Sunday, May 28, 2023

Podcast: Top 3 Disturbing Scenes

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed Kevin Smith’s latest, Tusk. Well, going off of Tusk, which certainly had it’s fair share of disturbing moments, we decided to discuss our Top 3 Disturbing Scenes in film and our picks probably top the list as far as the hardest to watch. So, perhaps this isn’t the most fun of topics, but unfortunately there are a lot of films that speak on the grotesque nature of people sometimes and figured it’d make for some good discussion. And boy did it.

That being said, what movie escapes would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours (Keep in mind we all have different criteria for our lists as well):


1) Antichrist – Snip, snip scene
2) The Passion of the Christ – Beating and execution
3) A Serbian Film – Baby scene


1) Irreversible – Rape scene
2) Salo – “Dinner” scene
3) Cannibal Holocaust – Turtle murder


1) Requiem for a Dream – Ending sequences
2) Hard Candy – Torture scene
3) The Exorcist – Crucifix scene / Antichrist – Snip, snip scene

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

The Orphanage, Funny Games, Pulp Fiction, Compliance, Hostel, Saw, Trainspotting, Splice, American History X, Bug, Hunger, The Ring

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Let it also be known that disturbing scenes doesn’t always make for bad filmmaking, it just means they are hard to watch sometimes. And there’s a lot out there to choose from, that’s for sure. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.


JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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  1. UGH, I am sick to my stomach just remembering Cannibal Holocaust. Thanks Blake! You forgot the alien abortion from Prometheus, and both the rape and the beating of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, and the absolute worst is the end of Kids where HIV gets passed around like a joint. Ok, I need to go shower now, and watch a studio Ghibli film (return to my happy place).

    • Oh yeah we know we missed a ton. Unfortunately, there’s a lot to choose from with this week’s Top 3 and those are surly some good picks. But yeah, I feel ya…we had to sing happy songs at the end of the show. Lol

    • Trust me Jonathon, I wasn’t happy about it either. Luckily though, I didn’t have to watch that scene again in preparation for the show this week. That’s the kind of thing that gets burnt into your cortex and simply doesn’t heal. It’s just so much worse because you know that it really happened.

      • Yeah, I remember watching it with my big brother when I was maybe 12 or 13. I had totally shut that out of my memory until you mentioned it. Then it was all DAMN, that is that crazy movie that scarred me for life as a kid.

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