The 7 Most Disturbing Crime Movies Of All Time (NSFW!)

From home invasion horror to true crime documentaries, here are the movies destined to give you nightmares for years to come.

For those of us with slightly darker proclivities, horror brings a very specific kind of joy. That being said: not all horror is fun and games. We're counting down some of the most deeply disturbing horror movies and documentaries that explore crime and criminality. These movies aren't the campy classics of yesteryear; get ready to face some real-life monsters that will surely haunt your nightmares for years to come. Check out our list, below!

1. The Snowtown Murders

Based on an actual series of murders that took place in South Australia, The Snowtown Murders is a beyond-bleak depiction of the deeply depressing human story behind the crimes. Directed by Justin Kurzel, the movie explores the psychology behind the teenagers implicated in the brutal killing and dismemberment of 12 victims.

2. A Serbian Film

Although A Serbian Film is a fictional movie, the idea is taken from urban legends about an underground snuff film economy. Widely considered one of the most violent and obscene films made in recent history, Srđan Spasojević's transgressive masterpiece has been banned in Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Norway, and Brazil.

3. Cropsey

Although less violent than the other films on this list, Cropsey's mennacingly slow pacing is deeply unnerving. Starting out as an exploration of a local boogeyman in upstate New York, the documentary slowly begins to examine the real-life history Andre Rand, a convicted child kidnapper. The truly terrifying part: the facts are far more frightening than fiction.

4. Elephant

Gus Van Sant's daring 2003 movie Elephant explores the psychology of two boys shortly before they decide to shoot up their school. Loosely based on the Columbine massacre (but made before so many other schools would suffer similar fates), the film takes seriously the feelings of sadness and alienation that would lead someone to commit such a heinous act.

5. The Strangers

The Strangers claims to be "inspired by true events," although what events director Bryan Bertino could actually be depicting remain unclear. Either way: The Strangers kicked off an ongoing trend of home invasion horror that continues to this day, albeit in more post-modern forms (as in Funny Games or The Purge).

6. Jonestown: The Life And Death Of Peoples Temple

In 1978, almost 1000 people committed mass suicide at a hippie commune in northwest Guyana. This documentary interviews some of the few survivors who made it out of the experience and who remain traumatized by their past.

7. Deliver Us From Evil

Exploring the elaborate coverup of sexual molestation in the Catholic Church, this documentary directed by Amy J. Berg was nominated for an Academy Award. Although it lost to Al Gore's An Inconvinient Truth, the film bravely investigates a subject that many consider too taboo to dicuss.

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