Moving Pictures
Apr 14, 2009, 07:19AM

When You Like 'Em Really, Really Depressing

Of course Requiem for a Dream would top the list.

20. The Last House On The Left (1972) Taxi Driver is considered the definitive rebuke of '70s vigilante movies, but it's a laugh-a-minute joy ride next to the vengeful depravity depicted in The Last House On The Left. Drawing from Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring, Wes Craven's brilliantly unwatchable first feature is a no-holds-barred depiction of the rape and murder of two teenage girls by a pack of hippie lunatics, and the graphic revenge the girls' parents enact on the murderers. Last House looks cheap and amateurish, which adds to its snuff-film-style realism. Never has the gulf between "great film" and "enjoyable" been so wide.

  • Requiem for a Dream I could watch again (I've seen it twice), but Leaving Las Vegas, no way. The supermarket scene alone was way too depressing.

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