What good is an art film if it does not bother to touch a taboo subject or at least care a little to express concern to certain social issues? While not every Art Film dares to touch a taboo subject, not every commercial flick refrains from dealing with such subject in its own subtle (not always) manner. Some do go the transgressive way and are appreciated for the same. A taboo subject is so, due to the society’s mentality to stay away from it and when such issues are brought to the open, they usually turn disturbing. Some movie directors, who call themselves visionaries, have dared to make movies on such subjects and although few did succeed in creating art, some only ended up disturbing us enough with all the blood and ruthless violence. Today we discuss about the 20 Most Disturbing Movies Ever For Those With A Twisted Appetite For Entertainment
20 Most Disturbing Movies Ever For Those With A Twisted Appetite For Entertainment
20) Teeth – 2007
Teeth, according to me, is more funny than horrifying. It definitely is categorized as a black comedy horror movie but if one was to think, just for a second, about what could be the outcome of ‘Teeth’ being a reality, you could twitch with intense pain already. Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, ‘Teeth’ had a very limited release across the globe but did not exactly face any kind of troubles or accusations like in the other cases. But then what exactly is so disturbing about ‘Teeth’?
Dawn, the central character of the movie, is a high school virgin, who is unaware that she possesses what will keep her from the boys. She unknowingly has a set of mutant teeth between her legs. Yeah! Yeah! You got it right. Disturbing. Right?
19) Niku Daruma – 1998
Niku Daruma or the tumbling doll of flesh is a Japanese pornographic-horror film that disturbs you at so many levels. The movie tells the story of Kana and Kiku, who star in a pornographic movie that is shot by two directors with a fetish for blood. The movie does not beat behind the bush and goes straight to slicing of body parts like they were nothing less than vegetables. The movie starts this list and could have topped the disgust factor but only if it had a good plot line attached to it.
18) Vase De Noces – 1974
This film had made it to the certification board three times and was banned every of the three times. Directed by Thierry Zeno, Vase De Noces is a Belgium art movie that openly displays Zoopholia. The movie had featured real animal killing on the camera, for the screen and the coprophagia in some of the scenes only make this movie an eighty minutes of unbearable obscene flick. The movie is also referred to as ‘The Pig Fuck Movie’.
The movie speaks about a man with mental disorder, living in a farm and obsessed with a pig. Disturbing enough?
17) Antichrist – 2009
When a mourning couple tries to recover from their son’s death, weird stuff begins to happen. Antichrist is a Danish horror flick directed by Lars Von Trier with much graphic and disturbing content. Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.
16) Mum & Dad – 2008
This creepy horror movie will teach you not to trust strangers. It’s a story of a girl, who finds herself at the mercy of Mum & Dad, a couple who find strange pleasure in torturing and humiliating their prey. The movie is directed by Steven Sheil and was the first movie from the director’s many to come. The movie had featured in few of the movie fests and was much appreciated for its disturbingly twisted theme.
15) Irreversible – 2002
Not exactly disturbing but the killing scenes will definitely make you finch. Starring Monica Balluchi and Vincent Cassel, Irreversible is a fantastic revenge drama.
When a rape victim’s boyfriend and former boyfriend decide to serve justice for their lady love, what you get is blood and graphic scenes of torture. Definitely watchable.
14) Visitor Q – 2001
The black comedy by Takashi Miike, Visitor Q has it all. It has brutal murder scenes, abuse, blood and scenes with incest and necrophilia. This movie suffered from low budget, but the low budget works to better the cinematography aspect of this Japanese movie.
The movie revolves around a stranger, who befriends a family with members that are weird in every possible way. Certainly not for all but definitely worth a watch.
13) A Clockwork Orange – 1971
Stanley Kubrick was known as the controversial director of his times and by the beginning of 1970s he did discover his niche in terms of experimentation. A Clockwork Orange is considered to be a cult classic of a movie that took one to future Britain. Future Britain during the 1970s. A Clockwork Orange is bizarre, ugly, disgusting and also offensive. Of course the movie was a scandalous one during its release but this was Stanley’s ‘fuck you’ to the world.
The movie revolves around a sociopath whose hobbies include music, ultra-violence and ummmm…. ‘rape’. A Clockwork Orange will either completely disturb you or will get you thinking about the wrongs in the society. The movie is definitely disturbing even for today’s times and yet you cannot object the fact that it is considered as a classic.
12) Men Behind The Sun – 1988
A Hong-Kong-Chinese movie depicting the war atrocities of Japan at Unit 731 that was a secret biological weapons experimentation unit. The movie includes some graphic depiction of the atrocities and is not easy to go through 105 minutes of this horror flick without a few good breaks in between. It is intense nevertheless but is too hard for the eyes. The movie goes beyond the present friendly situation between the Chinese and Japanese government and speaks of the dark history during the time of War. Disturbing to the core of it.
11) Kill List – 2011
Directed by Ben Wheatley, Kill List is among the recent renditions to a psychological-horror-crime-drama. Kill list is about two former soldiers, who are offered a job. Just as you could have guessed it, the contract for the job includes a kill list. This movie is no ordinary crime drama about a merciless former soldier on a killing spree. The movie is definitely baffling with many of its torture scenes and much more. But is it a masterpiece? Not according to me but some definitely would vouch for this one to be a job well done.
