Top 50 Films that Scared & Disturbed Me the Most

September 2021 | Adrian Țofei

These are the films that scared and/or disturbed me the most from childhood till recently, of all genres, as requested by fans. Some I liked, some I didn’t. Check out my other film lists as well!

Top 10:

  1. Various videos of real killings & accidents (some traumatised me & I regret watching, please inform yourself on the risks of PTSD before deciding to watch genuine gore & violence on shock sites, a moment of morbid curiosity can cost you years of trauma)
  2. The Haunting (1963, Robert Wise)
  3. Earthlings (2005 documentary, Shaun Monson)
  4. Africa Addio (1966 documentary, Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi)
  5. The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven)
  6. Trust (2010, David Schwimmer)
  7. Happy Tree Friends: Eye Candy (2002 animated short, Rhode Montijo)
  8. The Girl Next Door (2007, Gregory Wilson)
  9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014, Christopher Landon)
  10. The Wicker Man (1973, Robin Hardy)

Top 25:

(in chronological order from 11th to 25th)

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017, Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Killer Joe (2011, William Friedkin) 
  • The Snowtown Murders (2011, Justin Kurzel)
  • Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier)
  • The Children (2008, Tom Shankland)
  • Eden Lake (2008, James Watkins)
  • Zodiac (2007, David Fincher) [for the Lake Berryessa scene]
  • Happy Tree Friends: Out on a Limb (2003 animated short, Kenn Navarro)
  • The Magdalene Sisters (2002, Peter Mullan) 
  • Banned from Television (1998 documentary, Joe Francis)
  • Escape from Sobibor (1987 tv movie, Jack Gold)
  • Hearts and Minds (1974 documentary, Peter Davis)
  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972 tv documentary short, Geraldo Rivera)
  • Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963 documentary short, Abraham Zapruder)
  • Blood of the Beasts (1949 documentary short, Georges Franju)

Top 50:

(in chronological order from 26th to 50th)

  • Death of a Vlogger (2019, Graham Hughes)
  • Doctor Sleep (2019, Mike Flanagan)
  • The Irishman (2019, Martin Scorsese)
  • Mudbound (2017, Dee Rees)
  • Backcountry (2014, Adam MacDonald)
  • Creep (2014, Patrick Brice) [for the ending]
  • The Act of Killing (2012 documentary, Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • Compliance (2012, Craig Zobel)
  • Sinister (2012, Scott Derrickson)
  • Absentia (2011, Mike Flanagan)
  • 7 Days (2010, Daniel Grou)
  • Frozen (2010, Adam Green)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004, Terry George) + Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004 tv documentary episode)
  • The Ring (2002, Gore Verbinski)
  • In the Bedroom (2001, Todd Field)
  • Session 9 (2001, Brad Anderson)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez)
  • Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose)
  • The Name of the Rose (1986, Jean-Jacques Annaud)
  • Tenebre (1982, Dario Argento)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato) [for the animal scenes]
  • Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
  • Salo (1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini) [for the ending]
  • A Bay of Blood (1971, Mario Bava)
  • Forbidden Games (1952, Rene Clement)