You can call me the ultimate procrastinator when it takes me until the absolute last day to write a post for my own blogathon. As you have may have noticed, I have been hosting the Most F**ked Up Movies You’ve Ever Seen Blogathon throughout all of October and have gotten plenty of entries. From foreign flicks to rather unusual releases, you guys have given me plenty of movies to either avoid or track down and feed my morbid curiosity. Either way, it’s about time I write my own list of what I consider to be the most f**ked up movies I have ever seen. And to keep it flush with the rest of the site, we can call this the most unusual Pick Six the site has ever seen.
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg, Rated: PG, 91 minutes
Now, as part of the blogathon, I asked that if any of you had seen something that haunted your childhood or was absolutely far too disturbing to watch as a kid, to include it on your list. The Witches is that film for me. Seeing this disturbing adaptation of a Rohld Dahl book left me with nightmares. Angelica Huston stars as a witch that hosts a witch conference at a hotel resort. Together, the mega-coven plan to rid the world of children by poisoning their candy. If that’s not creepy enough, the majority of the witches (that I have now come to learn) are planned by transvestites and men in drag, only adding to the creep factor. Of my entire childhood, The Witches stands out as the most f**ked up movie (Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland comes a close second).
Directed by: Lars von Trier, Rated: NR, 108 minutes
I can only assume that Lars von Trier would make the list on many people’s list as the man tends to push (and rape) every boundary you can think of. With Antichrist Lars von Trier not only makes you incredibly uncomfortable but makes you fear for your private parts. The film features a handful of scenes of genital mutilation that are not only graphic but far too disgusting for anyone to witness. Von Trier utilizes actual porn stars for graphic sex, luring you in with the sexy only to ruin any positive thoughts you had for making whoopie. Antichrist stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple that flee to a cabin in the woods to get away from their city lives after their child falls out a window and dies. It’s a movie so depressing, so f**ked up, and shows two people inflicting the most physical and emotional pain on each than you could ever imagine.
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky, Rated: R, 102 minutes
Don’t get me wrong, Requiem for a Dream is a beautiful film. But Aronofsky paints a morbid portrait of drug addiction that leaves you promising yourself you’ll never touch heroine as long as you live. It’s a film that never holds back and completely dives into the deep end of the worst case scenarios in relation to drugs and sees four individuals spiral completely out of control. Set to an amazing soundtrack by Clint Mansell and the visceral visuals of Aronofsky, Requiem for a Dream lures you in with a glossy cover only to have to peeled away to reveal a layer of horror you never want to experience. To this day, I can’t look at needles because of this film and hate getting my flu shot.
Directed by: John McNaughton, Rated: NR, 83 minutes
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is just that. It’s a look inside the life of a man so twisted and disturbed he does not deserve to walk on this earth. There’s very little to actual enjoy about the film, as its a series of events that are hard to watch and have only negative emotions associated with them. It’s simple an unflinching look at a man driven to kill and can only be admired for going somewhere you can only assume real serial killers have tread. If Dexter can make “light” of a homicidal maniac, Henry does the complete opposite. You hate the man and want to see him die, but he simply keeps chugging along taking victim after victim. The film also gave us Michael Rooker, and to this day, I can never look at the man without hating him just a little bit.
Directed by: Takashi Miike, Rated: NR, 115 minutes
Asian cinema is a force to be reckoned with. With a large focus on revenge, you can only imagine the lengths the characters in these films go to hand out the dish best served cold. Thus, it was incredibly hard to decide on one particular film from the Eastern Continent. With Audition, we’re not exactly given a revenge story, but you the torture that plays out on screen needs to be justified with something to make you feel a little better about what you see. Audition is an incredibly slow-burning flick that escalates at a snails pace. It’s a film that needs patience and only rewards you for said patience with a sequence so disturbing and so unnerving you can’t look away (as hard as you try). What Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the ocean, Audition does for pretty Asian girls. Yeah, it’s that f**ked up.
Directed by: Pascal Laugier, Rated: R, 99 minutes
Whenever the topic of most f**ked up movies ever comes up, you have to mention Martyrs. This French flick holds absolutely nothing back and plucks at your nerves like a violin, making you cringe at every moment. The quickest way to explain the plot behind the film is that there’s a religious cult that tries to get people as close to an excruciating death as possible, in hopes they see God. What plays out is like nothing you could imagine and the pain that’s inflicted on the two leads girls is a thing of nightmares. This is a movie my girlfriend got incredibly pissed off at me for watching after she left feeling nauseated after the first five minutes. Simply put, Martyrs makes you less of a nicer person and after watching the film, you carry an extra weight of something awful with you for a very, very long time.
Written By Nick
Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.