No, not the 2004 film featuring the beautiful Elisha Cuthbert, we’re talking about the 2004 film based on one of the novels of famous Splatterpunk author Jack Ketchum. The story is loosely based on the 1966 story of Sylvia Likens, an orphaned Indiana teenager who was tortured and murder by her foster mother, Gertrude Baniszewski. The Girl Next Door outlines the methodical and horrendous acts carried out against Sylvia by not only Gertrude, but by several local teenagers whom Baniszewski invited into her home on a regular basis to assist her. If you’re feeling up to it, Wikipedia Baniszewski’s page and try to hold down your lunch.
And that leads us into possibly the most disturbing piece of cinema ever made…
We’re going to let that phrase settle in for a couple seconds, because that is all you need to know about this film to understand its placement on this list. Though A Serbian Film can best be described as a venture into the darkest corners of the human mind, it aims to tell the tale of Serbia’s most famous retired porn star, called back into action for one last “art film.” Necrophilia, self mutilation, and the aforementioned phrase we dare not speak again sprinkle the narrative path of this film like Hansel’s breadcrumbs. But you want to know the craziest thing about A Serbian Film? How about the fact that it features a “who’s who” of Serbian acting talent in its starring roles? It would be like if Brad Pitt chose to star in a film adaptation of “The Aristocrats” joke. Specifically, Bob Saget’s version.