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39 More Movies So Thoroughly Messed Up, People Regret Even Watching Them

So, basically, if "YIKES" was a genre.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community, "What's a movie that was so disturbing, you wish you had the ability to unsee it?" and their terrifying answers sparked even MORE fantastic (albeit, disturbing) responses!

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But, before we get started, a CONTENT WARNING: Due to the nature of the question being answered in these responses, this post does contain GRAPHIC CONTENT, including descriptions of graphic scenes.* Now, with that in mind, here are just a few of the films people would like permanently removed from their brains:

*And, along with graphic descriptions, several also contain SPOILERS for their respective films! Please proceed with caution!!!

1. Sorry To Bother You (2018)

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Focus Features

"I loved it, but it was so fucked up."

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2. Awake (2007)

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MGM

"Imagine having heart surgery, but being fully conscious — feeling all of it and not being able to let anyone know. I wish I never saw it."

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3. Frozen (2010)

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Anchor Bay Films

"That movie scarred me for life. The whole story was just too realistic."

salstewart16

4. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

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MGM

"It gave me nightmares for years, but I never see it featured on these types of lists!"

katied101

5. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

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New Line Cinema

"I wish I could unsee this one. I get its intended message, but it’s just so damn depressing and touches on things I just didn't want to see."

beckington

6. Kids (1995)

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Shining Excalibur Films

"This film really bothered me."

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7. Hereditary (2018)

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A24

"I don’t think I’ll ever watch that movie again because the scene where the mother cuts her own freakin' head off with the piano wire was just too grotesque for me."

janayng

8. Brimstone (2017)

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Momentum Pictures

"It affected me more than any other movie I have ever seen. It hurt my soul to watch it. I had to stop halfway through because I felt so awful."

erinromans

9. The Perfection (2018)

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Netflix

"There are some pretty visceral scenes in that."

dang3rhawk

10. The Machinist (2004)

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Paramount Classics

"Just...oh my god."

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11. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

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Lionsgate

"I wish that I could remove this one from my memory because it shocked me to my core."

csanto97

12. The Shape of Water (2017)

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Fox Searchlight

"Specifically, Michael Shannon's character. I had a very visceral reaction to him and had nightmares about those dead fingers for months!"

kebaker831

13. Precious (2009)

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Lionsgate

"When people hear 'disturbing,' they tend to list a lot of horror flicks, but this is the one movie I refuse to watch again. Just NO."

surprisedvampire53

14. The Deer Hunter (1978)

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Universal Pictures

"It's the best Vietnam War movie ever made, and I will never watch it again."

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

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Oscilloscope Laboratories

"It’s a documentary with a really upsetting ending, and it leaves you with nothing positive enough to compete with the sadness of it all."

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16. Aniara (2018)

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Magnolia Pictures

"It's a Swedish sci-fi film about a passenger spaceship that gets lost in space. It's really well done, but it was also the most bleak and depressing thing I've ever seen. I kept waiting for something good to happen, some spark of light, but it just kept getting darker and darker. I had nightmares for a week after, and I still get a hopeless feeling in my stomach whenever I start thinking about it."

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17. Ma (2019)

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Universal Pictures

"I thought this was SO disturbing — but that might just be me."

mjpitt

18. The Platform (2020)

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Netflix

"This one messed me up for weeks!"

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19. The House That Jack Built (2018)

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TrustNordisk

"This movie freaked me out so much that I couldn't even finish it. Specifically, the duckling scene. It was so disturbing and hard to watch."

malloryriley12

20. 127 Hours (2010)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

"The scene when he cuts his arm off — and that high-pitch noise it made when he cut through a nerve — still haunts me."

andrealehmann

21. Straw Dogs (1971)

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Cinerama Releasing Corporation

"This one's forever burned in my memory and wish I could erase it."

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22. Prisoners (2013)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

"So many people just got up and left the movie theater halfway through the movie because it was too much."

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23. Event Horizon (1997)

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Paramount Pictures

"For the first third of the movie, I was in the room. For the middle third, I was under a blanket. For the last third? I was upstairs, only half-listening. I didn't even see the whole thing, and I still had nightmares for years."

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24. The Neon Demon (2016)

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Amazon Studios

"I'm not a fan of horror with too much gore, so that may be why it disturbed me so much. I watched it not really expecting it to get as bad at it did. I expected psychological horror, yes. But the creepy cannibalism? No. That movie has definitely left its mark on my mind."

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25. The Exorcist (1973)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

"I still remember being a little kid and finding a VHS copy of this in my brother's room. I waited until I was home alone to watch it. I'm still not sure why I didn't stop it because — to this day — I still remember being more terrified than I ever thought I could be. Watching no amount of cartoons after could calm me down. I always think about rewatching it now that I'm older to see if it's still scary, but I never do."

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26. Annihilation (2018)

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Paramount Pictures

"I liked the movie, but there are parts in it that I still actively try not to think about."

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27. Children of the Corn (1984)

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New World Pictures

"When I first watched this as a kid, I couldn’t finish it. Isaac and Malachai were beyond creepy and gave me nightmares to the point that I still can’t watch it now as an adult."

altroy92

28. Children of Men (2006)

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Universal Pictures

"It was the first movie to ever give me nightmares. I was probably around 12 when I saw it, and it was so disturbing and traumatizing."

nikola2393

29. The Devils Rejects (2005)

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Lionsgate

"I repeatedly had to ask for it to be turned off until I finally just walked out of the room it was playing in."

boohoozie

30. Final Destination 2 (2003)

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New Line Cinema

"I'm surprised none of the Final Destination films were mentioned on the first list. The opening of the second film was so disturbing!"

chocolatelover88

31. Eraserhead (1977)

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Libra Films

"I'm going to go ahead and add this movie to the list. I watched it years ago and it still gives me the creeps just thinking about it."

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32. The Happening (2008)

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20th Century Fox

"It horrified me so much. You’re literally just watching people kill themselves for like two hours. I could only sit through it once. I tried to watch it a second time, but I became violently ill."

seasaylor

33. Alpha Dog (2006)

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Universal Pictures

"It was a good movie, but the end was so sad and disturbing that I never want to see it again."

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34. Black Swan (2010)

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Fox Searchlight

"I was way too young when I watched this, and it traumatized me for LIFE."

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35. The Paperboy (2012)

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Millennium Films

"It ruined all Zac Efron movies for me."

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36. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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Sony Pictures

"I went to see it because I love Christopher Plummer (R.I.P.), but wasn't familiar with the story itself. The scenes with the social worker were horrific. I all but threw up while watching them."

roryskull

37. Ex Machina (2015)

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A24

"It was just so creepily realistic."

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38. I Am Legend (2007)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

"For some reason this movie really freaked me out. I think it was the whole premise of how a 'miracle cancer cure' created the zombies. That's what really got me."

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39. And finally — Green Room (2016)

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A24

"It's a really underrated film starring Patrick Stewart and a lot of talented younger actors, including Alia Shawkat and the late Anton Yelchin. It's about a punk band who play at the scariest bar in the world where they witness something awful, and they end up running/fighting/begging for their lives for the rest of the night. There's nothing supernatural, and the gore isn't campy — instead, it's realistic and brutal as hell. Someone else please go watch it because it's so good, but — as for me? — nope. Never again."

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Now it's your turn! What's a movie that was so disturbing, you wish you had the ability to unsee it? One that, if you could, you'd erase from your memory? Share your pick in the comments below, and — for more messed-up movies — be sure to check out the initial list!

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

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