When audiences walk out on a movie, it’s a nearly universal sign of disdain. For horror fans, however, a film that can empty seats is a thing of intrigue; what sends mainstream audiences fleeing is often right up a horror fans’ alley. Of course, there are some films that are so depraved, so unsettling, even desensitized gorehounds are pushed to their limits.
Our friends at Looper have assembled another list of films that should only be attempted by the truly brave of heart—and strong of stomach! From torture to cannibalism and sexual depravity, here are 7 films that audiences couldn’t sit through. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you can’t stream, the 7 films (along with trailers and synopses) are listed below the video. I usually say “Enjoy” but these aren’t movies to be savored—they’re films that can only be endured! Proceed at your own risk!
Official Synopsis: Nowadays, it’s easy to grow desensitized to all the blood and guts of the horror movie genre. But even the biggest cinematic thrillseekers have to draw the line every now and again on what they can stomach seeing on-screen. Here are some horror movies that had audiences reaching for the barf bags — or racing for the exit sign…
The Hills Have Eyes (2006, Alexandre Aja)
Official Synopsis: A family road trip takes a terrifying turn when the travelers become stranded in a barren atomic zone established by the U.S. government. However, the unlucky travelers discover to their horror that the wasteland is far from uninhabited, A band of bloodthirsty mutants prowls the area, and there is nothing they like better than fresh meat.
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Salo (1975, Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Official Synopsis: In World War II Italy, our fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.
Trouble Every Day (2001, Directed by Claire Denis)
Official Synopsis: Scientist Shane Brown (Vincent Gallo) neglects his new bride (Tricia Vessey), instead spending their honeymoon searching for an old colleague who disappeared after a research paper he had written was discredited by the medical community. It turns out that Dr. Semeneau is living in obscurity in order to protect his wife (Béatrice Dalle), whom he keeps prisoner in a room with boards nailed across the doorway. The narrative unfolds the dark secret that drives each party.
Bite (2015, Directed by Chad Archibald)
Official Synopsis: A seemingly harmless bite transforms a young woman (Elma Begovic) into an insect-like creature that needs human flesh for her eggs.
Caligula (1979, Directed by Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, and Giancarlo Lui)
Official Synopsis: Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome’s most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.
Martyrs (2008, Directed by Pascal Laugier)
Official Synopsis: A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Baskin (2015, Directed by Can Evrenol)
Official Synopsis: Policemen (Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu) face a night of horror in a subterranean labyrinth after answering a distress call.
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