Disturbing Films

Found this wonderful list on Buzzfeed.  I’ve already seen the Child Of Rage documentary which still messes with my head to this day and have just watched The Skin I Live In which was fab so i’m guessing this is a pretty good list!

1. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Oscilloscope Laboratories

“The relationship between Kevin and his mother is painful from the start and she blames herself for the way he behaves but is also frustrated that no one else seems to perceive an issue. The final scenes played on my mind for days.”

Submitted by hannahl483c8b3ad

2. Dogtooth (2009)

Dogtooth (2009)

Feelgood Entertainment

“It’s so surreal, horrifying, and uncomfortable.”

Submitted by Johnny Zambrello, Facebook

3. The Skin I Live In (2011)

The Skin I Live In (2011)

Warners España

“It’s not a horror film. It doesn’t have jump scares or gore. The plot though, now that’s creepy. It’s about this surgeon and his new project: unbreakable skin. And I’m gonna leave it at that.”

Submitted by brancamham

4. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

RLJ Entertainment

“I watched Bone Tomahawk recently and am still struggling to get parts of it out my head. It’s set a mashup of horror and Western about a few people from a small town kidnapped by a clan of cannibalistic troglodytes. Definitely a slow-burn movie but when the horror hits at the end, it hits hard. The stark and realistic way the death scenes are shot left me shaking.”

Submitted by Rebecca Holden, Facebook

5. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Artisan Entertainment

“The entire final scenes of Requiem for a Dream are truly disturbing. The unsettling images have convinced me that the best way to keep kids from drugs is to show them this movie.”

Submitted by darno3

6. Begotten (1990)

Begotten (1990)

World Artists

“It’s a black-and-white horror film. It opens with God disembowelling himself and then ‘Mother Earth’ comes in, jerks off the corpse, and masturbates to impregnate herself. It only gets weirder from there.”

Submitted by Jess Young, Facebook

7. Jesus Camp (2006)

Jesus Camp (2006)

Magnolia Pictures

“One that creeped me the fuck out was [this] documentary. It’s about extremist Christians preparing for a holy war. Man I feel so sorry for the kids.”

Submitted by Liam Tipler, Facebook

8. Martyrs (2008)

Martyrs (2008)

Wild Bunch

“It’s gory, creepy, and the twist ending makes you think. But really, the whole thing keeps you guessing, and when the ‘monster’ is revealed it will make you squirm.”

Submitted by Paige Benson, Facebook

9. Eden Lake (2008)

Eden Lake (2008)

The Weinstein Company

Eden Lake shit me up for far longer than I care to mention.”

Submitted by Lucy McLeod, Facebook

10. Child of Rage (1992)

Child of Rage (1992)


“It’s a documentary on a young girl with reactive attachment disorder, and it will always haunt me how such a sweet-looking child can have so much hate and anger in her.”

Submitted by Brad Heil, Facebook

11. Hard Candy (2005)

Hard Candy (2005)


Hard Candy with Ellen Page fucked with my head so hard. She plays a 14-year-old girl who essentially takes a thirtysomething paedophile hostage and tortures him. It was fascinating and horrifying at the same time.”

Submitted by Sarah Kelley, Facebook

12. The Witch (2015)

The Witch (2015)


“By the time it finished me and my friend were curled up in our seats, feeling too uncomfortable to even hold each other’s hands. As the credits started rolling, we both let out a massive breath because it felt like we hadn’t breathed properly over the previous half an hour. Hands-down the most uncomfortable horror movie I have ever experienced.”

Submitted by gillkerryann

13. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Dimension Films

“It’s a creepy, eerie film about twin boys who live alone with their mother in the secluded countryside. Their mother comes back from having some sort of facial surgery, with her face wrapped in bandages and her attitude more distant and aggressive. They start to wonder if the woman living in their house is actually their mother.”

Submitted by tessf20

14. Womb (2010)

Womb (2010)

Olive Films

“It’s seriously twisted and disturbing but also incredibly atmospheric and beautifully shot. The fact that the subject, human cloning, is so discussed and relevant today makes it even creepier and more unsettling.”

Submitted by rockchick19

15. Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

20th Century Fox

“That shit was scary in a way-too-close-to-real-life way and was on my mind for months. Not your typical scary movie, but I was definitely shook.”

