Ginger Nuts of Horror
A guest post from Stephen Theaker
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To say that I have watched “some” unsettling films is akin to saying that Ron Jeremy has gotten laid “a couple of times”. After watching Stephen King’s “It” at about the age of 9, I embraced the cinematic world of the macabre, and my love for all things ooky and kooky is still as healthy as ever.
While many of the genuinely horrifying films I’ve seen sit firmly under the banner of “horror”, often the most affecting have been of a different breed. Ghosts, zombies and demons had the power to disturb a younger me, but these days it takes a cold hard punch of reality to unnerve me.
I thought, therefore, that it might be interesting to look at some of the films that have horrified me, but are not genre horror films. The following movies dwell firmly in the “real world”, but have a sense of all-consuming despair and distress that few (if any) horror films can match.
A disclaimer: these are in no way my “Top # Disturbing Non-Horror Films”, as there are simply too many to list. I could also perhaps have included such titans of unpleasantness as Requiem for a Dream, Irreversible, Funny Games, Gummo, Scum and American History X, but I wanted to highlight a handful of the more unique films that have affected me, which are perhaps less directly disturbing than the 6 films I have just referenced, yet at least as impactful.
I also imagine that when I finally see Dogtooth, Grave of the Fireflies, Threads, In the Company of Men and Come and See, I will have more to add to my list.
There are films that will not die, no matter how many stakes are hammered into their heart by movie critics.
"Hanno Cambiato Faccia" ("They Have Changed Their Face") filmed in 1971 by Corrado Farina, a director whose previous experience had been with TV commercials, is one of these impossible-to-kill flicks and it happens to be my favorite Italian horror.
An obvious product of late ‘60s/early ‘70s sensibilities and passions, “Hanno Cambiato Faccia” is hard-hitting and political, arthouse but cheap, intelligent and yet blunt, and at times rather tasteless in its all-out attack on its target of choice.
It is a horror without monsters, gore or jump-on-your-seat scares, a satire without laughs, and it builds a growing sense of hopelessness and alienation that the viewer will bring home after the end credits.
The true missing link between Murnau and Carpenter (or between Marx and MacLuhan), "Hanno Cambiato Faccia" won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film festival in 1971, and yet it is today almost completely forgotten.
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