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What are some really good, disturbing, or terrifying movies ?

Asked by Truth_and_Freedom (122points) April 5th, 2011

I’ve been on a horror movie marathon, and I want to know what are some really good, deep, or strange movies out there ? I just finished watching Irreversible and it was amazing. Does anyone recommend anymore movies ? I want to watch something really thought provoking, scary, or weird. But I don’t want to watch a bad movie. Any suggestions ?

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mazingerz88's avatar

Try two Willem Dafoe movies….

Shadow of the Vampire

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Can you give examples of movies of this sort that you already know that you like? There is a lot of variation in personal taste when it comes to stuff like this.

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

Here are some films I’ve already seen :

120 days of sodom
Ils (Them) French film
The Audition (Japanese Film)


Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

Cannibal Holocaust,

I spit on your grave
Last house on the left
Dead Alive (Brain dead)
The Serpent and the Rainbow.

Just some movies I’ve seen.

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

I also just watched Ju-On which was the original “The Grudge” movie. I’ve been on a horror movie marathon so I want to know what else is good out there :)

Anything scary, strange, intense, etc. I’ve also been watching the original Twilight Zone episodes :P

dxs's avatar

Inception has a disturbing ending, and is very thought provoking.
As far as disturbing goes, there are many “types” of disturbing I guess.
For “disgusting” disturbing, look into:
Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Dawn of the Dead
the Thing
Friday the 13th

For Stalker/Psycho “Disturbing”, look into:
Silence of the Lambs
American Psycho
Blair Witch Trials
Nightmare on Elm Street

For “haunting” disturbing, look into:
the Changeling
the Shining
the Exorcist

ddude1116's avatar

I’ve heard that Audition and Ichi the Killer are pretty disturbing, and Cannibal Holocaust is free on Google Videos

@Truth_and_Freedom I’ve watched half of Irreversible, usually I stop watching after the rape scene, but I’ve heard the ending is fantastic, is it?

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Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

I haven’t seen Ichi the Killer yet…... Has anyone seen it ?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Dead Alive is probably in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Other quirky/unconventional zombie movies that I liked were Slither and Quarantine.
Acacia is pretty far out there, but it is interesting and keeps you guessing.

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

@dxs – I’ve seen almost all of those films. Thanks. I’m looking for more horror foreign films I guess, or movies that are not typical. I saw all those when I was a kid, so I’m looking into more crazier or deeper things u could say o_O

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

I also saw Caligula – which people say is disturbing. Does anyone know really good foreign films, even if they aren’t horror ?

dxs's avatar

Ohh, I was just doing classics.
What about Ju-oh? I heard of that movie and heard it was scary…

ddude1116's avatar

A Clockwork Orange is pretty disturbing in a kinda cool way, and the ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey was also, but those aren’t horror film disturbing, just normal Kubrick…
Deliverance, too, I didn’t care much for it, but that squeal like a piggy scene is so disturbing, unless you kid around about it

@Truth_and_Freedom the rape itself didn’t bother me, it was the beating afterwards… but, yeah, I’ve been meaning to finish watching it

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf – I haven’t seen Acacia yet, I’ll have to check it out :)

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

Wow I just read the wiki for Acacia and it sounds really interesting :)

Joker94's avatar

@Truth_and_Freedom I dunno about the movie, but I read a lot of the manga Ichi the Killer is based off of. I’ll try and find a link for ya. It’s extremely brutal, so you know, but the characters are kind of…fascinating in their flaws.

ddude1116's avatar

@Truth_and_Freedom on a sidenote, “I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison is incredibly disturbing, I know it’s a short story, but it should totally count…

Joker94's avatar

@ddude1116 That short story freaked me out to no end.

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

I’ve always seen Ichi the Killer movies around, but never had the chance to look them up… Hm…

Joker94's avatar

I wouldn’t really recommend it at all, but here is the manga for it. Again, lemme stress that it is extremely fucking graphic. Even the website recommends it for people older than 18.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Truth_and_Freedom good non horror foreign films? Try Cinema Paradiso. It’s a great piece of film.

