The Most Fucked Up Movies Ever

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In an order vaguely resembling how fucked up they are.

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Eraserhead 1977,  R)
Mulholland Drive 2001,  R)
Forbidden Zone 1982,  R)
Forbidden Zone
It's more of a piece of visual art than it is a movie, and as visual art it succeeds. However, as a film it's a fairly tedius (after the novelty of the fucked-up-ness wears off) and dull.
Danny Elfman is brilliant and there's some great music in here, although a lot of it is just very basic and samey. So yeah, there are standout moments and songs, and it's constantly interesting in one form or another (usually visually), but that said, it doesn't really work as a film.

Personal enjoyment: 5/10
Actual quality as a film: 5/10
Pink Floyd - The Wall 1982,  R)
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The animated segments are 10/10 material but unfortunately there's only a tiny amount of animation present. Another Brick in the Wall is also excellent, but the rest of the film is just bland and pointless.
Meet the Feebles 1989,  R)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres 2007,  R)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres
Completely un-compromised Aqua Teen which is great.
Yellow Submarine 1968,  G)
Videodrome 1983,  R)
Wow. Just wow. I need to see this again because I know I didn't talk all of that in just then, but my God, wow.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975,  R)
Donnie Darko 2001,  R)
Howard the Duck 1986,  PG)
Howard the Duck
It's not THAT bad. Really mind-boggling trying to figure out who their intended audience was though, it's like a family film but full of sex jokes.
Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (Demons '95) (Of Death, of Love) 1996,  R)
Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (Demons '95) (Of Death, of Love)
Wtf did I just watch?
Super 2011,  R)
It took me a while to wrap my head around what exactly I was watching, but once I did, I loved it. It sort of feels like the best student film ever made (although I should point out that it isn't a student film, it's just an extremely low-budget indie... but one that could afford Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon). It's got an extremely dark and somewhat disturbed sense of humour, but I really clicked with it.
I went into it expecting a film about a man who's pushed to the edge, snaps and decides to become a super-hero -sort of like 'Kick-Ass'. Instead, it's played more that the man is a psychopath with severe mental issues that believes he's becoming a super-hero, but is instead donning a terrible costume and hitting people in the face with a pipe-wrench. That's hilarious. If you disagree, the film isn't for you (also, you're wrong).

It throws a lot of moments of genius at you, a lot of moments that are utterly hilarious -some through true wit and others through how warped they are -and it has Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. A winning recipe.

My major complaint would be that it just never quite felt like the sum of its parts. It sort of seemed like James Gunn had gone a bit George Lucas and with this being such an indie-effort, he'd retained complete and utter control over everything in it whereas he should've taken a bit of advice from other people here and there. Basically, the whole thing felt like it could have done with someone else to just smooth the script over.

Still, I highly enjoyed it and recommend it to people with dark or slightly disturbed sense of humour as well as fans of more contemprary low-budget, grindhouse style cinema... the sort of thing that Troma might put out. It's kind of like the best thing Troma never released.

How To Get Ahead in Advertising 1989,  R)
How To Get Ahead in Advertising
It's like if David Cronenberg had directed Thankyou for Smoking. But, not quite that awesome.
Persona 1966,  Unrated)
I watched this as part of my uni's film society and at first I thought maybe I didn't enjoy it because I misunderstood it, but following the post-film discussion I realised that I was the only person who did understand it (not counting those who'd already seen it). I explained it to them and yeah, that explanation held up.

So I suppose that means I'm completely justified in not enjoying it.

Although whenever it tries any arthouse tricks and plays with the conventions of cinema it just feels like a parody of arthouse cinema in general, the film itself is mostly made fairly well.
I just plain didn't enjoy it. Didn't enjoy the subject matter, the characters, the music... anything. That's not to say they're bad. It's one of those films where they're good, you just don't click.

