Top 10 Sickest Movies
To be a true horror fan, you have to be a little sick in the head. Let’s be realistic here - chances are you like to be scared and/or you enjoy seeing people meet a bloody, violent demise.
It’s ok, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good for the heart, we hear.
We love violent, horrific movies just as much as you do - hell we talk about them for a living. But every once in a while a film comes along that makes us stop in our tracks, take a long, hard look in the mirror, and ask ourselves if maybe we should reconsider the whole “watching horror movies” thing.
Films that are so sick, and so depraved, that they absorb the characteristics of a head-on car crash: despite the massive displays of carnage, we just can’t look away. And no matter what happens, they will leave an impression on us for the rest of our livesâ€¦for better or for worse.
With that in mind, we tried our best to compile what we think are the Top 10 Sickest movies of all time. Watch them (at your own risk) and we’re sure you’ll agree.
Barf bag not included.
Irreversible is not a film, itâ€™s a machine. A machine built with one purpose and one purpose only: to upset, distress, nauseate, and disturb you. From the queasy camera movements, to the hypnotizing soundtrack, to the reverse narrative, to the violent and disturbing imagery, Irreversible is not a film that you will easily forget.
Though there are only two really sick scenes in the film, (a harrowing, violent, and seemingly never-ending rape, and the infamous fire-extinguisher-bludgeon scene), they are so well done, and so shocking - especially in the context of the story - that we felt compelled to include Irreversible on this list. Rarely has a title been so appropriate; once you have seen this film, you cannot un-see it, and its effect on your will be forever Irreversible.
9. Men Behind The Sun
T.F. Mousâ€™ Men Behind The Sun stands out on the list as the only film to be based on a true story. This truly sickening film recounts the atrocities committed during World War 2 by the Japanese in the name of science, research, and the advancement of warfare.
To be honest, this film could be 100% fictional and it still would have made the top 10 list, as some of the scenes are downright brutal and extremely controversial: a (supposedly real) live cat is thrown into a room of starving rats and torn to pieces; a (supposedly real) corpse of a boy is slowly autopsied; a man is placed in a pressure chamber until his intestines blow out of his anus; a woman is tied to a post outside in the freezing cold, with buckets of cold water being dumped over her head to test the effects of frostbite, then her hands are plunged into boiling hot water, the skin peeling right off the bones; etc etc (those arenâ€™t even the worst scenes, trust us).
Add to those visual images the fact that these atrocities were actually committed and you have yourself a recipe for something truly disturbing and unsettling - one that will challenge your mind and your ideals (along with your ability to hold down your lunch).
8. Salo: 120 Days of Sodom
By far the most heady and artsy film on the list, Pier Paolo Pasoliniâ€™s Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom is also one of the most disturbing and (dare we say) damaging. There are very few films that, upon viewing, will have us running to the showers to try and scrub ourselves clean. This is one of those films.
The premise is fairly simple: a group of wealthy, influential, and severely deranged fascists in World War 2-era Italy kidnap a group of teenage boys and girls from their villages, lock them away in their compounds, and spend the next weeks using them to re-enact the Marquis De Sadeâ€™s 120 Days of Sodom. So over the course of the film they strip them down, humiliate them, make them eat feces, molest them, rape them and ultimately publicly dismember and execute them.
Feel good movie of the year? We donâ€™t think so. The film does have a lot to say about the nature of power and the corruptive attraction of pure fascism, and is considered a work of art by the film community (it was released as part of the highly esteemed Criterion Collection DVDâ€™s, which is extremely rare and expensive). Donâ€™t let that fool you though, this film is nasty, dirty, puerile, and may scar you for life (if you can get your hands on a copy).
7. Ichi The Killer
Weâ€™d like to take a time out to give thanks to whatever higher power (or lower power, as it were) is responsible for Takashi Miikeâ€™s existence. That crazy son of a bitch has cranked out some of our all time favorite genre flicks, and is one of the reasons we love Japan so damn much. So itâ€™s only natural that his most gleefully violent, over-the-top and sadistic film make this list.
Ichi is probably the most well known film on this list; primarily because - despite the insane levels of gore, smut, and depravity that occur in the film - Ichi manages to have an almost playful, comical aspect to it. In short, it doesnâ€™t take itself too seriously, and the characters are so quirky and weird that itâ€™s much easier for most people to digest the fact that theyâ€™re cutting off someoneâ€™s nipples, or slicing someone in half, or cutting someoneâ€™s face off and throwing it against the wall, etc etc - hence the filmâ€™s popularity and accessibility. As it stands, this film is often quoted as the sickest film ever, but usually only by people who havenâ€™t seen the rest of our Top 10.
What to say about this film that hasnâ€™t already been said? You can easily describe Nick Palumboâ€™s magnum opus in 3 words: controversial, controversial, controversial. Murder-Set-Pieces is a throwback to a time when horror and exploitation films really pushed the envelope through excessive scenes of violence and sex (ie Last House on the Left, I Spit On Your Grave, etc), and it manages to conjure up the same amount of controversy as the aforementioned films.
Does that mean the film is good? Well thatâ€™s up to you to decide (our opinion? Not really), but what it DOES mean is that this film is 100% certified sickness. Featuring special effects by the gore masters at Toe Tag Pictures (also responsible for our #1 movie on this list), this film has definitely got its share of sick moments, bloody dismemberments and horrifying rapes, all shot in gorgeous 35mm with a real score and a real budget. The highlight (or lowlight) lies in the slow, graphic, and extremely realistic murder of a young child - a scene that will stick with you for a long time, whether you want it to or not.