Well, what are movies for? Entertainment, right? A story that deeply touches you and takes you places you’ve never been before? That definition is far too narrow when it comes to movies or for that matter, any form of art. We as human beings are capable of feeling various emotions. We can be happy, sad, afraid, angry, and so on. And what we generally want is for a piece of art to touch upon our emotions. But do they always have to be the good emotions which make us feel better about life, ourselves and the world in general? Certainly not.
When it comes to art, we want to enjoy all those emotions which we may or may not have enjoyed in real life. We want to get scared, we want to die, we want to feel sad, afraid and shameful, because art always acts as a medium through which we can healthily experience our entire spectrum of emotions. Everyone enjoys a good scare now and then in a movie. A horror film which genuinely makes us feel afraid is a movie which has served its purpose. There are certain movies which genuinely creep you out because of their subject, tone or the way in which they’ve been shot. These movies f*** with our sense of security and thus impact our hearts and minds in a unique manner. Keeping all this in mind, we’ve managed to compile such movies for you. Here’s the list of the most fucked-up movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
9. Gerald’s Game (2017)
This is one of the creepiest movies produced by Netflix and really pushes the boundary in a lot of ways. Jessie and Gerald are a couple who decide to spend some time at their country house. The house is big, and there is nobody around for quite a few miles. Gerald has a rape fantasy which he wishes to satisfy and though reluctant at first, Jesse agrees to be handcuffed to the bedposts. But with Jesse still handcuffed, the couple have an argument and in an excited state, Gerald suddenly suffers from a heart attack and dies. With Jessie still tied to the bedpost, she has no way to free herself and the key is beyond her reach.
After a while, a dog enters the room and though Jessie tries to shoo it away, the dog bites off a piece of Gerald’s hand. Jesse slowly falls asleep and in a sequence, we realize the trauma she has been through earlier and how it is affecting whatever is happening with her right now. The movie is intense, scary, creepy, and in a flashback scene, it gives us a deep insight into Jessie’s horrific past. We then see all her inner demons manifesting into what happens in the movie in the later parts. ‘Gerard’s game’ has been praised by critics for its bold approach and the powerful performance of Carla Gugino as Jessie.
8. The Bar (2017)
This Spanish thriller has done an amazing job of showing how human beings are basically carnal animals who just need a suitable circumstance to bring out their most basic, animalistic nature. It is the story of a group of people who have suddenly got trapped inside a bar. However, they cannot get out since anybody who steps out of the building is being gunned down by a sniper.
The group slowly comes to realize one of them is the reason for this mess they have gotten themselves into. They also find out that they have unwillingly been made subject to a government operation. This triggers each of the trapped men and women who start blaming each other and fighting amongst themselves. The question is, will anybody survive till the end? Interestingly, this plot of a group of people trapped together inside a room, unable to escape, is a famous concept which has its roots in Orwell’s ‘1984’. Viewers who wish to check out surreal movies, can watch Luis Bunuel’s ‘The Exterminating Angel’ (1962) which has a similar plot in a completely different circumstance.
7. The Void (2016)
Written and directed by Steven Kostanski, this is a f***ed up movie of a different kind. Here, the maker uses a special type of scare known as body horror. The story begins when a police officer finds a guy called James crawling on the road and takes him to an almost-abandoned hospital with a few employees and two patients called Maggie and Cliff. Suddenly, a nurse, Beverly, is found murdering Cliff. When Beverly tries to harm the police officer, Daniel, he kills her. But Beverly’s corpse turns into a huge creature with numerous tentacles which start attacking all the people in the hospital. When Daniel goes out to call for help, he comes across a group of cultists who are dressed in robes and are standing all around the hospital.
With dangers both inside and outside, people have nowhere to go. The movie uses a lot of interesting tropes to create a sense of fear. We fear what we don’t know, and when it takes a physical manifestation that we can’t explain, the fear increases manifold. This concept of having a human morph into another creature which results in it being looked at as a huge threat to the natural order of things was famously used in Franz Kafka’s novella, ‘The Metamorphosis’. Body horror movies made by the likes of David Cronenberg also use this concept heavily. You can check out Cronenberg’s ‘Videodrome’ (1983) and ‘The Fly’ (1986) if you want to explore this sub-genre.
6. The Wailing (2016)
This movie is directed by Na Hong-jin who earlier directed the famous movie called ‘The Chaser’. The story is centered around a small South Korean village in the mountains. Things turn haywire in this peaceful place after the arrival of a Japanese stranger. The stranger does not speak to anyone, lives quietly by himself and as soon as he arrives, the village starts experiencing a mysterious disease spreading across its inhabitants. First, they suffer from rashes all over their body, then they go into a rage before finally dying.
