Hey there horror fans, it's your friendly neighborhood Tony here to bring you a BADASS list of INSANE flicks! If you're like me and you need some new movies to watch, scroll ahead and check out the wonders I have for you! Oh, and watch out if you're squeamish, because there's probably some fucked up stuff ahead! Muhuhahaha!
#1: Taxidermia (2006)
You've exhausted your supply of New French Extremes to check out. Mainstream North American stuff is boring to you. Where else can you turn? HUNGARY! Taxidermia tells a tale spanning three generations about a family who all have their little quirks. The grandfather is a bit of a sexual deviant as a young man in World War 2, and is basically the slave of his lieutenant. The father is a champion speed-eater, and is immobilized by his supreme obesity. The son is obsessed with taxidermy, FAR MORE than what would be considered "natural". The stories may seem strangely tame, but when you watch the film you'll see exactly why I'm recommending it. The cinematography is great, which is a breath of fresh air. I've been watching too many low-rent movies these days. The acting is pretty convincing, and the story is actually executed as a sort of dark comedy/horror which works really effectively. This strange flick is a sight to behold, and not to be missed!
#2: Nightmare City (1980)
Umberto Lenzi outdoes himself once again with his take on the zombie flick in Nightmare City. Lenzi is known for his brutal films, including Man From Deep River and Cannibal Ferox (Make Them Die Slowly), and this romp certainly delivers on that prospect. An airplane makes an emergency landing and crazed, mutated people pour out with an unquenchable thirst for blood! These infected folks rampage through the city, and it's up to Dean Miller (Played amusingly by Hugo Stiglitz) to find a way out of his living hell! This flick is just a ton of fun. Great gore, ridiculous Italian exploitation schlock value, and terrible dubbing. It's exactly what you'd expect from an Umberto Lenzi film. SHARE AND ENJOY! I hear they're remaking this one. *sarcasm font engage* YAY!
#3: Meatball Machine (2005)
You want gore? You want absurdity? You want violence and hilarity all wrapped up in a blood-stained package? Well, let me introduce you to Meatball Machine! This Japanese gem comes from special effects expert Yoshihiro Nishimura of Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl, and is definitely true to form for director Yudai Yamaguchi (Who also created Battlefield Baseball). This is a blood-soaked thrill-ride of ridiculousness, and will satiate any fan of the extreme! Meatball Machine is the story of two would-be lovers who have their bodies mutated and controlled by aliens, and then are forced to fight it out in a grotesque battle to the death! Don't take my work for it, folks! WATCH IT RIGHT HERE!!
#4: Cutting Moments (1997)
Have my other entries been too mellow for you? Not enough intensity for you, the most hardcore of moviegoers? THAT ALL ENDS HERE! The next three movies on my list will be the most gruesome, gut-wrenching, stomach turning obscure films I've found recently, so grab a barf bag and some water, because this is going to be a hell of a ride! Cutting Moments is a compilation of short films, but the eponymous final segment, pictured above, contains some of the most chilling scenes I have ever witnessed. The story seems docile enough at first. A suburban wife, disillusioned with her life among her son and his sexually abusive father, decides to try to get the husband's attention and put an end to his abuse. In the most SICK AND TWISTED way possible! I have a hard time witnessing these scenes myself. The buildup is great, the protagonist is sympathetic, and the acting is very convincing, despite there being no dialogue in the entirety of the picture. Watchers beware, THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!
#5: Visitor Q (2001)
The next film on my list comes from the Sultan of Shock, Takashi Miike (C'mon, do I really have to explain who that is?!)! Visitor Q tells another story of another family who isn't exactly the most "functional"... When a stranger arrives at their home and starts encouraging some deviant behaviors, beyond their individual disgusting tendencies, things start getting fucked up. Necrophilia, murder, drug addiction and incest are the order of the day in this darkly funny and shocking Japanese jamboree of just the worst kinds of family activities! This film might make you question the boundaries of "family", but more than likely it'll intrigue and possibly disturb you. Weird times, man.
#6: Men Behind The Sun (1986)
Now, what obscure list of disgusting films would be complete without Men Behind The Sun, the TRUE STORY of Unit 731 and Shiro Ishii's chemical and biological experiments on Chinese P.O.W.s in World War 2?! This film has a few things going for it. For one, the effects are still pretty horrifying. No punches are pulled when dealing with the war crimes against these people. Second, the acting is good enough to convey the necessary vileness throughout the proceedings. Third, this stuff REALLY HAPPENED, and that is more terrifying than any complete work of fiction on this list. Did you know that Ishii was acquitted of his war crimes in exchange for handing over the results of his sadistic and brutal research to the U.S. government? Beware, viewer, for the web is dark, and FULL OF TERROR. Of course, something this obscure is difficult to procure, but I've got your back. Because I think you're cool.
With that, I leave you with your new assignments! Enjoy, let me know what you thought down below, and of course, feel free to check out any of my other horror content! Thanks for reading, horror fans!