Disturbing/Horrific but Intelligent Movies

Film can be a powerful weapon in the right hands or it can become a horrific mess in the wrong ones. That being said, I have seen THOUSANDS of movies in my 40+ years. There are far too many that were immediately forgettable. BUT... there are a small handful of films I will never forget, or cannot forget because the images or content made me change my mind about what should or should not be put on film.
This is my (Incomplete) list of movies that are definitely NOT for the average film viewer! these movies had one or more elements that really made me uncomfortable, but were NOT merely gore-filled or gross-outs just for the sake of being disgusting.
There are several movies that I deliberately left off the list such as the "Guinea Pig" series for various reasons. Usually because they simply didn't fit the criteria I used to make this list. More often because they were made to simply gross out the viewer.
These films are (for the most part) intelligent, well directed and well written with above average to extraordinary acting that just happen to include extreme violence, depravity or other disturbing themes that will probably stick with the viewer long after the end credits.
If you have seen a film you think should belong with this group, please let me know.
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1.
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
“ A roller-coaster ride of psychosis, terror and EXTREME violence. One of the bloodiest films on this list. It took me three viewings to make it through the last 4 minutes ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
2.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ Probably my favorite film on this list. The characters are believable and you really begin to feel for them. The violence is almost too realistic and the motivations of the "bad guys" almost seem legit if you think about it. Some people hated the ending, but it's perfect when you really think about it.
UPDATE! There is a rumor that a U.S. production company bought the rights for a remake! Pray this is a lie or it just doesn't happen. Hollywood couldn't re-make this movie well if the entire state of California depended on it! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
3.
In My Skin (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident. (93 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
“ Two words.....self-cannibalization. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
4.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ Another movie that's required viewing for anyone interested in really extreme film. A great film with a competent cast, it starts off a bit slow as a film director holds "auditions" for a new girlfriend. But, looks are often deceiving, just like in real life. Several sequences in this classic film have been imitated in other movies, but never with the same intensity. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
5.
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Ilsa is an evil Nazi warden at a death camp that conducts "medical experiments". Ilsa's goal is to prove that women can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be allowed to fight on the front lines. (96 mins.)
Director: Don Edmonds
“ If you actually have to ask about this film. stop reading about it and just watch the damn thing. Yes! it deserves the reputation it has!
One of the oldest films on these types of lists, mainly because it's STILL that depraved. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
6.
Angst (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ This was one of those movies where I thought; "It can't get more F...ed up!" and then it does. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
7.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ Subtle... Quiet... No fancy camera tricks or special effects. These could just as well be people you see every day, yet in this film, you get a rare invitation into their minds. Micheal Rooker is BRILLIANT! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
8.
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.)
“ Sexual depravity, extreme violence, some lame dialouge and a really poor choice of titles. Yep, it's worth it. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
9.
964 Pinocchio (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Pinocchio 964, lobotomised cyborg sex slave, is thrown out onto the street by his owners because of his inability to maintain an erection... (97 mins.)
Director: Shôjin Fukui
“ Just read the IMDB description and you'll know what you're in for. Try to watch it a few hours after you eat. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
10.
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Far superior to the American re-make. Pointless and frighteningly casual violence takes center stage and in this case, the director forces you, the audience to participate! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
11.
I Stand Alone (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ One of the first real "French Extreme" movies on this list. Highly recommended viewing but not if you are easily depressed or freaked out! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
12.
Rape Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Highly underrated, and suffered from that fact that it stars "real-life" pornography stars. A brutal, realistic "road-film" about 2 women who are fed up and no longer give a damn about anything except themselves. People who raved about "Thelma and Louise" should watch this film!.... ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
13.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ You've heard about the infamouse rape scene..and yes, it's just as disturbing as you've heard. But, watch it for the brilliant reverse time flow from consequences to action and the most ripped off "death by fire extinguisher" scene ever filmed ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
14.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Forget about logic with this movie. Instead watch it for some excellent performances and more than a few brutally violent sequences. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
15.
