Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Ten of the most shocking movies ever made

Compliance (2012)
Allegedly based on "true events" this thriller is a tale sexual humiliation, emotional manipulation and psychological torture. You'll be revolted and compelled as you watch gullible restaurant manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) scammed into participating in a chilling crime.
Crash (1996)
David Cronenberg's disturbing film about a group of people who find car crashes and resulting injuries erotic, was so outrageous it was temporarily banned from being shown in the West End of London. The controversial film based on JG Ballard's novel includes sex scene involving a woman wearing callipers and another where a man forces his wife's car off the road and then has sex with her after she is thrown from the car.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Also known as Day of the Woman, this is the story of a woman who retreats out of New York to write her first novel, and is captured by a group of local men, in order for one of them to lose their virginity. The four men gang-rape her, destroy her novel and leave one to murder her - but he cannot go through with it. After her recovery, she then plots to take her revenge each of them, violently murdering each them all. The controversy is linked to the lengthy and graphic gang-rape scene which has been described as glorifying violence against women. The writer and director, Meir Zarchi, responded to such criticisms by explaining how he was inspired to make the film after he helped a young woman after finding her bloodied and naked in New York after she had been raped - denying that the film was too exploitative.

Every year a film is branded "the most shocking ever made". The impulse to scare cinema-goers witless, or have them grow blue in the face with embarrassment and shame, is evidently a lucrative one for filmmakers.

With Compliance hailed as the latest shocker, called everything from misogynistic to disturbing, and causing no fewer than eight people at its Sundance premiere to walk out, we've decided to look at other films that have created a similar stir.

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