Listeners of the show know that I’m a huge film buff. I like all sorts of films, ranging from the obscure to the mainstream, but after watching a few “nice” movies, I always find that my fucked up brain is starving for something that is completely sick and depraved.
I try to find films that push the envelope so much so that it’s shocking that it was created in the first place. I want to see things I would normally not see and experience SOMETHING while watching a movie. Isn’t that kind of the point of movies? Hollywood films has made me very jaded. To boil it down, I want a movie to make me feel something! ANYTHING! And screwed up, gross movies is the only thing that I’ve found that can scratch that itch.
Now maybe I have a screw loose or something, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s almost a game… no, a QUEST for me: Find the most fucked up films ever created.
Over the years during these fits of blood-lust driven film consumption, I have amassed quite the collection of fucked up films that would make normal people question humanity.
Early on in my quest to find the most fucked up films I had no idea exactly what I was looking for. At first I thought it was gore, but every Hollywood horror film tries to tout it’s gore as a selling point. Film gore has become a parody of itself, and that’s painfully clear when you’re watching movies where the audience is cheering for the next character’s death. Films like Saw, Hostel and Final Destination have made a shit ton of money from the masses coming out to get their “shocks” in for the year. If mindless gore is what brings people into the theater, then it is definitely not what I’m looking for.
The kind of movies I’m looking for would keep the masses away and accrue a massive list of scathing reviews from the critics. Don’t get me wrong, gore plays a large part in my list, but keep in mind that it’s not what makes a film disturbing or fucked up.
What I’ve come to find is that characters and story is what makes a film disturbing. People cheer the death of characters in mainstream horror films because there is no emotional attachment to them. But take a beloved character, throw him/her into a situation where they are mindlessly being tortured, mutilated and eventually killed with NO redemption at the end, and you have yourself the makings a truly disturbing piece of work. Those are the key ingredients or motifs, if you will, that have helped constitute a lot of my picks in this list (but not all of them).
I’d also like to note that some of these movies are ACTUALLY good and not just in there for sheer shock value.
!!!!NOTE: SOME OF THE ENTRIES ON THIS LIST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!
And without further ado, here’s the list you’ve all been waiting for:
20. Kill List
I’m not sure if Kill List actually deserves a spot on this list or if I just threw it on here to make it an even 20. I’ll let you be the judge.
It’s about two friends who are hit-men and often work together. Everything seems to be hunky-dory until they take on a job that opens a door into something evil. They carry out a few hits, each with the victim thanking the one hit-man before their death. Weird right? This goes on throughout most of the movie, with some of the hits being quite gory.
Things start getting really strange for the two guys when one of their hits takes them into the middle of the woods where they stumble upon, what looks to be a satanic ritual. After opening fire into the crowd of freaks after watching a sacrifice, these loonies start running towards the two hit-men that just took out half of their convent. I’ll tell ya what, in real life, a bunch of woodland satanists running towards you would have to be one of the scariest things ever.
Anyways, they keep going deeper down the rabbit hole until the climax of the film, which is the payoff. I don’t want to give out too much, but lets just say the main characters loved ones will… well, you’ll see.
I do think it is a pretty good film and it does have it’s moments of slight shock, but compared to some of the others on this list, it’s tame.
Holy shit. Gummo. This film is what may have spurred my love for unconventional films. I stumbled upon this movie by accident a long, long time ago after browsing Blockbuster (yeah, thats how long ago) for about an hour or two and getting fed up with their shitty selection. So I grabbed this off the shelf. When I got home I popped this into my my VCR (did I mention that this was a long time ago) and for the next hour and a half my jaw was on the floor.
What is this movie about? Sorry, I couldn’t tell you. Not because I don’t want to, but because I seriously have no idea what the hell this film is about. It’s one of those movies where the plot doesn’t matter and it’s supposed to just expose you to “the human condition” or some shit. It’s set in a redneck, white trash town in Ohio (I think) where the people are still dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that ravaged the town sometime prior. There is no gore or major deaths in the movie, just a really unsettling feeling as you peer into the lives of these people.