Seelix's avatar

Meet the Feebles made me want to shower after watching it.

gasman's avatar

I’m not a big fan of the genre, but “The Shining” (1980) always gets me. “The Others” (2001) was also good. Many of the classic half-hour shows from “The Twilight Zone” tv series probably qualify here.

For recent & weird, see 2010’s acclaimed “Inception.”

flutherother's avatar

Timecrimes is a very good murder/horror.scifi film.
The Ring is a very creepy Japanese horror
Night of the Demon isn’t bad. It is based on the story The Casting of the Runes by M R James.

atomicmonkey's avatar

Okay you’ve probably already seen these, but a few that should fit your taste:
Old Boy Sth Korean operatic mindfuck
Battle Royale Must see Japanese…thriller? Action? Horror?
Inside (À l’intérieur) nasty, nasty French film. Only for the brave.
Jacob’s Ladder just a classic, really
Death & the Maiden Polanski adaption of morally challenging Dorfman play.Underrated.
These are the ones springing to mind. Will post some more when I wake up.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

The Fury was disturbing, but it had a great cast.

Actually, pretty much everything else from Brian Depalma would also fit the bill.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Check out some of Argento’s early stuff. And some Cat III movies.

atomicmonkey's avatar

Okay, so. I’ll imdb/link this time.
Can’t go past Michael Haneke for challenging, disturbing, Austrian viewing…
Benny’s Video Slow burn, but well worth it.
Funny Games Haven’t seen the US remake. this made me feel like an accomplice. Brr..
The White Ribbon A recent one. B&W. Fascinating.
See also Man Bites Dog for morally challenging.

How about some weird ones from the 80s/early 90s?

Society It’s like an 80s teen movie that goes somewhere very um… unique.
Dellamorte Dellamore A true oddity, and good fun.

I don’t really want to say Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer because it’s not a very good film, but it does have a reputation, and that one scene is pretty confronting and memorable, so if you haven’t seen it already, check that out. It hasn’t aged well.
And @Michael_Huntington is absolutely right – Argento. Deep Red and Suspiria and Tenebre are all great. Short on sense and long on style. Gotta love it!

Vunessuh's avatar

Rather than straight up horror, I’ll give you some flat-out fucking weird and disturbingly horrifying films instead.

Man Bites Dog
Sweet Movie
Blue Velvet
Requiem For A Dream (my favorite)
August Underground Mordum (I haven’t seen this, but I hear it is one of the sickest films ever made).
Men Behind The Sun
Pink Flamingos
Un Chien Andalou

mrrich724's avatar


I Spit On Your Grave

Both really good movies

Michael_Huntington's avatar

@Vunessuh I really love Nekromantik. It’s one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen.

Ladymia69's avatar

@Truth_and_Freedom You and I need to talk! I love these kinds of movies, but can’t find anyone else who has seen them or likes to watch them, or worse, talk about them! I am so glad you asked this question.

Have you seen others by the director of Irreversible? See I Stand Alone and Carne .

Also, see The Celebration , which has a terrific payoff.

“Funny Games” is spectacular, but stick to the original version, not the American remake.

Have you seen “Battle Royale”? “Oldboy”? “El Topo”? “Julien Donkey-Boy” or “Gummo”?

Ladymia69's avatar

Here is another list by a website that truly knows film:

Berserker's avatar

@mazingerz88 GA for mentioning Antichrist. Messed up indeed.

Well, since you seem to want foreign movies, try Fontières and Calvaire if you can find them. I’m also going to echo Inside. It’s a big gore fest, I didn’t think it was all that deep, but the idea in this film can be disturbing, it’s just that it’s very secondary. The Horde is cool, but it’s a zombie film, nothing deep here. And damnit I saw a really cool one about mountain climbing and some crazy dude chasing mountain climbers around, but I forgot the title…French movie.

Some older seventies stuff you might like, if you liked Braindead. Basketcase, Bad Taste and Street Trash. (although not horror, that last one is pretty disturbing)

I don’t know if it’s terrifying, but I thought Cookers was a great horror movie, too.

filmfann's avatar

Jacobs Ladder

ddude1116's avatar

@SABOTEUR didn’t Larry Clark direct that..?

