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Has there been a film that particularly traumatized you?

Asked by Captain_Fantasy (11439points) February 18th, 2010

Not “traumatized” in the sense that you watched Daredevil and wanted your money back.

Traumatized in the sense of having seen “the Exorcist” when you were seven and now refuse to eat split pea soup.

Or like “The Shining” which leaves you filled with dread every time you walk down a long empty hotel hallway or see twins.

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filmfann's avatar

“I Spit On Your Grave” has a girl giving a Bobbit to a guy in a bathtub.
I still shudder at that.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Whoa. Gnarly. I’ve never seen that.

Zen_Again's avatar

A Clockwork Orange.

jca's avatar

i can’t stand to see people get tortured. i can tolerate seeing someone punched or a fight, but i cannot stand torture. so a movie like Midnight Express, or Syriana (torture scene – fingernails) is very hard for me to watch, and i will feel kind of queasy. i also hate to see anything bad happen to animals in movies, again Midnight Express where the cat that is fed by one of the prisoners gets hung, very upsetting for me to watch.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Jaws did it for me…but then there was Quint.My first love ;)

filmfann's avatar

Farewell, and ado to ye old spanish maidens…

faye's avatar

There was a movie 50 years ago with a grizzly who went after campers because he had been burned and campfire set him off. In one scene he stood and roared. I found him in wood of my bedroom close door that night and am still uncomfortable with a closed closet door, even though I have metal doors now!

Vunessuh's avatar

I can’t really say this film necessarily traumatized me in a bad way, but after I watched Requiem for a Dream, I went into this strange depression for several days because it affected me so much. I’m not surprised because I’m very vulnerable when I watch movies and I allow them to affect me the way they are meant too.
Afterwards, I was deeply inspired to change my life and some of my habits.
I owe some of my current health and happiness to that movie.

tinyfaery's avatar

There is a French movie called Martyrs. Now, I have to admit that when I saw it I was depressed, but the movie made me weep. Not tear-up, not cry, but weep. My wife had to hold me for a few minutes.

I can’t put my finger on what actually evoked such a feeling. I think I need to watch it again. Be warned.

filmfann's avatar

While watching the Klaus Kinski version of Nosferatu, I actually went into convulsions when they showed all the rats running around the town. I can’t deal with rats!

DominicX's avatar

Nope, can’t say there has been.

My mom saw The Exorcist when it first came out and it traumatized her; she was 15. She said that after seeing that movie, she became afraid of being alone in dark places for years afterward, something she had never experienced before. Because of the way she talks about that movie, it has made me steer away from seeing it and I still have not seen it to this day.

The Amityville Horror (1979) is probably the scariest movie I’ve ever seen and the only thing it’s done has inspired my writing of horror.

Haven’t seen any other movies that have traumatized me. Definitely seen some disturbing ones, but not traumatizing.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Pinocchio, the old disney one

gemiwing's avatar

Mr.Gemiwing was watching a zombie movie. There was a lot of screaming and suddenly there was a woman being gang raped on camera. I almost threw up. It flipped my PTSD and I started screaming and shaking- looking for anything to throw at the tv and make it stop. Hubbs jumped up as soon as he realized what was happening but it took him two minutes to figure out how to turn off the dvd player.

Two of the longest minutes of my life. I was a wreck for about a month after that. Had nightmares and kept seeing me as her or as the assailant. It was horrible.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Girl, Interrupted made me horribly depressed for two weeks. Thankfully, I got out of the funk, but I refuse to see that movie again.

When I saw The Time Machine the new one with Guy Pearce I decided to stop eating red meat. That wasn’t really traumatic but it really changed my life.

rangerr's avatar

Watership Down gave me nightmares for a while, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre the original had a lot to do with me wanting to be vegetarian since I was 4.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I remember seeing the animated adaption of Watership Down when I was about 6 years old. Seeing the part with the evil rabbit General Woundwort scared the bejesus out of me. I had nightmares for weeks. Yes, an animated rabbit gave me nightmares, I’m a pansy. It took me a few years to get over my fear of rabbits.

