A movie doesn’t have to be classified as horror for it to be a scary experience. Gather around as we explore twelve scenes not intended to be scary but that members of an entertainment forum find disturbing. Do you?
1. Alien Alert
When the aliens first appeared from the Mothership in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), a user recalls screaming and running out of the cinema crying. They were eleven years old then and still can’t watch that scene even now, at fifty-six, with their eyes fully open.
2. A Quick Shift
Training Day (2001) is a crime film that genuinely offers a thrilling experience. A reviewer mentions the scene where the main character plays cards with the criminals. The sudden shift from a chill and calm setting to “Oh, no!” is stark and spine-chilling.
3. Animated Animosity
Don’t let your guard down while watching animated movies. A user mentions how they were creeped out in The Sea Beast (2022) when Jacob meets Red for the first time. The size difference and the beast’s eyes were more nerve-wracking than “the typical slasher violence in horror movies.”
4. War Stories
A user mentions the scene in Failsafe (1964) where the US president is on the phone with the US ambassador in Moscow. Suddenly, the ambassador gets cut off by a loud shrill pitch, indicating that the US bomber’s nuke had detonated over Moscow. The sound itself is enough to scare the life out of audiences.
5. The Fight for Freedom
Amistad (1977) is an incredible historical drama film directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg. The horror lies in its depiction of actual events concerning the Spanish slave ship. A member shares the horror they experienced during the scene when enchained, enslaved people are dropped together overboard.
6. Murder Mystery
A member describes some scenes from Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) as “freaky.” They particularly mention the one where a guy is murdered and placed in a bathroom where the murderer leaves blood-filled messages.
7. Raw Fish Returns
Quite unexpectedly, one user shares the disorienting experience of watching The Penguin eat a fish in Batman Returns (1992). Moreover, Danny DeVito ate raw fish in bites to add realism to his character.
8. Man Versus Machine
The Matrix (1999) is the talk of the town even decades after its release. A member shares that they were terrified when Neo realized the truth about humanity. “Feels especially more potent given the advancement of AI and technology. Could this really happen one day? Who knows!”
9. Musical Menace
The last thing you expect to get scared by is a musical film. Behold Dancer in the Dark (2000), where a blind Czech immigrant imagines music around her. According to one viewer, the scene in which Bjork searches her landlord’s room for the money he stole from her is a chilling watch.
10. False Promises
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave (2013) shows an African American man who was born into freedom but was sold into slavery. The realism of this film is “crushing and terrifying in its brutality and honesty,” mentions a viewer.
11. Battlefield Horror
While several parts of Full Metal Jacket (1987) are disconcerting, the ending really got to one viewer. The scene shows a child sniper getting shot, followed by troops finishing her off. The graphic depiction of such violence can be chilling as it “makes you feel something that is disturbing and horrifying.”
12. Radiator Rush
Chernobyl Diaries (2012) is a horrifying disaster film for its depiction of actual events. There are disturbing occasions sprinkled throughout the movie, such as when someone is shown taking their own life, and not to forget the parts where the gruesome effects of radiation poisoning are displayed.
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