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Good--and even bad--movies have a knack for pulling us in to a lulled state of mind.

Sure, our minds are nimbly following plot and empathizing with characters, but we're so locked in to one world that any sudden break in that focus an be totally jarring.


I'm sure you can remember a time when somebody rang the door bell during a movie and it scared you half to death.

But what if the movie itself is what jars you?

Some movies manage that feat: they lull you into one set of expectations or a certain tone, and then WHAM, a single moment pulls the rug out from characters, plot, and even you, the audience.

Some Redditors recalled the movie moments that stopped them in their tracks.

DankGamer135 asked, "What movie scene made you say 'what the f**k?' "

A lot of people were shocked by s common WTF mechanism: good old fashioned plot twists.

A good twist is difficult to pull off, and when it doesn't work, it really doesn't work. But sometimes a movie so expertly pulls your thinking in one direction that the bait and switch maneuver has a massive payoff.

THE WHOLE TIME?!

"When jigsaw gets up" -- safeword-is-harder

"I remember the audible 'gasp' the entire theater had when I saw this." -- Scooch100t

"My husband and I are horror movie fans, to the point that we got married on Halloween of that year. On our honeymoon, we went to see horror movies all day, and Saw was one of them. My husband was grumbling halfway through the movie about 'Zepp did it' and when it looks like he was right, he literally started gathering up his coat and being all grumpy."

"Then Jigsaw stood up."

"And my husband just went slack-jawed. '......what.' "

"It's still his favorite twist to this day. Not because it's legit the best, but because it affected him SO MUCH." -- CorgiKnits

The Twist They'll Never Experience 

"The end of The Mist" -- JonnyZero0

"That end killed me when I first saw it. If he waited just a bit longer..." -- EnderDracon

"That was CRAZY when I first saw it. All those years ago it felt like it was the craziest ending ever." -- MrNatels

"ugh i accidentally spoiled that ending for like 20 people at a bachelor party. i will never live it down." -- PMiscellaneous

An Early Edward Norton Classic 

"The ending of Primal Fear." -- Narcariel_YT

"Yeah, that was a fu**ing twist" -- AnxietySpren

"Yes! Primal Fear needs more recognition." -- Ravensocks

For others, it was a sudden act of on-screen violence that lurched them back in their chairs. We know it's not real, but even the rendering of such foul, painful acts is almost too much to bear.

Bite the Curb 

"The curbstomping scene from American History X" -- chessboxthisBRUH

"Yeah, that one was disturbing as fu**." -- MettaMorphosis

"You've just brought back a child hood memory and completely solved the mystery to where that scene was from that I saw many, many years ago. Thank you!" -- HolySmokesOk

It All Happened So Fast 

"The Departed. Elevator scene." -- 2leewhohot

"For sure. No build up or lingering shot after the fact. I liked that about it" -- CowabungHole10

"I just watched this movie for the first time tonight. I believe I finished it around when you posted this comment. I LITERALLY did say 'What the Fu**' at the elevator scene. So can confirm." -- MrNoahK

A Lack of Shattered Glass 

"Bottle to the face in Pan's Labyrinth" -- Power-of-Erised

"this is the first one that popped into my head. Up until that point there is really no indication it's going to take such a brutal turn. It was truly shocking." -- LewisEFurr

"And it was based on an experience where the director(?) witnessed a man pummeling another man with a bottle outside a bar. It stuck with the director because his thought at the time was 'why isn't the bottle breaking?' Hit after hit, and it never broke" -- MelGibsonIsKingAlpha

And finally, there are those scenes that are simply so absurd, bizarre, or off-putting that they don't fit into much of a category.

They just leave you with your jaw hanging.

Probing the Depths 

"That one scene in The Matrix where that weird robotic bug thing went into Neo's belly button." -- ShipInternational720

"I was watching it for the first time on a plane and had to stop at that point and watch something else because I thought I was gonna throw up" -- little_blue_dino

"It was like I was watching a robot horror movie at that moment." -- punchingbag34

A Whole Movie Full of WTF Moments 

"Swiss Army Man and the magic boner" -- Spork_of_Justice

"I watched Swiss Army Man in theater and more than a few people literally said WTF out loud at the end. It was fu**ing hilarious and great." -- Burn-O-Matic

"I picked that movie for date night once... I wasn't allowed to choose again for a while after that. 10/10 would do again." -- Golden_apple6492

A Role He Can Be Proud Of 

"The part in the Spongebob Movie when David Hasselhoff appeared." -- CantProfitOffofMe

"I was wondering there does that mean Spongebob is set in the baywatch universe?" -- tesh5low

"David actually kept the giant model of himself made for that movie."

"He has it in his house, pointed out his window so his neighbors see a giant version of his face every day." -- TimedRevolver

Fusing Humans 

"Colour out of space, Nicolas Cage's 2019 movie. It's one of them where I was unwell, even after the end."

"Movie scene in the film really WTF - Nicolas Cage's wife having 'absorbed' their kid."

-- khassius



The good news is, with new movies always coming out, both from Hollywood and from independent filmmakers, plenty more WTF moments are sure to come our way in the years to come.

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​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.

Kurtles12

​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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