Movies are often said to be a reflection of the society, their present, their aspirations, their fears and even their darkness. It is in today’s world a major source of entertainment. While some movies are just a onetime fun watch, there are some which linger in our memories for longer times. However, there have also been some movies which, hopefully isn’t a reflection of our society and certainly not worth our memory. Disgusting, Disturbing and Dreading could be an understatement. In no specific order, here is a list of 20 most disturbing movies ever made. If you have watched some of them, you would understand. If you haven’t, give it a miss. You do not want to be left disturbed forever.
- Hostel (2005)
It was directed by Eli Roth and I wonder what exactly he wanted to convey. A bad marriage of gruesome torture and nudity, Hostel doesn’t really have a story. It is more of a challenge as to how much can you watch without getting grossed out. Gallons of blood and severed body parts are the primary theme. Only if you are into this kind of stuff, watch it else, there are better thing to do.
- Transsiberian (2008)
For most parts this is a pretty normal movie, except for the last scene which straight away catapulted it to this list. Towards the end, the gruesome torture shown in the movie is so sickening that even the most cold blooded of us would end up squirming in the seat.
- Valhalla Rising (2009)
What separates this one from the rest of the violent movies is the sheer rawness and animalistic behavior exhibited by the characters in the movie. Not many filmmakers have the guts to create such unapologetic scenes. How else can one explain the scene where one person simply disembowels the other using bare hand?
- The Human Centipede II (2011)
Even in your sickest and wildest imagination, you probably will not be able to imagine, what the director Tom Six showcased in his 2 part movie. The first part deals with a lunatic surgeon who stitches 3 people together, ass to mouth. However, in the second part, he shows all that what should never be seen. 12 people stitched up, ass to mouth, by a lunatic with no medical training. The stapling of mouth, the hammering of teeth and cutting of knees is showing in full frame close up. As if this were not enough, it even showed the gastronomical symphony of canned beans induced shit which, I am sure was just to punish the audience who were trying to test their limits.
- The Exorcist (1973)
The audiences in the theatre were literally given Barf bags just in case it was too much for someone to handle. And often, it was way too much. The transformation of a young girl into a demon was so gut wrenching that you wish you hadn’t seen it. Add to it the blatant religious desecration with scenes like crucifix masturbation.
- Se7en (1995)
It is undoubtedly a must watch movie, but it comes with its own demons. While most of the movie is about a serial killer who kills based on the 7 sins in the Bible, the final ten minutes of the movie presents the most shocking and nauseating scene in the American cinema. The scenes and the psychological aspects of the movie tend to stay with you forever.
- I spit on your grave
Make no mistake of thinking it as a women empowerment movie, as claimed by the director. It is a sick movie which in its most raw form shows the rape of a woman and then the subsequent revenge by slicing off the balls of one of the rapist and a old noose necklace treatment for the other. Add to it the unabashed non groomed nudity which grosses you out even more.
- The Bunny Game (2012)
After being banned by the British Board of Film Classification, it took almost 4 years for its American release. And it wasn’t unjustified. It is a disgusting presentation of a prostitute named Bunny who is savaged by a mad man and is nothing more than the worst kind of torture porn. Even the human centipede would seem to have a hint of sensibility when compared to this one.
- Night and Fog (1955)
This is not actually a disgusting movie. Thought it will disturb and shake you to the very core. Unlike most movies which are made for the sake of entertainment, this one is an attempt to show the worst of humanity which the history has ever witnessed. Watch it not for the disturbing aspect but for its educational and emotional value.
- Sweet Movie (1974)
This could be the most ironical title the director could have given to his movie. It is a story of two women who are into a group following some deranged ideals which involves pissing, shitting and licking it. The worst part is the director shows it all. And if all this wasn’t enough, the women lure the kids who onto their boat and soon the little ones are found dead.
- Antichrist (2009)
This is a movie whose memory will continue to haunt you for the rest of your life. You won’t be able to find any place to hide from them. The scenes of the movie can’t be described without getting grossed out immediately. The lesser disturbing scenes are about genital mutilation. If you want to know more, go watch it, but be prepared to be disturbed for a long, long time.
- Irreversible (2002)
It showcases the most shocking and longest rape scenes of the cinematic history. Monica Belluci’s performance is one to be reckoned with. And for those wondering, this is not the mainstay of the movie as the subsequent visuals in the movie make you forget the rape scene so casually that you might just get sick of yourself.
- Inside (2007)
If blood and gore is your thing, this movie has an abundance of it. Even the veterans who test their limits will be forced to close their eyes in some of the scenes. If you think, it is exaggeration, imagine a C section with a scissor without any anesthesia to take out an unborn fetus.
- Titicut Follies (1967)
It shows mankind’s cruelty with such ease and gutsiness that, it is almost impossible to wipe it off your memory. The inhuman treatment and unabashed gruesomeness showcased in this movie will shake you to the very core. It is simply a heartbreaking movie.
- Requiem for a Dream(2000)
Drug addiction has never been represented in a more horrifying way than in this movie. It delves into the dark and twisted world of addiction and what it does to the people. Till this point it is more of a psychological thriller. But what makes it disturbing is the physical and psychological depiction of the characters and showcasing their paranoia. The movie is sure to stick with you for an unreasonably long time.
- Aftermath (1994)
Silence is often louder than the words. Director Nacho Cerda takes this concept and twists it to a horrifying degree. It is about a heartless mortician, who stays late in a morgue to further defile its female corpse. Thereafter he performs a gory autopsy, probes into the genitals and even goes as far as penetrating the corpse. If this all doesn’t make you puke, he makes sure you do by removing the heart from the body and feeding it to his dog. You will be left wondering, why on earth did you go for it.
- Audition (1999)
The lead actress tortures the lead actor in a way that can make the strongest of you squirm. Brutal poking and prodding with elongated needles, eye torture and dismemberments are the mainstay of this movie and if you happen to be fan of such sadism, do watch it. Else, you know what to do.
- Pink Flamingos (1972)
It is a story of the filthiest person alive. Now this in itself is an indication of how depraved the movie could get. The blatant depiction of incest, filthy nudity and feces eating is bound to make you puke. These movies aren’t supposed to be made and watched, but just in case you still want to, watch it empty stomach.
- Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
The title is an honest reflection of what you are going to see in this highly disturbing movie. The grotesqueness and disgusting aspects of the movie just can’t be described in a few words. Quite simply, even after 35 years, this movie is the most disgusting movie ever made and for god’s sake, if you are a vegetarian, please do not watch this.
- Nekromantik (1987)
Yes, it deals in necrophilia and No, it is not romantic by any means. It is a freak show, unless you find the idea of a married couple to spice up their sex life by having a threesome with a rotting corpse. What is even more disturbing is that the wide actually gets closer to corpse in due course of time and the husband is left in depression. This further gives the director liberty to let the husband kill a prostitute and have sex with the remains. If you like this movie, please do get yourself checked up.