Naked Lunch, but then it had to be


I've never seen the movie but the book is one of the funniest novels I've ever read (many times over). Here's an excerpt > Dr. Benway is operating in an auditorium filled with students: ‘Now, boys, you won’t see this operation performed very often and there’s a reason for that.… You see it has absolutely no medical value. No one knows what the purpose of it originally was or if it had a purpose at all. Personally I think it was a pure artistic creation from the beginning.' > ‘Just as a bull fighter with his skill and knowledge extricates himself from danger he has himself invoked, so in this operation the surgeon deliberately endangers his patient, and then, with incredible speed and celerity, rescues him from death at the last possible split second.… Did any of you ever see Dr. Tetrazzini perform? I say perform advisedly because his operations were performances. He would start by throwing a scalpel across the room into the patient and then make his entrance like a ballet dancer. His speed was incredible: “I don’t give them time to die,” he would say. Tumors put him in a frenzy of rage. “Fucking undisciplined cells!” he would snarl, advancing on the tumor like a knife-fighter.’" Edit: A lot of people are talking about buying the book based on this passage. The entire book is not like this- there's a lot of sex, drug-use, shock value and general flow from one subject to an entirely different one a paragraph later. I recommend the book but its not for everyone


I think Dr Benway is legitimately one of the scariest characters in fiction. After reading the book I had nightmares about him for months


"I deplore brutality. It's inefficient." - Dr Benway


I made the mistake of listening to this on tape whilst driving. When Burroughs read "He would start by throwing a scalpel across the room into the patient...," I almost crashed my car I was laughing so hard.


I can think of two things wrong with that title.


You boys gonna buy some wigs or ain'tcha?


Threads. Depiction of nuclear war that is unanimously loved over in r/horror. A year later it still bothers me


They showed this movie to us as kids in Elementary School. So yeah. Why have a childhood that contains hope anyway?


Now imagine being a kid in the 80s, living in Sheffield (where threads is set) watching it. Fun times for me and my sister.


Or anywhere in the UK, knowing that we'd be a glowing hole in the ground, 5 minutes after war kicked off


I've always said I'd rather be directly underneath the bomb rather than dying from starvation / radiation sickness. Maybe that came from watching threads as a kid lol


Tbf, I knew I wouldn't survive the first strike as I live a few miles from COD Donnington, the largest ordinance depot in Europe. It was expected (in the 80s) that Donnington would be, for a brief moment, the proud owner of a 10 megaton nuclear warhead


The BBC had an earlier nuclear apocaplypse film from 1966 called The War Game which they never aired as being to horrific for broadcast by the standards of that day, but it still a packs a serious punch if you care to watch it ( https://vimeo.com/532331716 ) ... it used to be that you could see it if you were part of a film club, so it was surprising that they allowed Threads to go ahead. Speaking of Threads, there's a good Soviet film from 1986 called Dead Men's Letters ( https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Dnyl4xQro see uploader's comment for subtitles ) which inspired some of Metro 2033. It helps to read a synopsis of the film before watching it the first time. Edited to add, I mamaged to find a freeview of the 1986 animated film " When the wind blows " best known nowadays for the David Bowie soundtrack, but best known then as a film adaptation of a popular alternative comic series... it starts about 3 minutes here, break out the tissues... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1xAIqDMW8dE


Threads 1984 https://vimeo.com/305272247


When I was 9, we moved into a house. The previous tenants had left some vhs tapes (this was '98) and one was labelled the wizard of oz. So we put it in to watch while my mom went and did whatever mom did back then. Turns out, they had taped over wizard of oz with threads. I watched it with my 8 year old sister and it totally fucked us up. I couldn't understand why mankind would have such horrible things that could cause such horrible pain, it baffled me and I'm pretty sure that it is my first recollection of true anxiety.


Damn, I can't even watch this movie as an adult, that sounds beyond traumatizing for an 8 year old :(


Not to mention an 8 year old just tryna see how Dorothy gets home. Instead she got nuked.


This is a movie that scared the absolute shit out of me. Like I was legitimately terrified. And to think the Sword of Damocles hangs over our head to this day. I don’t even think I could bring myself to watch it twice, especially today when that shit it back on the table.


Realistically, i don't think it'll ever really be off the table.


Wasn't popular and reception was mixed, but I always enjoyed Cube. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cube_(1997_film)


One hour photo.


I ran a one hour photo at CVS when that movie came out. There's a scene where Robin Williams is in full respirator PPE gear dumping out the chemicals. I was like "I do that in my work clothes"


That movie is crazy. First time I realized what a brilliant dramatic actor Robin Williams was.


He made such an awesome creeper.


