In several different posts over the course of 2021, we've asked our BuzzFeed Community to tell us about which movie scene(s) they believe are the most disturbing of all time — no matter the genre.* And, listen y'all, they DID NOT disappoint! Epic Records
*Horror! Drama! Sci-Fi! Heck, even some Disney movies are on here!
So — with that in mind and presented in no particular order — here are the most popular responses we received, all in one place for easy, accessible, nightmare-inducing reading:
: Given the nature of this post and the question being answered, there is some WARNING ahead. We have opted to include stills from the movies and link out to the full scenes in the titles should you wish to view them. Please proceed with caution and take care of yourselves! DISTURBING CONTENT 1. (2019), The opening scene Midsommar
"The family's death at the very opening of this was f'ed up."
m4b2f0b4d8 A24 2. (2002), Also the opening scene Ghost Ship
"When everyone gets sliced in half."
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"The shot in the remake after the backseat suicide. At one point someone references her brains looking like lasagna. I haven't been able to eat lasagna since."
a4140841dd New Line Cinema 4. (1987), The “Jesus wept” scene Hellraiser New World Releasing / Â©New World Releasing/Courtesy Everett Collection
"When the guy has his heart ripped out of his chest by the leader of the group. It scared me as a kid, and — to this day — I skip over that part when I watch the movie."
cdncowgirl Paramount Pictures 6. (2012), The lawn mower scene Sinister 7. (1995), The crime scene(s) Se7en
"That movie crossed a line for me. My husband and I could barely speak to each other the week after we saw it. We were both so upset."
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"When Pennywise chomps Georgie's arm off. Most of us trusted clowns as kids, maybe even enjoyed them! The rest of the movie I could handle, but little Georgie bleeding out? NOPE."
hiitsnicetomeetyou Warner Bros. 9. (2007), The remote control scene Funny Games
"It left the audience with zero hope."
micaharit Warner Bros / Â©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection 10. (2017), The sawing-in-half scene Terrifier
"When Art the clown saws that girl in half. It's the only scene to ever make my stomach squirm, and I watch a lot of gory movies."
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"The most messed up scene ever recorded."
mameangelm Omega Project 12. (2015), The graphic death scene Bone Tomahawk
"I can handle gore, but that was too much!"
yvonneb87 RLJ Entertainment
"It's so disturbing and sad. The entirety of that movie disturbs me, but it’s still a good movie."
holybeans Paramount / Â©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection 14. (2016), The assault scene Don't Breathe
"When the blind man catches the main girl, takes her downstairs to the basement, and is about to...you know...with the turkey baster."
bucketofchicken744 Screen Gems / Â©Screen Gems/Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection 15. (1993), The abduction scene Fire in the Sky
"I saw it when I was WAY too young, and it has scarred me."
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"The scene in the remake with Ryan Reynolds where the babysitter is FORCED TO STICK HER FINGER IN THE BULLET HOLE OF A DEAD GIRL’S FOREHEAD. I tried stomaching that movie at a seventh grade Halloween party to impress some boys, but I am now 25 fucking years old and it still gives me the creeps."
bridgetb3 MGM 17. (2007), The plot twist scene The Mist
"I'm a huge Stephen King fan and read the story years before the movie came out, so I thought I knew what would happen. Nope. They changed the ending, and — even though King himself has said he loved it — I hated it. I don't handle violence against children well at all, even if it's fake."
Facebook Weinstein Company / Â©Weinstein Company/Courtesy Everett Collection 18. (2013), The cannibal scene Green Inferno
"It's got to be the scene when that guy gets cut up and eaten while still alive."
g44f422578 BH Tilt 19. (1990), The reveal scene The Witches
"The grand high witch's face reveal was (and still is) bloody terrifying! I had nightmares for seven consecutive years after watching it and I still refuse to rewatch it to this day!"
xcherrybombx Warner Bros / Â©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection
"It disturbed me so badly, I almost couldn't finish it."
