Admit it. You love it when you watch a film that sits with you for hours, even days after. Your stomach twists and turns, you cover your eyes but peek through your hands because you can’t miss a minute. You get that strange internal shudder that goes down your spine all the way to your toes. Your mouth tastes slightly off afterwards.
Yes, I love a good ol’ sick movie. Not necessarily scary as in jump-scares. More like scary as in could-this-really-happen-cos-if-it-did-I-would-never-sleep-again. The most disturbing horror movies have a range of characteristics; while some are stomach-churning with oozy visceral goodness, some are mentally disturbing that leave you questioning the sicko who actually came up with the film’s concept. I know when I find a movie disturbing because I get a headache from frowning so much and I get the walkabouts. Here are the ones that particularly resonated with me – for all the WRONG reasons.
‘Dread’ is an interesting, thought-provoking movie; it follows a group of college students making a documentary about the things people dread most. It’s a relatively slow film but quite enjoyable… that is, until the scourer scene pops up. In short, one of the girls in the film has a dark purple birth mark that covers one side of her body and after being humiliated, attempts to use a scourer and a bottle of bleach to ‘clean’ her body. That scene alone really messed with my head.
Hmmm… interesting is all I have to say for this one. Oh, ok, I’ll give you a summary. So this film is about a group of high school boys who discover a woman in an abandoned mental asylum who is literally unable to die. Bound to a hospital bed, the boys’ hormones get the better of them and they proceed to experiment (in a number of different disturbing ways) with the woman. It is quite disgusting and creates a lot of questions about morals and integrity. Worth a look but not for the weak stomached.
8. The Woman
Similarly to ‘Deadgirl’, ‘The Woman’ once again has a woman help captive for a multitude of disturbing reasons. However, Jack Ketchum’s film is centered around a seemingly family man who discovers the last remaining member of a wild clan of people. He attempts to ‘civilize’ her by chaining her up, however he is unaware of the effect this woman is having on his family. The film is violent and brutal, yet quite an interesting piece of social commentary. This fact doesn’t make it any less disgusting. I get quite squirmy when people are not ‘normal’; any deformities that are created for the purpose of sheer horror really make me feel quite ill. I have recently added Ketchum’s ‘The Girl Next Door’ to my Quickflix queue, so I’m interested to see where that would’ve ended up on this list.
7. Funny Games
Not to be confused with the Naomi Watts remake of the same name (which also stands solidly on its own), ‘Funny Games’ is an eerie German movie about a family who is tormented by a couple of sick neighbours while on holiday. This is one film you definitely feel the need to watch with one eye closed; not for the scare factor, but because it is quite horrific in a totally different way. The thing that makes this film so disturbing is not only that it could truly be a possibility, but the lack of remorse and the sheer pleasure the tormentors get out of their sick games will burn a hole into your mind.
6. House of 1000 Corpses
I like Rob Zombie’s music and his films are quite good. This one, being his first, still churns my stomach to this day. I first watched this movie as a teenager and while it wasn’t particularly scary, some of the moments were quite horrific in my book. I can still picture the half-man-half-fish (Dwight Schrute everybody!) and it gives me some serious wiggins. Let’s face it: anything with deranged carnies will make anybody feel sick.
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