Since the age of 8, watching my very first horror movie, "Child's Play", and as the years have flown by, I have watched more and more advanced movies. I have "graduated" from teen slashers, such as "A Nightmare on Elm Street", to dark horror, such as "A Serbian Film". I think it's now safe to consider myself an experienced movie viewer. However, in my opinion, "disturbing" doesn't always mean blood, guts, and gore, even though this tends to be the solid foundation in a successful disturbing film. A lot of movies containing extreme amounts of blood and gore is just a method to gross people out. That alone doesn't make a movie disturbing. It just makes it...gross. My definition of disturbing films are films that are literally tough to watch through till the end. Whether it be gore, psychological, sexploitation, extraterrestrial...it's the kind of film that makes you sit there and think; "Man, that was messed up".
These are the kind of films that stick with you long after you watch them. The kind of films that haunt your mind long after you watch them. The kind of films that you can NEVER unwatch. Years later, you will still be thinking of that film. These are the films that are true works of art. They imprint on you, if you will. You will always reference these films because they are that important and relevant. These films hold relevance in the world of movies. So, with that being said, I present to you my list of disturbing movies.
"A Serbian Film" revolves around an aging porn star, who gets a deal he almost can't refuse from a mysterious producer, who keeps the nature of the project secret. When he discovers what is going on, he refuses to have any part of it. Then, his nightmare begins. This film revolves around snuff porn. That's pretty much all you need to know. For those of you who don't know what snuff porn is, it's a step above torture porn. It takes S&M to a whole new level, introducing death. This film has been banned in several countries, due to it's nature.
"Cannibal Holocaust" is about a group of documentarians that head to the Amazon rain forest to capture footage of a tribe of cannibals that supposedly in-habitat the villages. This is one film that is built mainly off guts and gore. A lot of guts and gore. Human guts, animal guts. Guts. Guts. Guts. It's what makes this film so hard to watch. I hope you have a strong stomach and an appetite for guts. Because that is what you will see in this film. But, if there's any constellation, this film became one of the most controversial films to date. That alone says something worth wild.
"Martyrs" is about a young woman, who was once kidnapped and tormented as a child, returns to her tormentors for revenge. However, she puts herself and her friend in even more torment in their own personal hell. This film is very offensive, especially to women.
"Men Behind the Sun", Chinese and Russian prisoners are taken hostage by Japanese troops at a concentration camp, and are subjected to torture and grotesque experiments. This film takes hostage and torture to a whole new level. Events that will never be forgotten.
"Melancholia der Engle" or "The Angels' Melancholy" is a big cult phenomenon. "Two friends meet again to share their last days in an old house where everything happened a long time ago. They gather a group of people, which results in a disastrous turn of events, during which reveals the deepest human depths." (IMDb.) This film involves a lot of cult-like activities. Love. Torture. Pain. Pleasure. All wrapped up into one. This is definitely a film that will test your boundaries and your endurance.
In "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom", "Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture". (IMDb.). I think that pretty much sums up this highly intense, offensive, and controversial film.
IMDb. Web. 2015.
**Images taken from IMDb, UK Horror Scene, and RB Edrington