Submitted by liadavisq

16. Tusk (2014)

Tusk (2014)


“It’s not scary exactly but it’s creepy, and it really bothered me. There’s so many parts I had to just look away from because I felt sick to my stomach. I love horror movies, the more blood and gore the better, and this isn’t even a horror movie, but watching Tusk… Ugh, I just can’t watch it.”

Submitted by marial45a4dfe30

17. The Girl Next Door (2007)

The Girl Next Door (2007)

Starz Home Entertainment

“It takes place through the eyes of her next-door neighbor and tells the true story of the murder of Sylvia Likens. Basically, she was horribly tortured and abused in the basement of her caretaker’s house until she finally died at the age of 16.”

Submitted by tessf20

This post originally appeared on Buzzfeed.

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Disgusting things restaurant staff have done to food after you send it back

We’ve long worried that food can be tampered with if you complain about it – but these people have confessed it is true.

If you’re unhappy with your meal in a restaurant or fast food chain, do you send it back to the kitchen to get what you want?

Apparently we might get a little more than what we want, if these horror stories are anything to go by.

On Q&A website Quora , people who have worked in the food industry are lifting the lid on what really goes on behind closed kitchen doors.

The companies are not named and these are hopefullly isolated incidents – but even so, they are pretty concerning.

One man who worked for a popular burger chain, where “the majority of the staff were between the ages of 15 and 18”, explains that complaining to a teenager is “the wrong thing to do.”

He said: “I was there for over three years and I’ve seen (and tried to even stop, to no avail) the following (stop reading if you have a weak stomach).”

1. A daddy long legs spider seared into a burger
As well as the obvious cruelty involved in this, daddy long legs and burgers are things that should NEVER go together.

2. Different types of body hair being purposely added
We don’t want to know where this body hair is being plucked from.

3. Sneezing and then wiping the nose with a bun (then calling it a Bacon Double Sneeze Burger)
It might not be a good idea to eat that…
The pun just adds insult to injury.

4. Many different forms of spit and phlegm being combined with the ‘corrected’ order
We have no words for this one, so…

5. Stuff recovered from being dropped on the floor
If it’s a five-second rule deal at home, then we’re all for picking stuff up off the floor (so long as it’s clean). But when it comes to eating out, this really isn’t ok.

Have you ever seen anything disgusting happen to food in a restaurant? Tell us about it using the form below

6. Wiping butt and/or armpits with food items.  NOT OK.
This one has got us particularly concerned. How would you tell!? Have we been eating sweat (or worse) all these years?

7. The pooper scoop…
In one particularly grim anecdote, he describes how a customer defecated on the floor next to the toilet – and his colleague decided to clean it up with a chicken nugget scoop.

We’re never eating out again.

Another user, David Durham, quickly tried to reassure anyone reading the horror stories that it’s not a regular occurence.

He said: “I can answer this question as someone who’s dealt with customers as a server.

“I’ve heard of instances where nasty things were done to rude guests but I’ve never seen such a thing, nor done it myself.

“It’s simply not professional. In dealing with rude customers a professional will just maintain a certain ‘business decorum’ and ride it out.”


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The 1971 Stanford prison study

Arguably the most famous experiment in the history of psychology, the 1971 Stanford prison study put a microscope on how social situations can affect human behavior. The researchers, led by psychologist Philip Zimbardo, set up a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psych building and selected 24 undergraduates (who had no criminal record and were deemed psychologically healthy) to act as prisoners and guards. Researchers then observed the prisoners (who had to stay in the cells 24 hours a day) and guards (who shared eight-hour shifts) using hidden cameras.

The experiment, which was scheduled to last for two weeks, had to be cut short after just six days due to the guards’ abusive behavior — in some cases they even inflicted psychological torture — and the extreme emotional stress and anxiety exhibited by the prisoners.

“The guards escalated their aggression against the prisoners, stripping them naked, putting bags over their heads, and then finally had them engage in increasingly humiliating sexual activities,” Zimbardo told American Scientist. “After six days I had to end it because it was out of control — I couldn’t really go to sleep at night without worrying what the guards could do to the prisoners.”

Article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

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Incorruptible Saints

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The incorrupt body of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, wax portraiture over bone, San Crisogono, Rome. (All photos: Elizabeth Harper)

The Italian nun grimaced at my camera, reviewing the photo that she had just snapped of me. We had to take another, she explained. The shriveled corpse to my left was beautiful. My face had room for improvement.

