10 Movies I’ll Never Be Able To Watch Again

There are a lot of really disturbing movies out there, but I’ve been able to formulate a list of ten I’ll never be able to watch again. Some of them are just because they’re bad. Others are brilliant films that are just difficult to watch. Either way, these aren’t on my queue any time soon.

In no particular order:

A Serbian Film (2010)

Though I didn’t hate this movie, it’s certainly not good. Borderline pornography with explicit sex and violence, a lot of it seems wasted and pointless. The continuous references to paedophilia is more than unnerving… it’s disgusting. I’m not the kind of person who gets angry over those sort of things being in movies, but this is really sickening. 5/10. And that’s being very kind.

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Again, not the kind of person who gets angry with violence, explicit sex or anything nastily gratuitous, but this is awful. I’m not an animal rights person, and I realize that the animals that died in this film will probably have died anyway at the hands of those natives, but I didn’t want to see it on camera. It was a complete waste of my time. And I usually love handheld camera movies. 3/10.

Salo, or: The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

“All’s good if it’s excessive.” The line is scary enough, and what follows is horrifying. Pasolini’s “poem” about his hateful vision of Fascism got him killed, but despite its graphic and excessive content, it is a “beautiful” movie (don’t take that the wrong way, I mean the cinematography was beautiful) that leaves a pondering thought in my head every time it is discussed. I wish I could watch this again, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. 6/10.

Irreversible (2002)

This is a tricky one because I actually LOVE this movie. Gaspar Noé is a fantastic director. His swooping and sweeping camera will probably make you sick, and then there’s the infamous rape scene, which is the main reason it’s on this list. I might actually watch this movie again, but I think I’ll skip past the rape. 9/10. (The reason this film has such a high rating is for its final scene, so perfect it almost made me cry. Almost.)

The Idiots (1998)

I love Lars von Trier. Which makes my dislike of this movie all the more confusing to me. It’s filmed as one of his famed Dogme 95 (read my article on this fascinating genre here) but, surprisingly,  that only makes the strange effect of the film seem even more shitty. I mean, did we really need unsimulated group sex? Seriously? Von Trier has a point he wants to make, but he makes it better with movies like Dogville and Antichrist. 4/10.

Funny Games (1997)

One of Michael Haneke’s most affecting movies, this is an essay on the pointlessness and insanity of violence, and how often, a lot of it is completely unmotivated. While we’re searching for the Why?, Haneke doesn’t care and relentlessly continues to push the What in our faces. It’s a tactic that works, though it’s difficult to watch. Once is enough. 8/10.

The Human Centipede: First Sequence (2009)

The premise is disgusting enough without the movie, which is surprisingly not as graphic as you might expect. But it is shitty. Really shitty. Which makes Daniel Tosh’s spoiler even funnier. An awful movie by all respects, even if this was halfway decent, the plot itself is enough to help you to decide which crowd you are in. Torture-porn lovers, eat your heart out. No, on second thought, don’t even try. This is too awful even for you. 2/10.

Pink Flamingos (1972)

Ah, John Waters. He has to make the list somewhere. And considering this is the only film of his I’ve seen (and I think it’s the only film I need to see), I can easily say that I have no desire to see Divine eating a dog turd again. Seeing it once is one time too many. It’s a fun movie, in its own disgusting cult way, and many an absurd, awkward laugh is likely to strike a few times throughout. 5/10.

The Last House on the Left (1972)

The most disturbing of all horror master Wes Craven’s films is not only a blatant insult (don’t call it a tribute, or a remake) to Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, it’s also gratuitous, annoyingly excessive and a waste of time. I didn’t feel sorry for the victims in this movie, but The Virgin Spring… now that was a movie that affected me, in a good way. 4/10.

Audition (1999)

This is the only film on this list I have actually seen twice, and once was when I was a kid. It scared the shit out of me, and when I rewatched it four years ago, I discovered it still retained that power. A film that wouldn’t normally horrify me, this is a smart, intelligent work of horrific cinema that continues to impress, please, and disgust. 8/10.

