1. The Human Centipede (2009)
Due to sequels, it’s now known as The Human Centipede (First Sequence). An insane scientist wants to create a literal human centipede by stitching a string of mouths to rectums.
His success is still locked in minds that can’t escape the image.
2. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Long before The Blair Witch Project, this Italian exploitation flick tried this is real approach. A documentary film crew finds itself on the wrong side of an indigenous tribe.
What follows are unfiltered scenes of torture, impalement and eating human flesh.
3. Pink Flamingos (1972)
Director John Waters proudly proclaimed his intent to push the boundaries of good taste. Pink Flamingos bashes common decency across the skull with perverse sex and a scene where drag queen Divine eats a real pile of dog poop.
4. Audition (1999)
For people that enjoy torture with their popcorn, this is for you. Love gone wrong gets the grindhouse treatment after a man finds out the love he so wanted is a deranged killer.
During one of the grimiest torture scenes on film, the hardest among us will put that popcorn down.
5. Salo (1975)
Before torture porn became a genre, there was Salo. Fascist libertines entrap a group of teenagers for the sole purpose of subjecting them to three months of mental, physical and sexual abuse.
It gets pretty graphic and downright unrelenting.
6. Ichi the Killer (2001)
You will need a strong stomach.
Director Takashi Miike may be used to this type of material but here he really goes off the rails, depicting a world of beatings and brutality that makes films like Saw look like family friendly fare.
7. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Requiem for a Dream isn’t about torture or gore. It’s an honest and artistic depiction of drug addiction that can be hard to look at. Paranoia, depravity and desperation are all unflinchingly covered.
Worse, the film makes it easy to see that addiction is all too real.
8. Irreversible (2001)
This is an interesting project told Momento style. What puts it on the list is one of the most brutal rape scenes on camera. Many have could not watch this film twice, not just because of the rape but for the ideas and emotions it ignites in viewers.
9. Antichrist (2009)
Director Lars von Trier looks at the deterioration of a marriage. After their child dies, a couple tries to close the widening gap between them with a hopefully revitalizing getaway.
Instead it turns into sexual violence, self-mutilation and actually asks questions about life and death.