The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

Nothing warms the hearts and soothes the soul at holiday time like a hot laser slicing through your pain receptors. That's why we put together this list of the top seven torture scenes from science fiction, including one that spawned one of the lamest action figures in the world. (We didn't include the Star Wars Christmas Special, even though it features Bea Arthur singing, because it's only unintentional torture.) Real torture after the jump!

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi

The Seven Best Torture Porn Scenes in SciFi


  • A Clockwork Orange: Malcolm McDowell was given an experimental injection and forced to watch images of violence and sex until the mixture made him barf. Can you imagine throwing up whenever you watched porn? That's the very worst torture of all.

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Khan takes an earwig and drops it inside of Chekov's helmet, where it slowly crawls into his ear, spitting some kind of bloody acid as it goes. Then it wraps itself around his cerebral cortex and makes him Khan's bitch. That scene made me sleep with earplugs for about six months when I was a kid, and it still creeps me out.

  • Doctor Who — "Vengeance on Varos": Colin Baker (during his chubby years) visits Varos, a planet where people are shown public scenes of torture and execution for entertainment. Sort of like American Idol, with a sadistic Ryan Seacrest. The Doctor was a bit of a dick in this episode, getting a lot of people killed and leaving the torture machines intact when he left. Nice guy.

  • The Empire Strikes Back: Darth Vader takes Han Solo into his private torture room on Bespin and lowers him onto a really nasty looking torture rack. As Han's screams echo throughout Cloud City, someone had the bright idea to turn this into a fucking action figure! "Here Timmy, enjoy torturing Harrison Ford!" Genius.

  • Brazil: Jonathan Pryce gets tortured by his former friend Michael Palin wearing a hideous babyface mask in Terry Gilliam's dark vision of the future. In fact, there's a whole branch of the Ministry of Information called "information retrieval" to get jobs like this done, just like George Bush's CIA does. Everything becomes unraveled when a typo gets the wrong man killed. No spellcheck for you.

  • Cube: Seven strangers wake up inside a giant cube, where each new room contains a deadly trap that they have to figure out. In the first three minutes of the movie, a guy gets chopped into square pieces by a swinging razor-bladed gate. So you know you're in for something really special. Plus, there's high-level math involved in figuring out the puzzle, which is a special kind of torture right there. Damn prime numbers.

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — "Chain of Command": Patrick Stewart should have walked away with a special Oscar for over-the-top acting in this episode, but I still love the damn thing. Picard is kidnapped and brainwashed over and over by a Cardassian agent, played by the excellently evil David Warner. Warner keeps asking how many lights are on the wall, and although Picard is promised comfort and luxury if he says there are five lights, he never breaks. At the end of the episode, as he stumbles out of the torture room, he turns and shouts, "THERE. ARE. FOUR. LIGHTS!" Just watch the damn thing below, it still gives me goosebumps.