7. The House That Jack Built (2018)
Revolving around a serial killer named Jack who murders several victims over the course of 12 years, The House That Jack Built is not your average horror movie. The psychological aspects of the arthouse masterpiece magnificently succeeds in sending chills down the spines of the viewers.
In fact, the movie was so disturbing that at the Cannes Film Festival, more than 100 audience members walked out of the cinema. However, it would receive a ten-minute standing ovation once it ended.
6. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino pops up in the list yet again as the critically acclaimed director is not a stranger to controversy. Just two years after his directional debut Reservoir Dogs that sent people outside the cinema, he would replicate similar results with Pulp Fiction.
Scenes of Uma Thurman getting a shot of adrenaline in her heart, torture, gun violence, and sodomy were particularly too ferocious for audience members as many walked out or fainted. Despite the demeaning vibes that surround it, Pulp Fiction is widely considered as one of the greatest movies ever made.
5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange is one of his finest works and considered one of the most influential movies of all time. However, due to its bold and provocative themes, the movie was immediately drenched in an ocean of controversy.
Scenes that depicted rape, murder, violence, nudity, and the Ludovico Technique offended audiences and they steadily walked out of the cinemas. To make matters worse, A Clockwork Orange inspired several violent crimes across England and the movie was soon pulled from theatres.
4. Antichrist (2009)
The name alone of the 2009 horror tragedy movie should have hinted the people that it is definitely not for everyone. Directed by Lars von Trier and starring Willem Dafoe, Antichrist is a blend of horror and torture porn.
With horrendous scenes of gender mutilation and a baby falling to its death, it is no surprise that many audience members walked out from its screening whereas four viewers at its Cannes premiere fainted.
3. The Exorcist (1973)
Though The Exorcist is the very first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture, its iconic status is attributed to the gigantic amounts of terror it unleashed on its viewers at the time of its release.
It was not uncommon to see empty seats during the screenings of The Exorcist as audience members would frantically run outside the theaters. Additionally, many Christians would leave as well due to religious motives. The movie shocked several moviegoers to the point of mental trauma.
In the United Kingdom, the number of people becoming traumatized upon viewing The Exorcist had overgrown to such a colossal extent that ambulances from St. John’s Ambulance Brigade were parked outside the cinemas to medically aid terrified viewers.
2. The Revenant (2015)
Nominated for twelve Academy Awards, The Revenant would always be remembered for the animalistic role of Leonardo DiCaprio. However, despite the movie showcasing his Academy Award-winning performance, many viewers did not see it in its entirety as they walked out of the theatres.
The survival drama movie is undoubtedly a masterpiece and the credit goes to several gory scenes such as the grizzly bear fight, ear, and wound cauterization. Needless to say, they served as a double-edged sword as they were unbearable to numerous audience members who did not hesitate to leave their seats.
1. Freaks (1932)
Back when Hollywood was in its early stages, Freaks was a sight to behold. The movie starred real-life circus performers and featured a bearded woman, conjoined twins, a legless man, an armless woman, dwarves, and abnormal people.
Though such aspects might not seem so creepy and even pale in comparison to several horror movies released in recent memory, Freaks absolutely terrified the audience way back in 1932. The very sight of watching deformed people would send shock waves back then and the movie was banned in the United Kingdom for 30 years.
In addition to the massive walkouts, one unfortunate woman suffered a miscarriage upon seeing Freaks and threatened to sue MGM. Directed and produced by Tod Browning, the movie was an attempt to showcase that appearance is not a reflection of a person’s character but it all backfired and killed the director’s career.
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