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09-01-2004, 08:04
ive seen "requiem for a dream" and "the rules of attraction". these movies are definately not for the weak at heart.

up next are "pi" and "clockwork orange"

i need more suggestions of provocative disturbing movies. (please no spoilers!!!!!)

p.s. add "bumfights" to the list of seen. if you havent seen it yet, its...disturbing as well. its a different disturbing, disturbing nonetheless. some of it is funny, some is fucked up shit created by really sick people. be warned if you havent seen it. i suggest watching if your into the above movies.

09-01-2004, 08:34
i suggest you investigate the danish dogme series of movies.

for "provocative disturbing movies" i highly recommend you start with idioterne (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154421/) and festen (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154420/).


09-01-2004, 08:40
all of David Lynch's work, especially Lost Highway

most of Cronenberg's (sp?) work, most notably IMO Crash

09-01-2004, 10:36
Check out Happiness or Welcome to the Doll House, I'd also agree with Negative about Lynch, Blue Velvet, in particular, is seriously disturbing.

09-01-2004, 11:01
^yeah, totally spaced on Todd Solondz's work . . . that guy is creepy.

09-01-2004, 13:49
Man Bites Dog deserves a mention. Blackest comedy I've ever seen I reckon

09-01-2004, 13:56
If you want to see a fucked up movie, though I don't necessarily think it's disturbing, check out Takashi Miike's "Ichi the Killer"or a handful of his other films.

I also think this great Korean film called "The Isle" could definitely be classified as disturbing. There were many times I had to turn away, not necessarily because it's gory in any way, but after you see some of the things they do to each other with fishing hooks, it gets to you.

09-01-2004, 16:10
There is a movie I watched a while ago... I think it was called "Generation X"... It had Rose McGowan? in it and that guy from Independance Day as well... That movie was really fucked up. Quite disturbing to watch stoned...

*edit* After 5 seconds of research title of movie is 'The Doom Generation'. Fucked if I'd know how I managed to pick this up at the video store among the myriad of movies available but don't regret one bit of it :)

shake n bake
09-01-2004, 17:10
I saw a movie about 15 years ago where a guy answers a payphone and it's a soldier calling from wherever, saying that the bombs are on the way ( I'm sorry I don't know what movie this is - if you know could you tell me?) This movie left me with a feeling that I still get if I think about it - ultra creepy! I don't want to ruin the ending, but It fucked with me for years

09-01-2004, 17:41
Audition. Disturbing and just plain nasty.

09-01-2004, 18:10
The one part of Audition that has stuck with me is when the girl is sticking the needles into his eyes and saying what sounds like "kitty kitty kitty" as she pushes them deeper. I think out of Miike's films, "Audition" is a bit more disturbing since it's not as absurd as some of his other works.

09-01-2004, 18:48
Watch Baise Moi (Rape Me) french flick, very disturbing, actually famous for people walking out of a theater during the movie. It's kind'a soft porn version of thelma & louise but with a 'french movie' feel it it. Hard to explain, I guess you just have to see it.

Dj DaZ
09-01-2004, 19:06
strangeland i think the guy from twisted sister amde it or stars in dee sniders or something
thats a fucking creepy disturbing movie

09-01-2004, 19:47
Gregg Araki films (the Doom Generation, Nowhere), Todd Solondz films(Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse), Darren Aronofsy (Requiem for a dream, pi) and also 'Gummo' is quite disturbing....
Audition was good, especially the part with the needles in the eyes ("deeper, deeper, deeper") and the guy is paralyzed so he can't do anything...

09-01-2004, 22:42
^^^ gummo is definately disturbing... the whole time during that movie i had one of those "omg wtf" faces. :) that movie actually took place near me... and ive been to that town a few times to visit friends... ill never go there again :(

another good movie to watch is "irreversable" its a french film. make sure you get the french one because they put it out in the US too but edited some of it due to its graphic nature (the 15 minute rape scene for example).

09-01-2004, 23:07
The Cell!

10-01-2004, 03:52
gummo, bully, pi, requiem for a dream, house of 1000 corpses, nowhere

10-01-2004, 04:36
Naked Lunch, now that's a messed up movie.

10-01-2004, 05:59
"Irreversable"--forgot about that. Did anyone else get a headache from the camera spinning?

10-01-2004, 07:39

Terms of Endearment

Pretty Much any MechaStriesand movie

And last but not Least Pretty Woman

shake n bake
10-01-2004, 09:26
Audition is it? thanks. SPOILER - The part that still lingers with me is right at the end when their chopper crashes and a couple of them try to get out and the guy leans over camly and grabs their arm and says "there's no point, it's all over" (or something like that) and they just give in to death - and drown. Fuck, I can see the look on her face right now
By the way, I'm rollin' on my own right now so it's really comin' back to me
WOW!! sorry if this post sucks
gotta go

shake n bake
10-01-2004, 09:32
Hey Rythmatik, who is Miike and what are some of his movies - I love movies that have a real impact on me - be it bad or good!
Thanks, and if you know any other's...........woohoo!!

