Live Poll: Big Directors Who Directed Disturbing Movies

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Sometimes a director creates a really disturbing but artful movie. And it turns out to be extremely graphic. Often the action is told in such a twisty way that it's mind-blowing.

What of these disturbing movies from well-known directors below is your pick? - Pick his movie from the images below. It's OK if you just know a few of them. You can pick the one that looks the most interesting to you.

(Only movies rated 6/10 or above, released 1960 or after)

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026642618/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/V6kMc3Ad9y0/
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Got to sleep! Tomorrow is a long day with an infinity war at the end. ;D
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Mind-blowing is the proper spelling.

FYC:
Takashi Miike
Lars von Trier
David Cronenberg
Park Chan-Wook
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sam Peckinpah
Michael Haneke

Well-Known is the proper spelling in this instance. Well known is used when it comes after what it describes. Well-known comes before what it describes.

Are you sure Jordan Peele should be included? Yes, Get Out is disturbing, but it was also the first film Jordan directed, so "well known directors" doesn't seem to apply in this case.
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Breumaster, I had been meaning to say this, “thank you for your reply”. You see here in America, we always talk about our family’s heritage and I’m Of German and Irish decent - actually more of Scandinavian sine my grandmother’s family was passing through Germany when her father was born. Never-the-less, we (my family) consider ourselves German and Irish. I always like learning about both.
Now from an American POV, since Peckinpah is an American directing a film essentially for the American audiences at that time, he knew don’t like the idea of kids and war being combined no matter how much kids love to play Soldier at the time that film was made. He knew that footage which you thought was sarcastic, would upset American audiences. Over here, kids still retain the idea of innocence in films. If you want to make some character appear as truly evil, have him kill or corrupt a kid.
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Peckinpaw:Neighter the one, nor the other does fit for this list. I've seen "Straw Dogs" (in german "Wer Gewalt sät") at last, but I don't think it's disturbing enough. There are scene, which appear in many other movies similar. The are disturbing seces or dialogues - yes. But not enough.
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@dgranger:I accept that it might look disturbing to non-german audiences hearing the kids song while seeing the scenes of war. You can believe me - I didn't face the war cause I'm too young. But we had some education about it in the 80's at school. The new wisdom about german blame shoved me to learn more about it. So I learned may things about WWII and the dictatorship. So to me this Movie-Intro is a hard kind of sarcasm. But ok, some people who can't understand german, might find that intro disturbing. So I put 'The Cross of Iron' on the list. But please don't forget that it has another sense to germans. ;) But first I gotta need some images from that movie on IMDb. It should be images, that let the audience remind about the disturbing scenes. Could you help me?
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Ok
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One image is enough, as it stands for the disturbing intro - like the red toned pictures of tanks. The Images on the movies page are not really useable for the poll. ;) Thank you, dgranger. :)
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My Vote: David Fincher.
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A tie between Fincher and Kubrick.
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Don't forget Gaspar Noé (Mostly known for his direction of Irréversible and Enter the Void)

I haven't watched one his movies yet, but these should be very disturbing.
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He didn't forget, and yes, they are disturbing :)
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Tough choice between David Lynch and David CronenbergPeter Jackson is also very good at that and yes, Meet the Feebles (1989) is perhaps his most disturbing work, much more then openly comedic Braindead (1992) or even dramatic Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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My words. :D
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a very disturbing comedy and a very disturbing drama. ;)
The end of Heavenly creatures is nearly unbearable.
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In my humble opinion Heavenly Creatures is a tough movie, but he somehow managed to make a puppet show movie Meet the Feebles a much more disturbing venture then anything in his body of work, which says a lot. 
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Hi, Nikolay. :)

I just put 'Heavenly Creatures' on the list. Thank you for suggesting and sorry I had so less time the last days. It's still hot in Germany. I hope this heatwave will disapear, soon. So then I got more time to answere. ;)
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Depending how far the words "well-known directors" and "disturbing" extend, these could fit:

Giorgios Lanthimos (Dogtooth; possibly The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In)
Lynne Ramsey (supposedly We Need to Talk About Kevin, it's on many 'disturbing movies' lists)
Sion Sono (Suicide Circle, Exte, Love Exposure, probably more)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Fear X, Pusher 3, Valhalla Rising, The Neon Demon)
Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil)
Dario Argento (Suspiria, Tenebrae, Opera, among others)
Andrzej Zulawski (Possession, possibly others)

I can say more about the movies if needed.
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Welcome back Alb! We've missed you out here. 
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Hello, albstein.