Personal enjoyment: 4/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Kick-Ass 2010,  R)
Pretty much as expected: a Superbad-esque superhero film, both in terms of tone and quality. It was surprisingly well shot and directed and absolutely full of fantastic little set-pieces.
The plot took a lot of nice turns that I won't go into due to not wanting to spoil anything. My mind was beginning to wander towards the end of the film's second act, but the ending was genuinely kick-ass and made up for any of the film's short-comings before.
The cast were great, Aaron Johnson being surprisingly likeable, Mark Strong being surprisingly great (after his bland, bland villain in Sherlock Holmes), Chloe Moretz selling her role as a bad-ass little girl, McLovin from Superbad proving that he (amazingly) isn't a one-hit wonder of an actor and of course, Nic Cage being both bad-ass and hilarious.
I genuinely love Nic Cage so it's nice to see him in a good film for a change.

Personal enjoyment: 8/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Battle Royale 3D 2000,  Unrated)
Battle Royale 3D
There's a certain sick pleasure to be had in watching 40 studients fight to the death.
A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 2005,  R)
Halloween III - Season of the Witch 1982,  R)
Trainspotting 1996,  R)
Heavenly Creatures 1994,  R)
Heavenly Creatures
Brilliant on practically every level, wonderfully inventive.
Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) 2006,  Unrated)
Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)
Kinda cool, but not quite funny enough. Worth seeing though.
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs 2008,  Unrated)
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
Futurama: Bender's Big Score was hardly funny at all. However, it's plot was absolutely fantastic and the amounts of emotion it reached is worthy of recognition alone. Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs is hilarious. Not quite as funny as the show was, but it's certainly close enough so that I don't care. However, it suffers in the plot department. There's nothing wrong with the plot, infact it's charmingly and bizarrely quirky, however, it doesn't feel like a movie-quality plot-line and it also feels much more disjointed than the first film. Whilst the first film could very clearly work as 4 to-be-continued episodes, it also worked fairly flawlessly as a movie. This film never feels like anything but 4 back to back episodes. However, it's still furiously entertaining and who cares if it's not important to the overall Futurama plotline. Only a small handful of the show's episodes actually are and this is 1 of 4 films.
It's not quite as good a film as Bender's Big Score, but it's WAY funnier. Hopefully the next 2 films will be this funny with a plot as good as Bender's Big Score, but we'll have to wait and see.

Personal enjoyment: 9/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Coraline 2009,  PG)
A bit like a relationship with a plastic-surgery-ed bimbo in that it's nice to look at, but completely lacks in substance and is immitating something it's not.
Coraline is absolutely gorgeous. One of the nicest looking films and certainly the best example of stop-start animation I've ever seen. However, everything else is to me, just a mixture in terms of quality. Some bits are incredible, some bits are straight-up bad and there are bits ranging through all the spectrums inbetween.
The cat character is fantastic, the mice-circus scene is amazing (though FAR too brief), certain characters and the animation are amazing and so forth. On the other hand, other characters feel very dull, the film is far too long for its own good and lacks the scope and scale it needed to really satisfy me with its ending.
Certain bits also weren't explained whatsoever or were left far too vague. I was able to piece most of this together (such as the button moving over the moon representing how much time Coraline had left to complete a 'game'), however, it wasn't actually mentioned once and I think most children (the film's target audience) will be left bewildered by a lot of it.
Basically, about 50% of the film is amazing and about 50% is mediocre -in every way: concepts, characters, scenes, etc. The only thing that's consistently wonderful is the animation. If you like Henry Selick's other work then you'll probably love this; however, if like me, you only love The Nightmare Before Christmas and don't think much of his other efforts, then you'll most likely feel like I did with this one.

