27 Movies That Are So Freaky, You'll Probably Regret Watching Them

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most unsettling movies they’ve ever watched. Here are the wild results.

1.We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

What it’s about: “Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.”

Why you need to watch it: “This movie is painful and frustrating in a way that I’ll never forget. The final scenes replayed in my mind for days.”


2.Funny Games (1997)

What it’s about: “Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic ‘games’ with one another for their own amusement.”

Why you need to watch it: “This movie messed me UP! I tried to watch it a second time later on, but I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to turn it off.”


3.Child of Rage (1990)

What it’s about: “This documentary tells the story of a six-year-old girl who’s healing from Reactive Attachment Disorder as a result of being sexually abused as an infant.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s a brilliant-yet-disturbing watch. It features interviews with the little girl, and they’re so chilling. They also make me feel so sorry for her and hopeless at the same time.”


4.Strange Circus (2005)

What it’s about: “An erotic novelist is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder, and abuse. Her assistant sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s the creepiest, wildest, grossest movie I have ever seen. It made me so uncomfortable. The plot twist at the end is also brilliant. The movie is so freaky that I’m never going to watch it again.”


5.Jesus Camp (2006)

What it’s about: “A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.”

Why you need to watch it: “I got into the habit of watching documentaries while at the gym. I had to turn this one off and restart it at home because it was so bizarre and deserved my undivided attention. It was so wild. It was like a last-call drink that I regretted having.”


6.Megan is Missing (2011)

What it’s about: “A teenager disappears after meeting an online acquaintance.”

Why you need to watch it: “I couldn’t get over how realistic that movie was. It traumatized me because it definitely could have happened my friends or me when we were young and dumb.”


7.A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

What it’s about: “Shortly after arriving home to their cruel parents from their time at a mental institution, two sisters’ lives are interrupted by the presence of a ghost.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s brilliantly scary, honestly terrifying, gorgeously shot, and has such a great twist ending.”


8.Splice (2009)

What it’s about: “Two genetic engineers hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.”

Why you need to watch it: “If we want to talk about a highly disturbing movie, we should talk about Splice. That movie got me messed up.”


9.Elephant (2003)

What it’s about: “Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.”

Why you need to watch it: “Elephant needs to be on this list. It’s about a school shooting, and it’s absolutely terrifying.”


10.Brimstone (2016)

What it’s about: “A frontier woman turns fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn’t commit and is hunted by a vengeful preacher.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen. I went to see it by myself in the theater, and it made me shake and physically sick. It wasn’t even gory, just so oppressing.”


11.Dogtooth (2009)

What it’s about: “Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s so surreal, horrifying, and uncomfortable.”

—Johnny Zambrello, Facebook

12.Karla (2006)

What it’s about: “Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.”

Why you need to watch it: “Man, the movie is so twisted. It completely blew my high. I was sitting there, staring at it, unable to move for most of the movie.”


13.Irréversible (2002)

What it’s about: “Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s a thriller for sure. I’ve never been more uncomfortable while watching a movie.”


14.Tusk (2014)

What it’s about: “A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse… who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.”

Why you need to watch it: “This movie really bothered me. There were so many parts when I had to look away because I felt sick to my stomach. I love horror movies, and this isn’t exactly a horror movie, but watching it… Ugh, I just can’t watch it again.”

15.Audition (1999)

What it’s about: “A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.”

Why you need to watch it: “The majority of the film is more like a drama and even sometimes romantic, but towards the end it becomes violent and very uncomfortable to watch. It’s terrifying.”


16.A Serbian Film (2010)

What it’s about: “An aging porn star agrees to participate in an ‘art film’ in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia-themed snuff film.

Why you need to watch it: “I don’t want to go into too much detail, but just trust me when I say it’s definitely the most fucked-up movie I’ve ever seen.”


17.The Woman (2011)

What it’s about: “When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to ‘civilize’ the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.”

Why you need to watch it: “This is the creepiest movie I’ve ever seen. It was so fucked up that I still shudder just thinking about it.”


18.Kill List (2011)

What it’s about: “Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.”

Why you need to watch it: “It left a bad taste in my mouth. It was super creepy, gory, and disturbing, all in one. The ending really made me uncomfortable. Couldn’t sleep after watching it.”


19.Martyrs (2008)

What it’s about: “Fifteen years following a scarring experience of physical torture, a woman and her friend go on a journey for revenge.”

Why you need to watch it: “It makes you cringe, cry, and wait in pain for what’s about to happen. Those scenes…they stay with you. It’s one of the most gruesome movies EVER.”

—Valentina Autumn, Facebook

20.Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

What it’s about: “During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.”

Why you need to watch it: “This movie never makes these types of lists, but it’s easily one of the most disturbing movies ever. It’s so bad that it’s even banned in certain countries due to extremely graphic content.”


21.The Snowtown Murders (2011)

What it’s about: “Based on true events, 16-year-old Jamie falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.”

Why you need to watch it: “I’m not easily creeped out, but this movie seriously disturbed me, especially since it’s based on things that actually happened.”


22.Eden Lake (2008)

What it’s about: “Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confronts a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s a British film, and I wouldn’t exactly label it as a horror, but it was very unsettling due to the probability of the plot. It’s also super gruesome.”


23.The Divide (2011)

What it’s about: “Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.”

Why you need to watch it: “I watched it when I was 13, and it gives me chills just thinking about it today. It’s completely and utterly fucked up. I only recommend it if you want to watch something that’ll scar you for the remainder of your life!”


24.The Unborn (2009)

What it’s about: “A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.”

Why you need to watch it: “It actually made me leap out of my skin in the cinema, and no other film has ever done that.”


25.Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

What it’s about: “A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend’s ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s a documentary about a man’s murder and the unplanned son he ended up having with his murderer. It’s not a horror movie, but it will stick with you forever.”


26.Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

What it’s about: “Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s an excellent psychological thriller that gives you the creeps with its believability. Very Hitchcock-esque.”


27.And The Girl Next Door (2007)

What it’s about: “Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name (and the real-life murder of Sylvia Likens), this movie follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt.. .and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.”

Why you need to watch it: “It’s the only movie that has ever made me feel sick to the point of tears. I kinda have an obsession with disturbing films, but knowing that Sylvia Likens was very real makes this movie just horrific.”


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