IIRC he played a similar creeper role in an episode of Law and Order: SVU and knocked it out of the park.


Martyrs (the original french). Weirdly beautiful in a very morbid way


That was my thought as well. This movie really just puts you in an uncomfortable place by the end. French horror is weird.


This one sticks with you. Could only watch it once.


Pan’s Labyrinth. I was not expecting that at all!!!


My mom (not horror enthusiast at all) rented this thinking it was something like Peter Pan. We watched it together. It was… messed up…. Edit: I was 14 when we saw it, I recall her picking it up from blockbuster! Edit: I’m amazed how many people also had the same experience at the same age!


When I saw it in theaters a woman sitting in front of me brought her little kid. When that scene happened she got up and left ranting about how it was to supposed to be a fairy tale.


I was working my first job when that movie came out, which was as a video store clerk. One of our regular customers came in to get movies as she always did: one movie for her, and one movie for her kids. She came up to the cash with some drama or something that was obviously for her, and Pan’s Labyrinth. I realized she was going to rent it as her kids’ movie and stopped her. “This is not a kids movie; do not let them watch this. They will be scarred. It’s a good movie though, better than (whatever the other thing she was going to rent was).” Next week when I saw her she thanked me for saving her from that blunder. Those poor kids would’ve been traumatized if I hadn’t have known her rental habits haha. She enjoyed it, though!


I remember going to the video store and looking for it, there where signs under all of them warning; This Is Not A Childrens Movie!


The movie is rated "R". Where's the confusion for these people? R rated movies are explicitly not for kids.


Don't you remember hearing about parents complaining about the movie Sausage Party? Too many people see animated movies and/or fairytale type language as kids movies always and don't bother to see what the rating is or ask around.


it’s baffling how anybody with a shred of sense would look at a movie - no matter what medium it’s created with - titled “sausage party” and go, “yeah this is gonna be great for the kids” lmfao. i absolutely agree with you, some parents are just legitimately that ignorant, or straight up don’t give a fuck


I went to see the Dark Knight on opening weekend and the theater had like ten screaming toddlers. I guess the parents heard there was a clown in it and brought their children to watch the Joker slam a pencil into a man’s eye.


My favorite part is when the girl eats a grape and Mitch McConnell chases her.


He looked so young back then!


It is a sensational film, though.


I love the moral of this movie's story: If you follow your dreams, and with a *little* bit of magic, you'll get shot in the gut and bleed out.


Requiem for a Dream. The movie starts effed up and goes into a complete whirlwind from then.


I'm gonna be on television!


Weeeee’ve got a winner!


I'm gonna wear my red dress!


Ma you takin uppahs?


Jesus! Whatta ya tryin' to do, eh? You tryin' to get me to break my own mother's set? Or break the radiator? ..an' maybe blow up the whole house? You tryin' to make me a killer? Your own son? Your own flesh and blood? WHATTA YA DOIN' TA ME MA? YOUR OWN SON!!!


cue *Lux Aeterna* Edit: *[Dum dum dum](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZMuDbaXbC8)* (SFW)


You think it can't get worse and then it does Again and again




Trainspotting. Make sure you also read the book.


The book is damn near impossible to read if you can't wrap your head around the Scottish accent written down.


Yeah that book will have you sounding out every letter like you're learning to read again for the first half. At least.


We Need To Talk About Kevin


Unbelievable that thus is so low. Tilda Swinton is phenomenal in it. She really nailed the part of 'person in close contact with Ezra Miller'


Do we even know if she was actually acting?


This was the first thing that popped into my head. I haven’t seen the movie, but I read the book and .. wow.




Old Boy


Also Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance.


Also Lady Vengeance


Snowtown. It's a depiction of one of the most prolific serial killers in Australian history. It's very visceral. It all feels very real when you watch it.


Come and See


Should be top, I never knew a movie could be traumatizing until I saw this movie. Straight puts you in a bad mood. Should have a warning on it. It’s not even the most brutal stuff I’ve seen, it just makes it so horrifyingly real, like this honest to god happened and most got away with it.


So many anti war films aren't really anti war. They glorify aspects a lot of it and push a message of "it was hell but also kinda awesome". Come And See is truly fucking horrific and really just shows the terror and complete loss of humanity. It's a descent into hell and imo the best movie about war ever made.




Bone tomahawk


The Road. The basement scene is so messed up. I want to watch it again but it's so sad. Edit: thank you for the awards, very generous! Nothing like bleak despair and a parent’s love to bring us together.


I remember telling my husband I wanted to watch a comedy or something light and he put this movie on. Cannibals are light hearted, right?


