10 Brutal Scenes of Movie Vengeance

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10 Brutal Scenes of Movie Vengeance

'Oldboy' - A box full of Josh Brolin Spike Lee's new thriller Oldboy is about a man seeking both vengeance and answers as he hunts for the person who imprisoned him for twenty years without explanation. The original Oldboy, directed by Park Chan-wook, might be one of the best revenge movies ever made, but it's not alone in its brutality. We're taking a look at some other scenes of vengeance from movies that deliver a true sucker-punch of violence. There will be SPOILERS ahead, so if you see the name of a movie that you haven't watched yet then we advise quickly moving on. Some of these revenge scenes are also pretty gruesome, so readers of a delicate constitution should click away now. For everyone else, here are 10 of the most brutal revenge scenes ever committed to film.

I Spit on Your Grave - Death by Castration

Camille Keaton in 'I Spit on Your Grave' Banned in multiple countries for its gruesome combination of sex, violence and sexual violence, I Spit on Your Grave is nonetheless the best remembered among rape revenge movies. Critics are still divided over whether it's aggressively feminist or profoundly misogynistic, but either way, it's a grueling film to watch. Camille Keaton plays an author who goes on an isolated writing retreat, only to be attacked, raped and left for dead by four local men. This turns out to be the last mistake the men get to make, as she returns to wreak revenge upon them, including cutting off the gang leader's genitals and letting him bleed to death from the wound.

Inglourious Basterds - Brain Baseball

Eli Roth in 'Inglourious Basterds' What's that knocking sound you can hear, like the sound of wood on brick? For a Nazi kneeling at the feet of Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and the Inglourious Basterds, that sound can mean only one thing: the approach of the Bear Jew (Eli Roth), who also goes by the name of Donny. Revenge is at the absolute core of Inglourious Basterds and while it can certainly be argued that the most brutal enactment of it comes in the final act of the movie, nothing quite sets the tone like Donny facing down an unrepentant Nazi and executing him with a baseball bat.

Dead Man's Shoes - Body Bag

Paddy Considine in 'Dead Man's Shoes' A slasher movie told largely from the perspective of the one doing the slashing, Dead Man's Shoes is all the more disturbing for being grounded in Shane Meadows' trademark realism and set in a small town in Derbyshire. Paddy Considine plays a soldier who returns home to wreak a campaign of intimidation and murder on the gang of drug dealers who abused and tormented his brother. There's plenty of disturbing imagery to be found, as Considine's character picks off his inept victims one by one - but perhaps the cruelest punishment comes when he spikes their tea with massive amounts of drugs and, when only one man remains, forces him to open and look inside a suitcase into which the twisted, broken-limbed body of his friend has been neatly folded.

I Saw the Devil - Father/Son Beheading

I Saw the Devil - ending revenge scene There are plenty of great revenge movies out there, but very few like Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil: a thriller that goes through revenge and out the other side. Homicide detective Kim Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun) is hell-bent on punishing the serial killer (Choi Min-sik) who murdered his pregnant fiancée, but finds the cat-and-mouse game he had planned spiralling out of his control. The ending of the film probably packs the biggest emotional punch of the various acts of violence shown. Soo-hyun finally figures out a way to get under the skin of his enemy by tricking the killer's son into decapitating him in a Saw-like trap - and yet, Soo-hyun walks away from it weeping from the knowledge that all the violence has brought him no satisfaction.

A History of Violence - Bully Beatdown

History of Violence - Are you laughing now Kids, if you're being bullied you should tell a teacher, or try to talk to the bully about your feelings, or just try to ignore them until they eventually give up out of boredom. Violence is never the answer. That said, this scene of a young man taking down a bully from A History of Violence might be one of the most satisfying beatings ever committed to film. From the opening nutshot to the final, bloody blow, Jack Stall (Ashton Holmes) had a lot of audience members cheering him on when he cut loose in this brief but memorable bully beat-'em-up. Jack was truly his father's son.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Tatted Up

'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' - Lisbeth Salander and Nils Bjurman Nils Bjurman (Yorick van Wageningen) is not a likeable character. Appointed as guardian to protagonist Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), he uses his position of power to restrict access to her finances and force her to grant him sexual favors, eventually attacking and violently raping her. It's hard not to feel a small amount of satisfaction when Lisbeth exacts a very thorough revenge: first sodomizing him with a sex toy and then tattooing "I am a sadistic pig and rapist" on his chest as a warning to other potential victims, before finally using footage of his assault to blackmail him and ensure she never has trouble accessing her own money again.

