Top 10: The Most Controversial and Disturbing Horror


I’ve heard that curiosity can lead people to their madness. You may see, hear and experience too much but and sometimes it’s worth it if you’re a freak like me.

This list presents you top ten the most disturbing and controversial horror movies of ALL TIME! Would you dare to watch them all? Can you sense the boundary and stop before you turn into a vegetable?

Find out with Top10Horror!

10. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) (1975)

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer:Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti
Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

A true classic among controversial films. Italian, dramatic and almost epic brainwash. The plot of the movie is less epic, it focuses on fascists who decide to marry and then kidnap innocent people to rape, deprave and humiliate for their own pleasure.

What a fucked up movie. When I first watched it I thought it will never finish and couldn’t understand the point of the movie. Sick, sick, SICK!

9. Faces of Death (1978)

Director: John Alan Schwartz
Writer: John Alan Schwartz
Cast: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton

Banned in over 40 countries mondo documentary film depicts many deaths. Very graphic but informative and interesting.

In fact, this film is so good that after seeing few gruesome scenes, you feel sick in your stomach but it tempts to see more.

8. Antichrist (2009)

Director: Lars von Trier
Writer:Lars von Trier
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrom

Antichrist is a controversial horror/drama about a couple who, after a personal tragedy, decide to move to a cabin and deal with their problems close to the nature.

Now you’re thinking where’s the controversy in the story? Well, I don’t want to spoil it to you but you will witness some fucked up stuff. You might even think you watch some soft core porn film so if you still live with parents… close your door and enjoy.

7. The Human Centipede(First Sequence) (2009)

Director: Tom Six
Writer: Tom Six
Cast: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie

Do you ever have weird, fuck-up dreams and think “yeah… it could be a good movie actually”? I bet that’s what happened with The Human Centipede.

Only a twisted mind could have thought out a plot like that. The movie earned on its controversy and became successful because of the disturbing nature

There was something cheap about the movie but so engaging I felt for the centipede a lot and enjoyed the movie.

You can read a review of the second movie here

Absolutely love Tom Six and can’t wait for more sick movies!

6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Writer:Gianfranco Clerici
Cast: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen

Oh how many controversies has this movie caused… Killed animals, brutal and explicit scenes of murders, rumours of killing the cast during shooting the movie… The cast had to come to the court to confirm they’re alive. That’s nice, isn’t it?

You don’t have to convince me to watch a movie about cannibals, just horrific scenes and guts on the ground. Yummy!

5. Martyrs (2008)

Director: Pascal Laugier
Writer: Pascal Laugier
Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin

Martyrs is disturbing on a completely new and different level. You go through many phases while watching this movie as it has everything. Shock, anger, joy, shock, depression…

Very powerful horror that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

You can find ‘Martyrs’ in Top 10 French horror list

4. The Exorcist (1973)

Director: William Friedkin
Writer: William Peter Blatty
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair

You might be probably spoilt now with many of the horrors about demonic possession and if you don’t understand the magic of The Exorcist then you suck.

This movie was THE scary movie. There were also rumours going on about the curse of the movie, spreading death and all that crap. Ellen Burstyn couldn’t even work there because of the atmosphere and horrible conditions

For the extreme effect of the movie, watch it at 3am with all lights off. Good luck!

3. Ghostwatch (1992)

Director: Lesley Manning
Writer: Stephen Volk
Cast: Michael Perkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith

This masterpiece was made 20 years ago and it is re-released by 101 Films –thank god! People need to know about this mockumentary, you will eat your shoes from the excitement and shock!

You can also read the review of Ghostwatch.

The idea was… scare people on Halloween. Preshoot ascary show and tell everyone that the show was live. Brilliant. Take that Blair witch!

2. Irreversible (2002)

Director: Gaspar Noe
Writer: Gaspar Noe
Cast: Monica Belucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel

Still not enough? Reach for Irreversible and you won’t be able to function properly for a week.

Brilliant acting and really… really memorable scenes of violence and brainfuck.

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1. Freaks (1932)

Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Clarence Aaron Tod Robbins
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova

Who needs special effects to make a scary movie! Not Ted Browning for sure. I didn’t know if I should feal sorry for all the people in the movie or scared. The confusion was killing me and that made it a horrible experience.

Banned in so many countries Freaks definitely deserves being on number one of the most controversial and disturbing movies of all time!

Are you brave enough to watch it? Yes? Then be ready for a brainwash.

4 Responses to Top 10: The Most Controversial and Disturbing Horror

  1. Airseekingfire says:

    Where’s a Serbian film?

  2. Full Frontal Squashing says:

    Ghost Watch? You have to be kidding me? Controversial and disturbing it is not. The same with Freaks and the Exorcist! This list lost all credibility with those picks! Ghost Watch? Seriously?!

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