10 Brutal Movie Torture Scenes That Made Our Toes Curl

6. Vice €“ Casino

Martin Scorsese€™s ludicrously detailed study of greed, crime and ambition in the world of a corrupt Las Vegas casino is an impressive if not overly long piece of storytelling. The film chronicles the criminal activities of two mobsters €“ Sam €˜Ace€™ Rothstein (Robert De Niro) and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), the former a talented bookmaker and the latter an aggressive mob enforcer €“ as they attempt to oversee a highly profitable casino operation. While the audience is aware of Nicky€™s temper, it€™s not known exactly how cruel he is until we see him torturing a rival mob thug. The scene sees Santoro closing a vice on his victim€™s head, hoping to get a name from him. The name is given, but only after the victim€™s eye is popped out of its socket due to the pressure that Santoro willingly applies. It€™s a gory but effective example of how a torture scene can be used for characterisation.
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