DISCLAIMER… We here at Truly Disturbing HIGHLY recommend you NOT watch these films in a row or even at all since they will change who you are not only emotionally but mentally as well. Enjoy!I know the disclaimer at the top seems extreme, but for many it’ll be needed. These movies may not be everyone’s first choice for disturbing films, but these are the films that when we here at TD had a chance to glance at… they changed our head space.
Since the beginning of time man has found various ways to entertain themselves. Eventually we developed extreme ways to entertain ourselves a la gladiators. Humans have found many sadistic ways to not only entertain ourselves, but challenge us as well. We strive to push ourselves to the extremes in order to give us that adrenaline rush that makes life worth while.
So, in following suite with the history of violence that is so deeply rooted in our heritage we bring you the much awaited list. Now as mentioned previously your choices for disturbing cinema may not grace our list, but that’s why we encourage you to get involved. Let us know what you think of these films or shout out some extreme cinema you may have come across. These are just the choices that have seared their images in our brains and till this day haunts our minds…
Be warned a lot of what you are about to read features minor spoilers in order to entice or repulse. Your choice.
Now these are all ranked with 10 being the least disturbing and 1 being the most. So… Here we go.
10) “ERASERHEAD” (1977)
Written and Directed in 1977 by David Lynch this movie follows Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) as he travels through an industrialized wasteland and meets some eerie characters along the way. The film plays out like an acid trip in 16mm black and white. The images that Lynch manages to produce are not only disturbing, but have a way of being oddly beautiful. This juxtaposition makes for some memorable images and till this day if you even mention lady in the radiator to Eraserhead fans they cringe at the thought. Accompanying these horrific scenes Lynch finds a way to make the sound design in this film equally, if not more creepy by just piling on everything from crying babies to hypnotic industrial sounds.
The mixture of these two elements against the graininess of the film creates a mixture that brings it right into our number 10. If your curious to find out the sounds that accompany this creepy image to the left give it a watch… if you dare.
9) “HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER” (1990)
Directed by John McNaughton and starring Michael Rooker as the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. Funny to know that this film could’ve turned out to be a documentary on the Chicago wrestling scene, but through the graces of blackmail we have here today our #9. From the opening scene you have a good idea of where this film is going to take you. A woman lies dead, brutally murdered in a field which is then intercut with horrific scenes of other murder victims, bloodied and mutilated. All these bloody scenes created at the hands of Henry (Rooker). We follow Henry throughout the film as he slays victim after victim and the next murder being more gruesome than the previous.
This movie to date features some of the more brutal murder scenes. The killings are unprovoked, the brutality is immense and it features one scene of the “found footage” persuasion that has forever been etched in our jacked up minds, which are now all the more jacked up having seen this.
8) “AUDITION” (1999)
Directed by Takashi Miike this film throws you for a sadistic loop about half ways into the film. The reason we lead with this is because it’s important to know that most of the gag inducing moments of this film are so effective because the first half of the film plays out like a love story. The story follows Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a middle-aged widower, who finally begins to make his way back into the dating scene after losing his wife almost seven years prior. He decides to use an unconventional way of doing so by holding a fake audition in order to hopefully capture the woman of his dreams. What he ends up getting is definitely a woman, however it’s minus the dream portion. After this love story ensues about half ways into the film it takes a dark turn. We find out that this girl has been harmed by many men in her past since she was a little girl.
Don’t worry about her though because by the end of this film she will have you convinced that she’s found a revenge deserving of each and every one of them. All of them are brutal, disgusting, innovative, and in some cases vomitous. One scene in particular, in an effort to not give too much away, involves a burlap sack, vomit, a dog bowl, and one hungry maimed man. We’ll let your mind take over from there or you can just dare to watch.
7) “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” (1980)
Directed by Ruggero Deodato this movie follows a search party that is seeking out a missing film crew sent into the Amazon for a documentary shoot. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST represents the first contribution to the found footage genre. Although it is not entirely found footage the scenes that utilize it are horrific. This film was considered so controversial at the time that it was even thought to be a snuff film in Milan and director Deodato was arrested for suspicion of murder only 10 days after its release. Since the murders portrayed were considered too realistic it garnered a great deal of attention, especially for it’s famous impaling scene which is shown in all its glory to the left. However, even as disturbing as the hollywoodized deaths were, the disturbing nature of this film is only heightened by the fact that it contains 6 real life animal killings.
