Truly Disturbing’s Top 10 MOST DISTURBING Movies Of All Time

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.

First up:

10)ERASERHEAD(1977)

EraserheadWritten 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)

HenryDirected 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)

AudtionDirected 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)
Cannibal HolocaustDirected 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)

The Human Centipede 2Now 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)

GrotesqueDirected 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)

IMPRINTAlready 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)

IrreversibleWOW. 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)
SaloNow 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)
Serbian FilmWe’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.

Please be sure to comment on the list and get in on the conversation! Most of these films can be purchased on Amazon.com and you can read more information about these films at IMDb.com.

Have a good memorial weekend fiends and be as always to check back here at your home base for horror… TRULYDISTURBING.com.

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  132 comments for “Truly Disturbing’s Top 10 MOST DISTURBING Movies Of All Time

  1. May 28, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    IRREVERSIBLE is the only film on this list that really gets to me. That brutal scene with the fire extinguisher always causes me to cringe. Monica Bellucci was brilliant in the role. Truly shocking.

    • Red
      August 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      I couldn’t even watch it. My SO and I started to watch it, but I had to keep looking away from the screen because the camera’s constant movement was making me sick.

    • Godon Crawford
      September 28, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      I beli eve you are forgetting about the original “Exocist”. Based on the true story of a possesed teenager. It l eft an impact on the viewer long after the movie nded.

      • sam
        November 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        i irreversible is always the only one i can’t find with english subtitles. bs.

        • Joshu
          January 5, 2014 at 12:27 AM

          Netflix….

      • darcy
        January 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        your poor grammar left an impact on me after i read your post.

        • Gabe
          April 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

          Says the person who begins a sentence with a lower case letter. *sigh*

          • Brandy
            June 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

            That’s not a grammatical error. It’s a punctuation error. Also, “lowercase” is one word. *sigh*

          • K
            July 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

            Don’t forget the lowercase “i”. If you are going to make a comment on someone’s post, make sure yours is correct.

    • Suzi
      January 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      The fire extinguisher scene looks so realistic! The camera work for this scene [for this entire movie, actually] was constantly recording, No breaks, so I have now idea how it was done. ~~~~~~~eww~~~~~~~

      I didn’t find Serbian Film disturbing except for the newborn scene. I’m not sure if the uncut version shows more detail from that scene, or not. If so, I mercifully saw a trimmed down version, where nothing was seen, but rather implied.

      Eraserhead isn’t disturbing at all! Just real quirky and often comical

      Salò was just stupid. If they wheeled in a wheelbarrow full of turds in your movie, you are trying way too hard. It almost seems slap-sticky after that.

      Imprint has only one disturbing scene. Billy Drago’s acting in this movie is so bad, so over-acted that is made me chuckle. The to top that off, deformed hooker lady has a hand growing out of her head. That might have been okay, but then they put a silly, corny little claymation face on her hand. Imprint is a P.O.S.

      • Bree
        January 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        In the uncut version of A Serbian Film nothing is implied. Everything is shown and after two years I still can’t get past that movie. It is one of those films that I regret watching.

      • A.W
        January 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Trust me.. if you see the uncut version, there is a world of difference in the depravity there.

      • thea
        April 13, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Well aren’t u just hardcore.

      • darcy
        June 23, 2014 at 2:22 AM

        You must have seen an EXTREMELY cut version because nothing is implied in this movie and of all the fucked up shit I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot) this is by far the worst. I’d never watch a Serbian film again and wish I could unsee it. Watch the unsensored original director’s cut and if you still don’t find it disturbing then you have some serious issues.

        • cody
          August 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

          i watched a serbian film an laughed thru the whole thing its the sick twisted sh*t my soul craves

    • April 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      That was terrible, when he hit his face a million times. but i think the most brutal scene is the rape scene.

    • Chris Wells
      July 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      That’s retarded about the fire extinguisher. That scene has straight up acting with no visual sign of the character being injured. Pan’s Labyrinth, on the other hand, had the “bottle scene” where the son gets his face caved in (visually) from every jab. THAT was disturbing.

  2. Chloe
    July 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    That awkward moment when you’re 17 years old and have already seen the majority of the films mentioned…

    • Joe
      December 30, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      that awkward moment when your 14 and have already seen every movie on this list

      • Edgard
        January 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        That awkward moment when you’re 10 and have already seen them all… twice.

