Embark on a chilling journey through the darkest corners of cinema as we delve into the realm of the 10 most disturbing and disgusting movies ever created. This curated list transcends conventional boundaries, pushing the limits of storytelling, cinematography, and viewer endurance. Brace yourself for an exploration of the macabre, where each film is a testament to the audacity of filmmakers and the visceral reactions they elicit.
There are movies that celebrate the beauty of human existence, reminding us of the wonders of being alive. On the other hand, there are films that prompt us to question whether we are truly deserving of the privilege of existence in a world where such extreme and inhumane behavior can occur. For those instances, these movies certainly capture the essence.
Below are a few films that are so unsettling that watching them might make it difficult to sit through, possibly prompting you to abstain from food for a day or two.
List of Top 10 Most Disturbing And Disgusting Movies
Braindead / Dead Alive (1992)
If an abundance of blood makes you queasy, steer clear of Braindead, also known as Dead Alive. Directed by Peter Jackson in 1992, this dark comedy is the ugly cousin of Evil Dead, notorious for its revolting and violently gory final sequence. Jackson didn’t hold back, utilizing a staggering 300 liters of fake blood for this film.
The plot kicks off with a Sumatran rat-monkey, and from there, it fully commits to the campy and disgusting theme. Brace yourself; this movie is an unapologetically repulsive experience.
Pink Flamingos (1977)
Directed by John Waters, Pink Flamingos is the epitome of disgusting cinema. If tasked with making the nastiest film ever, this would be the result. Every conceivable perversion finds a place in this film, with one infamous scene involving a character consuming authentic dog feces. Waters’s commitment to nasty realism is beyond comprehension.
Save yourself the trauma; read a synopsis online instead of subjecting yourself to this film. It’s guaranteed to curb your appetite for weeks.
A decade after A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell found himself in the lead role of another transgressive film, Caligula. While not as shocking as others on this list, it compensates with sheer malice. Even the movie’s writer, Gore Vidal, refused credit, signaling its repulsiveness.
When the writer disassociates from the film, you know it might be too repulsive for most audiences.
Unlike other films on this list, 2016’s Raw isn’t pure schlock. Beneath the hideous gorefest lies a dramatic gem. The story revolves around a vegetarian girl developing an insatiable hunger for human flesh after being force-fed a rabbit kidney. The film spirals into depravity and violence, enough to make anyone consider a vegan lifestyle.
The Human Centipede (2010)
The Human Centipede is a twisted film with a concept so outrageous that it became mainstream schlock. Even if you haven’t watched it, you likely know about the sick experiment merging people together in the nastiest way possible. Its deranged nature and infamy across social media might explain its two sequels.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Japan excels in revolting body horror, and Tokyo Gore Police is no exception. Blood and genitalia dominate the film, showcasing horrendous transformations. Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, this movie’s scenes of body modification are either the work of a deranged mind or a misunderstood genius.
The Fly (1986)
Directed by David Cronenberg, The Fly (1986) is a horror/sci-fi classic starring Jeff Goldblum. It follows a scientist who accidentally splices himself with a housefly, resulting in grotesque and disgusting creature effects. Cronenberg’s commitment to realistic makeup delivers one of the most revolting creatures in horror.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Cannibal Holocaust is so violent and deranged that it faced bans in over 50 countries. The 1980 film sparked an investigation against director Ruggero Deodato, falsely suspecting real murders captured on camera. While the human killings were staged, the movie faced controversy for its graphic and real animal killings.
Notorious for its near-impossibility to watch, 1988’s Nekromantik epitomizes German exploitation cinema. The film delves into the deadly carnal desires of a couple entangled in an unholy relationship with death and corpses. Described as “borderline unwatchable,” it teeters on the thin line between art and madness.
A Serbian Film (2010)
Distinguishing itself from others on this list, A Serbian Film (2010) is heinous in both concept and execution. From child abuse to necrophilia, it explores unspeakable acts, resulting in bans in numerous countries. Criticized for being a pointless exercise in shock, it scarred audiences seeking an easy way to be scarred for life. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.