So, The Mandible Claw tries to stay on the family friendly side of things. For good reason, too! We want everyone of all types to be able to enjoy this site. The problem this presents is its hard to discuss topics that blur the line. Actually, today’s random five blows family friendly into oblivion with a Death Star-sized nuclear bomb. Enough with the delaying, lets talk disturbing movies!
5. Blood Feast (1963)
Herschell Gordon Lewis is one of my favorite filmmakers. His movies aren’t always the most coherent. They don’t hold up very well due to their shoestring budgets. What makes HG Lewis’s films so special to me is their massive balls. The Wizard of Gore, 2000 Maniacs, The Gore Gore Girls, and today’s #5 were all ahead of their time. They were cinema’s first movies to truly go where no film had ever gone before.
I decided to go with Blood Feast for this reason. It’s not particularly disturbing by today’s standards, but back in 1963, people were outraged by the act of a woman’s tongue being ripped out of her mouth. Fuad Ramses, Blood Feast‘s crazed killer, only mutilated women. This was done in an attempt to resurrect a dear friend of mine, the Egyptian Goddess Ishtar. If you’re curious to know what spawned the splatter movement in cinema, check out “Blood Feast”.
4. Martyrs (2008)
“Lucie was only a victim. Like all the others. It’s so easy to create a victim, young lady, so easy. You lock someone in a dark room. They begin to suffer. You feed that suffering. Methodically, systematically and coldly. And make it last. Your subject goes through a number of states. After a while, their trauma; that small, easily opened crack, makes them see things that don’t exist.” – Mademoiselle
Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs is like two films in one. It starts you off thinking it’s going to head in a supernatural direction. Then, from out of nowhere, it literally punches you in the face. This film is brutal. I threw the quote into my description of this film because it explains it better than I can. The protagonist in this film is beaten over and over again to the point where I felt her pain. This is part revenge and part torture flick. Throw in an ending you will never see coming and you’ve truly got something you will never forget.
3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
In my mind, Ruggero Deodato’s “Cannibal Holocaust” is the movie that kicked the Italian exploitation movement of the 80’s into high gear. Some even say it’s the peak of the movement. Considered a snuff film by some, Cannibal Holocaust has been banned in several countries. It’s horror’s first found footage film. There were a lot of cannibal films released after this one, but this is the only one that you need to watch.
This film is not of the same quality of cinema as some of the others on this list. What this film has going for it is realism. When this was released, the Italian government seized the film and arrested Deodato. The film was shot with such realism that Deodato was almost sentenced to a life in prison. Shot in the Amazon, the actors interacted with real tribes that lived in the area. To the dismay of many, the animals killed on screen were not fake either. Watching a real turtle get gutted and eaten is hard to stomach for almost anyone. The soundtrack for this film, however, is brilliant; I have it on rotation on my iPod.
2. Audition (1999)
Audition is Takashi Miike’s first foray into world of horror and he knocked it out of the park. Takashi Miike is known for never holding back and pushing the boundaries in every film he directs. His Masters of Horror short film was deemed too disturbing and never aired on American television. Dead or Alive, Ichi The Killer, and Thirteen Assassins are all films that you may have watched that Miike has directed.
This film is also the only love story on this list. That’s important to note. What makes this film disturbing is the relationship that’s built between the main character, Shigeharu Aoyama, and his love interest, Asami Yamazaki. It starts off innocently enough. Shigeharu is friends with a film producer that decides to hold auditions to find a new wife. We quickly find out that’s not the best way to meet your significant other. Asami is creepy from the second you meet her… almost to the point where you may get mad that Shigeharu doesn’t see it. This movie is a slow burn, but man, is it worth it. The second you see the stuffed black trash bag, you realize you are in for a treat!
1. A Serbian Film (2010)
A Serbian Film – the only movie on this list I’ve seen once. Actually, the only film I will EVER watch once in this list. This movie is about a retired porn star that’s offered one last gig for a massive amount of money. Milos, the main character, just has to be willing to do anything. ANYTHING. His new employer has an extremely twisted and demented mind… And that’s all I’m going to tell you about this film.
Of all the films on this list, it’s of the highest quality. The acting, dialogue, and camera work are sooo good, it makes this film that much harder to watch. Proceed with EXTREME CAUTION. You will never forget what this film displays for your viewing pleasure. Maybe not pleasure. It’s not natural to enjoy this kind of film.
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