Test Your Might

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Test Your Might

MovieBob tests your movie constitution with a few films.

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Ruminating on exploitation and extreme schlock cinema? Sounds like a job for Brad Jones. His review of Salo is still one of my favorite Cinema Snob videos.

Satosuke:
Ruminating on exploitation and extreme schlock cinema? Sounds like a job for Brad Jones. His review of Salo is still one of my favorite Cinema Snob videos.

Not to mention he did a video of Cannibal Ferox, if any of you are curious about those movies but don't have the stomach for them I would check out Cinema Snobs videos on them, you might also get a craving for bubble tape

This was also an interesting read, you should do some more of these types of articles

I was tricked into watching Salo by some friends. They literally said I should watch it and prohibited me from reading the description on the back. It was a veiled challenge. As they have pretty much the same movie tastes as me and usually very good recommendations I went with the flow. I watched it alone, in my house. By the end I was clutching a pillow, squirming with disgust and nausea by every new scene and wondering why on earth I was doing this to myself. Endurance prevailed and I saw it to the end. I still feel a little bit of my soul died that night. My friends feel the same about themselves.

seen ilsa, salo and visitor q.
Funny/not a bad movie, didn't feel shocking/hilarious.

I don't know what it was about visitor q, but I laughed out loud during that movie... oh no wait, I think it was the umbrella milking scene.

Yeesh, sounds like some pretty grueling stuff. Probably won't see them, but interesting article all the same. You should do some more lists of stuff like this, you're usually the guy I go to for references to the more obscure films.

Yes, I myself heard about Visitor Q, and was my first Miike film to watch. Me and my friend were horrified, yet addicted and could never stop the dvd. I just wonder what exactly in our psyche actually makes us "enjoy" these movies? Anyways, for what it is worth I might suggest a very bizarre Japanese movie that is not as depraved as others but has one particular scene that you will never forget. Tetsuo: The Iron Man; just one word....drill.

Furioso:

Satosuke:
Ruminating on exploitation and extreme schlock cinema? Sounds like a job for Brad Jones. His review of Salo is still one of my favorite Cinema Snob videos.

Not to mention he did a video of Cannibal Ferox, if any of you are curious about those movies but don't have the stomach for them I would check out Cinema Snobs videos on them, you might also get a craving for bubble tape

This was also an interesting read, you should do some more of these types of articles

Shit, you're right. I forgot he also just did Cannibal Ferox. That one was good, but how he reviews Salo was just hilarious, absolutely skewering the arguments art-house twits made in favor of that horrid movie.

The [edit]second[edit] saddest thing about Cannibal Holocaust is that it was actually a pretty decent movie (or would have been, depending on how much you're affected by the animal cruelty). It will never (and should never) be fully appreciated because of those bad choices.

I'm not saying the acts in the film are necessarily enjoyable to watch (lots of dismemberment, lots of rape... lots), but I found the whole presentation damn effective. Damn, I say.

Being a fan of practical special effects, kudos must go to the director for having to prove in court that his human-oriented special effects were fake... of course, he probably wouldn't have had to do that if he hadn't put real animal slaughter in the film... so kudos taken back. Damn, I say.

Oooh. Thanks for this, Bob. A friend of mine and I are always seeking out the most fucked up films we can find, though admittedly I haven't seen any. We just like talking about them. We have the fullest intention of watching them some day. I think it's high time I trained my stomach.

Salo is an awful movie. Terrible acting, directing, scripting. Just a gross out movie for those who did an arts degree.

Interesting. Saw Salo and Make Them Die Slowly years ago during various Incredibly Strange Film Festivals. Honestly, I wasn't particularly impressed by Salo. I'm pretty sure I stayed to the end but I just zoned out after an hour or so. Without the shock factor it's an appallingly boring and drawn out experience. Make Them Die Slowly I barely remember either, but that may have been the vodka ;)

EDIT: That wikipedia article on Unit 731 on the other hand made my blood run cold. I knew the Japanese army was notorious for committing atrocities during the Sino-Japanese war but this is the very first I've heard of this. That's some seriously hard to digest history. Makes it difficult to be proud to be a human being.

Oh hey, Visitor Q! I didn't expect a movie I've watched (nay, a movie I own on disc) to be on the list. I've only seen it once and yeah...it's a brutal, brutal, BRUTAL movie that would probably only confirm everyone's worst misconceptions about the depravity of Japanese cinema. I really liked it though and greatly enjoy Takashi Miike's films in general.

MovieBob:
Test Your Might

MovieBob tests your movie constitution with a few films.

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Martyrs

Anyone who as seen it knows what this means. I've seen most of the films on this list (except Salo, just say no to fecal porn) Martyrs was the only one that stayed with me and haunted me for a good long while.

I would sincerely like to recommend such timeless Japanese classics like 'Flower of Flesh and Blood' and 'Mermaid in a Manhole'. The Gini Piggu ones! Just watch 'em. just do it.

I haven't seen any of the movies that MovieBob specifically recommended, however, I have seen Men Behind the Sun and it did ruin all other horror films for me. The pressure chamber scene was definitely an insane highlight.

I haven't seen any of the films listed, and I'm OK with that (although The Horrors of Malformed Men does sound interesting).

UnderGlass:
EDIT: That wikipedia article on Unit 731 on the other hand made my blood run cold. I knew the Japanese army was notorious for committing atrocities during the Sino-Japanese war but this is the very first I've heard of this. That's some seriously hard to digest history. Makes it difficult to be proud to be a human being.

Same thing happened to me a few years ago, I'd heard of Japanese abusing PoW and the Rape of Nanking and just expected something like that. But that stuff was just ferrifying, even in the context of the Second World War it's nightmareish beyond what I expected. What makes it even worse is that the Japanese has pretty much never aknowledged or apologised for any of the things they've done. But look on the bright side, you've seen the worst of humanity, nothing is going to horrify or shock you again.

