Movies are an art form. There a cinematic favourites that stand the test of time, cult classics that grow in popularity with age, and action packed blockbusters that will numb the brain. They've made us laugh, they've made us cry, they've even left is with a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
However, like every art form, not all of what we observe is good for the soul. There are movies out there that leave us feeling empty inside. Some are so harrowing they make you wonder why you allowed yourself to witness such horrors. No, this list does not include the Transformers franchise and its blunt force Bayhem, but instead traverses the darker side of cinema.
There are a plethora of stories to tell in the form of the movie, but not all of them are pleasant. In fact, some of them are outright sickening. Sometimes they're created to draw a reaction, sometimes they're created as part of some absurd artistic vision to make a point, sometimes they're made just because they can. Enter this list at your pleasure, but watch these entries at your peril.
After breaking onto the scene with the gruesome Cabin Fever in 2002, Eli Roth has become a stalwart of the horror genre. With films like The Green Inferno and Knock Knock under his belt, you can always guarantee that the protagonists of his movies are going to be in for a rough time. Despite the movies he's gone on to make since Cabin Fever, and even with an adaptation of Borderlands in the pipeline, the movie that will always be synonymous with his name is Hostel.
Now, Hostel was many things. Dark, twisted, and probably single-handedly drove the Eastern European tourist business into the ground. It was also one of the first movies to be tainted with the evocative label 'Torture Porn'. Even so, Hostel is remarkably effective in its tension building, which is in turn punctuated by the horrific violence the main characters suffer through.
With scenes featuring Achilles heel slicing and optic nerve cutting, Hostel is a hard movie to erase from your memory.