        • ss
          January 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

          That awkward moment when you’re 5 and actually made these movies.

          • james
            January 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

            That awkward moment when you’re in the womb and write the screenplay for these movies.

          • joeyfd
            June 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

            That awkward moment when your dick is fat like your poop.

    • Stacy
      January 16, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Can I suggest a film to go on this list? I recently watched this, and I must say that if you thought A Serbian Film was disturbing, you have for to check this film out. It’s called “Men Behind The Sun”. I’ve seen some stuff in my day. Started with Child’s Play at age 8. Now at 27 years old, I’m watching stuff like this. What a change.

      • Suzi
        January 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        OMG, Stacy I forgot about that one! You’re right.
        I’ve seen all the movies on this list, and Men Behind the Sun was far more disturbing
        For me, MBtS and The Poughkeepsie Tapes were the ones that really haunted me.
        (honorable mention to “Funny Games:

        • Tasty_vamp
          February 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

          Thanks to this coments I saw Men behind the Sun (just the first one though) AND IS EVERYTHING AND MORE!!! The images still haunt me. Kudos to the old school films like these :)

        • July 19, 2014 at 1:57 AM

          men behind the sun sucked balls my grandma eating corn on the cob is scarier

          • Ahasver
            August 5, 2014 at 7:13 PM

            hahahahahahaha
            Hahahahahahahaahahahaha

            ah, gosh. hahahahahahahaahha

      • darcy
        June 23, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        Agreed. Men behind the sun should definitely be on this list.

    • Matt
      March 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      That awkward moment when im a sperm and wrote the script for these movies.

    • Just17
      April 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      That awkward moment when everyone is just laughing at you

    • anonymous
      July 11, 2014 at 4:40 AM

      That awkward moment when you’re 50 years old and have already seen your useless comment posted…

    • July 19, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      hahaha same with me

  3. Jen
    July 15, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    What about “I spit on your grave” ???

  4. andy
    July 17, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I cant think of a reason why a movie like the serbian film should be out there!

  5. Andrew
    July 19, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    A Serbian Film is fun for the entire family! A perfect first date movie after a delicious dinner. ;)

  6. July 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    What about August Underground??? Snuff like horror that was deemed real snuff until authorities cleared it. BRUTAL isn’t the word. Hard to sit through. Very very hard

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      More like a comical Man v Food killing spree with no foundation or anything to string it together.

      • October 5, 2013 at 6:46 AM

        @ Adam Richman. are you actually the man v food host or just someone with the same name?

  7. Josh
    July 25, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Would the 2013 Evil Dead fit into this? Or was this list created with that in mind?

    • July 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      This list was created with just disturbing quality in mind. The new Evil Dead was gory good times but didn’t manage to do disturb us.

      • Josh
        July 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        What about the August Underground trilogy then? I see no mention of it on your site.

    • kittypoops
      August 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      No. LOL

    • Valk
      January 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I strongly believe that the remake of this glorious film is the WORST thing that ever happened to horror movies… shame on Bruce Campbell to partake on this film

      • Suzi
        January 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Remake of which film, Valk?

        • Valk
          February 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

          The remake “sequel” of The Evil Dead, the new film is just another slasher poorly written film that removed everything we loved about the original film :/ I wouldn’t include it in any list of film recomendations except maybe for the “lousiest remakes ever” along with Total Recall LOL

  8. carel
    August 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    I found ENTER THE VOID (2004) to be pretty disturbing yet another gaspar noe film with some real cool camera angles

  9. Mike
    September 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    The author must have a pretty weak stomach. 4 days to watch Serb? Really?

    Sure, the things sick but 4 days? What’s the point?

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Serbian Film was a porno comedy, Salo was euro scat porn, and Irreversible was gay bar hilarious.

      • scott
        November 4, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        I’m not sure what you mean by porno comedy but I have to admit that I found myself laughing during some of the key scenes in the movie.The thing with the infant rape scene is it struck me as soooo over the top that I couldn’t seem to find an appropriate response to it. On the face of it scenes like that should have had me wretching or crying or something but no. However the rape scene in Irreversible blew my mind and truly scarred by psyche. The fire extinguisher meat face tenderizer was vomit inducing as well.

