One and Done: Movies That I’ll Only Watch Once (no spoilers)
I’ve watched plenty of movies where I've said afterwards, “That was so terrible. I’ll never waste my time with that one again.” Then, there are a select few that I avoid like the plague, not necessarily because they’re poorly made, but they are just too disturbing to watch more than once. The experience is not entertaining as much as haunting, and they are not worth the mood or disturbing feeling that lingers for hours or even days after I watch them. Below are five movies that I have watched once and have sworn to never watch again. FYI, there are no spoilers in this article.
- Precious (2009) – Think of every bad thing that can happen in a person’s life, and you have the movie, Precious. I normally tend to gravitate to movies with tragic characters living in impossible situations, but her story is a lot to swallow. The only positive thing you can get from it is to realize that your life is not so bad compared to hers, and yet she still finds a way to be positive, whether it is in her fantasy world or in her determination to take care of her children and give them a better life from her own. This is a very well made movie with really strong performances, but it wore me out.
2. The Exorcist (1973) - This is an obvious one. This film had people passing out and puking in theaters long before I was born, and its freak out factor still holds up today. I was fascinated about this film from the first time I heard about it. What kind of movie could make adults lose their concept of reality and react the way they do? So, in the midst of my teenaged horror movie education, I borrowed a copy from my friend and proceeded to watch it. My sister and I watched it on a dreary day when the house was empty and there weren’t any children or anyone else around who wanted no parts of this movie.
Actually watching the movie was not too bad. The 70’s effects were a bit cheesy (like the spider-crawl down the stairs), and some of the scenes (like the crucifix one) did not make sense to my young mind. It was after the credits rolled, though, that the subject matter got to me. That 70’s tone mixed with an endangered young girl and a supernatural phenomenon that many claim to exist was a horrific combination. The images and ideas were like a parasite running around in my brain for days. Being raised Catholic didn’t help either, but the topic itself was enough to keep me away from ouija boards ever since.
3. Funny Games (2007) – It was not my idea to watch this film, but I went into it totally willing and not expecting any lasting effects. My favorite brand of horror movies consists of fun, thrilling moments with some order to them. This movie is twisted, disturbing, and not fun at all. It’s just a very different movie going experience that I think would only appease an already disturbed mind. Still, those who have seen it tend to be willing to show it to someone who hasn’t, just to see the mind scramble that this movie inflicts upon first time viewers. This movie just made me want to regurgitate up my dinner, buy a home security system, and wall myself in.
4. We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) –Most movies today try to give their villains some depth to show what any of us could become if given the right circumstances. We tend to see child killers, especially, as victims themselves. They suffer from mental illness, have lead terrible lives, or are being physically influenced by another person or supernatural enabler. But what about a killer who has no reason to be evil? In this film, Kevin is just that. He’s pure evil. He has had no terrible upbringing. No doctor can figure him out. Still, he is as sadistic as can be, using his intelligence and powers of manipulation to carry out his evil plan. What he does to his poor mother before and after his life-defining criminal act makes you want to smother him at birth. What sane person would say that about a child? Someone who has seen this movie.
5. The Fly (1986) – I think that I can handle gore, especially movie gore. I know that it’s fake, and the effects are created by talented artists. This movie, though, is gut wrenchingly sick. The final sequence will get your stomach churning with the practical 80’s effects used to turn otherwise likeable Jeff Goldblum into a pus-filled, hairy, ear-rotting, man-fly. To me, the effects in this movie will always hold up to CGI, and some of those disgusting images will forever be burned into my brain. Never again.
What movies have disturbed you to the point where you have sworn never to watch them again? Leave your responses in the comments below.