Movie: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, (1975)
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
You've read about Salo's nauseating "shit eating" scene already—now it's time for Pier Paolo Pasolini's main event of unapologetic sadism.
As if the captive teenagers haven't endured enough by the end of Pasolini's film (e.g., fecal dinner, sodomy, and other forms of extreme humiliation), the older Italian fascists decide to finally and unmercifully end the remaining kids' lives in a grand finale montage that will test the endurance of even the most thick-skinned viewers. Don't think just because you lasted through both The Human Centipede movies that you're too tough for Salo's climax—you really aren't prepared.
As the monstrous libertines watch with the at-ease pleasure of golf fans watching an 18-hole competition, the teenagers are offed slowly, painfully, and altogether horrifically. One gets his tongue cut out; another, her eyes. Others get scalped. All suffer tremendously. Anyone who's brave enough to keep watching loses his or her appetite for days. —MB