@rangerr How dare you? I was seconds away from being original and you just had to post before me. ~

lillycoyote's avatar

The Thing (John Carpenter) scared the crap out of me. Also almost anything by David Cronenberg I find fairly traumatizing and The Wizard of Oz. Those flying monkeys haunted my dreams almost my entire childhood. Though, after I saw The Exorcist, I couldn’t sleep in my own bed, I had to sleep on the couch that night. And Rosemary’s Baby, when she gets raped by the devil…I’m sure there are more, I’ve just blocked them out.

rangerr's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities SUCK IT. But yeah, I was terrified of rabbits for a few years, too.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Oddly enough, Sweeney Todd sent me into a crazy depression that I’m still not completely over.

As a kid, Tremors and Night of the Living Dead fed me up good. Night terrors and such.

Berserker's avatar

Halloween II destroyed my childhood, raped my innocence and made me become an alcoholic.

That part where Myers goes to shank Laurie through the blankets of her hospital bed, where she hid pillows to make it look like she was under there…okay, so it was clever and she got away by tricking him, but ever since I saw that when I was little I was all like, well if he’s willing to kill people through their blankets, I guess that means the sense of security and comfort I get from hiding under my blankets at night when I get scared no longer works. It just doesn’t work!

Damn you Myers.

syz's avatar

I saw “The Red Pony” as a child and can still see in my mind’s eye the pony struggling weakly as the buzzards pluck at his eyes.

squidcake's avatar

The 80’s re-make of The Fly with Jeff Goldblum. I only needed to see a few seconds of it to be scarred for life.

stemnyjones's avatar

The Ring and The Grudge scared the crap out of me. After watching them I slept with my light on, and I still cannot watch them again to this day.

Paranormal Activity freaked me out pretty well, too… especially the part where the ghost pulls her from the bed and she doesn’t wake up until she’s almost in the hallway. My girlfriend works nights and I still can’t fall asleep until she gets home at 2am for fear that I will be pulled out of my bed by some invisible demon.

Also, I don’t think this is the kind of traumatized you mean, but when I was a little kid I put on a VHS tape that was supposed to be Milo and Otis, but was actually a porno where a woman was strapped to a table and some men and women were performing sexual acts on her. I think this may be part of the reason that I am a lesbian into bondage. LOL.

mirifique's avatar

Hostel. I mean, are ya kiddin me?!

tragiclikebowie's avatar

@stemnyjones oh shit I forgot about The Ring. That did a number on me too.

Rarebear's avatar

Grave of the Firefly

stemnyjones's avatar

@tragiclikebowie Because of The Ring and that old movie where the girl gets sucked into the TV and that creepy midget woman is like “Goo inntoo the liighhtt”, I am HORRIFIED of static on the TV or radio.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

I’m actually a little surprised no one said “Pink Floyd: The Wall” yet.
I was subjected to this as a child.
-Maggots on Bob Geldof’s face?
-Nazi hammers coming to crush all opposition in animated gory fashion?
-School kids being marched off a conveyor belt into a meat grinder?
I’m sure countless therapists have heard stories about that film.

rangerr's avatar

@stemnyjones @tragiclikebowie TRUE STORY: The Ring made my cry for hours because of the horse scene.

Berserker's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy That, and Naked Lunch.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

That’ll teach kids to sneak into R rated movies.

faye's avatar

I waited and waited for the scary to start at The Ring.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

@rangerr MEEE TOOOO thats the part that creeped me ouuttt

Tink's avatar

IT -I used to enjoy clowns and their colorful wacky costumes with the big red nose and non pointy teeth before I watched this movie. After it I slept with a nightlight for 8 years straight. And couldn’t get near balloons either. (might explain my alergic reaction to them now) POP

galileogirl's avatar

Something of Value based on a novel by Robert Ruark. It is different from most of the above movies because it didn’t have phoney-baloney monsters, psychos and zombies. Even when I was a kid I realized real life is scarier than that crap. This story takes place in Africa during the Mau Mau uprisings. During the 50’s there were stories about Euro-Africans being forced to leave their birth countries and even isolated farms being wiped out. This movie showed a young man (Sydney Poitier) who was torn between pressure by the violent nationalist Mau Mau and the white family who had employed his family for generations.

