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35+ Most Disturbing Horror Movies 2023: Halloween Movie List

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Where are all my horror fans, because I have some of the best movies in the horror genre, including scary movies and scary films, to watch this Halloween 2023? This list of the most disturbing movies will shock you with the gore, assaults, torture porn, and much more. The image these horror films will leave in your mind may trigger audiences for years to come. Check out this list of the 35+ most disturbing horror movies 2023 ever made to watch this Halloween.

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Most Disturbing Horror Movies 2023

Some of these films include the top 10 banned most disturbing movies of the world and the most disturbing movies of all time. These gruesome horror movies include sexual torture porn, rape porn videos, and the most brutal movies ever made. So proceed with caution.

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

The Human Centipede: The First Sequence (2009)

Plot: Two pretty but ditsy American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, they end up alone at night and when their car breaks down, they take shelter in an isolated villa. They wake in the morning to find themselves in a makeshift hospital along with a Japanese man. Here they meet a psychotic German surgeon whose life-long fantasy is to connect humans together via their gastric systems. A true body horror.

Stars: Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie

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A Serbian Film (2011)

Plot: An aging porn star who’s struggling to provide for his family agrees to make a film that, unbeknown to him, contains themes of pedophilia, necrophilia and may end with his death. A art film or snuff film.

Star Cast: Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović, Jelena Gavrilović

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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Plot: During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew whose goal was to study the region’s indigenous cannibalistic tribes. This film directed by Ruggero Deodato displays graphic violence and animal cruelty.

Star Cast: Perry Pirkanen, Francesca Ciardi, Carl Gabriel Yorke

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Grotesque (2009)

Plot: A doctor with extreme and depraved needs kidnaps a young couple and forces them to compete in a game of torment that slowly erodes their hopes of survival.

Star Cast: Tsugumi Nagasawa, Shigeo Osako, Hiroaki Kawatsure

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Funny Games (1997)

Plot: An idyllic lakeside vacation home is terrorized by Paul and Peter, a pair of deeply disturbed young men. When the fearful Anna is home alone, the two men drop by for a visit that quickly turns violent and terrifying. Husband Georg comes to her rescue, but Paul and Peter take the family hostage and subject them to sadistic games, nightmarish abuse and humiliation. From time to time, Paul talks to the film’s audience, making it complicit in the horror.

Star Cast: Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe

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The Last House on the Left (1972)

Plot: Teenager girls Mari and Phyllis head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for drugs. Instead, they find a gang of escaped convicts who subject them to a night of torture and rape. The gang then kills the girls in the woods, not realizing they’re near Mari’s house. When they pose as salesmen and are taken in by Mari’s mother and father, it doesn’t take the parents long to figure out their identities and plot revenge for the young girl. An exploitation film.

Star Cast: Lucy Grantham, Sandra Cassel, Cynthia Carr, Gaylord St. James

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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1957)

Plot: The libertines kidnap 18 teenagers and subject them to four months of extreme violence, sadism, and sexual and psychological torture. The film explores themes of political corruption, consumerism, authoritarianism, nihilism, morality, capitalism, totalitarianism, sadism, sexuality, and fascism.

Star Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Caterina Boratto

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Antichrist (2009)

Plot: A deeply disturbing movie of a married couple having sex while their infant son in a nearby room falls out a window to his death. She becomes distraught and is hospitalized, but her husband, who is a psychiatrist, attempts to treat her. Deciding that she needs to face her fears, he takes her to a cabin in the woods where she spent a previous summer with the boy. Once they are there, she becomes more unhinged and starts perpetrating sexual violence on her husband and herself.

Star Cast: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Horst Baron

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Gerald’s Game (2017)

Plot: A woman accidentally kills her husband during foreplay. The married couple had driven out to a remote area in an attempt to reignite their flailing relationship. Handcuffed to the bed, she soon becomes delirious.

Star Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken

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Faces of Death (1978)

Plot: A coroner (Dr. Francis B. Gröss) shows scenes of gruesome deaths from around the world both real and re-enacted.

Star Cast: John Alan Schwartz, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton

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Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)

Plot: Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a “flower of blood and flesh” through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.

Star Cast: Kirara Yugao, Toshihiko Hino, Mio Takaki

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Clockwork Orange (1971)

Plot: In an England of the future, young man Alex and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence,” while jauntily warbling “Singin’ in the Rain.” After he’s jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he’s conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.

Star Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Adrienne Corri, Patrick Magee

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Plot: Henry is released from prison following his mother’s murder. He supplements his job as an exterminator with a series of indiscriminate and violent murders. Fellow jailbird and drug dealer Otis becomes a willing accomplice in Henry’s bloody killings. But as the depravity escalates and Henry forms a bond with Otis’ sister, Becky, things start to get out of hand. The film is based on the true-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

Star Cast: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

High Tension (2003)

Plot: A beautiful young Frenchwoman, Alex, travels out to the country to visit her family and brings along her friend Marie. Soon after they get settled in the secluded home, Alex’s parents are brutally attacked by a psychotic truck driver, who proceeds to stalk the two women as well. When the killer kidnaps Alex in his truck, Marie hides in the back to try and rescue her, but the bloodshed is far from over. The film was voted Time magazine most disturbing films of the year.

