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Added by darkparadise on 17 Jun 2012 09:52
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Dark, Troubling Films That Will Never Leave You

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People who added this item 314 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Accused (1988)
Intensity Rating - 10/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 10/10
Propensity to Disturb? - 10/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Either the opening scene depicting the violated victim fleeing in terror from the bar or the final flashback showing in agonisingly realistic detail the gang rape itself atop the pinball machine leading to one of the most prolonged, ferocious and harrowing rape scenes you will ever see. Not for the faint-hearted...
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People who added this item 1091 Average listal rating (534 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Inland Empire (2007)
Intensity Rating - 9/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 10/10
Propensity to Disturb? - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: The conjugation of 'holy shit' moments (screaming Nikki charging up to the screen in illuminated darkness; the haunting image of her contorted, clownish face in tight close-up; the bloody, dying phantom face) are what really scared me half to death and yet in retrospect were rather oddly beautiful, but if we were to go on consecutive sequences, it would have to be the creepy sitcom Rabbits.
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Intensity Rating - 7/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 9/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Definitely the scene in which Henry and Otis brutally slay an innocent family and we are complicit in watching them actually viewing their own disgusting actions on videotape...
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People who added this item 6475 Average listal rating (4548 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Intensity Rating - 10/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 10/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Definitely the moment Buffalo Bill does his little dance to Goodbye Horses...







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People who added this item 2307 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Blue Velvet (1986)
Intensity Rating - 9/10
Memorable/Graphic Images - 8/10
Propensity to Disturb - 8/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Obviously any of the sadistic brutalization/rape scenes between Frank Booth and Dorothy Vallens...
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People who added this item 4702 Average listal rating (3069 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Taxi Driver (1976)
Intensity Rating - 8/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 9/10
Propensity to Disturb - 8/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Definitely the blood-splattered ultra-violent Angel of Death final sequence, it still sends shivers down my spine.







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People who added this item 499 Average listal rating (307 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.9
Intensity Rating - 8/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 9/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Either the Red Room scene of the international version or BOB's utterly creepy appearance behind Laura Palmer's bed...
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People who added this item 1850 Average listal rating (1195 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Intensity Rating - 8/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 8/10
Propensity to Disturb - 8/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking: Either the blackly comic yet entirely unsettling dinner scene or the last girl's prolonged escape through the woods; Leatherface waving his chainsaw in the sunlight as she cackles maniacally on the back of a getaway truck is astonishing.
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People who added this item 1734 Average listal rating (992 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Intensity Rating - 7/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 8/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Either the moment Brandon is unveiled as Teena and subsequently sodomized by two of his male 'friends' or the ending where they murder him, another girl and almost her toddler.
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People who added this item 6367 Average listal rating (4489 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
Seven (1995)
Intensity Rating - 8/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 8/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: For first-time, unaware viewers, it has to be the famous sloth moment. However, the most horrifying and indelible scene has to be the final chapter, in which John Doe is revealed along with his chilling conclusion to the Seven Deadly Sins spree...









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People who added this item 1800 Average listal rating (1073 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Monster (2004)
Intensity Rating - 7/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 8/10
Propensity to Disturb - 8/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: If not the moment Aileen becomes a killer earlier on in the film, then the heartbreaking, unforgettable scene in which she picks up her final victim, an innocent family man who wants to help her; broken by the act, she screams in the darkness before pulling the trigger to the pleading man's skull. An uneasy and haunting sense of realism fills the atmosphere; it is clear that Aileen is no typical serial killer as she did not stalk or gain pleasure from her acts, and that everything is more complicated than it is portrayed in the media.
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People who added this item 4559 Average listal rating (3103 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
Intensity Rating - 7/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 7/10
Propensity to Disturb - 8/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: For anyone who has already seen the film, the foot stamp moment in which Derek crushes an African-American intruder's skull against the curb is unforgettable. However, there are two other notable moments in the film that are hard to shake off: the moment Derek is sodomized in prison and the gut-punch ending.







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People who added this item 3168 Average listal rating (1948 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Intensity Rating - 9/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 10/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Either the final scene or the decaying bum behind Winkie's...
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People who added this item 1941 Average listal rating (1105 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Dogville (2003)
Intensity Rating - 6/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 7/10
Propensity to Disturb - 9/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: In a film surrounding community, humanity and suffering, it is the stark final scene that not only encapsulates Grace Margaret Mulligan's overcoming of the dark-hearted Dogville and the message of morals and values, but also the fact that Dogville prided themselves on morals, they abused Grace and eventually dehumanized her. Her goodness is destroyed and she able to join the ranks of her mobster father after ordering the town's obliteration.
People who added this item 1777 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Eraserhead (1978)
Intensity Rating - 8/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 10/10
Propensity to Disturb - 10/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: The entire final chapter which follows from Henry and his baby's metaphoric and nightmarish transformation from enlarged worm/mutant, each other, pencil top eraser and finally the dance partner of an overtly chipmunk-cheeked blonde...
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People who added this item 605 Average listal rating (341 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Intensity Rating - 6/10
Memorable/Graphic Imagery - 8/10
Propensity to Disturb - 6/10

Most Horrifying/Shocking Scene: Since its not really terrifying as opposed to haunting, there is no outright horror to be had except for the dream-like, poetic chill and unsettling mood throughout each scene, particularly every moment upon the formation and the swan in Micheal's bedroom. If we had to go on shock, it would be the fact nothing is concluded: the mystery remains intact without any kind of possible solution.
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People who added this item 2340 Average listal rating (1540 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 1132 Average listal rating (711 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Funny Games (2008)
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People who added this item 374 Average listal rating (245 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
Creep (2005)
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People who added this item 2147 Average listal rating (1343 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Hard Candy (2006)
People who added this item 4155 Average listal rating (2720 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 1347 Average listal rating (811 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Precious (2009)
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People who added this item 858 Average listal rating (446 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dogtooth (2009)
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People who added this item 4867 Average listal rating (3205 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
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People who added this item 2227 Average listal rating (1433 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 3325 Average listal rating (2121 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Zodiac (2007)
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People who added this item 2062 Average listal rating (1242 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Changeling (2008)
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People who added this item 896 Average listal rating (552 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Martyrs (2008)
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Intense, disturbing and fatally indelible, this list of films are perhaps - depending on your psychological threshold - some of the most haunting, emotional and painful you will ever watch. Whether horrific, nightmarish or creepy, these films are either graphically shocking in their depiction of life at its most horrid or subliminal and outwardly psychological. Nevertheless, each film on this list left me unable to erase their most troubling content from my mind for months, even in some cases, longer. Viewer discretion is advised for the films rated over 7/10 on the scale of disturbance.

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