      • Stacy
        January 16, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        Adam, it’s funny now that you mention it you hit A Serbian Film and Saló dead on. But I wouldn’t consider A Serbian Film a comedy lol. Nothing comical about that film. It was perverted if anything.

    • dub
      June 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      I was going to say the same thing. It is a tough watch, but 4 days and you call your site Truly Disturbing? Come on, hyperbole much?

  10. Red Panda
    September 15, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I’m surprised this list does not include Happiness. No blood, no violence, just dark, dark comedy about what goes below the mask of happiness that perfect families show to everyone else. Simply the most uncomfortable conversations in the history of cinema.

  11. Trav
    September 19, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Eraserhead makes me angry it sucks sooo bad

  12. MeMan
    September 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Nice list! If you have a teenage daughter “Megan Is Missing” is one of the most disturbing movie you will ever watch. Mainly because of the realism of the plot and ease of web access kids have these days. You’ll think twice about where your kids go online. By the way… The Poughkeepsie Tapes is also pretty twisted.

    • kirstyd
      May 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      megan is missing is one that will remain in my mind, so realistic and scary that it could and does actually happen

  13. unber
    September 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    what about men behind the sun….

  14. November 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I agree with all BUT “Irreversible”. That flick was just a sad excuse for a cheap porno… a couple of minutes into the “rape” scene and I was yawning, it was uncalled for. I’ll never walk down an empty alley, or subway deck alone in the middle of the night, but wait, I already knew that. Greatttttt list though, first one I’ve seen on the internet that matches my views! (Minus Irreversible) Should’ve replaced it with “Martyrs” that’s a great one!

    • Ian
      January 22, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Martyrs is an incredible movie, very disturbing.

    • Jack
      June 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      I’m sorry, but how is it that you can appreciate one of the leading films in new french extremity while discounting a film that embodies the movement with social realism. It doesn’t have to resort to fantasy. I really think you might be so detached from the human condition that you’ve become immune to art. The scene was one hundred percent “called for” because its art, not torture porn that belittles mental illness before petering off into an overblown pulled punch. I liked Martyrs, by the way. I like kelp too. It just pales in comparison to lasagna.

  15. jony
    November 6, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    What about “Martyrs”? Thats not on the list? THAT is DISTURBING. Check it out if u havent already people!

    • coke
      November 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      yeah. martyrs. pretty gnarly

    • Bree
      January 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Yeah, I was thinking of Martyrs, Inside and August Underground. I think they are more disturbing than most of the ones on this list.

  16. warbi
    November 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I didn’t find Irreversible very edgy. Inside was much more disturbing to me. It didn’t even make the list maybe because the author didn’t see it. If you are looking for disturbing, try it out. Maybe I didn’t find Irreversible edgy because it only had two hardcore scenes. I also like Inside because it has some twists in it- a more developed plot that doesn’t totally register until the end. Of course I watch a LOT of true crime on TV and, while they don’t usually show it, some of the stuff makes Irreversible look like a Disney film- burning people alive; injecting chemicals that paralyze you, but you remain conscious as you slowly suffocate because you can’t move your diaphragm; slow, agonizing poisonings; killing a pregnant mother and then cutting out the baby to have one of your own. Some of the stuff that people subjected to children is really hardcore

  17. John
    November 13, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Why do none of these lists include the “August Underground” trilogy?

    • Suzi
      January 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Too corny, tries was to hard. It almost seems like AUs are parodies of horror films rather than horror films themselves.
      That’s my take, anyways

  18. KellyK
    November 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    What about the Snowtown Murders? I would have put that on the list over Human Centipede II.

    • DmwSkorpion
      December 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM

      WTF!!! Human Centipede Is Plain Out Disturbing! 1 and 2!

      • Stacy
        January 16, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Human Centipede II wasn’t disturbing lol. It was just gory. Human Centipede I was genius. I think you guys are getting gore and disturbing confused. A lot of films on this list is not disturbing. I have seen worse films than these.

    • JACOBP
      January 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      hahaha i was in snowtown yesturday

  19. Al
    November 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    star wars episode 1 takes the cake imho…that scene that shows jar jar still gives me nightmares. one movie i saw that completely shocked me was Salcador Dali’s crap ” un chieu andalou” … completely disturbing and grotesque

  20. Sukipoopi
    November 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I don’t think the serbian film deserves the no.1 spot- hardly made me cringe/look away. Just watched 120 days of sodom last night- only the circle of shit scene got to me lol

    • Stacy
      January 16, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      I swear, if they think this shit is disturbing they really need to watch Men Behind the Sun.

