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Causing distress or worry; upsetting or unsettling. --http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/disturbing [Nov 2006]

Wikipedia:Disturbing or upsetting content

Some pages on Wikipedia contain content that is necessarily disturbing or upsetting, in order to describe historical events and medical conditions. These pages may trigger flashbacks in posttraumatic stress disorder sufferers, which may be uncomfortable.

On Wikipedia Pages
Wikipedia tries to describe tragic events and medical conditions, especially those resulting in deformity and subsequent stigma, with due sensitivity towards those concerned and with an eye towards only giving basic facts and not opinion, in line with Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy. However, sometimes giving disturbing or upsetting details is necessary to the understanding of the article, and is unavoidable.

Outside Links
In order to describe a medical condition fully, it is sometimes necessary to provide links to pictures which some people may find distressing, which we do not want to show on the main site. An example of this is with severe skin disorders, such as harlequin type ichthyosis. Wikipedia cannot be held responsible for the content of these external links. On pages where the Disturbing or Upsetting Content warning is present, we recommend that you exercise your judgement as to whether to click on any links in the article text-usually, details of what the website linked to contains is printed next to the link. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Disturbing_or_upsetting_content [Nov 2004]

A list of 'disturbing' films

Related: Happiness (1998) - Tetsuo: The Ironman (1988) -

  1. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) - John McNaughton [Amazon US]
    Most horror films exist in a fantasy movie-world safely removed from our existence, populated by zombie-like killers and psychopathic madmen. The power of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is its chilling placement in the mundane existence of everyday life. Michael Rooker plays Henry not as a raving psychopath but as the frumpy guy next door, a drifter who takes out his frustrations on random victims and escalates his body count after teaming up with the violent ex-con Otis (Tom Towles). Though not exceedingly gory in light of the excesses of such fantasy horrors as the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series, director John McNaughton's straightforward presentation and documentary-like style creates a chilling realism that many viewers will find hard to watch. McNaughton neither comments on nor flinches at the brutal violence, which reaches its apex in a disturbing camcorder-eye view of a particularly sadistic murder of a middle-class couple, with Henry and Otis smiling through the deed as they record it for their continued pleasure. Henry straddles the line between True Crime (though fictional, the story was inspired by the confessions of real life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas) and horror, a bleak, brutal kind of terror for a generation deadened by the escalating outrageousness of movie murders and nightly news crime scene clips. --Sean Axmaker for amazon.com

    [Disliked it because of its utter plainness. If you want to find out about serial killers, read their bios such as the ones on Ed Gein or Charles Manson --jahsonic

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