My Top Ten Most Disturbing Movies:

10. August Underground’s Mordum (2003)

“Two friends bring along a newcomer to go on a killing spree.“

9. Compliance (2012)

“When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Based on true events.“

8. Deadgirl (2008)

“Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.“

7. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

“A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area’s local cannibal tribes.“

6. A Serbian Film (2010)

“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.“

5. Salò or 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

“Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.“

4. The Snowtown Murders or Snowtown (2011)

“Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.“

3. The Girl Next Door (2007)

“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.“

2. Irreversible (2002)

“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.“

1. Martyrs (2008)

“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.“

top 10 of my fave movies

#10 Taxidermia, György Pálfi, 2006

#09 Antichrist, Lars Von Trier, 2009

#08 GUMMO, Harmony Korine, 1997

#07 Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, 2010

#06 Venus in fur, Roman Polanski, 2010

#05 Pulp fiction, Quentin Tarantino, 1994

#04 Kynodontas, Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009

#03 The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky,1973

#02 Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975

#01 Possession, Andrzej Zulawski, 1981

the 50 most disturbing movies (according to

This article (contains NSFW images) details the 50 most disturbing movies these two editors have seen, and looking through them, I’d say it’s a pretty respectable list (some of these movies sound unbelievably disturbing).

bold means I’ve watched it

italics means it’s on my to-watch list

* means maaaaybe

50.  Hostel (I have absolutely no interest in torture porn whatsoever)

49.  Natural Born Killers (seen it, didn’t like it at all.  The violence is truly vile especially near the end, and while it’s supposed to be a satire on America’s love of violence, for me, it just turned into what it was supposedly satirizing by the end)

48.  Transsiberian (This was on my to-watch queue already, but I had no idea it was supposed to be disturbing, so uh, HM.  I GUESS I’LL FIND OUT)

47.  Valhalla Rising (notable for having people literally RIP EACH OTHER TO PIECES with their BARE HANDS.  OKAY)

46.  A Clockwork Orange (only half true cause I’ve only seen the first half, but I need to watch the whole thing at some point)

45.  The Human Centipede II (nope)

44.  The Exorcist * (The big boogedy horror movie.  The thing is, I don’t LIKE horror movies that much unless they have some sort of clever twist, so I’m not as interested in this even though it’s considered a classic)

43.  We Need to Talk About Kevin (Tilda Swinton is supposed to be phenomenal in this)

42.  Se7en (Just a good-ass movie)

41.  I Spit On Your Grave

40.  Man Bites Dog

39.  Gummo

38.  Murder-Set-Pieces

37.  The Bunny Game (this movie sounds FUCKING REPUGNANT)

36.  Funny Games (the whole “rewinding” thing in this sounds horrifyingly ingenious, but it is apparently just unspeakably hard to watch because the director actualy HATES HIS AUDIENCE)

35.  Night and Fog (Added this Holocaust documentary to my watch list just because it seems like a movie that NEEDS to be watched just for its historical value)

34.  The Snowtown Murders * (Supposedly very good, but it sounds so bleak that I’m not in any hurry to see it)

33.  Sweet Movie

32.  Deadgirl

31.  Antichrist * (I’m MORBIDLY CURIOUS about this one because Lars Von Trier is such a fascinating director, but at the same time, it sounds terrifying)

30.  Happiness * (Another film from a director who seems to hate humanity.  It is something I may or may not look into)

29.  Kill List * (Apparently one of the scariest movies ever made in the past few years)

28.  Un Chien Andalou

27.  Oldboy (I’m surprised to see this so high up.  While there are disturbing elements to be sure, a lot of the movies rated lower sound MUCH WORSE)

26.  High Tension

25.  Eyes Without a Face * (This is supposed to be a REALLY good French horror movie from the 60’s, but the concept is so disturbing that I don’t know if I can stomach it)

24.  I Stand Alone (notable for having a horribly clever addition of a 30 second “warning” countdown to have people leave the theater/turn it off before the disturbing climax)

23.  Begotten (this just looks fucking stupid, and according to Jackson and co, IT IS)

22.  Man Behind the Sun

21.  Ichi the Killer (A Takashi Miike film I have no desire to see.  Supposed to make Saw and Hostel look like baby movies for babies)

20.  Martyrs

19.  Eraserhead * (Maybe someday, ol Lynch, ol buddy.  Maybe if I see every other movie in the world first)

18.  Blood Feast

17.  Inside

16.  Visitor Q (Miike again, I’d be more likely to see this one more than Ichi the Killer, but this one sounds super fucked up too)

15.  A Serbian Film (NOPE)

14.  August Underground (this just sounds vile)

13.  The Last House on the Left

12.  Titicut Follies (I feel like this one would disturb me personally too much.  It’s a documentary in the 60’s that exposes the horrible abusive practices of a mental institution, and having a severely autistic brother myself would probably make this too excruciating to watch)

11.  Flowers of Flesh and Blood

10.  Irreversible

9.  Requiem for a Dream (This is on my to watch list cause of Darren Aronofsky, but I have heard that it is INCREDIBLY difficult to watch.  O…oh boy….)

8.  Aftermath

7.  In a Glass Cage

6.  Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer * (Supposed to be good, but eh)

5.  Audition (A Miike film that I do intend on seeing.  Although I hear it is not a fun ride at the end!)

4.  Pink Flamingos (Thanks but no thanks, John Waters)

3.  Cannibal Holocaust (I heard about this one all the time in high school.  Notable for being so convincing that the filmmakers were sent to court and had to prove it was fake)

2.  Nekromantik

1.  Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom (NOPE.  I do think it’s funny that Bill Hader, who is a surprisingly experienced cinephile, calls it the best date movie on Earth.  NOPE)