Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. I love the film, but I can only watch it every so often. It’s an ordeal!
I can’t believe so few have mentioned it…
COME AND SEE is incredibly disturbing.
It knocked the wind out of me.
For me it would have the Bad Lieutenant by Abel Ferrara and Videodrome, they are both really good but so hard to watch at times
Ichi The Killer
The Squid And The Whale
definitely A Clockwork Orange and also Psycho are very disturbing but the most disturbing film to me is The Shining
Tetsuo, the Iron Man
Come And See (a very powerful film, should be a Criterion!)
the first third of A Clockwork Orange, especially if you saw it in the 70s
the last scene of Easy Rider
El Topo & Santa Sangre
A Zed and Two Noughts
I saw Tenebrae in a special double bill screening in my hometown of Glasgow when I was 18 and it’s been one of my favorite films ever since. Don’t know about disturbing but over the top, graphic and nonsensical it certainly is! It’s the one film I’m always pressing on people and it’s a real divider, strong reactions all round. How about an Argento Eclipse pacakge, Criterion?
I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Fat Girl! And only one person said Man Bites Dog, plus I have to go with Irreversible also. Plus the documentary Stevie, whoa, that ain’t right.
I found “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” to be more disturbing than “Oldboy”
and my favorite documentary/musical/horror movie: “Gimme Shelter”
And of course all the ones that have been mentioned already!
A disturbing movie that i loved was gummo. Everyone that i have told about it to looked freaked out.
That and the last few minutes of eraserhead.
Ichi the killer
A Clockwork Orange
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Dancer in the Dark
Dead or Alive 2
Requiem for a Dream
Salò, though quite disturbing, inhabits its own region of film history: it is something that should be seen and analyzed, though the act of watching it turns many away from it. To those who have ventured into its territory, it still can void many from it. The film, however, is a masterpiece, and only in Pasolini’s true irreverence could it become such a towering acheivement. Some of the film’s most harrowing moments come from the ideas it presents (and subsequently, the recognition of these ideas and themes in our own society), rather than purely from the gruesome imagery of the picture.
It may not be suited for weekly viewing, and it is difficult to name it “a favorite” of any sort (given the justifications that seem to follow that tag), indeed Salò is something that ought to be seen; as a masked experience of reward, there can be no greater.
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski) and The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy). I had nightmares after watching those 2 films.
HAPPINESS (Todd Solondz)
Anyone here see Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
that movie sat in my head for a while
Forbidden Zone (disturbing mainly for the politically correct or just plain prudish)
Animal Love by Ulrich Seidl
Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma by Pasolini
Crash by David Cronenberg
Bloody Sunday by Paul Greengrass (A trully masterpiece of modern cinema vèritè)
Sweet Movie by Dusan Makavejev
Witchfinder General – Michael Reeves
Forbidden Zone – Good one!
If Salo was a comedy/musical, you would have Forbidden Zone.
I’m glad to see folks are mentioning “Dumplings” by Fruit Chan—a movie so disturbing that you can’t even give a synopsis without horrifying people. Yet, it’s quite well made. Otherwise, people have been making suggestions I completely agree with. A great topic. There’s an Ozon film I’d add—See the Sea. Not his best, but some images continue to haunt. Funny Games is my #1 choice (The original version) for this category—brilliant and disturbing. Also, I’d add Lynch’s Fire Walk with Me.
The Devil’s Rejects
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Pink Flamingos anyone?
Pasolini’s Salo; and any David Lynch or David Cronenberg film! Love each one!
I don’t think Dancer in the Dark is ‘disturbing’ so much as it is horrifically sad. I wept for the last 40 minutes of that movie straight. Happiness is wonderfully twisted though!
I stand alone.
Vertigo (disturbing in its own way)
Franju’s Blood of the Beasts will forever be embedded in my brain as a surreally beautiful and profoundly disturbing film.
The best part of Blood of the Beasts was the fact that there was no music during the slaughter scenes. Everything was so matter-of-fact. It would have been tasteless in color, but it’s gorgeous in Black and White.