Law Abiding Citizen - Psycho Surgery

'Law Abiding Citizen' - Torture revenge scene This 2009 thriller starring Gerard Butler features one of the most gruesome torture-based revenge scenes on film. Butler plays Clyde Shelton, the victim of a home invasion during which his wife and daughter were murdered. The killer (Christian Stolte) makes a plea bargain and is released after only a few years. Dissatisfied with the justice system's handling of the crime, Shelton kidnaps the murderer, shoots him up with puffer fish poison so that he is paralyzed but can still feel pain, then straps him to a table and dismembers him with a mirror suspended overhead so that the "patient" can see everything. For good measure, he cuts off the man's eyelids so that he can't close his eyes, and eventually ends it by decapitating him. How unpleasant.

Carrie - Telekinetic Breakdown

Carrie - The Prom Did we mention that there are peaceful ways of dealing with bullies? Well, if the kids who have been tormenting you for your entire school career decide to ruin the happiest moment of your life by murdering your prom date and covering you in pigs' blood on a stage in front of hundreds of fellow students, that's probably cause enough to get a bit snippy. Carrie is more tragic than it is satisfying, but the climax of this story really does convey a sense of almighty pent-up rage, anger, resentment, frustration and downright fury. If you mix together a cocktail of teenage angst, throw in some telekinetic powers, shake it up hard and then shoot the top off, this is what it looks like. In its own way, it's kind of beautiful.

Mad Max - Decisions, Decisions

Mad Max - Hacksaw scene Toecutter and his motorcycle gang should probably have thought twice before killing Max Rockatanksy's (Mel Gibson) cop partner in a fiery blaze and then running down his wife and infant son in the road. Max doesn't take kindly to the gang's actions and quickly dons his his leathers and proceeds to hunt down the gang in a customized black car. After killing off several gang members, Max handcuffs Johnny (Tim Burns) by the ankle to a burning truck and throws him a hacksaw, giving him the option to either saw through his own ankle or get blown to pieces. Though we never find out what happens, it probably didn't end well.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 - Got Your Good Eye

Uma Thurman in 'Kill Bill Volume 2' Who knows whether an eye-for-an-eye philosophy could really leave the whole world blind, but it certainly works well enough on Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) in the concluding chapter of Quentin Tarantino's two-part revenge saga, Kill Bill. It might seem strange to pick one of Bill's accomplices rather than the man himself - but while Bill bows out peacefully there's no happy ending for Elle. The Bride (Uma Thurman) plucks out her remaining eye with her bare fingers -  in the middle of a sword fight, no less - before squashing the eye underfoot (under toe, really) and leaving Elle thrashing around a trailer with a deadly black mamba snake waiting to pounce.

Conclusion

South Park - Scott Tenorman Must Die If there's one lesson to take away from these movies it's this: be nice to people, because the next person you upset could be a sadistic murderer who will hound you to the ends of the earth in search of retribution. You should be nice to people anyway, though. Those are our picks for some of the most shocking and brutal acts of revenge in movies, but there are plenty of good candidates out there who didn't quite make this list. Tell us in the comments which movie vendettas got your skin crawling. ________________________ Oldboy is now in theaters.
TAGS: carrie, i saw the devil, i spit on your grave, inglourious basterds, kill bill, law abiding citizen, mad max, oldboy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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  1. Lee has tons of bad movies: School Daze, Girl 6, Mo’ Better Blues, Crooklyn, Summer of Sam, Bamboozled, She Hate Me, Miracle at St. Anna, Red Hook Summer, and now Oldboy is sitting at 45% on RT. More than half of Lee’s filmography is terrible.

    • Crooklyn is not a bad movie. It’s certainly not his best movie, but it’s far and away from being bad.

