Test your limits with provocative tales from the dark side. These 5 bold and uncompromising works from filmmakers who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is will make you wonder how far you’d go:
#1: The Ardennes – Wednesday 7 June 8.30pm
As adults, we quickly realise that maintaining healthy, mutually trustworthy relationships with family and significant others is by no means a walk in the park.
Directed by Robin Pront, this dark Belgian drama explores the deteriorating relationship that transpires between two brothers after a botched robbery forces one to leave the other behind. Once reunited, their strained relationship is put to the test by conflicting interests and a complicated love triangle that manifests itself on screen through unsettling violent outbursts and tense dialogue.
#2: Evolution – Wednesday 14 June 8.30pm
Childhood is a period where we’re vulnerable, easily impressionable and taught exactly what is right and wrong. But what if the teachers are wrong, what if your gut instinct is gnawing away at you, whispering that the environment you’re being held in, is off?
Ten year-old Nicholas (Max Brebant) brilliantly encapsulates a boy trying to understand what is going on around him. After a grim discovery on an innocent swim, Nicholas starts to question why his isolated community of only women and children is so tight lipped about what medical procedures are being conducted on his peers.
Having aired at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Evolution offers an intriguing and unsettling experience not to be missed.
#3: Black – Wednesday 28 June 8.30pm
It’s a grim reality that discrimination still exists in the world today. It’s even more disheartening to realise that it remains a barrier in pursuing one’s true love.
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Black is a gritty, Romeo and Juliet-esque film that depicts a young couples struggle to stay together despite being caught up in opposing sides of a violent gang war in Brussels.
It’s dark, sexy and downright riveting to see the two factions try and turn the lovers against each other by any means possible, in a modern setting that could apply to anyone. Ardennes premieres on World Movies Wednesday 7 June June 8.30pm.
#4: Don’t Breathe
In terms of horror, home invasion films are difficult to succeed with due to the predictability of the series of events. How scary can you make a robbery?
Enter Don’t Breathe. When three young thieves (played by Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovato) decide to take on a seemingly simple final job that will mark the end their thieving days, nothing prepares them for their blind target (Stephen Lang) to viciously fight back in order to keep his own disturbing secrets in the dark.
It’s a thrilling, horrifying experience masterfully directed by Fede Alvarez as audiences struggle to determine who is the villain.
#5: The Witch
The Witch is a period horror that is difficult to complete watching due to scenes that are beyond disturbing and slightly nauseating.
A family that has been exiled by their highly faithful community lives in isolation only to be deeply shaken by the sudden kidnapping and murder of their newborn. What follows is a film that shows the disintegration of familial trust as parents turn against each other, siblings suspect one another and their collective faith in God is marred by their grief and loss.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive into our epic collection of Dark and Downright Disturbing films, every Wednesday night on World Movies.