SHOCKING MOVIES: the films that made me almost faint or gave me nausea

Cinema can be a dangerous tool. Most people like to be entertained by films, and that's good. One other aspect of cinema could be the exact opposite of entertainment. This kind of films exists for many reasons... the main reason though is the wish to disturb the audience, defy society, break the rules or at least cause some kind of violent reaction.
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1.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
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Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
“ Definitely the most shocking film ever made. ” - gharbinour
 
2.
Men Behind the Sun (1988)
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Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons. (105 mins.)
Director: T.F. Mous
“ This one is a hard one. I managed to finish it, but I felt sick in my stomach literally. ” - gharbinour
 
3.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
“ Horrifying... just horrifying. Made me sick and depressed. ” - gharbinour
 
4.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
“ The scene with the turtle was indescribably disgusting. I almost through up. ” - gharbinour
 
5.
Irreversible (2002)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ A beautiful film, but very violent and depressing. ” - gharbinour
 
6.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
“ Saw it when I was a teenager. I stuck with me for a long time. It's also a great masterpiece. ” - gharbinour
 
7.
Grotesque (2009)
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An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs... (73 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
“ I saw it yesterday. It was pretty good actually, but I felt sick. ” - gharbinour
 
8.
Twentynine Palms (2003)
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David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert... (119 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
“ The end is nightmarish. Very shocking. ” - gharbinour
 
9.
Angst (1983)
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A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house. (87 mins.)
Director: Gerald Kargl
“ The best film about serial killers in my opinion. And that's why it is so disturbing. ” - gharbinour
 
10.
Audition (1999)
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A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Miike was demented at the time. The film is very slow, but the end is terribly disturbing. ” - gharbinour
 
11.
Strange Circus (2005)
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The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear. (108 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Great movie about identity and traumatic childhood. Very disturbing, like often with Sion Sono's cinema. ” - gharbinour
 
12.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
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As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ One of my favorite movies. Pretty insane and awesome. Very violent in a cartoonesque kind of way. ” - gharbinour
 
13.
Taxidermia (2006)
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Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer. (91 mins.)
Director: György Pálfi
“ Great, just great. ” - gharbinour
 
14.
Masters of Horror (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Imprint (2006)
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In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left. (60 mins.)
“ The most shocking episode of the series. ” - gharbinour
 
15.
I Stand Alone (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ Noe is a great director, but a very provocative one. The protagonist is really instable and he says and does stuff that are shocking. ” - gharbinour
 
16.
Hole in the Sky (2001)
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The film tells the story of a Drive-In worker and a young tramp who has been left alone by her boyfriend somewhere in Hokkaido... (127 mins.)
“ Beautiful, disturbing and poetic. Great film. ” - gharbinour
 
17.
Maniac (1980)
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A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ One of the best horror film about a serial killer. Prepare to travel in a sick mind. ” - gharbinour
 
18.
Visitor Q (2001 Video)
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A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Absolutely crazy and somehow fascinating piece of work. Miike is a genius. ” - gharbinour
 
19.
Benny's Video (1992)
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A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents. (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Haneke... again! This boy is freaky! ” - gharbinour
 
20.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Fast your sit belt and be patient, this one will make you think and almost regret to have waited till the end. ” - gharbinour
 
21.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ The best french horror to date. ” - gharbinour
 
22.
The Idiots (1998)
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The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves. (117 mins.)
“ Man! Lars von trier is crazy. ” - gharbinour
 
23.
Daughter of Darkness (1993)
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Police suspect a young teenager who was horrifically abused by her family and raped by her father of finally snapping and slaughtering them all. (96 mins.)
Director: Kai-Ming Lai
 
24.
Flower and Snake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Tôyama, a weak-willed businessman, is in debt to the Yakuza; they also have a video of him bribing a government minister... (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Ishii
“ I liked this film a lot; it was very kinky and twisted, one of a kind, definitely not for everyone. ” - gharbinour
 
25.
The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Cops investigate a criminal running an unsuspecting restaurant, while trying to trace the steps back to how he ended up running it suddenly. (96 mins.)
“ Amazing and atrociously demented. ” - gharbinour
 