At the climax of the movie the farmer’s house has been attacked. There is no graphic violence but lots of screaming, shouting and shooting in the background as Poitier walks into the nursery. He walks over to the crib, lifts back the mosquito netting and raises a machete——Cut. That scene popped up in nightmares for years.

stemnyjones's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy is intruiged, and watching the meat grinder clip now..

rangerr's avatar

@tragiclikebowie I worked the running of the horses at Chincoteauge that same year. I was on one of the boats that took the ponies who couldn’t make the swim to the other island and I had panic attacks because I kept thinking about that movie.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@squidcake This avatar probably isn’t helping, is it? Muahahahaha!

sndfreQ's avatar

Jacob’s Ladder made me paranoid for awhile;
Fellini’s Satirycon was just plain disturbing.

HTDC's avatar

The Passion Of The Christ did it for me. I still have images of Jesus having his back basically sliced and diced in my head.

galileogirl's avatar

The Passion is on my top 10 worst movies of all time. I had a butt-ache in less than 30 mins. Before it was over I was saying “Bless me Fsther, I have sinned” because I was sure it was a penance. (The Catholics get it) I couldn’t leave because my friend drove but I considered hitching a ride home.

suncatnin's avatar

8mm with Nicholas Cage. The guy I was seeing at the time made the ~bright~ executive decision to watch that and then watch a porno back to back! I have never been that affected by such a combination of movies in my entire life.

naffion's avatar

Mysterious Skin. It gave me such an awful feeling in the stomach.
I almost fainted on the train on my way home.
I was nauseous for the whole day.
I felt kind of gloomy for a week or so.

No more pedophiles films for me. No matter how many stars it gets in the reviews.
Yes, I normally watch any films that get top scores in movie reviews.

nayeight's avatar

I think one scene that really traumatized me was from Amistad, when the slaves are on the boat chained together naked and for whatever reason they throw them overboard. I’m not sure how old I was at the time (probably around 12 or so) and I think that was the first time I really remember seeing naked men. It was so sad and scary at the same time, all of those naked black bodies going overboard one by one because they were all chained together. It really freaked me out.

TheJoker's avatar

When I was 6yrs I watched Cannibal Holocaust on pirate VHS… kinda freaked me out!

Vunessuh's avatar

@TheJoker You were only 6?? Holy crap. I watched that last year and have absolutely no plans to ever do so again.

TheJoker's avatar

@Vunessuh Yeh, my oldest brother is 9yrs older & was abit of a video pirate fiend in the 80’s. By the time I’d watched CH, I’d also seen, Halloween, Friday 13th, The Burning, Chud and Last House on the Left…. funnily enough I was scared of the dark for most of my childhood.

Vunessuh's avatar

@TheJoker I’m actually really into watching disturbing, uncomfortable, haunting films, but damn, not at 6! I just recently watched one called Sweet Movie. It’s not scary, but pretty damn strange and disturbing. If you’re still into those types of movies, check it out.

TheJoker's avatar

@Vunessuh Thanks for that, I’ll take a peek on Amazon, see if I can find a copy. Yeh, in retrospect I think I’d have been better off seeing them when I was older, it just seemed the thing to do at the time.

Vunessuh's avatar

@TheJoker I remember watching Faces of Death when I was about 14. Didn’t phase me much, but then again, I’m odd like that. I do remember films like The Exorcist and Jaws getting to me when I was much younger though. I live twenty minutes from the beach and I won’t go. Strange what freaks you out and what doesn’t.