And I just became a bluelighter!! I'd like to thank the academy, and my parents and.....( soryy, bad attempt at humour)

10-01-2004, 11:26
Takashi Miike is a Japanese director who makes what are basically straight to video movies in Japan, but have gained cult status in the West. I guess one of his "trademarks" would be cartoonish, off the wall violence, though that's definitely not the case for "Audition".

Some of his movies are Ichi the Killer, Dead or Alive (1-3), Visitor Q, Audition, Happiness of the Katukuris (the most absurd musical ever, my personal favorite Miike film), and quite a few others including one with a Brazilian-Japanese guy and his gorgeous girlfriend, but the title slips my mind right now. The ones I've just listed are his most popular and probably the easiest to get. He puts out an average of 3-4 films a year, and he's been around for awhile, so he has a lot of films in circulation.

Even though the first thing people will mention with his films is the sadistic (at times) violence, he's also a very stylish and creative filmmaker that I would highly suggest seeking out.

10-01-2004, 14:08
^^^Agreed. Takashi Miikes films and SALO directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

10-01-2004, 16:51
yep, like negative said, cronenberg's crash was pretty fucked up (like most of his stuff :)) - i enjoyed it, but it's probably as close to disturbing as i've ever seen anything.

10-01-2004, 19:33
8MM creeped me out..

I love Requiem! LOL I'm a freak

shake n bake
11-01-2004, 07:43
Thanks Rhythmatik!

11-01-2004, 09:19
thin blue line is a documentary about a cop murder and the following investigation in 1976. its disturbing because it shows how corrupt our justice system truly is. it is the story of an innocent man sentanced to death by the state of texas. even tho almost all of the evidence points to another man. the movie actually ended up proving the innocence of one of the men, and resulted in him being freed from prison.

capturing the friedmans is another crime documentary. a family's life is flipped upside down when the father and youngest son are accused of being child molestors. the two maintain that they are innocent to this day. the movie looks at their side of the story, the children's side, the invesigator's side and the family's side. you will leave the movie with more questions than answers.

11-01-2004, 20:53
Oh man, animal cookie... Capturing the Freedmans was the documentary that I couldn't remember the title for. Quite disturbing. While my friends found that one of the sons was now the "most popular birthday clown in NYC" funny, I thought it was very very frightening!

The other film I feel which is worth mentioning would be Irreversible (which many posts previous to mine have mentioned as well)... disturbed me for DAYS.

12-01-2004, 13:13
Bad Boy Bubby - this Australian film from 1993 is so disturbing in parts that you can't help but laugh...


12-01-2004, 13:44
I just had a look on IMDB - it seems Salo - 120 Days of Sodom - seems to be rated the most disturbing movie that most people have seen... I haven't seen it, but a friend did about 10 years ago... he said the same as all the IMDB comments.... sick & distubing... but they still call it ART....

Dj DaZ
12-01-2004, 14:16
shit i forgot the movie called the fan with de niro n snipes. that movie is jsut like creepy but movies bout stalkers n obesive people usually creeep me out

12-01-2004, 22:54
Originally posted by Daimo
I just had a look on IMDB - it seems Salo - 120 Days of Sodom - seems to be rated the most disturbing movie that most people have seen... I haven't seen it, but a friend did about 10 years ago... he said the same as all the IMDB comments.... sick & distubing... but they still call it ART....

If you think the movie is disturbing, you should read any of de Sade's books (of which 120 Days of Sodom is one).

13-01-2004, 10:04
i agree with everything david lynch... requiem for sure.. Spun is pretty fucked up if you were ever into tweak. um, lets see... hee are a lot of movies that left me feeling fucked in the head...have a ball. if you watch any of em, id like to know what you think.. i think my list gets more fucked up the farther i go...

Ravenous (not the "best" movie, but quite disturbing)

Wizards (a cartoon yes, but post-apocalyptic war and neo-nazism is scary combined with faeries and such.)

Beyond the valley of the dolls.. (you wouldnt think so, but theres underlying fucked up-ness)

About schmidt (again, doesnt seem so, but it really makes you feel like shit about even living)

Faces of death (for obvious reasons)

Blood sucking freaks (need i say more?)

Kids (c'mon, youve had to have seen it)

Deliverance (self explanitory)

Freeway (a lot of mainstream actors, but playing crazy characters... )

Acid house (i think its scottish? either way, wherever its from.... its insane)

Sleep away camp (just like any other lame slasher flick made in the 80's.. so i reccomend you fast forward it to the end.. BUT the end i swear to god.... left me with the willies.... crazy surprise that stays in your mind for a while..)

