Movies That Are Hard To Watch Twice

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Horror Movies like Cannibal Holocaust and Human Centipede are masterpieces. Still, they pushed the envelope, too, and are too gross to get fans to come back for seconds.

Horror movies force people to confront their fears, but certain movies are so creepy that viewers cannot bring themselves to watch them twice.

It takes an eerily shocking tale to make any fan refuse to watch a movie twice. However, movie buffs who love a night of creepy movie-watching might not be so quick to rewatch these releases.

Rewatchability is always great for a movie. It usually means they’re full of feel-good thrills, jokes that never get old, and characters you never get sick of. Yet, movies with no rewatch value aren’t necessarily a lost cause.

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A great movie can often be endlessly rewatchable. Suppose it resonates with a viewer, and watching it makes for a great time. In that case, it could become an all-time favorite or a comfort movie to pull out and watch for a relaxing or reliably fun experience. However, not all great movies are great for the same reasons. Some might provide an incredible or emotional experience that a viewer wouldn’t want to go through again.

Here are ten movies you’d think twice about watching again.

CONTENT WARNING:

There are films with content so sad, graphic, or unsettling that it’s a challenge for some people to watch them in their entirety.

Given the context of the post and the question answered, all of the films listed below are highly disturbing. They contain various depictions of violence, torture, sexual assault, and death. So please proceed with caution, and take care of yourselves!

1. Cannibal Holocaust

Long before The Blair Witch Project brought the found-footage horror movies genre into the spotlight, Italian director Ruggero Deodato broke new ground. Thanks to his extreme and violent cannibal film. Depicting graphic acts of violence, abuse, and actual animal cruelty, this movie got banned in multiple countries. The film was so realistic that, along with obscenity charges, the director was arrested and accused of murdering his actors. While those claims were declared false, the fact that the film was such convincing shows how terrifying it is.

You can stream this movie here.

2. Human Centipede.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is a 2009 Dutch body horror movie written, directed, and co-produced by Tom Six. The film tells the story of a deranged German surgeon who kidnaps three tourists and joins them surgically, mouth to anus, forming a “human centipede.” It stars Dieter Laser as Josef Heiter, the creator of the centipede, and Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura as his victims.

According to Six, the concept arose from a joke he had made with friends about punishing a child molester by stitching his mouth to the anus of a “fat truck driver.” Another source of inspiration was Nazi medical experiments performed during World War II, such as those performed by Josef Mengele at the Auschwitz concentration camp. However, when approaching investors to fund the project, Six did not mention the film’s premise for fear of putting off potential backers. As a result, financiers did not discover the whole nature of the movie until completion.

The film held its premiere at the London FrightFest Film Festival on 30 August 2009. Despite mixed critical reception, the film won several accolades at international film festivals. 

You can stream this movie here.

3. Human Centipede 2.

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a 2011 exploitation body horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Tom Six. An international co-production of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and the sequel to Six’s 2009 film The Human Centipede (First Sequence). The film stars Laurence R. Harvey as a psychiatrically and intellectually impaired English man. He watches, becomes obsessed with the first Human Centipede film, and decides to make his movie. “Centipede” consists of 12 people, including Ashlynn Yennie, an actress from the first film.

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) received substantial attention and controversy for its graphic depictions of violence, sexual violence, and body horror. It was subject to heavy censorship throughout the world, where it was sometimes edited to remove objectionable content or banned altogether. It was critically panned, with much criticism focused on its acting, plot, and violence, although Harvey’s performance received some praise.

You can stream this movie here.

4. Irreversible

Irréversible (French pronunciation: ​[iʁevɛʁsibl]) is a 2002 French psychological horror film written and directed by Gaspar Noé. Starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, and Albert Dupontel. It depicts the events of a tragic night in Paris as two men attempt to avenge the brutal rape and beating of the woman they love. The film is told in reverse order, with each scene taking place chronologically before the one that precedes it.

The movie was released theatrically in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Irréversible competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and won the Bronze Horse at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Critical reception to the film was mixed, with praise towards the performances and Noé’s direction but criticism towards its graphic portrayal of violence and rape. American film critic Roger Ebert called Irréversible “a movie so violent and cruel that most people will find it unwatchable.”

You can stream this movie here.

5. The Revenant.

The Revenant is a 2015 American adventure drama film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The screenplay by Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu is based partly on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel The Revenant, which describes frontiersman Hugh Glass’s experiences in 1823. In addition, it is based on the 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

You can stream this movie here.

6. Grave of Fireflies.

The opening scene shows 14-year-old protagonist Seita dying on a train-station floor as harried travelers look on bemusedly. Grave Of The Fireflies isn’t going to be easy to watch. An animated Japanese film as visually beautiful as it is emotionally draining, Fireflies finds tragedy in the horrors of war and the dangers of human pride. The story of two Japanese siblings orphaned during the firebombing of their village during World War II. Grave draws out the suffering of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko over 88 quietly horrifying minutes as they struggle, and eventually fail, to survive in a bleak, war-torn landscape. Yet, despite its dark subject matter, Fireflies is brightly colored and peppered with sweetly innocent moments between brother and sister. Making their eventual fates all the more disturbing.

7. Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky’s brutal adaptation of Hubert Selby’s novel depicts the horrors of substance abuse in many forms, like heroin, pot, caffeine, prescription pills, and hope. With such visceral, breathtaking force, shell-shocked audiences were forced to think long and hard about pouring that first cup of coffee the next day. The result is one of the only genuinely effective, non-hysterical anti-drug movies ever made. Dream flirts extensively with delirious camp during its fever dream of a climax but retains a pummeling power thanks to Aronofsky’s unblinking willingness to trawl deep into the bowels of hell alongside his heartbreakingly fragile characters.

You can stream this movie here.

8. Megan is Missing.

Megan is Missing (2011) is a very run-of-the-mill horror movie for the first 4/5th of the film. But the climax is so terrifying and disturbing the movie goes viral every few years as new groups of horror fans discover it. Most recently, the film went viral on TikTok, with people filming their reactions to the film’s last 20 minutes. The trend got so big that the movie director Michael Goi made his own TikTok. He explained that the footage in the movie is not “real.” He had forensic investigators working as technical advisors to make the movie as accurate as possible. Director Goi said he wanted “Megan is Missing” to be as horrifying as possible so that the film would scare real kids away from meeting strangers. 

You can stream this movie here.

9. IT

What can be creepier than a shape-shifting clown who torments children with their greatest fears before feeding on them? That is the ultimate premise of the movie It. Seven children are the brilliant bunch in town that try to stop the evil clown, Pennywise while facing their fears.

The 2017 remake of the 1990 horror film is a modern rendition with a more eerie ambiance. It makes viewers want to put this movie away and never think of clowns again.

You can stream this movie here.

10. Exorcist

While this horror classic may not be considered tame to scary modern audiences, this film is not for the faint of heart. We all know the story of a little girl possessed by a demon and the two priests tasked with saving her. Unfortunately, this film has many disturbing scenes. Which includes the girl releasing bile and obscenities. Spinning her head around like an owl and doing the unspeakable with a crucifix. It’s no wonder audiences in the ’70s were traumatized by this film. This was long before they got to see the scarier director’s cut.

You can stream this movie here.


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