Your husband sounds hilarious


He's a riot


Dude, the part where they catch the mom and her kid in the truck cage messed me up. Made me wonder what I’d do if it were me and my kid, and I’d probably put my kid down before we get back to the farm. It’s the best call in that scenario. Just the bleakest possible outcomes from start to finish with that film


In the book, the man is constantly checking how many bullets are left in his gun and becomes visibly upset when he only has one bullet left... because he knows he can kill himself or his kid, but not both.


Doesn’t he have 2 bullets until he uses one early on against the raider that caught the boy? I think I remember him being upset when he’s forced to use one


He checks the bullets like a bunch throughout the movie.


Sorry, meant in the book. I don’t remember that being a constant thing in the book but it’s been close to 10 years since I read it lol




yea i genuinely don't remember that bit


Same here. Only part i remember was the woman running from the hungry mob before her inevitable slaughter. Was there an extended edition?




I have no legs, I have no legs


I haven’t seen anyone say “night crawler” yet. This movie is straight up how a person with no empathy uses media desire for gore to enrich himself and his lack of emotion regarding people is really fucking creepy


Jake Gyllenhaal is very good at doing fake sociopath charisma. He brought a similar quality when he played Mysterio in the spider man film.


I still can't watch him in ANYTHING without my skin crawling. This movie is extremely tame compared to some of the movies I've seen recommended, but.... he does *such* a great job of being evil and sleezy it makes me want to take a scalding hot shower.


Watch October Sky. It's extremely touching and wonderful. Makes you like him a lot. There's also the Day after Tomorrow and Source Code. Buuuut, if you want more creepy Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko is cool.


Donnie Darko is a creepy movie, but I feel like Jake Gyllenhaal’s character is a reasonably nice and relatable guy.


You’re such a *fuckass*




Oh please, tell me Elizabeth, how exactly does one suck a fuck?


That mirror-breaking scene though. Apparently only the screaming was in the script and his breaking it was improvised. "During the scene where Jake Gyllenhaal screams at himself in the mirror, Gyllenhaal got so into this improvised scene that the mirror broke, cutting his hand. He was driven to the hospital by the director after a nineteen-hour day of working and got forty-six stitches in a four-hour long operation, returning to the set six hours after being discharged. This is the reason why Gyllenhaal had his hand behind his back in the scene where he tells the scrapyard owner his motto." https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872718/trivia?item=tr2053357


Oh man that's like Martin Sheen's mirror scene in Apocalypse Now- Coppolla got him actually drunk and Sheen just hit the mirror, needed stitches.


I worked for a local TV station in Alabama for about 6 years. We had a very large viewing area with diverse cities on all sides, about 350 miles wide. We had a stringer that would call us to sell stories or coverage of stuff we could not make it out to in time. The dude was so much like that movie. So fucking dirty. It got so bad that the station manager barred anyone from speaking to him except the Executive Producer and the News Director. If he called on a dead shift and one of the producers answered, they would have to three way call one of the big 3 and transfer him over. Dude made you feel like you sold a part of your soul when you talked to him. I had very little direct exposure, only spoke to him a handful of times, but that was enough. One time I spoke to him was after two high school girls were killed in a car crash caused by a police chase on the far side of the state. Dude calls in maybe 10 minutes after it happened and when I picked up the phone just says "I got video of the dead girls, how much you willing to pay?" Not even his damn name. Just blam out with it. I'm sure he bought it off someone and was flipping it to us, but fuck dude. I put him on hold and transferred him to the News Director's cell. It takes a special kind of creep. (FWIW we didn't take the deal for the video, but I think it had more to do with doing favors for the PD than ethics with him)




I mean, you say that - it takes a special kind of creep - but the entire point of Nightcrawler, and the lesson to take away, is that there's this giant institution, full of ostensibly-less-creepy-and-sociopathic-people, that directly incentivize that behavior. It really does defy the quip that there are but two ways a man can live: with a clear conscience, or none at all. Indeed, it seems like the most common way for people to live is to do and enable terrible things, but then use occasionally feeling bad about it as a balm. The people who actually and visibly live with no conscience are whipping boys for hypocrites.


Also, Prisoners is a great one featuring Gyllenhaal


Zodiac as well!


He really should have got an Oscar for Nightcrawler.


Blue Velvet, an all time favorite




Dean Stockwell lip syncing to Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams” using a drop light as a microphone was chilling. “You’re so FUCKING suave!!”


Fritz the Cat. It was originally rated X when it was released in the 1970s


X rated wasn't what it is today. The ratings system had all of the ratings copyrighted, except X. The porn industry jumped on it and started using it. A normal, not pornographic film getting an X rating (Fritz, Clockwork Orange, etc) is equivalent to an NC-17 rating today.


