>the scene in The Strangers when Liv Tyler answers her door and the faceless girl says, so creepily, “Is Tamara home?
How about all of The Strangers…It’s a pretty creepy damned movie, even if you’re not in a cabin at the time!
And in the horror-murder vein – what about the never-released (but widely bootlegged) Broken film made by Peter Christopherson for Nine Inch Nails, which features a graphic framing film depicting a murder…
For me it is Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre, when Fenix is forced by his mother to kill the stripper who loves him. There is a far more brutal and graphic murder earlier on in the film. As comically disgusting as the final frame is with that murder, it is justified for the victim is a monster. In this scene, Fenix kills someone innocent who is in love with him. I simply cannot watch that scene. It is too brutal, emotionally.
In Irreversible, obviously the rape scene, these nine minutes makes me some paranoid for several days :S
yes I would agree that Irreversible was upsetting, the murder in the gay bar and of course that awful rape scene. A lot of requiem for a dream, especially the sex orgy scene with Jennifer Connelly, the ending of fat girl and most of the original version of the texas chain saw massacre, for me that film was unbearable and I almost had to walk out. Sure there are more but I was so traumatized that I can’t think of them.
In Andrei Rublev, when the dog is beaten to death with a cane.
In Dry Summer, when the dog is shot and killed.
In Bertolucci’s Partner, when Giacobbe 2 strangles the detergent salesgirl.
The Piano Teacher, when Walter shows up at the teacher’s apartment in the middle of the night, and repeats her wishes as she wrote them; to punch her beat her and so forth, and goes on to do so.
Mamma Roma, Ettore’s death. The dialogue before his death. The shot from his feet up, crucified to the table, his face leaning to the side lifeless, the bucket. Mamma’s reaction at the market.
As a kid i was horrified of Zelda from Pet Sematary…i couldnt sleep for months.
The ‘cutting’ scene from In the Realm of the Senses…
Sekzee, That scene from the movie scared you? Try reading the book. Its the only time I have actually had to close a book and come back to it.
Drew, i was 11 when i saw that film and it scared me a lot but the book is HORRIFYING! i envy anyone who has the opportunity to read it for the first time. Zelda, im getting goosebumps as Im typing this, is the scariest being in literature.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone,” scene from AUDITION
Oh awesome you have read the book too. Ya those couple of pages still haunt me.
yep Pet Sematary is my second fav right behind The Stand, im on a King binge ha reading The Long Walk right now and just finished Just After Sunset it was incredible!
The part where Jazz dies in “Transformers”. Why do the black people have to be the first ones to die even when they’re robots? Traumatic!
The Stand is epic. I may place The Shining slightly ahead of Pet Semetary.
havent read that one. Movie good! Book better?
The Duma Key is a good read, has some of the most compelling characters he has ever written but the narrative is a little more mundane than most of his previous novels but its still pretty awsome
Cutting Moments. Please do not ever subject yourself to that mental/visual torture. It’s so gross and manipulative that I’ve basically written the movie off as trash.
The russian roulette game in the pow prison from Deer Hunter.
Irreversible and the end of Mulholland Drive.
Not all trauma is gory. Some trauma rips and tears the flesh of your humanity.
All of Martyrs.
The ‘birth’ scene in Alien.
The burn victim scene in Dealer.
Ripples in the water in Sansho the Bailiff.
The scene with the deaf/mute teenager in Land of Silence and Darkness.
The crash in Enter the Void.
The tunnel in Irreversible (the red tunnel or the Rectum)
The quiet death scene in A Time to Live a Time to Die.
The end of The Passion of Joan of Arc.
The long, slow push in to the back of a truck in Landscape in the Mist.
The duet in Sopyonje.
The conclusion of Diamonds of the Night.
The end of Dancer in the Dark and Breaking the Waves.
The unnoticed death in Tie Xi Qu.
I’d like to post a few clips from Cannibal Holocaust, but they’d probably be moderated.
That movie is indefensible. I hate it.
The scene where Karen is shot in Los Bastardos.
The end of Canoa
I wouldn’t say indefensible, but it is shite.
The ending scene/revelation in “The secret in their eyes.”
The younger ronin cutting open his belly with a bamboo sword in Kobayashi’s Harakiri
All the scenes with David Morse and Björk in Dancer in the Dark
Visitor Q – squeezing milk
The Isle – pulling the stuff from the mouth
Anyone still cringe thinking about the scene in Inland Empire where Nikki comes running at the camera with her lips and eyelids peeled back into a twisted grimace? God, that had me cursing at my television (and at David Lynch, through the screen)
The reveal in The Ring where Katie is shown huddled in the closet.
And one that will always haunt me from childhood: Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Running over that cat with a lawnmower in Kynodontas.. Also, when an eagle’s head is severed in Louis Malle’s Black Moon.. Or in Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain the epic battle of the frogs…
I couldn’t even go through Amores Perros, for that matter..
Any form of animal cruelty really does it for me… on the other hand, though, I don’t seem to have a problem with guts sticking out or heads getting bashed with extinguishers (Irreversible) nor with needles stuck behind eyeballs (Odishon)…