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The 50 Most Disturbing Movies

26. High Tension (2003)

Director: Alexandre Aja

Alexandre Aja’s High Tension is a bloodbath, plain and simple. With a metric ton of gore and some gruesome kills, this is the type of horror movie that tends to linger around in the back of your mind even when it’s finished. The highlight of the movie comes near the beginning when a deranged serial killer breaks into a family’s home and systematically picks most of the members off as the main characters, Marie and Alex, attempt to escape. If you ever wanted to see a man be decapitated by a bookcase, here is your chance.

It’s not just the gore that should get to you—even though there is more than enough to go around—but it’s the tale of obsession with its twist ending that should have you retracing the steps of this bloody, horror gem once all is revealed.

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