The long shots without cutaways and the “acting” gives you this voyeuristic sense of uneasiness that lasts throughout the film. It’s really hard to describe it because it’s such an abstract movie and also because I saw so long ago.
18. Hard Candy
Hard Candy is worth seeing even if you aren’t into the whole fucked up movie thing. But don’t let that discourage the people who do want a shock. This movie is really well done and the cinematography is beautiful!
Hard Candy starts out with a rich, Hollywood hills type photographer who doubles as a first class pedophile, luring a really young girl back to his house to take photos. The opening scene of how this guy talks to her is so uncomfortable. It’s how I imagine real pedophiles talking to youngens.
After getting her back to his lavished home, tables quickly turn. Instead of the young girl drinking the sleepy juice, she somehow manages to trick him into drinking the wrong cup. He wakes up, tied to a chair, and the rest of the movie is pretty much mental and physical torture at the hands of this vengeful lolita.
Actually, I think I’ll watch this movie again right now. It’s seriously good. Watch it!
Side note: I want to model the interior of my home like the Pedophile in this movie. When it comes to interior design, what can I say? He’s got good taste.
Taxidermia is just… strange. Like really really weird. It’s a hungarian film with some really insane imagery. I don’t know exactly what it’s about because the version I saw did not have subtitles, but from what I gather, it’s about three generations of men, each fat as shit and each born with a tail.
I suppose the story itself isn’t that disturbing, but it’s more about the looming sense of something bad coming… that and the disgusting eating contest scene that seems to barrow it’s essence from the puking scene of Problem Child 2.
To be honost, my memory of this movie is pretty vague. I just remember thinking “What the hell did I just watch?!” as the credits started rolling.
16. Funny Games
Funny Games is fucking GREAT! If I were to write a script and produce a movie, it would come out very similar to this. Some people gawk when I claim something is genius, but for the people that really get Funny Games, it IS genius.
It’s about a nice family (Husband, wife and young boy), going to relax at their summer vacation home. The community is made up of your average, well-off rich folk. Everyone is very neighborly, stopping by to say hello, inviting each other to brunches. You’re average “keeping up with appearances” rich lifestyle.
Fairly quickly the film goes from happy-go-lucky to high tension, spurred on by two really strange visitors. Two boys, around 18-20 years old, who at first glance seem to fit in quite well. They are both wearing rich looking clothes, are mild-mannered, and we assume that they are the kids of a neighbor.
They show up at the family’s summer home and politely ask the mother if they could borrow some eggs. Being the friendly neighbors that they are, she obliges. A normal interaction, right? Well, clumsy “Boy #1″ (they never actually reveal the real names of the two strangers in the movie) drops the eggs by accident as he is walking out. Mistakes happen. He politely asks if he could have 3 more eggs. Again, she is more than happy to help out a neighbor. But then, for the second time, he drops the eggs on the way out. At this point the mother is done being nice and realizes that this kid is just fucking with her so she politely asks him to leave.
After a polite argument ”Boy #2″ comes in and fixates on the husbands golf clubs while the mother is still trying to get both of these strangers out the door. When the husband finally steps in, the movie takes a dramatic turn. Boy #2 cracks the husband in the knee, completely eliminating him from the equation of protecting his family for the rest of the movie. This gives the viewing audience a sense a helplessness and vulnerability. From this point on, the strangers, without breaking from their polite exterior, terrorize the family for the entire night after betting them that they’ll all be dead by the morning.
The genius of this movie comes from it’s involvement of the viewing audience. The 4th wall is broken several times by the unnamed terrorizers. It takes the audience’s typical point of view, which is being sympathetic to the family, and completely rips out any chance of survival for them. Leaving zero hope. Genius.
Antichrist, from the get go is very dark… and stylish. Shot completely on The Red, the cinematography perfectly reflects the dreary and macabre nature of the story.
The premise of the movie according to imdb is: “A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.” Which pretty much explains nothing!
First off their small child is killed in the first 5 minutes from falling out of the window while the mother and father were bangin’. Later on we find out that the mother was suffering from a severe case of munchausen by proxy and actually let the kid fall… but in all honesty, that is neither here nor there. This woman is one seriously sadistic, crazy bitch. Throughout the movie they drop hints that there could possibly be some supernatural reason for the things she does, and I guess it’s up for interpretation, but I think she is just a lunatic.
