Guest Post: Five disturbing films you may not have heard of

As a film lover, I tend to keep an open mind and see as many different type of films as much as I could. But once in a while I’ll see some films that were too weird or disturbing for my taste and I promised myself I would never ever watch those films again. The list of films I came up below are sure to disturb or might be too weird for general movie audiences. Mind you some of these films were quite well made but I could never recommend them to anyone, so be warned if you decided you really want to see some of these films, you can’t say I didn’t warned you.

1. The Baby of Macon (1993)

A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place.

This film from director Peter Greenaway never was released here in the States so it’s actually considered ban in the U.S. But thanks to my fellow FC contributor Vince I was able to see the film. Greenaway is known for his unconventional style of filmmaking and this film definitely fits that description. You see the whole film is a stage play, when the film starts you see an audience sitting down and watching a stage play. And so we the movie audience is actually watching the play along with the audience in the movie, hope that makes sense.

The subject matter in the movie caused quite a controversy upon its release back in 1993, because of that no Hollywood studios were willing to pick up the rights and release here in the States. To me I think the main reason the film was never picked by a studio was because of what happened at the end of the movie, it was quite repulsive and I won’t go into it.

Per imdb, this is why Peter Greenaway decided to make this movie:
Director Peter Greenaway has said that one of the sources of inspiration for the film was the banning of the Benetton advertising poster campaign in the UK that featured pictures of a newborn baby, covered in blood and still attached to its umbilical cord. An outcry caused the posters to be removed. “What is so horrible about a newborn baby?” Greenaway wanted to know. “Why is that image (one that is seen many times a day in hospitals all over the country) so unacceptable, when much more horrific images are presented on television and the cinema, featuring murder and rape, but glamorized and made safe?” Thus Greenaway set out to make a film featuring murder and rape in which “nothing was glamorized and nothing was safe“.

Well if you seen the movie then I think you’ll agree with me that Greenaway achieved that goal.

2. Fat Girl (2001)

‘Fat Girl’ is about the lives of two sisters on a summer vacation. Elena is 15 beautiful and gets all the guys. Anais is cute but overweight and is 12. That summer, the lives of the two sisters change forever with one of the most shocking and controversial endings.

This French film by Catherine Breillat is a coming of age story about two sisters, the older one is beautiful and the younger one is overweight. The story takes place during a summer vacation and it’s about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships.

To me the entire film was sort of uncomfortable to watch and then the icing on the cake was the ending that sure to disturb many people. I can’t really say this was a good movie but for those brave enough to see it, you might be interested to check it out.

3. Santa Sangre (1989)

A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge

Alejandro Jodorowsky is another filmmaker whose style  is very unconventional. So when he decided make this film about a young man and his armless mother going on a killing spree, many critics compared the film to that of Albert Hitchcock’s Psycho. I think that was a fair assessment but I think Jodorowsky took it a step further with this film, it was so strange and terrifying but yet it also sort of hypnotized me. Roger Ebert even put it on his top ten best film list from 1990.

4. Gozu (2003)

When Minami is sent to kill his mentor, Ozaki, who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown, he embarks on a journey of unexplained natural phenomenon.

Shock master Takashi Miike is known for making films that would disturb and repulse people and this film is no exception. I won’t go into details about the plot of this movie, but it sure to make you pay attention to the screen if you decided to see it. I was speechless when I saw what Miike put on the screen towards the end of this movie. Trust me you have to see it to believe it. Again I highly caution you before you decide to watch this one, it’s NOT for everyone.

5. 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.

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo, this French horror film is part of the current torture porn craze and it’s definitely one of the most disgusting and gruesome films I’ve ever seen. I thought the film was well made and sure to shock people, but I can’t for the life me recommend it to anyone to see it. Just remember this is not for the faint of hearts, so again see it at your own risk.

Well those are some of the films I considered to be quite disturbing and some will make you sick to your stomach. Of course there are some other extreme films that I didn’t include on the list, for example last year’s A Serbian Film is considered the most disturbing film ever by those who’ve seen it. I haven’t seen it myself and I have no desire to see it, so if you seen it do share it with us on the comments section.