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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!
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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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Audition (1999)
Takashi Miike introduces the ultimate Mistress of Pain.

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Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
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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Battle Royale (2000)
Kill or be killed. On a mass scale. And they're kids.

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Begotten (1990)
One wicked little exercise in grotesque and unsettling surrealism. This is not your grandmother's movie.

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Benny's Video (1992)
Unsettling in the deepest sense of the word.

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Blue Velvet (1986)
De-romanticizing idyllic suburban life with unflinching relentlessness.

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Clean, Shaven (1993)
A superbly crafted, sad, haunting, and at times visceral capturing journey into the mind and struggle of a schizophrenic man

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Crash (1996)
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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El Topo (1970)
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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Eden Lake (2008)
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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Eraserhead (1977)
Lynch gives us a bizarre glimpse at his lonely, fearful soul.

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Happiness (1998)
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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Inland Empire (2006)
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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Inside (2007)
Indecently bloody, uncannily realistic looking. The French outdid themselves!

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Irreversible (2002)
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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Lost Highway (1997)
Lynch has a knack for capturing things the human subconscious would rather forget.

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Martyrs (2008)
You'll be shaking too hard to pick your jaw up off the floor!

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Moebius (2013)
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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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Naked Lunch (1991)
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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Oldboy (2003)
A stylish powerhouse of a film, superb in every way. Squeamish need not apply.

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Persona (1966)
Darkly beautiful, moody, academic, and haunting. It's a mesmerizing and rich and delightfully hellish viewing experience.

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Taxidermia (2006)
Don't watch on a full stomach.

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Tesis (1996)
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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Videodrome (1983)
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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People who added this item 5900 Average listal rating (3770 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
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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Antichrist (2009)
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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Calvaire (2004)
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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Dogtooth (2009)
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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High Tension (2003)
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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Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 11 19:51
I'd suggest Lilya Forever.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 11 20:46
Thanks for the suggestion! I've actually never heard of this film before, but it certainly looks worth seeing. Added!
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 4:44
Excellent list my friend. I personally love A Clockwork Orange, but then being a fan of the book probably helped that (despite the fact that Kubrick made his film from an incomplete American version of the book...oops).

As for some of your unseen ones...I hated Gummo enough to not finish it. If you didn't like the updated version of Funny Games, then there's no reason to watch the original. The only differences lie in casting (obviously) and pacing (the European one is a bit slower at times & I felt that wasn't necessarily a good thing). The plot points are exactly the same. I love Ichi the Killer enough to own a copy, if that helps. And I've tried watching Cannibal Holocaust, but I fell asleep before anything actually happened. :P
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 9:02
amazingly list! very well put together :D
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 10:07
Very nice selection!

My opinion:

- Very good: Oldboy, Eraserhead, Happiness, Audition, Benny's video, Crash, An Andalusian dog, Requiem for a dream, A Clockwork orange, Funny Games (not the remake), Caché, Lilja-4-fever

- Good: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Videodrome, Irreversible, Blue velvet, Jacob's ladder, Trouble every day, Santa sangre, La pianiste, Battle Royal, Seul contre tous, Ken Park

- Average:Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Lost highway, C'est arrivé prés de chez vous, Kids, Caligula, Breaking the waves
Edit: 6 years, 4 months ago
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 10:12
Great list! Even though I disagree with you on a few of these movies.

I recommend seeing Cannibal Holocaust, but I don't know if I can recommend Salo, since it's the grossest movie I've ever seen (and I liked Aftermath...).
A Serbian Film is the most extreme one, which I would recommend, I just feel the need to warn you first. xD
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 14:18
you my friend have a weird sense of cinema! ughhh! but anyways i agree with you on requirem of a dream! though after watching it I recommend it to everyone since it makes you hate drugs! :)
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 14:20
Excellent list, couldn't have done a better one myself ;). Aside from that, i agree 100% with 350125g0.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 16:27
sick man!awesome list!
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 12 23:50
A fine list, glad i'm not the only one who prefers messed up foreign films over romantic comedies.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 15 4:01
Oh yeah, meant to mention before that Faces of Death is not worth being viewed by anyone. I remember in high school one of my friends insisted we watch it & I hated every minute of it up until I decided sleep was a better way to spend my time. So unless you feel an unshakeable need to watch a bunch of people and animals die (for real) on camera, definitely avoid it.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 16 19:31
if you had difficulty with Santa Sangre you'll probably experience similar difficulty with anything else Jodorowsky has made. Holy Mountain was my lowest rated personally. though Holy Mountain and El Topo both have more organized stories.

curiously you didn't like Funny Games but enjoyed Benny's Video. maybe you need to revisit Funny Games then, the shot for shot remake should suffice here. and definitely check out Piano Teacher. The Seventh Continent was something fucking else man..i enjoyed it but it is VERY sobering.

you regretted Kids so you can probably skip Ken Park. though i highly enjoyed both films.

i've seen most of Schramm..meh.