What makes this movie so fucked up is several scenes that leave you cringing from the gruesome nature of the acts performed by this psycho. There are two scenes in particular that stand out.
First one: At a moment when the husband is finally calming his bitch of a wife down, they start fucking in the toolshed. Out of nowhere she grabs a log and slams him in his rock hard cock and balls. He passes out from the pain… but that doesn’t stop her. She continues to jack him off, in full view of the camera mind you, until he ejaculates semen… and blood… lots of blood.
The second, and probably the most memorable scene, is within the last 10 minutes of the film. The crazy lady lays down next to her passed out husband, completely nude. She grabs some scissors while crying. The camera cuts to a ultra close up of her clit! YUP! HER CLIT! And yes… you guessed it. Without cutting away, you bear witness to a bona fide female circumcision! How’s that for a climax?! (pun intended)
The thing I love about this movie is that it does not shy away from any of the heinous, sexually explicit details that add to the story. This is one of the movies on the list that I think is ACTUALLY good. I just can’t believe they got Willem Dafoe, a pretty big actor, to star in it. Actually, come to think of it, I think Antichrist received pretty good reviews.
14. Flower of Flesh and Blood (Guinea Pig Series)
If you haven’t heard of the Guinea Pig films and are interested in getting into movies such as these, Flower of Flesh and Blood will definitely pop your cherry. If you can handle this, you’ll be well prepared for watching anything that comes after.
The Guinea Pig Series is a set of Japanese gore films from the 80′s and 90′s. There are seven films in total, but the one I’ll be focusing on is Flower of Flesh and Blood.
Let’s see this one is pretty deep with the story line. Let’s see if I can explain it correctly… IT’S A SNUFF FILM! THAT’S IT! Not a real snuff film obviously, but that’s basically the premise. A creepy, psycho, samurai guy kidnaps a teen girl, drugs her up in his “lab” so she gets pleasure from the pain… and then he just starts cutting her up, dismembering her, etc, etc…
The gore is decently realistic for the time and budget they had, but the one thing that always really makes me cringe is the eye ball scene. You can use your imagination to figure out what I’m talking about.
Brian’s Fucked Up Films Fun Fact: Charlie Sheen received a copy of this film and immediately thought it was genuine snuff. He then proceeded to contact the FBI to investigate it. This ultimately led to the creators of the film appearing in a Japanese court to prove that it was fake.
Whew, Stoic… This is a prime example of what I think makes a movie fucked up. Plus, it’s based on a true story.
It’s about 4 cellmates in prison, just hanging out playing poker, when eventually the weakest of the inmates starts getting picked on. It starts out harmless enough, but then escalates to a full physical and mental assault on this “innocent” soul. Remember when I said that character development is very important when creating the type of fucked up film that really stings? Well, Stoic shows just how effective destroying an innocent built-up character can be.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We don’t know much about any of these characters or their pasts, but the acting is so superb in this film that you really get a sense of what these people are like.
Oh! And Edward Furlong, the kid from Terminator 2 is in it! It’s great seeing what a creep he grew up to be. His character is arguably the most deranged inmate (keyword there: “arguably”). Each of these characters come up with some really sick shit to put the 4th inmate through, even after he is completely broken.
Oh, and not that I’m spoiling anything, but it ends with a death…
12. August Underground Series
The August Underground trilogy is some of the most depraved shit I have ever seen. The first time I showed this to someone I immediately got the feeling that they somehow thought less of me… but with good reason. You have to be one sick individual to sit through this, but if you’ve ever listened to Wreckless Media Radio you know that I’m just the man for the job.
The premise of all of these “films” is that you’ve just stumbled upon the home movies of a disturbed killer… and his girlfriend. The August Underground series is the definition of “found footage”.
