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on 10 Apr 2011 09:30

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Movies that left a mental scar

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1. Red to Kill (1994)

The opening 9 minutes - believe me, you 'aint seen nothing yet.

I had to watch this in two bit's - such was the stress of watching it! :) Don't expect a low budget shocker here, this movie has superb production values. The acting is almost too convincing.

This was, and pretty much still is, my limit. I have seen it again with various friends and had varying reactions.

One told me to turn it off half way through but most just sat there suitably slack jawed. One thought it was lol funny - I worry about him :O)
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2. Pink Flamingos (1972)

I will never ever, as long as I live, forget the first time I saw Pink Flamingos. This is waaaay out of my comfort zone and took me to a world my mother always warned me about :) This is one of those films that once seen can never be unseen.

This kind of movie is normally an anathema to me, but for some reason, I 'get' John Waters. So much so, another of his movies makes this list.

I'd leave a decent gap between watching this and eating :)
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3. Irreversible (2002)

WARNING!! Not for the faint hearted

OMG :) - Where to even start with this!
I knew nothing about it, apart from the fact it had Monica Bellucci in it - which was good enough for me.

I hate to highlight what was unquestionably the most talked about thing in the movie, but yes, the fire extinguisher scene and brutal underpass rape will never be forgotten by this viewer - but that's about all I do remember
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4. Dr. Lamb (1992)

Yeah, okay, I admit it. I do like my Cat III's :) Here is another must see thanks in no small part to the excellent Simon Yam & Danny Lee. Co-directed by Lee and Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang [Red to Kill]. You can't go wrong ;O)
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5. The Underground Banker (1994)
Good old fashioned no nonsense Cat III. Just sit back and watch it happen - the burned kid steals the show :O)

Also known as "Physical Weapon"
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6. Desperate Living (1977)

By far my favourite John Waters film. I absolutely love this movie! It's trashy and vile with a fantastical plot - but the characters - OMG, the characters. Totally off the wall. I know dialogue from this movie like we all do from Monty Python's "Life of Brian" - it's an experience you won't forget :)
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7. The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)

I bought this from a film fair back in the early 90's. It'a terrific little 'blaxploitation' movie, which may seem an odd choice to add here. The reason I add it is there is a scene where some "Hoe's" get a beating that is just so out of character with the rest of [an excellent] movie. I won't spoil it by saying what happens, but I bet you don't forget it lol
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8. The Untold Story (1993)

I wasn't going to include "Bun Man" for the simple reason it has become almost too cult for what it is. However, this list is about mental scarring and despite it's reputation, Bun Man sucks you in with a sensitive back story and moments of humour before grabbing you by the face and head butting you into some moments of genuine unpleasantness
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9. Hitch-Hike (1977)

Franco Nero, for me, is a truly great actor. Not many can switch movie genres with the consummate ease this man does. Spaghetti westerns, cop movies, thrillers - and he is good in them all.

At the time the movie was notorious for a rape that virtually turns into consensual sex

Once I tell you David Hess is the bad guy it should be all you need to know.
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10. Inside (2007)

Not sure about this one. The two or three people that have seen this [that I know] were unimpressed, pretty much.

Maybe this touched something inside me. All I know is I lost about half a kilo off my butt, I was clenching that hard. I thought it was incredibly tense!
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11. Run and Kill (1993)

I've just noticed something! It would appear [unbeknownst to me] that I am a Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang fan! This is the third of his films to make this list! That's kind of 'cool' - it shows I'm consistent in what I like :)

Now he has three in the list I hope you like his work too :)

Looks like Billy has scarred me more than anyone else
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12. Freaks (1932)

Could, and probably will be, in quite a few of my movie lists, including any all time top ten I make.

No where near as 'in your face' or brutal as others in this list, but a great piece of movie making that will stay with you.

I like it when the victim wins :D
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Some movies make you go "Ah". While others make you go "AARRGGHH!!"
Everyone likes to push their personal viewing boundaries - or at least, they should. Whilst I do like a good popcorn Blockbuster, I find myself drawn to the 'quirky' and the 'strange'. Of course, that means I have seen way too much dross in my search for the gem's and hopefully this list will save you that experience. Of course - It's all subjective, but if you are into these like I am, maybe we should be friends :O)

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