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I am not a horror film aficionado. For some reason I find that Japanese and Korean films can be especially disturbing. I m not into this genre so I can't speak to it except I do read the reviews at times and have found a few that if i was able to watch I would.

What is the best or most disturbing horror film you have seen? I am aware that sometimes the international version can be more intense that the Americanized versions.

This is one that sticks out to me:

Killers (2014)

Trailer (English)

This film is a Japanese Indonesian collaboration. This film is about a sadistic serial killer who targets women, and ends up posting their tortuous murders online. This draws in a journalist who becomes caught up in following this killer in unexpected ways. Here is a spoilery review.

http://twitchfilm.com/2014/01/sundance-2014-review-killers.html

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I don't like serial killer stuff unless it's hyper real (i.e. the giallos of the 60s and 70s or something like Human Lanterns.)

For me, still the most disturbing has to be a Lucio Fulci's The Beyond.

The Beyond's ending is soooo messed up - the people become trapped in limbo (identical to a painting uncovered at the site of one of the gates of hell.) The whole movie feels like a nightmare you cannot escape. It slowly builds (unlike Fulci's Gates of Hell (City of the Living Dead) which is insane and zombie filled)...

I am sure there are worse ones I've seen but that ending sticks with me (John Carpenter did a similar Fulci ending for Prince of Darkness which really upset me at the time...)

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I don't like serial killer stuff unless it's hyper real (i.e. the giallos of the 60s and 70s or something like Human Lanterns.)

For me, still the most disturbing has to be a Lucio Fulci's The Beyond.

The Beyond's ending is soooo messed up - the people become trapped in limbo (identical to a painting uncovered at the site of one of the gates of hell.) The whole movie feels like a nightmare you cannot escape. It slowly builds (unlike Fulci's Gates of Hell (City of the Living Dead) which is insane and zombie filled)...

Heard of this one, I'm also pretty sure I got a chance to get it on DVD but I don't have it. Seems like the only Fulci film I have is Zombi 3 - got a bunch of other Italian horror films like The House On The Edge Of The Park, Beyond The Darkness, some Umberto Lenzi cannibal flicks and various gialli though.

Speaking of gialli, one of the - if not THE - creepiest films I've seen is Mario Bava's Lisa And The Devil - and I mean the original 1971 version, not the reedited version from 1974 called House Of Exorcism that splices in scenes having to do with exorcism and obviously trying (and failing miserably) to cash in on the shock value of William Friedkin's The Exorcist, ruining the whole thing in the process.

The wax figure stuff (there's a big deal with necrophilia and a strange recurring point of turning dead people into wax figures), the eerie atmosphere (the sets are nice but the place makes you uncomfortable too) and the ambiguous ending really worked. The movie also has Telly "Kojak" Savalas as a nice but kinda creepy butler.

I also like the eerie atmosphere in Human Lanterns, which adds to the creepy and unsettling tone of the movie and of its main character. I like to describe this film as a great mix of Wu Xia Pian, swordplay and slasher, which I guess makes it sound pretty cool and interesting. :cool

I also find both F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu and the original Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre had great suffocating atmospheres. The part in the castle of the first makes you uncomfortable and the creepiness of some scenes adds to that "let me outta here" feeling (plus, Nosferatu himself acts and looks really creepy, though I just love the way he stands out of his coffin), the second one really gives out the unpleasant feeling of the heatwave - I'm not sure how to put this in words, but watching the movie made me feel like on an extremely hot summer day without a single breeze of air (even though I saw it on a rainy December night).

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There's also The Screaming Skull, a 1958 American movie about a widower who re-married a young lady after the mysterious death of his wife who apparently cracked her skull. But her skull (a skull that flies around and produces high-pitched screams, no less) haunts the house.

While the premise may sound hilarious, the movie is actually creepy at times, especially when you have that f**king portrait of the dead wife on screen. The picture and the blank stare of the lady in it can make you uncomfortable, and that thing is naturally right in front of the new wfe's bed... Some appearances of the skull catch you off guard at times (cause it flies, has sound effects but also drops in out of nowhere), but there's also a very creepy deal with the wife and the way she died (looks like it wasn't really an accident).