Ex-Drummer is one wicked fun little ride. you'll like Ichi too.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jun 19 19:24
@ the giraffe- Thanks for the input! Gummo kinda screams out to me that I'll hate it, though I can't quite explain why. Probably cuz it seems like some kind of Kids rehash, even that's an unfair/off-the-mark-completely assumption. I do plan on watching Ichi, and continuing to pretend the 'Faces' series don't exist.

@johan- Thanks for your break-down. Glad you share my high opinion of many of these films. You're "average" assessment of Caligula might be the highest praise I've ever read about the film...

@Orlok- Thanks man! I started watching "Cannibal Holocaust" on google movies once, but abandoned it very early because I was skeptical that it would be the definitive version of the film. Mildly curious ever since. Salo is the one film on here that I'm terribly uneasy about watching, but naturally also feel compelled to see it for myself and decide for myself on its merits... Lately been leaning toward avoiding it though. I watched a pretty intense trailer for A Serbian Film. Your bold claim of it being the most extreme film on the list certainly nags at my curiosity.

@ethereal_tard@ Thanks so much for all the feedback! I like the idea of more organized stories in his other films. Maybe it was just the mood I was in, but I had trouble with the overall absurdity at play in Santa Sangre.

I saw the American remake of Funny Games (why i started with that one, I don't know... blame my love for Naomi Watts I guess. I thought it was pretentious, posturing, overly self-satisfied, smug bullshit. I doubt I would've got that impression from the original. I'll definitely follow your advice on The Piano Teacher and The Seventh Continent, and likely put off Ken Park and Schramm (thanks for the feedback on that one, seems nobody has seen it!)

@everyone else- thanks for the votes and kind comments! I look forward to more insight and advice from anyone who cares to comment. It's been very helpful!

Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jul 29 20:00
Glad that you appreciate Solondz's work, especially Storytelling, which I think doesn't get the credit it deserves. It's a fantastic film that I've been wanting to rewatch for some time. Happiness is very good, though I wasn't nearly as impressed by its sequel, Life During Wartime, which was quietly released recently.

Ugh, man, Cronenberg's Crash has been constantly recommended to me, and I always forget to add it to the queue. Needless to say, that's not happening this time, so thank you. :)

Couldn't agree more on Antichrist, which was pretentious as hell. I have to say, though, I don't think Breaking the Waves is disturbing in the least bit. It's a decent movie, but nothing special, though Emily Watson is terrific in it.

I love Michael Haneke's work. I don't think he's made any masterpieces yet, but I've rated everything he's done between a 7 and an 8. We disagree completely on the American version of Funny Games, but then again, your opinion on it being smug and self-satisfied is one that a lot of other people have, so I guess I'm very much in the minority. I own and love The Piano Teacher and highly recommend it. It's so haunting and incredibly well acted... oh, and then there's the music. With all that said, I can't believe your list just made me realize that I've completely overlooked Benny's Video!! I have no idea why I hadn't heard of it till now. It's on Watch Instantly, so I may be watching it sooner than later. Thanks a lot - this is why I need other people to help me with movies I'm missing out on!

As for suggestions, hmm, let's see...

Tim Roth's The War Zone is probably one of my top 15 all-time favorite films. I won't say much about it here, because I'd start writing too much, but if you do see it, I'll be really happy to discuss it with you. And it features what may be one of my favorite performances ever, from Lara Belmont, who unfortunately didn't go on to do much of anything after that film.

I'm sure you've heard of the documentary Capturing the Friedmans. I don't know if it belongs on this list, because it's not VISUALLY disturbing, but well, the subject matter alone is probably enough. Not only is it a great film, but it inevitably stirs debate. I recommend watching it with someone else, and then argue with them over who you think is telling the truth.

Finally, IF, by some miracle, you're able to find Fun http://www.listal.com/movie/fun-1994 it has my absolute recommendation. I'll warn you that I had to buy a copy from ebay in order to finally be able to see it, but it was completely worth it, in my opinion.

Oh, and the last thing I'd like to say is... Larry Clark is an absolutely worthless piece of crap of a director, and his pedophilia-infested films should be avoided like the plague.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 1 5:59
Ichi the killer is awesome!! XD
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Aug 12 21:31
nice list. You should try watching "I stand alone" and "the holy mountain"
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Dec 29 13:34
Very good list.
Like many others before id recommend Ichi - if youre into pinky violence with a damn cool story
Usually id also highly recommend "Enter the Void", which is visually ... lets say it that way, i havent seen visuals comparable to this movies (yet), the feeling during and after the movie is very much like requiem for a dream which is why im not sure if i suggest watching it since you dont seem to like requiem - btw. why if i may ask?

Also Ken Park is one of my favorite movies and pretty dark and fucked up but since you didnt like kids i doubt youll like this one. Same with gummo.

