My lawyer asked me to read this! WARNING! This video is going to be a bummer if you can’t handle violence, sexual content, gore then this list is probably not for you. So yeah this is awkward and well uh well goodbye, thank you for clicking. But I’m sorry that you can’t stick around. So anyways many folks asked us to do a top ten on the most disturbing films ever made and here we are.
So Let’s Take A Look At The 10 Most Disturbing Films Of All Time!
10. Gummo (1997)
Gummo is a film about nothing, but that’s kind of the point. It’s directed by Harmony Korine who’s basically a pretentious John Waters, but this is probably his masterpiece if you ask me. As far as being effective it is effective at what it does, one could argue that it doesn’t do much though. But it leaves you with a lot of images that I sure wish I could get out of my head. This film portrays the lives of many degenerate people living in a small town in Ohio that was hit by a tornado. The town never really recovered, it’s basically run by parentless children who eat each other alive, and I mean it. Nothing really happens in this whole movie, but that kind of adds to the disturbing factor like the whole thing is meant to show how pointless life is.
9. Eraserhead (1977)
I’ve actually covered this movie in a lot of my articles. It’s one of my favorite films and one of the things that led me to want to make films myself. The plot and the story in Eraserhead aren’t really as important as the main character and what happens in his head over the course of the film. Every plot summary you read online is going to do little to no justice to the film. It is completely open to interpretation, I’ve seen it a few times then I changed my mind on what it means every time. What makes it one of the best disturbing films is essentially just how much it throws at you, without any rhyme or reason, it’ll trip you out.
8. Under The Skin (2013)
Under The Skin is essentially a horribly depressing and upsetting film about an alien that comes to murder men by stealing an attractive body. It then starts to fall in love with being human. He gets really frustrated when it can’t do human things. What makes it disturbing is just how horribly honest it is about the nature of being human. There’s also scene where you graphically watch an entire family drown.
7. Ichi The Killer (2001)
This movie is really messed up and one of the best disturbing films I’ve ever seen. I think it’s supposed to be a comedy, but it has really horrible violence. It also has terrible looking CGI violence. The film is directed by Takashi Miike, an acclaimed Japanese filmmaker. It’s also based on a manga of the same name. Did I mention it’s horribly violent? It’s basically about this hitman that has been seeking someone as sadistic as him and then he does then they have it out and it ends badly for everyone.
6. Antichrist (2009)
Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist is one of the better made films on this list, but it’s also really messed up. The movie stars Willem Dafoe and Lars von Trier’s savoured person Charlotte Gainsbourg. It’s about two people that lose their child to a window. Well then they’re really bummed, the woman starts to go a little nuts and they go out to a cabin in the woods which if you’ve seen Evil Dead you know it’s always a great idea. Then she goes even crazier and the movie turns into horrible violence. It’s disturbing on many levels, but mostly because of how realistic the performances are and how horribly graphic the third act is. It also features some really fantastic camera work and some pretty cool special effects.
5. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
This film is really dated, with that being said it’s still really interesting, but more for its history. Director Ruggero Deodato was actually arrested and tried for the murder of a few of the actors, They ended up coming forward and saving the day, but still it’s a little hard to not feel disgusted with the director after seeing the film. He does some really horrible stuff, there’s some really horrible animal cruelty mostly involving the decapitation of a turtle. However luckily there’s an edited down version without the animal cruelty that isn’t nearly as disturbing. Though this film is legit sickening, the majority of the gore effects are really good for the time and it is one of the first found footage films.
4. Inside (2007)
This is the only movie I’ve ever seen to actually make me squirm. I have a very high tolerance for violence and gore as you could probably tell. But there’s so much in this movie, matter of fact after the first act it’s basically constant. One of the positives I actually have for the film is how constant the violence is. This movie is a thriller and if it wasn’t so horribly gory I would recommend it solely on the fact that it’s really intense. With that being said it gets really dumb with a couple of decisions they made in the third act , but it’s still entertaining.
3. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Notably the final film from acclaimed director Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film is a bummer. It’s actually based on the book “The 120 Days of Sodom” which was written by Marquis de Sade. This film is filled with a whole bunch of depravity. There’s torture, murder, almost constant nudity, pedophilia, and Coprophagia. I’ve actually heard that the set was rather jovial and all the actors knew they were contributing to what they thought would end up to be an important film. Take it for whatever you want, love it or hate it, it exists and it’s really messed up and it’s not for the faint of heart . Also it’s supposedly filled with social commentaries so go pick it apart or pick your nose.
2. Pink Flamingos (1972)
Gotta love that John Waters! Pink Flamingos is the film that set him and Divine into stardom. It’s a really strange, mostly bad in the acting department yet lovable film about disgusting people doing disgusting things. There’s a certain charm to it. While a lot of people could easily dismiss this is just horrible trash, and that’s kind of what makes it amazing. It was actually somewhat commercially successful and that just further displays how much of a prank this film really is.
1. A Serbian Film (2010) & Martyrs (2008)
It’s actually tie between two very disturbing films. The first one is the “A Serbian Film”. It’s this movie that features literally every taboo imaginable, and love it or hate it, it is very effective with what it tries to do. And you can easily dismiss it as just dumb shock value, but there’s some heavily implied social commentary that is worth looking into.
The other film that deserves the number one spot is a film called “Martyrs”. Out of all the disturbing films on this list I think this is the one with the most meaning. If you like interpreting a message and really thinking about what you see then this film works way better than a lot of films that I’ve seen. With that being said it has earned its position on this list for brutal violence that is really upsetting and what it does with its characters in the second half.