Dear Zachary...that film fucked me up


The fact that movie was made because someone loved and cared about their best friend so much is something else


This is one of the few films that I recall that actually made me cry.


I will always respond to a Dear Zachary recommendation. It is a great doc, it's so well made, but my one single watch will be the only time I will ever watch it. It made me sore physically, from the crying, tension and anger and I still highly highly recommend it. People often list Schindler's List as a one time watch movie and I really enjoy the movie and watch it every couple of years, but Dear Zachary was a one time watch.


Yeah I think I agree...I may watch it again if my wife wants to watch it but god damn, that movie crushed me. I saw myself in the grandpa, just calling the mother a bitch constantly...what a monster.


Jacob’s Ladder


The Deer Hunter It’s an emotional beating. And you only need to see it once. But it’s a masterpiece. Gave me nightmares for a few days after I watched it


My dad died very suddenly when I was 11, and my mom was diagnosed with cancer a year after that. I remember going to the grocery store with her one day, and in the bargain DVD bin they had Deer Hunter. I asked my mom if I could get it, because it had Robert de Niro in it and I knew he was a good actor lol. She must've not even looked at the damn thing, because no way should she have let her 12 year old see that. Definitely fucked me up, but strangely it sort of helped me come to grips with what happened with my dad and my acceptance of what would eventually happen to my mom. I was dealing with emotions that I didn't really know how to process at that point, and I think it helped me understand grief/loss a little better.


My first thought was Videodrome.


Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh! ExistenZ is another great Cronenberg film, similar creepy mind job energy lol.


Perfect Blue. Grave of the Fireflies. Just off the top of my head.


Perfect Blue is terrifying, it's insane how well it aged especially with streamer and online culture.


Grave of the Fireflies: for when you want to watch a WW2 movie, and Schindler's List is just a bit too cheerful and upbeat.


My wife and daughter keep talking it up to me, and they have yet to give me a good reason to subject myself to that. We saw an anime about the aftermath of the a bomb where a burned corpse was cradling her child and I think her arm fell off. I said, “whelp that was fucked up.” They said it still wasn’t as depressing as Grave of the Fireflies.


It works as a character study slice of life during a horrific moments of lives. It's designed to resonate with the part of you that's human that says 'this. Didn't have to happen' while you sit there understanding the characters motivations for why it did. For an animated feature, it works its medium very well. It's bleak.. and I don't want to watch that again so I get it.


Swiss Army Man That was quite a journey. Honestly sat there for 5 mins wondering what the hell I just watched. Edit to add. I loved the movie definitely needs a rewatch.


Riding that dead guy across the water, fart propelled.


And still not even the most wtf thing about the movie.


Seven Everyone knows the "What's in the box?" quote almost as if it's a joke. I always wonder how many of them have actually seen the movie.


I had not heard the joke before I saw the movie so I was SHOCKED.


Who cares about the box. The real fucked up part is Lust


Sloth is up there


Yeah, for me the main trauma was with sloth, that's really really fuck up.


The scene where they interview the guy involved in the case is very memorable. Did a great job of playing someone terrified and traumatized.


Eraserhead, Pi, Jacob's Ladder


Let The Right One In, it's a Swedish vampire movie involving children. Took me a few days to get over that one but it's good.


There is a level of fucked-up to that movie that many people (including me) miss during watching: >!The vampire child was born a boy, ~200 years prior to the film, and castrated while being turned.!<


The old guy who looks after that character is a pedo, in the book it's much more clear about the relationship he has with this young child vampire, they really toned that aspect down for the film


Oh wow, I thought he’d been in love with her since childhood and she used him until he grew old then replaced him with Oscar.


I think they completely left that aspect out of the American remake, Let Me In because I don't remember that at all. edit: I saw the American version when it was first released. I think it's still somewhere around my house...I planned on watching the original and reading the book but it never happened, guess I really should hop to it.


The American remake is incredibly tame compared to the original


Bad Boy Bubby


I would argue American Psycho is kind of fucked up but it’s just so fucking funny


“When are we going to get married?” “I can’t take the time off from work”


“I’m sorry, uhh… you’re not terribly important to me” I love the restaurant scene so much how Evelyn goes from so blasé to hysterical


Let’s see Paul Allen’s good fucked up movie


It even has a watermark.


That's bone.




“You’re inhuman” “No. I’m in touch with humanity” the funniest line ever


I have to return some video tapes.


that scene where he runs his credit card and it gets rejected is what I imagine every time I pay for stuff with mine. "Run it again!"


