenbach for example isn’t watchable for any ‘sound’ person, but it’s pretty crap so it may not affect you badly. I couldn’t sit through it though.

      93. Glenn Griffith January 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

        Bought a copy of Hills have Eyes, watched it and then burned it. Most disturbing piece of absolutely garbage I think i’ve every seen, All though It sounds like Deadgirl is more twisted.

      94. klownz January 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        LOL! Who ever made this list clearly hasn’t seen many films!

      95. Radoslaw Starski January 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        two words… visitor q

      96. Nicholas Carton January 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        Martyrs is much more disturbing than half of these movies. It’s genuinely the only movie that I could not re-watch to save my life

      97. mayfly66 January 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

        a serbian film,,now thats the film which you should not watch if you love your families.’antichrist’,salo,the human centepede1 and 2,just try these grand nanny of all these film combined.

      98. Mark January 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

        They left a movie off this list that is far more disturbing. I heard of it and I can not believe what the had in that movie. I saw things in that movie that I have never seen and hope to never see again. The movie is called A Serbian Film. The baby being born scene was crazy as hell.

      99. Jay February 1, 2013 at 12:16 am

        ‘Matilda’ – watching that fat kid eat an entire cake of which, I thought at the time, had actual “sweat and blood” in it, makes me sick to this day.

        • SDS420 March 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

          I totally remember the fat kid eating the cake scene.LOL!! His name was Bruce.

      100. michael fink February 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

        no one mentioned “Sisters” from the early 70’s. very creepy

      101. Steven Jacobo February 6, 2013 at 3:29 am

        how in the hell is “The Thing” not on this list…

      102. Kezbo February 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        You missed ‘The Human Centipede’. Now that’s one fucked up piece of celluloid!!!

      103. Ryknow February 11, 2013 at 6:03 am

        I would have A Serbian Film and Salò, or 120 days of Sodom on this list before all of the ones you listed.

      104. Maumaumauington February 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        Subconcious Cruelty

      105. garyb49 February 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Has anyone seen the Korean film THE BUTCHER?? Where there’s 3 guys and they have 3 people(I think)tied up in a warehouse and they’re shooting a snuff film.The victims have cameras on their heads where you can see what their captors are doing to them.One of the captors is the “star” of the film and he’s wearing a pig head and an apron..The movie was banned in its own country…

        • Rod October 16, 2013 at 12:41 am


      106. Maranda February 25, 2013 at 2:07 am

        You have obviously never seen the movie “Salo”, “Cannibal Holocaust” and the wort of all, “A Serbian Film”.

      107. pip February 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        have you seen the movie freaks the new version, the last 10 mins are pretty disturbing.

      108. Tracy Salathe February 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

        The top of my list goes to Necromaniac. It is the most disgusting pile of cinema garbage I have ever seen, thanks to an old friend who begged a bunch of us to watch it. It is banned in nearly every country, and as the name implies you can get what the film is about without going into details. Another film that disturbed me was Freaks, the original not the remake, although not necessarily a horror film by definition. It was scary none the less. I felt bad for the so called freaks who were and still are exploited through their unfortunate birth defects for money and fame. Some of the films on the list are good picks for shock value for sure. I spit on your grave for the simple fact it is realistic and it’s grainy and shaky cam shots give it a sense of impending doom. I am surprised the writer here never mentioned Last house on the left, unless of course they never seen that film, the rape scenes in that film rank it high on any list for disturbing shock value. Not sure if I would put Pet Semetary at the top for my picks, but the child coming back is a horrifying premise. I felt Kings book was better than the film.

      109. Johan March 4, 2013 at 11:38 pm

        “the boys’ hormones get the better of them” in explanation to what they did to the woman really makes me want to punch whoever wrote this in the fucking dick

      110. Nikki March 7, 2013 at 6:11 am

        Vulgar was very disturbing. Wish I never would’ve watched but had to finish.

