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Continuing Simon Augustine's countdown of the Most Disturbing Movies (Read Part 1 for the first 13). [<< #9]

8. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 7/10
Ruggero Deodato's exercise in The Ugly American's confrontation with jungle cannibalism is an admired and feared placeholder on any respectable Disturbist's desert island list. Made a full twenty years before Blair Witch Project, Deodato's film cleverly played with the line between movie reality and reality-reality by using a story of found footage: film stock is found in the jungle that chronicles the self-made video diary of an intrepid naturalist/would-be documentarian and his cohorts as they cut a swath through the Amazonian jungle to capture the lives of a “primitive” and, unfortunately for them, cannibalistic tribe.

Blog entry 11/06/2009 - 12:07pm

Continuing Simon Augustine's countdown of the Most Disturbing Movies (Read Part 1 for the first 13). [<< #10]

9. Forced Entry (1974) 5/9
Two years after starring in the most famous X-rated film of all time, Deep Throat, Harry Reems starred in Forced Entry (billed as Tim Long), tellingly the only film that Reems "regretted being in." Reems plays a recently returned Vietnam vet who has been transformed by the war into a psychotic killer. Cruising the fire escapes and alleys of Queens, NY, Reems breaks into the homes of women he has been spying on, rapes them, and then kills them. Unlike most everything being produced then or since, the film combines the explicit and real sex of hardcore with the realistically portrayed violence usually reserved for mainstream slasher films.

Blog entry 11/05/2009 - 4:37pm

Continuing Simon Augustine's countdown of the Most Disturbing Movies (Read Part 1 for the previous 13). [<< #11]

10. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 10/7
A film of such high artistic merit that I hesitate to place it here, but Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's sci-fi novel must grace any list with "disturbing" in the title. Mainstream enough to have been seen by countless neophytes, but twisted enough to be treasured by the more perverse among us, A Clockwork Orange (even the title is unsettling in its somewhat arbitrary and colorful surrealism) evokes a not very distant dystopia that is both absolutely convincing and yet disorienting in its restrained mix of futurism and contemporary realism: Kubrick infuses the early 70s overt, garish style with "things to come" details to create an effect both familiar and strange.

Blog entry 11/05/2009 - 3:25pm

Continuing Simon Augustine's countdown of the Most Disturbing Movies (Read Part 1 for the previous 13) [<< #12]

11. The Devils (1971) 10/7
(Still not on DVD as of publication)

A grand freak-out of religious sexual frenzy, persecution and humanist martyrdom, The Devils is probably the most censored film in history and the most accomplished film by supreme agent provocateur and English madman Ken Russell. Based on sci-fi demiurge Aldous Huxley's semi-historical novel The Devils of Loudon, it is the story of Father Grandier (Oliver Reed), the leader/priest of an outpost of Protestantism in a sixteenth-century France that Louis XIII - prodded by corrupt Cardinal Richelieu (Christopher Logue) and his henchman - is trying to “persuade” (with theology, Christian love, and torture) to become more Catholic.

Blog entry 11/04/2009 - 12:50pm

We'll be counting down the top 12 Most Disturbing Movies from here on out. Read Part 1 for the previous 13 from Simon Augustine.

12. Pink Flamingos (1972) Gross-out: 7 /Artistic Merit: 8
John Waters, emerging from the depths and despair of middle-class Baltimore, was Disturbing Night At the Movies' first great Confabulist of Campiness, taking full advantage of Susan Sontag's observation's about the underhand power of “camp,” and infusing it with all the bizarre bluster, pain, confusion, humanity, resentment, irreverence and all-out bad taste you'd get if you merged the gay community with an underground-oriented Disturbist sensibility, smacking what was left of square America in 1972 square in the face.

Click on for more.

Blog entry 11/04/2009 - 12:23pm

Disturbing Night At The Movies:” The Ultimate List of Dangerous Films (or How I Misspent My Youth Watching Slashers, Sickos, and Psychos Instead of Reading Shakespeare)

By Simon Augustine

One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real. -Klaus Kinski 

Please Do Not Read This Article If You Are Under The Age of 25.

Introduction: Q: Are We Not Men? A: No, We Are Disturbed

There is a whole underground army of moviegoers out there, scouring the internet for undiscovered treasures, rifling through what is left of sketchy video stores, prying open dark vaults to find the dusty reels of forgotten anti-masterpieces. The cinematic warriors of whom I speak - constantly fighting normal moral conventions, the prodding of their own consciences, and the eternal “tsk-tsking” of the world at large - are the “Disturbists:” cinephiles devoted to the most disgusting, terrifying, upsetting, gory, profane, irreverent movies ever made: the Canon of Disturbing Cinema.

Blog entry 10/30/2009 - 10:44pm

By Craig Phillips

In honor of Memorial Day -- take a moment of silence for all the soldiers who have served this country over the years (and centuries), and then take another moment to think of some of your favorite films about the horrors of war.  These are mine. Post your own choices in the comments below.
(Note: I'm keeping to fictional features here, no docs allowed, for the sake of focus.

Blog entry 05/25/2009 - 11:38am

By Craig Phillips
GreenCine Editor

While, in retrospect, this was a better year overall than some complainy critics are positing, I have to admit that the sheer number of bad American films also out in 2008 certainly gives one pause, and it wasn't a particularly easy year to pull out ten clear cut favorites. But this kind of moaning and handwringing happens every year. There are bad films. There are great films. Every year. And 2008 was good for International film, and especially French cinema, as well as comic book adaptations, documentaries, and there were even a few good comedies (amidst the morass of drek).

(Click to reveal Craig's, er, list:)

Blog entry 01/02/2009 - 11:04pm

 By Erin Donovan

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - This frothy romantic comedy celebrates the unlikely friendship between a young actress (Amy Adams) with an (ahem!) active social life and a failed governess (Frances McDormand) turned personal secretary so broke she wrestles hobos for soup. Also features a jaw-dropping singing performance from Adams.

Girls Rock! - Following the story of a rock'n'roll summer camp for girls, co-directors Arne Johnson and Shane King gain insight to a disparate group of outsider girls as they return home with renewed self confidence.

Blog entry 01/02/2009 - 3:13pm

Best Documentaries of '08

by Erin Donovan

FLOW: For Love of Water - Irena Salina's directorial debut examines the privatization and potential crisis of a worldwide water crisis with a brilliant amount of breadth and depth. Most surprisingly of all, this is one of the most inspiring and hopeful documentaries of the year.

Up the Yangtze - Equal parts heart-wrenching coming of age tale and geopolitical expose, Yung Chang's directorial debut follows two teenagers working on the Farewell Cruiseship lines giving westerners tours of the rural villages that would soon be (and now have been) engulfed by the Three Gorges Dam project. [Jeffrey Anderson's review >>]

Blog entry 12/30/2008 - 2:26pm

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