Have Your Say: What Gag Made You Gag?

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Have Your Say: What Gag Made You Gag?
Earlier today, J. Hurtado reviewed the much anticipated Arrow Blu-ray release of Brian Yuzna's Society (check out that article here). I'm looking forward to finally seeing the film, about which I've heard people talk for literally decades. Some hail it as an absurd masterpiece, others revile it.

Both sides of that discussion seem to agree on the finale though, in that it is gross. Grosser than gross. I've heard "revolting", "repulsive", "nauseating" and that most descriptive of all: "gag-inducing". That last one is quite a claim. Several films have made me shudder or wince in the past. But actually gag? Though I loved the film, I remember getting pretty nauseous the first time I saw Peter Jackson's Dead Alive / Braindead.

Of course, what makes one person gag may not even make another person blink. Gore is obviously a big factor but is often not even necessary. I know someone who said some violence at the end of Looking For Mr. Goodbar made her vomit already. For others it will even be just an implied threat, animal cruelty, seeing someone eat something weird, porn, or a close-up of a worm. Hell, seeing a baby fill a diaper sure is gross enough for some.

Which brings me to today's question: which scenes managed to make your gorge rise, so to speak? Which films managed to make disgust a physical thing for you?

In short: what gag made you gag? Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

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jayJune 9, 2015 11:02 AM

Strangely, despite being an absolute gorehound, I really struggled with the opening sequence of Last Boy Scout the first time I watched it (the football sequence). I can't put my finger on why, as I have watched and laughed at many things that are a lot stronger (I won't say I chuckled through Serbian Film, but I didn't get anywhere close to nauseous) and had no issues whatsoever. That includes Society, which when I was a teen was legendary. We had a VHS copy that we used to lend to each other. This and Heathers were the two "taboo" films we used to watch a lot.

God of JoyJune 9, 2015 11:04 AM

"Martyrs" got me the first time I saw it (the liberation of the found Martyr at the end of the first act). These types of reactions are bound to be personal, as we all have our gag buttons. In general it can be challenging for me if there is feces on or near the face.

Paul MJune 9, 2015 12:50 PM

None have as of yet, but if any bit would make me gag it would have been the 'Mr. Creosote' gag in MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE.
From Wikipedia: "When asked about his own proclivity toward gruesome film violence, director Quentin Tarantino has stated that the only time he was disturbed by a graphic or gruesome sequence in a film was this scene." Personally I was too busy laughing - and wincing - to feel nauseated.

As far as any 'serious' gore scene making me almost hurl, the pistol execution scene in John Woo's A BULLET IN THE HEAD was the only one ( out of a lifetime of watching all kinds of gory violence without much of a qualm ) to very nearly do the trick. I had no idea at the time it was it was recreating a famous incident caught on film during the Vietnam war. For a moment I actually thought they snuffed some guy in the making of the movie.

bricriu .June 9, 2015 3:08 PM

August Underground's Mordum. Somehow, tossing self respect and better judgement carelessly aside, I sat through this entire movie. The ending left me feeling physically queasy. Like a rising barf mixed with copious amounts of shame. Would not recommend.

Mr. CavinJune 9, 2015 6:15 PM

I don't really nauseate. Not from motion, not from sights or smells. So while I've been totally wigged out by certain things--forced to look away, made to feel uncomfortable, to shudder, etc.--it actually takes honest-to-god food poisoning to make my gorge rise. But in the wigged out category, for some odd reason, shaving scenes can really get to me, whether they are in scary movies or not. The second someone starts scraping at themselves in the mirror with a razor blade, I get goosebumps. I also find it hard to watch people lick razor blades (that scene in the EVIL DEAD remake? Almost unbearable). Ard's example of BRAINDEAD (DEAD ALIVE) is a good one; and I assume it's the "pus in the custard" scene that he's talking about. Normally, its the violence--or the idea of the violence--powering a scene that has the power to really upset me (Maximilian drilling bloodlessly into Anthony Perkins stomach; Phyllis' somnambulant disembowelment at the hands or sexual predators), not merely the visual gore. For that to have much of an effect, disgusting sights need hew toward actual experience to really effect me. So shaving, cut tongues, and eating bloody pimple seems less unlikely than mowing a roomful of undead ghouls to have some kind of visceral effect, even though most of those things have never actually happened to me. Yet. Knock on wood.

PatJune 9, 2015 7:46 PM

Anatomy of Hell's tampon scene really grossed me out. Society still takes the cake though. Antichrist was really bad too. Oh I know! The hell scenes in Event Horizon. Those scenes can't be unseen! They are utterly soul tainting!

Dave BaxterJune 9, 2015 8:18 PM

I simply cannot watch LA GRANDE BOUFFE without cringing and making faces and frankly turning away or walking out of the room a few times. For whatever reason, food stuff gets my goat and gorge big time. SOCIETY is nothing compared to La Grande for me. (And that said, I'd temper my expectations on Society a bit - the finale really isn't that disgusting, but it IS super imaginative and over the top. It's great.)

Mr. CavinJune 9, 2015 9:14 PM

THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, AND HER LOVER can be pretty upsetting along those lines too. And for god's sake you should never, ever watch DuĊĦan Makavejev's SWEET MOVIE.

Unflinching_EyeJune 9, 2015 9:53 PM

I'm a jaded gorehound who loves everything from Cannibal Holocaust to Mermaid in a Manhole but ironically the one thing that really destroyed me wasn't even shown on camera. When I saw ALIEN 3 in the cinema in '92, during the Newt autopsy scene when her rib cage is split open, I fainted. Had to stumble to the back of the theatre where I collapsed in a cold sweat, trying not to throw up. It's a testament to the power of sound design and the imagination being worse than explicit gore.

The movie that turned my stomach the most however was Men Behind the Sun. Some really nasty moments there.

Peabo BronsonJune 10, 2015 12:12 AM

As a kid, I was much more disturbed by the old woman in room 237 in The Shining, and Zelda in Pet Cemetery than I was by any gore scenes. However, there are a couple recent gore scenes which have haunted me long afterwards, and they are both head-crushing scenes (Irreversible and Game of Thrones).

Dave BaxterJune 10, 2015 12:16 AM

I think the sound design in BOUFFE is a big part of what made it so stomach churning to me as well as the viduals. COOK, THIEF, WIFE never bothered me much, it was missing a certain something that Bouffe had, my guess is the sound part.

I do still have to see SWEET MOVIE! Or, I guess, continue to avoid it :P

DAVIDJune 10, 2015 1:42 AM


Gopal NatarajanJune 11, 2015 8:34 PM

The infamous turtle scene in "Cannibal Holocaust" was a stomach turner for me, since it was real.

Ard VijnJune 12, 2015 5:18 AM

Hell yes, I'd say SALO counts!