15 Most Disturbing And Scary Movies Ever

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Ever since the dawn of time, man has constantly been finding new ways of entertaining himself, continuously re-defining the word fun, and it seems that we always seek for more.

Nothing is ever funny enough, beautiful enough, awkward enough or scary enough for our species, thus we have always been pushing the envelope called entertainment and breaking the boundaries of what is supposed to bring us pleasure and amusement.

However, tragedy is perhaps the strongest among all forms of entertainment and for some reason human race have found many sadistic ways to not only entertain ourselves, but strive to push ourselves to the extremes when it comes to experiencing fear. Why? Because that very fear gives us the coveted adrenaline rush that reminds us we are truly alive.

So, here’s the list of 15 most scary and disturbing movies that changed cinematic entertainment when it comes to thrillers or horror movies. Prepare for some minor spoilers and some major goose bumps.

Of course, if we have left out some of the pieces you think should be on our list, feel free to contribute and mention them in the comments. Enjoy. I guess…

1. The Exorcist (1973)

This supernatural horror film was directed by William Friedkin and it was adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe, deals with the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her child through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

Most disturbing scene happens when be-devilled child Regan MacNeil stabs her crotch with none other but a metal crucifix and starts screaming some insane abominations (which are too much, even for this article) in a deep and inhuman voice.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, ranging from ‘classic’ to ‘claptrap’. Stanley Kauffmann, in The New Republic, wrote: “This is the scariest film I’ve seen in years. If you want to be shaken—and I found out, while the picture was going, that that’s what I wanted—then “The Exorcist” will scare the Sh**t out of you.”

  • alabubba

    Being slightly claustrophobic, “The Descent” scares the crap out of me. Its the one where these girls go into a cave system. get lost, and on top of all that there is some kind of mutant creatures chasing them. I honestly cant watch it.

  • mec os

    someone hasn’t seen A Serbian Film

    • Thomas Rehard

      True,, it should be number one on here A Serbian Film is the most vile movie ever made Period

    • Thomas Rehard

      A Serbian Film is the most vile movie ever made.

  • burnstrees

    A Serbian Film isn’t on here?

  • Jerri Berg

    I loved The Last House on the Left in the 70’s and bought the DVD a few years ago! Never saw the remake.

  • Jerri Berg

    Can’t believe The Human Centipede didn’t make this list. It was much better than the 2nd, which did make this list !!!

  • Vodeeodoe

    Cannibal Holocaust. I never made it past the first death.

  • kansasjhawk

    I expected “Videodrome” to be on this list.

  • Dumplings & Ichi the Killer.
    (wip)

  • Oddly enough, many of these I have seen 4 or 5 times or more. The ones I haven’t seen are on my to watch list. I wonder what that says about me?

  • miltonc4l

    Any such list is subjective, but it’s ridiculous that “The Elephant Man” isn’t on this one. Top five for sure, if not #1.

    Other notable absences:

    Dead Ringers
    Requiem for a Dream
    The Killer Inside Me
    Trainspotting

  • Jon Kledzik

    Where’s Gummo?

  • Hi Wayne

    Sorry, but The Exorcist is NOT scary. It’s a little girl laying in bed throwing up and calling people names. Scary? Really? Don’t think so. It’s not even a movie that’s fun to laugh it. The Exorcist is the most overrated movie of all time

    • Kallie Elizabeth Johnson

      I know! I thought it was so boring.

    • Thomas Rehard

      IT was scary to me when i was seven. now not so much, The novel is far superior

  • Kallie Elizabeth Johnson

    The Exorcist was not scary. It was flat out boring, I couldn’t even make it all the way through. The Poughkeepsie Tapes, however, was downright horrifying.

  • Thomas Rehard

    Man there’s a lot of hating The Exorcist on here. I saw it when i was 7, and it scared the hell out of me. Now that im older, I see it for what it is.A moving tale of lost and found faith. This is probably lost on the younger generation. Read the novel.. its far Superior to the film, which i also enjoyed.

  • Thomas Rehard

    Martyrs was brutal. I think the French film INSIDE should also be on this list. Its definitely a film you will only watch once, not because its a bad film, its just very brutal and therefor hard to watch

  • laurelei

    What is it called? If Michael wasn’t in it, it don’t count

  • Tjano

    Paranormal Activity (2007) is the best horror movie I seen before

    • Peter Hudson

      i cant watch any of those films
      still scared walking up my own stairs

  • Yubba Yubbadoo

    David Lynch needs to make the sequel to Eraserhead: Eraserhead 2.

  • David Bonfiglio

    I’ve seen a couple of those multiple times, but some of them, yeah, once was plenty, and some, I’ll pass, but some, I little curious!

    Only God Forgives could be on that list. I saw it on Nefix, and litteraly had to pause it because I thought I’d be sick.

  • Tonianne

    How can this list possibly not include the most disturbing film this film buff has ever seen, “Johnny Got His Gun.” ? The one movie that despite its being years since I’ve seen it still leaves me with a feeling of hopeless dread. Metallica’s tribute song “One” always brings back the most vividly images of utter despair.
    “Boxing Helena” is also up there for being truly disturbing..Sickening obsession taken to an ultimate degree..

  • Tonianne

    For the record, “The Exorcist” was not a bit frightening to me. Just gross. Yet it is on list after list of the scariest movies. Green puke is not scary, just sickening. A waste of my time to have watched it.

  • Peter Hudson

    what about “Man Bites Dog”?

  • Bob Frapples

    No Gigli?

  • Gregory Brown

    When “The Exorcist” first came out my friends and I drove to the local theater to see it. We encountered a group of evangelical christians at the entrance to the theater who were handing out leaflets that denounced the movie as … I don’t really know, I never read one, but they really didn’t like the movie on religious grounds. They offered a leaflet to my friend Mike, a person as Irish Catholic as they come, but withal a joker with a sense of humor that does not play well with fools. He waved them off with an airy, “No thanks, I’m into devil worship!” and walked on by, as their mouths dropped open.

  • Gregory Brown

    The White Dawn. A lost whaling boat crew in the 1800s is adopted by an Inuit band, which the whalers corrupt, and which ejects them in one of the most disturbing and poignant scenes I have witnessed.

  • Gregory Brown

    No Country For Old Men. Not going to watch that one again. A compelling, but very hard watch, right to the final scene, which leaves you in the air, dangling there with the horror of the previous two hours.

  • Gregory Brown

    Ebert was GOD