    • Not one of those movies are bad. Maybe preferred tastes, but lets not put Mo Better Blues in there. And who cares about RT? They are not the lord and all knowing of what makes films good

  2. Law Abiding Citizen is an awesome film, just a shame that Fox not Butler wins, I’m on Butler’s side all the way, personally I think they got off easy.

    Oh and eye for an eye ends up with only one logical conclusion…. in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king….. just make sure you’re the cyclops.

  3. Honorable Mentions

    Gladiator
    V for Vendetta
    Memento
    True Grit (i prefer the original, but i’d also accept the remake)
    Leon The professional

  4. Your commentary on not standing up for yourself to bullies is a little silly.

    Its a decent enough list of horrific revenge. Some issues though.

    Law Abiding Citizen sets up the scene but doesn’t show it. No I don’t want to watch it. It’d be terrible. But it makes the scene itself less deserving of inclusion. Especially with the failure that was the rest of the movie (I think the studio realized they were making a ‘rage against the system a la 1970′s movies and freaked out halfway through. Thats why even though we are given no reason to like Jamie Foxx’s character he becomes the hero).

    You missed some great ones, how about Hard Candy? I still shudder to think of THE scene in that movie. Not to mention the final choice? Fantastic film with a great revenge scene played so well that it just makes you bleed watching it.

    • Yeah, I was going to say the same about bullying. From my experience, teachers don’t help and only exacerbate the situation. In middle school, it was getting in a 5 second fist fight after months of getting bullied that finally got him to back off for good once he knew I wasn’t an easy target anymore.

  5. What about Pink Flamingos when the captured women take revenge on the man who kept them locked up and pregnant, and the ending itself.

  6. If you go with Kill Bill I think there are other more memorable revenge scenes in there. You could go with Buck that gets his tongue bitten out, or the spectacular crazy 88 fight. The eye plucking in Pt2 was brutal though. It just wouldn’t be my choice.

    Nice list though! Haven’t seen about half of those movies. They sound pretty intense.

  7. Indirectly, I would put ‘Memento’ in there as technically he has been getting revenge over and over and over again. Sure, in a completely misguided, assumptive and engineered from others manner, but still…

  8. A History of Violence scene was cool!
    BTW Dont listen to the author… defend yourself!!
    doesnt matter if you break your bully´s nose.

  9. Nice list. A History of Violence was classic.

    Please though save the moralizing for some other website. If my personal experience and that of my son is anything to go by, bullies are best deterred by making it embarrassing, or simply unpleasant to bully you.

    This often requires some form of physical correction. I was taught to never start it, but that I am entitled to stop it! The law says as much too despite all the “anti-bullying = no violence” BS being taught today.

  10. they should have added the original actors from the girl with the dragon tattoo

  11. I’m kind of impressed that the most controversial thing on this list is my advice against punching people. Take that, I Spit on Your Grave.

  12. In Dead Man’s Shoes its actually the Revengees and NOT the revenger are in the spotlight. Were talking about small town crooks who seem worthless but really are presented with each distinctive personalities. This movie is filled with small moments of humanity in each the scumbags targeted by the revenger who for the most parts stands in the shadow taking them out one by one. I just want to make this clear cause this one of the best revenge movies beautifully shot, great soundtrack, and also has a lot of SOUL which come to think of it actually happens to be in a lot of revenge movies. I wonder why that is?

  13. Inglourious basterds and a history of violence should no where on this list. They are not turn away can’t look at it violence. Yes basterds has two iffy scenes but not nearly as bad as these were(I haven’t seen all of them though)

  14. Wha, no Sleepers? You know, when K Bacon’s pedophile jerk finally gets what he deserves (castration by bullets) in that diner, there was, to me, no better revenge scene. And this was in 1997. Wakey wakey.

  15. No castration by bullet in Sleepers? I hope they have been showing that film in prisons for the pedophiles. Because children never forget.

  16. What about Sin City cuts the guys arms and legs off tourniquetes them then the guys wolf eats his intestines.

  17. The Crow.

    Can’t really have a list like this without that movie on it for really any number of the executions that take place.

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