  21. November 29, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    ive seen “a serbian film” its sick, and think somebody actually wrote that film which obviously means he/she obviously thought of all the sick shit that happens in the movie, disturbing is deffinatley an understatement for this film, who ever wrote it is mentally disturbed… who would think of a scene where a woman is givng birth during sex.. and as soon as the baby is born it gets fucked? wot kind ov person would think of that kinda sick shit?? .. absoloutley unreal.. u need to die.!!!!!

    • Kay
      December 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Agreed 100%.
      Anyone who even thinks of that is a danger to society and should be euthanized. Period.

      • Mike
        August 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        I know this is an old thread but I would like to challenge you to think for a second. Yes a Serbian Film is a disturbing one indeed. Before you put anyone to death or writing it did you take the time to look in to even why the film was made. What is going to get a larger audience, a 2 hour documentary on life in Serbia or a film that makes statement on how the people who wrote it really feel. The baby rape scene is not to be taken literal. Start at the Newborn Porn scene and then flash from that to the end. Its a statement on politics, “We are raped from birth and it does not stop even after we are dead.” The people who made this are just not trying to sugar coat truth. They are just stuffing you face into it.

    • humus
      December 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      what a sincerely stupid thing to say

      • yo bro
        January 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        yeah people are stupid. “oh you produced images of graphic murder that I don’t think should ever be played out on a human being? I HOPE IT HAPPENS TO YOU”

        • Suzi
          January 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM

          Yeah, y’all know it’s just a movie, right?

          • Marc hoyland
            January 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

            But that stuff does happen in real life. Worse things happen to children in real life. We don’t need to see it in a movie…..

    • itsmynightmare
      May 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      That “sick shit” was not thought up by Srdan Spasojevic.16th century Europe and prom 19th century Victorian England believed it was a cure for syphilis and gonorrhea among other sexually transmitted diseases,to have sex with children.South African men have
      raped children and infants in the belief it will cure HIV/AIDS.Early Christians had sex with virgin martyrs whose purity served as a form of protection in battling demons.
      Sad to say,but reality is inspiration!

    • Kate
      August 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      I think you’re confused on what A Serbian Film is actually about. It’s an art film.. Not just a movie made by a sick fuck. If you paid attention to detail and what the director is saying, you’ll see this movie is to show the horrible things that happen in this world. And while yes, I do agree the movie is pretty intense and hard to watch.. This is to represent the evil in Serbia. After all, the title is A SERBIAN Film.

    • August 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      You guys need to put away your preconceived notions and self-centered feelings for a moment and truly understand why movies like “A Serbian Film” and “Saló or the 120 Days of Sodom” were made. You think it’s about some sick perverted fantasy, but that’s far from the point. Movies like “Grotesque” and the “August Underground” films are sick and perverted fantasies. I found a website where an interview was conducted with the creators of “A Serbian Film” and they break it down for everyone who is having problems understating it. You can find it here on my blog:

      Room 609
      http://www.inroom609.wordpress.com

      Get educated people.

      • August 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Understanding I mean. Typo.

  22. Morgenfrue
    December 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I did not find Irreversible or A Serbian Movie disturbing in the same way as Audition and Men Behind the Sun (not mentioned for some reason) … The latter haunted me for days. Somehow I find torture and slow killing more unpleasant to watch than a rape.

  23. Magnus
    December 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Martyrs. Overly sadistic french film, I couldn’t watch it. Truly disturbing, way beyond Serbian Movie.

  24. Horror fanatic
    December 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I don’t think many of them are truly disturbing, I would go for Sadi scream series, tumbling doll of flesh, muzan e, rip her up, girl hell. Now they are disturbing stuff!

  25. Steve
    December 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Good list. I agree wholeheartedly with A Serbian Film at #1.
    One time an acquaintance made me sit through “Grown Ups,” during a night drinking a few beers. He guffawed, and got excited every time one of the predictable, cartoonish scenes was about to lower my IQ. In response, I showed “A Serbian Film.”
    He hasn’t talked to me since.