Now, in a world where animals these days are kept as sacred as family members, this must come as a shock. The director himself has admitted that it was stupid to do, but alas it’s available for everyone to watch in the comfort of your own homes.
The killings are definitely the most brutal thing about this movie and definitely place themselves in the category of things we would love to un-see, but they’re there to stay. R.I.P
6) “THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: FULL SEQUENCE” (2011)
Now we do have to admit right off the bat that we were extremely close to not even including this film on the list basically due to the heavy Monty Python-like dark humor, but given the cringe inducing gore we thought what the hell. Directed by Tom Six this movie follows Martin Lomax, played brilliantly by Laurence R. Harvey, as he mumbles his way through this black and white nightmare. The first half of the film shows Martin as he salivates over the movie The Human Centipede, that’s right people Six gets Meta. Definitely took some balls to go that route, but the way Six lays it all out suits the journey that this movie takes. As he kidnaps and bludgeons his victims we find out that not only is Martin obsessed with the film he’s decided to emulate it. He takes on the challenge of making his own centipede with twice the bodies, but minus the skill that our original doctor had. He slices, cuts, and staples his subjects until they are forged to each other by way of the digestive tract. In other words some lips get stapled to some butts. Sounds crazy, but that isn’t even the crazy part.
The blood and gore that showcases this surgical procedure, if we can call it that, is wrapped up in the final 45 minutes of the film and it. is. rough. You’ll respect your knees and teeth a helluva lot more after watching this gem let me tell you. As if this all isn’t enough to drag you onto the THC2 bandwagon there’s some good ole fashioned sexual violence thrown in there for good measure.
Now as we enter 5 things start to get real… Beware because for some reason these later movies up the sexual violence to the max.
5) “GROTESQUE” (2009)
Directed by Koji Shiraishi this japanese horror film finds a young couple who recently decided to take their flirtatious office behavior to the streets on their first official date. Of course like every great horror movie what starts off being innocent quickly turns to darkness as a madman has other plans in mind. This mystery man decides to take out his frustrations on this couple in ways that only our nightmares could produce. Not only are these acts disgusting to look at the humiliation of these two characters is what drags this film straight through the gutter and into our heads. We say gutter because a lot of the sexual degradation that exists in this film is the only place these actions could exist. The sexual torture is laid on thick and the buckets of blood and gore that follow are more than abundant. Think of all the parts that mean something to you on your body and chances are something gets hammered through it or just down right taken off in some cases.
The amount of times we had to look away from the screen in an effort to give our subconscious a break would make one hell of a drinking game. Drink every time you turn away and I guarantee by the end of this film you’ll either be vomiting because of the alcohol or because of the film.
4) “IMPRINT” (2006)
Already we find ourselves a repeat offender in Takashi Miike who directed the stomach churning IMPRINT. Starring a horror great Billy Drago as Christopher, a journalist who goes on a journey to find the prostitute that he fell in love with and promised to take away from her lifestyle. He embarks upon his journey to an infamous whorehouse in Japan which features some characters who set the disturbing tone right off the bat. The characters, not only with their actions, but with their looks give the sense of uncertainty and make the film about as comfortable as the scenes to follow. To give you a sense of what you would be getting yourself into, the host of the this whorehouse, played by Mame Yamada, is a little person with a screeching voice who is missing about 3/4 of his nose due to Syphilis. Occasionally he makes the choice of picking pieces of his nose throughout the film and disposing of it in various locations. Feel that? That’s your stomach saying run away, but we’ve only just begun. Miike has been known to create some of the bloodiest scenes around town, but for this film he decided to go more the psychological route. Don’t get me wrong it has its fair share of blood, and the torture scenes showcased provide the majority.
