Most Disturbing Films Ever

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Most Disturbing Films Ever

Postby invisible Pole » Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:27 pm

The thread on "The Vanishing" encouraged me to make a list of films that not only sent shivers down my spine, but also were deeply unsettling and made me feel very uncomfortable.

(I know that for some people and in some ways a film like "Gigli" can be quite unsettling, but it's not what I mean here :D ).

OK, here's my list of most disturbing films (random ranking) :
- Don't Look Now (never been to Venice, but the crumbling and menacing city shown here is hardly encouraging)
- Funny Games (truly discomforting depiction of sadistic violence with no motif behind it)
- Repulsion (one of Polanski's best)
- Abre los ojos / Open Your Eyes ("original Vanilla Sky")
- Blue Velvet
- The Vanishing

I do hope to get some "disturbing viewing" suggestions from you.
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Postby martinfoyle » Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:06 pm

Man Bites Dog was a truly disturbing, unpleasant experience. Then again I found DeNiro fake bra scenes in Meet The Fockers unsettling as well. In the Company of Men was horrible to watch as well. More and more these days I want to be primarily entertained at the cinema, with being educated a lesser consideration.

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:58 pm

Un chien andalou? Well, that one scene at least.
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Postby scielle » Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:04 pm

Seom (2002)
English title: The Isle.
Beautifylly shot, and most of the horror is left up to the imagination, but people have been known to vomit in the aisles.... Let's just say you will never. Fish. Again.
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And Repulsion.

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Postby ice nine » Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:42 pm

Eraserhead - I left the college auditorum wondering, 'What the hell did I just see?'
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Postby Boy With A Problem » Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:17 am

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
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Postby lostdog » Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:29 am

That Cronenburg one with Jeremy Irons playing twins: Deadringer? (is that right?)....

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Postby Tim(e) » Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:47 am

Hands down "Eraserhead" wins by a country mile. Beyond that, I would agree with Polanski's "Repulsion" and Bunuel's "Un Chien Andalou" and would add Altman's "Images", the stop motion animation "Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb", "Bad Boy Bubby", and the Japanese film "Tetsuo the Iron Man".

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Postby pophead2k » Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:57 am

Baxter, about a murderous dog. Made me nervous. As noted above, Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer. Skin crawling. New York Minute, starring the Olsen twins. AAHAHHAAAHAHAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.

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Postby mood swung » Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:59 am

lostdog wrote

That Cronenburg one with Jeremy Irons playing twins: Deadringer? (is that right?)....


oh, hell yes! that was one creepy movie. those instruments! and the only use I can remember (outside the Future Farmers of America films) of the word bifurcate.
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Postby alexv » Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:21 am

I don't watch horror films, so my list is mostly filled with psychologically jarring movies, some of them good, but still sickening:

BULLY (by the director of Kids, and one sicko movie about the young)

BAD LIEUTENANT (Keitel's unrelenting badness and angst makes this movie unbearable)

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (the writer of this movie needs help)

THE COOK, THE THIEF, THE WIFE AND THE LOVER (I think that was the title) (not only pretentious to the extreme but also gross; another example of a class actress allowing a director to abuse her)

THE SERVANT (I think that was the name, with James Fox and Dirk Bogarde (whose every movie for me was made creepy by his presence))
(Brutal psychological pummeling of an upper class English twit; would have been fun but for Bogarde)

PEEPING TOM (destroyed the career of one of my favorite directors)

STRAW DOGS (not just for the rape at the end, but for what Hoffman had to go through at the hands of Peckingpah)

HAPPINESS (I despise this movie and happily also find it gross)

CALIGULA (nuff said, well, maybe not, even the porn was gross)

MIDNIGHT something (the one about the american trapped in a Turkish prison)

PANIC (or was it Picnic) AT NEEDLE PARK (hyperkinetic Pacino, needles, and a hapless girlfriend make for nightmares)

TRAINSPOTTING (needles again (I don't like watching people inject themselves with heroin) plus a very disturbing Scotsman whom I was actually happy to have trouble understanding)

AMORES PERROS (even though I speak spanish I was glad not to be able to understand most of the dialogue of this fine but troubling movie)

Now, there's also a list of movies that are not disturbing but have maybe one scene that makes your skin crawl. In that category, I offer MARATHON MAN, RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION, and THE BEGUILED.