  26. hivdex
    December 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    “A SERBIAN FILM” belive me please, you dont whant to see this movie.

    Like gore or horror movies? Like thrillers? This is not your movie.
    You were lobotomized latley? You can talk with mushrooms? This is your movie, you have nothing to lose.

    This movie is bad… bad like, durring one hour after seeing this movie, I wanted to find the director of this retardation and rip his face off.
    This is something that just not should be seen, I hated myself for viewing this fucking bullshit.

  27. Carter
    December 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Ummm irreversible is a weak ass movie.sorry but it didnt phase me at all. I actually thought the movie sucked horribly. Good list though but add “The Devils Experiment” or “Tumbling Doll of Flesh”

  28. Jack
    December 28, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I agree with many others, the August Underground Trilogy should be on here, at least one of them. I also expected to see Nekromantik.

  29. Rob
    December 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The fact that Martyrs is not on this list is disturbing enough! Saying that I must agree with a Serbian Film being given the #1 slot. There may be worse movies out there as a whole (Human Centipede 2 being one of them) but the infant rape scene in A Serbian Film is truly the most disturbing scene every recorded on film.

  30. Valk
    January 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I enjoyed this list very much….an A for the effort and the reviews! watched almost every one (A Servian Film wouldn’t be my #1 either) still very good material!!! keep updating guys :D

  31. Damien Rose
    January 3, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Congrats on a very concise, yet definitive list of disturbing films. Many of these films display the darkest and most depraved aspects of the human experience and do so in a way that is unique, artistic, and inventive. True art is intended to leave a lasting impression on the viewer and these films accomplish just that. For instance, “A Serbian Film” is a very powerful work of art that meticulously explores the idea of victimization and begs the question: How horrific do things have to get before we rise up against the corrupt rich and powerful few that rule over us with a system of fear-based control? Gaspar Noe is equally relentless in his use of dizzying cinematography, unflinching depictions (rather than glorification) of horrific acts, and masterful use of infrasonics. Directors such as Noe and Spasojevic deserve recognition for their artistic integrity and I am very happy to see that these films were not grouped with hollow, uninspired nonsense such as the Guinea Pig series or the August Underground series. Such films are simply gory for the sake of gore and offer nothing in the way of deeper themes, character development, or unique cinematography. So again, I commend you Richard on a very well put-together list and especially appreciate that only films of merit warranted inclusion on this list.

  32. Maikeru64
    January 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    I think A Clockwork Orange should be there. The rape scene and with Alex singing “Singin’ in the Rain”, that was pretty disturbing.

  33. Faith
    January 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    A Siberian Film isn’t art at all. It is just some sadistic freak who happened to have the money and vocation in which to film a sequence of his horrific fantasy’s and then release it in order to plague and traumatize horror fans. It is isn’t sick for the sake of art or for some political agenda. It is sick for the sake of shock and sickness. It is depraved but not in a fun horror movie sort of way The writer isn’t kidding this movie will forever change you. There is nothing redeeming about it, nothing to be learned from it, and nothing positive to be gained from watching it. It makes absolutely no sense.

    • itsmynightmare
      May 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      “plague and traumatize horror fans”I highly doubt it. You stayed till the end of the
      movie,so IMO your outrage is misplaced.

    • Mike
      August 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      I would have to say that this is inaccurate to say the least. Yes a Serbian Film is a disturbing one indeed. What is going to get a larger target audience, a 2 hour documentary on life in Serbia or a film that makes statement on how the people who wrote it really feel. The baby rape scene is not to be taken literal. Start at the Newborn Porn scene and then flash from that to the end. Its a statement on politics, “We are raped from birth and it does not stop even after we are dead.” The people who made this are just not trying to sugar coat truth that is present in their country, or even in ours. They are just stuffing you face into it.

  34. Corey
    January 18, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    The only ones in this list I haven’t seen are Imprint and Audition.

