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21 Horror Movie Scenes So Messed Up, They Just Might Be The Most Disturbing Of All Time

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We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What is the single most disturbing horror movie scene ever committed to film?" and, WHEW BUDDY, they did not disappoint. So, here are just a few of the most messed up horror movie moments ever filmed:

Also, WARNING: Given the question being answered in this post, there are several EXTREMELY GRAPHIC depictions of violence and gore ahead. And...ya know...there are spoilers for these films, too! So, please proceed with caution!!!

1. The opening, It Chapter One (2017)

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Warner Bros

"When Pennywise chomps Georgie's arm off. Most of us trusted clowns as kids, maybe even enjoyed them! The rest of the movie I could handle, but little Georgie bleeding out? NOPE."


2. The jump scare, Insidious (2010)

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"Every time I see my dog looking at nothing off in the corner, I’m pretty sure he’s looking at the red demon."


3. The dance, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Orion Pictures

"I have to skip over it every time I watch it."


4. The OTHER dance, Suspiria (2018)

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Amazon Studios

"The dance torture scene in the reboot still bothers me. It’s one movie I’d love to never watch again specifically because of that scene."


5. The piano wire, Hereditary (2018)

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"Toni Collette's character sawing her own head off with a piano wire was horrifying."


6. The witch, The Conjuring (2013)

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Warner Bros

"When you see the witch on top of the makes me feel ill every time I watch it? I don't know why, but it really disturbed me!"


7. The Achilles tendon, Hostel (2005)

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"The scene when the lunatic 'surgeon' guy cuts the other guy's ankles!!!"


8. The cliff, Midsommar (2019)

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"It was the first really scary scene in the movie and it made my jaw drop. The elders jump and die while the people just look?! And the foreigners start screaming and nobody does anything?! It's scary as hell."


9. The spider walk, The Exorcist (1973)

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Warner Bros

"It’s got to be the backwards crab walk down the stairs. That literally scarred me for life!"


10. The creature, The Descent (2005)

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Pathé Distribution

"When you see the monster suddenly behind them for the first time. I got so scared that I ran out of the room! I still have chills related to that creepy jump scare. And caves — don’t even get me started!"


11. The baby, Mother! (2017)

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Paramount Pictures

"Jennifer Lawrence's character has done nothing but give and create, only for all of her prized possessions to be destroyed by violence, greed, and hunger. It is especially disturbing because it's a scary allegory to how humans have treated the Earth. It's embarrassing and DISTURBING to see how careless and spoiled we've become."


12. The torture, Audition (1999)

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Omega Project

"Two words: Piano wire."


13. The dog, The Thing (1982)

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"The dog assimilation scene is gory and hard to watch. No one likes seeing a dog die in a horror movie, so it's even worse when it's a kennel full of them!"


14. The diaper, The Visit (2015)

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Universal Pictures

"Literally any of the scary scenes from this — but for me it was specifically the diaper scene. I have never been more scared while watching a movie."


15. The bear, Annihilation (2018)

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Paramount Pictures

"This one has some messed up parts — but the bear scene is the worst."


16. The murder, Bone Tomahawk (2015)

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RLJ Entertainment

"I always reply to this question the same's so TRAUMATIZING."


17. The rats, Sinister 2 (2015)

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Gramercy Pictures

"The scene where the rats are in cages that are tied to people and they start eating into them until they go all the way through their bodies — SO DISGUSTING. I have a really high tolerance for blood and gore, but that scene grossed me out. It was so graphic, I felt like rats were crawling up my legs. It was probably the first time that I had to look away from a bloody scene."


18. The reveal, Basket Case (1982)

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Analysis Film Releasing Corporation

"Everything about this movie grosses me out, but especially when Belial freaks makes me sick just thinking about it."


19. The corner, The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Artisan Entertainment

"Maybe it’s just me, but I think this movie has actually become a bit underrated as far as being 'disturbing,' especially for its time."


20. The chestburster, Alien (1979)

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"This scene is iconic for a reason. If you're lucky enough to NOT have been spoiled the first time you watch it, you'll never see it coming."


21. And finally — the whole damn movie, Antichrist (2009)

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Nordisk Film Distribution

"There’s a lot of scenes to choose from in that movie..."


Well, you survived to the end of this post — but now it's your turn! In your opinion, what's the most disturbing horror movie scene of all time? Share yours in the comments below!

Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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