Spliced throughout these videos are scenes of a kind of white trash existence, consisting of metal shows, drinking, drug use, and… uh… a talking penis urethra… haha. Seriously, for a split second we get a close up of the dude’s dick and he makes it talk… Anyways, during the times that you’re not seeing these “normal” activities, you are watching scenes of the most graphic torture and murder ever put to into a low-budget indie film.
Not that any of the acting is good per se, but I have to give credit to the actors for going through what they did. There are a lot of scenes of REAL cutting, REAL puking, REAL getting puked on, REAL… well, whatever you think is real while watching this, it most likely is.
Nothing is sacred in these movies. It is the only film that finally “went there”, and when I say “went there” I’m talking about pulling out an unborn fetus from it’s recently deceased mother and actually showing it to you. That is one of the only things I hadn’t seen up to this point. Bravo, for pushing the envelope.
I should also mention that they did a very good job with the gore… and really that’s all these films have to offer. Gore and shock value. If the others on the this list don’t get your stomach churning, August Underground is sure to.
11. The Bunny Game
Let me come right out and say it… this movie sucks. Really. It was painful to sit through. The Bunny Game tries to be artsy by making the entire thing black and white, and filming on (what I’m assuming is) 35mm film .
Premise? Well, a down on her luck, drug addicted hooker (real surprise, huh?) get’s picked up by a trucker. And yup! You guessed it… the trucker is out of his mind with sick sexual fantasies. She gets knocked out, tied up inside the back of the rig, and is submitted to severe psychological and physical torture (I’m starting to sound like a broken record here).
The ONLY reason this movie is on this list is because the 2 female actresses in The Bunny Game actually went through all of the scenes. Everything done in this movie is actually happening to these women. The cigarette burning, the shaving of the heads, the branding like cattle, and the binding of their wrists… it’s all real. Keeping this in mind while watching it does add to the cringe factor.
Both actresses, I believe, said that they regret doing the film, and “part of my soul died while doing the shoot”. Hmmm, I’m wondering if when it comes to that whole “down and out hooker” thing if this is more documentary than it is film. Hookers would definitely accept crack as payment to be in a “movie”.
10. A Serbian Film
A Serbian Film (or Srpski film) is one of my favorites on this list. The combination of relentlessly disturbing scenes and production value makes this movie a total winner in my book. It’s about a past his prime male porn star who comes out of retirement to participate in a very well paying “art” film. After production starts he realizes that it’s actually… more of a snuff film.
The list of amazing scenes are too many to go over, but some of the highlights include:
- The main character killing a henchman by shoving his erect cock through his eye socket and into his brain. HA!
- Decapitating a chick while fucking her doggy style.
- Tricking the main character into fucking his own 6 year old son.
AND it also includes the granddaddy of all shocks… something that I NEVER thought would be done in a movie… NEW BORN PORN! Don’t worry it was tastefully done. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a comedic scene or not, but the “director” of the “art film” shows the main character a film of his “New Born Porn”. After the main character gets disgusted by it and storms off, the director just continuously shouts “NEW BORN PORN! NEW BORN PORN!”. After the shock wore off from this scene, I laughed hysterically at the director screaming that. It’s just so completely off the wall.
The best part about this movie is that I feel like it’s one of those films that is “ok” to like because of it’s production value. It seems like a mainstream movie. Making the horrific shit you see in it almost forgivable. Definitely add this one to your watch list.
Imagine the worst nightmare you’ve ever had. The all encompassing dread. The confusion. The disjointed timelines and no chance of escape… that pretty much somes up Begotten to a “T”. It is exactly like watching a nightmare.
Begotten is a lot different than the rest of the movies on this list because it’s not disturbing in the sense that the others are. The reason this movie is so fucked up is because it captures the terror you feel while having a nightmare. I’m not sure if that is what the creator was going for, but that’s my interpretation of it.
The entire movie was shot on black and white reversal film, and each frame was then rephotographed giving it this really unique (and down right scary) look. There is no talking throughout the entire movie. The soundtrack to most of the film is just crickets, moaning, grunting and… well actually, that’s about it.