  35. 0nna0taku
    January 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    This is a pretty disturbing movie as well.
    http://www.mandiapple.com/snowblood/redroom.htm

  36. SL
    January 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Salon Kitty was pretty messed up…

  37. Daisy
    January 24, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    having my first date tomorrow, defiantly going to suggest we watch cannibal holocaust or Serbian film

  38. Rafizan
    January 25, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Hi. First of all, thanks for the article. Great one. Secondly, out of the list, only one movie I did watch. GROTESQUE. You were right. It starts off very innocent (very brief though). Then the film totally descends into darkness. This is no slapstick gore a la VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL. Scenes after scenes just make me sick. It was a no fun watch & I made a promise not to revisit this. The ending scene was a bit nutty. So, I guess I have no desire to watch any of the films you suggested but you never know. I found SALO on Vimeo for many weeks now but till today still have not seen it. Lastly, thanks for the space.

  39. Suzi
    January 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    “Funny Games” should be on this list.
    “Devil’s Rejects” too.

  40. Popobich
    January 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I would agree with most of these movies, especially Grotesque, Salò and A Serbian film. But there is one infamous, virtually unspoken movie that you forgot to watch. 45 minutes of real life torture, with next to no plot line. This was actually the first film series ever to have to prove in court that no one was hurt or murdered during the filming.

    I would actually rate this movie OVER A Serbian film, just cause its so … Lifelike. I am of course talking of Guinea Pig: Devils experiment. Shortly put, a group of Japanese guys kidnap a Japanese girl, and spends the entire movie torturing her to find out what the human body can take of pain, before it turns off and goes into a Zombie like stance.

    What saves this movie from being absolutely unwatchable is the horrible acting. You feel like the girl has general stomach pains, not that she is pierced through her eye with a needle and burned off her arms with a torch light. Maybe not as inventive torture as Salò, but as I have said; You feel like you are watching a real recording of something that happened in real life.

  41. davo
    January 28, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    how about bad boy bubby that was hard to sit through.

  42. Serbian Guy
    January 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    It is hard for someone who is not from Serbia to understand this film. This film represnts all the things that happened to Serbia in the last 20 Years. For example the scene with baby rape is alegory for KOSOVO, check this picture:
    http://bit.ly/1fmr8k5 , this is the memorial in the centre of Pristina revealed when they declared independance. The real meaning of newborn porn is exacly that.

  43. Greg
    February 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Top disturbing for me were, as in left me reflecting for days after, were:
    - Martyrs (the meaning of life, at the point of the terror)
    - Men Behind the Sun (every human test)
    - Cannibal Holocaust (impalement, oversized object rape, people being turned on and hacked up without a chance to run)
    - Girl Next Door (group-think terror)
    - The Hills Have Eyes remake (one scene only-the rape early on)
    - The Act of Killing (it’s real, so the shock is duller and harsher)
    - 120 days (the disintigration over time of dignity)

  44. Chris
    March 3, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen a single mention of philosophy of a knife.

  45. jake
    March 19, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    A serbian film was, by far, the most fucked up movie i have ever seen. beautiful. but fucked up. i recomend you steer clear

  46. samson
    March 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    A SERBIAN FILM – U CAN CALL THIS THE SICKEST MOVIE OF THE MILLENNIUM OR LETS SAY EVER MADE IN HISTORY… IT COULD COMPETE WITH ALL GROTESQUE MOVIES AND STILL FINISH ON TOP… AFTER YOU’VE WATCHED THE WHOLE MOVIE ( MOST OF YOU PROBABLY WONT) YOU’LL WANT TO KILL THE FU**IN BAST**D WHO MADE IT…
    P.S:- “PLS DONT WATCH IT”

  47. pohhemon
    March 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    The Girl next door (2007) was pretty sick flick too.

  48. Lou
    March 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    A Serbian film was so ridiculously stupid, I had to laugh so hard I was afraid I would wake up my mom. Where’s Ichi the Killer in this list? Especially since Takashe Miike is mentioned already. Martyrs is another one that, imo, should’ve made the list.

  49. kirill
    April 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Taxidermia- is the most twisted movie there is…. say no more.

  50. RobG
    April 16, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    How did The Angels’ Melancholy not make this list? That is hands down the most vile film I’ve seen, I literally felt filthy after watching it…Philosophy of a Knife also deserves a mention, it’s beyond brutal but can be a chore to sit through at over 4 hours long. Anyway I would rank both of these over A Serbian Film, though I can’t argue its place on this particular line-up.

  51. Mg
    May 3, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Martyrs was the most horrific, disturbing movie I have ever seen in my life!!! I watched that last year & still can’t get it out of my head!!! I wish I would have turned it off!!! MOST DISTURBING MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!

