8. Nekromantik (1987)
Nekromantik is one of the most banned films of all time. The ban list includes countries like Iceland, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore, and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario in Canada. The banning makes sense as the film is one of the most shocking and filthiest of all time. Necrophilia is such a casual topic during Nekromantik that you start to question who would even come up with something like this. Thankfully German filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit had the nerve to cross every line ever!
7. Martyrs (2008)
If you are looking for a bleak film, Martyrs should place at the top of your list. Two young women’s quest for revenge for their abuse leads them down a path that you continuously want to avoid. It isn’t until one of the women is systematically tortured in an attempt to make her a martyr like Jesus Christ that you know it’s too far gone. 2008’s Martyrs pushes you mentally, draining you by the time credits roll. Not shocking that this New French Extremity masterpiece took so much heat from France’s film board.
6. Come And See (1985)
War films, by nature, are intense and bleak. But none feel as depressed as Come And See. This 1895 Soviet film drains you with its brutal and real depiction of World War II. Think of it as the saddest moments in Schindler’s List mixed with the intro of Saving Private Ryan. And just like those films, Come And See is hailed as a classic in many regards. It might be the most esteemed entry on this list with the filmmakers even trying to get this to the Academy Awards. Not shockingly, it never made it.
5. Antichrist (2009)
Lars Von Trier makes movies that are perfect for a list of shocking film. If it’s the five-hour sex epic Nymphomaniac or the aforementioned his newcomer, the director knows the art of shock and awe. Antichrist is beautifully filmed, like most of his work, but the film’s depiction of sex, violence, and grief shake you to your core. The production took place during the darkest point in Lars Von Trier’s life. You feel it as the piece is brutal, with no sign of happiness. Also, includes body mutilation, so there’s that.
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