5 Positively Shocking Moments in Vintage Film

Spoiled by gratuitous sex and nudity, graphic bloody violence and the computer–aided mayhem that flows freely through the multiplexes, many modern movie-goers tend to be bored and disappointed with the general “tameness” of vintage films. Indeed, while you may never find anything as visceral and depraved as the worst to be seen in the “Saw” films in the celluloid of yesteryear, there are still a few great, immortal moments pre-1980 that retain their power to make one gasp through sheer inventiveness, audacity and morbidity. Five such moments are:
5 Positively Shocking Moments in Vintage Film

2Eyeball Slicing, “Un Chien Andalou” (1929)

Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali’s silent surrealist short opens with a notoriously nasty bit of business, namely the nonchalant splitting of a woman’s eyeball with a razorblade in close-up. Besides the fact it’s a woman’s freaking eyeball being slit open with a razor blade in close-up, the effect is pulled off quite convincingly with the use of a dead calf’s eye. Leave it to the mind of one of the 20th century’s most distinct and depraved voices to bequeath cinema this undying shocker.

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