26.
Faces of Gore (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Join your fiendish host, Dr. Vincent van Gore, as he leads you into the forbidden world of the dead... (89 mins.)
Director: Todd Tjersland
“ Bad movie, but shocking. ” - gharbinour
 
27.
Red White & Blue (2010)
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A woman attracts the attention of a psychotic former Army interrogator and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Simon Rumley
“ An excellent horror movie. Very shocking. One of my favorites from 2 years ago. ” - gharbinour
 
28.
Beyond the Darkness (1979)
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Grief-struck after the death of his wife, a young man attempts to keep her with him forever - by gutting her, stuffing her and replacing her eyes with glass eyes, turning her into a doll. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning. (94 mins.)
Director: Joe D'Amato
“ Joe D'amato's best film of in my opinion. Sick love story. ” - gharbinour
 
29.
Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988 Video)
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An artist finds and rescues a mermaid in a sewer. He takes her home with him and she develops sores... (63 mins.)
Director: Hideshi Hino
“ Great and disturbing. ” - gharbinour
 
30.
Philosophy of a Knife (2008 Video)
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The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk... (249 mins.)
Director: Andrey Iskanov
“ Long and painful. ” - gharbinour
 
31.
Nekromantik (1987)
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A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him. (75 mins.)
“ Atrociously sick. ” - gharbinour
 
32.
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
From acclaimed director Douglas Buck comes an unflinching, disturbingly beautiful look at the underbelly of American family... (103 mins.)
Director: Douglas Buck
“ Not all good, but make you think a lot. ” - gharbinour
 
33.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ The first real film of Tsukamoto, and the best. Cyberpunk style and crazy ideas. ” - gharbinour
 
34.
Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute. (104 mins.)
“ A reference for Tarantino. It's a great movie; it remains pretty shocking and a bit pornographic. ” - gharbinour
 
35.
Contraband (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into problems with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler... (97 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ The most violent cop movie ever. ” - gharbinour
 
36.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
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Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime. (91 mins.)
“ From Jack Ketchum's novel. This is very unsettling and sad. ” - gharbinour
 
37.
Aftermath (1994 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A short film wherein a man working in a morgue mutilates and defiles one of the corpses. He takes the heart home to his dog. (30 mins.)
Director: Nacho Cerdà
“ Crazy short film about a man who has sex with a corpse. It's beautifully shot. Sick film. ” - gharbinour
 
38.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
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A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. (109 mins.)
“ Really violent and sick movie. I didn't expect that coming from this director. The killer is just a psychopath. ” - gharbinour
 
39.
Mondo cane (1962 Documentary)
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A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence. (108 mins.)
“ One of the first mokumentary. ” - gharbinour
 
40.
Crash (1996)
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After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife. (100 mins.)
“ Mesmerizing and perverse. ” - gharbinour
 
41.
Ken Park (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ken Park is about several Californian skateboarders' lives and relationships with and without their parents. (93 mins.)
“ Nice movie, very provocative though . ” - gharbinour
 
42.
Scarlet Diva (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption. (91 mins.)
Director: Asia Argento
“ I didn't like it so much, but I remember that it shocked me alright. ” - gharbinour
 
43.
Happiness (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ Great film. A masterpiece in my opinion. A very twisted and intelligent film about American modern society. ” - gharbinour
 
44.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Very violent and bloody. ” - gharbinour
 
45.
Antichrist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ Hated it. But some pretty shocking scenes in there. Beautifully shot! ” - gharbinour
 
46.
Subconscious Cruelty (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
"Subconscious Cruelty" is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball - a naked woman is sliced by a sharp... (92 mins.)
Director: Karim Hussain
“ Very sick and perverse and strangely poetic at the same time. ” - gharbinour
 
47.
Elephant (1989 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible. (39 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
“ Amazing and shocking short film. ” - gharbinour
 
48.
Der Todesking: The Death King (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week, on the theme of suicide and violent death. (80 mins.)
“ The first time I cried watching a horror movie. This film is just amazing and very profound. ” - gharbinour
 
49.
Singapore Sling (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A man searching for his long-lost lover is kidnapped by her killers, an insane, mother-daughter duo, and they force him to commit various sexual atrocities with them. (111 mins.)
“ Amazing film noir, very twisted and haunting. ” - gharbinour