Everyone has those movies that they absolutely love. They like them so much, they have watched them multiple times and can quote even the most unimportant lines. These are the films that they will force their friends to watch and tell all their co worker they have to go out and see. Then, there are the movies below. These movies that are also great. They are so good they may even make your list of favorite films. But you will never want to watch them again.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
People tend to forget how good of an actor Jared Leto is. This powerful movie from Darren Aronofsky follows the lives of four people addicted to drugs. Along with Leto are strong performances from Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans. The film will captivate and sicken you at the same time. A great movie that is depressing to even think about.
My personal favorite movie of all time. The single shot fight scene is the stuff of legend, but the twist ending will turn some stomachs. Having a father sleep with his daughter is bad enough. When that father is the character you have been cheering on the last two hours, things become even tougher. Then you realize the two may actually be in love. The topper is the moving performance of Choi Min-sik who is as disgusted and ashamed by his actions as you are.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
True crime documentaries are usually filled with WTF moments. None are as impactful as Dear Zachary. What starts off as an interesting if familiar mystery becomes something far more when Zachary becomes more involved. This may be the most shocking movie on this list. A moving documentary that will you will want to forget about immediately.
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Whoever watches this really has no one to blame but themselves. The movie is based on The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. That by itself should give some warning. The knowledge that many have called it the sickest movie ever made is the next head’s up. If that does not put you off, keep in mind Salo was still banned in many countries in this century. Those who still want to watch it will be subjected to scenes of torture, rape, mutilation, and people forced to eat human excrement. It is also a strong statement about the abuse of power, morality, and sexuality.
Some will be quick to denounce this French horror movie as nothing more than torture porn. This is not surprising as all the elements are there for a basic exploitation flick. Martyrs has a whole lot more to say, however. It is constantly throwing violent twists and brutal turns at the audience. The ending has to be seen to be believed. Throughout all the pain and suffering, the movie ultimately wants to address something everyone can relate to. The fear of and curiosity that surrounds death.
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