I will take your contributions into my consideration. We have a grey zone about what director is 'well-known' – which i sat as a rule in the title. ;) I have to sleep now, because tomorrow i will face 'Infinity War' at cinema. But I love your thoughts to the p.s.


Hallo, albstein.

Danke für Deine Vorschläge. Ich werde mich morgen damit auseinandersetzen. Es ist ein Bisschen schwierig für mich, die Linie zu ziehen ab wann ein Regisseur 'wohl-bekannt' ist. Ich habe da meine eigenen Ansichten drüber. So könnten es eigen-hedonistische dekret-Entscheidungen werden. Aber ein gutes Kriterium ist es sicher,wenn ein Regiesseur mal bei den Oscars war. Dann kann er sich wohl 'wohl bekannt' nennen. So wie der Regiesseur von 'The Lobster'. Aber jetzt muss ich erst mal schlafen. Bin todmüde. ;)


Ciao,

Bis denne.

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I shortened the poll by taking only bigger directors.

Ich habe den Poll begrenzt, in dem ich nur größere Regiesseure zulasse.
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Brian DePalma
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I don't recall any music in Rope, not one used for emotional "amplification" anyway... but the whole plot was rather disturbing, people casually talking about a friend, wondering where he is, worrying about him while we already know he's dead... that was quite disturbing
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I want hitch back, if it wasn’t for him and John Carpenter, 99% of The made slasher films wouldn’t exist. And ElMaruerican is right. There is little or no music in Rope<., and like “Psycho”, it is based on an actual murders :: - “The original play was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope_...
How about “Frenzy”. Not my favorite Hitchcock film but it is after the 1960’s , 1972. But to me, the gas stove murder in “Torn Curtain” is quite unsettling. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xte7y3
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In my humble opinion THE most disturbing Hitchcock movies are Frenzy (1972) and an unfinished Kaleidoscope (1967)
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I've seen 'Dressed to Kill' so Brian De Palma is in. :D
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I've seen 'Dressed to Kill' so Brian De Palma is in. :D
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Quintine Tarantino
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Ok, he'll join the list - already because of 'Death Proof', but i guess for most of his movies. ;)
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Darren Aronofsky
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Hi José. Mr. Aronofsky is on the list and he will stay on the list for sure. ;) I'm not sure for myself, who i would be voting. They all did weird scenes and twists in their movies.
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Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, they are so disturbing but beautiful at the same time because they all focus on the addictions and problems of the characters and their consequences. From dream to illusion. 
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I'm sure I got the title well...

Do you mean "well known directors" who happened to have "directed disturbing movies" in the sense that it's not on that quality that most of their work was notable.

Or "well known directors" precisely because they "directed disturbing movies".

From the way intro makes it sound, it's about directors who sometimes want to play against type and make the kind of movie no one would see coming from them, yet in your list, you have directors whose breakthrough movies or most notable work was disturbing.
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It's about the quality of bigger directors to make a premium quality disturbing movie whether it's one, two or more disturbing movies. The movie should be disturbing in a fundamental way like e.g. 'Fight Club'. I just thought of 'The Shining'. That would match, too. I wanted to avoid, that there are hundrets of FYC's with directors of movies like '1408', 'human Centipede', 'Saw' and something like that. It's more about qualities. Feel free to ask further. :D
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I wouldn't put Hitchcock to the list, if there wasn't the bizarre shower scene.
I think movies like 'Rear Window' or 'Vertigo' are not disturbing enough.
It's both. A 'premium' director with at least one premium disturbing movie. ;D
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I've seen "Psycho" and "Vertigo" today. Then decided to delete Hitchcock.
And then Shyamalan and Ridley Scott.
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Seeing words "delete Hitchcock" makes me sad regardless of context.
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Well you feel sad about. I specially watched the movie again for to think over, if I rellay feel, that this movie really is enough disturbing to put Hitchcock in. I decided, it's not disturbing enough for this poll-suggestion. But it was a hard decision to delete Hitchcock. I decided only to keep in the extreme masters of disturbance.
And so I re-started the idea by making a new list:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026642618/