      111. kit March 10, 2013 at 2:25 am

        Thanks for the list everyone, now I know what NOT to let my kids watch, like one person said, you can’t unwatch something, once you’ve let trash inside its there to stay and no clue how its going to affect you psychologically, why do that to yourself? I don’t really get why people feel the need to make these kind of films, in my opinion they are adding to the decline of our societies moral compass and desensitizing of our children

      112. Jess March 17, 2013 at 8:55 am

        First of all, I like every movie mentioned on the list. All were quite disturbing in one way or another, and there are a few that would also be on my Top 10 Most Disturbing Films List, and some that are actually among my fav horror flicks of all time. With that being said, we all define disturbing very differently, and here are some excluded films that would have made my personal list. (Most of these have been previously mentioned, but I digress):
        Cannibal Holocaust, A Serbian Film, Human Centipede (1 & 2), Freaks (the original), The Collector, It (because I have clown phobia), Pan’s Labyrinth (for that one disturbing creature), Last House On The Left (original), Straw Dogs (original), The Descent (1 & 2), Atrocious, Strangeland, Tideland, Exorcism of Emily Rose (her possessed voice stuck with me), Wrong Turn(s) (since Hills Have Eyes was mentioned), and finally since no one has mentioned this film I’m assuming that no one has seen it; it’s for fans of the truly disturbing, for those who really want to see how much violence and vivid, realistic, human suffering they can endure watching, here is my final suggestion………………Philosophy of A Knife. It chronicles the horrors committed by the Japanese army’s Unit 731, which used biological and chemical weapons on Russian and Chinese prisoners during the 1930s and ’40s. Be warned, it’s 249 minutes long, and full of exploitation and torture not for the faint of heart. You will cringe, and maybe even cry, after witnessing the depth of cruelty that human beings are willing to enact against each other. It is mostly silent except for interviews with various witnesses. And that’s my list.

      113. VoodooTrucker March 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        I was actually surprised to see Pet Semetary at the top of the list. The book is disturbing, but usually I’m the only person who says Pet Semetary is also the most disturbing horror film ever to me. I’m sure part of it has to do with the fact that the first time I watched it I was 8 years old. Anyway good list.

      114. Avril Faye March 22, 2013 at 2:33 am

        ‘The Unborn’ was one of the scariest movies ever! Along with ‘The Excorcist'(original) & ‘The Crazies’ (remake) & I’m not scared easily!

        • RushFan August 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

          Agree. When I was a kid I ran through the room for one second of the Excorcist, it disturbed me for 20+ years :-)

      115. RMS78108 March 29, 2013 at 4:01 am

        I watched the ‘Hills Have Eyes’ when it first came out on DVD. It was recommended to me by my disturbed ex; I actually cried and covered my eyes during the movie. ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was equally emotionally draining. Guess I’m not cut out for these type of movies, I won’t even watch ‘Hostel’.

      116. mel winkler March 30, 2013 at 4:18 am

        No one here has mentioned August Underground Mordem…..August Underground Penance?

      117. heshine March 31, 2013 at 7:06 am

        Did someone mention Salo?? What kind of movie is that? I mean that fucked up shit is pathetic. The only disturbing scene in that movie is that girl eating hot shit of the gay guy. I almost forgot to mention, i hope ya all have seen that “eye out of the socket with a spoon scene” Ha ha ha…. i couldn’t stop laughing.. is that what you call graphics?? i call it “cheap old school kid’s magic”

      118. H April 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        Not being a proper horror movie “The divide” is pretty disturbing

      119. Steve April 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm


      120. Jerry April 8, 2013 at 4:19 am

        I totally agree – Bad Boy Bubby was so messed up! Also, another not yet mentioned – I found Wolf Creek fairly disturbing but that probably has a lot to do with the fact I’ve driven through the ‘outback’ so many times – now when I do all I can think is “head on a stick” lol.

      121. garyb49g April 17, 2013 at 3:10 am

        No mention of THE BUTCHER? The movie from Korea that was banned in its own country…more disturbing that anything America has come out with in a long while..

      122. Lerch April 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        If you want BRUTAL, try MARTYRS, what happens to the lead woman in that film is very horrific, then her tormentors kind of hail her as a hero toward the end, because she became a martyr…..well, what was left of her

        • Herner Klenthur April 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          Completely agree MARTYRS is without doubt one of the hardest movies to watch.