Facebook A24 21. (2004), The disemboweling scene Shaun of the Dead
"A character is disemboweled and torn limb from limb by zombies. I can deal with the rest of the over-the-top gore in that movie, but I have a thing about guts. I still can’t watch it."
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"When Judge Doom gets flattened and you realize he's actually a toon. The way his eyes change still gives me nightmares!"
krosemizzou Buena Vista Pictures / Â©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection 24. (2018), The bear scene Annihilation
"When the creature used one of the dead character's voices to lure out the group. It haunts me."
—Laura Gibbs Hicks,
Facebook Paramount Pictures 25. (1995), The quartering scene Braveheart
"The scene when William Wallace is drawn and quartered is SO hard for me to watch. I mostly watch it through my fingers."
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"I can't remember a single second of that movie, other than that damn snake woman!"
emazinggrace12 Eagle Films 27. (2006), The murder scene Alpha Dog
"The scene when they kill the innocent brother of their rival after holding him hostage (and even befriending him). I have not watched that movie since."
Facebook New Line Cinema / Â©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection 28. (2015), The baby scene The Witch
"This scene is within the first 10 minutes of the movie and I wanted to walk out."
Facebook Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection / Everett Collection 29. (1997), The target practice scene The Jackal
"This is the most disturbing scene in movie history. Absolutely soul crushing and horrific to watch."
Facebook Universal Pictures 30. (1982), The dog scene The Thing
"The sounds alone made me uneasy."
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"I will never be over it. It makes me sick just thinking about being put in that position."
emmelineanderson Universal / Â©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection 32. (2008), The mirror scene Mirrors
"The scene when the sister was enjoying a nice bath and her 'mirror self' straight-up ripped her jaw right off. TBH, it took me a week to finish the movie after that, and I skipped that part."
smileypants09 20th Century Fox 33. (2018), The torture scene Red Sparrow
"That scene has scarred my mind. I will never watch that movie again."
blazestarninja 20th Century Fox 34. (2014), The attack scene Backcountry
"I never see this movie on these types of lists, but the scene when the man gets eaten by the bear has permanently scarred me for life, and I refuse to watch that movie ever again."
summerskyep IFC Midnight 35. (2018), The ritual scene Suspiria 36. (2005), The needle scene Saw II
"A man pushes a woman into a pit of used syringes and she has to wade through them to find a key while being stuck by needles. All the while, she’s screaming and crying. It was horrifying."
britneypeedonaladybug Lions Gate / Â©Lions Gate/Courtesy Everett Collection 37. (2012), Gavroche's death scene Les Misérables
"The way they panned over Gavroche's eyes after his death was absolutely horrible, and I still have to skip over that part whenever I rewatch the movie."
lunalovegood987 Universal Pictures
"The scene in the kitchen was SO unsettling to me."
seashel Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
"It haunts me to this day. The movie itself is so disturbing and sad, but that scene...man."
beccafaye25 New Line Cinema / Â©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection 40. (2018), The piano wire scene Hereditary
"Everyone always talks about the car accident scene, but for me it was the moment Toni Collette saws off her own head with a piano wire. I was done at that point and had to cover my eyes for the rest of the movie."
ashleys3 A24 41. (1992), The ear cutting scene Reservoir Dogs 42. (2016), The "get in my car" scene Nocturnal Animals
"I can't bring myself to watch that movie a second time, but the memory of that scene is still with me years later — especially when I’m in a car at night. Just thinking about it makes my heart beat really fast."
cliffordswift © Focus Features /Courtesy Everett Collection 43. (1996), The phone call scene Eye for an Eye
"Sally Field's character had to listen on the phone while Kiefer Sutherland's character assaulted and murdered her daughter. I’ve never been able to forget that moment. It was horrifying."