  52. itsmynightmare
    May 4, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    LOL! Couldn’t help it..:D

  53. Daniel
    May 4, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Like someone said, A Serbian film is like a sick comedy. Too over the top and ridiculous to be disturbing. Eraserhead is weird and creepy, not disturbing.

    Where’s Martyrs? And Antichrist?

    • May 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Hey Daniel, I totally agree with you and the others that have stated Martyrs should be on here. Even the August Underground movies. The movies that were chosen are of course all subjective and were the ones that disturbed me. I will be going into depth regarding all the movies on this list, amongst the suggestions from everyone here who has commented, on our podcast DISTURBING TALKS. You can hear the podcast by clicking HERE. I appreciate everyone taking the time to read this article and more importantly discussing it. As a lover of all disturbing cinema I assure you that you have not seen the last installment of this article. As I see more and more movies these films might change, but for now these ones are the chosen 10.

  54. Billybob
    May 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    For those of you that think The writer of A Serbian film is sick for thinking of such things… Remember… It’s not real… It’s a story… Go watch the documentary Deliver us from Evil… Where that moment in A Serbian Film you thought could never happen… Infant rape… Has happened… Only reality can beat that film at a level so disturbing you just wish you didn’t hear what you just heard…. People are the real monsters…

  55. Haiien
    May 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Great list!! I just made my own Top 13 Most Disturbing Horror Movies on YouTube! Check it out

  56. Leo
    May 11, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    How is Martyrs not on this list?

  57. Rico
    May 15, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Not all three AUs need to be on the list. But the second in the trilogy – Mordurm – that is the sickest stuff I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t have to be “horror” to be sick. And has anyone ever seen the short “Cutting Moments”? Less than 30 minutes, but safe to say, this was not a happy family.

  58. Joy
    June 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    ‘The great ecstacy of Robert Carmichael’?

  59. July 19, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    what should be on there is cannibal holocaust cuz some of that is actually real

    • July 19, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      no stupid its on there allready

  60. Antisocial Personality
    July 21, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Yeah. I have seen every single one of these and have them all in my horror favorites on my computer. I love their reaction to Serbian Film, especially the fact that it took them 4 days to watch. Me and my friends ate some pizzas and killed some beers as we watched that for our first weekly movie night. The entire film was punctuated by wise cracks like we were and episode of Mystery Science Theater, as well as suggestions on how the movie could have been made more graphic to where it would actually have lived up to it’s hype. We had heard about it and were expecting something a little less…dare I say it? Comedically Tame.

  61. Stiansson
    August 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I have only seen human centipede 2 on this list and i think that one was pretty disturbing, but as many here has said i think that martyrs diserves a place on this list because it has a really good and unike story and i think it’s both disturbing, scary and it doesn’t throw in any nudity or rape scenes just to shock/disturb the audience more then it already

  62. Stiansson
    August 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I have only seen human centipede 2 on this list and i think that one was pretty disturbing, but as many here has said i think that martyrs diserves a place on this list because it has a really good and unike story and i think it’s both disturbing, scary and it doesn’t throw in any nudity or rape scenes just to shock/disturb the audience more then it already does. Also i wonder if irreversible is a good movie or if it’s only famous for the two disturbing scenes that’s in it?

  63. sanjay
    August 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    The sacrament. If u get involved, one of the sickest flick, specially when u know that its based on real incident.

  64. Carl
    August 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    I was arrested in September 2012 on suspicion of possession of child pornography because I had been tweeting scenes from A Serbian Film. I’m not joking. I was arrested at work by 3 officers, taken home where my house was then searched and I had two laptops, two USB sticks and the film itself taken as evidence to be looked at. I was completely baffled at the fact they hadn’t looked in to the film prior to arresting me. Then it made sense that I had tweeted “I have A Serbian Film…”. After spending two hours in a cell without my shoe laces and belt the interview was possibly the most bizarre one I’ll ever have in my life. Even though I was only 19 at the time they asked some brutal questions. They weren’t just curious at the fact it was a potential child pornography, but also at the scenes I had tweeted that take place (which they had me explain in great detail). The film really is as fucked up as it sounds, just learn from my experience and be careful of who you talk to and how you talk about it.

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