[ In order of disgustingness ]
03. Audition (1999)
While I’m not rushing to watch it again, this japanese horror flick is actually one of my favourites. And that is because Audition spends most of its running time building the characters in apparent normal fashion, against a sense of unease you can’t shake. The two main characters are Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi) and Asami (Eihi Shiina) – the first, a widower who holds auditions to find his future partner, the second, a shy, meek young girl who gets the part. As the movie and their relationship progress, Asami’s dark past comes to light in news of murders and mutilations, pictured in Shigeharu’s grotesque dreams and hallucinations of flapping body parts.
It all builds up to the final scene, which gave Audition its notoriety. In the climax, Asami, filled with jealousy, reveals her true nature when she kidnaps Shigeharu, drugs him with a paralysing substance, and tortures him at will. As he lays powerless and scared, so do we as we watch him suffer, unable to stop director Takashi Miike‘s vision from unfolding. Kiri-kiri-kiri…
02. Eraserhead (1977)
This is where is starts to get really uncomfortable. In David Lynch‘s nightmarish industrial tale, Eraserhead, a father (Jack Nance) is driven to insanity by the cries of his deformed newborn child. And so are we. Not just because of the aesthetics and sounds which alone are bound to suck the joy out of you, but also because of how mind boggling it is. Scene after scene you’re hit with horrific imagery, unable to make sense of it or find steady ground.
It’s exhausting and just thinking about it gives me headaches. I suppose that makes it brilliant, too.
01. Tetsuo, The Iron Man (1989)
I think my body actually hurt while watching Tetsuo, The Iron Man. To this day, I don’t know why I saw it. This Japanese extreme body horror classic is not for the faint of heart. Really. It’s not about blood or flesh – it’s about metal. Rusty, old metal. And pain.
After killing “The Metal Fetishist” (yes, expect NSFW scrap) , a man’s body begins to turn into pieces of metal garbage, and it’s… disgusting. With gritty black and white visuals and scratchy irksome sounds, Tetsuo is almost unwatchable. In fact, I’m positive forced showings of it would be an effective method of torture.