How do you classify what’s dangerous? Obviously, “dangerous” here doesn’t mean that these movies are going to hurt you physically. But what if a film psychologically “hurts” you? A film that leaves such a lasting impression on your mind that you can’t sleep or function right for a couple of days. Some of you might say that is impossible for a film to have such psychological impact. To which, I would say: “You haven’t watched the films on this list”. I remember watching ‘Funny Games’ and despite not particularly liking it, I couldn’t brush the film off my mind. It was difficult to not think what if the incidents in the film happened to me. Hopefully I was able to make the meaning of “dangerous” clear in this article’s context. Here is the list of top 20 most dangerous movies ever made.
20. Enter the Void (2009)
A Gasper Noe’s flick, ‘Enter the Void’ is a first person’s rendering of the delusions and nightmares mostly faced by Oscar, a drug dealer who lives in Tokyo with his younger sister Linda. The video-game kind of setting, fantasies, glowy and flashy colours, voyeurism on people having sex with fluorescent genitals, and bodily fluids, makes ‘Enter the Void’ a dangerous watch.
19. Moebius (2013)
A story of incest, adultery and involving scenes of castration, Moebius is spot on for a disturbing genre of revenge and sorrow combined, with an Asian flavour to it. A mother who is rather troubled by her husband’s affair is headed to castrate him, only to castrate her son instead and ends up eating his phallus. That’s enough to completely fu*k your mind.
18. Hostel Series (2005/2007/2011)
Not for the faint of heart and guts, ‘Hostel’ is filled with severed body parts in almost every frame. Involving a demented game of torture and horrendously filmed gore, Hostel will startle you at some places whereas otherwise, it could make your guts turn upside down.
17. Funny Games (2007)
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.. A sadistic game of cruelty starts with the bet that the captives will not be able to sustain by next morning. You keep watching the movie with the hope that eventually someone will escape their murderous intentions. Don’t be surprised if you feel very angry after watching this film.
16. The Piano Teacher (2001)
Self-denial and masochism are the words that could wholly summarise this movie. Even though in her forties, a piano teacher constantly indulges in self-mutilation, pornography and paraphilia. She later gets attracted to one of her students, with her desires giving in to his innuendos resulting in an aftermath she’d not expected out of her fetishes.
15. Sweet Movie (1974)
The film is the intercut story of two women: a nearly-mute beauty queen and another who captains a ship laden with candy and sugar. Both lure men and boys aboard for sex and death. It is a film that was ahead of its time and as expected was trashed down by critics. Sweet Movie is not as disturbing as others on the list, but it still is a tough watch.
14. The Skin I Live In (2011)
In honor of his late wife who died in a flaming car accident, a scientist tries to synthesize the perfect skin which can withstand burns, cuts or any other kind of damage. As he gets closer to perfecting this skin on his flawless patient, the scientific community starts growing skeptical and his past is revealed that shows how his patient is closely linked to tragic events he would like to forget. It is not a difficult film to watch but it does certainly leave you feeling disturbed.
13. Antichrist (2009)
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. When a genius like Lars von Trier — who I’m a big fan of — makes such a disturbing film, you do try to convince yourself that there must be something in it. And even though, it is not a bad film, there isn’t much to hang on to either. Truly, one of the most disturbing movies ever made.
12. Oldboy (2003)
This 2004 classic has everything thrown in: brutal gut wrenching violence and gore, protagonist at unease, a shady antagonist, and incest. Watching this movie for the first time will certainly blow your minds, and you’d probably feel disgusted for sometime. I did. But its cult status can’t be denied. It is horrifying, yet mesmerizing, and inspire two remakes.
11. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
With scenes depicting oral sex, drug addictions and pedications, ‘Requiem for a Dream’ explores all possible avenues of addictive pleasure and pain, portrays them in a forlorn way and rouses deep empathetic emotions in between, all within a span of 90 minutes.
10. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The story of serial sex offender and pugnacious murderer Alex who traverses from one place to another with his cohorts, raping women and hatching new plans for his delusional ventures. ‘A Clockwork Orange’ is a mix of hysteria and the induced pain and suffering triggered by a particular action, the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, sex and violence in the present case. Truly, a dangerous movie!
9. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
‘I Spit On Your Grave’ is a rare exploitation movie that has spawned sequels and a series now, which started with the remake in 2010. The movies are a sorry excuse for portraying the atrocities a victim goes through as it indulges so much in violence, it forgets to convey its message and feels like a shallow inspiration of Wes Craven’s ‘Last House on the Left’.
8. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
‘Cannibal Holocaust’. The fact that this movie remains banned after 37 years of its release in some countries, and is only available in a heavily cut version in most probably talks a lot about this “video nasty”.
7. Inside (2007)
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. It falls into the horror genre and of course there’s a lot of gore involved, but what makes it disturbing is the idea that a woman can go so far in her quest of revenge. One of the scariest film on the list.
6. Funny Games (1997)
You keep watching the movie with the hope that eventually someone will escape their murderous intentions. Alas ! With a wink, they drown the last of their captives and again start looking for their next target. Brutal!
5. Martyrs (2008)
A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. Well, is there anything else that needs to be said?
4. Irreversible (2002)
I know it is a very disturbing film, but at the same time I think it has a clear message in it. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect it is a film that shows how cruel time can be.
3. The Human Centipede (2009)
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums. Let me just confess out-front. I couldn’t bear the film for more than ten minutes. Not because it is disgusting, but more so because it is a horrible movie. And yet, I’m mentioning this movie only because I know this is possibly one of the most disturbing — even if bad — movies ever made.
2. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Perhaps there can’t be a more sickening and disturbing movie on misanthropy than ‘Salò’, which even surpasses the greatest extreme pornographic acts of sodomy, coprophilia and orgies combined. Nevertheless, watching a group of nine young men and women sodomised, mutilated, forced-fed with faeces, humiliated, tortured and killed is next to impossible. So don’t, and thank me later.
1. A Serbian Film (2010)
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film. I don’t think any film can be more disturbing that this one. It’s just sadistic on every level you can imagine. It is one film, I’ll never recommend to anyone. Not even my enemies.