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With â€œHostel: Part IIâ€ cutting into the box office this weekend, dirty-basement torture porn is on everyone’s mind. It seems that while Americans don’t like torture in the real world, it’s thoroughly entertaining at the movies. If you don’t like the torture served up in â€œHostel: Part II,â€ check out some of these movies below that have given us the top 10 torture scenes in American cinema.
10. â€œThe Last King of Scotlandâ€ (2006)
While much of â€œThe Last King of Scotlandâ€ shied away from on-screen depictions of the atrocities that Ugandan dictator Idi Amin committed, we get a taste of his vengeance at the end of the film. Upon discovering the betrayal of his personal physician and close friend, Amin orders Dr. Nicolas Garrigan hung from his flesh.
9. â€œPaybackâ€ (1999)
Mel Gibson is no stranger to torture, as he shows up on this list multiple times. The first appearance is from â€œPaybackâ€ when Bronson (Kris Kristofferson) ties him to a chair and has a lackey hammer away his toes. This little piggy went to market…
8. â€œThe Princess Brideâ€ (1987)
Maybe you were expected Rob Reiner’s other film â€œMiseryâ€ to take a torture award. After all, wasn’t â€œThe Princess Brideâ€ a fairy tale? It was, but Count Tyrone Rugan (Christopher Guest) has that nifty little machine that sucks the life out of you. When it’s turned on full blast for Westley (Carey Elwes), that was classic torture cinema.
7. â€œLethal Weaponâ€ (1987)
Mel makes the list again. Before a harrowing escape, the bad guys are rubbing salt in Sgt. Murtaugh’s (Danny Glover) wounds. But it is the electrocution torture of Sgt. Riggs (Mel Gibson) by that candy-eating Chinese guy from â€œDie Hardâ€ that made my skin crawl.
6. â€œCasino Royaleâ€ (2006)
James Bond has gotten into some hairy situations over the years, but nothing quite as disturbing as the interrogation scene at the end of last year’s â€œCasino Royale.â€ Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) lays waste to Bond’s naughty bits in one of the hardest scenes to watch in 007 history.
5. â€œBraveheartâ€ (1995)
Mel hits the list again, this time as director and on-screen victim. As inspiring as â€œBraveheartâ€ was, it wasn’t easy to watch William Wallace (Gibson) take his lumps at the end. As bad as it was to be drawn and quartered, what we see in the movie is only half of what the Brits did to you for treason back then.
4. â€œHostelâ€ (2006)
No torture list would be complete without Eli Roth’s â€œHostelâ€ making the grade. In this case, it’s a toss up between two scenes. Was it worse to watch the full torture of Josh (Derek Richardson), which included drilling into his joints, cutting his Achilles heel and slicing his throat? Or was it worse to watch the Japanese chick get her eye burned out (and eventually cut off by hero Jay Hernandez) with an acetylene torch? You be the judge.
3. â€œThe Texas Chain Saw Massacreâ€ (1974 and 2003)
Fat Guys Neil Miller and Kevin Carr disagree as to which version of the classic meat-hook scene is worse. Neil cringed at the remake’s graphic nature which was topped off by dipping the victim’s open wound into a bucket of salt. However, Kevin felt the visceral terror of the original, which relied on your imagination to get the best of you, wins the day.
2. â€œReservoir Dogsâ€ (1992)
There’s no doubt about it. Michael Madsen is a badass in Quentin Tarantino’s movies. But nothing is worse than his character of Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde) carving off the ear of an unlucky cop, then dousing him with gasoline.
1. â€œThe Passion of the Christâ€ (2004)
After appearing three times on this list already, Mel Gibson takes top prize. But after taking the pain in the other films, as director, he gives it back to Jesus in â€œThe Passion of the Christ.â€ It’s impossible to single out an entire scene, but rather characterize more than half of this film as one long, drawn-out torture extravaganza.
â€œSin Cityâ€ (2005), Sure, we don’t see Marv (Mickey Rourke) slice and dice Kevin (Elijah Wood), but the aftermath alone is enough to make us shiver.
â€œOrgazmoâ€ (1997), Another unexpected entrant into the list. After getting a job in the porno industry, Trey Parker’s character of pious Mormon Joe Young must prove his mettle by having sex with the 300-pound-plus T-Rex (Ruby Hart) without the help of a stunt cock.