You have to admire a filmmaker who is able to take the brutality meter up a few notches and hit the male demographic where it hurts the most. More specifically, were talking about the forever wince-inducing cinematic castration (and its slight variant – the penectomy) – the ultimate in emasculation, humiliation and total pain. And that’s the topic at hand today.
Get ready to cross those legs for the best in lost manhood, occasional female empowerment, but mostly bloody, spurting amateur sex surgery. Let’s turn that Y into an X, shall we?
20. Ilsa: She Wolf Of The SS (1975)
The Movie: Ilsa: She Wolf Of The SS is the first in the trilogy of Ilsa films, and starts off with our favorite bad chick, Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne), as the warden of death camp under rule of Hitler’s Germany. She’s helping to conduct brutal experiments on her female captives to prove that women are more impervious to pain than men, and would thus make better soldiers.
The Scene: Ilsa remains decked out like a Nazi dominatrix through most of the movie, and also has an insatiable sexual appetite. Every night, she forces male prisoners to sexually service her, but when they cum sooner than she wants them to (and they all do) Ilsa has them castrated. In fact, the film opens with one of those castrations. Poor fella.
19. The Last House On The Left (1972)
The Movie: Based loosely on Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left is an exploitation film that is notorious for its unrestrained violence and sexual humiliation that run rampant throughout. In the film, two young girls, while en route to a rock concert, get kidnapped by four reprehensible criminals. They’re taken into the woods, and forced to perform sexual acts on each other as their captors watch on in hysterics.
The Scene: In due course, the parents of one of the girls gets revenge on the criminals. More specifically, though, the mother of the young girl gets revenge by tying one of the bad guy’s hands behind his back (at his request) and going down on him. She ultimately bites into his penis before she spits a chunk of flesh into the lake. Though, you can’t say he didn’t deserve it.
18. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
The Movie: I Spit On Your Grave (aka Day Of The Women) is one of the most controversial cult classic rape and revenge films of all time. The film follows a New York City writer, Jennifer (Camille Keaton), who heads up to a secluded cabin in the woods to write her first novel. While there, she is heartlessly raped by four country boys and left for dead. Surviving the assault, she carefully plots and implements horrific, bloody revenge against her attackers.
The Scene: In the bathtub, Jennifer seduces one of the men who raped her in order to lead him to his death. Our heroine manually stimulates the baddie and he is too wrapped up in pleasure to see that she is sneaking a huge knife into the proceedings. Snip. And she coolly leaves the bath, goes downstairs, sits in her rocking chair whilst listening to classical music and staring stonily ahead. Upstairs we hear the scumbag bleeding to death and his agonized pleas for help (to no avail, of course).
17. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
The Movie: Ruggero Deodato’s seminal work follows a documentary crew who goes missing in the Amazon and an anthropology professor who decides to embark on a mission to find out what has happened to them. In the jungle, he is confronted with hostile natives but he manages to gain their trust and retrieve several film reels – which is all that’s left of the crew. The professor takes them back to NYC and watches the screen in horror.
The Scene: The lost, isolated tribe – angered by the devious documentarians’ not-strictly-observing techniques – reap a bloody, about-to-be-banned revenge: they begin by hacking rapist cameraman Mark into more edible pieces, starting very graphically with his telescopic lens.
16. Cannibal Ferox (1981)
The Movie: As a fairly blatant rip-off of Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox (aka Make Them Die Slowly) may not trump its influencer in the groundbreaking department, but it certainly takes things further in terms of extremity (even if the violence is ultimately taken to cartoonish levels). The story follows three friends out to disprove cannibalism and establish that it is simply a myth. As you could probably guess, things don’t go according to plan. Murder and mayhem (and yes, cannibalism) ensue.
The Scene: This particular film is noteworthy because it contains two castrations. Something of a rarity in any film. The first one is an off screen lopping where one of our cannibals is strung to a tree and deflowered of his manhood. The second is the one that gets the most attention. It features a close up of a penis being hacked off and then a follow up by having the performing cannibal eat said penis. Youch!