While investigating the stranger, the villagers find that their suspicion was indeed true as many belongings of people who suffered from this mysterious disease are discovered in the Japanese man’s home. However, soon, the villagers realize that it is under a heavier threat and that the stranger is not the only person they should be worried about. The movie has won numerous prizes for acting, cinematography and direction. It has also been positively received by critics and holds a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
5. Raw (2016)
This movie is as f***ed up as it gets! ‘Raw’ tells the story of two sisters in a veterinary school. Even their parents had studied, met, and fallen in love there. The lead character is the younger sister Justine who, as a part of a phasing ritual by seniors, is asked to eat a raw kidney of a rabbit. Even her sister encourages her to do so. However, Justine is a vegetarian and refuses. This makes her sister Alexia force some meat into her mouth.
Since the next morning, Justine develops a strange craving for meat, something she had not even tasted earlier. She will now do anything to procure some raw meat. When the sisters are one day together, Alexia cuts off her finger by mistake, only to see her sister enjoying its taste. After this, Justine’s taste changes to just human flesh. When the sisters arrive at an accident site with two bodies in a car, Justine does not even hesitate from taking a bite off one of the dead passengers. Her cravings soon cause problems for the others, but Justine is ready to do anything for blood now. There are some really f***ed up scenes in this movie which might creep the hell out of you. In one scene, for example, Justine pukes out a bunch of hair.
4. The Ritual (2017)
‘The Ritual’ is one of the scariest and weirdest movies out on Netflix right now. It is the story of a group of friends who take on a hiking trip in Sweden. Their trail crosses through a deep forest which they enter but soon realize this place has something awry about it as they notice certain symbols drawn on tree trunks. As the night falls upon the group, the strange and horrible things of the forest start creeping upon them. They have no one to call out for. Eventually, they come across a monster which chases them and plans to take their lives. In such a state, the friends have nowhere to escape.
The movie is pretty intense and the thought of being lost in a jungle surrounded by sinister creatures in itself is creepy. The movie might serve as a metaphor for the fact that human beings have started encroaching upon forests and this is the same sanctuary where many creatures live. It might serve as a warning for humans to stay away.
3. Predestination (2014)
This is one of the most fucked-up science fiction movies ever. It is about a man and a bartender who meet at a bar. The bartender is a time-traveling agent of a company and the customer is a transgender who tells the story of his life. As the story progresses, we realize that the two are connected in a very special way. And they are connected through something known as the Predestination Paradox. It is a huge factor in time travel as it can alter reality and cause permanent damage to the spacetime continuum. The last part of the movie comes as a shock to the audience as it is completely unimaginable and equally hard-hitting. Fans of time travel movies will have a blast watching it. Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, the two leading actors, were thoroughly impressive in their roles.
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2. The Invitation (2015)
This is a movie which is set almost entirely inside a house but still manages to toy with our minds a great deal. It is about a former couple who meet when the ex-wife, Eden, and her new husband, David, are hosting a party. The former husband is called Will who is present there with his girlfriend. And besides the four, there are other guests as well. The newly married couple starts talking about a new spiritual group that they have joined, but Will thinks something is wrong with them. As the night goes by, it becomes clear that the couple are members of a cult who believe human beings should be granted eternal bliss by granting them death at the earliest. The mood of the film changes from dramatic to horrific and violent towards the end, and this shift has been done very smoothly. Moreover, it’s the acting that held the movie together — the performances were just staggering.
1. Hostel (2005)
‘Hostel’ is a what you’d call a gorefest. It begins with a group of friends who visit Amsterdam for some fun but are soon convinced by a stranger that they should visit a hostel in Slovakia as there will be many prostitutes with whom they can have fun. It turns out that the hostel which they visit is an utterly sinister and hellish place. They are soon captured and their bodies brutalized — some of their body parts are cut off. The movie is horrifying on so many levels and is extremely graphic.
A very obvious warning would be that the film is not at all for the faint-hearted. There is extreme graphic violence all over it. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino, a self-professed lover of violence, is one of the executive producers of the film. The director of the movie is none other than Eli Roth, the director/actor who played the role of ‘Bear Jew’ in Tarantino’s World War II epic, ‘Inglourious Basterds‘ (2009). The film received moderate to positive reviews from critics.
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