Personal enjoyment: 6/10
Actual quality as a film: 6/10
Mysterious Skin 2005,  NC-17)
Mysterious Skin
Very heavy, but brilliant all the same.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007,  R)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Simply put, this film is an absolute triumph. This is quite easily Tim Burton's 2nd best to date after Ed Wood (keep in mind that he didn't direct The Nightmare Before Christmas).
Musicals are incredibly hard to adapt into film. You have to keep the visuals interesting as people have long drawn out conversations through song. On stage, we're happy to sit and look at people singing for 10 minutes at a time, but on screen it's a different story.
The cinematography is amazing. Whilst alot of CGI has obviously been utilised, it gives the film that Tim Burton quality we all know and either love or hate. Personally, I love it.
The performances are uniformly outstanding (although my favourite has to be Sacha Baron Cohen's). Whilst none of them are particularly amazing singers, Tim Burton has filled the film with fantastic actors. Broadway actors can sing great, but few are that great at acting and fewer are this good at acting whilst they sing. And rest assured, Johnny Depp is nothing like Jack Sparrow in this.
The music itself is very forgettable and barely stands out, but that's the beauty of it. I honestly fell in love with the score because it doesn't try and be catchy or be good music. It exists purely to serve the purpose of the storyline and in doing so it never goes off-track with a 'show-stopper' or random little melody thrown in just to soudn nice. It's 100% focused on the emotions and scene at hand. It's almost a refreshing take on musicals in general.
All the other technical aspects such as costumes and lighting are faultless too.
I also have to credit Tim Burton for not watering down the violent nature of Sweeney Todd in the slightest. Whilst I wasn't too keen on how he'd gone and cast all of his best friends in roles that already belonged to many stage actors, I now see that this was the best way to do things. In order to make this work as a film, Tim had to make it HIS film and he's created what is possibly a masterpiece amongst musicals. Certainly one of the best musicals of all time and one of the best films in a long while. I'm sure plenty of die-hard fans of the stage-show will hate it for cutting songs and editing bits and casting not being to their tastes, but when viewed in it's own right, this film is nearly perfect.
It looked like Tim Burton was losing it slightly with his films quality dropping slightly in recent years, but he's back on form, possibly even better than ever? I eagerly await both Frankenweenie and Alice in Wonderland.

Personal enjoyment: 10/10
Actual quality as a film: 9/10
Pan's Labyrinth 2006,  R)
Pan's Labyrinth
Just plain brilliant.
24 Hour Party People 2002,  R)
Repo! The Genetic Opera 2008,  R)
Repo! The Genetic Opera
It's such a shame that films like this are so rare. It's a gorey opera set in a distopian future with Anthony Head? What's not to like? (The answer is Paris Hilton, just ignore her).
The film would have a decent enough plot to keep you watching regardless of the music, but that's what elevates this from mediocre to good. The vast majority of the songs are engrossing even though few are great. And Anthony Head is fantastic. He's easily the best singer in the film, but to be honest, there wasn't much competition.
It's silly and odd, but it's great fun and a breath of fresh air.

Personal enjoyment: 8/10
Actual quality as a film: 7/10
V for Vendetta 2006,  R)
Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns) 2002,  G)
Night of the Lepus 1972,  PG)
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959,  Unrated)
Bride of the Monster 1955,  Unrated)
King Kong vs. Godzilla 1963,  PG)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! 1978,  PG)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
I was laughing my head off for the first 5 minutes, then it just got old. However, a few moments here and there kept it worth seeing.
Heavy Metal 1981,  R)
Heavy Metal
This is a film realisation of the stereotype of adolescence, well, male adolescence. And if you take it as such, it's really very enjoyable. Guns, gore, naked women with huge boobs and as the title suggest, heavy metal, it's all here.
The first segment is like a blue-print for The 5th Element and even Bladerunner to an extent. I'm almost certain they drew some inspiration from it. Other segments vary in quality. My favourite was the one featuring zombies on a plane during World War II.
The wrap around is confusing and utterly cheesey, but in a film like this, you really can't complain.
The music is suprisingly good, the heavy metal music isn't really over-emphasised at all and the actual score is suprisingly majestic.
The animation is also (though dated), top notch.

This is really worth checking out, just for it's cult quality and it's obvious influence on the world of animation and sci-fi.

Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 7/10
Leprechaun 4 - In Space 1997,  R)
Leprechaun - Back 2 Tha Hood 2003,  R)
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things 1972,  PG)
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
Thoroughly watchable, at least once it gets going, even if it's a pretty bad movie.
The Country Bears 2002,  G)
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow up Timmy Turner 2011,  Unrated)
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow up Timmy Turner
To be fair to the guys, the writing is pretty much on par with the show in its good years and they do an excellent job of realising a cartoon world in live-action -especially the casting choices (for the most part). The problem just seems to be that writing styles don't translate. Things that work in a 10 minute Saturday morning cartoon don't work in live-action. Part of this is probably due to the timing of actions not being the same. Part of it is probably due to cartoons with silly voices getting away with that sort of dialogue. Part of it is probably due to how animation allows for the scope to do anything, whereas a simple "idea lightbulb" appearing above someone's head in live-action looks cheap and tacky. Who knows?

All I can say is that this is bad. I haven't seen beyond the 4th season of the show or so, but from what I have seen, this is easily the worst thing with The Fairly OddParents name attached.

It gets extra curiosity points for Larry David's wife in Curb Your Enthusiasm playing Wanda when she turns into a human briefly (presumably so that they could put her name in the cast list) along with Cosmo -the two of them don't even attempt voices.
Anyway. Yes. Terrible, but an interesting watch to demonstrate how you have to write differently from medium-to-medium.

American Zombie 2007,  Unrated)
American Zombie
I really expected the worst from this. I thought the concept of zombies living among us who are just like us, but decomposing was stupid as what's the point in zombies if they're not a bit different. Flesh eating provides horror for example.
However, this only caused me to be very pleasantly suprised by how a horror film is sneekiliy popped in to the back half of this movie.
It's just a shame that it end's abruptly. This could have made for quite a nice 'start of the zombie apocalypse' type movie had they cut half of the start off (mostly un-needed) and skipped on allowing more time for the 'new world order'.
The ending is really what lets this film down. With a more wrapped up ending or something bigger happening, then this would have got 7/10, but alas, I guess they didn't have the budget.

It's mildly funny and quite creepy at times, but purely as a high-concept exploration of race as well as racial documentaries, it's a huge success.

Personal ejoyment: 6/10
Actual quality as a film: 6/10
Last Action Hero 1993,  PG-13)
Last Action Hero
I don't think I will ever understand why this film is as hated as it is. It's not incredibly by any standards, but I will defend it to the end of the Earth as at least a mildly good film.
It's a pitch-perfect (most of the time) parody of action films with Arnie mocking himself. But it also works as a family film for kids and such.
It's a little all over the place, but very fun and gets the action stuff right down to the last detail.

Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 6/10
Tropic Thunder 2008,  R)
Tropic Thunder
This is the funniest film to be released in ages. It's a pitch-perfect parody of Hollywood. The fake movie trailers as well as scenes from the film within the film are absolutely spot-on, as are the takes on actors that we see. It's remarkable for that reason and is actually a hell of a lot smarter than it needs to be.
This completely dwarves Pineapple Express as it's not only a better comedy, but a better action film.
The cast are all-round fantastic, especially Robert Downey Jr who is just brilliant as usual.
It's nice that almost every role in the film, big or small is a famous face. It means you can star-spot throughout the film.
Plus it's suprisingly well shot and the music is suprisingly good. I guess it had to be to get the war-movie parody thing right.
All in all, it's good stuff. Ben Stiller is really growing as both a director and writer.

Personal enjoyment: 8/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Forgotten Silver 1997,  Unrated)
Forgotten Silver
This film was a prank. Basically, it's a mockumentary, but they didn't tell the New Zealand public that, and it's so pitch-perfect that they mostly believed it to be the truth. As a prank, it's perfection.
However as a film, it's less good.

At first I thought, why make a mockumentary which isn't funny (spare for some extremely light humour here and there). However, the film tells a story. It's simply an unusual method being used to tell a fictional story and when viewed as such, it's actually quite a good watch.

It's probably my least favourite of Peter Jackson's movies, but hey, now I can say I've seen them all.