Calvaire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods. (88 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
“ Bizarre, well acted and just plain disturbing. The performances are subtle and actually feel genuine which makes the whole thing so much more freaky. I've watched this one a couple of times and it gets creepier every time! This is one movie I felt like I needed a shower after watching it. Yeah, it's that messed up. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
16.
Feed (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A cybercrime investigator tracks a man (O'Loughlin) suspected of force-feeding women to death. (101 mins.)
Director: Brett Leonard
“ Another vision of "reality television" gone seriously wrong. I didn't know that this type of fetish existed and now that I know, I am NOT better for it. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
17.
Taxidermia (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ The movie ended. The credits rolled and I was still wondering "What the F... did I just watch?" ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
18.
Ex Drummer (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them. (90 mins.)
Director: Koen Mortier
“ Some people just find this film "disgusting", but it's well written, directed and acted therefore worth a shot! It's highly disturbing and sometimes repellent but worth watching if your like "extreme" film. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
19.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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.)
“ The book is disturbing enough. Then to learn that this is based on a TRUE story,...well, that lowers your opinion of humanity a few more points. This movie does a brilliant job at showing the viewer just what might be happening right next door as well as the laissez-faire attitude our children might have about right and wrong. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
20.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers. (110 mins.)
“ Everyone knows that the japanese have a tendency and a flair for taking things to an extreme, but this... Well, this movie is what happens when you take the extreme to the extreme. It's almost silly, if it wern't so repellant. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
21.
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
“ Infamous for one particular scene. Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg are incredible in this highly depressing, yet fascinating film. A more frightening descent into madness and despair you won't find. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
22.
A Serbian Film (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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.)
“ HIGHLY controversial when released and deserving it's reputation, this film is probably one of the most controversial movies of the past decade! The film has brilliant acting and some of the most depraved and repulsive scenes you can imagine. There are scenes in this movie that no U.S. director would ever have the balls to write! This is yet another film that doesn't just step over the line but LEAPS over it! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
23.
Red White & Blue (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
“ A bit slow moving at first, but a great story supported by excellent acting and ending with a seriously demented revenge sequence. Marc Senter is well on his way to becoming an tour de force in acting! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
24.
Kill List (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ Violence, violence and more violence. The hit-man with a conscious has been done before, but this time it takes the idea in a whole new direction. There is no way ANY U.S. film company could re-make this movie properly. Excellent acting, directing and an intelligent script? What more can you ask for? ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
25.
Begotten (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods. (72 mins.)
“ I dont think anyone can really "explain" this film. It's supposed to show the creation of man and the destruction of nature. Or something like that. The process of how the director created the film is very interesting All I know is that the images in it stick with you for a loooong time afterward. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
26.
Hard Candy (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ This aint "Juno"! Ellen Paige at her finest! The castration scene (yes, you read that correctly) is one of the most harrowing scenes on film. Brilliant writing has you constantly guessing who's right and who's wrong. Is he the guy she's looking for or is he just an (fairly) innocent guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
27.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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.)
“ Personally, I didn't care much for this film. It does have it's more repulsive moments, but I thought it was drawn out and over-long. Yeah, it does have more than it's share or coprophilia but thats about it. Overrated in my personal opinion. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
28.
Benny's Video (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ This simple casualness of a murder committed by the protagonist in this film is what really disturbs the viewer. The general tone of the film is the desensitizing of our youth to violence so much that there is no difference from violence on TV and violence in real life. Not gory or extremely violent but it's a serious mindF..k nonetheless! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
29.
Threads (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. (112 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ There isn't a more realistic vision of the aftereffects of nuclear war on film to this very day! This movie scared the crap out of people when it was first released....and it still does!! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
30.
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A World War I soldier, rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack, finds a unique way of communicating with his doctors. (111 mins.)
