In this series, I will take you through some of the controversial & disturbing films that you can find on the free streaming service, Tubi TV.
1) Meet the Feebles (1989)
Before Peter Jackson became famous for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, he made some pretty weird movies. Meet the Feebles is so bizarre! I am not sure if I hate or love it. This film takes any expectations you might have about murderous, singing, hyper-sexualized puppets and throws it right into the trash. Is Meet the Feebles complete and utter garbage? I am so conflicted that I have no idea. What I can say with absolute certainty though is that it’s a movie experience all must-have if you are interested in disturbing, subversive cinema.
2) The Girl Next Door (2007)
Based on the real-life story-turned novel by John Ketchum, The Girl Next Door portrays the tragic case of a teenage girl named Sylvia Likens who was tortured and murdered in 1965. In the film, Meg (playing Sylvia) is taken in by her Aunt after her parents have died. Unfortunately, her Aunt is a sadistic, perverse woman who eventually chains Meg up in the basement and invites the neighbourhood boys to come and torture, molest, and brutalize her. This is *not* an easy watch and will absolutely ruin your day. It’s not an impressive looking flim by any film critic standards, but the story is important to learn about the depths of human depravity.
3) Anthropophagus (1980)
This film easily became one of my current favorite Italian horror films! It’s co-written and directed by Joe D’Amato who has also become one of my favorite Italian horror creators. His films are brutal, yet simple, with fantastic gore. Some will find Anthropophagus slow in it’s pacing, but I found it engaging and gross. A crazed man kills the inhabitants of a small Italian island, and once a group of tourists land, they become the new items on the menu! People with children or pregnant women might want to stay away from this one.
4) American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)
Unearthed Films was created by Stephen Biro and he brought the infamous films of the Japanese series Guinea Pig to North American audiences. He then launched the American Guinea Pig series with one being The Song Of Solomon - which was covered on Disturbing Films for a Curious Mind Part 1 - and another of them being Sacrifice (the only other one currently available on Tubi). I wrote briefly about AGP: Sacrifice as it compares to Blood Feast because after my first watch I fell in love with it and the mythos exhibited. It has two actors and one room, with Daniel (our protagonist) methodically self-mutilating until his eventual demise. It’s emotional, bloody, cringeworthy, and empowering. This is one NOT to miss!
5) The Quiet (2005)
YIKES. The Quiet is not an overly violent or explicit film, but it’s just as disturbing in its themes and overall premise. Dot, our protagonist, goes to live with her godparents due to a death in the family. Dot is deaf, or so it appears, and she eventually discovers that there is an inappropriate relationship going on between the father and his daughter, Nina. He visits Nina at night and is overly protective of her, which is something he believes that no one knows about or can hear. Nina’s mom is often inebriated and unaware (or is she very acutely aware?) of the incestuous relationship, but is regularly seen passed out. Things come to a deadly head at the climax of the movie, one that isn’t necessarily unexpected. With stellar performances and a certain bleakness, The Quiet remains one I will never watch again. It’s deeply unsettling.