5 Disturbing Movies Everyone Should See

Even though these may not be the most unheard of films, if you haven’t seen them, you absolutely must. Some of them will make you cringe, some will make you sad and still others might make you angry. Stay on the lookout for the following gems.

5. Cannibal Holocaust

Let me start off by saying this is a film that made me pretty upset. It’s claim to fame was the controversy surrounding it. A group has disappeared in the Amazon rain forest while filming a documentary about the cannibalistic tribes in the area. The director,  Ruggero Deodato was arrested in Italy after the film was released because the government believed the actors were actually murdered on film. Of course, he now regrets everything he did for the film, but that’s not what aggravates me. All animal deaths (including two monkeys, a turtle, a snake, a pig and a spider) were all real. Now, I don’t care if these animals were fed to the natives afterward. Deodato did this simply for the shock value. And that is despicable.  Even still, this is one everyone should see.

4. Oldboy


Not your typical kidnapping film. Imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su takes revenge on his captors. The reason this film is on the list it because it is so utterly cringe-worthy. If there’s one thing I can’t handle in movies it’s pulling out teeth. And that’s all I really have to say about that. Oh, and just forget about that remake directed by Spike Lee in 2013. Just…forget about it.

3. Aftermath

Although this is a short film, it made the cut because you gotta see this. A morgue attendant decides to do some naughty things with a newly arrived corpse. This film made me want to shut my eyes tight, yet I couldn’t stop watching. If you’re into the “icky squishies,” I implore you to watch this one. Go ahead. It’s on YouTube. Do it now. I’ll wait.

2. Eraserhead

Now, Eraserhead is a difficult one to watch. I’ve only seen it once and I can hardly bring myself to do it again. Of course, it’s David Lynch, so it’s got to be tweaked, right? Well, this film is not only frightening, it’s confusingly terrifying. If you enjoy those films that make your head, ears and eyes want to explode, go for this one. Just…don’t invite me over when you decide to slip it in.

1. Uninvited

Now this is a gem. This Korean film was directed by Soo-youn Lee, a relatively unknown writer. But as you can see from the trailer, the long, drawn-out shots and disturbing noises are enough to make you feel uncomfortable already. Oh, and that split second shot where they show the truck backing up on the kid in the street? Yeah, they don’t cut away. At all. So, if you’re looking for something truly worthy of roller coaster of terror, pick up this one.

What films disturbed you beyond reason?