Six HORROR movies that are completely NERVE-RACKING

These horror movies will leave you stressed out!

Michalina Peruga

14 November 2022

Horror movies often keep us on the edge of our seats. Because of the brutal scenes, it can sometimes be extremely disturbing and stressful. Here are six horror films that are nerve-racking.

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

There are few images in cinema as traumatizing as rape scenes. Next to Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible (2002) or The Last House on the Left (1972), the scenes of violence in I Spit on Your Grave are absolutely shocking. It’s a rape and revenge film in which the raped heroine takes out her tormentors. The main character of Meir Zarchi’s film is Jennifer (Camille Keaton), a young writer who goes to a cabin in the woods to work on her new book in peace. She is convinced that the beautiful natural circumstances will put her in a positive mood for writing. Unfortunately, staying out of town will turn out to be a nightmare. Jennifer comes to the attention of a group of primitive men from the surrounding village. The perpetrators brutally rape the woman, assaulting her several times. Although Jennifer retaliates against the thugs, the scenes seen in the film will completely tarnish your nerves.

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust, directed by Ruggero Deodato, is one of the most controversial horror films ever made. After its release, many people were convinced that it was a snuff film, meaning one that depicted real murders and torture. In some countries, an investigation was even launched and the filmmakers were questioned, while in many others, the film was banned. Shot in the convention of found footage, Cannibal Holocaust tells the story of a film crew, headed by anthropologist Harold Monroe (Robert Kerman), which goes deep into the Amazon jungle to find other filmmakers who went missing some time earlier. Instead of them, however, they encounter an indigenous tribe of cannibals. The film contains extremely brutal scenes of rape and murder of humans and animals that will effectively stress you out.

Funny Games (1997)

Michael Haneke’s film, while great, is also nerve-wracking. After watching Funny Games, the feeling of unease does not leave for a long time, and it is hard to feel safe in your own home because of what happens to the characters in the film. A family of three, a wife, husband and son, go on vacation to a lake house. Their peace of mind will be shattered due to two psychopaths. Funny Games is a very interesting film on a meta level, a form of deeper consideration of violence in cinema. Above all, however, it is a brutal and drastic film, and the psychological game that the perpetrators play with their victims can effectively grind the nerves.

Shutter (2004)

This Thai horror film is probably one of the most terrifying Asian horror films of the early 2000s. It tells the story of photographer Tuna (Ananda Everingham), who, returning with his girlfriend from a party, hits a woman at night and flees the scene of the accident. Since then, they are haunted by night terrors and visions of a mysterious figure appearing in Tuna’s photos. The whole film is terrifying, but the harrowing ending will make you think about it for weeks.

Inside (2007)

Pregnant Sarah (Alysson Paradis) is involved in a car accident with her husband. Unfortunately, her beloved does not survive the accident, and Sarah is left alone with an advanced pregnancy and grief. She spends Christmas Eve alone, and her due date has already passed. She asks her employer Jean-Pierre to drive her to the hospital if she needs it. Later in the evening, an unknown woman (Béatrice Dalle) knocks on her door, asking if she can use her phone. Sarah refuses for fear of letting the stranger into her home. However, the woman eventually gets inside and attempts to harm Sarah and her child. Inside is an exceptionally violent film, almost fetishizing on-screen violence, but it is nevertheless well executed.

The Human Centipede (2009)

German doctor, surgeon Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser) kidnaps three people – two American women traveling in Europe and a Japanese man. He locks them up in a villa in the middle of the forest, where he plans to conduct a shocking medical experiment on them. He decides to fuse the digestive systems of the three people together so that they form one functioning organism. This Dutch horror film is perhaps best known for its absurd, repulsive plot idea. The Human Centipede is a combination of absolutely everything that is most disgusting, with a poorly realized film, it is capable of effectively tarnishing the nerves.

Michalina Peruga

Michalina Peruga

Film scholar, art historian and lover of contemporary horror cinema and classic Hollywood cinema, especially film noir and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. In cinema, she loves mixing genres, breaking patterns and looking closely at characters.

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