Since the advent of cinema filmmakers have been churning out movies to scare the crap out of people. French illusionist Georges Méliès is credited with directing what is considered the first true horror film in 1896, called House Of The Devil. It was little more than a series of sketches showing an agent of Satan summoning ghouls from a giant black cauldron. Back then this would have been highly alarming, but to our modern eyes it all seems a bit slapstick.
Over the years people's threshold for horror has changed with filmmakers pushing the boundaries of what they can get away with. An actor in devil horns getting up to mischief just doesn't cut it anymore, not when the most heinous and abhorrent acts imaginable have been committed to screen.
In the '30s and '40s, reimagined folklore tales of Dracula and Frankenstein became popular. During the '70s audiences were terrified by the cold and dark expanse of space. And, in more recent years the sinister confines of the human psyche has proven just as troubling as any gore fest.
These days if you can imagine something horrific chances are someone's made a movie about it. From physiological horror to gratuitous violence, these are the scenes that had you hiding behind a pillow, praying for them to end.
10. The Human Centipede: Feeding Time
It was a sad day for cinema when this horror flick came out. Surely the making of this film signalled the end times for the human race. First there was only rumours, then the trailer dropped, eventually one of your friends informed you they'd actually watched it. What they described was so grotesque and unbelievable that there was no other choice but to watch it yourself.
As the name would hint at, the Human Centipede follows the twisted experiments of a certain Dr. Josef Heiter. Previously a renowned surgeon known for his work separating conjoin twins, Heiter felt like he needed a retirement project. For no apparent reason (other than his insanity) he decided to kidnap a bunch of victims, attach them ass to mouth, and see what happened.
From the outset this movie was hard to sit through. Everyone knew what was coming, but even so it was far more grotesque than anyone could have imagined. After feeding the head of his ungodly creation a bowl of dog food, the diabolic doctor relished watching nature take its course, and we went along for the ride.
A man defecating into the open mouth of a frightened young woman really was a low point of the body-horror genre.