Viewers ‘Traumatized’ Watching Brutal Horror Tusk that’s ‘Worse than the Human Centipede’

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For those seeking a stomach-turning movie experience, the relatively obscure 2014 horror film “Tusk” promises to deliver. Renowned for its brutality, it has garnered comparisons to the shockingly disturbing “The Human Centipede,” and it features a series of gruesome surgical experiments that push the boundaries of horror.

While “The Human Centipede,” released in 2009, appalled audiences worldwide with its portrayal of horrific body modifications driven by a twisted surgeon’s fantasies, “Tusk” manages to push the boundaries even further, delving into grotesque human-to-animal transformations.

The film’s narrative revolves around a podcaster, portrayed by Justin Long, who embarks on a journey to meet a recluse. Unbeknownst to him, this man harbors a morbid fixation on transforming people into walruses. The trajectory of the storyline, with its predictable outcome, centers on these grim proceedings, so if you’re aiming to avoid spoilers, now might be a good time to stop reading.

Viewers who have subjected themselves to the film’s horrors have emerged “literally traumatised” by the experience. A TikToker named Heidi Wong took to the platform to share her opinions on “Tusk,” declaring it the most disturbing horror film she has ever encountered.

In a series of videos, Wong delves into the film’s concept and her reaction to it. She explains, “Out of all the horror movies that I’ve seen, this one gets to me the most. ‘Tusk’ is about a podcaster who meets a crazy man who wants to turn him into a walrus, as in surgically transform him from a human into a walrus.” Wong goes on to state that, in her view, the movie surpasses even the shocking impact of “The Human Centipede.”

Wong also reflects on the film’s ending, describing it as deeply unsettling. Accompanied by a video of herself pondering the conclusion, her caption reads, “Me watching a guy who was forced to be surgically turned into a walrus finally escape, only for his friends to put him in a zoo to live the rest of his life as an actual walrus.”

Commenters on Wong’s TikTok posts promptly admitted the film’s profound impact on them. Some expressed that the movie had left them traumatized, while others revealed they had disturbing dreams involving the walrus imagery. For some, the movie’s impact extended beyond the screen; one person confessed they could no longer view walruses in the same way.

For those who believed they had escaped the eerie grip of “Tusk,” news of a potential sequel surfaced in 2022. Justin Long, the lead actor, revealed that director Kevin Smith had reached out regarding the possibility of continuing the chilling tale. This news indicates that the haunting horrors of “Tusk” might continue to linger in the cinematic landscape, ready to ensnare viewers once again.

 

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