The scenes ramp up the un-comfort and take you for a ride that is full of HOLY CRAP moments and dizzying torture tactics. Not for the faint of heart and apparently not for Cable Networks as well. This movie was intended to be an episode in the MASTERS OF HORROR series on Showtime however after viewing it Showtime decided that it was too graphic for a premium cable channel. Now the thing we love about this movie and something Miike has always added to the horror genre is an amazing story. It’s full of tragedy and darkness, but is told in such a storybook manner that you almost forget you’re watching a horror film. In fact, the only time you’re reminded is when you’re staring at needles being rammed into someones finger nail bed. Well i’ve said enough so all that’s left is to go watch it… If you can stomach it.
3) “IRREVERSIBLE” (2002)
WOW. After watching this film this is pretty much the only word that can grace your lips. Wow. That’s it. Director Gaspar Noé brings us this warped, nauseating, and claustrophobic revenge thriller about two men, Marcus (Vincent Cassel) and Pierre (Albert Dupontel) who are seeking revenge for the brutally raped girlfriend of Marcus played by Monica Bellucci. The film utilizes a reverse chronological format much like MEMENTO but takes the format and uses it to warp your mind. The way it does this is by making each and every shot flow seamlessly into one another. The film is presented as one long continuous take so it seems as if there are no cuts or edits. The first half of the movie finds the camera taking on odd and chaotic angles. It is almost as if the camera is a feather floating back in time through each and every one of these situations. Several scenes pop out and give this film it’s coveted number 3 spot, however there are 2 specific scenes that make it the uncomfortable joy it has been for us. First scene takes place at a gay sex club named The Rectum as the two protagonists, or at least who are presented as such, go through the many levels of this club that feature various sex acts happening amongst the inquisition. As mentioned the angles create so much tension that by the time you reach its end you’re ready to snap. The investigation comes to a bloody conclusion as we witness what is sure to be the most realistic head bashing scene to date in any movie. I’d be willing to put money on that. Still, to this day, we have visions of this scene and it gives us chills. The amount of brutality and realism that is displayed is unsettling and would the jar the hardest of souls.
This leads us to the final reason why this film has garnered its disturbing tag… For those of you who have heard of this film are aware of the reason that so many have passed out and left the theater in outrage. This film features a 9 minute uncut rape scene that is every reason why this film isn’t an icebreaker. We’d be inhuman to sit here and say that this had no effect on us. A scene of this magnitude is better left for snuff or for B films, but somehow finds a way to be neither snuff nor cheesy. In fact its the complete opposite. What you see if disgusting, terrifying, and by far the hardest 9 minutes in film history. As the film pushes forward after this gut wrenching scene we start to see a completely different film. We find ourselves seeing a film of Kubrick like proportions. Steady zooms and interesting angles accompanied by the emotional swell of Beethoven’s 7th symphony make up the end of, what was up to this point, an exhausting and horrifying film experience. Then you realize… had this movie been turned around would we have been as affected. Of course the scenes are still disturbing and the subject matter is extreme, but because the consequences are shown before the actions it forces us into a moral dilemma. Definitely a tough one to watch and gets its own personal disclaimer of watch at your own risk.
2) “SALO OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM” (1975)
Now this next film will test your limits and challenge you in ways you would’ve never thought you could be challenged by a film. You get to learn a few things about yourself after watching a movie like this. You wonder am I twisted? or did I get the sadistic gene somewhere? It also is a test of endurance and I challenge anyone who wishes to watch this movie, after I’ve explained it, in one full sitting. We ourselves had to take at least one good 30 minute break in order to relieve ourselves from the mass amounts of terror we were being fed. This film forces you to have to take those breaks and make good use of them because as soon as you hit play it starts over again. Not because it’s redundant, but because director Pier Paolo Pasolini constructed a film that touches taboo subjects that will definitely play with your moral structure. The film is about 4 politician like figures who decide to create their own government if you will. They marry each other’s daughters and seek the aid of young men who will act as their debauched soldiers. These soldiers then kidnap 9 teenage girls and boys (equaling 18) in which these politician figures will use at their own leisure. These 4 men take these teenagers on a journey of pain, suffering, sexual humiliation, and loss of innocence. The film consists of 3 circles, the first being The Circle of Manias. In this Circle the teens are put through various humiliating scenarios both sexual and non-sexual. In some instances they are treated as dogs or sometimes just objects of these guys sadistic nature. The next circle is The Circle of Shit, which consists of exactly what the title suggests. Now… This is where your stomachs shall be challenged and your moral compass shall be broken.