SABOTEUR's avatar

@ddude1116 You are CORRECT, sir!
(I only know this because the name is plastered on the trailer.)

ddude1116's avatar

@SABOTEUR yeah, his movies are supposed to be really fucked up, like KIDS

SABOTEUR's avatar

@ddude1116 More disturbing than watching these seriously twisted people onscreen was knowing the movie was based on a true story.

ddude1116's avatar

@SABOTEUR oh, I know, I was relievex, though because I thought he was perfectly aware of his medical condition, at least he slowly killed those poor virgins unawares… shudder

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

@atomicmonkey – What is the french film about ???

Battle Royale Must see Japanese
Inside (À l’intérieur) nasty, nasty

What are these about ? I heard of battle royale.

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

@ladymia69 – Of course i’ve seen Gummo and El Topo :) El Topo I didn’t really like and Gummo was more like a independant movie for me, not really scary or disturbing, just a lil odd…...

I know what you mean, especially being a girl, people think it’s weird I’m really hardcore into movies, and strange foreign films.

SABOTEUR's avatar

My apologies for the previous link to Bully.

Try this one instead.

syzygy2600's avatar

Dead Ringers
Dolan’s Cadillac

atomicmonkey's avatar

@Truth_and_Freedom Battle Royale is about “A group of delinquent students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a new forum of reality television.The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives—or they all die.” It’s great because this concept is fully explored and exploited throughout and it’s just a really satisfying watch. You’ll like it. Tarantino modeled his Japanese schoolgirl character in Kill Bill on this movie.

French movie Inside is about a pregnant widow who is terrorized in her house by a crazy woman who wants her baby. This imdb reviewer best sums it up: “This film starts out incredibly bleak and depressing in the first 20 minutes. Then it turns shocking really quickly. Then it goes from shocking to cruel, to immoral, to extreme, to nearly unwatchable, and then finally completely unwatchable. About 30 minutes in, I had to pause it and collect my thoughts. I couldn’t believe what I was watching.” So… you know. Approach with caution. It is a true horror film, and it achieves what it sets out to do – in spades. The gore is very confronting, but there’s more going on here than just gore, which is why I think it’s right up your alley.

Joker94's avatar

I finished reading the Ichi the Killer manga last night…dear God, it was horrid..

Ladymia69's avatar

@Truth_and_Freedom Did you check out the other ones I suggested?

augustlan's avatar

Just for weirdness: Memento

Berserker's avatar

@syzygy2600 They made a movie of Dolan’s Cadillac? Damn…I read the story, it was pretty awesome.

Joker94's avatar

@augustlan I loved Memento!

Berserker's avatar

I totally rented Dolan’s Cadillac…gonna go watch it soon.

syzygy2600's avatar

@Symbeline It’s pretty damn good for a direct to video production. If you liked the story I think you’ll enjoy it. Christian Slater does a very good job playing Dolan.

Berserker's avatar

I was hesitant at first because when you read the story, it’s not really movie material. But I was wrong about that, it was pretty damn good. It’s faithful to the original source and yes, Dolan is definitely awesome here. Ladies and gentlemen, Charles fuckin’ Darwin lol.
Being a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, I feel pretty ashamed that I never made the relation that this story has with The Cask of Amontillado. Haha.
But yeah, awesome movie, not disappointed at all.

Earthgirl's avatar

I don’t usually watch horror movies but I saw one a few years ago that I keep thinking about. It is definitely strange and I don’t know if it succeeds plotwise as to the conclusion but stylistically and subjectwise it is kind of cool. It’s called Suicide Club and it starts with a group of Japanese schoolgirls all holding hands and jumping into the path of an oncoming subway train. There is a detective investigating a rash of such suicides. It was very engrossing to me as I watched it, eery and suspenseful.
BTW It’s by the same director who made Battle Royale

iCalvin's avatar

The ‘Saw” series, the original “Nightmare on Elm Street” series, and the most disturbing and scariest of them all is the “Jackass” series!

markylit's avatar

Schindler’s List, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan

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