As a lifelong fan of horror, gore and exploitation, it's safe to say that I don't shy away from disturbing subject matter or imagery. Some of my acquaintances find it odd that I like sitting down to watch films that will gross me out or feature taboo subject matter that might be upsetting and offensive, but I've always found films that were unsettling, unpleasant and nihilistic to be interesting.

If you share those same interests, then Total Film's new article counting down the 25 Most Disturbing Movies Ever will be something you want to read. The piece highlights 25 films revered for being distressing and controversial. There's a little something for everyone, too. From Gaspar Noe's haunting Irreversible to avant garde fare like Begotten the list runs the gamut. It's multinational (Takashi Miike turns up twice -- although Ichi the Killer is curiously omitted ... ) and filled with films I'd personally recommend ... for the most part.