10 Most Tasteless And Outrageous Directors In Movie History

And now for something completely... different.

Among all of the decisively middling flotsam and jetsam of Hollywood directors and all of the sanitised rubbish that gets forced down audience throats in the cinemas, there have been directors who are subversive, unconfined by notions of taste and decency and who have balls the size of church bells. These directors are not afraid to plumb the depths of what is outrageous and in many cases, positively offensive. Working on the fringes of the film industry gives outrageous film makers more room to manoeuvre and explore darker territory than their mainstream cousins. Of course, there is going to be less cash flying about but this leads to more inventive film making and a strong trash aesthetic which is extremely appealing to exploitation cinema fans. The directors also seem to attract their own band of crazy and cooky actors, who may be inept, but are screamingly funny in their bizarre roles. Tasteless and outrageous film directors are not just the old guard of trash cinema. There are many new and inventive directors working within this field as we can see with the success of so-called torture porn movies like Saw and Hostel and most egregious of all - the Japanese film Grotesque. There will always be the desire in certain film circles to push the boat out, go over the top or test the limits. This ensures that cineastes will always have a rich stream of tasteless and outrageous movies to watch, even if they have to venture into the realms of the Japanese ero-goru genre - Tumbling Doll Of Flesh springs to mind... Like a dog returning to vomit...


My first film watched was Carrie aged 2 on my dad's knee. Educated at The University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. Fan of Arthouse, Exploitation, Horror, Euro Trash, Giallo, New French Extremism. Weaned at the bosom of a Russ Meyer starlet. The bleaker, artier or sleazier the better!