So it goes in the world of the incorrupt, a group of saints whose bodies supposedly won’t decompose. This particular corpse belonged to St. Paula Frassinetti, displayed at the Convent of St. Dorotea in Rome. In the popular imagination, they’re like sleeping beauties, but Paula, who’s been dead for 133 years, is shriveled and brown inside her crystal casket. This paradox is what makes the incorrupt fascinating.


The wax effigy of St. Carlo da Sezze. His relics are enshrined under the altar behind his effigy, San Francesco d’Assisi a Ripa Grande, Rome.

Most people think incorruptibility is permanent, but another incorrupt saint, Francesca Romana, disabuses that notion. She’s little more than a skeleton dressed in a nun’s habit. Francesca was deemed incorrupt a few months after her death in 1440. When her tomb was reopened two centuries later, she was nothing but bone. According to Heather Pringle, who investigated research conducted by a team of pathologists from the University of Pisa, opening a tomb can disrupt the microclimates that leads to spontaneous preservation, so even the body of a saint can decompose after it’s discovered.


The incorrupt body of St. Robert Bellarmine, Sant’Ignazio di Loyola a Campo Marzio, Rome.

This is surprisingly unproblematic for believers. The Church doesn’t count incorruptibility as an official Vatican-approved miracle anymore. It’s more like a favorable, if fading, sign from God.

Incorruptibility also isn’t binary, something you either are or aren’t. It can affect just one body part, lending extra significance to a heart, a tongue or hand. There are shades and degrees within the ranks of the incorrupt that make their numbers impossible to tally. The best account comes from Joan Carroll Cruz, a housewife who took it upon herself to research and count every incorrupt saint. Though secular researchers find her too credulous, her book published in 1977, The Incorruptibles, remains the one of the most complete lists available.


The incorrupt body of St. Camillus de Lellis. His skeleton is not in the effigy, but housed in a compartment underneath, La Maddalena, Rome.

The relics of St Wittoria, the skeleton of a catacomb martyr, covered in gauze and dressed. Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome.

Adding to the confusion around incorrupt saints are the ones who seem perfect, but in fact are too good to be true. St. Victoria, a fragmented skeleton, was hauled out of the Roman catacombs at the mere suggestion she might be a martyr. In her lifetime, she would not recognize her name, story, even post-postmortem outfit changes: Those were pieced together or invented entirely by the Church.


The tomb of St. Cecilia, the first incorrupt saint. This famous effigy depicts the position her body was found in. Note the wound in her neck from her martyrdom., Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome.

On the opposite bank of the Tiber, the incorrupt body of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi rests in the church of San Crisogono. From afar she looks ideally incorrupt but visitors who get close can see that the wrinkles in her face are formed in wax. A few dozen black hairs reach out from her blonde curls, signaling something more macabre underneath. She, too, is a skeleton.


The incorrupt body of St. Francesca Romana, Santa Francesca Romana, also called Santa Maria Nova, Rome.

It’s tempting to find these lapses in realism and historical provenance and find satisfaction in that detective work. But the preservation of the incorrupt is often meant to be noticed. The sacristan, an officer in charge of overseeing Anna Maria’s sacred relics (what he sweetly called her “little old lady things”) explained that the wax on her isn’t designed to trick people. It’s to preserve an honest impression of her the moment she was discovered in her grave.


The relics of St. Giovanni da Triora Santa Maria, Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome.


The incorrupt body of St. Paula Frassinetti, Convento di Santa Dorotea, Rome.


The incorrupt body of St. Pope Pius V, Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.

Of course there are other, more abstract ways to preserve a body’s likeness, ones less likely to lead to accusations of trickery. St. Paula was given a bath in carbolic acid to help preserve her. Rome has several incorrupt men encased in silver, including Pope St. Pius V and St. Vincent Pallotti, as well as two women in white marble: St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Cecelia. As with Anna Maria Taigi, with scant information provided by the shrines, it’s difficult to know where the incorrupt end and where the effigies begin.


The wax effigy and relics of St. Victoria, the skeleton of a catacomb martyr with cutaways to show her relics. Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.

Yet the mystery is part of how the incorrupt draw us in with their uncanny sleeping faces, as if the twins Hypnos and Thanatos were playing tricks by switching places. They are somehow both a memento mori and the opposite of the anonymous grinning skull. We will all die, but maybe, if we’re very good, we can linger in this world.


The incorrupt arm of St. Francis Xavier, Il Gesu, Rome.

Article originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and was written by Elizabeth Harper


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