As time trickles on by, the sight of an audience genuinely recoiling or losing their damn minds at an unexpected event going down on the big or their only personal screen has become an increasingly rarer occurrence.
But your writer is pleased to report that the art of utterly stunning and shocking a capacity crowd taking in a big budget blockbuster offering or even just an unassuming couple indulging in a Net-flick on their couch is still far from entirely extinct, folks.
In fact, in the case of the following collection of staggering cinematic moments, it's safe to say that few will ever forget the first time they witnessed these fairly recent and wholly jaw-dropping feature happenings with their own eyes. And some even ultimately regretted the fact they sat down and allowed them to do so in the first place!
From certain scenes that were simply too intense to handle for a Cannes crowd, to perhaps the most bizarre beatdown in the entire history of moviemaking, the world may never recover from some of the latest attempts to leave filmgoers needing a lie down.
10. Black Bolt And Professor Xavier's Gross Endings - Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
Kicking things off in relatively tepid waters in comparison to some of the other entries on this list, Sam Raimi's recent attempt to lure Marvel Studios into more unsettling waters didn't entirely deliver the horror goods promised of a director famed for the likes of the Evil Dead series.
However, two shocking beats that will most definitely occupy more than a few youngster's nightmares in the coming months undoubtedly rank as some of the grisliest occurrences in MCU history to date.
As the newly introduced Illuminati square off against Elizabeth Olsen's chilling Scarlet Witch partway through the flick, the seemingly unstoppable Black Bolt (a returning Anson Mount) soon finds himself with an unexpectedly sealed gob. Sure enough, upon trying to let rip his trademark hypersonic voice, the Inhuman's head insanely erupts as he crumbles to the floor in a heap.
Not to be outdone, Patrick Stewart's returning Charles Xavier also meets his brutal end, only this time by having his damn skull literally ripped in half during his desperate attempts to reach out to Wanda Maximoff in her own mind.
Simply put, Multiverse of Madness wasn't a horror home run. But these two gory fatalities will definitely live long in the memory.