The fact that many viewers were not able to get all the way through a movie is not typically a good thing — unless the film in question is horror, that is. In that case, this is actually an enormous draw for genre enthusiasts. Netflix recently released a list to Forbes of horror movies that subscribers are often unable to finish watching.
These movies are ones that users turned off about 70% of the way through. The idea is that they probably aren’t turning off the movies because they hate them; otherwise, they’d have shut them off way earlier. Instead, they’re turning them off because they’re so darn scary, they can’t even bear to finish.
Here’s a look at the horror films that Netflix says their users can’t finish, including one that is among the most twisted out there.
In the 2016 French horror film Raw, a young vegetarian woman goes to veterinary school, only to taste meat for the first time and develop an unexpected craving for human flesh.
Julia Ducournau’s film is a genuine masterpiece, but it makes sense why many Netflix subscribers couldn’t make it through. Although the buildup is slow and deliberate, Raw does get quite graphic, and there’s one particularly gruesome scene about halfway through that is not for the faint of heart.
In fact, when the movie was first screened at festivals, it actually made people pass out.
Next: With this movie, we have a pretty good idea of what scene made most people turn it off.
2. Piranha (2010)
Here’s another example of a movie that Netflix subscribers obviously turned off not because it was too scary, but because it was too gory. The 2010 Alexandre Aja film may attract an audience of viewers who don’t normally watch exploitation/monster movies, as it has comedians Adam Scott and Paul Scheer in it. However, though the film does feature a lot of dark comedy, for the most part, it’s a love letter to schlocky B-movies — especially the 1978 film that it is a loose remake of.
Piranha is fairly gory from the beginning, but then, there’s a scene about 55 minutes in that is legitimately one of the most grisly bloodbaths in recent creature feature history. If you don’t have a high tolerance for gore, you might have been able to make it through the movie up until that point. But that’s the scene that would be so shocking you’d be forced to shut it off.
Next: On the other hand, this movie has no gore in it at all, but it’s still quite frightening.
3. The Conjuring
As opposed to the first two films we’ve discussed, here’s a movie that doesn’t have a single drop of blood in it. The Conjuring, the 2013 movie from James Wan, is very much an old-school haunted house film that takes after films of the 1970s. It gained notoriety because it received an R-rating apparently just because it was so scary; there’s no nudity, gore, or profanity in it.
Audiences are evidently still finding it to be terrifying on Netflix, as it’s another one that many people don’t finish watching. This might be an example where viewers overestimate how much the movie’s relatively restrained chills will affect them.
For anyone with even a moderate interest in horror, The Conjuring is a must-watch.
Next: This movie has an absolutely ridiculous premise that you won’t believe is real.
Teeth is one of those films that a lot of people have heard of only because the premise is so bizarre: It’s about a young woman who has teeth in her vagina that come out to attack men who would try to sexually assault her. That idea apparently draws a lot of Netflix subscribers in, who probably just want to prove to themselves that this move actually exists. But not all of those people actually finish it.
The first big sequence of violence in Teeth happens about 35 minutes in. But it’s not that bad compared to an incredibly graphic moment that happens at about the 75% point. This might have been the scene after which subscribers bailed, being so shocked that the movie actually showed them a closeup of…that.
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5. The Void
In the 2016 Canadian horror film, The Void, people inside an understaffed hospital encounter increasingly weird occurrences as the building becomes surrounded by mysterious hooded figures.
The movie is very much inspired by horror films of the 1980s, particularly John Carpenter’s The Thing. Although it’s fairly low-budget, there’s a good amount of gore in there, some of it very early on. But it definitely ratchets up and gets much more intense in the second half as the whole ordeal becomes downright Lovecraftian.
There are some images in The Void that will be difficult to get out of your head anytime soon. In particular, if you find pregnancy-related horror to be especially scary, The Void is certainly not the movie for you.
Next: A found footage movie’s last act will be particularly horrifying if this is your biggest fear.
In the 2015 found footage horror film JeruZalem, two American tourists travel to Jerusalem, only to encounter nightmares straight out of the Bible. This film came fairly late into the found footage boom, and critics found that it didn’t offer many new ideas but did have a few effective and creepy sequences.
Without giving away spoilers, one reason viewers might not make it to the end is that a large section of the last act takes place in a dark cave. If you’re afraid of the dark or are claustrophobic in any way, that may be the point where you turn away in fear.
Next: Audiences may have shut off this movie for the same reason they shut off JeruZalem.
7. Carnage Park
In Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park, two thieves take a woman hostage after a failed bank robbery, and she must try to escape and survive against a deranged sniper. Like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre before it, Carnage Park culminates in a final act which involves the main female lead desperately trying to evade a psychopath. Needless to say, that can get pretty intense.
Just like Jeruzalem, Carnage Park also features an extended sequence near the end that takes place largely in the dark. In this case, parts of it are so dark it’s hard to even see what’s going on. This ending can get pretty scary, complete with jump scares involving terrifying dolls.
So if you enjoyed the early parts of the movie because they felt Tarantino-esque, you may find yourself bailing as it gets scarier.
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8. Cabin Fever (2016)
In this 2016 remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 film, five friends go to stay in a cabin in the woods, only to encounter a flesh-eating virus. This one is surprising to see on here because it’s the only movie on the list that has been universally panned. It has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 3.7 on IMDB. The general feeling about it is that you should really just watch the original instead.
So why did it make the list? Well, it might be because there is little gore for the first 50 minutes or so up until a particularly nasty scene that occurs about 80% of the way through. It’s not hard to imagine a lot of Netflix subscribers being lulled into a false sense of security by the first hour, only to shut it off once things start to get super nuts.
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9. México Bárbaro
México Bárbaro is a 2014 anthology featuring eight different stories from various Mexican directors. The movie is definitely not one of those films that delays the insanity. No, you’ll be seeing a bunch of severed heads literally less than 10 minutes in, and it only gets more brutal from there. Some sequences are just completely baffling, but a few are downright nightmare inducing.
This probably isn’t a case where one particular moment would cause a viewer to quit, but rather a case where it all simply becomes too much for some to handle. If you’re able to make it to the end, you’ll have more endurance than most Netflix subscribers.
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10. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
Like Teeth, the Human Centipede movies have become notorious due to the absolutely absurd premise. The first film focuses on a mad scientist who kidnaps three people and stitches them together mouth to anus. Believe it or not, it got a sequel, in which a new villain stitches together 12 people instead of just three.
It shouldn’t be all that surprising that Netflix subscribers couldn’t finish the movie. If you’ve got a weak stomach, you’ll have a hard time getting through it. And even if you’re looking for gore, even you may find yourself disgusted by the whole ordeal, which Roger Ebert called “reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency.”
The third Human Centipede is not on Netflix. But considering that one is about 500 people being stitched together, that’s probably a mercy.
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