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Added by Xanadon't on 14 May 2011 11:27
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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!
People who added this item 759 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Romanian art-film that's extremely compelling while emotionally devastating at times.

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People who added this item 1200 Average listal rating (716 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
A cheerfully dark and absurd collection of images and events that will leave you wanting more.

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People who added this item 1277 Average listal rating (722 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Audition (2000)
Takashi Miike introduces the ultimate Mistress of Pain.

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People who added this item 337 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Bad Boy Bubby (1994)
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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People who added this item 2143 Average listal rating (1360 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Battle Royale (2000)
Kill or be killed. On a mass scale. And they're kids.

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People who added this item 341 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.8
One wicked little exercise in grotesque and unsettling surrealism. This is not your grandmother's movie.

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People who added this item 375 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Benny's Video (1993)
Unsettling in the deepest sense of the word.

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People who added this item 2307 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Blue Velvet (1986)
De-romanticizing idyllic suburban life with unflinching relentlessness.

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People who added this item 212 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
A superbly crafted, sad, haunting, and at times visceral capturing journey into the mind and struggle of a schizophrenic man

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People who added this item 1084 Average listal rating (584 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Crash (1996)
Darkly erotic and haunting, this is a portrait of addiction and obsession like you've never seen.

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People who added this item 1730 Average listal rating (968 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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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People who added this item 697 Average listal rating (361 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
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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People who added this item 648 Average listal rating (418 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
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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People who added this item 1777 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Eraserhead (1978)
Lynch gives us a bizarre glimpse at his lonely, fearful soul.

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People who added this item 913 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Happiness (1998)
Black comedy doesn't come any blacker, social critique doesn't come any grimmer.

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People who added this item 1152 Average listal rating (636 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
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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People who added this item 536 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
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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People who added this item 1091 Average listal rating (534 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Inland Empire (2007)
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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People who added this item 529 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Inside (2007)
Indecently bloody, uncannily realistic looking. The French outdid themselves!

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People who added this item 1490 Average listal rating (893 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
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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People who added this item 1257 Average listal rating (703 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
About the worst fever-dream one can imagine.

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People who added this item 1628 Average listal rating (940 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Lost Highway (1997)
Lynch has a knack for capturing things the human subconscious would rather forget.

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People who added this item 896 Average listal rating (552 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Martyrs (2008)
You'll be shaking too hard to pick your jaw up off the floor!

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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Moebius (2013)
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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (716 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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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People who added this item 1154 Average listal rating (626 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Naked Lunch (1992)
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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People who added this item 3188 Average listal rating (2058 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Oldboy (2003)
A stylish powerhouse of a film, superb in every way. Squeamish need not apply.

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People who added this item 1372 Average listal rating (768 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
Darkly beautiful, moody, academic, and haunting. It's a mesmerizing and rich and delightfully hellish viewing experience.

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People who added this item 868 Average listal rating (509 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 5.9
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People who added this item 408 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Taxidermia (2006)
Don't watch on a full stomach.

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People who added this item 355 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Tesis (1996)
A top notch Spanish mystery thriller revolving around a college student's disappearance and a snuff video.

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People who added this item 521 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
The ultimate cyber-punk mayhem experience. Everything here is designed to shock, mesmerize, and blow your mind!


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People who added this item 1850 Average listal rating (1195 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Brazenly nihilistic and a true technical achievement in horror.



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People who added this item 1370 Average listal rating (839 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Videodrome (1983)
Cronenberg serves up a darkly ingenious meditation on the human condition.

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People who added this item 443 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
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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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.9
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People who added this item 251 Average listal rating (152 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6
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 6092 Average listal rating (4125 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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People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.4
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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People who added this item 1577 Average listal rating (918 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
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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People who added this item 831 Average listal rating (512 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hidden (2005)
Like most of Haneke's work, this didn't do much for me.
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
Belgium does TCM with mixed results.
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9
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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People who added this item 858 Average listal rating (446 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dogtooth (2009)
I haven't looked at a dumbbell the same way since.
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People who added this item 800 Average listal rating (447 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
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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People who added this item 914 Average listal rating (529 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
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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People who added this item 684 Average listal rating (462 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
High Tension (2003)
See above. Plus lame-ass twist ending.
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People who added this item 764 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
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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