In honor of Halloween, I’ve decided to write a list of my top 5 torture films!
As I researched my memory for ‘torture porn’ films I’ve enjoyed, I began to think of some of the more extreme examples– ABC’s of Death, Cannibal Holocaust, A Saberian Film, etc. — And frankly, I’ve realized I have limits! (Woah!) I prefer my torture films to be gorey, but fun!– both disturbing and surreal.
I decided not to include hyper bloody horror films such as Dead Alive, House of 1000 Corpses, Return of the Living Dead, etc– but rather those films that make you[me] uncomfortable, and at the same time, begging for more.
5. Hostel (2005)
Eli Roth broke into the genre with Hostel.
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Various rich sadists are involved in a sinister secret society called, Elite Hunting. Here they are free to select from a room of torture tools, and get their jollies torturing blind-sdied tourists!
4. Saw (2004)
The original Saw film was a huge inspiration for me as a filmmaker. The majority of the film took place in 1 room! With only 2 actors!
Two strangers awake in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
I looked forward to going to the theater each halloween to watch a new installment of the Saw series! Great treacherous gore, creative torture schemes, and an insane level of mystery and intensity.
3. Last House on the Left (1972)
Wes Craven delivers a masterpiece of 1970’s fueled hyper realism.
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one’s birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.
Something about the shakey film reel recordings make it feel so deeply disturbing. This film was widely considered one of the first horror films set in reality, without any supernatural effects. This one has violence, depravity, and dismembered hippies.
2. The Bunny Games (2011)
This film found it’s way to me through a friend, and fellow video professional– friends of the filmmakers, if memory serves.
A prostitute looking for her next meal hitches a ride with a trucker that leaves her praying for her next breath.
This woman is tied up in the back of a truck, and slowly beaten, cut, branded, and tortured. The long, tense takes left me on the edge of my seat, and fighting not to look away.
1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The first time I watched The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I was about 8 years old. I was convinced it was snuff footage, and couldn’t sleep for weeks. Looking back at it, the grit and reality of the film still hold up today!
Two siblings visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
This classic film is #1 on my list!
Hope you enjoyed yourself! What’s your favorite torture film??
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