Director: Dalton Trumbo
“ Almost forgotten by the modern film viewer, but one of the most powerful anti-war films ever produced. Forget the (awesome) Metallica video for "One", this movie has one of the most gut wrentching, depressing endings filmed. Hell, even Jesus himself realizes He can't help this guy!!!!! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
31.
Grotesque (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
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
“ This one is probably the closest to "torture porn" that I have on this list. What makes this different is the casualness and "reasoning" of the antagonist. Imagine being forced to torture your loved one just to survive another hour. Repulsive, vicious and depraved. Not for the casual viewer! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
32.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ I can't even begin to describe how messed up this film is! Incest, rape, murder, etc etc etc. This is a film that will stick with you for days! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
33.
Kissed (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Over the years, a child's romantic ideals about death blossom into necrophilia, the study of embalming and the most profound relationship of her life. (78 mins.)
“ I was very surprised with this movie! I would have never guessed that anyone could have made the primary subject matter tasteful to a general audience. There are several scenes as well as the overall philosophy of the film that makes it VERY uncomfortable. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
34.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ First off, this is a beautiful movie. It is also unpleasantly realistic when it comes to showing how the poor lived in 18th century Paris. There are a number of truly disgusting scenes involved , but they are offset by the extraordinary attempts to visualize "smell"!! The ending is one you won't forget! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
35.
Excision (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. (81 mins.)
“ The IMDB description says alot about this film. What you also get is excellent performances and a bizarre hallucination filled script that equates violent gore with eroticism in a rather unique way. Along with Christy Lords, AnnaLynn McCord gives an outstanding performance! She is quickly making a HUGE mark in the film industry and I. personally, can't wait to see her in more movies. Once again, the ending is one that you KNEW was going to happen, but prayed that they wouldn't go there. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
36.
Gozu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ I have no idea where to begin with this one. I am a huge fan of Takashi Miike's work, but he breaks all the rules in this film. I will say this, you won't look at breastfeeding the same way after watching this. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
37.
Men Behind the Sun (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Depicting an era of WW2 that the Japanese simply refuse to acknowledge, this movie shows how the Japanese "scientists" could give the nazis a run for their money!
The realities of what occurred in real life at Japan's Unit 731 are really only hinted at in this film, but what you DO see will turn your stomach. The tortures and "experiements" performed on the Chinese prisoners or "Maruta" (translation: wood or log) are the stuff that would put Dr Mengele to shame! Directed by Mou tu-fei with a barely controlled anger, this film could easily be mistaken for a documentary. Also, forget ALL of the so-called sequals. They're crap! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
38.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ Human trafficking is a real life "truth" that I find to be horrifying, disgusting, sad, pathetic, etc etc etc. This film drags the viewer along as we see a sadly realistic scenario of what probably really happens to these poor women (children, men are also victims of this abomination too). The movie is a true emotional roller coaster and, personally, if you don't find yourself raging at the screen from time to time, you might want to re-think your values. Yeah, it's just a movie, but it's also a mirror to real life. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
39.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy. (91 mins.)
Director: Tom Six
“ I was a bit hesitant to add this to my list. I don't think the film was particularly intelligent, but it was well filmed and the there is some effort at plot and writing. The use of black & white film and the actors involved all add to a general level of unease. The movie it seems, however, was written and filmed solely to be repulsive! It succeeds, but where the original had some originality to it, this one seems to toss in every possible repellant theme into the mix simply to see what turns out. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
40.
What Is It? (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes. (72 mins.)
“ This is Crispin Hellion Glover's first major film and what a mind *beep* it is!I've only seen it once awhile back and to be honest, I really don't know what the Hell I was viewing half the time. The movie is un-nerving and disturbing in several points and I can understand completely why it never got the distribution it did. Glover plays by his own set of rules and they change constantly ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
41.