What do you think? What are some movies you could never watch again? Have you seen any of my choices? Whaddaya think? Leave a comment below and thanks for reading.


About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on June 9, 2011, in Lists, Movie Reviews, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. The Brown Bunny, Jack Frost, The Polar Express, Eyes Wide Shut, Gran Torino, The Outsiders, Bugsy Malone, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, *batteries not included, Max Dugan Returns

    • I agree with some of your choices, except for The Brown Bunny and Eyes Wide Shut. I’ve seen them both multiple times, and I like them a little bit more each time. But that’s just me. I agree with most of the others, though. But I must remind you that this is a list not of movies we think are bad, but are just plain uncomfortable to watch. There are some films on my list that I love, but are just hard to view. I have a feeling (and
      I could be wrong) that the films you listed are just movies you dislike.

      • You’re absolutely right…Thought I did detest The Brown Bunny and Eyes Wide Shut and truly will never watch those two again…I’ll re-do my list…Thanks !

  2. I would probably say “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)”. Good film but uncomfortable to watch.

  3. that should say though not thought LOL

  4. Eyes Wide Shut, The Brown Bunny, Schindler’s List, American History X, Boys Don’t Cry, Elephant, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, The English Patient and JFK

  5. I agree with you with most of the list but I must be insane, because I can watch Irreversible & Funny Games over and over again.

    My picks will be;

    – Any film of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

    – A L’interieur (2007).

    – Martyrs (2008).

    -Haute Tension (2003).

    • Irreversible, Funny Games and Audition are the best movies on the list, IMO and that might warrant me to give them a rewatch. I’m certainly not squeamish, but who wants to see a 9-minute rape more than once?

  6. Funny Games was incredibly hard for me to watch but I will never watch Cannibal Holocaust unless I’am tied to a chair. I have heard some bad stuff, and I will never lower myself to see that shit. Thanks for going through all these films my man! Good List!

  7. Pink Flamingos is the only John Waters movie you’ve seen? That’s pretty funny considering it one of the few of his films you can’t get in NZ (on DVD at least but I’m still avidly holding out for it though.)

    Only Waters’ early works are true anti-social works of art but from Hairspray up they become increasingly more viewer friendly. If I had to pick a favourite Waters film it would be Pecker, his tongue-in-cheek critique of the art scene and attack on irony in general.

    As a film lover you also need to watch Cecil B. Demented and even if you don’t enjoy the humour you will still appreciate love of cinema the enthusiastic vigilante film makers (and film maker) share.

    Hairspray is a must.

    Now one more suggestion. I very, very rarely listen to commentaries anymore the majority are drivel (except for Jodorowsky, they are essential.) However John Waters’ charisma is infectious and I always listen to his commentaries when available. How else would I have learned Ricki Lake lost her virginity during the filming of Cry-baby? “Everyone was getting laid on that shoot.”

    The fact that you are missing out on all this trashy goodness is a dirty shame.

    P.S. You should watch the Rolf de Heer films Bad Boy Bubby and Alexandra’s Project to see if they make your list. The latter is superior to the former and should be watched with female companions or parents for maximum awkwardness.

    • Okay, you’ve convinced me that I’ve made a very foolish mistake discarding Waters. My brother downloaded Pink Flamingos a few years ago, and said I “needed” to see it. It was the last time I took recommendations from him, but I could see where he was coming from.

      I’ll be sure to check out more Waters, especially Pecker, Cecil B. DeMented and Hairspray. It’s just that when you see a film that features poop-eating, chicken sex, transvestite warfare and et cetera, directed by a man whose favourite film is Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, you get kind of dubious about watching others from the same person. I need to have more of an open mind, I suppose. I’ve never really invited trashy goodness into my filming experience.

  8. I liked the original Hairspray much more than the remake…Although Nikki Blonsky and Zac Efron wre good I didnt buy them as a couple

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