Here at Beneath The Underground we have become associated with independent extreme cinema by default, not something we are ashamed of and we willingly embrace. As a service to those uninitiated to extreme film we have put together a list for beginners of what we consider to be the Top 10 Extreme Films. These are films that grab you, punch you in the mouth, rip out your tongue, gouge your eyes, plop off your extremities and then toss it all in a blender to be savored and drank like fine wine. So without further adieu…enjoy the carnage:
Disembowelment, dismemberment, piss, sex, cock spewing blood, beatings, and VOMIT…LOTS AND LOTS of vomit. This film moreso than any other takes EVERYTHING to the extreme, raises the bar, and sets it on fire. What else would you expect from a Director named Lucifer Valentine? Enter the world of Angela Aberdeen (Ameara Lavey and her many incarnations), Hank Skinny, and the debut of the Black Angels of Hell (Jen & Sylvia Soska), along with a cast of the damned souls of the Kingdom of Hell. The 2nd installment of The Vomit Gore Trilogy (which is now a Tetralogy with the release of VG4). The Sophomore jinx does NOT apply here.
SYNOPSIS: A girl with disturbing hallucinations continues her downward spiral into hell. Not for the faint of heart.
Another Sophomore film (apparently the 2nd time is a charm sometimes) this time from infamous underground film heavyweights TOETAG. Michael Todd Schneider (magGot), Fred Vogel, Cristie Whiles, Killjoy, and Jerami Cruise pick up from the original AUGUST Underground and delve deeper, sicker, filthier, into the annals of found footage serial killing. Corpse fucking, maggots, baby cadavers, simulated snuff, incest…plot? Who needs a plot when the murderous rampage paints such lovely picture for you? If you feel like you need to take a shower or 20 after viewing this you will not be alone.
SYNOPSIS: Two friends bring along a newcomer to go on a killing spree.
Not many films of this nature can be associated with words like beautiful, or be associated with such amazing acting, lighting, production value, and also have a stunning score. THIS IS that film. Also take into account that is Director Srdjan Spasojevic’s debut and minds are fucking BLOWN! The one that pushed the boundaries of what can be shown (not actually, but VERY much implied) of the desecration of a newborn baby and sadly (to this viewer) has become notorious for the aforementioned scene. Rape, torment, soullessness, bleak carnage, confusion, frenetic machete beheading, sex, and bloodshed are just the tip for this film. Viewed by many as a film that raised the bar on what can be considered decent, viewed by others as a social commentary of life in Serbia, but ignored by none…A Serbian Film is a piece of cinema that sits in your mind and bowels long long after the film has ended.
SYNOPSIS: An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
Newcomer to the extreme genre Lex Ortega and his Directorial debut Atroz takes the extreme bar, douses it in napalm, sharpened the end to a point, and tossed it at your fucking head. Carnage, rape, incest, scat, it’s ALL on display in this film. Similar to the aforementioned A Serbian Film this is another rare occurrence (seemingly happening more in the modern age thankfully) where the film is beautifully shot, acted, and the sound is spot on. These are trends we here (and fans around the world of extreme cinema) appreciate more and more, notably from films that fall into the “found footage” category.
SYNOPSIS: A woman has been brutally struck down by a car and the two drivers have been obtained by the police. The unorthodox commander-in-chief decides to check out the assailant’s car for himself and makes a gruesome discovery on a camcorder. The video recorder features the relentless torture and murder of a prostitute. The police decide to deal out some justice of their own — justice that would make even the criminals cringe — by interrogating their perpetrators, they discover more videotapes exposing even more sexually deviant torture and murder.
We had to toss 1 film in here that is NOT (readily) available. I mean, isn’t that what brought so many of us gorehounds to the “underground” to begin with? Those elusive films, the kind that made you feel dirty, disgusting, immoral, and like you were breaking the law if you came across them. Director Adam Mason’s slap to the mouth of extreme cinema pulls you by the hair kicking and screaming through a world of debauchery, carnage, bloodshed, sex, misogyny, rape, torture, cannibalism, masturbation, insanity, and those are the FUN PARTS! Director Mason WANTS you to look at yourself as a depraved human being for witnessing the carnage that unfold at rapid fire pace, he WANTS you (and his lead) to feel so dirty that you need to take breaks for a shower, and another shower, and another shower. NOTHING about this film is pretty, yet everything is. Well shot, acted, and made to have a feel as a 1 take press record and GO film, this film begs to be seen, yet stays hidden in the underbelly of independent cinema.
