9. The Orphanage
This is one of the most depressing films I’ve ever seen, but it is still covered in a Gothic-like beauty. At times though it’s a little too Gothic. It contains extremely haunting images of children with special needs, one in particular who walks around with a sack over his head. There are plenty of jump scares to keep you interested. The ending is so crazily emotional you’ll feel like your heart has been ripped out of your chest, an experience that you only need to try once.
Excision is the outrageous and gag inducing tale of a girl obsessed with blood and surgery. There are so many moments (a few containing menstrual blood) that will make you want to instantly turn off this deranged film, but you’ll be too drawn in to look away. You’ll have to see it until the very end, and when you do, be prepared for a swift, sharp kick to the gut! Between the punches and the yucks, you’ll never want to see this unique take on a psychopath-in-the-making again!
11. Cannibal Holocaust
Why this disgusting horror film with very little substance (and a whole lot of racist subtext) is considered a classic at all is questioned by many. It’s considered to be the first found footage film ever made, but some of its scenes are barely watchable. The movie details the last days of a film crew’s trip to the Amazon and their blood drenched experience with the natives.
This film was banned in many countries and the director faced tons of criticism for killing real animals on film. Completely unnecessary, right? Even the director said he wishes he had never made the movie! If you’ve stayed away from it so far, consider yourself lucky as the grandiose violence means absolutely nothing. If you watched it out of curiosity, then I bet you won’t go there again!
This dark comedy is a real pleasure for any woman to watch–once. This movie is based on the classic legend about the woman with teeth in her vagina. It’s something every woman has fantasized about at least once and a nightmare every heterosexual man hopes to never come across. If you’re a man, it is 100% obvious why you’ll never want to see this film again (ouch). If you’re a woman, the terror of seeing another woman find out she has this “disorder” only needs to be witnessed once.
13. Funny Games
If you get through this movie the first time, you’ll start to question your own sanity for watching this mind-screwing film. Both the 1997 original and this shot-for-shot remake were directed by Michael Haneke. The film chronicles two disturbed young men who torture and kill an entire family. The film doesn’t use a lot of shock-and-awe violence, but plays out its murderous sequences as brutally real. If that doesn’t make you never want to watch it again, wait until the main characters speak to you directly and fill you deep down with a big helping of guilt!
14. Hostel 2
While this film is much more enjoyable to watch than the original Hostel, the highly gruesome (and imaginative) kill scenes make this movie only good for one viewing unless you really enjoy watching people be gutted like a fish for no obvious reason.
The second movie in the Hostel franchise combines two intriguing storylines: that of captured women and the men who paid a huge amount of money to kill them. The ending will have you cheering and the misogynistic attitude prevalent in many horror films is finally flipped on its head in this one, but I doubt you’ll ever take this movie for a spin again.
15. The Mist
One of my favorite films based on a Stephen King novel, The Mist is about townsfolk who take refuge in a grocery store after a strange mist befalls their town and brings frightening “plagues” with it. This movie has one of the most brilliant (and controversial) endings of all time. It’s so explosive that many watchers of this film have told me they never want to see the movie again. Although I’d watch it 100 times more.
8mm is only good for one watch because of its obvious taboo and beyond frightening subject matter: the existence of a snuff film. A detective goes through a brutal investigation trying to find out if he is in possession of an authentic snuff film or just a very convincing forgery. The movie is an excellent thriller, but digs down so deep into the grimy underworld you’ll have to take a shower when you’re done. It will also leave you questioning if the myth of the snuff film is more than just a myth.
17. A Serbian Film
Just hearing about this film turned me and many other horror watchers off from ever watching it once, let alone twice. This movie fits in as much depravity as possible by following the storyline of a man who agrees to make a porn film only to find out they’re the most depraved porn films on earth. There is a simple reason why you’ll never want to watch this movie twice if you ever get through it once: infant rape. Enough said.