The general idea is to turn the procedure by 180°.
Now it's about the movies of the directors, by picking pictures of the movies.
One new rule is: Only movies after the 1960's. The other rules are the same:
Only Big Directors and the movies have to be disturbing.
I linked it before, below:
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Deleted Haneke, put in Stone.
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I have another option: Making it a picture-list.

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026642618/

Same subject, but re-opened by a picture-list and voting for the movies.
What do you think about?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Poll Suggestion: Big Director's Atmospheric Movies Dealing With Insanity..

There are many movies that look and feel insane. But some are made by big and successful directors. So which of these atmosperic movies below made by a big director would you pick as the most disturbing?

Only movies after the 1960's. Please note:
This poll is not about the favorite or best movie, but the all in all most disturbing.

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026642618/

The old discussion:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-well-known-directors-who-directed-disturbing...
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Breumaster,

I updated your original post to identify your original list as a name list. I added a line for your image list and tentatively gave the list as TBD (To be determined).

When I clicked on https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026642618/ I received a 404 (page not found) error. This indicates that the list has been deleted or is not public.
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Brewmaster, I emphasize with you. I hope you find out who did it. Trolls , attack hackers, and indentity thieves are not funny in the extreme. Get it sorted out.
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Thank you, dgranger.

@Dan:
So I put my second list back to a public state. Now you should be able to klick it. ;)
Please tell me, if it still affects the poll or not.
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Breumaster,

Thank you for making your image list public. I updated your original post to add a link to your image list.

By the way, every time I see your user name, I hear the Hofbräuhaus song in my head. Sadly, it's been 45 years since I've been there in München.
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45 years, that was before the fall of the wall of East Germany. The Hofbräuhaus made a big impression to you, hm? Don't forget - Germany is in movement as the world is. Maybe when you come back there, you will not find Germany in the same state. 45 Years is a long time. ;)
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I put Hitchcock back on the (picture-) list, because he was demanded so hard in earlier comments. For my humble opinion hat is the most really 70's bizarre picture that could justify how bizarre this (his) movie(s) has(ve) been (in parts). All in all I stay at 70's and later. So Hitch is in, the picture is real bizarre - as the whole scene is - and the Hitch-Fans got something to vote. ;D Ok?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026642618/
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OK, let me tell you. The image-list is better. Directors list (2 weeks): All-in-all 124 klicks, last week 64 klicks.Image-List (1 Week): 160 klicks! If the poll should be REAL klickable, we should choose the IMAGE-list ! It's obviously more successful to arouse users interrest. ;)
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*bump* 
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The clicks on the Image-list explode. 248 views / 248 views last week.
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I odered "Straw Dogs" and I'm pretty curios about it. I hope, I can watch it this weekend. So maybe I put it on the image-list. The image-list-activity now says: Views: 255, last week: 151. The people-list says: views: 129, last week: 16!
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'Good list!

FYC: Eraserhead by David Lynch
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I just modified the list by adding 'suggested by'-lines. What do you think about it? Do you agree? (all of you) If someone doesn't want to be in a suggested-line, please let me know. If I forgot to mention someones suggestion, let me know and I'll ad you. :)
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rubyfruit76
Hi, I allready have an image of 'Eraserhead' in the list. It's just not the one, everybody associates with 'Eraserhead'. It's the black-and-white-imagewith the creepy face near the window. Do you think, I should take another
image for that suggestion?
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*Bump*
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