If you're looking for twisted movies that will shock you, there are a number of go-to options that film fans say fit the bill. Here are 16 movies that fans in a popular online forum said will challenge your comfort zone.
1. Gerald's Game (2017)
After being left stranded and handcuffed to a bed, one woman is forced to confront past traumas while desperately contemplating escape. It won't be easy, and her psychological journey is as rewarding as it is uncomfortable.
2. Pearl (2022)
With scarecrow sex, axe murders, a human-eating alligator, Pearl has a lot terrifying things going for it. But most frightening of all is Mia Goth, who brings a surge of manic intensity to her role as a disturbed young woman further descending into madness.
3. Event Horizon (1997)
Many movie fans admitted that Event Horizon left them a bit shaken. “I saw Event Horizon in the theaters thinking it was just going to be a sci-fi suspense movie,” one person said. “I had no idea it was going to be a horror movie. I was shaken for a few hours after that movie.”
Another agreed, noting, “Event Horizon is the scariest movie ever made. A lot of people I tell that to just don't get it but that movie messed me up the first time I watched it and still creeps me out to this day. Just the whole vibe of that movie is incredibly tense and chilling.”
4. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Some people mentioned Sorry to Bother You fitting this category. “A friend of mine told me I should watch it because it was a lot different than the previews made it out to be, so I gave it a shot,” one person explained. “That movie was wild and not what I expected at all. I can now see why the previews didn't say much and I'm glad they didn't spoil it because the twist is truly unexpected.”
Another said that when they watched it, “I thought I knew what the twist was, then I thought I knew what the twist was, then I knew what the twist was… what did I just watch?”
5. Hard Candy (2005)
In Hard Candy, Elliot Page stars as a 14-year-old girl who meets an older, handsome photographer online. She agrees to come over to his house, where a seriously twisted cat-and-mouse game ensues.
One film lover shared, “Someone I knew saw Hard Candy at the theater and a man in the audience fainted at a particularly graphic scene.”
6. Trainspotting (1996)
One person confessed, “I love Trainspotting, but it's one of those films that, after having a kid, I don't think I could ever watch again.” Another agreed, writing, “I came here for this. The baby scene shook me!”
A third person noted, “It's the most screwed-up good movie. You only want to watch it once.”
7. Swiss Army Man (2016)
One movie fan nominated Swiss Army Man, which they said was “quite a journey.” This is one of those movies where you know in the opening credits scene if it's the movie for you or not.
8. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Requiem for a Dream is a movie many said blew their minds. One fan admitted, “I love this movie and always watch it again. It's just the score and the cinematography makes me love it so much.”
Another agreed. “It's messed up, but the cinematography, score, and performances are incredible,” they said. “I've watched it a few times. The book is fantastic as well. It's also the one good role Jared Leto has ever played.”
9. One Hour Photo (2002)
A movie lover nominated One Hour Photo. “That movie is crazy. It's the first time I realized what a brilliant dramatic actor Robin Williams was,” they said. Another added, “He made such an awesome creeper.”
A third person commented, “Especially since he was still able to make you feel bad for him at certain points. What an incredible actor he was.”
10. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
One movie fan said, “My mom (not a horror enthusiast at all) rented this thinking it was something like Peter Pan. So we watched it together and it's seriously messed up.”
Another person stated, “When I saw it in theaters, a woman in front of me brought her little kid. When that scene happened, she got up and left ranting about how it was supposed to be a fairy tale.”
11. The Road (2009)
Someone said, “The Road. The basement scene is so messed up. I want to watch it again, but it's so sad.”
Another said, “The part where they catch the mom and her kid in the truck cage messed me up. It made me wonder what I'd do if it were my kid and me, and I'd probably put my kid down before we got back to the farm. So it's the best call in that scenario. Just the bleakest possible outcomes from start to finish with that film.”
12. American Psycho (2000)
Someone confessed, “I always laugh at how coincidental it is that Christian Bale (Batman) slaughters Jared Leto (Joker) in that movie.” Another stated, “That scene where he runs his credit card, and it gets rejected is what I imagine every time I pay for stuff with mine. ‘Run it again!'”
13. Threads (1984)
One person said Threads messed them up. “They showed this movie to us as kids in elementary school,” they explained. “So yeah. Why have a childhood that contains hope anyway?”
Another responded, “Now imagine being a kid in the 80s, living in Sheffield and watching it. Fun times for me and my sister. I've always said I'd rather be directly underneath the bomb than die from starvation/radiation sickness. Maybe that came from watching Threads as a kid.”
14. Night Crawler (2014)
One person said Night Crawler was “extremely creepy.” Another added, “Jake Gyllenhaal is very good at doing fake sociopath charisma. He brought a similar quality when he played Mysterio in the Spider-Man film.”
Another movie lover admitted, “I can't watch him in anything without my skin crawling. He does such a great job of being evil and sleazy it makes me want to take a scalding hot shower.”
15. Seven (1995)
Se7en is a 1995 psychological thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as two detectives who are trying to catch a serial killer who bases his murders on the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth).
“I saw Se7en when I was a young teenager at a sleepover,” one person noted. “I didn't want to watch it but had no choice. Terrified me, and whenever I saw a tree air conditioner for years after, I shuddered. It was such a dark film that it was often hard to see what was happening and my brain filled in the gap with even worse stuff.”
16. The Deer Hunter (1978)
This 1978 war drama film stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. The story follows a group of working-class friends from a small Pennsylvania steel town who enlist in the Army to fight in the Vietnam War. The film depicts their experiences before, during, and after the war, including the brutalities of combat and the psychological effects it has on them.
“I love how all that time you spend with the characters, hanging out at the bar, the wedding, hunting — you really get to know everyone,” one movie lover said. “So when the war comes along, you really feel for them.”