In our five-star our review of ‘Son of Saul’ we described it as a film you can’t ‘unsee’. The haunted, sunken face of Saul (played by Géza Röhrig), a prisoner in Auschwitz, is impossible to forget. ‘Son of Saul’ immerses the audiences in the horror of the death camp. It’s a film that leaves you shattered, and it’s not alone. Here are ten films that challenged and shocked their audiences.
Ten harrowing films you can’t unsee
Recently released Auschwitz drama ‘Son of Saul’ joins a handful of devastating films that once seen are never forgotten
4. Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Provocative French director Gaspar Noe’s rape revenge movie is told backwards, opening with a man’s face being smashed to a bloody pulp with a fire extinguisher in a gay club called The Rectum. Only later do we find out why: after a woman (Monica Bellucci) is raped in an underpass, her boyfriend (Vincent Cassel) and her ex (Albert Dupontel) set out for revenge. The ten-minute rape scene, shot with extreme realism, made ‘Irreversible’ the most-walked-out-of film of 2003. Is this a cruel, violent film, does it exploit? For many it was unwatchable.
Like being scared witless?
Horror films don’t just frighten us. The best scary movies test our limits, challenge our preconceptions and smash the boundaries of cinema – all while sending an ice-cold shiver down our spines. And there’s no more authoritative survey of the genre than Time Out’s list of the 100 best horror movies.
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