Begotten starts out in the middle of the woods as the camera slowly moves into an abandoned house. Inside the house on a rocking chair sits one of the scariest looking creatures I’ve seen in a movie… and it’s supposed to represent God. And what is “God” doing? Oh, he’s grunting, groaning and jerking around erratically while stabbing himself of course! And that’s only the first 5 minutes. This film continues this level of fear throughout it’s entire length.
This is a must watch just because it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
8. Men Behind The Sun
Men Behind the Sun is one of the films that got me into this fucked up genre of movies (which I think I actually talk about on one of the early episodes of Wreckless Media Radio). Years ago, while searching for gory movie scenes on youtube, I stumbled upon a scene from a Japanese movie that I had never heard of before. The scene was of a bunch of scientists in lab coats being really nice to a young boy, luring him into a surgery room, making him strip down and drink some shit that makes him pass out. The kid was nothing but smiles the entire time. Then, as soon as he was conked out… they cut him open and remove his still beating heart. They toss a few more organs into some jars and then all laugh and patt each other on the back for a job well done… HOLY SHIT!
It was at that point that I realized that Men Behind the Sun was available on youtube in it’s entirety. I then sat there for an hour and a half watching some of the MOST gruesome human torture I’ve (too this day) ever seen in a movie! Then I realized that this entire story ACTUALLY happened! Men Behind the Sun is about Unit 731, a camp that was apart of the Japanese army during World War II. This camp was in charge of biological weapons research, and apparently to do research they just used humans as guinea pigs. They did pretty much whatever they wanted. Some of the shit they did doesn’t even seem like it had any scientific purpose.
The gore is pretty much what you’d expect from a Japanese “horror” film from the late 80′s, but what’s so fucked up is the deadpan way they carried out these horrific acts.
There are too many gory scenes to name them all, but there is one that sticks out in my mind. They make a woman stand in the freezing cold until her arms are frostbitten to all hell. Then they take her inside and put her frozen arms in boiling water… and I didn’t know this, but apparently if you do this… you’re skin and muscles can slip off like a glove, leaving you with nothing but skeleton arms. Ta-Dah! Easy Halloween costume.
7. Red, White, And Blue
It’s complete luck that this movie is on the list at all, but god damnit, I am so happy it is. Red, White, and Blue was on Netflix a year or so ago and I just threw it on because I had nothing to watch. I sat there for an entire hour watching this girl with aids go around and bang every dude possible. Purposefully infecting them. It was kind of slow paced, but it still kept my attention. I figured it was just some throw away drama… I was wrong!
Red, White, and Blue’s final 30 minutes does a complete 180 and turns into the most intense horror film I have ever seen. I’m not kidding… the character development during the first half of the movie was vital because my god the pay off is so worth it. This movie is how every slasher film should be. I hate calling it a slasher, because it’s really not… I just don’t know what else to call it.
Instead of an emotionless killer that stalks some teens in the woods picking them off one by one, the killer in this film was just another strange character that you are almost feel sympathy for. So when he goes off the deep end and starts killing he’s completely fueled by rage. This film is packed full of emotion and … tons of fucked up situations AND gore!
The final death scene is haunting… and let’s just say it has to do with a 20 something year old guy, crying, strapped to a chair as his face is slowly being peeled off. AMAZING!
WATCH THIS MOVIE! It’s seriously good.
Gaspar Noé is one of my favorite writers/directors of all time. I am completely aware of how pretentious I sound by saying that a French writer/director is one of my favs, but whatever… I like what I like… fuck you.
Anyway, he makes the next film on our list, Irreversible. This is another must see. The film goes in reverse order a la Memento style. It’s about a young couple struggling in their relationship, but genuinely in love. After having a fight at a party she leaves. While walking home she encounters a sleazy pimp lookin’ guy who brutally rapes and beats her, possibly to death (it’s never addressed if she survived or not). The main story is about the boyfriend’s revenge… which is accomplished at the beginning of the movie (Remember? Reverse order!).
