So, with 2015 being the inaugural year of Film Gutter and the year in which I delved into some of the most disturbing and most challenging of horror cinema, I thought that this would be a good point to compile the traditional 'best of' list. It's been a fascinating trawl and has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, the can't-turn-away to the completely unwatchable.
These are the best five extreme horror movies I've watched and reviewed in 2015 – not all of them are movies made or released in 2015, but this list covers the films that I've enjoyed(??) the most...
Come on in, the water's simply edible...
FEED (2006) Dir. Brett Leonard, Australia, 101 mins
Well, it seems almost fitting to go from a film all about cannibalism to this particular piece all about the art and consequences of overeating. We're off to visit our Antipodean cousins out in Australia for the first time for this twisted thriller, a movie I'd been aware of for a number of years and somehow never gotten around to watching. I was hungry to see this one, so let's Feed...
Come on in, the water's tasty...
The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)
Dir. Danny Lee and Herman Lau, Hong Kong, 96 mins
Welcome back to Film Gutter, and today we're paddling back towards an area that has a strange feel of familiarity to it – oh yes, it's all suddenly looking very cannibalistic again. Welcome to The Untold Story, apparently based on true events that took place in 1985. This one comes with a heavy reputation for violence, gore and rape – often featured on 'most disturbing movies' lists, I was fascinated to see whether this particular movie lived up to its notoriety.
Shaye Saint John: The Triggers (Short Films)
Dir. Eric Fournier, various years, various lengths
My brain hurts so much right now, because I've just watched 20 or so short films by Shaye Saint John, many of which make up the collection 'Triggers'. I don't know what these are supposed to trigger other than a complete sense of disorientation or a suspicion that you have completely lost your mind in record time.