Personal enjoyment: 6/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Death to Smoochy 2002,  R)
Death to Smoochy
Relatively funny, certainly entertaining, but nothing incredible.
Hellraiser 1987,  R)
As far as the slasher films of the 70s and 80s go, this is one of the most inventive. To the point that it's arguably not a slasher film.
There's some fantastic special effects work, or at least fantastic special effects for gore. The plot is very simple when you look at it on paper, but that's why it works.
I was suprised to find out that Pinhead is such a minor character in the whole thing. He's not even the villain, really. I get the impression that he becomes the main villain in the sequels though.
Anyway, it's one of the better horror efforts of the 80s.

Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 7/10
Watchmen 2009,  R)
I honestly don't really know how I feel about this film. Aspects of it are amazing; better than the comic. Aspects fall flat on their arse. Zack Snyder's direction is for the most part, outstanding, but at times it's horribly distracting. The acting is a mixed bag too with performances ranging from amazing to laughable.
I did enjoy it, but I think if I hadn't read the comic I wouldn't have had a clue what was going on. There's little character development and proper explanation given to things thanks to so much being dropped from the source material (thanks to time constraints). And the ending being changed. It still works, but why? The ending was the best thing about the comic and the ridiculousness of it was justified and awesome at the same time. There's no reason that wouldn't have worked in the film, and it would have explained what the shit the villain's mutant tiger thing was all about.
I also feel like I only cared about most of the characters because of getting to like them in the comic. I don't think I'd have cared about any of them if I just took a dive straight into the film.

But yeah. It's a good film, but I think it only works as a companion piece for people to enjoy once they've read the comic. On standalone terms it's a mess.

Personal enjoyment: 8/10
Actual quality as a film: 7/10
Fritz the Cat 1972,  Unrated)
Fritz the Cat
It's very much a film of its era; to the point that it works better as a history lesson than as actual entertainment. I can't tell if it's meant to be funny exactly or just... satirical. It's odd.

Personal enjoyment: 5/10
Actual quality as a film: 6/10
Deliverance 1972,  R)
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this as I was expecting it to be one of those old classics that I respect but don't really find any entertainment in. Fortunately, it's actually a great little tale, although I think it might have lost much of its impact with age.
I wasn't expecting such a straight-forwards murder cover-up story, anyway. Good stuff.
Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Threads 1984,  Unrated)
I'm so glad I never had to live through the 80s.

The first 30 minutes of this film bored me. They weren't terrible by any means, but I was beginning to feel like this was going to be a let down.
Then the nuke went off and so did the film. From then on it's gripping (even though you don't care about the characters), horrifying and best of all, chillingly informative.
Maybe it's just my love of movies painting different scenarios of the apocalypse and distopian futures, but I really enjoyed this bleak vision of Britain trying to rebuild itself years after nukes had gone off, practically back to a medieval state of life, but there's just something wonderfully dark about this film. The ending was lame, but I really didn't care because in essence there isn't a plot. It's just a documentary-ish overview of England coping with the effects of nuclear bombs.
So yeah, a really good watch.

Personal enjoyment: 8/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10
Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964,  PG)
Eden Lake 2008,  R)
Eden Lake
Thoroughly unpleasant. It's like Harry Brown except without Michael Caine kicking back against the chavs. I feel a bit guitly enjoying a film that villainises the working class so much (to the point of them being cartoonishly evi)l but what the hell, it's cliched, ridiculous and over the top, but also gripping and effectively put together. Kelly Reilly also gave a surprisingly brilliant performance which made things even better. It's a bit disturbing and even though I haven't seen Straw Dogs, I think it's probably quite similar to Straw Dogs. Worth a watch if you like your British horror or chavsploitation.

Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 6/10
In the Loop 2009,  Unrated)
In the Loop
Pretty much everything Armando Iannucci touches is gold. He's nothing special as a director, but as a writer, he is one of the most talented people working in comedy today.
Peter Capaldi was absolutely hilarious as Malcolm Tucker as was Steve Coogan and whoever played Malcom's Scottish 'ally'.
The film is hilarious despite being so, so dry and works as a fantastic satire of modern-day politics.
It often feels really frantic and cluttered but I'd imagine this is on purpose to add to the film's political atmosphere.

All in all, very good stuff. I hope Armando makes more films in the future.

Personal enjoyment: 8/10
Actual quality as a film: 8/10

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