Irreversible starts out with two friends running from room to room in a dominatrix styled gay club (or brothell, possibly) frantically trying to find someone. Within the first 10 minutes you realize that this movie is something different. That epiphany occurs as soon as the boyfriend finds the guy he is looking for. The sleazy pimp looking guy scuffles with him for a second before breaking his arm… gruesomely, I might add. But then, out of nowhere comes his friend to the rescue, wielding a fire extinguisher. Without the camera cutting at all, you witness the most realistic gore ever displayed in a movie. After knocking the sleaze ball in the face, dropping him to the floor, he continues to bash the guys head into oblivion! Over and over and over and over… until you are looking a blob of flesh, bone, and brain. Again, ALL THAT without cutting once.
Before I knew about this movie I had seen a clip of that scene on the Internet, and I swore it was real… I mean, I knew it wasn’t (I’m not Charlie Sheen), but I just couldn’t wrap my head around how they made it look so realistic. Complete insanity.
The face smashing scene is not the most disturbing part of Irreversible though. That award goes to the rape scene. There is no flashy gore. No intense score in the background. No rhyme or reason; just awkwardly… real. It’s an extremely uncomfortable (and long) scene that mimics a real rape. The actors are so convincing that you leave that scene wanting to kill the guy, just like the boyfriend. This is the only movie that I’ve seen that doesn’t glamorize rape and shows it for what it really is. Horrific.
It’s an amazing film and I recommend EVERYONE see it.
Wow, we are on a roll with some actually good films. Martyrs is another must see. Not only is it really fucked up, but it’s story awesome! This movie is so good in fact that I’m going to watch it again tonight.
Now just because I can stomach watching it again, doesn’t mean that is any less fucked up than the others. Actually, I’d venture to say that this is one of the most brutal.
One of the first scenes is of a woman entering a nice family’s home and then… systematically blowing every one of them away with a shotgun (yes, even the kids). Apparently, the parents of this family were secretly apart of something more than just normal suburban living.
The crazy lady that murdered them was convinced that they had tortured her as a child. She calls her friend and reveals what she had done to her. The friend shows up to try to take ahold of the situation and convince her that she was wrong… BUT… the nut-bag, shotgun wielding lady of course… was correct about the family. This is revealed by the two finding a hidden “lab” under the house where they find a horrifically mutilated and binded woman.
At this point, strangers enter the home and we learn that the family that lived there was apart of a secret society. They immediately kill the crazy woman and capture her friend. The head of this secret society sits down with their newly captured victim and shows her a series of pictures. These pictures were taken of people in terrible situations throughout history, suffering and extremely close to death. At this point you start to grasp what this secret society is all about, but you are still left wondering why.
The rest of the film shows the victim locked in a room for weeks being tortured and brutally beaten unmercifully. Finally, after they deem her ready (ripe?) she is pushed in a wheel chair, barely clinging to life, into an operating room where a surgeon is waiting. We then are subjected to watching all of her skin being removed. STILL clining to life, they lay her skinless body in a few inches of water. The whole thing is pretty disturbing and up to this point you have no clue why this secret society is doing this… and that is where I will leave it. I don’t want to spoil the ending because all of this seemingly needless torture actually has a very intriguing reason for being done.
FUCKING WATCH IT!
4. Angels Melancholy
I honestly don’t have much to say about this movie. I have no clue what it’s about. It’s another movie that I saw without subtitles. All I know is that the things in Angels Melancholy are so fucking disgusting that it will make even the most hardened film goer get weak in the knees.
This MIGHT be the most obscure movie on this list, but good GOD, it’s a doozie. Since I don’t know exactly what the hell was going on, here are a few things I do know:
- Everyone is on Heroin
- There is a lot of shit in this movie
- Boobs get cut (which is pretty fucking real looking)
- There is a lot of puke
- There’s gallons of piss
- Lots of nudity (not the sexy kind)
- Finger fucking a colonoscopy hole in a cripples stomach
If you need to get yo shock on, this movie will fit you nicely.
This one goes straight for your gag reflex. Aftermath is sick, twisted, and completely void of any human emotion… and plot. It’s a short film by Nacho Cerdà, that has zero dialogue.
Hmmm, let’s see… how do I describe this movie? Oh! Here we go: A mortician carves up and rapes a dead body for the entire length of the “movie”. Seriously… that’s it.
