Trauma horror movies are the ones that you pray to get through and live to tell the tale. These are the movies that cause the kind of mental scarring that will have your therapist referring you to a specialist such is psychological damage inflicted by them. Only the brave, the hardy, and the masochistic will find their viewing pleasures in this category.
Expect to see disturbing horror movies such as Takashi Miike’s sadistic Audition and the depraved A Serbian Film scoring high in these ratings.
But traumatic horror movies aren’t just those that lurk at the extremes of the genre, with the likes of the acclaimed Jacob’s Ladder and The Exorcist
also being defined by their unerring trait to stay with you long after their credits have rolled.
Whichever horror movies have left you with mental images that refuse to be forgotten no matter how much you beg them to be gone, this is the rating section for such assaults on your psyche.
But if you are the sort of sick puppy who thinks The Human Centipede was laugh-a-minute or Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left was a walk in the park then make your views known for the horror movies that left you unscathed by rating them low on this particular scale.
Top 10 Traumatic Horror Movies
Released: 22 Nov 1965 |
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.
I Saw the Devil
Released: 12 Aug 2010 |
Director: Jee-woon Kim
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.
A Page of Madness
Released: 01 Jan 1975 |
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.
Released: N/A |
Director: Kurt Neumann
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.
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Visually arresting, surreal, brutal, subtle. Loved it but don't want to rewatch as too too traumatic
Truly beautiful art-house horror masterpiece, shot in black and white, that genuinely disturbs.
Urghhh... Wish I didn't waste my time on this one.
Surrealistic weirdness from 1920s Japan. Fairly incomprehensible.
A. Horror Head.
A worthy successor to the original IMO
Director: Adrian Lyne
The highly disturbing hospital section has been oft copied since but never equalled - petrifying.
This movie scared the shit out of me. Tim Robbins being awesome as always. Great combo. 5 stars!
Because I'm batman
One of the best headf*ck horror movies I've ever seen
Can't believe I hadn't seen this before it's so good! All horror fans should see it!