—Bethany Belden Smith,
Facebook Paramount / Â©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection 44. (2008), The bathtub scene Martyrs
"When Anna found that secret door and she finds that woman with the metal on her head and her waist. When she puts her in the bathtub and starts pulling the bolts out of her head, it makes me cringe just imagining it."
chs318 Wild Bunch 45. (2012), The disappearing body parts scene Looper
"There's a guy losing parts of his body in the present as they are chopped off in the past. I could barely make it through that scene and I didn't take in the rest of the movie. It unlocked a new, very specific fear in me."
lizjh TriStar Pictures 46. (1990), The hobbling scene Misery
"It’s not even especially gory. I just hate hearing him scream."
loulabelson Columbia Pictures / Â©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
"I watched that movie when I was 12 and I felt like I was going to vomit. It was so awful and intense. The part where the man is lying on the beach, trying to hold in his intestines in while screaming for his mother
especially fucked me up."
catherines3120 Dreamworks / Â©DreamWorks/Courtesy Everett Collection
"It's so much worse than the first movie! The scene at the end where the pregnant woman is trying to get away from the main guy, and she gives birth in the car seat and...what happens after that...it's one of the most hideous things I’ve ever seen, and psychologically damaged me for life."
Facebook Ifc Films / Â©IFC Films/Courtesy Everett Collection 49. (1940), The Pleasure Island scene Pinocchio
"When all of the boys turn into donkeys and the one boy calls out for his mother in the donkey voice. I can never watch that movie again!"
nattyiscool Walt Disney Studios 50. (1989), The Achilles tendon scene Pet Sematary
"The only right answer to this question is the scene when the neighbor is on the stairs and the kid comes up and slashes his Achilles tendon with his dad's scalpel. This scene is the sole reason why I rush up the stairs in the dark."
therollster Paramount Pictures 51. (2007), The ice block scene Saw IV
"When a character's head is crushed by two blocks of ice. I can still visualize it 10 years after seeing it."
craigg48fce6dab Lions Gate / Â©Lions Gate/Courtesy Everett Collection 52. (2017), The "degloving" scene Gerald's Game
"I watch a lot of horror movies and I'm not really all
that squeamish. That said, I could have gone without seeing the degloving scene in this movie for the rest of my life."
billyzeebub Netflix / Â©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection 53. (2005), The first torture scene Hostel
"That first full torture scene especially gets to me because I know a guy who resembles the guy in the chair!"
noodle192000 Screen Gems / Screen Gems/Courtesy Everett Collection 54. (2000), The horse (and iron) scene(s) The Cell
"I made it through the horse scene, only to have to abandon the theater when it was time for the iron scene with the kid. I left crying and have never finished it."
Facebook New Line Cinema / Â©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection 55. (1999), The electric chair scene The Green Mile
"The execution that goes wrong, you know the one. It makes my heart and stomach sick just thinking about it."
delorienaz Warner Bros / Â©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection 56. (1997), The boat scene Dante's Peak
"It scarred 13-year-old me for a good month and I still remember it over a decade later."
khill97 Universal Studios
"I know that it's not gory or anything, but the end scene when Heather is frantically searching for her last friend, and all of a sudden she finds him facing the corner and the camera falls. That scene has haunted me for so long. I still think about it 20 years later and haven't seen it since."
laurenk486b7dddf Artisan Entertainment 58. (2017), The baby scene Mother!
"If you’ve seen it, I think you know which scene I’m taking about. If you haven’t seen it: a baby gets murdered and eaten."
cruelsummer89 © Paramount Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection 59. (2006), The face smashing scene Pan's Labyrinth
"The captain smashes in the face of a suspected rebel. I thought after one or two hits, it would stop, but then it just kept going. I didn't know a lot about the movie, so I thought it would just be, like, a gothic fairy tale. That scene felt like it came out of nowhere and really set the tone for the rest of the film for me."
monikap6 Picturehouse / Â©Picturehouse/Courtesy Everett Collection 60. (1982), The investigation scene Poltergeist
"For me, it's the scene where the investigator tears his face off. It's the only movie scene I can never rewatch."