God the part where that prostitute is stumbling through his apartment and finds all this gruesome shit is so disturbing, but then it's fucking hilarious when Christian Bale chases her out butt-ass naked wielding a chainsaw and only wearing running shoes.




I need to return some video tapes.


I always laugh at how coincidental it is that Christian Bale (Batman) slaughters Jared Leto (Joker) in that movie lol


Don’t just state at her asshole, eat it. Impressive, very nice. Now lets see Paul Allens asshole.


I don't care whose asshole we're looking at as long as we have a reservation!


Hey Paul!




I was in a really weird place when I decided to watch this. It felt like a fever dream. I have no idea if I loved it or hated it. Haven't watched again.




I was so deeply uncomfortable watching this movie that I started laughing involuntarily. Creeped my partner out so much that the reaction was referenced during the break up shortly thereafter.


I'm sorry because I can completely relate to uncomfortable laughing, but that's fucking hilarious


Its called hysterical laughter. Some people do it in effed up situations.


Irreversible. It was the first time I remember seeing Monica Bellucci in a film, and I’m glad I don’t have much recall for any films I’ve seen because this one horrified me.








Not a horror movie like most of the other suggestions here, but I watched Schindler’s List in my last year of high school and it really fucked me up. That scene where the Nazi commandant is taking potshots at prisoners still disturbs me…


He was a real person and he did exactly that. https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/amon-goeth/


Fiennes did such a good job in his portrayal that survivors who would be on set (don’t remember why they were on set just that they were) were terrified of him and wouldn’t go near Edit: For those curious, Göth treated prisoners so poorly that the SS relieved him of duty and arrested him in 1944. He was supposed to stand trial but charges were dropped when things went south for Germany in 1945.


I believe they were consultants to the movie so it was true to their experience and unfortunately Fiennes was *so true* to their experience it made people throw up/experience PTSD.


blue velvet


Anyone say Brazil.. yeah it's a a weird one.


They had me at Robert De Niro as a vigilante air conditioner repair man.


Tuttle….I mean Buttle


A Clockwork Orange. Its not the kind of movie you make a habit of watching, but it is quite briliant and profound.


Not knowing anything about it, I took a first date to it. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t a second date.


Going for a little bit of the ol ultra violence eh?


“Come with Uncle and hear all proper! Hear Angel trumpets and devil trombones! You. Are. Invited!”


How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you’ve got any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou.


HBO’s Chernobyl. Not a movie, but a 5 episode show. Its dark as shit and it actually fucking happened. Also, its very high budget and it shows.


Event Horizon


I saw Event Horizon in the theatres thinking it was just going to be a SciFi suspense movie. I have no idea it was going to be a horror movie. I was shook for a few hours after that movie.




Un Chien Andalou - 1929, for all the Film Studies 101 folks out there.


"Got me a movie, I want you to know...."


"Slicin' up eyeballs, I want you to know..."


Watership down, felidae.


The lighthouse w/ Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe


This was filmed in my home province! My buddy got to meet Mr dafoe and now calls him mr dafriend




Absolutely stunning performance by Willem DaFoe. The man’s always done incredible work, yet this was a whole different level. Those long takes with pure dialogue & he nails every syllable, every facial expression, bam bam BAM. Brilliant! Total pro!


Tha goddamm FAAARTS




It is one of the best movies I suggest nobody ever watch


Eraserhead; can't believe it hasn't already been mentioned.


The Mist. It's not just a horror movie, it's also an excellent exposition of fanaticism taken to extremes, along with some political criticism and a totally heartbreaking ending. >!Edit: the ending, as a parent, totally fucked me up. It's devastating.!<


Mrs Carmody was the real monster


I saw The Mist in theaters. I remember everyone cheered when that crazy Christian woman died lol.


Same. You gotta be a special kind of asshole for the entire audience to cheer at your death.


My brother took his family to the theater to see it. He and his family walked out because he couldn't stand the lady anymore. I told him he should have stayed a minute longer, lol. I watched a bootleg online, so that's how I knew what happened. The funny thing is on the bootleg, you hear someone in the background whisper "shoot her," then they shot her. People laughed. Then you hear the same guy whisper "shoot her AGAIN," and they shot her again, lmfao. The audience erupts (I'm sure most people in the theater could hear the guy's whispers.) Damn fine bootleg if you ask me.


American History X


The curb stomp and prison shower rape scenes both stuck with me uncomfortably long times


The Lobster.


I loved that movie. The stiffness in the air that comes from all the awkward forced interactions between the characters leaves you squirming throughout the entire movie in a good way. The most jarring part for me (and my favorite scene by far) was when that five year old girl just straight up >!orders her mom to kill the protagonist like he’s a spider or something!<.