Movies that i recommend not listed are:

The Collector:
http://www.listal.com/movie/the-collector-98890

Dread:
http://www.listal.com/movie/dread

La Grande Buffet (1973)

Jack Ketchums:The Lost
http://www.listal.com/movie/the-lost

Frontiers:
http://www.listal.com/movie/fronti

got some more but that should do it.

Ah and not to forget, "Salo" is (in my opinion) definately worth suffering through once, if you can handle it of course :D
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Dec 29 20:12
@Lost in Space- I have full intentions on seeing Ichi and Enter the Void one of these days. As for Requiem, well I can admire it, but I don't know if I'll ever like it. The heroin business is tough for me, having lost a good friend to a heroin overdose.

The Collector- Huh, is it really that badass? Somehow that surprises me. I've kind of just ignored it, assuming it to be standard horror filler. But maybe I should give it a look.

I've actually seen Frontier(s) but for some reason when I created this list it didn't feel like it quite belonged on here. Though, now I'm not sure why. Visually it was as intense as the other French extreme horror titles included. But it just didn't have the same impact on me otherwise.

Haven't heard of the other titles you suggested, but I'll scope them out.

As for Salo... I've gone back and forth over watching that movie for so long now. I imagine one day I'll finally say fuck it and give it a look.

Thanks for the detailed suggestions and feedback. Much obliged! Cheers!

Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Apr 27 18:30
Caligula is well worth a look in its uncut form if youre in the mood for complete cinematic insanity. gummo is a masterpiece, I think Bernardo Bertolucci described it as the best film of the 90s, if Im not mistaken, and who can argue with him? :)

If anyone wants to read a good book about these types of disturbing and controversial/provocative films check out BEYOND THE DARKNESS: Cult, Horror, And Extreme Cinema by Phil Russell. Essential read!

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Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Apr 27 19:10
i ordered Salo off of Netflix but I had my dad watch it first because I was too chicked to, and after his "review" of it, I sent it back immediately...I'm waiting for irreversible now! lol
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at May 19 13:46
Great list, as well as great suggestions by others...

The only ones I haven't seen on this list are the War Zone, Tesis and Trouble Every Day.

Thanks for the queue ideas. :)

Cheers.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at May 29 2:06
I respectfully disagree.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jul 22 23:12
I love this list:) particularly happy to see Audition and Oldboy among such a vast collection of movies;)

I realize this list is kinda old so I don't know if you've seen Ichi already or not but, if you haven't, I'd also fully recommend you watch it.

Also, I found Serbian Film to be way lighter than your high rated Martyrs (I overrated my ability to sit through that one unharmed). I suppose it looks good and acting is decent but I'm reluctant to call it a deep, meaningful experience :/
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 23 2:41
I couldn't even watch The Girl Next Door all the way through, and after reading the rest of the synopsis on Wikipedia, I'm glad I didn't. Hell, I probably wouldn't make it through most of the movies on this list.
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Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 23 15:49
very nice list, well thought!
I don't agree on some points but I guess it's only natural :D anyway, above 'em all: I found "martyrs" not that shocking (sure it has a great beginning, but one of the worst and most boring ending ever!), while I absolutely loved "Inside" and I was glad to see someone else sharing my opinion. I'm also not sure I've understood the second part of the list...is that negative? (I sure cannot agree on "Men Bites Dog"! :) )
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Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 23 16:36
if you liked el topo you should defenitely watch holy mountain
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Sep 7 14:17
I really loved "Strange Circus". Most of Shion Sono movies are my fav's. Also from his repertuar I could recommend "Suicide circle/club". Also there is "Cold fish", but it's a long movie, and hm... kinda very wrong ;DD and in the beginning, it could seam very boring. "Exte: Hair Extensions" is more girly, but still not that bad. Also you should check out T. Miike ""Masters of Horror" Imprint". I loved the atmosphere there :)
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Nov 15 4:59
I know it's been a year, but I figured I'd chime in:

Holy Mountain is definitely worth it. If you liked El Topo and Eraserhead, you kind of need to see Holy Mountain just to see how far the bizarre can be pushed. However, I disagree with the person who said Santa Sangre didn't have an organized story. It's Jodorowsky's most straight forward. El Topo is fairly straightforward plot-wise too, but Holy Mountain barely has any plot.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Nov 15 8:31
Thanks for the feedback all!

Sounds like I need to get Holy Mountain watched one of these days.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Nov 15 15:13
I am a paranoid!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 12 2:13
theese you should see:

Gozu - one of Miike's best
Ex Drummer - Exelent, fuckeed up and intense. Highly recomended
Funny Games - Haneke's best, old version
Beyond Black Rainbow - great, trippy shit.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Feb 19 1:04
RE: Ichi the Killer'

"Most of the violence is highly stylized and leans toward ridiculous rather than disturbing." That is exactly how I would describe it. There was at least one scene that seemed to be unintentional comedy.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Feb 20 5:58
++++ for Tesis! My favorite movie of all time!
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 14 16:45
I love how you just use 1 or 2 phrases to describe the movie :)

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