Hello horror fans, in the start of this exciting series we’ll be exploring 5 of the most deranged films ever made. We’ll be checking back from time to time to add even more messed up movies to out list so don’t forget to follow me and get all my great recommendations. Hope you like blood and guts, I know I do. let’s get started.
The Seasoning House is a 2012 British horror/survival film directed by Paul Hyett. This movie is very brutal and really intense to say the least. The movie follows Angel, a young girl that is forced to work in a house that specializes in supplying young prostitutes to various military personnel. Initially planned to be put to work as a prostitute, Angel, who is mute and has an “unattractive” birth mark on her face, instead becomes the assistant to Viktor, who runs the brothel. During the day she is given the duty of cleaning the prostitutes up after their often violent encounters with various men, but at night wanders the walls and crawlspaces of the house. It’s when she befriends newcomer Vanya and witnesses the aftermath of the regular and brutal rapes that Vanya is subjected to that Angel begins to plan revenge, especially after the squad of soldiers responsible for her abduction and the murder of her family arrives. I watched this film a few months ago for the first time with my girlfriend. Halfway through this depressingly brutal indie I thought I was in big trouble. Then I noticed something, my girlfriend seemed to have quietly accepted the ugliness of the film. I think she accepted the violence simply because nothing shown here is untrue, some women suffer like this all over the world, everyday. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that fairly early on you can feel sweet lady vengeance sharpening her claws. I’d almost recommend this film as required watching material to all young women who don’t believe the world is really that bad of a place.
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I chose this film because even though many horror fans have seen the 2007 remake, trust me when I say you’re doing yourself a disservice by not viewing the original foreign language film from 1997. Funny Games is a 1997 Austrian psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke. The plot of the film involves two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them with sadistic games. I’m sure some film fans will argue that the 2007 version is a shot for shot remake of the original but in my humble opinion something gets a bit lost in translation and you can feel it from the opening scenes on. So if you loved watching Tim Roth be emasculated, check out the 1997 version and tell me which you enjoyed the most.
An equal mix of sex and terror, Little Deaths is an erotic horror anthology that freezes your senses with fear. The impending doom that hangs over each sexually charged segment quickly makes you forget about the fore-play, as you focus on each perfect little finale. Little Deaths or “little orgasms”seem as interchangeable as fear and desire here. It is a dark, twisted descent into the kinds of perversions and addictions that can develop from unbound lust, disillusionment, and traumatic experiences. An oddly successful and at times truly terrifying film, this trio of tales concern a husband and wife who pick up homeless girls to “play with,” a drug-dealing operation that provides a very rare hallucinogen, and a couple whose sex games take a turn for the worse. Featuring graphic nudity, sexual perversion, graphic violence, and some freaky surprises, Little Deaths is not for the easily offended but is definitely worth a peak between your prudish little fingers.
A wild group of young urban offenders and their case managers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved. Director Alex Chandon clearly knew what kind of film he wanted to make, a gory, unapologetic, and mean spirited horror/comedy. This film reminds me of an early seventies exploitation film, to the point that you feel like they’re about to tell you to “Keep repeating, It’s only a movie, It’s only a movie.” In short my horror fan friends, it’s a gross ride but it’s also a fun one.
Katharine Isabelle carries this film flawlessly and with an intense sexuality that’s maddening. “Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their stunning follow-up to the indie hit Dead Hooker in a Trunk. AMERICAN MARY is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. The Soskas embellish this surgical nightmare to epic proportions, but there’s a ton of talent on display here. American Mary’s earns some strength from its wide stable of interesting characters. However, make no mistake this film is all Katharine Isabelle and trust me she’s worth the rental fee.