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The 50 Most Disturbing Movies

47. Valhalla Rising (2009)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

What separates Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising from a lot of violent movies out there is the raw, animalistic way the characters go about their business. This is close quarters combat at its finest as One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen) bites, claws, and rips flesh off of his opponents’ bones for survival.

Valhalla Rising is a filthy, grimy film that doesn’t go for any frills and, instead, brings us unrestrained violence in a way that most filmmakers simply don’t have the stomach to handle. And speaking of not having the stomach, there is one standout scene in this movie where One-Eye literally disembowels an opponent with his bare hands. It's one of the most uncomfortable moments to watch during the whole film.

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