Gummo (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ "A piece of bacon was taped to a bathroom wall!" Yep, you heard that right. From the kid wearing the filthy bunny ears to the "huffers" that hunt stray cats for the local Chinese restaurant, this film is loaded with bizarre characters that are simply surviving from day to day! But what kind of life is it? ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
42.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ This is an incredible movie for a number of reasons. The acting is superb, the writing and direction are all excellent as well! As a bystander (the viewer) you get first class seats as you watch 4 people slowly destroy their lives over the course of several months. The worst id probably Ellen Burstyn's character whose life revolves around a game show and how she slowly destroys herself as she trys to become a contestant. Wayan's and Leto's characters slowly kill themselves with drugs all the while dreaming of that one chance to become the big shots! Worst is Jennifer Connelly's character as she slowly learns just how far she will go to get her next fix! There is NOTHING even close to a happy ending in this one. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
43.
Senseless (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Based on Stona Fitch's novel, this is the story of a wealthy US businessman (Behr) whose brutal kidnapping and torture are streamed online as part of an ultra-violent reality TV show. (87 mins.)
Director: Simon Hynd
“ This film never got the reception or distribution it deserved and will probably be hard to locate. The title is double entendre as it means the senselessness of the crime against this (not all that innocent guy) and the way he is tortured! It aint pretty, but most of all shows a very real possible "new" form of torture for pay! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
44.
Greedy Guts (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child. (132 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ If you have never seen a film by Jan Svankmeyer. Try this one first, then move along to his version of "Alice". This is the most F''''ED up adoption story you will everwatch ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
45.
May (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ I'm a bit biased because I am a huge fan of Angela Bettis's work. The story of an excruciatingly lonely girl's attempt to get the man of her dreams is sad, tragic and ultimately horrific. Another movie that has an ending in which you're telling yourself, "Nope, they're not going to go there" and then they do! Excellent cast including Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris and James Duval! This was Lucky McKee's directorial debut as well as the first of several films pairing him with Bettis. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
46.
August Underground's Mordum (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Two friends bring along a newcomer to go on a killing spree. (77 mins.)
Director: Cruise, Killjoy
“ I'm not a big fan of this series even though it's incredibly popular among extreme horror fans. There really isn't much plot. There is not a single character you can identify with (at least I hope not) and the violence has no point other than to repulse the audience. Yeah, it's gory and nasty, but overall, I'd rather watch something else. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
47.
Eden Lake (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ This was a tough one to watch simply because I find casual violence particularly horrifying. And there is a lot of it in this movie. A young couple on a weekend vacation run afoul of some locals kids and seriously regret it! The ending in itself is a sucker punch to the groin! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
48.
I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare of rape, torture and kidnapping. Now, she will have to find the strength to exact her brutal revenge. (106 mins.)
“ For the most part, I don't watch remakes or sequals to remakes, but in this case, I was glad I made an exception. This version is really not much more than an updated and slightly different version of the original, but it is still an intense and disturbing movie! The film is made by the outstanding performance of Jemma Dallender. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
49.
The Seasoning House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Sold at a brothel deep in the woods, forced to work as a caretaker, Angel, a hapless disabled girl must gather the courage to fight and stay alive. (90 mins.)
Director: Paul Hyett
“ Centering around the horrifying subject of human trafficking and forced prostitution this movie that is surprisingly well made and showcases some excellent talent. Rosie Day's performance as the mute "Angel" is fantastic! The film is realistically gory unlike a "Friday the 13th" knock-off. So prepare yourself... ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
50.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator. (85 mins.)
Director: Michael Goi
“ Some people might not agree that this belongs on this list, but taken as a whole, the movie sticks with you for a long time after watching. Every parent's worst nightmare comes to life in this film about how young people can easily be "conned" into trusting the wrong people online. It can be listed as a FF movie since a lot of the film is footage retrieved from a camcorder, but it's well done with fairly believable characters and an ending that will have you squirming in your seat!! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
51.
Them (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. (77 mins.)
“ The quarry and prey film has been done to death. In this film, it works almost perfectly! The pacing is fast and tight, but it's the last few scenes that truly stick with you for a long time ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
52.
