Everyone loves to re-watch their favorite movies over and over again. Come to think of it, there's probably at least one film where you know almost the entire script off by heart. We re-watch films to explore new meanings and relieve the joys of previous viewings, but while most films will at the very least warrant a second viewing, there are quite a few that will never be viewed again by most viewers. That's not a bad thing though; far from it.
A film being too intense and upsetting to watch again is testament to its overall artistic quality as well as a sign that it has really hit its audience hard. Such films are also notable because, while other films may require several viewings to get the best experience, these movies only need one viewing to permanently sear themselves into the viewers' consciousness. Sad and un-entertaining movies are often pretty great and the 21st century has offered up many such movies.
Prior to 2000, we have films such as Grave of the Fireflies, The Elephant Man, Come and See, Audition, Sophie's Choice among many others that are incredibly difficult to re-watch. Which films since 2000 join those ranks?
15. Hostel Part II
Three American women are lured into a remote part of Eastern Europe where Elite Hunting, an organisation where rich people pay to torture kidnapped victims to death, lies in wait.
Why It's Awesome:
An improvement over its terrible predecessor in every single way, this well-acted, suspenseful and surprisingly clever horror film is one of the best torture porn horror films to date.
Why You'll Only Watch It Once:
It's one of the most violent commercially-released American movies in history. If you can get through this, you can get through anything.
Torture porn movies are often uncomfortable sits, but this one is even worse than the others. Firstly, while the Saw films give the victims a chance of survival, Hostel doesn't offer the victims a chance of escape. Secondly, the torturers are everyday rich people fulfilling their darkest fantasies instead of random psychopaths, so this is an intensely misanthropic film.
On top of this, the violence in Hostel II is insanely nasty and happens to a bunch of likable characters that we actually care about, so seeing their nightmarish deaths is unpleasant to put it mildly. There's one scene involving a bath which is Incredibly hard to watch, while there's another moment towards the end that will make a lot of male viewers feel very queasy.
Definitely check it out, but much like Takashi Miike's Audition, it's a Torture Porn film that's too brutal to sit through twice.