Some movies are so gross you shouldn't be eating popcorn - and certainly not a creamy beef stroganoff - while watching. The films on this list are bad dinner time movies, and some are just bad anytime movies. Some of the films are so graphic and gruesome that you might throw up in your mouth a little. At the very lest they'll churn your stomach. After all, people can have some pretty extreme reactions to watching movies.
While a some of these films are just torture porn (nothing more than one gruesome scene after another made to provoke mental and physical repulsion) others are cult classics and surreal masterpieces. The provocateurs behind these films are testing the limits of the viewer's voyeurism. We want to turn away, but our morbid curiosity (and perhaps an inner and inactive deviance) keeps us staring at the screen in equal parts horror and fascination.
Some of the more intense movies on this list will make you want to scrub your brain with Lysol, while others will merely give you some horrific nightmares for a while. Watch at your own discretion. Warning: the films in this list are so repulsive that you may not want to read this on your lunch break.
And obviously: spoilers ahead. Because of course there are.
- 1127 VOTES
If you thought the first one was bad, you’re in for a real treat(?) with Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 (2011). In the film, a London security guard and mommy’s boy named Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) becomes obsessed with The Human Centipede (2009) and decides to re-create it for himself. How meta. In a classic case of the sequel one-upping the original, he uses a much larger chain of anus-to-mouth humans – 10 in total. Martin kidnaps Ahslynnn Yennie, the actress from the first installment, to be the head of the centipede.
There are some major differences between the first and the second installment. The second installment is entirely in black and white, except for the sh*t splatter (yeah, that’s all brown). Martin himself is grotesque enough to make you gag. Every time the guy licks his lips or his fingers is enough to make you cringe. His role in this film is the only acting credit Harvey has to his name.
Perhaps the most disturbing scene depicts one of Martin’s victims, a pregnant woman, escaping the warehouse home to the human centipede and getting into a parked car. Martin chases her outside and as he starts banging on the glass she goes into labor and delivers the baby in the front seat. The woman is so terrified that she steps on the gas, crushing her newborn under the pedal. Bruh.
- 2118 VOTESPhoto: United Artists
When you're the etymological source of the word "sadism," well, then you’ve made quite the name for yourself. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) is based on French 18th century libertine writer Marquis de Sade’s 1785 novel of the same name. The level of sadism in this film remains unmatched even today.
Unlike Sade’s novel, the film takes place in Italy in 1943 after the fall of Mussolini. Four rich guys kidnap nine teenage boys and nine teenage girls and imprison them for four months in a palace. They also employ four horse-dicked soldiers to act as enforcers and four middle-aged hookers to oversee the entire process.
Throughout the four months, the teenagers are raped and tortured with the violence getting exponentially worse until the films culmination, which ends with the massacre of the 18 teenagers. The graphic depictions of rape, scalping, eye-gauging, and corprophagy (or sh*t eating, for the uninitiated) are enough to make anyone hurl.
The film was banned in over 20 countries. Salò was Pasolini’s final film, and not for the reason you think. That same year he was murdered by a 17-year-old boy who accused Pasolini of making sexual advances on him. The teenager repeatedly ran over Pasolini with the director’s own car. Guess you really do reap what you sow.
- 3181 VOTES
Srđan Spasojević’s A Serbian Film (2010) is the closest you can get to “legally” watching child pornography and snuff without having the FBI bust down your door and confiscate your computer. Honestly, you'll still probably end up on some watchlists. There are only two words that need to be said to describe how disturbing this movie is: newborn porn. Seriously, don’t watch this movie if you don’t want to feel like burning your eyes out.
In the film, Srđan "Žika" Todorović plays Milos, a struggling former porn star who is asked to participate in a film at the request of a director and former psychiatrist named Vukmir (Sergej Trifunović). Milos accepts with reluctance, but before he realizes that he is participating in a snuff film with pedophilia, incest, and skullf*cking.
It is incredibly difficult to watch, and elements of the violence leave you with a rage boiling up in your chest. But it is also difficult to look away, and it challenges the boundaries of your own morbid curiosity. A Serbian Film was banned in an astonishing 46 countries. The film was so grotesque that a US distributor fainted as he was trying to escape the theater. He banged his head so hard he needed stitches.
When Spasojević’ was asked if he had any regrets about the movie he said, “I wish I had made it harder. More extreme.” What... what could that possibly mean?! Have fun with that question haunting your nightmares.
- 4136 VOTES
You know how when you witness someone else vomit, you immediately need to vomit? Well, that’s about an hour of György Pálfi’s Taxidermia (2006). The Hungarian film follows stories about three generations of men. The first sequence begins in WWI with a military private who is forced to live in a shack near the home of his sadistic lieutenant and his family. He ends up impregnating the lieutenant’s wife (though the scene shows him porking - pun intended - a pig carcass). The lieutenant, Öreg Balatony Kálmán, kills the pervy private and raises the child as his own. The child, named Balatony Kálmán, is born with a corkscrew tail which Öreg chops off with a cleaver.
Appropriately, the pig baby grows up to be a competitive eater during the Cold War. Just the sheer amount of barf during this sequence is enough to make you empathetically dry heave. There are also scenes of two morbidly obese people screwing while shoving sandwiches down their throats. So there's an image you'll have stuck in your head all day.
The final sequence takes place in present day with Baltony’s son, Lajoska, a talented taxidermist. Lajoska is a huge disappointment to his morbidly obese father. See, Lajoska is pale and stick-thin unlike his portly relatives. In the end of the film, the immobile Blatony is eaten alive by his three obese cats (experimental creatures that he created). Lajoska ends up killing himself and using an ingenious contraption to turn his own body into a work of taxidermy. After his death, the lonely Lajoska goes down in history as a great artist. Queasy yet?