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Hostel, saw franchise, the gore gore girls, guinea pig 2, ichi the killer, zombie, cannibal holocaust, and dead alive are probably the goriest I've seen

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I am not a horror film aficionado.

Ditto.

I very, very rarely watch horror movies, but I thought Halloween was pretty freaky. There's also this Hong Kong horror movie called The Imp. I saw it late one night and it holds up really well. Really scary movie too.

Besides horror, I think Save the Green Planet! and What Price Honesty? are two of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. Both are recommended, but certainly not for those faint of heart. :puke

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Heard of this one, I'm also pretty sure I got a chance to get it on DVD but I don't have it. Seems like the only Fulci film I have is Zombi 3 - got a bunch of other Italian horror films like The House On The Edge Of The Park, Beyond The Darkness, some Umberto Lenzi cannibal flicks and various gialli though.

Speaking of gialli, one of the - if not THE - creepiest films I've seen is Mario Bava's Lisa And The Devil - and I mean the original 1971 version, not the reedited version from 1974 called House Of Exorcism that splices in scenes having to do with exorcism and obviously trying (and failing miserably) to cash in on the shock value of William Friedkin's The Exorcist, ruining the whole thing in the process.

The wax figure stuff (there's a big deal with necrophilia and a strange recurring point of turning dead people into wax figures), the eerie atmosphere (the sets are nice but the place makes you uncomfortable too) and the ambiguous ending really worked. The movie also has Telly "Kojak" Savalas as a nice but kinda creepy butler.

I also like the eerie atmosphere in Human Lanterns, which adds to the creepy and unsettling tone of the movie and of its main character. I like to describe this film as a great mix of Wu Xia Pian, swordplay and slasher, which I guess makes it sound pretty cool and interesting. :cool

I also find both F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu and the original Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre had great suffocating atmospheres. The part in the castle of the first makes you uncomfortable and the creepiness of some scenes adds to that "let me outta here" feeling (plus, Nosferatu himself acts and looks really creepy, though I just love the way he stands out of his coffin), the second one really gives out the unpleasant feeling of the heatwave - I'm not sure how to put this in words, but watching the movie made me feel like on an extremely hot summer day without a single breeze of air (even though I saw it on a rainy December night).

Haven't seen Lisa and the Devil in years and years. Perhaps when things die down financially, I'll see if I can at least rent it, although Telly Savalas makes me :rofl no matter how evil he tries to be.

Creepiest giallo for me would have to be Argento's Opera because of the stalker / slasher stuff and the awful deaths and naturally the reveal of who the killer is, which makes it even more unsettling to me.

I also have to put Demons on my list as scary because of the scenario (not so much the goofy gross demons make up), but because of the claustrophobic and this is now happening for 'real' elements.

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Okay see this is what I am talking about! Some of these films are disturbing and nightmare provoking. Read the plot line for Dumplings :puke

I just can't...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category: ... rror_films

I have also heard what a great film Human Lanterns is but I just can't bring myself to watch it. :shaking

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I don't watch a lot of horrors. But from time to time I checkout some. In terms of violence it would be I Saw the Devil, psychologically Suicide Club and then british mystery film Kill List (2011), where the feel of danger is sensed throught the whole movie.

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I don't watch a lot of horrors. But from time to time I checkout some. In terms of violence it would be I Saw the Devil, psychologically Suicide Club and then british mystery film Kill List (2011), where the feel of danger is sensed throught the whole movie.

 

Suicide Club I found often veering toward laughter than anything else.  It started reminding me of a Monty Python skit with the mass suicides.

Henry: the Portrait of a Serial Killer is one that I found more disturbing than most horror films.  Everytime I see Michael Rooker (even in Guardians of the Galaxy.)   Slasher films (nor gore oriented films) never tend to be scary, just mostly lame (and often too misanthropic and/or misogynistic) in one dispatching of an ignorant teen/local/yokel/woman after another (there are exceptions of course.)  But this movie gets into the psyche of a disturbed individual.  So matter-of-fact.  The scariness is that there are individuals like this.  Which is why it is so much more frightening to me than the grotesque Rob Zombie films.

