Even though it came out more than 20 years ago, audiences can still recall feeling “genuinely traumatized” after watching “Requiem for a Dream.” The Darren Aronofsky-directed movie, which came out in 2000, focuses on four people with drug addiction whose lives are overtaken and ruined by their illness in intense and terrifying ways. Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn, Christopher McDonald, and Marlon Wayans all give amazing performances. However, that didn’t make it any less scarring.
Name a movie that is genuinely traumatic:
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) December 26, 2022
- Popular social media account UberFacts brought “Requiem For a Dream” back into the spotlight. On December 26, they asked their 13 million Twitter followers to share a movie that genuinely disturbed them. The answers ranged from “Watership Down” to “The Wizard of Oz,” but “Requiem for a Dream” was mentioned by more than a few people.
- One man said it was the “first movie to leave my mind f****d up.” He wasn’t alone in that feeling, with one person replying to say as much. “I was literally scrolling comments looking for this one, idk how many times I watched it but it f**ked me up a little worse each time.” A second person said: “Yeah, that was traumatic and I hated it. It’s too bad cuz some friends of mine were extras in it. One of them, a friend and former lover, made out with Leto!”
- Despite how upsetting the movie is, it’s also really highly rated. On Rotten Tomatoes, “Reqiuem for a Dream” has a 78% critics rating and a whopping 93% from audiences. That’s no small feat and proves how good it is, cinematically speaking. That is if you’re able to get through all the disturbing aspects of the movie!
- “Requiem for a Dream” does have a deeper meaning. It’s a look into the darker parts of humanity and the human psyche that not everyone is ready to look at. For many, it was a trip that will stay with them forever.