Ever get exhausted of watching twenty minutes of a film on Netflix, just to be bored out of your mind or disappointed with the story and turn it off? Never fear, well maybe fear a little, Truly Disturbing is here to help. Welcome to Truly Disturbing’s Weekly Netflix Fix, a place where you can find assistance with what’s worth watching and what’s worth scrolling past. Both obscure and mainstream titles alike await your ever-hopeful viewing pleasure…
Synopsis: Promising a trip that transcends time and space, a drug called Soy Sauce is sweeping the landscape — and quietly robbing users of their humanity. Now, it’s up to a couple of slackers to stop the psychotropic invasion before it’s too late.
Why It Disturbs: This movie is insane from start to finish. Helmed by the legendary Don Coscarelli (Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep) it smashes together science fiction, drugs, and horror, in the best possible way. A head-trippin’ instant cult classic.
Synopsis: This wild sci-fi vision imagines a freaky future where diseases caught by celebrities are put on the market for injection by their obsessed fans. Virus dealer Syd March makes a big mistake when he gives himself the same bug that killed a superstar.
Why It Disturbs: The directorial debut of David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon, proves that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It peels back the thin veneer between celebrity mania and demented obsession and forces a well-deserved smack to the face of society.
Synopsis: Down on his luck and trying to keep a grip on his precarious mental health, has-been horror-film icon Paul Toombes (Vincent Price) takes a stab at revitalizing his career by starring in a television series based on his famous silver screen persona, Dr. Death. But when people start dying in gruesome ways that resemble Dr. Death’s handiwork, Toombes suspects the evil character has completely taken over his mind. Jim Clark directs this thriller.
Why It Disturbs: Vincent Price. Peter Cushing. Robert Quarry. That alone makes it a fucking masterpiece!
Synopsis: A cash-strapped college student named Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) takes a babysitting job during a full lunar eclipse and ends up fighting for her life. She soon discovers that her employers, Tom (Tom Noonan) and Mary (Mary Woronov) Ulman, are hiding a wicked, sick and twisted secret. Ti West (Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever) writes, directs and edits this terrifying film set in the early 1980s. Greta Gerwig and AJ Bowen co-star.
Why It Disturbs: Shot in 16mm, this throwback to the late seventies, early eighties slashers slash “hail satan” films that flooded the market, looks and feels as if it was actually made back then. There is a Walkman!! I believe in Ti West. He may be the only one to save true horror from the rest of the squirrels out there.
Synopsis: When writer Jenny Hill rents a remote cabin, she’s surprised to find the locals far too friendly. But what follows is decidedly unpleasant: After being violated and left for dead, she goes on her own spree of killing, mutilation and castration.
Why It Disturbs: There is a bathtub scene that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Optimum Meir Zarchi. One of the 28 films on UK’s infamous “Video Nasty” list.
Synopsis: Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows a medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead. With his roommate and his girlfriend, he reanimates a corpse — but he doesn’t factor in certain complications.
Why It Disturbs: This is beyond a doubt, the most insane thing to come out of the eighties, and that’s saying something. One of the only films ever to actually live up the hype surrounding it’s cult status. Stuart Gordon. Jeffrey Combs. A head giving head. Enough said.
Synopsis: An affluent family is settling into their secluded lakeside vacation property when two young men invade the home and take the family hostage. The pair begin to play sadistic games, betting whether the family will survive by morning.
Why It Disturbs: This week I reviewed a “home invasion” film and didn’t find it to be all that good. Well, to make up for it, and to round out this next week, I recommend to you Funny Games. Directed by Michael Haneke (Cache), this is a film that has been hailed as the most disturbing film you will ever see. I’m not sure I believe that, but it will stay with you, guaranteed, long after the credits have faded to black.
TV TO FILL THE SPACES:
Synopsis: Set in an old mansion off the coast of Maine, this cult classic television series follows the bizarre exploits of the Collins family, who cross paths with ghosts, werewolves, witches and other supernatural beings over the course of several centuries. Originally conceived as a moody melodrama, this groundbreaking gothic soap found success following the introduction of tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid).
Why It Disturbs: Fan of the Tim Burton remake? I’m not. This is only because I’ve had the privilege to watch the TV show. Running every weekday, from 66-71, this gothic soap opera inspired generations of filmmakers to pursue their dark talents. In the beginning, ABC didn’t give them much money. They wrote the scripts and filmed the shots, completely live, many times the actors screwing up their lines and trudging through like an obscure play, camera still rolling. Guerilla filmmaking in its purest form, but for television, and every weekday!
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