Movie: Trouble Every Day (2001)
Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle

One of the greatest filmmakers working today, Claire Denis tackled the horror film in 2001 with Trouble Every Day, an uneven but fascinating look at the thirst for blood. Not really a vampire movie, though it deals with the themes of lust and repression that are hallmarks for the genre, Trouble Every Day boasts two of the most awful murder scenes in movie history. They both begin as sexual encounters before turning into painful scenes of cannibalism.

The final murder, between a man and a hotel maid is the tougher of the two. As Salon's Andrew O'Hehir puts it, the scene is remarkable for "Denis’ wrenching sensitivity to pain." You can't forget the screams of the victim. If a human were actually hurting human in this way, this is what it would sound like. —RS