Antropophagus (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe D'Amato
“ Okay, this one doesn't exactly have stellar acting and the soundtrack can become a bit annoying at times. This was made during the heyday of the Italian Gore film which means it also had next to no budget. However, there are a couple of scenes which will make all but the most hard-core horror fan flinch in disgust. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
53.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ You might be wondering why I placed this on a list of "Disturbing Horror" films. Think about it. The basic concept of the film; "living spare parts" for lack of a better term, is truly disturbing and horrifying at the same time. The fact that the audience is "tricked" into becoming involved in these young people's lives is practically "cruel", and what is assumed about the fate of future "children" is really depressing. The film is very thought provoking without being cloying or pretentious. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
54.
Closet Land (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In an drab police state, a children's book writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman under suspicion of embedding anti-government messages in her stories. (89 mins.)
Director: Radha Bharadwaj
“ The outstanding performances by Madelaine Stowe and Alan Rickman are worth the time watching the film. What makes it more disturbing is that this is basically taken from real life!! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
55.
Visitor Q (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ This was one another person on IMDB recommended. I usually avoid a lot of Asian "Extreme" films simply due to the casualness of the violence shown onscreen. This may sound contradictory I know, but bear with me here. THIS film is ... well, it's *beep* INSANE! It doesn't have the "depravity for depravity's sake" feel to it such as "Entrails of a Virgin" or similar film. If the initial introduction to the family center of the film doesn't disturb you, then the outsider they let in will. It's not easy to describe without turning off potential viewers, but I will say this; It's not an easy movie to stomach and it's one that will stay with you for awhile. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
56.
Enter the Void (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ This is another film I was a bit hesitant to list. it's weird for sure. It's not overly violent, but instead takes a completely different route in filming techniques. The film is based on concepts taken from "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" and is absolutely mind bending, with unusual filming techniques and takes place over a single night. The synopsis is simple but creatively new. On a typical night, a young man is killed and soon, his "soul" travels the night, travelling his old routes and following his friends and sister until the ultimate, and surprising conclusion. Don't expect much dialogue, but DO expect to stretch your mind. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
57.
Alice (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ Like most of Jan Svankmajer's films, this is a hallucination or LSD trip on film! This particular example however, takes the beloved story of "Alice in Wonderland" and give it s Svankmejer twist. Combine various stop motion animal heads and skeletons with an occasional live "Alice" character and you end up with a rather twisted fairy tale. This one has to be seen to be believed. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
58.
Cannibal Ferox (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge. (93 mins.)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
“ I felt obligated to add at least one cannibal film to the list. Altough it's by far, not my favorite genre, there are a couple of outstanding examples which belong in the "extreme" level of horror films. This particular example really has no redeeming value in it. It has the typical killing of live animals onscreen as well as the brutal and simply nasty variety of killings one comes to expect. Cannibal Ferox however, DOES have some semblance of a plot and the reputation of containing one of the most famous "killings" in cannibal film history (guys, you might find it particularly rough to watch) ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
59.
Frontier(s) (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ If you were watching any of the French horror films of the last 10 years, you've probably watched this one. It's not the most brutal, nor is it the nastiest, but it deserves it's reputation well enough. French teens, neo nazis, inbred kids, pigs, and more than a couple of inventive "kills" will keep you thinking about this one for awhile. It's longer than most and has a couple of decent, though short, sub-plots to boot! ” - Im-not-all-here-myself
 
60.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ If you get claustrophobia easily, then avoid this film! Brilliantly filmed to create a tight, dark and seemingly airless atmosphere, this film creates an environment that is already nerve wracking even without the added "monster" element. A group of friends go spelunking, but soon find out that A) this isn't the cave system they thought they were in and B) they aren't alone. This is one of those "Man vs Nature" or in this case "Woman vs Nature' films that moves VERY quickly between personality clashes and paranoia to a fight for survival and back again. The sequel is also very good, however it takes a little too much time to build up to the real fun and has what I thought at least, a disappointing ending. ” - Im-not-all-here-myself