The end of the original The Vanishing is disturbing (not original; you see the idea in films such as the great Dreyer's Vampyr and The Serpent and the Rainbow.)

Dumplings doesn't scare me, but does make me nauseous (a feeling I hate worse than being scared :D).

Secret Executioner: if you have not seen Vampyr (available on Criterion) and since you like Nosferatu check this film out as it has one of the best looking and haunting gothic atmosphere (German Expressionistic camerawork).

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Suicide Club I found often veering toward laughter than anything else.

Another good thing about this film. It's totally unexpected. I must confess that when I saw it for the first time I laughed a couple of times.

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Kill List is one heavy film and I had little knowledge of it when I borrowed the film.

I was surprised to learn it was filmed in Sheffield.

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The most disturbing film I believe I have ever seen, is...
 

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An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.

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There's also The Screaming Skull, a 1958 American movie about a widower who re-married a young lady after the mysterious death of his wife who apparently cracked her skull. But her skull (a skull that flies around and produces high-pitched screams, no less) haunts the house.

 

While the premise may sound hilarious, the movie is actually creepy at times, especially when you have that f**king portrait of the dead wife on screen. The picture and the blank stare of the lady in it can make you uncomfortable, and that thing is naturally right in front of the new wfe's bed... Some appearances of the skull catch you off guard at times (cause it flies, has sound effects but also drops in out of nowhere), but there's also a very creepy deal with the wife and the way she died (looks like it wasn't really an accident).

Woah man! Does that jog a memory! I saw this in the late 70's one afternoon on tv, yeah his wife's picture seriously freaked me out as a kid, I'll have to seek this one out.

 

Edit, full movie is on youtube, I also see it got the MST3k treatment, here's the trailer -

 

Edited by Tosh

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I use to be into horror but fell out of it when cgi took over, I think the genre really lost it when the first Scream came out, still to this day don't see how that movie or it's sequels are any good, it was a downhill slide from there, hate the torture porn flicks, they turned Vampires into whiny emo's, and ran zombies into the ground.

 

On the bright side there are a lot of older movies I haven't seen, I've yet to really delve into the Italian stuff, and I'm always on the lookout for a good monster movie - always my favorite horrors.

 

As far as creepy you can't go wrong with some of the 70's output, there were some quite grim unsettling movies that didn't end on a good note. The Exorcist is still top on my list.

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Had to run out so to continue, most of these movies I haven't seen for a long time so not sure how they stand up today -

 

When a Stranger Calls - A babysitter gets a call in the middle of the night, the man asks - Have you checked the children? - Really creepy movie, been a long time since I saw this but I think it runs a lot deeper than the phone calls.

 

The Shining - Those twins, and room 237, funny King hated this movie so much, he had no clue how bad his books turned to movies would be over the next 20 years, he tried to remake it more like the book and failed miserably.

 

Todd Browning's Freaks 1932 - A movie way before it's time, ruined Browning's career.

 

Ssssss - This freaked me out as a kid, need to revisit this one soon, could be goofy now.

 

Thirst - This Australian movie gave me nightmares, another one I need to revisit.    

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The most disturbing film I believe I have ever seen, is...
 

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 Yes this is one of the one's I read the description for was and that was enough for me. (this is where I would use the throwing up smiley but it grosses me out!) Some of the Foreign films can be very brutal in a sick way that we can not necessarily show here in the US and some of them do not translate well. I have seen some of the films here that were originally Japanese or Korean. Like Oldboy for example. I have not seen it and it's not a movie I would view but in reading the changes in the script from the Korean version and the American Version, there are just some topics and places we are afraid to go.

 

Wait..you actually saw this film? What was that like? How did you feel after that? Were you able to get those things out of your head? I'm really curious.

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