10) Grotesque – 2009
Grotesque is all about a mad doctor torturing a couple for no apparent reason. This Japanese torture porn movie has nothing in terms of story. Just blood and torture. Should impress those with twisted sense of pleasure.
9) Cannibal – 2006
A film like Cannibal can be termed as a sub-genre flick that comes under the Cannibal genre which focuses on nothing but Cannibalism. Italian directors did seem overwhelmed by these concepts and Marian Dora was no different. Cannibal released in 2006 was all meat and flesh (human meat and flesh to be precise) and the credit must go to our director Marian Dora for coming up something so gore that it can make you lose your appetite.
Although the Cannibal movies had been filming since 1970s this Cannibal looks more fresh in terms of the colour and texture on-screen, making it all the more disturbing. Due to its graphic content the movie has not succeeded in getting a good screening at many centers of the world even till date.
8) Inside – 2007
Inside is a brutal roller coaster ride of a movie. This French movie that released in 2007 was directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo and is horrifying gruesome home invasion flick unlike any other.
7) Nekromantic – 1987
Considered as a cult classic in spite of it being banned in several countries, Nekromantic deals with a taboo subject. The German Horror movie involves Necrophilia and the entire plot of the movie can give you goosebumps. When a man, whose job is to deal with the dead bodies, decides to pursue his passion of Necrophilia, he brings home a toy to keep himself and his girlfriend entertained. What is the toy? A dead, unclaimed body. The movie is disturbing in so many levels that the horror factor in the movie will be put to shame.
6) Threads – 1984
When the Soviet Union and the United States go to war, the peaceful dream love life of Ruth and Jimmy comes to standstill. Threads explores the after effects of a Nuclear War and the amount of horror it can inflict on the innocent citizens. The movie virtually displays the disturbing side of a war and at no point of time is the movie subtle.
The movie takes a stunning turn when Ruth, who is pregnant, is left with no other option but to fight for survival all alone after she separates from her husband. The movie is Directed by Mick Jackson and is not meant for the faint-hearted.
5) Pink Flamingos – 1972
When two families are hell bent on competing with each other to prove themselves as the filthier one, you get a storyline for a movie called Pink Flamingos. As you get to the middle of the movie, you begin to wonder what exactly was Director John Waters thinking while filming this epic horrid piece of disturbing cinema. Among the most anarchic movie ever made, Pink Flamingos requires you to have strong stomach to get you through the entire flick.
The movie is trashy and low in budget but at the same time is considered as Waters’ best work till date. One thing that should not be left over is the fact that John Waters here is hell bent on getting you disgusted.
4) Salo, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom – 1975
Banned for several years due to the countless controversies and allegations attached, Salo is the embodiment of virtual sadism. Another torture movie of sorts, this is for those with a flavor for extreme cinema. The movie had been accused of using actors that were under-age during the time of filming the movie.
The movie revolves around four Italian corrupt fascist libertines, who kidnap 9 boys and girls and subject them to extreme violence in the form physical, mental and sexual tortures. The movie is directed by Pier Palo Pasolini, who had died very soon after filming the movie and much before its release. The movie is still banned in many of the countries and it was only in 2000 that the movie’s uncut version did get to release in UK. The movie is an art film. Disturbing and shocking yet thought provoking with the idea of power misuse.
3) Martyrs – 2008
Martyrs is like hell. It makes you view the several heinous acts in the name of revenge and at the same time, it tries to cleanse you spiritually. This movie is believed to be the most scary movie ever by almost everyone who has watched it. However, with blood splattering all over the screen, Martyrs makes more for the disgust factor than just for the horror factor. By blood, we don’t mean the hostel kind of taking-shower-under-a-sliced-neck, here the things are much more intense and truly gruesome. In spite of it being a remake, Pascal Laugier, the director of the movie calls it a re-thinking.
The movie revolves around two friends with disturbing childhood, who grow up to seek revenge against those responsible for having created havoc in their lives.
2) The Human Centipede – 2009
The Human Centipede stated with pride that ‘disgusting’ could in fact be portrayed on the large screen without any form of subtlety. Released in 2009, this Dutch horror movie shockingly got a sequel too and this sequel beat the first part by miles as far as the disgusting factor is concerned. Out of all the torture porn movies that you have seen, The Human Centipede is the one where torture gets an all new meaning. A mad scientist inflicts horrible, or can we just say disgusting, tortures on his victims, who happen to be a tourist trio. This movie is disgusting. Way way disgusting.
1) The Serbian Film – 2010
A story of an aging porn-star, forced to get back to filming the final movie of his life, in order to support his struggling family. The Serbian Film is considered as a classic by few and as disturbing by everybody else. The movie is directed by Serbian movie director, Srdjan Spasojevic and was banned all across. If pedophilia and necrophilia don’t disturb you enough, this movie does have a very intriguing plot too.
The movie has coined out words like ‘bull Viagra’ and ‘birth porn’. How more disturbing can things get? You just sit down, watch it and have a blast with it.
Cinema has appealed us with superheroes and villains. Movies that are ahead of its time and movies that have gone back in time have been put on the celluloid and impressed. But the above lot is certain to disturb many and impress very few.
Hope you had fun. Pick any one and enjoy the show.