Intrinsic to the seventh art, we have always had, over time, films that somehow provoked diverse feelings in the viewer. Unpleasant themes, exaggerated graphic content, or even its terrifying final message end up disturbing those who watch and bringing both aversion and curiosity about what is being exposed. However, disturbing films have become almost a subgenre of cinema in recent years because of the popularity of such films, even if they are not of a high quality. Here in this Top 10, however, we focus only on what’s best about disturbing movies. Included in this list are films that have good directions, concise scripts, quality performances, a strong final message and, of course, a high degree of disturbance issued to the viewer.
10º – Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)
The psychological health of a couple begins to collapse when both resolve to separate. Here, scene after scene, the movie’s disturbing content increases. What helps to make the work more impressive is the beautiful work of direction executed by Andrzej Zulawski, who ends up emphasizing by scenes more well constructed and complex. ‘Possession’, however, is more than a disturbing work, making a great film in its synthesis.
9º – Benny’s Video (Michael Haneke, 1992)
It’s amazing to see how much Michael Haneke was ahead of his time, doing a 1992 film about the impact of technological advancement on how society consummated its relationship with the world. Here what shocks the viewer is the cruelty and coldness of the execution of the heavier scenes. And, as if not enough shocking scenes in its scenic construction, we still have the recurring execution of a video where there is a real slaughter of an animal.
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