This is where things go from terrible to worse. In an effort to not have to give anything away for those that wish to witness this first hand, mums the word. For those of you who want to know watch it or read the synopsis online. With that being said we reach The Circle of Blood which is basically every hope and dream that these teenagers had being crushed, sliced, or burned. If the desperation wasn’t in abundance in the beginning than at the end of this film you should have your fill. The movie is no joyous ride and doesn’t take you on a life changing journey, unless you count the horrible images flowing through your every pore as life changing. The film is so powerful that it will have you thinking about it long after you’ve turned off the movie. It shows how cruel and inhumane human beings can be to each other and the evil that we are capable of. The film is based off of the book 120 days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade which should give you some insight to how jacked up this movie really is. In fact, this movie was so controversial that it was said that some people stole some roles of film of Salo and, in an effort to retain the footage, the director met with the thieves who in turn ran him over several times with his own car. Almost as brutal as the movie itself… Almost.
And now the moment you have all been waiting for… I bring you our number One most disturbing film of all time!
1) “A SERBIAN FILM” (2010)
We’ve definitely saved the best for last or in this case the worst. All the movies showcased here tonight will each bring up subjects of rape, torture, murder, sex, and pedophilia, but only one of them dares to include all of this in one scene. That film is our number one choice directed by Srdan Spasojevic which has some of the most detestable and disgusting scenes ever shot on the face of this planet. Now mind you we haven’t seen every film on the face of this planet, but judging with the curve of disturbing cinema that we’ve witnessed holy shit does this one take the cake! The film follows a retired porn star, Milos played by Srdan Todorovic, who is strapped for cash these days. He dabbles with the idea of coming out of retirement, but has yet to find that ultimate offer. That is until a new director comes around who offers him a paycheck that is too good to turn down. This director brings promises of avant-garde porno with the upmost respect for the craft. What he ends up bringing is a non-stop nightmare full of hellish ideas and disturbing acts. We’ve never discouraged anyone from watching a film, but this might actually be the first time we do. If you care for the little values or morals that you hold onto in order to function as a caring human being than do not watch this film. This film is so impacting and so intense that it took us here a span of 4 days to finish the film in its entirety. This film borders the line of art and just plain wrong. The director claims that this film is a statement of the current state of Serbia and how the people feel they are being “raped” by its government on a daily basis. Now we’re not one to question someone’s artistic ventures, but after the images viewed in this film one has to ask them self is this art? There is a pivotal scene at the end of the movie, which we will hold onto for the sake of those who still need to see it. This scene is so heart wrenching that by the end of it you’re almost pissed at yourself for having watched it. Like I said we’ll hold onto it. However, we will leave you with the description of a scene in which we have not enough words to describe the depravity of this scene.
Actually a description can better be described with just two words… Infant… Rape… Like we said we saved the worst for last and we’d like to say that this scene alone got this film the number one spot, but unfortunately we’ve barely scraped the service. This is definitely not a movie for everyone, and to be honest we’re not even quite sure it was a movie for us. However for you film collectors and disturbing cinema aficionados this will most likely be on your watch list.
Well we finally made it fiends! We made it through the wicked and depraved roads that these films took us down. We challenge you to see if you can watch our whole list or just watch one. Wherever you land we can guarantee that there is some disturbed cinema that awaits. You might ask who would even want to watch these movies in the first place? To that we answer why does one watch a train crash or why does one like to watch a high speed pursuit? Because we have been conditioned to watch violence. There’s a rush that’s accompanied by watching things that we know are horrifying. These films aren’t meant to inspire you or instill hope. They’re meant to bring you down to your ultimate low and show you what it’s like to feel. No matter how you slice it these films force a reaction and in a world full of reality stars and pop idols a genuine reaction is welcome.
Have a good memorial weekend fiends and be as always to check back here at your home base for horror… TRULYDISTURBING.com.