SYNOPSIS: A deranged psychotic spends his summer day deciding how to deal with the three captives he has chained up on his land. With only his own troubled mind and his dim-witted companion available to guide him and the fate of his victims, the disturbed man makes violent choice after violent choice. No one is safe and no taboo is left unbroken.
Will this film ever be available for mass consumption? We hope so: N/A
Amputation, urination, enema’s, masturbation, animal killing, ejaculation, nihilistic self-mutilation, coprophilia… the depraved mind of Director Marian Dora has no limits, holds NOTHING back, and leaves you scratching at your head to claw away the memories of what your eyes have seen. People take films like Debris Documentar as a challenge as to what might turn their stomach, this film IS the very bile that is churning around.
SYNOPSIS: The film deals with the everyday life of a man working on the set of a film. This man, whose name is not known, plans to realize his own film. During his daily work on the film set the man seems frustrated, isolated in his private life and spends his time tinkering on the props for his own planned film.
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In 2006 there was no Vomit Gore, this is the movie that started it all. Out of nowhere, at a time when found footage films were freaking people out a new genre was born that would turn everything inside out, upside down, and force it back up your esophagus. Enter the world of Angela Aberdeen, her own person Kingdom of Hell. Vomiting, pacts with the Devil, severed limbs, choking, eye gouging, and with a classic line like “I don’t know what’s left of me, but you can fuck it if you want” you damn well know this is not your run of the mill mainstream horror film. One thing was certain about the still mysterious Director Lucifer Valentine, with the slick editing and soundscape this was not your normal “low budget” Director and these are more than fetish porn with a little blood splatter here and there.
SYNOPSIS: The gruesome tapestry of psychological manifestations of a nineteen year old bulimic runaway stripper-turned prostitute as she descends into a hellish pit of satanic nightmares and hallucinations.
TRAILER: Not Available
Hailed by many as the film that ushered in the modern age of independent underground horror and a title that is very deserving. Director Eric Stanze, Actress Emily Haack, and Actor Tommy Biondo (R.I.P.) created a tapestry of violence that puts you the viewer smack dab in the middle of a serial killer/victim relationship. Rape, torture, physical and mental violence, with an undertone that there is much more going on within the story than your run of the mill torture flick. The violence is frenetic, ferocious, and sticks with you as if you were a helpless victim being forced to watch helplessly.
SYNOPSIS: A young woman named Clara is captured by a serial killer named Leonard who records his “life story” by keeping a scrapbook of his many victims. In addition to adhering Polaroids, scraps of clothing, and other small trophies to the pages, Leonard has forced his victims to personally write in the scrapbook about their individual ordeals. Clara is beaten, raped, starved, and locked up like an animal, filthy and naked. She is forced to write in the scrapbook, adding her agony to the pages. She soon realizes that her only hope for survival is to manipulate Leonard through her writings in his cherished scrapbook.
Many films have hype surrounding them that the events you are about to view were real. Rarely does a film come together where the cast and crew commit themselves realistically as much, as unselfishly, in such a relentless and vile way as did the players for The Bunny Game. Unscripted power and rage was apparently on the menu for Director Adam Rehmeier, and his cast delivered HARD. Kidnapping, sadism, torture, deprecation, branding, and mental assault to the senses through visual and sound is what awaits you, the viewer. This film strips down the every sense of it’s victim and all you can do is claustrophobically watch as Bunny’s horror unfolds.
SYNOPSIS: A prostitute looking for her next meal hitches a ride with a trucker that leaves her praying for her next breath.
- INSIDE (AKA À l’intérieur) (2007)
Tension, brutal gore, jump scares, SCISSORS, slicing and dicing and anything else I could say would give away too much and never be enough to paint the landscape of this daring French film. If you are looking for a dramatic thriller that delivers on ALL levels of extreme gore then you need look no further. INSIDE delivers what man independent horror movies lack, a story, and a damn fucking brilliantly crafted one at that. Beautiful.
SYNOPSIS: Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.
(dis)Honorable Mentions: Melancholie der Engel (AKA The Angels Melancholy) (2009), Irreversible (2002), August Underground (2001), Martyrs (2008), Black Mass of the Nazi Sex Wizard (AKA VG4) (2015), American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts & Gore