Most depressing, downbeat movies

Discussion in 'Other Movies' started by MarcMorris, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. MarcMorris

    MarcMorris Head Honcho Staff Member

    Inspired by my post on Facebook, which has over 100 replies...
     
  2. drterror666

    drterror666 Too Much... for One Movie!

    Seul Contre Tous (aka I Stand Alone). That is one movie that never crawls out of the gutter and is happy to sink deeper. Seriously downbeat.
     
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  3. thehamish

    thehamish teuchter on the doorstep

    Angst (1983) is fairly grim. Though Tim Roth's The War Zone takes some beating. Honourable mentions must also go to.....Mordum, Ladybird Ladybird, Requiem For a Dream, Hard Labour, Dont Go In The House, The Little Mermaid, Hunger (1966) aaaaaaaaaaaand The Plague Dogs, which has to be the most downbeat animated feature imho.
     
  4. Sgt Sunshine

    Sgt Sunshine is almost famous

    Amazed to see only 3 films in your list.....I've also read Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep....;)
     
  5. Harold Monroe

    Harold Monroe noted NYU anthropologist

    combat shock is a bit grim
    a short film about killing a very painful film
    irréversible one of the most depressing films ive seen
     
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  6. drterror666

    drterror666 Too Much... for One Movie!

    But would you say that it was downbeat?
     
  7. Sgt Sunshine

    Sgt Sunshine is almost famous

    No neither the book or the film, which are both very good...:)
     
  8. mr sinn

    mr sinn Well-Known Member

    The most recent movie I've watched that falls into this category would be Cannibal by Marian Dora, grim and depressing to say the least. I've yet to finish the movie, turned it off, wasn't in the 'mood'.
     
  9. Harold Monroe

    Harold Monroe noted NYU anthropologist

    cannibal is a good one mr sinn, a real punch to the guts!
     
  10. Mallo

    Mallo Member

  11. mrb

    mrb Slave Trader

    I just watched the Bill Douglas 'My' trilogy ...... not exactly a laugh a minute.


    absolutely fucking brilliant though.
     
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  12. thehamish

    thehamish teuchter on the doorstep

    The BFI set aye? Great doc about BD on the other disc.

    Naebody mentioned Giallo A Venezia (1979) then??
     
  13. WilsonBros

    WilsonBros Zombie Twins

    Threads is a good one, so is anything by Jorg Buttgereit.

    Kev W
     
  14. mr sinn

    mr sinn Well-Known Member

    A recent movie that I thought was absolutely devastating was The Hunt, really good movie.

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  15. Harold Monroe

    Harold Monroe noted NYU anthropologist

    another one i just thought of, when the wind blows upsetting animated effort

    also grave of the fireflies heartbreaking anime this one, brilliant though

    the war game another downbeat war one

    1984 ultimate depressive film, great stuff!
     
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  16. Harold Monroe

    Harold Monroe noted NYU anthropologist

    a serbian film is also a massive downer, brilliant though
     
  17. Sgt Sunshine

    Sgt Sunshine is almost famous

    "As if I am not there"....brilliant but depressing....
     
  18. jockfun28

    jockfun28 The Name is Phil

    I strongly agree, a very haunting film that has made me look at people differently as in what they might be capable of & that you can't really ever trust anyone, but yes brilliant film
     
  19. Harold Monroe

    Harold Monroe noted NYU anthropologist

    another one to try is dancer in the dark by lars von trier
     
  20. TheRoadWarrior

    TheRoadWarrior Well-Known Member

    -it's a difficult question, because sometimes, just occasionally, we all love a bit of misery on the screen.

    I have less tolerance for angst, these days, having watched many angst-ty films, and miserable films, but every so often I'll stilll watch something like that. Betty Blue, a film that I have known about for many years, but never watched, I viewed recently, and was quite shocked by the ending, and didn't see that coming. I'm not convinced that I am now a better person for watching it.
     

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