Star Cast: Maïwenn Le Besco, Cécile de France, Philippe Nahon

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Hostel (2005)

Plot: Josh and his best friend Paxton decide to spend the summer after college graduation on an all-out backpacking trip across Europe. While stopping in Amsterdam to indulge their tastes for drugs and sex, they meet Oli, a like-minded traveler from Iceland. When the three bachelors set off to investigate enticing rumors of a Slovakian hostel in a city populated by lusty young women, they find themselves drawn unwittingly into a deadly game.

Star Cast: Derek Richardson, Jay Hernandez, Eythor Gudjonsson

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Plot: After a young writer is brutally raped and left for dead by a group of men, she systematically hunts them down one by one to exact a terrible vengeance. The film is not for the faint of heart and includes sexual violence and a sexual assault.

Star Cast: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Anthony Nichols

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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Plot: After a comet causes a radiation storm on Earth, machines come to life and turn against their makers. Holed up in a North Carolina truck stop, a group of survivors, including a truck driver, must fend for themselves against a mass of homicidal trucks. A diner cook, Bill Robinson, emerges as the unlikely leader of the pack, attempting to find an escape plan for himself and the survivors, who include his boss, Bubba Hendershot, and a newlywed couple.

Star Cast: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

I Saw the Devil (2010)

Plot: On a dark road, taxi driver Kyung-chul comes across a scared female motorist stranded in a broken-down vehicle. He pulls over — but not to help her. When the woman’s head is discovered in a local river, her devastated fiancé, Kim Soo-hyeon, a trained secret agent, becomes obsessed with hunting down her killer. Once he finds Kyung-chul, things get twisted. After brutally beating the murderer, Kim lets him go free, and a demented game of cat and mouse begins.

Star Cast: Choi Min-sik, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Jee-woon

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The Bunny Game (2011)

Plot: Drug-addicted prostitute “Bunny” propositions a truck driver (who in flashbacks appears to be a serial killer). He kidnaps her and subjects her to extreme torture, inflicting brutal and extreme forms of physical and sexual abuse.

Star Cast: Rodleen Getsic, Jeff Renfro, Gregg Gilmore

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The Exorcist (1973)

Plot: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest, however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job.

Star Cast: Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)

Plot: A depraved mama’s boy goes on a killing and collecting spree to recreate the experiment portrayed in “The Human Centipede (First Sequence).”

Star Cast: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Emma Lock

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Inside (2016)

Plot: A predatory stranger sets their sight on a pregnant woman after being obsessed with her unborn baby. They will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Star Cast: Rachel Nichols, Laura Harring, Andrea Tivadar

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Plot: A “metal fetishist”, driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he’s made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman and his girlfriend. The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron.

Star Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Plot: In the Old West, a sheriff, his deputy, a gunslinger,and a cowboy embark on a mission to rescue three people from a savage group of cave dwellers.

Star Cast: Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Martyrs (2008)

Plot: Two young women who were both victims of abuse as children embark on a bloody quest for revenge, only to find themselves plunged into a living hell of depravity. A new french extremity.

Star Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Catherine Begin, Xavier Dolan

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Audition (1999)

Plot: This disturbing Japanese thriller follows Aoyama, a widower who decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend, Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami, they begin a relationship. However, he begins to realize that Asami isn’t as reserved as she appears to be, leading to gradually increased tension and a harrowing climax. Directed by Takashi Miike.

Star Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda, Eihi Shiina

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

Plot: New York homicide investigators find hundreds of videotapes of torture, murder, and dismemberment showcasing a serial killer’s work over decades. A documentary style with found-footage films.

Star Cast: Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson.

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

The Evil Dead (1981)

Plot: Ashley “Ash” Williams, his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

Star Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker

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Dogtooth (2009)

Plot: A controlling, manipulative father locks his three adult offspring in a state of perpetual childhood by keeping them prisoner within the sprawling family compound. The children are bored to tears in spite of distractions like Christina, an employee of their father’s who makes regular visits to sexually service the son. Increasingly curious about the outside world, the older daughter hatches a plan to escape.

Star Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Anna Kalaitzidou, Hristos Passalis, Aggeliki Papoulia

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Mysterious Skin (2004)

Plot: One youth from a small town becomes obsessed with UFOs, while another becomes a gay hustler, a victim of child abuse, in the years following a childhood trauma.

Star Cast: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg

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Found (2012)

Plot: A bullied and misunderstood boy must grapple with the knowledge that his older brother is a serial killer.

Star Cast: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Plot: When Sally hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

Star Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Gunnar Hansen

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Saw (2004)

Plot: Photographer Adam Stanheight and oncologist Lawrence Gordon regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end of a filthy bathroom. As the two men realize they’ve been trapped by a sadistic serial killer nicknamed “Jigsaw” and must complete his perverse puzzle to live, flashbacks relate the fates of his previous victims. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon’s wife and young daughter are forced to watch his torture via closed-circuit video. The film contains extreme torture.

Star Cast: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Monica Potter, Makenzie Vega

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Ichi the Killer (2001)

Plot: A sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer comes across a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain the enforcer can only dream about.

Star Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Shinya Tsukamoto, Nao Omori

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The Fly (1986)

Plot: When scientist Seth Brundle completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.

Star Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, David Cronenberg

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Man Behind the Sun (1988)

Plot: The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments Unit 731 inflicted upon the Chinese and Soviet prisoners at the tail-end of the war.

Star Cast: Dai Yao Wu, Zhaohua Mei, Runsheng Wang

Most Disturbing Horror Movies

Hereditary (2018)

Plot: When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited. Led by director Ari Aster.

Star Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

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