Movies about rape or sexual assault are never easy to make. Filmmakers have a very thin margin of error. If they don’t pay careful attention to the presentation of the story, the film could easily end up offending many. After all, filming rape scenes in mainstream movies in never easy. That’s why we have seen so few great movies made on this subject. With the conversation around #MeToo gaining ground and become an integral part of our current socio-political milieu, we thought that it would be relevant to put together a list of movies that addresses the topic of sexual assault head-on. Some movies on this list do it directly, while others are more of an indirect commentary on the misuse of power. With that said, here is the list of 8 eye opening and disturbing movies about sexual abuse and violence.
8. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
‘I Spit On Your Grave’ is a rare exploitation movie that has spawned sequels and a series now, which started with the remake in 2010. The series of films revolve around rape victims that exact revenge on their assailants and in the process flashing ridiculous amount of violence. The movies are a sorry excuse for portraying the atrocities a victim goes through as it indulges so much in violence, it forgets to convey its message and feels like a shallow inspiration of Wes Craven’s ‘Last House on the Left’. Nonetheless, the revenge flicks are still a suggestion for gorediggers, especially ones from the current generation.
7. Straw Dogs (1971)
Straw Dogs is a fairly underrated film, though countless filmmakers have cited the Sam Peckinpah classic as an inspiration. How many times have we heard from women that their husbands don’t stand up for them. This movie is about David Summer (Dustin Hoffman) a mathematician who has never stood up for anything in his life but when the time comes to defend his new house, boy he does that in style. Within this premise is a backstory of his wife Amy, whose ex boyfriend lives in the same town. The scene that repulses the viewer the most is when he barges into David’s house and has forcible sex with Amy. A disturbing film that takes time to grow on you.