10+ Highly Disturbing Films That Can Never Be Unseen

We went out on a search for some of the most messed up films to have been created. What better place to search than Reddit? So, we took to Ask Reddit to find honest and real reviews from people who watched some of the most unsettling films to exist. Needless to say, Reddit delivered (as it always does). Read on to find out what horrors are in store for these productions.

Happiness

Happiness

Source: Giphy

“Happiness, directed by Todd Solondz. You’ll laugh and simultaneously wait for the lightning strike to send you to hell.” — Enyerbado

Hansel And Gretel

Hansel And Gretel

Source: Hans Zimmer

“These threads are always filled with the same answers (A Serbian Film, Requiem for a Dream, etc) but the fucked up thing about this is that it aired only once on Halloween night in 1983 on the Disney Channel. Here’s some more from the YouTube description:

‘This is Burton’s unique, twisted, Burtonesque version of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale featuring an all Asian cast. Hansel and Gretel are the two children of a poor toymaker, whose evil stepmother wishes to do away with them to avoid starving. After being intentionally led away in the woods, they come across a gingerbread house attended to by a bizarre, but seemingly nice old hag with a candy cane nose! (played by the same male actor as the Stepmother) who turns out to have evil designs for our heroes!

After the initial airing, Disney Channel execs were so distraught by the frightening subject matter, that they never allowed the film to be shown again. Thankfully, someone managed to tape it that night, which provides us with this footage.’” — -eDgAR-

Red State

Red State

Source: Critical Outcast

“But I don’t think it should be called Red State. I think it should be called That’s Fucked Up. Each and every scene in that movie plays out like a logic puzzle. Given A, B, and C, what is the most fuckedest thing that could possibly happen. And they give you about ten second to think about it before they show you.” — AllPurposeNerd

Come And See

Come And See

Source: Medium

“If you thought Schindler’s List was horrifying, than check out this. The difference is that Schindler’s List leaves you with a feeling of hope, Come and See does NOT.” — TomberryServo

127 Hours

127 Hours

Source: Roger Ebert

“The fact that it’s based on a true story and knowing that someone actually went through that just fucks me up.” — dementored

The River’s Edge

The River’s Edge

Source: Fashion Grunge

“This movie is based on the killing in my hometown. Guy killed his girlfriend, brought his friends up to see the dead body and one of them told the police.” — King_of_Modesty

Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father

Dear Zachary

Source: Odyssey

“I had to pause it 3 different times because I was crying so hard, I kept missing stuff. Jesus, this is brutal.” — LuciferandSonsPLLC

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

Source: Zimbio

“Especially if you’ve ever been in love with an alcoholic.” — No-ImTheMulder

Falling Down

Falling Down

Source: YouTube

“What I love about the movie is that as you’re watching it, you start to realize it can only end one way, but you’re not sure you want it to end that way. The film makes it apparent that there is no hope of escape.” — coryandtrevorforever

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

Source: Sean Chavel

“Saw it once, right after knee surgery and on pain medicine. I have never cried so hard over a movie in my life. And now that Robin Williams has passed, it make it that much worse/better.

But should be watched once.” — GypsyMade

8mm

8mm

Source: Tripod

“That movie was truly horrifying. But it also was the movie that convinced me that I needed to be a lot more careful about what I was consuming. Once it’s in your head. It can never not be in your head. You can’t unsee things.” — ThirdProcess

Just Melvin, Just Evil

Just Melvin

Source: YouTube

“It’s a documentary about a man who molested almost all of his daughters, and the psychological impact it had on them throughout their lives. It made me extremely angry, not just because of what he did, but because some of the children still loved and forgave him. I’m glad I watched it though. I think it’s important for people to get angry about these kinds of things.” — stephanonymous 

Buried

Buried

Source: YouTube

“It has Ryan Reynolds in it, and really is fucked.” — Laventhros

Threads

Threads

Source: Paris Review

“Threads (a British tv drama about nuclear war from 1984)

And you thought your life was depressing. Jesus Christ.” — spork-a-dork

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

Source: Complex

“To me it makes something like A Clockwork Orange child’s play. Hell I saw A Clockwork Orange as a teenager, loved it, and it really didn’t disturb me. Pink Flamingos I saw as an adult and I’m scarred for life.” — Ras1372

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Source: YouTube

“Take your pick from David Lynch:

Eraserhead

The Elephant Man

Blue Velvet

Wild at Heart

Lost Highway

Mulholland Drive

Inland Empire.” — VictorBlimpmuscle 

American Psycho

American Psycho

Source: Bloody Good Horror

“I hate to be ‘that guy’ but the book is worse.” — NoTimeAtAll420

Children Of Men

Children Of Men

Source: BluePrint

“This movie is great not just because it’s fucked up but also from a production standpoint. A lot of the shots are really long (some were filmed like that and some were edited to look that way) you can tell when a cameraman moves out of a car or walks in another room. It’s awesome and I think it really adds to the story.” — Nietgrappig

Antichrist

Antichrist

Source: YouTube

“Most of Von Trier’s films are fucked up. Nymphomaniac’s directors cut was the one that got me bad. There’s a scene, and I honestly don’t know whether it was better that they left it out or not.” — mpuckett259

We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Source: Sarah Aughwan

“Really made me think a lot about the lack of control of parents over their kids’ actions, especially those with mental illness, and the overwhelming guilt and responsibility you probably feel when one of your kids becomes a criminal.” — didliodoo

Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp

Source: Reel Insights

“People mess up their children mentally and physically. Children are just things they own and they get to do what they want with them. These types of people don’t see their children as separate beings, just extensions of them.” — Daddy_NV 

The Act Of Killing

The Act Of Killing

Source: The Daily Mail

“Everyone should watch it and especially every Indonesian should watch it. I live in Indonesia and I firmly believe that there hasn’t been any great fundamental change in society that would prevent massacres like in ’65 from happening again. It’s scary as fuck watching Anwar talking about what he did and knowing that there are plenty more Anwars in the new generation, as well as an equally discompassionate government.” — THIS_IS_CHARR

Grave Of The Fireflies

Grave Of The Fireflies

Source: Common Sense Media

“I was lucky enough to catch it in a proper theatre. Half the audience were crying by the end, I know I was.” — TH3_B3AN

Kids

Kids

Source: Roger Ebert

“Whatever innocence I had left in me was killed by watching this movie.” — adriantron

Room

Room

Source: The Indian Times

“Room.

Not The Room.

Room.”

Restrepo

Restrepo

Source: NY Times

“Felt constantly glued to my screen. Hearing soldiers talk about war is already gripping, watching them be in actual engagements is on another level.” — nahanerd23

If you have the stomach for it, you have yourself a list of 26 films that will fuck you up. If not, then at least now you know what to steer clear of. Either way, you cannot say that you were not forewarned.

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