jpmarin555 MGM 61. (1960), The shower scene Psycho
"It's the all-time scariest scene in a movie. People were scared to shower after that."
cepowich Paramount Pictures 62. (1997), The vivisection scene Event Horizon
"There's a horrible scene where Jason Isaacs' character is hung up and vivisected. It's been years and I still wish I could unsee it — and worse, the only reason I watched the movie in the first place was because he's one of my favorite actors!"
c49a679543 Paramount / Â©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection
"I couldn't finish this movie because — at the very beginning — there's a scene where a boy is about to set a dog inside a bag on fire."
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"The scene when the older sister is brushing the younger sister's hair until she falls asleep, then, when she walks out of the room, you see a hand start brushing her hair again. It zooms out to show the little ghost boy in bed with her. Not even the worst part of the movie, but scared me enough to sleep with a pillow over my head for years."
ivyk4f960026f Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
"The tied-to-the-bed scene was pretty intense. The twin sons start demanding the woman posing as their mother (or is she?!) tell them where their real mother is."
rickh42c5aeca6 RADIUS-TWC Dimension Films
"The scene when Emily is counting to six, six times. On the sixth, she starts naming the demons that are possessing her body. When she got to the last demon, I had to close my eyes and ears, because I assumed it was Lucifer, and I really did not want to hear his name. Anything with possession scares me, but that scene actually terrified me and I haven't watched that again."
elisarmora7 Screen Gems
"The entire 'dream' sequence, from the boat to the ticking clock, from the chanting to the eerie soundtrack, from the SUPER creepy (and nude) old people to Satan’s eyes at the very end. It’s masterfully done, but YIKES."
bluerthanvelvet Paramount Pictures
"I am a huge horror fan and don't get shocked or grossed out easily, but I definitely didn't see this scene coming and it was super fucked up. I realize this isn't exactly a great advertisement for the movie, but it's actually a very good remake."
mkatherinekelly Fox Searchlight Pictures 69. (1990), The surprise murder scene Nightbreed
"This is a random movie, but there's a scene that to this day I still think about. A woman goes into the kitchen and opens the freezer door. When she closes the door, there's a man in a creepy burlap mask standing there and he brutally kills her, then her husband. It was terrifying, and I never watched it again, but it got me hooked on horror movies."
termen 20th Century Fox 70. (2018), The Nazi lab scene Overlord
"When the soldier goes into the Nazi lab and hears a French woman pleading for help. He pulls back the curtain and it’s just a head and a spine, and there are artificial lungs to keep her alive. I think about spine lady most days."
sarahb76 Paramount Pictures 71. (2019), The baseball boy scene Doctor Sleep
"The torturing of the baseball boy really got under my skin. Jacob Tremblay was born to act."
Facebook Jessica Miglio / © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection 72. (1982), The roach scene Creepshow
"The roach infestation scene messed me up as a kid. I now have a serious fear of bugs."
tracyr4da1ce6ba Warner Bros. 73. (2001), The brain eating scene Hannibal
"That was pretty horrifying. I recently rewatched the movie and I found that scene even less bearable to watch than when I was a teen."
—Anaïs M. Senseï,
"This was the last horror movie I ever saw. I don't even remember how I got talked into going to see it, but the scene at the end when the girl finally gets out and tries to hitchhike away. She gets picked up by that creepy dude and she doesn't even realize she's on her way back to that horror house. It traumatized me forever."
Facebook Lions Gate / Lions Gate / courtesy Everett Collection 75. And finally: (2014), Literally ANY scene Tusk
"Frankly, I wish I could unsee that whole movie."
—Ana Della Vedova Casaux,
Facebook Courtesy Everett Collection / A24 All right, you've survived all of their picks — but now, it's your turn! What do you believe is the single most disturbing movie scene of all time? Share your pick(s) in the comments below! Some entries were edited for length and/or clarity.