Here are 10 moments that may not have scared me but definitely made me wince. You know the sort of things…the worst kind of injuries inflicted on a person or just a down-right gross scene. There have been quite a few but I’ve chosen 10 that are quite personal to me….
10 – The Evil Dead
By today standards the effects in the original Evil Dead are looking quite ropey & the impact has diminished over the years…except for one scene. When the pencil gets jammed into one unsuspecting victim ankle I shuddered. Not only that but we get to see it up close as the deadite bends it & twists the inserted pencil.
9 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Texas is still one of the most brutal horror movies I have ever seen & watching it is a lesson in pain & suffering. There are numerous deaths that could all be considered wince-inducing but the one that sticks in my mind is when Leatherface hooks one of his victims onto a hanging meat hook. She is still alive & has to watch while Leatherface cuts up her boyfriend.
8 – The Human Centipede II
If you want gore & nasty scenes there are plenty to go around in this mess of a movie. The one that made me wince though involved a hammer & chisel being used to ‘remove’ teeth. It is up close & nasty…
7 – Cannibal Holocaust
When I finally settled down to watch this infamous video nasty last year for the very first time I was very impressed & could easily see why it got its name. Nothing shocked me really throughout except one scene that I really didn’t like. The amateur film makers capture a giant turtle, kill it & cut it up in a pretty barbaric way. That doesn’t sound so bad huh? Well add the knowledge that it was a real turtle & suddenly it gets a whole lot darker.
6 – Braindead
Laughs & gore are plentiful in Braindead & wince moments are around every corner. However one stands heads above all the rest just because it’s…so nasty. Lionel & his mother have received guests. During dessert one of Lionel’s mothers many issues arises & pus is spurted into a bowl of custard which the male guest then takes a big mouthful off. Euggghhh!
5 – Ichi the Killer
If you can get hold of an un-cut version of this brutal movie you will be able to see one the more painful scenes in the movie. A woman’s nipples are stretched out using clamps on the edge of a table & a sharp knife is used to slice them off…all in close-up. Considering the sensitivity of the nipples this scene is just too much.
4 – Misery
When you mention Misery & scenes that made you wince everyone thinks of the same thing. The ankle breaking scene….In it Annie doesn’t want Paul to go now that he is better & figures if he can’t walk, he can’t leave so she puts a block of wood between his ankles & then smashes his ankles with a sledgehammer. The moment where you see the foot bend around the block is horrific.
3 – Zombie Flesh Eaters
One of my all-time favourite zombie movies…make sure you see the uncut version so you can get this scene in all its glory. The wife of the doctor gets grabbed by a zombie by her hair through the splintered remains of a door. He slowly drags her head closer to a piece of wood sticking out as she screams in terror. We see the wood enter the eye, the bit where it smashes the eyeball up & then breaks off. All the while she roars (and I mean roars) in pain. A genuine moment that I struggle to watch…
2 – Antichrist
I could write all day about how much I hate this movie but it has its fair moments of nastiness. Normally a scene that involves a man being hit in his junk then being wanked off unconscious before cumming blood would be worthy of this spot but the one that follows it is way worse. Try a close up scene of a clit being cut off with rusty scissors, yes this actually happens.
1 – I Spit On Your Grave
I’ve chosen this scene because I’m a man & no man ever wants to have something like this happen to them. Sharing a sexy bath with the woman you gang-raped was never going to be a good idea. So as she begins to stimulate him he closes his eyes remarking how good it feels. She then brings in a knife & proceeds to cut his penis off. His initial reaction is that it is kind of hurting now before he opens his eyes & sees all the blood. Cue panic & although he totally deserved it, many men had tears in their eyes.