Perhaps the most polarizing holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is meant to be the celebration of love. Whether that means between a significant other, family, or friends, it’s up to you to decide. There are plenty of great movies on Netflix about romance and the ideal interpretation of Valentine’s Day, but then there are some other films that just won’t sit right in your stomach if watched them on that special day. These would be good on any other day if you have the itch to watch something completely unnerving. Check out 9 Disturbing Movies on Netflix you SHOULDN’T Watch on Valentine’s Day after the break.
Irrevérsible (Gaspar Noé) Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, and Albert Dupontel
Let’s start you off with something so vile and so despicable you’ll likely feel unconditionally dirty right down to the core. The concept of this French thriller, Irrevérsible is pretty Memento-esque but it’s not the characters that work backward it’s the film, showcasing points in time in reverse-chronological order from start to finish. Now as enticing as that sounds, there is one scene so inhumanly brutal that it can make the strongest man feel queasy. It’s a very sad and traumatizing experience, but definitely worth checking out for how well the story is told. (Watch Irrevérsible now)
Oldboy (Chan-wook Park) After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. Starring Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, and Hye-jeong Kang
Forget about the Spike Lee remake, this is the true OG. We’re toning it down by just a little bit. Oldboy is a thrilling, unrelenting mystery that unravels one of the most unsettling mysteries of all time. The downward spiral of events and the dark path Oldboy takes sets itself up for the grueling truth behind Oh Dae-Su’s kidnapping. Oldboy also has an incredible, adrenaline rushing single shot action scene that comes out of nowhere. This little Korean film has much allure and suspense for those seeking a very dark time. (Watch Oldboy Now)
V/H/S and V/H/S/2 (Various Directors) – When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. / / / Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance. Starring many, many people
There are not many filmmakers who can pull off the ingenious and daring storytelling of V/H/S. The places that they are willing to go in these spooky, disgusting, terrifying, and sinister tales of horror tops anything you have seen in the genre today. These anthologies push the boundaries of horror filmmaking to its limits and present a unique and frightening collection of tales. There is something for any type of horror fan: aliens, home invasion, ghosts, and more. Some are not the greatest, but you can appreciate the ingenuity in the concepts that ask the question, “how has this not been done before?” (Watch V/H/S Now) (Watch V/H/S/2 Now)
I Saw the Devil (Kim Jee-Woon) When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. Starring Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, and In-seo Kim
Another ultra violent Korean flick is I Saw the Devil. Sure, you’ll be rooting on Byung-hun Lee (Red 2; G.I. Joe: Retaliation) for his viciousness toward the bad guy (he plays Oh Dae-Su in Oldboy!), but what does that mean for the character and yourself? I Saw the Devil is truly ruthless and unforgiving in its violence and mutilation. A terrific revenge thriller, I Saw the Devil will test your endurance for pain and suffering. (Watch I Saw the Devil Now)
Maniac (Franck Khalfoun) As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop’s deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. Starring Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, and America Olivo
Welcome to the more twisted side of Elijah Wood’s (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) acting abilities. Maniac is a fun, first-person perspective of a very mentally unstable serial killer living in New York. Although it is a remake of the 1980 movie of the same name, Maniac is a solid remake nonetheless. The film will have you questioning your decision for online dating, and definitely have you never walking home alone at night if you’re a single, white female. Wood’s performance is undoubtedly on par with some of the better psycho killers of years past. (Watch Maniac Now)
Compliance (Craig Zobel) – When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, and Pat Healy
In the dictionary, next to the word “uncomfortable” is the poster for Compliance. This chilling, true story is absolutely not for those who suffer from anxiety. While you’re watching Compliance you will most likely yell at your TV because of how ludicrous it all is, but in fact it’s totally true. Compliance is a difficult movie to sit through, patience is highly encouraged, but it will surely make you feel uneasy with the situations it puts the viewer through. (Watch Compliance Now)
Antichrist (Lars von Trier) A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
Talk about one of the biggest headcases in filmmaking, Lars Von Trier is the ultimate mad scientist in the business today. Antichrist, from beginning to end, is totally macabre and excruciatingly challenging to watch. There are scenes in Antichrist that are more than cringe-worthy, they are downright savage and horrific to endure. With the promise of sheer gruesome visuals, Antichrist will have you crossing your legs more times than you’d like to count. (Watch Antichrist Now)
Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance) The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. Starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, and John Doman
Now all disturbing movies don’t have to necessarily be full of torture and murderous, in fact it’s the ones that play on our psyche and emotional state that can really get you down in the dumps. Take for instance Blue Valentine, a beautifully told story that depicts the disintegration of one couple’s relationship. I would avoid this movie at all cost if you’re just getting over a breakup or are having difficulties in your current love life. Not even baby goose can make such a sad story seem bright. It is a fantastic film, but not for those in a rocky romance. (Watch Blue Valentine Now)
And of course, if all else fails, you always have The Human Centipede… which surprisingly I will not watch because even I have limits.
How will you spend your Valentine’s Day?
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