Friday, July 22, 2005

Most Disturbing Movie Scenes

Anyone that knows me has heard me recite a movie line or two (or 100). I love movies. Furthermore, if I find a movie I like, I'll watch it every time it's on TV. 99.9% of the time when I use a line from a movie, it'll be to make a joke. Next week I'll tell you my all time favorite movie lines (although most of them will probably be from Pulp Fiction - that movie was pure effing genius).

So, counting backwards, here are my top 10 most disturbing movie scenes of all time:

10. Misery - Kathy Bates playing the psycho #1 fan taking a sledgehammer to James Caan's feet. The book description was much, much worse. In the book, she took an axe, cut his feet off and cauterized it with a blow torch. Thank God that didn't happen on screen.

9. Blair Witch Project - There's actually two scenes here that are equally disturbing - Heather Donahue's close-up, desperate, teary-eyed, videoed goodbye to her family and friends in the Maryland backwoods, and the closing scene with the chase through the abandoned house and into the cellar. I actually stopped the DVD at the very end to see what happened to them. All you see is one of the guys catatonic staring into the corner of the cellar. Creeped me out for days.

8. Full Metal Jacket - Another great movie. The bloody suicidal death of tormented, overweight misfit and psychopathic Marine Private 'Pyle' during boot camp training, by shooting himself in the mouth and blowing his head off in the bathroom just after murdering Gunnery Sargent Hartman.

7. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (original) - Yes, it's a kids film, but it's the first time I can ever remember feeling uneasy after watching a movie. Willy (Gene Wilder) offers a boat ride down the Chocolate River to the kids and their parents - while hallucinatory, colorful, hellish and surreal images (a kaleidoscope of insects, a beheading of a chicken, a slimy worm on a face, etc.) are back-projected behind them while Willy provides strange commentary

6. Kill Bill Vol. 2 - Scene in which Beatrix Kiddo (Uma) plucks out Elle Driver's one remaining good eye (Daryl Hannah), drops it on the carpet and squishes it between her toes. She then leaves Elle in the house to suffer, with a black mamba snake running loose. Nothing like vitriolic fluid between your tosies to make you feel like a woman.

5. Saw - What a messed up movie. But a great movie nonetheless. The final scene where Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) is finally driven insane by thoughts of torture being done to his wife and little girl, cuts his own foot off with a hacksaw and hobbles out of the room after the demented killer. Movie over after that. Tremendous ending.

4. Se7en - Final scene. Doe (Kevin Spacey) has the head of Mills' (Brad Pitt) wife delivered to him in a box by a delivery driver, only seconds after telling Mills that she was pregnant when he killed her. Chilling scene.

3. Goodfellas - This whole movie disturbed me to no end. Mainly because I have ancestors that were in the mafia. The most disturbing scene to me was when Joe Pesci shoots Spider (Michael Imperioli), killing him after shooting him in the foot weeks beforehand. Pesci's character was terrifying for me to watch, as I can totally envision my great-grandfather being like that.

2. American History X - The curb scene. Norton tells the black guy to bite the curb and then kicks him in the back of the head. I can't even go on here. Too shocking for me.

1. Saving Private Ryan - The opening scene shows how horrific war is. When I saw this in the movies, I was truly unprepared for it. When the deck of the first U-boat was lowered and the first 3 rows of soldiers took it in the noodle, was bad enough. However, the most disturbing thing for me during that scene was watching the soldier that had his arm blown off searching for it. After he found it, he picked it up, looked around in amazement and limped away. Yikes.

Well, there they are - JP's Top 10 Most Disturbing Movie Scenes. Sleep well folks.

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I think for me it has to be August Underground. It felt as real as blair witch but because there hasn't been much publicity, it made you wonder if it was an actual snuff movie. luckily I have since discovered it isn't. But none the less, it was very uncomfortable to watch, mainly for the cruel humiliation theme running throu it.
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