Well, what are movies for? Entertainment, right? A story that deeply touches you and takes you places you’ve never been before? That definition is far too narrow when it comes to movies or for that matter, any form of art. We as human beings are capable of feeling various emotions. We can be happy, sad, afraid, angry, and so on. And what we generally want is for a piece of art to touch upon our emotions. But do they always have to be the good emotions that make us feel better about life, ourselves and the world in general? Certainly not.
When it comes to art, we want to enjoy all those emotions which we may or may not have enjoyed in real life. We want to get scared, we want to die, we want to feel sad, afraid and shameful, because art always acts as a medium through which we can healthily experience our entire spectrum of emotions. Everyone enjoys a good scare now and then in a movie. A horror film that genuinely makes us feel afraid is a movie that has served its purpose. There are certain movies that creep you out because of their subject, tone or the way in which they’ve been shot. These movies f*** with our sense of security and thus impact our hearts and minds in a unique manner. Keeping all this in mind, we’ve managed to compile such movies for you. Here’s the list of the most fucked-up movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
9. Gerald’s Game (2017)
This is one of the creepiest movies produced by Netflix and really pushes the boundary in a lot of ways. Jessie and Gerald are a couple who decide to spend some time at their country house. The house is big, and there is nobody around for quite a few miles. Gerald has a rape fantasy which he wishes to satisfy and though reluctant at first, Jesse agrees to be handcuffed to the bedposts. But with Jesse still handcuffed, the couple have an argument and in an excited state, Gerald suddenly suffers from a heart attack and dies. With Jessie still tied to the bedpost, she has no way to free herself and the key is beyond her reach.
After a while, a dog enters the room and though Jessie tries to shoo it away, the dog bites off a piece of Gerald’s hand. Jesse slowly falls asleep and in a sequence, we realize the trauma she has been through earlier and how it is affecting whatever is happening with her right now. The movie is intense, scary, creepy, and in a flashback scene, it gives us a deep insight into Jessie’s horrific past. We then see all her inner demons manifesting into what happens in the movie in the later parts. ‘Gerard’s game’ has been praised by critics for its bold approach and the powerful performance of Carla Gugino as Jessie.
8. The Bar (2017)
This Spanish thriller has done an amazing job of showing how human beings are basically carnal animals who just need a suitable circumstance to bring out their most basic, animalistic nature. It is the story of a group of people who have suddenly got trapped inside a bar. However, they cannot get out since anybody who steps out of the building is being gunned down by a sniper.
The group slowly comes to realize one of them is the reason for this mess they have gotten themselves into. They also find out that they have unwillingly been made subject to a government operation. This triggers each of the trapped men and women who start blaming each other and fighting amongst themselves. The question is, will anybody survive till the end? Interestingly, this plot of a group of people trapped together inside a room, unable to escape, is a famous concept which has its roots in Orwell’s ‘1984’. Viewers who wish to check out surreal movies, can watch Luis Bunuel’s ‘The Exterminating Angel’ (1962) which has a similar plot in a completely different circumstance.
7. Fractured (2019)
Starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Adjoa Andoh, ‘Fractured’ is a psychological thriller film written by Alan B. McElroy. The Brad Anderson directorial follows Ray, who is driving his family home after a Thanksgiving dinner with his in-laws. But when they stop at a gas station, his daughter’s arm is fractured, and the family ends up in a hospital in a hurry. Once there, Ray realizes that there is something suspicious about the place, and his worst fears are realized when his daughter and wife go missing. Now, he must unravel the mystery behind their disappearance before it’s too late.
6. Clinical (2017)
Written by Luke Harvis and Alistair Legrand, ‘Clinical’ is a horror movie directed by Alistair Legrand. The Vinessa Shaw and Kevin Rahm-starrer revolve around Dr. Jane Mathis, an experienced psychiatrist who has PTSD following a surprise attack by one of her patients who ended up attempting suicide in her office. While she fights the trauma of the attack, Jane meets a patient with a horrifying past. With PTSD slowly complicating her life, is it the right decision for Jane to continue seeing new patients?
5. Raw (2016)
This movie is as f***ed up as it gets! ‘Raw’ tells the story of two sisters in a veterinary school. Even their parents had studied, met, and fallen in love there. The lead character is the younger sister Justine who, as a part of a phasing ritual by seniors, is asked to eat a raw kidney of a rabbit. Even her sister encourages her to do so. However, Justine is a vegetarian and refuses. This makes her sister Alexia force some meat into her mouth.
Since the next morning, Justine develops a strange craving for meat, something she had not even tasted earlier. She will now do anything to procure some raw meat. When the sisters are one day together, Alexia cuts off her finger by mistake, only to see her sister enjoying its taste. After this, Justine’s taste changes to just human flesh. When the sisters arrive at an accident site with two bodies in a car, Justine does not even hesitate from taking a bite off one of the dead passengers. Her cravings soon cause problems for the others, but Justine is ready to do anything for blood now. There are some really f***ed up scenes in this movie which might creep the hell out of you. In one scene, for example, Justine pukes out a bunch of hair.
4. The Ritual (2017)
‘The Ritual’ is one of the scariest and weirdest movies out on Netflix right now. It is the story of a group of friends who take on a hiking trip in Sweden. Their trail crosses through a deep forest which they enter but soon realize this place has something awry about it as they notice certain symbols drawn on tree trunks. As the night falls upon the group, the strange and horrible things of the forest start creeping upon them. They have no one to call out for. Eventually, they come across a monster which chases them and plans to take their lives. In such a state, the friends have nowhere to escape.
The movie is pretty intense and the thought of being lost in a jungle surrounded by sinister creatures in itself is creepy. The movie might serve as a metaphor for the fact that human beings have started encroaching upon forests and this is the same sanctuary where many creatures live. It might serve as a warning for humans to stay away.
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3. Eli (2019)
Written by David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing, ‘Eli’ is a horror-thriller movie that stars Kelly Reilly, Sadie Sink, Lili Taylor, and Max Martini. The film revolves around an innocent boy named Eli, who is struggling with a rare disease that makes it impossible for him to lead an ordinary life. In order to help him, the protagonists’ parents take him to Dr. Isabella Horn’s secluded medical facility hoping that he will finally get the much-needed that he desperately needs. However, things only get worse for Eli as he gets stuck in a haunted house.
2. 1922 (2017)
Inspired by Stephen King’s novella of the same name, ‘1922’ is a horror drama film written and directed by Zak Hilditch. The Thomas Jane and Neal McDonough-starrer follows a Wilfred “Wilf” James, a farmer who lives with his wife and son on a farm. But when Wilfred’s wife decides to move to a city for a better life, the protagonist mercilessly kills her without a second hand. While he never bothers about the horrible consequences of his actions, sinister forces soon begin to make life complicated for the father-son duo.
1. Hostel (2005)
‘Hostel’ is a what you’d call a gorefest. It begins with a group of friends who visit Amsterdam for some fun but are soon convinced by a stranger that they should visit a hostel in Slovakia as there will be many prostitutes with whom they can have fun. It turns out that the hostel which they visit is an utterly sinister and hellish place. They are soon captured and their bodies brutalized — some of their body parts are cut off. The movie is horrifying on so many levels and is extremely graphic.
A very obvious warning would be that the film is not at all for the faint-hearted. There is extreme graphic violence all over it. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino, a self-professed lover of violence, is one of the executive producers of the film. The director of the movie is none other than Eli Roth, the director/actor who played the role of ‘Bear Jew’ in Tarantino’s World War II epic, ‘Inglourious Basterds‘ (2009). The film received moderate to positive reviews from critics.
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