Note, if anyone reads this and deciedes to provide a link that refutes the above statement about Unit 731 being the worst thing humanity has ever done by provideing an example of people who were even worse. Stop, don't. I really don't want to know. Also if you read this and want to look up Unit 731, don't. You won't like what you find.

Saw Salo, but not with English dubs/subs, so couldn't get immersed in it. So didn't find it that shocking, as was distracted by thinking about how scenes were staged, what the food really was, etc...

Axolotl:
Also if you read this and want to look up Unit 731, don't. You won't like what you find.

Why? Why, in the name of humanity didn't I listen to you?

I thought I had seen it all after the Nazi concentration camps... *sigh*

Totally thought this article would be about Mortal Kombat.

I'm not a huge fan of horror, so I'll pass on all of these.. but get back to me when you do an article on the ones with the most nudity. :D

I lurched from from reading some of this. No curiosity here, just going to avoid that stuff.

When I finally move in with my mates I'm going to watch all of these with them and destroy our childhoods!

Thats a joke about Martyrs right? That film blew! Did follow this article up with an impromptu viewing of ;men behind the sun' though and if you've seen it, the cat scene? Now THATS messed up!

Thanks Bob! Ruined my night/week/innocence...

You want to really see some depravity, check out the "Guinea Pig" series. Some of the nastiest, most realistic gore ever put on film. Hell, Charlie Sheen watched one of the movies and was convinced it was an actual snuff film. Then again, Sheen is a drug addict and conspiracy nut, so he's never had the strongest grip on reality.

Huh, did anyone else come into this thread expecting to hear the Mortal Kombat theme song? And should I really be admitting that I've already seen 3 of these movies?

I happen to have a copy of Philosophy of a Knife, and I couldn't watch all of it either Bob, don't feel too bad.

Unlike Men Behind the Sun, (which is in a similar vein) Philosophy is LONG. Like LOTR long. 4 ****ing hours long. And it has almost no plot (I challenge anyone to spot the plot without a guide) and practically no dialogue. It's just constant terrible horrible things.

And I can totally understand why it is like that.

See, the thing with a lot of these kinda movies is that they are aimed at hardcore horror freaks and as such are just regular horror movies juiced up to 11. And thats why I can watch them and not care too much. They are schlock exploitation that's aimed at desensitized people. The gore is shocking, the rest is often laughable.

And that's why Philosophy gets my vote for the 'best atrocity flick'. The whole point is to put in front of you things with almost no context or explanation just pain and horror and degradation. Which is pretty much what the people experimented on got. But its not really a movie. It's art.

LostAlone:
See, the thing with a lot of these kinda movies is that they are aimed at hardcore horror freaks and as such are just regular horror movies juiced up to 11. And thats why I can watch them and not care too much. They are schlock exploitation that's aimed at desensitized people. The gore is shocking, the rest is often laughable.

And that's why Philosophy gets my vote for the 'best atrocity flick'. The whole point is to put in front of you things with almost no context or explanation just pain and horror and degradation. Which is pretty much what the people experimented on got. But its not really a movie. It's art.

I think alot of the really, really extreme gore flicks are supposed to be art. For example A Serbian Film, I haven't seen it myself (because you know I read a plot summary on wikipedia and that was enough to disgust me) but I have a friend who did and he said the the thing struck him about it was how artsy it was and how the director clearly thought it was art. And it's similar with Cannibal Holocaust, Salo and The Men Behind the Sun, the directors of these films are trying to make artistic statements and think that the best way to do this is by throwing unpleasentness at the screen. You can see a similar effect with sexuality, include a little sex/nudity in a film and it's titilation, include alot and it's porn, but if you flood the film with extreme, graphic sex then it becomes art. This weird logic means that makes Hostel explotation but Trash Humpers art, just because it's the less pleasent film.

As an amateur film nerd, I am always happy to get some advice from the pros in order to up my game. Thanks, Bob! Hope you make another one of these.

Anyone who is educated in a subject will be detached from the experience of the general public (that is uneducated in that subject). A specialist in any subject is defined by the knowledge in said subject they possess that others don't (which is why they're specialists), but if only specialists purchase a product it (obviously) won't make any money. But I believe that specialists/experts play an important role in consumerism, because the general public relies on them to make good recommendations, and to help guide us in our decisions when it comes to purchasing products we are (comparatively) clueless about.

Frankly I'm surprised he didn't mention "A Serbian Film", thought that could because he knew what it was beforehand and didn't see it. This is the correct approach I think. I got sick merely reading the description of what it was. I'm glad no one asked me to watch it, based off of the description it beats out anything Moviebob cites here.

This is the reaction of a very good Christian girl of whom I happen to know to a few scenes. All you see is her reaction. I can't believe Coughlan had her watch this.

Yep, half this list has already been reviewd by him.

myself? I have only watched Salo and ferox, but I'd love me a copy of Siciety.

Ugh... I'm already too squeamish for the senselessness of Eli Roth's movies. Torture porn is certainly not for me. I can't even understand why people even watch this kind of masochistic... material.

Bob, I'm not sure if you've already answered this question, but do you think of Apocalypse Now considering the animal slaughter in that film.

Hookah:
Salo is an awful movie. Terrible acting, directing, scripting. Just a gross out movie for those who did an arts degree.

Completely agree, watched it for a dare or something a while back. Just found the whole film boring.

Not seen the rest of these, may give them a try sometime.

honestdiscussioner:
Frankly I'm surprised he didn't mention "A Serbian Film", thought that could because he knew what it was beforehand and didn't see it.

He did mention it, right at the start of the article, shopping with human centipede 2.he just didn't go into depth.

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