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:37 am

alexv wrote:MIDNIGHT something (the one about the american trapped in a Turkish prison)


Midnight Express, with Brad Davis.
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Postby strangerinthehouse » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:13 am

I just watched VIDEODROME, by David Cronengberg, that was pretty disturbing and yet i'm looking forward to seeing more of his films.

IRREVERSIBLE Directed by Gaspar Noe, this is one messed up french flick, the narrative is backwards like Memento so the intense ending to the consequences of a very disturbing rape is the first thing that happens in the film.

in the subject of HAPPINES, i also though Solondz fist feature WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE has mildly disturbing.

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM was just depressing.

Any David lynch movie is disturbing, if not they are just confusing. Mulholland DR, for those creepy old people.

ANY political film, like the candidate, bob roberts and altman's series Tanner 88, i find are to be a bit disturbing simply because they mirror actual politics.
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Postby BlueChair » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:17 am

Does Ken Russell's version of Tommy count?
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Postby oily slick » Sun May 01, 2005 9:22 pm

BlueChair wrote:Does Ken Russell's version of Tommy count?

yes.

here's 2nd's to "the cook, the thief, his wife, and her lover. in the honorable mention catagory would be "the sheltering sky". if you want to have no dialogue, you gotta give me something better than 30 minutes of debra winger contemplating her navel.
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Postby Copenhagen Fan » Mon May 02, 2005 7:26 am

AFRO AMERICAN ANAL PART III :lol:
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Postby Mike Boom » Mon May 02, 2005 10:05 am

Freaks

followed closely by Eraserhead
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Postby bobster » Mon May 02, 2005 12:57 pm

BlueChair wrote:Does Ken Russell's version of Tommy count?


It does for me! I've never been able to make it past the Acid Queen sequence. Saw it once at a Science Fiction convention in my teens...got woozy and when Tina Turner plugs R. Daltrey into that Iron Maiden/Blood changing thingy decided I'd really rather troll the convention floor for used books or watch an anime or something. Then, last year, went to see it a festival of seventies/eighties musicals. Again, felt near physically ill and suddenly decided I really needed to sleep it off.

"Oliver" is also a deeply disturbing musical.
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Postby strangerinthehouse » Mon May 02, 2005 2:54 pm

American History X, just for the sick idea of curbing somebody.
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Postby Mr. Average » Mon May 02, 2005 3:37 pm

Natural Born Killers, written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Oliver Stone. I used to refer to it as Oliver Stones Big Joke.

I actually like the movie, but find it very disturbing. When Mickey kills the Indian, and Mallory slaps at him repeatedly screaming "Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad, BAD!" it is like she is punishing a puppy for crapping on the carpet...not reprimanding a man for killing an innocent human being. A fascinating sequence, but very disturbing.

And if Tommy Lee Jones doesn't give you the creeps as the warden then nothing will. What a great, disturbing performance. Picking his nose and playing pocket polo while Rome burns.

A very disturbing film that has an odd captivating quality.
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Postby pophead2k » Mon May 02, 2005 4:06 pm

I have to agree with the above posted Bad Lieutenant. That movie made me never, ever want to go near a drug again!

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Mon May 02, 2005 4:13 pm

In the category of creepy documentaries about dysfunctional families, Brother's Keeper and Crumb have to get a mention. Haven't seen Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer. Just have the sense it's not the kind of thing the wife would enjoy.
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Postby Goody2Shoes » Mon May 02, 2005 4:25 pm

bobster wrote:
"Oliver" is also a deeply disturbing musical.


So true. And is there something very disturbing about "South Pacific", or is it just me? Makes my skin crawl.
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Postby bobster » Mon May 02, 2005 5:12 pm

You have to be carefully taught...to sit through it...
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Postby Tim(e) » Mon May 02, 2005 5:53 pm

Who Shot Sam? wrote:In the category of creepy documentaries about dysfunctional families, Brother's Keeper and Crumb have to get a mention.


The creepiest thing about Crumb is that the subject of the documentary, Robert Crumb, is probably the sanest member of the family... his mother in particular was way out there! :shock:

In the genre that includes American History X, I consider the Australian film Romper Stomper to be far more disturbing as is another film by the same director, Metal Skin.
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