People Are Saying ‘Deeply Disturbing’ New Movie Is Even More Messed Up Than Saltburn

Poor Things, the newest Emma Stone movie, is being called 'more messed up than Saltburn' by viewers.
Credit: Searchlight Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures

Emma Stone’s latest movie has been called ‘deeply disturbing’ and even ‘worse than Saltburn.’

There’s just something about this winter that seems to have brought the most bizarre and horrific films to our cinema screens.

Last month, it was Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn that had fans baffled – particularly that bathtub scene (if you know, you know).

But now a whole new film has the internet fascinated and disgusted in equal measure – including one particularly controversial scene…

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Poor Things, which hit UK cinema screens on January 12, is a science fantasy black comedy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Alasdair Gray.

The film stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, and Jerrod Carmichael.

Its official synopsis reads: “Brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist, a young woman runs off with a lawyer on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, she grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.”

Poor Things has already generated some high praise, winning two Golden Globe awards, with Stone gaining the prize for Best Performance by a Female Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

The film also took home the hotly contended Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award.

Poor Things
Poor Things has been described as even ‘worse than Saltburn’. Credit: Searchlight Pictures

The movie has gained further critical acclaim with rave reviews in The Guardian and Independent.

Wendy Ide writes in The Guardian: “It may only be the third week of January, but it’s hard to imagine that there will be a funnier, filthier or more extravagantly peculiar film this year than Yorgos Lanthimos’s latest picture.”

Geoffrey Macnab also heaps praise on the film in The Independent, saying it ‘is brilliant and often deeply unsettling’ while ‘humour and misogynistic violence sit side by side’.

It seems to be that the fans found the movie more shocking and disturbing.

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One writes on X, formerly known as Twitter: “People who found Saltburn weird wouldn’t last two minutes watching Poor Things.”

Another agrees: “Poor Things is so disturbing, went in feeling happy, left feeling deeply disturbed.”

A third adds: “Imagine if all the normies who thought Saltburn was the most disturbing, f***ed up, h***iest movie ever watched Poor Things. Like Poor Things actually deserves Saltburn’s reputation.”

While a fourth concurs: “Everyone, go see Poor Things, It’s like a weird fever dream that’s kind of messed up but also hilarious!”

Watch the disturbing trailer below…

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.