Untold story (all about cannibalism man...lol)

Kalifornia (brad pitt is uber freaky in this)

Well, sorry if it was a little much... but they are definitely some disturbing movies... enjoy!


13-01-2004, 10:53
SICK, the Bob Flannagan story.
Anyone brave enough to sit through this? I wasn't!

13-01-2004, 11:12
I know SICK, and I won't even attempt to watch it.

13-01-2004, 13:15
^ Havn't heard of this movie at all... Someone should give a kind of non-spoiler synopsis - sounds interesting...

Originally posted by KandEgurl

Ravenous (not the "best" movie, but quite disturbing)

Deliverance (self explanitory)

Kalifornia (brad pitt is uber freaky in this)


I loved Ravenous, I had never heard of it before I hired it and had no idea what to expect... Awesome movie - I'm a fan (not the world's biggest or anything) of Guy Pearce.

Deliverance I have not seen but have heard so much about it would probably be pointless seeing. Sounds fucked up though...

And Kalifornia was a good movie albiet fucked up as well... Really drives home the point of not picking up hitch hikers (I know they weren't hitch hiking but hey...)

13-01-2004, 13:38
Originally posted by Daimo
I just had a look on IMDB - it seems Salo - 120 Days of Sodom - seems to be rated the most disturbing movie that most people have seen... I haven't seen it, but a friend did about 10 years ago... he said the same as all the IMDB comments.... sick & distubing... but they still call it ART.... Yeah as I mentioned in my earlier post SALO has to be the most disturbing film I've ever seen. Im yet to meet anybody who has seen it and has not been disgusted. All the other films in this thread compaired to this seem like PG rated family films.8o

13-01-2004, 15:40
SICK is a documentary about a performance artist named Bob Flannigan, who is suffering from some type of disease or disorder (not sure which one). He likes to deal with this in his art through masochistic torture and pain--needles and other such things. I want to say there is probably something with a needle going through his penis at some point or another, but I haven't seen it so I'm not 100% on that.

Another movie I guess you could consider disturbing (if you consider "Kalifornia" or a number of other movies on the list disturbing) would be "Last House on the Left". It was Wes Craven's first film. Though I haven't watched it yet, I recently picked up the DVD of "Cannibal Ferox", which is supposedly a classic in the cannibal genre, but seeing as this is my first cannibal movie, I don't have anything to compare it to.

13-01-2004, 16:12
^^^^Bob Flannigan also appeared in the brilliant clip for Nine Inch Nails "Happiness in slavery." If you haven't seen it I'd advise all to seek it out.

13-01-2004, 17:03
^best video ever. Bob Flanagan suffered from cystic fibrosis, yes. Actually I think that movie is beautiful.

salo, i believe was intended by paosolini as a parable of the fascist govt in Italy, most people forget this, but it does give you a framework to watch the movie from

13-01-2004, 17:10
cmon, i cant believe no one has mentioned American Psycho.

granted i saw it first while, well, not in my right mind, but--

13-01-2004, 17:21
All the movies made from Bret elis novels are very disturbing. Patrick Bateman is mentioned in Rules of Attraction.

Simply stated.....Its 90210 on acid. One of my fave flicks ever!

13-01-2004, 18:54
Ghosts of the Civil Dead. VERY fucked up Australian movie with Nick Cave, inspired by some real-life happenings....

13-01-2004, 20:49
ive never bothered to see rules of attraction, mainly because it looks and sounds vacant as hell :\

oh and looking for mr. goodbar

its an older movie, late 70's I think, and kinda cheesy, but keep an open mind.

If you dont find it that disturbing, wait till the end, sucker

13-01-2004, 22:28
OMG! i LOVE american psycho!!!! I had thought about putting it up there.... but then what kind of person would i be if i put up a movie thats in my personal collection? am i twisted and disturbing? maybe i just look past all of it cause im in love with Christian Bale.

or.. maybe i am just a sicko, LOL

13-01-2004, 22:55
Romper Stomper - Australian film about neo nazi skin head fucks. It's quite disturbing

Chopper - Another Australian film about Mark "chopper" read, this real life nutter. It's funny as fuck but that alone makes it quite disturbing.

Would agree with Requiem for a dream.

Gangster No. 1 - British film about the life of a totally unhinged London gang land boss. It has Malcolm Mcdowell in it.

Irriversible has my vote as well.

14-01-2004, 00:50
I thought Se7en was pretty wicked.

14-01-2004, 04:46
Reservoir Dogs was pretty disturbing, or atleast graphic. Perhaps all the other movies in here are much worse, but then again, I don't see many movies.

14-01-2004, 06:00
Originally posted by ouroboros
^best video ever. Bob Flanagan suffered from cystic fibrosis, yes. Actually I think that movie is beautiful.

salo, i believe was intended by paosolini as a parable of the fascist govt in Italy, most people forget this, but it does give you a framework to watch the movie from SALO was supposedly based on the work of Marquis De Sade.