It’s completely realistic. No over the top gore. No flashy effects. Just cold, deadpan necrophilia. This is a shining example of why some films aren’t meant for everyone. I know a lot of people that would be ashamed to even say that they’ve seen it.
Now, the genius of this movie (if you can call it that), is that from the start of this movie you don’t view this cadaver as a person… it’s just a fuck object. But at the end of this film, if you weren’t feeling sick enough, the final shot is a slow zoom onto a news paper article of the horrific car crash that lead that poor girl to that mortician’s metal table. Humanizing this “fuck object” in a single instance, making you feel even worse. Genius??? Maybe? No? Fine.
2. Salo 120 Days of Sadom
Ah, the classic. Salo 120 Days of Sodom. No “Top Disturbing Movies List” would be complete without this gem on it. It’s an Italian film that was origianally written by Marquis de Sade in 1785 while in prison during the French revolution. The manuscript was confiscated by guards and changed hands several times through the years until, writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote the screenplay for his film adaptation of the book.
The plot is about 4 aristocrats that hold high positions in government, kidnapping 18 boys and girls and taking them to a mansion in the country, where they subject them to some of the most sadistic acts of torture and abuse. Why would 4 rich government officials do such a thing? Oh… ya know… their own entertainment…
This film has it all! Shit eating, ass fucking, regular fucking, fucking fucking, more shit eating, degradation and it all leads to a crescendo of sick torture and murder in the courtyard while the 4 aristocrats watch from their windows while jerking off. Really… their jerking off.
Needless to say, this movie was quite the controversy when it came out in 1975 and it remains so today. Oh, and incase you’re wondering. That image (which serves as the cover) is of a kid getting his tongue cut off from the actual ending scene of the film… yup, thats what happening there.
1. The Girl Next Door
Here we go… number 1. The mother of all fucked up movies, Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door. First off, do not confuse this with the romantic comedy of the same name. This movie is anything but romantic.
This film was suggested to me by a listener a few years ago when we had the “Shock Brian” contest, where listeners sent in anything that might possibly shock the “Unshockable Brian Berris”. A lot of people failed miserably by sending in horror films, videos of horrific torture, etc… But one of the few entries that stands out in my mind to this day is The Girl Next Door.
It is based on a true story. The 1965 torture, mutilation and murder of Sylvia Likens, a 16 year old girl from Indianapolis, at the hands of Gertrude Baniszewski and her kids. An actual American tragedy that happened! Which is why I love Jack Ketchum so much. He took a look at this really horrific story and thought to himself, “I could make this even more fucked up!” And that he did. Now keep in mind that most of what happens in this movie are actual things that Sylvia had to endure, but some are thrown in there from the insane imagination of Ketchum.
The story goes like this: Sylvia and her sister are left in the hands of family “friend”, Gertrude Baniszewski, by their carny parents who had to travel around the country with the circus. Gertrude had children of her own, and despite being ultra religious, she was known as the “cool” mom. Her house was where all the kids around the neighborhood would hang out, smoke cigarettes, and get their first taste of beer. Well, Ms. Baniszewski being the bitter, alcoholic divorcée that she was, quickly found an outlet for all her pent up rage. Her target? Sweet little Sylvia.
The mental and physical torture starts out tame enough, and could even be considered warranted by some strict, extremely over protective parents. But things quickly escalate to Sylvia being stripped naked, tied up and bound from the ceiling by her wrists. Then for months, she is subjected to cigarettes being put out on her, regular beatings, rape, boiling water baths, salting of wounds, forced to eat her own feces, and other horrific acts, not only at the hands of Gertrude but at the hands of her kids and neighborhood friends.
All of this ultimately leads to her death, but not before being subjected to one of the worst things that could ever happen to a girl. I’m not going to spoil it for you… but it involves a blow torch.
If you want to be shocked and disturbed to the core, watching an hour and a half of a poor young girl getting destroyed physically and mentally and being raped of any innocence, then this movie will be right up your alley. I still don’t think I could sit through this movie again. The whole tone is just… fucked up.
Whew! DONE! Finally! I’ve been working on this list here and there for fucking months in my incredibly rare free time. But enough venting…
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