Top Five Scenes We Cannot Watch

21 Apr

For the last nine months the Top Five List has been an installment for us to express the different aspects of films that we love. However, just as we love to love movies we similarly love to hate elements of them as well. And with all of the movie viewings that we take part in there are inevitably some films (or just bits of them) that we don’t enjoy watching. Here is our ode to scenes that we find unbearable.

Top Five Scenes We Cannot Watch
(Warning: some of these delve into spoiler territory and may have descriptions of violence).
No clips are included for obvious reasons.

David’s List

I’d like to start out by saying that I did not enjoy making this list.  At first, I thought it was going to be tons of fun.  Scenes you have a hard time watching.  That’s some funny stuff right there.  But then I actually sat down and started to think about it, and I realized that these aren’t things I enjoy thinking about.  I hate thinking about them for the same reasons that I hate watching them.  So, beloved readers, this list tells you just how much I care about you.

5.  King Kong – The Bug Scene

This is by far the tamest thing on the list.  Bugs don’t even bother me that much.  But there’s something about the bugs being this gigantic.  And crawling on top of you.  And you not even being able to scream because of the dinosaur outside.

I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and this just doesn’t sit too well with me.  I know that you all think I’m totally lame now.  I’m a huge coward.  But I can’t help it.  Cockroaches scare me.  And HUGE cockroaches really scare me.

4.  American History X – Bite the Curb

Edward Norton catches a guy breaking into his house.  He chases him with a gun, catches him, and makes him get down and bite the curb of the street.  He then kicks him in the back of the head and we get to hear all of his teeth and his jaw shatter.

It’s horrible.  You don’t even really see it.  It’s just the sound.  That’s all it takes for my imagination to do the rest.  I can’t take it.

3.  Sleepy Hollow – Violent Sex

Johnny Depp is sneaking around the village, trying to figure out who is murdering everyone.  He accidentally finds two of the village’s inhabitants in the middle of an adulterous affair.  The audience doesn’t see anything graphic here.  But we do see the woman pull out a knife and slice a very deep gash across the man’s back, right in the middle of everything.  And he totally seems to enjoy it.

I’m not even sure what it is exactly, but this really bothers me.  There are some other parts of this movie that are much more violent.  But this is way more disturbing to me, for some reason.  The woman’s face as she cuts him is terrible.  I hate her.

2.  Hannibal – Ray Liotta Eats His Own Brains

Anthony Hopkins numbs Ray’s head, opens up his skull, begins cooking his brains, and finally feeds some of them to Ray himself.  Plus, we get to hear Julianne Moore gagging through the whole thing.  Bonus!

This is one of the few Ridley Scott movies I don’t like.  And it’s not just this scene.  I actually like most of the movies on this list, despite these scenes.  I even understand why most of the scenes are there.  But this is just ridiculous.  Why, Ridley?  It’s not really important to the plot.  We already know Hannibal is a psychopath who eats people.  This is just horrible.

1.  Van Wilder – The Donut Scene

I don’t really want to go into what happens here.  If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t seen it, then don’t worry about it.  It sucks.  And this scene made me feel very, very sick.

I really dislike this movie.  There’s nothing redeeming about it.  So when it was over, I not only felt like I had wasted two hours of my life, but I felt like I was going to throw up because of this scene.  Take a wild guess how many times I’ve watched this movie since then.

A final note on this list, I could’ve filled up this list with scenes from Saw, Hostel, High Tension, Human Centipede, and all the other torture-porn that is masquerading in our cinemas as horror these days.  But that would mean I would actually have to see more of these than I already have.  And I’m planning on writing out my thoughts on this genre soon anyway.  So just hold your horses.

Lara’s List

On a similar note to David’s torture porn evasion, I didn’t include any movies that contain several scenes I cannot watch. For instance, recently I watched Lady Vengeance, and as much of a tough guy as I aspire to be, this movie disturbed me. Throughout its entirety. Since that movie is a long string of unbearable scenes, I will probably never watch it again, and so no specific parts will have to be avoided. My list solely consists of scenes I completely dread from movies I completely love.

5. Hook – Flying to England

I hate flying. Even though I do it on an almost bi-monthly basis, I can never get comfortable with the idea of being in a metal object flying through the air. It’s not natural. Humans aren’t meant to fly unless atop a hippogriff or a Nazgûl. And because my oddities of my real life always transfer over to my movie life (Real Life 2.0) I grow uneasy watching any scene that takes place in an airplane or helicopter.  In this instance I realize you’re supposed to think that he’s too uppity and square, but I always find myself siding with Peter Banning. Maggie draws a picture of the plane going down in flames and Jack keeps throwing a baseball against every surface of the plane possible… I’d yell at them, too. But, since I’m not there, I just avoid looking at the screen and try not to sweat too much. Imagine what I’m like when I watch Cast Away.