TheJoker's avatar

@Vunessuh Haha, it certainly is… I remember watching Jaws on my first holiday back to UK when I was about 5yrs. The image of Quint getting bitten stayed with me for years… so much so I had to check all the grilles & vents in any swimming pool I went in. I think Halloween was the one that got me the most. After watching it I had to check under my bed, behind doors, in cupboards etc before I could go to bed… just in case. (Don’t tell anyone, but I still check behind the shower curtain :)

Vunessuh's avatar

@TheJoker I still won’t go inside a swimming pool or hot tub alone. It’s that feeling of something lurking below me getting ready to bite my foot off that bothers me.

And I won’t tell anyone. As long as you don’t tell anyone that when I turn off my bedroom light when I go to bed, I run as fast as I can and hop on my bed so nothing underneath it grabs me.
Thinks of The Sixth Sense.

TheJoker's avatar

@Vunessuh Hehe, I’ll take it with me to the grave ;)

KatawaGrey's avatar

@galileogirl: Nice way to invalidate people’s traumas.

Cruiser's avatar

Alien did me in. I studied radio/tv/film in college and had the axiom of “it’s only a movie” burned into my brain…no movie before and no movies since had me screaming and hiding behind the seat in front of me like that one did. Not once but twice! lol!

galileogirl's avatar

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Val123's avatar

Pinball Wizard!

Val123's avatar

I just remembered…Whatever Happened To Baby Jane. I was about 8 when I saw it. Where she served her sister her pet parakeet for lunch? GAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Val123's avatar

@Vunessuh and @TheJoker Your guyses avatars look so much alike, there’s a whole part of the thread up there that looks like somebody’s talking to themselves!

Vunessuh's avatar

@Val123 I was thinking the same exact thing when we were talking. :)

forestGeek's avatar

Though a beautifully done movie, IrrĂ©versible pretty much scarred me…and trust me, that is very difficult to do!

The same Director did another called Seul contre tous (I Stand Alone), which is also well done and very close to being just as disturbing.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

“Dawn of The Dead”, saw it with friends as a teen at the midnight movies and had nightmares of zombies from there on. Of course, being a kid, I just had to go and watch all the related zombie movies because I was already traumatized, just curiosity left to satisfy. Ugh. Since then, the only disturbing standouts have been, “In The Company of Men” and “American Psycho”, both great movies but jarring to me on a deep personal level. In fact, I recently tried to put on a good face and watch “American Psycho” with my partner and we had a falling out because I got freaked out he liked the movie so much. To me it was like watching someone enthralled with Hitler instead of being repulsed.

thriftymaid's avatar

The Deer Hunter. I knew too many people in Viet Nam.

galileogirl's avatar

When I took my 14 yo daughter to see Gremlins we both thought it was a hoot. Then I took my 9 & 11 yo “up for anything” “all boy” nephews and if scared them.

mattbrowne's avatar

Everything related to the holocaust.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The Exorcist, which I refuse to finish. The Entity. Exorcism of Emily Rose made me afraid of the time 3:33. Child’s Play made me throw my remote controlled Jennie Gymnast doll down the stairs and put my Teddy Ruxpin in the back of the closet. Might be more, but I think that’s good.

stemnyjones's avatar

@py_sue That’s okay – I had the actual doll that Chuckie was based off of. I still refuse to go near it.

josimar's avatar

Some movies have traumatized me. All of them because of rape scenes. I can’t stand rape scenes. If I get to know in advance that a movie has a rape scene, I simply don’t watch.

I feel terrible that there are human beings capable of raping. I can’t imagine myself doing that.

By the way, ghost movies never cause me any problem. I know they are not real.

Here are some movies that traumatized me:

* Clockwork Orange
* Derailed (was watching this one yesterday, and stopped when I saw the rape scene; couldn’t watch the rest).

basstrom188's avatar

Marathon Man
The scene where the former Nazi dentist played by Lawrence Olivier drills Dustin Hoffman’s teeth as a form of excruciating torture. I think we all hate having things done to our teeth which makes this scene particularly frightening.

Rhodentette's avatar

Requiem for a Dream
Mysterious Skin
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Funny Games

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