Everyone has vastly different tastes in films, different things that make them tick and differing thresholds of tolerance for boredom, graphic violence and gore, downright stupidity and endless cliches. Films that are packed with graphic violent content and disturbing subject matter are not everyone’s cup of tea. Here are 5 movies that are incredibly hard to watch.

1. Maniac

Released in 2013 Maniac is William Lustig’s brutally psychotic film. The film is about a character Frank played by Elijah Wood, an emotionally deranged serial killer who targets young women and removes their scalps, only to use the fleshy mess as headpieces for his mannequin collection. The genius of Maniac’s insanity is not in violence alone, but in the beautifully murderous delivery that creeps into our psyche and digs deep without us even knowing. Maniac is about sadistic horror that brings you as close as humanly possible to being a killer yourself, whether you like it or not.

2. Cannibal Holocaust

Director Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust is one hell of a twisted film released in 1980.The worst thing that makes this movie scarier is, it’s so extreme and graphic and it all looks pretty real. Indeed, you will feel that some of the actors were actually killed on film. Apart from this animal slaughterings, which are just downright disturbing to watch. Because of brutality and obscenity, Cannibal Holocaust was banned in Italy, Australia and several other countries and director Ruggero Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges as well. There are not many people who can sit through the entire film. Try it by yourself.

3. Se7en

Se7en focuses on two homicide detectives hot on the trail of a serial killer who despatches his victims in the vein of the seven deadly sins. It’s not the graphic violence but the atmospheres too make it scarier. Director David Fincher’s Se7en forced us to follow detective Mills and Somerset on the unenvious task of tracking John Doe, and along the way, evil in its purest form is witnessed.

4. Natural Born Killer

Director Oliver Stone’s s Natural Born Killer released in 1994 probably considered to be one of the most controversial movies of all time. The film centres around husband-and-wife killing duo Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) as they commit mass murder after experiencing abusive childhoods. Filled with lurid violence, spot on performances by all and some very creative scene construction, Stone tells his story in a unique yet disturbing way. But at the end they’re made out to be cult heroes by the media after being arrested, and this is where the film gains its satire. The violence is very much in your face, and the whole film itself feels like a nightmarish hallucination. The film is extremely disturbing and unsettling and more than deserves its notoriety. It also has the graphic violence and the demented psychological aspect to go along with it.

5. Tokyo Gore Police

Released in 2008 Tokyo Gore Police is probably the most bloody, gory and ridiculous movie. Tokyo Gore Police is definitely for an acquired taste and not for the faint of heart. The movie is about a sword-wielding female police officer and a bunch of people having appendages sliced off and strange alien like creatures growing in their place. Well can’t really say much more about this one. The violence in the film is just so continuous and graphically depicted that one couldn’t sit for entire film.

So now check beneath your bed before you call it off a day.