MUBI brings you a great new film every day.  Start your 7-day free trial today!

I Watched 2 Girls 1 Cup and Didn't Flinch

By: Max

Recently, a friend pulled up the video 2 Girls 1 Cup, which I hadn’t seen since my first viewing some three years ago. I recall being utterly grossed out when I watched it back in 2007. Don’t get me wrong, I still find it repulsive, but this time I just watched it and went about my business. I didn’t make any of those hysterical noises people make when they see something gross, nor did I feel the actual urge to throw up or look away. It was definitely like a train wreck, and a train wreck that you have to observe.

Related: I watched Charlotte Gainsbourg mutilate her clitoris a few hours later while watching Antichrist. Also — didn’t flinch. I’m guessing that after viewing films with such graphic sexual, violent, and scatological content, I just don’t get grossed out anymore.

SPOILER ALERT! There are definitely spoilers in this list.

Here is a list of films that I think I can blame for my desensitization of blood, poop, puke, and overall gross-related content in films.

Blood:
Wild at Heart – I remember flipping through the channels and this being on Encore, when I was 8 or 9. In the beginning, when Nicolas Cage’s character bashed the guy’s face into the floor was really intense at the time.
GloryGlory was the first war movie I ever watched. More intense for me due to general violence than blood. I remember trembling the first time I watched it (at a very young age). I also think the version I watched, then, was an edited for TV version.
The Rage: Carrie 2 – I remember, not long after moving to our second house, this came on TV and scared me quite a bit. I hadn’t seen the first Carrie, but all the references to the “old town” and the pool scene where the guy’s eyes get blown out were pretty traumatic at the time. I have yet to see it again, but kind of look forward to it.
Saving Private Ryan – I remember being 11 when I first watched this film. I had purchased it as a used VHS tape at a Blockbuster in California, when visiting my grandmother. When I watched it, the part of the opening act, where a young soldier is holding his intestines, screaming, freaked me out and I immediately took it out of the video player. I later re-watched it, setting my TV to black-and-white settings.
The Dreamers – The first time I saw The Dreamers, I was a Freshman in high school and absolutely hated it. I found the first blood/egg cooking scene repulsive and decried the film as one of the worst I’d ever seen. After reviewing it as a senior in high school, after being able to watch film more maturely, I changed my mind and now it’s one of my favorite films.
The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes – I had no idea what this Brakhage film was about before I sat down to watch it. Little did I know I would spend, roughly, the next 30-minutes of my life viewing real-life autopsies.
Martyrs – Not necessarily desensitizing due to blood, but the extreme, constant, ruthless violence was so intense, that after watching the film I almost felt like I was not the same person.
In My Skin – Not quite as disturbing as anything else on the list, but the scenes where Marina De Van picks at herself are difficult to watch. Especially if you have a nice set of speakers. The sound, by itself, when she’s picking at her wounds sent chills down my spine and caused my roommate to leave the room immediately.
Inside – Also, not quite disturbing to the extent of many others on this list, the violence is pretty extreme, and when you throw a pregnant woman in the middle of it all, the film definitely has a place on the list. I watched this with the same roommate who couldn’t handle In My Skin and he was screaming most of the time.
Flowers of Flesh and Blood – So, the main character collects and dismembers bodies. The lot of the film is devoted to showing him dismember a particular female. There were a few moments when I scratched my head and thought to myself, “Damn.”
Cannibal Holocaust – Full of mutilation, rape, and animal cruelty, this “film” definitely has a place on this list. However, though it may be extreme in many aspects, the movie sucks.

Poop:
Not Another Teen Movie – Where the “hot girl in the bathroom” falls through the ceiling and scat is showered all over the poetry teacher.
Trainspotting – Ewan McGregor emerges from the worst toilet in Scotland and a massive amount of scat follows him out.
Salò – The infamous scat-eating scene depicted on the cover of the remastered Criterion box.

