In your opinion what films do you consider to be the modern day video nasties.....?
Ah, now this is a great question. I still plan on touching upon the areas of extreme cinema that I haven’t yet covered, but I feel like this narrows it down even further to those which would certainly be the modern equivalent of yesteryear’s “Video Nasties”.
I want to say that “modern” would equate to after the
Video Recordings Act
of 2001, but I may sneak in a couple from the mid to late 90′s just for the hell of it (note: I won’t be adding any films that were previously covered here under New French Extremity, Tokyo Gore Style (which is really too comedic for consideration anyway), CAT III horror, or avante-garde/surreal/experimental/short format, as the list would become far too long). I will, however, be including a couple of choice films from the list of shot-on-video horror. Some films will be grouped together by director, as some directors push the envelope with most of their work.
In no particular order:
A Serbian Film (2010)
August Underground (2001), August Underground’s Mordum (2003), and August Underground’s Penance (2007)
Green Elephant (1999)
Funny Games (1997)
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)
Cannibal (2006), Meloncholie der Engel (2009), and
Reise nach Agatis
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (2006),
ReGOREgitated Sacrifice (2008), Slow Torture Puke Chamber (2010), and Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard (2015)
The Burning Moon (1992), Premutos - Der gefallene Engel (1997), and Dard Divorce (2007)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler (1997)
The Necro Files (1997)
The Bunny Game (2010)
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America
Snuff 102 (2007)
Burglar from Hell (1993)
Red Spirit Lake (1993)
Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom (1999)
Urban Flesh (1999)
Lastly, I don’t think they can be considered “movies” as much as video mixtapes, but I think I’d be remiss not to mention
Most Disturbed Person On Planet Earth (aka MDPOPE: The Movie), and its sequel.
I feel as though this should be a lot longer, but there are honestly several notebook pages filled with potential entries that I haven’t even researched yet, plus many more from earlier decades that could have easily fit the bill as well (not to mention non-horror films based around disturbing subject matter), so there’s still quite a bit of soil for me to till in the realm of extreme cinema.
What are some of your favourite disturbing/depressing movies?
Keep in mind that many of these movies could count as both depressing and disturbing, but I’m categorizing them based on how I felt once they were over!
In a Glass Cage, Pi, Salo, Irreversible, Elephant, Benny’s Video, Miss
Violence, Catch Me Daddy, Man Bites Dog, Martyrs, Fat Girl, Zero Killed,
I Stand Alone, I Spit on Your Grave, Gummo, The Snowtown Murders, Red
White and Blue, Baxter, Der Todesking, Deadgirl, Compliance, Bully, Pig,
The Bunny Game, A Serbian Film, Inside, Funny Games, Nekromantik,
August Underground Trilogy, Audition, The Human Centipede Trilogy, 90
Minutter, Stoic, The Killer Inside Me, Dead Man’s Shoes, Twentynine
Palms, Schramm, Angst, Ken Park, Baise-Moi, The Act of Seeing With One’s
Own Eyes, Stoker, The Girl Next Door, Eden Lake, Under the Skin,
Cannibal Holocaust, Blue Velvet, Dog Pound, High Tension, Antichrist,
Subconscious Cruelty, Happiness, A Clockwork Orange, Frontiers, Hard
Candy, Red State, Excision, Hostel, The Devil’s Rejects, Megan is
Missing, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Aftermath, Se7en, Henry: Portrait of a
Serial Killer, The Last House on the Left, An American Crime, Fish Tank,
Kidnapped, and Kids.
The Road, Into the Wild,
Sleepers, The Place Beyond the Pines, American History X, Sling Blade,
Requiem For a Dream, Titanic, A Single Man, Dogville, Blue Valentine,
White Oleander, The Virgin Suicides, Melancholia, In Her Skin, Klass,
Twilight Portrait, Code Blue, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
Love Eternal, Victoria, The Duke of Burgundy, The Piano Teacher, The
Fountain, Amour Fou, Black Metal Veins, Love, Przypadek, The Seventh
Seal, Enter the Void, Naked, Synecdoche New York, Clean Shaven, Romeo
& Juliet, Paha Maa, Suicide Room, The Sunset Limited, The Pursuit of
Happyness, Leviathan, Come and See, Boys Don’t Cry, Dancer in the Dark,
Lilya 4-Ever, Filth, Boy Meets Girl, Don’t Let Me Die on a Sunday, One
Day, Moulin Rouge, Heaven Knows What, Bang Bang You’re Dead,
Nymphomaniac, Walkabout, Force Majeure, Dear Zachary, A Coffee in
Berlin, Un Homme Qui Dort, Boy Interrupted, Reign Over Me, Into the
Abyss, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ben X, Blue is the Warmest Color,
April Showers, Taste of Cherry, Detachment, The Butterfly Effect, How to
Die in Oregon, Leaving Las Vegas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Taxi
Driver, Trainspotting, Hide Your Smiling Faces, Girl Interrupted, The
Tree of Life, I Origins, The Double, Gimme Shelter, It’s Such a
Beautiful Day, Dead Poets Society, Another Earth, Lake Mungo, Beaches,
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, Mysterious
Skin, and the House of Sand and Fog.