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As a fan of Horror movies, I’ve come across a couple of movies that push things a step too far. Here are the Top Five Most Disturbing Movies I’ve seen so far.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead !!!
Annihilation sees biologist and former soldier, Lena, go into the mysterious area called “The shimmer,” to uncover the truth behind her husband’s disappearance.
But the minute Lena and her group steps into The Shimmer, the freak show starts.
From people mutating into plants, to animals merge with humans to form a new species, Annihilation has definitely earned its spot on this list.
However, the Most Disturbing aspect of Annihilation is its commentary about human nature.
According to the Movie, humans will inevitably adopt destructive habits (such as drug abuse or alcoholism) to destabilize or ruin any thriving situation they find themselves in. Whether it’s a good job or a happy marriage, humans will implode because it’s in our nature to do so.
The movie reflects this theme, with the lives of the five scientists who volunteered for a suicide mission that had already consumed many before them.
2. Sorry to Bother You
While Sorry to Bother You is meant to be a comedic commentary on modern society, some of its messages and themes aren’t readily obvious. And without context, most of the movie might comes off weird and disturbing.
Let Me Explain.
Sorry to Bother You takes place in an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, California, where telemarketer Cassius Green discovers the magical key to professional success, which according to the movie, is speaking with your white voice.
Now what they mean is, sounding so carefree and confident that people will listen and buy whatever you’re selling. (even if you’re dead inside)
But while the movie has a plethora of hidden metaphors, its most visually Disturbing message comes with the introduction of the Equisapiens.
These unholy creatures are the brainchild of Worry-Free CEO, Steve Lift. Whose master plan was to use the Equisapiens to increase the production of Co-operations around the world.
But what’s even brilliant about this Evil man’s plan is how he takes Cooperate espionage to another level.
Steve offers Cassius a hundred million dollars to infiltrate the Equisapiens and become their leader. So that when the Equisapien rebel, the company will have someone on the inside to protect their interest.
And you thought your Job was Bad.
P.S. for a much better explanation on Sorry to Bother You, please check out this YouTube Channel Let Me Explain, he does a fantastic Job.
Now every movie on this list has a reason for being weird. Whether it’s because the movie tries to pass on a message to the audience. Or maybe it because the film is trying accurately depict its plot, the point is, there’s always a reason.
However, Mandy is on the Most Disturbing Movies list because it has no reason for the level of insanity it jumps into.
Mandy follows the story of Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and his wife Mandy Bloom, who live in a secluded forest in the Pacific Northwest. But when the cruel cult leader Jeremiah Sand, Brutally kills Mandy, Red goes down the dark and bloody road of vengeance.
Now you might think this is just another revenge story. But that’s only the first half of the movie.
By the second half, the film sheds any pretense of storytelling and leans one hundred percent into its central theme, Madness.
One thing that didn’t help this weird movie is its casual use of cryptic art, as it only made the film even more confusing.
And the only lord knows who those biker guys are.
But at least we got an insane Chainsaw fight.
Words cannot describe the events that occur in Suspiria. However, to label, this film as just another disturbing horror movie, would be unfair and frankly an understatement (it’s much worse than that).
Suspiria follows Susie Bannion, a dancer who arrives in 1970s Berlin to join the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Company. And soon, Susie becomes the new lead dancer.
But when the former lead dancer accuses the studio’s leaders of witchcraft, we find out that the women who run the dance studio, are witches who believe their matron Helena Markos, is the great witch, Mother Suspiriorum.
However, with Markos drawing closer to her death, the coven begins preparations to transfer her spirit into Susie, so that Markos can continue living through Susie.
But by the film’s final act, they discover that Susie is the real Mother Suspiriorum and that Markos has just been a pretender.
Susie (now as Mother Suspiriorum), goes on a murder spree and kills Markos with all her followers, before reforming the dance company in her image.
And if all that doesn’t bother you, I don’t know what will.
While I love how captivating Hereditary becomes once its main story starts, I was also horrified by things I saw on my screen.
After her mother Ellen passes away, strange things start happening to Annie’s family. But when Charlie (Annie’s daughter) gets her head chopped off while returning from a party, Shit gets real.
Depressed by her daughter’s death, Annie goes for grief counseling, and it’s there that Annie meets Joan.
Bonding over their mutual loss, Annie and Joan quickly become friends, and for a time, all is well with the world. But when Joan invites Annie to a Seance where she can communicate with Charlie’s spirit, shit gets weird again.
We later find out that the Seance Joan taught Annie, was actually a spell to let a demon into Annie’s home to search for a host. Joan did this because she and Annie’s mother, Ellen, are members of a cult that worships that demon. And this cult has been searching for a host for the devil within Annie’s family.
Needless to say, all hell lets loose from here.
The Demon set ablaze Annie’s husband once she tells him the truth. And Peter (Annie’s son), jumps to his death when he sees his mother cutting her head off.
With the family gone, the cult then transfers the demon into Peter’s body and praise him as their new leader.
So I guess you understand why Hereditary tops the most disturbing movies list.
While Suspiria is definitely more graphic, I think Hereditary is far much worse. But tell us in the comments, what are some of the Most Disturbing Movies you’ve seen.