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The 13 Most Disturbing Horror Movie Moments of 2016!

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One of my favorite parts about all of these year-end lists is going back through all of the horror films I’ve seen that year and picking out the most fucked up scenes to include on the “Most Disturbing Movie Moments” list. I think it may actually be my favorite list to compile at the end of every year. Does that make me depraved? Maybe. Do I care? Not really. Anyway, below are 12 of the most disturbing scenes the horror genre gifted us with in 2016. To qualify for this list the scene in question had to inspire some sort of visceral reaction in the viewer. It didn’t necessarily have to be gory or violent. It just had to provoke a strong reaction from the viewer. For the sake of not letting readers feel left out, films that only screened at festivals this year were not taken into consideration. Those films will go on 2017 lists (should they actually get a release in 2017).

***WARNING: NSFW and SPOILER-FILLED imagery & videos below.***

 Drinking the Kool-Aid – The Invitation

Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation is a masterful exercise in unbearable tension that culminates in a dinner massacre so shocking that it had people screaming in the theater. Out of context it probably doesn’t seem that disturbing, but after 70ish minutes of slow-building paranoia and dread the cathartis that the scene provides is astounding.

The Rape in Hell – Baskin

First-time director Can Evrenol shocked audiences this year with Baskin, a self-proclaimed trip to Turkish Hell (which is apparently worse that regular Hell). There are a plethora of disturbing moments throughout the film’s 97-minute runtime, the worst of which is when one of the cops is forced to have sex with a woman wearing a goat’s skull. It’s a stomach-churning moment in a film filled with them.

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Got a Tampon? – Emelie

Emelie is a perfectly average psycho babysitter movie bolstered by a bravura performance from Sarah Bolger (The Lazarus Effect). In one of the film’s more unsettling scenes, Jacob (Joshua Rush) finds Emelie (Bolger) in the restroom during a game of hide and seek. After informing him that she’s on her period, she proceeds to make him find a tampon for her. Best babysitter ever!

Nothing Wrong With Necrophilia – The Neon Demon

Jena Malone is arguably the best thing about The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn’s pretty but hollow psychological horror film. The film received a jolt of energy every time she came (in more ways than one) on screen. Something that didn’t come to life was the corpse she had sex with towards the end of the film. Not much else needs to be said about this scene, but suffice it to say if you don’t like saliva, you should probably steer clear.

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  • Those final 25 minutes of The Wailing are just magical. Just.simply.amazing.

    • J Jett

      i agree. THE WAILING is really a great film.

  • Matt Miller

    Also the scene in Emelie where she shows the sex tape to the children, I tought it was a lot more uncomfortable xD. In Green room the part where the girl uses a boxcutter to cut the abdomen of the guy gave me chills too, I didn’t see it coming.

    • Yeah the box cutter scene was harder to watch than the arm break

  • Damn, I got a lot of catching up to do.

  • I’ve seen all of them and I completely agree with this list, great article.

    I would put The Witch #1 but The Wailing it’s such a good flick that I can’t complain.

    • Hi! These aren’t ranked. They’re in no particular order. =)

  • shawn lawson

    I thought the sex scene with the murderer from eyes of my mother was much more effective than the Baskin sex scene. Baskin was epic till the end. The shock value really did seemed forced and this is coming from A Serbian Film’s #1 fan!!!

  • Brian VonDerahe

    When pop pop rubs his diaper on his supposed grandson in The Visit?

  • J Jett

    i haven’t seen many of these but i wholeheartedly agree with GREEN ROOM (his destroyed arm!!! OMFG!). i only just watched THE INVITATION for the first time the other night and it’s stayed in my head since i watched it. i knew something was up with the party’s hosts but then wasn’t sure but then was suspicious again then wasn’t etc. when the shit hits the fan i was like HOLY FUCK! very good movie!
    i thought the spider scene in BASKIN was a more shocking moment than the rape was (but i guess both moments are not pleasant). lol. i’m going to try and watch THE WITCH tonight so i’ve avoided any and all spoilers for that film.
    the scene in IN THE DEEP where the shark SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS violently swims by and bites/swims away with Claire Holt’s character in it’s mouth is a moment i still can’t get out of my head.

    • I didn’t include In the Deep since it didn’t actually get a release this year.

      • J Jett

        Trace, oops! that’s right. i totally forgot it wasn’t technically released yet.

  • REC03

    the final shot of The Invitation gave me chills, the wave scene in The Shallows, The Neon Demon’s final scene and entire movie tbh. overall a very good year for horror.

  • My favorite horror scenes from 2016 were without question the boy Harvey Scrimshaw dying in ‘The VVitch’ and the demon reveal in ‘The Wailing’. However, I wouldn’t call them the most disturbing scenes in 2016. I think that distinction would go to ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ when she steals the baby and turns her mother into her pet. That was so disturbing that I had to shut the movie off for a while because I started getting sweaty… <-D

  • Shawn Simpson

    I agree with most of this list and then comes Bite. I was so excited for it and then I watched it. None of the special effects hit for me and honestly they mostly looked like bath tub pearls everywhere. Truthfully I rather despise that film.

  • The Fucked Up

    Not a well known movie, but the finger flaying in last year’s Luna de Miel gave me chills; slow, deliberate and methodical. And of course, no anaesthetic, because… well… that’s what you get for not being nice.

  • Gary

    Anybody know of a good place where I can find a list of the most disgusting/disturbing movies of 2016 or 2015?

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