4. American Psycho – The Sabrina/Christy/Patrick Bateman Threesome

Here’s why I’m an awful person. The sexually violent acts that are committed during this scene are, yes, upsetting, but would still be completely viewable for me if it were not for the fact that they occur while my Happiest of Happy Songs, “Sussudio,” plays on. I cannot bear that Patrick Bateman is spouting out facts about Phil Collins and referring to “Sussudio” as a personal favorite in between the directions he gives two prostitutes.

3. Pulp Fiction – The Needle

Do I really need to say anything about this scene? Vincent Vega plunges a needle into Mia Wallace’s chest and, hard as I try not to, I always close my eyes at the moment of impact.

2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? – The Klu Klux Klan

I’ve watched this movie tens of times. I’ve watched the KKK scene once. I can’t fully remember it considering that the first time I saw the movie was when I was 13. I’ve been told it’s funny. I’ve been reminded that the KKK get their comeuppances. I’ve been told I shouldn’t skip over it. But I can’t not. The KKK scares the living daylights out of me. I can’t bear to look at them. Even when a giant, flaming cross, takes them down.

1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – The Lever Covered in Bugs

Willie is obnoxious. She is cowardly and whiny and a pain to accept after the tremendous woman who is Marion Ravenwood. I mean, even in the Lego video games Marion fights better than Indy and all Willie does to overpower people is scream until their ears hurt. Pathetic. All that said, I sympathize with her when she hesitates to put her hand in the hole swarming with bugs, even if it is what has to be done to save Indiana and Short Round. Ever since I was a kid I’ve squeamishly watched with blurred eyes not wanting to miss Indy looking through the hole, beseeching, “Willie. We. Are. Going. To. DIIIIEEE,” and then swiftly back to blur again as the giant insects work their way up her arm and into her hair—ugh—I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.


9 Responses to “Top Five Scenes We Cannot Watch”

  1. Joey S. April 21, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    What a great topic for a Top 5 List guys! I an unable to not leave a comment and add my thoughts although many of mine were already touched on, but here goes anyway.

    5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – bug scene
    -Lara, I agree with everything you said (especially the Lego Indiana Jones comment)

    4. Requiem for a Dream – the last 10 minutes.
    -It’s not a specific scene but a montage of how far down these people’s lives have fallen, what with insanity, rape and amputation. I love to hate this movie because it is SO powerful, but I still cringe during the end and sit silently for 10 minutes or so for personal reflection after every viewing.

    3. American History X – Bite the Curb
    – Ditto David

    2.Pulp Fiction – The Needle
    – I HATE needles, enough said.

    1. Last House on the Left – Rape Scene
    -Is there anything more that needs to be said. It was made especially uncomfortable because a woman had brought her 5-year-old daughter to the movie who cried throughout the whole scene.

    • CintusSuprimus April 21, 2010 at 11:40 am #

      Great list! Glad we overlap on so many. I almost had the girl to girl scene from Requiem for a Dream but then I thought, as great as I think that movie is I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to watch it again. Thus, it was removed.
      And I’m glad I haven’t seen Last House on the Left from the sound of it.

  2. theinfj April 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    The donut scene!!!

  3. daniela April 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    the american history x is my top nightmare hate, hate to think about list — and i havent even seen it, just described to me in detail.

    i hated this list. in a good way.

    • iamhrothgar April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

      i hated writing it in the exact same way.

  4. breadtobeeaten April 22, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    I love this entry! THIS is what makes reading your blog SO worth it!!!

  5. Charlie Bucket April 22, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    this is great. I love seeing what you guys can’t watch. I agree on a lot of it too!

  6. wordarespillingout August 13, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Awesome list!
    I’d just like to point out that it’s not Ridley Scott’s fault that the brain scene is in Hannibal, that’s how Thomas Harris wrote the book.
    The point of it in the book was to show that Hannibal Lecter is a truly twisted individual, even though Clarice Starling does fall for him in the end, this scene was meant (IMHO) to stick in the reader’s head and remind him/her that although she loves him, he’s still who he is, and she did NOT change him, she merely accepted him.

    I just felt the need to point that out, sorry.

  7. Dragos December 27, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    The scene from ROBOCOP 1 where the bad guy runs his van into a tank of acid is ”the sicken-est”, scene ever , followed by dozens of images from SAW and HELL RAISER.
    I can still hear the poor devil gasping for air because he was soaked in acid and begging for help…..uhhhhhhh
    From SAW again devilish and nightmarish images which even Satan can’t imagine………….a lady is driven in a device which penetrates her mouth and eyes….or the pendulum taking out guts…or the device which penetrates you from the sides if you don’t keep your breath…or the brain operation…..or the ribs removing device…or the acid device which is inserted in the middle of the body and melts half you detaching it on the spot……or the inverted bear trap which slices or head horizontally …just imagine the shock…..
    I think is human nature to be sadistic watch see and then to be disgusted..The only thing I appreciate about these movies is the fact that they teach you a life you have to be careful what you choose……………..

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