Updated: May 20
Let’s be honest. Us cinephiles cannot live without movies. From the Casa Nostra of the Godfather trilogy to the Middle Earth of LOTR, we have all been there, delving inside the world of cinema. However, tons of movies are made each year, some not so mainstream and critically acclaimed as others. The dark alleys of world cinema are filled with disturbing movies coming straight out of your worst nightmares. With their mind-bending scenes of gruesome horror and violence, gorefests, torture, and an indifference to human life, here is Madsoul’s list of top 10 disturbing movies you should not want to watch.
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10. The Last House On The Left
I’m talking about the original 1972 movie, not the 2009 remake. This exploitation horror classic tells the story of two teenage girls who go to the city for a rock concert, and as they try to score some weed, are kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered by a gang of psychotic convicts. FYI, the movie is freely available on YouTube. Viewer discretion is advised.
9. The Human Centipede
This is probably one of those movies you have already heard of from that know-it-all friend in your group, or if you are a South Park fan. The Dutch horror film tells the story of an insane German surgeon Josef Heiter who kidnaps three unlucky tourists and joins them surgically, mouth to anus, creating his magnum opus, a "human centipede". This movie is definitely not for the faint of heart.
8. The Green Inferno
This film by Eli Roth follows a group of college students who travel to the Amazon rainforest as environmental activists and are forced to fight for survival when they are captured by a cannibalistic tribe after their plane crashes in the jungle. If you are a gore fan, you will love the scenes of characters being impaled, sliced up and cooked by the cannibals. Yum!
7. Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood
The second film in the Guinea Pig film series, this Japanese movie’s plot is pretty simple. A man dressed in a Samurai costume kidnaps a woman from the street, takes her to his place, goes on to drug her and dismember her body and adds his body part to his sickly collection. The effects in this movie are so realistic, legend has that Charlie Sheen watched the film and called the cops because he was convinced that the killing and dismemberment was real. Fun fact, as of the time of writing this article, the Guinea Pig series in its entirety is freely available on YouTube.
6. Visitor Q
Another Japanese film in my list, it contains almost everything you would expect. This ‘found footage’ Black comedy/Horror film depicts the lives of a really sick family. Like, incest level sick. It contains scenes of rape, drug use, prostitution, and necrophilia done by the members of the family and the visitor Q. Enough said. Watch it if you dare.
Now we’re going to reach the darkest of the dark. Truth to be told, I was personally feeling nauseated as I was watching it. This West German horror exploitation flick contains a fairly simple plot. A man brings a rotting corpse for him and his girlfriend to “play” with and please themselves in very graphic ways. With its scenes of a rabbit being graphically slaughtered and the protagonist pleasing himself while committing suicide, Nekromantic bags the 5th position in my list. And yes, it is available on YouTube, you sickos!
4. I Spit On Your Grave
This exploitation horror depicts the tale of an author who is shown to be sexually assaulted and left for dead by four men (the scene takes up 30 minutes of the film's runtime). She then goes on to exact her revenge as she mutilates and kills them depicting extreme graphic violence. The film still is highly controversial, even as far as being considered to be one of the worst movies ever made.
3. Cannibal Holocaust
This Italian cult-classic horror movie used the found-footage gimmick, telling the story of an American film crew’s attempt to make a documentary about the indigenous cannibal tribes of the Amazon rainforest. However, things quickly go south. I mean, what do you expect? Get ready for some scenes of incredibly realistic, truly graphic violence, including an ethnic massacre, impalement, gang-rape, and beheading. In fact, the director was arrested shortly after the film’s premiere due to many believing that the deaths in the movie actually happened. He was later cleared but the movie is still banned in many countries. This too, is available on YouTube for free.
2. A Serbian Film
This Serbian exploitation horror film depicts the life of a financially struggling ex-porn artist who agrees to act in an "art film", only to discover that he has been enlisted into a snuff film with pedophilic and necrophilic themes. Things only get worse when he refuses to act in the film, as he is forcibly drugged with ‘Bull Viagra’. I’ll go hush-hush on the rest, but I will say that the movie has got scenes of extreme gorefest, incest, suicide, and all in all, a recipe for mindfuck.
1. Salo, or The 120 Days Of Sodom
Widely regarded as the most disgusting film of all time, Salo is a journey through the darkest places of the Italian filmmaker Paolo Pasolini’s mind, who was murdered even before the movie could be released. The movie depicts four corrupt Italian libertines, who kidnap 18 minors and subject them to four months of extreme violence, murder, sadism and sexual, verbal and mental torture, exploring the themes of political corruption, consumerism, capitalism, nihilism, morality, abuse of power, social Darwinism, sadism, sexuality and fascism. Although disturbing, to say the least, Salo offers a unique approach towards looking at humanism, and a few scenes from the movie will be etched in your mind and make you think about them for hours. I would not shy away from saying that I actually liked the film, and there is a reason why Salo is the only movie in this list having featured in the revered Criterion collection. I would recommend you to watch it at least once.