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Movies that disturbed, shocked, challenged, or terrified me. And I'm glad I watched them. You may want to give them a look too!
Romanian art-film that's extremely compelling while emotionally devastating at times.

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A cheerfully dark and absurd collection of images and events that will leave you wanting more.

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Takashi Miike introduces the ultimate Mistress of Pain.

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This Aussie gem manages to knock over taboos like bowling pins while still delivering a compelling story with all kinds of psycho-social insights. Give it a look!

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Kill or be killed. On a mass scale. And they're kids.

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One wicked little exercise in grotesque and unsettling surrealism. This is not your grandmother's movie.

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Unsettling in the deepest sense of the word.

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De-romanticizing idyllic suburban life with unflinching relentlessness.

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A superbly crafted, sad, haunting, and at times visceral capturing journey into the mind and struggle of a schizophrenic man

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Darkly erotic and haunting, this is a portrait of addiction and obsession like you've never seen.

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A thoroughly depressing movie, but also a deeply human one with moments of spiritual levity. Von Trier's most multidimensional film with Bjork leading us through the dark.

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The godfather of the 'Midnight Movie' this sprawling epic of Western meets bizarre mystical journey has a bit of something for everyone. Kind of amazing, really.

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An especially vicious and harrowing take on the "vacation gone horribly fucking wrong" sub-genre of horror. This will make you cringe. And it'll make you fearful of the world we live in.

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Lynch gives us a bizarre glimpse at his lonely, fearful soul.

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Black comedy doesn't come any blacker, social critique doesn't come any grimmer.

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Vicious and splendid little movie by Peter Jackson that takes us deep into the psychology of two inseparable adolescent girls.

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Brutally stone-cold depiction of a mad man, made all the more unnerving by its cinematic aptitude.

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A deranged tale from master Swede Ingmar Bergman. This one's a surreal nightmare reluctant to remove its claws from your mind.

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David Lynch's transition to digital is a wild success, in its own eccentric way. 3 full hours and I was completely absorbed every second. Phenomenal sound editing too!

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Indecently bloody, uncannily realistic looking. The French outdid themselves!

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The only time I can remember hitting fast-forward during a committed first-time watch. I'll never see a red corridor/tunnel/hallway without recalling this goddamn movie.

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About the worst fever-dream one can imagine.

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Lynch has a knack for capturing things the human subconscious would rather forget.

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You'll be shaking too hard to pick your jaw up off the floor!

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Told with devastating power this film introduces us to two boys at age 8 and 18, and how their traumatic experiences have shaped them in unique ways, while steadily bringing them together to face a shared and tragic past.

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If the second half was a great as the first half, this would be a true masterpiece. Instead it's a noteworthy oddity from the marvelous David Cronenberg.

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A stylish powerhouse of a film, superb in every way. Squeamish need not apply.

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Darkly beautiful, moody, academic, and haunting. It's a mesmerizing and rich and delightfully hellish viewing experience.

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Don't watch on a full stomach.

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A top notch Spanish mystery thriller revolving around a college student's disappearance and a snuff video.

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The ultimate cyber-punk mayhem experience. Everything here is designed to shock, mesmerize, and blow your mind!


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Brazenly nihilistic and a true technical achievement in horror.



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Cronenberg serves up a darkly ingenious meditation on the human condition.

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Ingmar Bergman presents a dark fable/nightmare involving rape, murder, troublesome coincidence, and religious subtext. Inspired Wes Craven's Last House on the Left.

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The Woman (2011)
Exciting and disturbing achievement in contemporary horror that provides plenty to cringe at and chew on afterward.

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I'm supposed to love it but I don't. Something just doesn't feel right in the approach that maybe wouldn't give me such fits if it were a lesser work of cinema.
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Overly smug, self-satisfied and obtuse and never adds up to anything of import. Might even belong in the "Regretted" section.
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I really wanted to like this film, but not unlike other Lars Van Trier efforts, too much struck me as pretentious posturing. But fucked up, to be sure.
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Hidden (2005)
Like most of Haneke's work, this didn't do much for me.
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Belgium does TCM with mixed results.
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25 minutes of a terribly sad and painfully observant destruction of the human soul, set within a broken marriage. Oh, and one of the most shocking acts of self-inflicted harm I've ever seen on screen. It's now without its merits I guess, but I sure wish I hadn't watched it.
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I haven't looked at a dumbbell the same way since.
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Too long for its own good and visually repetitive, though certain aspects of the film are quite impressive.
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Has its moments, but in the end not as satisfying or as delightfully/wickedly haunting as its peers- Inside and Martyrs.
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Most people think rather highly of this movie, but it simply didn't hold my interest the way I imagined it would. Most of the violence is highly stylized and leans toward ridiculous rather than disturbing. Nothing against the movie, just didn't do it for me.
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See above. Plus lame-ass twist ending.
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After you've finished watching this technical marvel of a thoroughly dark and bloody film you'll be excited to find somebody to talk to that didn't just finish watching it. It's impressive in a number of ways, but quite sadistic.
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Rather than simply rattling off a bunch of "extreme" films (don't get me wrong-- those lists fascinate me too) I'm trying to provide a bit more context for some of the more notorious, or otherwise dark and troubling films out there.

This list reflects my reactions to these types of movies as I try to make sense of the entire film-watching experience. Things like artistic sensibility, technical achievement, sensationalistic appeal, emotional impact, etc. all influence our overall response to a film, regardless of genre. Basically what I mean to say is that ultra-violent, disturbing, or otherwise bizarre films get discussed quite a bit around the internet, but far too often I'm left with the basic, unanswered question: So is the movie any damn good, or not?? (Ha, but of course these kinds of assessments are highly subjective!)

So yeah, let's just think of this as an attempt to find a method to my madness.

*Note: I watch A LOT of horror films. For the most part, "traditional" horror films don't really have a place in this list. Exceptions are made for films that I felt truly pushed some limits or left unique emotional scars :)

For now at least, I've opted to exclude documentaries from this list.

Finally, this is an ongoing list that I plan on revisiting and updating from time to time. I'd love any feedback or suggestions anyone may have!




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