The bathroom should be a sacred place, an area in which a person can go to and have the experience that should really only be done alone. Throughout the history of film this zone has been violated many times in iconic ways, such as the shower scene in Psycho (1960) or the deeply layered and complex nature of The Shining (1980) confusing Jack and the audience with the naked woman in room 237. However, this short list will compile specifically the more haunting sequences regarding toilets, because that’s one place that should not have been encroached upon.
1. Eating Off The Toilet – Jurassic Park (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg | Runtime: 2h 7mins | Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Almost inarguably one of the greatest directors of all time, Spielberg created cinema magic with 1993’s Jurassic Park. It reaches the same blockbuster heights as Jaws (1975), but with the effects being more prominent than his earlier work. Humorous (although really, a bit dark) the recently escaped T-Rex is on a rampage and instead of staying to help the children, lawyer Donald Gennaro runs for the toilet. He is soon found by his hunter, and is eaten quite unhygienically.
2. Check The Toilet – Ghoulies II (1988).
Director: Albert Band | Runtime: 1h 29mins | Horror, Comedy
There are certainly some out there that enjoy the schlocky horror-comedies that came out of the 70’s and 80’s, and they always ended up becoming a series of terrible films. Ghoulies (1985) was no different, creating four by the end of 1994, with the second instalment being the next on this list. Whether you enjoy the films or not, they are very trashy, as demonstrated in this scene, where one of the anti-hero creatures reveals himself to the audience without its prey realising. Honestly, it’s worth watching the scene without spoiling. Terrible acting, terrible effects but it’ll make you check before sitting down again.
3. Diving For Pills – Trainspotting (1996)
Director: Danny Boyle | Runtime: 1h 33mins | Comedy, Drama
With his second feature, Boyle proved that British cinema had been revitalised in the mid 90’s. It tackles dark themes of drug addiction, poverty and neglect with striking humour in a impactful way, as demonstrated here. Ewan McGregor’s Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton was wanting another hit but is given a suppository instead. The effects of constipation wear off, meaning he goes for the nearest toilet he can find – it’s just about everyones worst nightmare. Not only that, once he is relieved, Mark dives deep to retrieve the pills lost to the water. It’s disgusting, humorous, but also a dark look at the effects of addiction and the lengths some need to go.