Beware. These movies are not for the faint of heart. They are gritty, disturbing and, in most cases, just f*cked up. Be that as it may, they've each turned the genre on its side to redefine horror, and for that, I share my appreciation.
American Psycho (2000) - A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Sickest Scene: Any and all of the sex scenes. Patrick Bateman is, by far, one of the sickest individuals ever created in a book or on screen.
Sickest Scene: The one with the stuntman bashing in a guy's head in an elevator while the girl of his dreams watches in horror. I have to be honest, as sexy as Mr. Gosling is, he plays a very convincing sociopath.
The Mist (2007) -A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Sickest Scene: The ending to this movie is the most messed up ending I've ever seen in a movie, EVER. Stephen King is a master at horror and explores the degradation of humanity and the consequences in this film.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) - A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a new "pet"-- a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rear ends.
Sickest Scene: I can't even discuss it for fear that I might start retching again. Let's just say, its pretty remarkable that blood and gore have absolutely NOTHING to do with how disturbing this film is.
Silence of the Lambs (1991) - A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
Sickest Scene: Buffalo Bill prancing around as a woman before attempting to skin his next victim alive. This movie managed to be pretty revolutionary as far as psychological thrillers went. It's a toss-up as to who is worse --- Hannibal Lector or Buffalo Bill?
High Tension (2003) - Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa's parents' country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway.
Sickest Scene: A deranged murderer in a truck uses a severed head in a very unsettling manner. This is a twisted tale of obsession and murder that culminates in one of the greatest twist endings of all time.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003) - Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Sickest Scene: Murder, cannibalism, rape and satanic rituals make this entire movie cringe-worthy.
What are some of the most horrifying movies you've seen? In your eyes, have there been any movies that have redefined what it means to be disturbing? What traits, blood and gore aside, make a movie more than just horrific?