I think movies like Saw or Hostel and other horror films are more gore than anything. They don't disturb me.
Films and books that address difficult subject matter (like rape, violence, animal cruelty, human trafficking, psychological illness, drug abuse, etc) in very realistic and graphic ways disturb me.
Films like Black Swan are good, but I didn't find it disturbing or cringe-worthy.
A film like Irreversible, which features a 10 minute long rape scene in which the camera does not cut away at any point really disturbs me.
That film also features a lot of disturbing masochistic/sodomy scenes. I will never watch that movie again.
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Dead Ringers - It's rather subtle but it's disturbing in a creepy crawly way. It's disturbing not because it's graphic, but because it's not. It's not what happens, it's what is implied, which is even worse.
I just saw Funny Games (Michael Haneke) and I have to say it's one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. The raw cruelty of the killers and the way that every murder was shown (actully not shown) just made the movie even more disturbing!
^ Oh yes! The original Funny Games (not the english spoken remake, despite being made by the same director it lacked a lot of the strength of the first) really disturbed me and left me feeling sick for a few days afterwards. It was beautifully horrific, and the anticipation of everything that could happen, and how real it felt was truly awful.
I found Haneke's commentary about the viewer and violence in films, most disturbing and key. For instance, I didn't find the actual film, on the surface, that disturbing nor scary, in fact, as a viewer, I felt it was seriously lacking for its genre, and found myself wanting more - to see the violence or killings on screen - to actually make the film worthwhile and satisfying. That was what was truly disturbing.
The remote control and addressing the audience all play into this. For example, when one of the killers turns to us and asks, "you're on their side, aren't you?". Of course we'd all like to think we are - but are we? If we were, we wouldn't have chosen to watch this film about a family invasion/torture (or any other thriller/horror film), for entertainment in the first place.
She grew so depressed after writing it that she shot herself.
I remember seeing this book on my father's bedside table when I was in middle school. I flipped through the photo portion and was utterly disturbed. I read it years later; its still one of the most powerful books I've ever read. Amazing that it happened less than a century ago.
^i just tried to watch it, but i had to quit at minute 17 (when that dog gets killed) i just can't go on. i can't understand how people can treat animals like that
are there any more scenes like that or is it save for me to watch the rest? it sounded really interesting, i just can't deal with graphic scenes like that.
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