Extreme shock for the Cinephile

Unappreciated by most critics for its shock value, disturbing and nihilist films have earned an underground and cult status among cinephiles. It is important to be aware that the appeal for these productions doesn´t necessarily defines a sick or perverted personality, since in cinema as in any other aspect of life, the more you broaden your horizons the more you learn about a certain topic and since movies allows us to learn different points of view, the more you diversify your taste the wider your criteria gets. So in short, movies always leave room for interpretation and sometimes a filmmaker must lean on extreme visuals and concepts in order to make an extreme statement. These movies are some of the most extreme films I have seen that I consider to be worth seeing:
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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
A Serbian Film (2010)
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An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film. (104 mins.)
 
5.
Happiness (1998)
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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
 
6.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
7.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
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Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive". (93 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
8.
Rape Me (2000)
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Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences. (77 mins.)
 
9.
Antichrist (2009)
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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
 
10.
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
 
11.
Begotten (1990)
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This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods. (72 mins.)
 
12.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
13.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
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Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into modern life begins. (114 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
 
14.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
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A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Six
 
15.
Ken Park (2002)
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Ken Park is about several Californian skateboarders' lives and relationships with and without their parents. (93 mins.)
 
16.
Dog Days (2001)
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In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker... (121 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
17.
Fat Girl (2001)
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Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
 
18.
Straw Dogs (1971)
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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
19.
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
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A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
 
20.
Storytelling (2001)
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College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil. (87 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
21.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
22.
El Topo (1970)
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
 
23.
Canoa (1976)
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A group of students take a bus to go to a small town, in order to finish a professional practice. All of them are friends... (115 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
9 Songs (2004)
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In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters. (71 mins.)
 
26.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
 
27.
Ma mère (2004)
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When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity. (110 mins.)
 
28.
Bully (2001)
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A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much. (108 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
29.
Tideland (2005)
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Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination. (120 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
30.
Michael (2011)
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Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. (96 mins.)
 
31.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
32.
Mysterious Skin (2004)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
33.
Romance (1999)
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Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher... (84 mins.)
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
Cold Fish (2010)
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When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
37.
Alexandra's Project (2003)
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A regular suburban family man comes home from work on his birthday to find a deserted house and a videotape waiting to be played... (103 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
 
38.
Palindromes (2004)
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Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
39.
Meet the Feebles (1989)
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Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
40.
Teeth (2007)
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Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. (94 mins.)