      123. Vince April 19, 2013 at 4:24 am

        The angels melancholy…. Wow…. It will change your life forever…

      124. Talim April 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        I would have included Ichi the Killer. Well it’s not horror, it’s mostly suspense and a lot of gang violence and the most misogyny I’ve ever seen in one film. Not only does it have several rape scenes but also many brutal beatings against women including cutting off a woman’s nipples. I couldn’t even sit through the whole movie, that is how disturbed I was. I agreed on most of the movies listed here like House of 1000 Corpses and The Hills Have Eyes but l’d say of all movies that ever disturbed me, Ichi the Killer tops the list.

      125. Michael April 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        necromantic.. game over..

      126. CallMeImmature April 25, 2013 at 5:32 am

        To the creator of the list: Interesting choices. Came here to get some ideas and thought I would add my 2 cents. First let me say I am a 25 year old female, since everyone is talking shit I thought Id throw that out there. The only thing that disturbs me is extremely graphic skull crushing, its the sound that one makes after their skull is caved in and they are still trying to breathe… To each their own. I must say that I do love Ichi the Killer I wanted to show it to my friends and family. When I described it, the looks on their faces were absolute disgust… Apparently people have an aversion to rape? (sorry for being a dick) A Serbian Film was LAME 100% predictable. And how dare people even mention Human Centipede, beyond stupid. “Hi im five and im gonna glue my dogs together.” HA. It just pisses me off when there are multiple chances for people to escape in horror movies and they dont take it. You want your movie to be good? DONT LET THE PEOPLE YOURE GOING TO MURDER/FUCK WITH HAVE EVEN ONE SHOT AT ESCAPING. Im sorry but horror is my thing and they alllllllll suck lately. :( <—- yes that is a sad face. Although currently Korean thrillers are getting gooooood I recommend 'I Saw the Devil' Ohhh Netflix. LOLZ <3 <3 <3 Oh and to the asshole @CoreyShaughnessy who made a remark about The Exorcist not being disturbing and I believe you called someone a "granny" stfu that movie is scary as balls. Just because you like SHOCK "Ohhhh im a big boy." Its just bloooooood and guts bro. Booooooooo! I see more gore when I have my period compaired to the movies you watch bahahahaha

      127. Mollande April 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

        Funny Games is as German as Mozart, Schwarzenegger, Christoph Waltz, and Hitler…

      128. Pedro Martinez April 26, 2013 at 1:28 am

        Deadgirl was pretty bland, or maybe I just found it dull because I watched it a few days after watching “A Serbian Film”. I haven’t watched any of the others so I’ll check them out, thanks!

      129. free_agent April 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        When you say gluttony i think you actually mean sloth

      130. Dravenfan June 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

        How is it The Human Centipede films don’t even make these lists? I only saw the first one, but that was THE most disturbing horror movie I’ve EVER seen! And from what I read about the second one, it made the first one seem mild…

      131. mrs mcclelland June 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        visitor q ws disturbing but funny in a sense b/c it actual had purpose. lol a father who fucks his own daughter whos a prostitute while the son gets his ass beat and inturn beats his moms ass by the way shes an herioin addict throw in a stranger who knocked dad out adn is now part of the family and dad getting a nut of fucking a dead woman AND getting stuck in her (rigormortiis) and the stranger put them together fucked up right? for disturbing, try DUMPLINGS or SOMEBODYS KNOCKING not as mch horror but a real WTF moment! human centepide ws one of the most funniest movies i ever saw, the acting was horrible plot even worse! Seed ws mentioned but i dont think it fits in with Salo and that horrible horrible Serbia. if you’re mentally strong dont ruin your mind or rape ur eyes with those movies

      132. bomber June 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

        irreversible is the only movie on this list that i would agree to be one of the most fucked up. Martyrs, antichrist, visitor q, ichi the killer, audition, I saw the devil, salo, strange circus, are up there but happiness, dogtooth are fucked in their own way. I know more but cant think of them right now.

      133. James June 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        The Antichrist with William DaFoe was fairly disturbing.

      134. Rahl July 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

        I’m surprised that The Angels Melancholy isn’t on here. Albeit it is German, but it is the most f*cked up movie I have ever even heard of. And the sick part is, none of the animal scenes were faked. I did research after watching that and I couldn’t sleep for a week. Makes Serbian Film look like a Disney movie. If any of the movies mentioned here bothered you, don’t even try to watch The Angels Melancholy. It will give you night terrors.