Puke:
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – The fat guy who kept throwing up in the restaurant: “I think I’m gonna need another bucket”

Etc.:
Leaving Las Vegas – I was a big fan of Nicolas Cage when I was younger and since he had won an Oscar for this film, I really wanted to watch it. Little did I know it would contain the first rape scene I’d ever see.
A Clockwork Orange – First viewed when I was 14-ish, I found the rape scenes very shocking and refused to let many of my friends borrow the DVD.
Pink Flamingos – An all-out gross out. Between the chicken-rape, the incest, and the eating of dog poop, Pink Flamingos is definitely a sick, sick movie.
The Devil’s Rejects – The scene in the hotel is a lot to handle.
Caligula – Recommended by my high school history teacher, I don’t think he intended for me to pick up the “Unrated” version. I’m not sure what the exact difference is between the versions, but the unrated version contained graphic sex scenes, genital mutilation, and a sort of “golden shower.”
Kids – Also a reminder from Sonja. The film is so raw in its portrayal of sexually active adolescents. The end gave me chills the first time I saw it.
Requiem for a Dream – I totally forgot about this one until Sonja mentioned it. At this point in my life, it seems rather tame, as I’ve both seen the film numerous times and seen worse since. I think I was about 14 or 15 when I saw this for the first time. The scenes that really messed with me were the ones with Jared Leto’s arm, after it got real nasty. I think this film might have just been more emotionally draining than anything else. Seeing the dehumanization of all the characters throughout the film is definitely not something that left me with a sense of pink ponies and rainbows afterward.
Irreversible – The infamous rape scene that can never end quick enough.
The Last House on the Left (both, but mainly the original) – In the original, when one of the girls is ordered to urinate on herself and was later raped and murdered.
Ken Park – Sexually explicit material, urination, and child abuse.
Antichrist – Between the female genital mutilation, the blood-spurting penis, and the very graphic sexual content, Antichrist is definitely not for the faint of heart.
In the Realm of the Senses – Purchased three days before compiling this list, I hadn’t watched it until I received a recommendation in response to the list from Uli Cain Needs to Rewrite. Between constant graphic sex scenes, and the final scene, featuring genital mutilation, In the Realm of the Senses joins Caligula and Antichrist in the GM club. And no, I don’t mean General Motors.
Born From Pain – Alex & Niko’s masterpiece of a short film is sure to push boundaries if you’re unfamiliar with anything else on this list. There’s definitely a singular scene, near the beginning, that makes it undoubtedly worthy of this list, but the entire concept of the film (symbolism and all) make it a primary example of flinch-worthiness.
Singapore Sling – Initially seen, for the first time, on the same day I saw Born from Pain, Singapore Sling is definitely a “10/10 on the WTF scale,” as I said on the film’s page. For so many reasons, this film is absolutely repulsive, yet arguably rewarding if you can get all the way through.
Visitor Q – For the record, I absolutely hated this film. I believe I rated it 1/5 on here. But, that aside, between the incest, parental abuse, and necrophilia, Visitor Q will definitely be a candidate for nightmares.
Anatomy of Hell – For those of you who’ve seen it, you probably weren’t quick to forget the graphic sex scene between the two main characters while the female lead was on her period.
A Serbian Film – Ugh. Quite possibly the most fucked up movie I’ve ever seen. Seriously. I told my friend, Erin, about it, she watched it, called me on the phone, and cussed me out for about 15 minutes.
I Spit on Your Grave (the original) – I haven’t seen the remake yet, but the original (starring a relative of Buster Keaton), features some pretty intense and difficult to watch sequences. Perhaps the ultimate revenge story, when the protagonist hunts down the men who raped her with a glass bottle, etc., you know she had a little more satisfaction than, say, Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill movies.
The August Underground Series – Personally, I think these movies are trash, as they’re fake snuff films and all three have practically the same plot-less antics throughout. There’s always a concert they attend, and they’re always messing with someone in their basement. They’re basically snuff films.

 

Wall

Displaying 4 of 11 wall posts.
Picture of subtonal

subtonal

6Apr13

I've been waiting to see, like, all of these.

Picture of Sandy Connell

Sandy Connell

24Jul11

For a greater appreciation of vomit (that doesn't contain any actual shit) check out BAD TASTE, from Peter Jackson's pre-LOTR phase.

Picture of The Stunner

The Stunner

17Feb11

i think "2 girls 1 cup" is hilarious.

Ryan Clark likes this

Picture of bruno de freitas leal

bruno de freitas leal

21Dec10

This list completely represents my ideas on "2 Girls 1 Cup". I almost feel like that was overrated. Those videos around YouTube showing the 2 Girls 1 Cup reaction sounded fake after all. The same for "Antichrist", although I liked it. "Ken Park" really disturbed me. Now, "Guinea Pig 2", I was prepared for it so it wasn't a real shock, reminded me of those snuff films on That's Phucked website.