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.
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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