      135. Rob July 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        August Underground. Philosophy of a Knife.

      136. keke July 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm


      137. Anonymous July 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        Anyone who was able and/or willing to sit through August Underground, either through strength of stomach or genuine interest, is a fucking loser through and through.

      138. Jacob August 3, 2013 at 6:46 am

        What about August Underground Mordum?

      139. Sinister Ginger August 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

        I respectfully disagree with you with house of 1000 corpses i think the devils rejects was far more disturbing. I often describe HOTC’s as texas chainsaw massacre were a loony tunes skit or hell you can even compare it too scooby doo in a sense. the film was full of villians you liked and nosey college students you kinda wanted be killed off. The Devils Rejects however comepletely turns the table with all the villians and now you see a side of them that is sadistic and just plain cruel. to this day i schedule my bathroom breaks during the forced fallacio scene. vivid rape scenes i never been my thing anyways, its the one thing i could never stomach or domestic violence that is the main reason why i stopped watching life films.

      140. anon August 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        “I oddly enough enjoyed the revenge inflicted on Jennifer’s tormentors, no matter how sick to my stomach they made me.”
        What’s so “odd” about that?

        “Admit it. You love it when you watch a film that sits with you for hours, even days after. Your stomach twists and turns, you cover your eyes but peek through your hands because you can’t miss a minute. You get that strange internal shudder that goes down your spine all the way to your toes. Your mouth tastes slightly off afterwards.”
        It doesn’t feel anywhere this nice, and no, I don’t really.

      141. Ka'uilani Kim September 22, 2013 at 12:30 am

        I watched “Begotten.” For the person who said “I dare you” this bored the crap out of me. I ended up just skipping through the movie. I could not find one place where it lived up to the hype.

      142. Chels October 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I can’t even….Gotta go puke.

      143. Rod October 16, 2013 at 12:41 am

        Whoever wrote this list really hasn’t seen many disturbing films.

      144. AliceStud December 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        I’m so sorry but, for my taste and for my horror history, this these movies weren’t disturbing for me…

        • Herner Klenthur December 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

          Alice what movies would you have on your list? My list would include TEETH, Martyrs, Hostel, Human Centipede, Jack Ketchums Lost and Girl Nest Door just to name a few.

      145. noah December 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        Really? Pet Sematary? Come on!!!!!

        • Herner Klenthur December 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          As a kid Pet Semetary scared the crap out of me 😛

      146. Bryan Sibbach January 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

        No mention of The Poughkeepsi Tapes? Truly creepy flick with a twisted serial killer.

      147. Rob January 1, 2014 at 2:43 am

        I really thought Seed was disturbing…especially the scene with the hammer….

      148. Dravenfan January 1, 2014 at 3:22 am

        TOTALLY think Human Centipede and the sequel-heck, I couldn’t even WATCH the sequel, the synopsis alone left me squirming. But if you think I Spit On Your Grave is disturbing (which it is, yes) the sequel (not the remake, the sequel) left me crossing my legs and cringing all night long. I think if you watch that, it will totally take the number one spot. Oh, and Pet Cemetery wigged me out too. When I first saw it. Not so much now .

      149. PrincePurple January 1, 2014 at 7:06 am

        Stupid list; coz “Pet semetary” is at No:1 and it doesn’t have the most disturbing fucked up movie of all time “Serbian Film”.
        Other notable omissions are Angel’s melancholy, Human centipede, Audition, August underground, Visitor Q, Salo, Guinea pig (1 & 2)

      150. Raven February 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        I agree with so many of the movies mentioned and I am working my through watching every single one of them! But in all of the lists and all of the posts that I have read no one has ever mentioned Strangeland. I think that would be in my top 5 just based on the scenes from his dungeon. For me it freaked me out WAY more than Serbian Film which I know tops many, many lists.

      151. sobertr February 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

        How about hostel 1st part n days of sodomy?

