There were times when directors directed created sheer mind-bending concepts of violence, choreographed wonderfully with a vision behind every frame. Creating these movies for the grotesque enjoyment of an unsuspecting audience needs a very different creative mindset. So, here are the 'rather imaginative’ set of movies that are so fucked up, that they are actually good.
Okay, if you are a child under 10, then just don't watch it.
1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Clockwork Orange is Stanley Kubrick's infamous adaptation of the Anthony Burgess short novel on free will and human right. This movie needs an intellectual mind to understand it fully and to see the sociological significance in the message it contains. So much so that it earned an “X” rating upon its original release.
Fun Fact- Nominated for Best Picture
2. Eraserhead (1977)
If you haven't seen the surrealist movies by David Lynch, then you don't qualify for appreciating any form of movies. This movie was a surrealist body horror film that examines male paranoia and is filmed over several years on pretty much no budget.
Fun Fact -Eraserhead was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress.
3. Pink Flamingos (1972)
Directed by John Waters, this transgressive black comedy film is a proto-punk freak out that finds hilarity in forced impregnation, elementary school heroin rings, the mentally challenged, and (in the film’s most infamous scene) a 300-pound drag queen who has no trouble squatting down, scooping up a handful of dog shit and scarfing like a kid in a chocolate store.
Fun Fact- Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
4. El Topo –
Legendary director – Alejandro Jodorowsky is famous for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation" El Topo is an acid western drama film characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf performers, and heavy doses of Christian symbolism and Eastern philosophy.
Fun Fact – Alejandro Jodorowsky said the film was not intended to be a comedy, a tragedy, a political film or a religious film. It was everything.
5. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
This movie acts as a found footage gathered by a professor who stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. This movie created the definition of GORE genre and has been regarded as the apex of the cannibal genre. The techniques for prosthetics and makeup used in this movie is often borrowed from many Hollywood commercial movies like Hostel, Green Inferno etc.
Fun Fact- The film has 6 unofficial sequels.
6. The Evil Dead (1981)
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods…..and unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Director Sam Raimi is the reason for thousands of B grade horror movies with crappy prosthetics makeup all revolutionized by one and only The Evil Dead.
Fun Fact- Stephen King cited The Evil Dead as one of his favorite films,
7. Ichi the Killer (2001)
This movie is about Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who is able to inflict levels of pain that you could only dream of.
One of the very first scenes has a pimp viciously pummeling a prostitute in the face and raping her while outside, on the balcony, a man in a black latex bodysuit masturbates.
Fun Fact – It's a Takashi Miike Film, So beware.
8. Bad Taste (1987)
Can you believe that the director of Lord of the Rings (Trilogy), King Kong directed a gore/slasher movie as his first feature film. Before he was working with top dollar visual effects, Jackson was a DIY filmmaker making films on a small budget. Bad Taste is splatter science fiction horror comedy film where aliens harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food franchise.
Fun Fact- The vomit in the bowl was yogurt and muesli with green food coloring.
9. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
This movie is quite possibly the goriest, craziest, most eye-blowing, chunk-spewing, head-exploding sci-fi movie of all time. Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo, where the police have become privatized and are in an ongoing battle with a race of super criminals known as Engineers , which have the ability to turn any injured body part into a weapon .
Fun Fact – Shot and completed in just 2 weeks.
10. Antichrist (2009)
This is an experimental horror film that tests the religion and its values based on morality, manifestation of increasingly violent sexual behavior and sadomasochism. Apart from the title, the central character in "Antichrist" is not supernatural, but an ordinary man, who loses our common moral values.
Fun Fact – This movie received a special anti-award from the ecumenical jury at Cannes.
11. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
This Japanese art film directed by Nagisa Oshima tells a passionate story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.
Fun Fact- Demand to see the film at its first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival was so high, 13 screenings were arranged.
12. Martyrs (2008)
A martyr is a person who is put to death or endures suffering because of a belief, principle, or cause. Martyrs is a groundbreaking work – it challenges the audience to endure heinous acts yet to emerge spiritually cleansed; to witness man's willingness to abuse, degrade and manipulate, yet leave the theater more fascinated with humanity than ever.
Fun Fact – The Blu-ray copies of Martyrs have been discontinued
Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. This movie is a bizarre fantasy that takes the concept of homeschooling to squirmy extremes.
Fun Fact- The first film from Greece to be officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival in a decade.
14. Trash Humpers:
Is an experimental black comedy-drama-horror film written and directed by Harmony Korine. The movie's story follows the lives of a small group of sociopathic elderly people in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Trash Humpers" features repeated images of babies, usually cheap plastic dolls, that are beaten with a hammer, dragged behind bicycles and generally mishandled.
Fun Fact – The film was shot and edited entirely on VHS.
15. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
This rape and revenge exploitation film remains to this day one of the most controversial films ever made, and certainly one of the most hated.
Fun Fact – Features the longest rape scene in film history, roughly 25 minutes.
Well, these are the ground breaking movies that formed the platform for the horror and splatter movie genres. Also, we would like to mention movies like Dead Snow, The Machine Girl, Demons, Redneck Zombies, Basket Case,The ABCs of Death, Suicide Circle (2002, Hostel, Blood Feast, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein ,Shivers (1975), Antropophagus, and Audition (1999) as other excellent movies that you can enjoy. Let us know if we missed any good Gore/Slasher movie in the comments below.