      152. Devan March 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

        This is the second time I watched Deadgirl….just as thoroughly disturbing as the first time I saw it (and I still needed to cover my eyes a little)

      153. matt October 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

        everyone seems to add “a serbian film” as the most disturbing film. To me it is not. I wouldn’t even classify that as a film. It is just rubbish. It is just about compiling the most sick, nonsense, crap thoughts and scenes and make that the length of a film. That thing is just crap. You have to have a sick mind to like it or to watch until the end. I stopped after 30min. I found that just boring.
        A horror/disturbing movie has to have a good scenario. A story that makes you believe it could happen to you, even if unlikely. A disturbing movie prevents you from sleeping at night. I don’t think we can draw an absolute list of the most scary films. It depends on everyone’s sensibility.
        I would add to the list : the exorcist, hostel, severance (although I laughed at the end when the blonde girl runs naked and shooting everywhere with the machine gun), the hills have eyes, wrong turn (gore like THHE), the ring, them (from a true story), texas chainsaw, the strangers…
        Human centipede wasn’t scary at all. It is just nonsense and laughable.

      154. matt October 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        I would add “drag me to hell” really scared me. maybe because i believe in hell/heaven and in God. I wouldn’t watch it again. An indian colleague found the movie funny and boring and it didn’t scare him at all. It really depends on your beliefs and sensibility

      155. Relda August 2, 2015 at 7:04 am

        Strangeland is one of the best cringeworthy horror films ever. Watch it! U will be pleasantly surprised and entertained

      156. Leslie August 3, 2015 at 12:46 am

        God, I don’t think I’ve seen anything scarier than Descent.

      157. Jill September 21, 2015 at 1:02 am

        Pet Cemetary and Seven make the list but “Last House on the Left” the original does not?

      158. Miles October 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

        Anybody who writes about horror films should know “Grisly” is not spelled “Grizzly”…Pathetic.

      159. ed October 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm

        this guy hasnt seen old boy (2003) yet… it left me with the same feeling i got after watching serbian film but the difference is that old boy is actually a good written/directed movie.

      160. Preservation Pub November 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        Somebody mentioned “Audition” – I would add that most of Miike’s earlier films could make it on the list. Also “A Serbian Film.” And a little known ’90s film called “The Reflecting Skin.”

      161. Jedi Pimp November 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        Ever since my son was born any movies where babies or little kids are harmed or there’s the suggestion of harm makes me physically ill. The last Rambo movie where the soldiers attack the village, or in AVP where the Alien is loose in the maternity ward I can’t watch anymore. Not horror movies, but…

      162. Brandanman January 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm

        House of Wax (2005)

      163. John George March 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm

        Angel Heart. What if you were wrong about the most basic assumption you can possibly make? Also my favorite performance by DeNiro.

        “The Hills Have Eyes” is based on the legend of Sawney Bean–which may be (tho’ likely isn’t) history.

      164. vinculumblogs April 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        In this list I like Deadgirl.

      165. patriot67 August 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm

        The movie “Hostel” the first one , messed me up for days

      166. NoName September 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

        Begotten truly the most disturbing movie ever made

      167. Heidi September 11, 2016 at 11:23 pm

        I have seen most of these movies and some I’m adding to my list to watch. I found Megan is Missing to be extremely disturbing and one I never want to watch again. Martyrs and High Tension are worth watching, as is Headless and Found. And for those, like me, that like the sicko movies, ones I’d like to see are Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness and Madness of Many. In my opinion, the horror movies, these days, are usually disappointing – not even close to the creepiness of Halloween. And, The Exorcist, is still one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, and I’m in my 40’s!

      168. horror fanatic September 14, 2016 at 11:02 am

        who ever wrote this list was on crack and doesn’t know horror films not 1 hell raiser film and no night or the living dead the classic ,or John Carpenters the thing someone make a new list and delete this piece of shit!

      169. Iceman January 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

        I would add “kill list” and “bunny games” to this mix! enjoy :)

      170. Philip May 2, 2019 at 10:52 pm

        With this comment I am assuming that most people reading the article are looking for movies that will make them squirm. If that is you, I highly recommend all 10 films from the article. Then, if you made it through those and still want more, one of the following will surely make you squirm. Wrong Turn 2 (2007), Hostel Part II (2007), Hostel (2006), Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) (sequel to the one in the article, and 2x as twisted), Saw II (2005), Saw VI (2009), Saw VII (2010) (extreme gore, but poor special effects (pink blood)), The Last House on the Left (2009), and Frontieres (2007). The last one is in French and is rated NC-17. I would also like to mention that a lot of commenters have mentioned “A Serbian Film” as one that should been included in this list. What they forgot to tell you was that you won’t be able to un-watch it. Even the horror junkies with the strongest stomachs wish they could erase that one from their memory.