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2012-11-24 02:17:42 AM
...they might very well likely be sociopaths:

'twas buggin' me.


also:

either the 1931 version or the 1940 version of Waterloo Bridge.

Although the pre-code version makes explicit what the coded version makes...well, coded.
 
2012-11-24 02:20:38 AM
And to add to the general feeling of childhood dying inside and the world being revealed to be a cold, inhospitable place, I'll add the late 70s, early 80s animated Raggedy Ann and Andy movie.

Holy balls, that's like existentialism for kids.
 
2012-11-24 02:28:23 AM

Gravitholus: [i24.photobucket.com image 500x375]

Saddest candy EVAR?


WTF is wrong with Japane.....Oh yeah......
 
2012-11-24 02:28:54 AM
Although the pre-(prior to the)Code(really kicking in) version makes explicit what the truly-Coded version makes...well, coded.

For (most-certainly-unnecessary) clarification.
 
2012-11-24 02:31:50 AM

Rwa2play:
I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"


And it's all right here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MCbTvoNrAg

As Pink Floyd said, hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way. But that scene with the pregnant woman giving birth by herself... yowch.
 
2012-11-24 02:33:55 AM
Old Yeller was a suicide.
 
2012-11-24 02:38:11 AM

Gravitholus: [i24.photobucket.com image 500x375]

Saddest candy EVAR?


Just how dead inside do you have to be to see the candy tin in that movie and think "now there's a great idea for a product tie-in!"
 
2012-11-24 03:00:24 AM
Champ... wake up!
 
2012-11-24 03:02:01 AM

Soulcatcher: My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.


My friends and I have twice done Depressing Movie Night. The first event was Dancer in the Dark, The Painted Veil and Forest for the Trees (followed by The Three Amigos to cheer everyone up.) Second installment was La Strada,Grave of the Fireflies, House of Sand and Fog, and La Strada. Round #2 was definitely more stick-with-you depressing. My sister declared Grave of the Fireflies The Most Depressing Movie Ever.
 
2012-11-24 03:23:48 AM

Anastacya: Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.

When They Cry
Mardock Scramble
Gurenn Lagann (second half moreso than the first...)

Mardock may be the only one from that brief list that is truly WTF, at least as compared to the heartbreak in Grave of Fireflies. Elfen Lied is the one anime that I got up and walked out of the room and never came back. And lord knows that I've seen some jacked up crap in anime.


Even though there's a happy ending, pretty much all of Madoka Magica is damn depressing until the final 5 minutes
 
2012-11-24 06:37:40 AM
Which Elfen Lied are you guys referring to? The 13 episode anime, or the 107 chapter manga?
I started the anime on Netflix, but it was so horrible (as in violent, shocking and sad) that I didn't finish it. Should I push through?
 
2012-11-24 06:50:08 AM

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


Um... you realize that the fast-moving Zombie thing was literally a British Film Council film, right? Filmed in England with almost entirely British actors? And that the giant monster bit is a Japanese genre, not a US one?

While we're at it, Hammer films is a UK company, and they're responsible for the shiate "american" remake of Let the Right One In that was released like six months after the actual, good version.

So... no. Not really a good sign at all if lack of random half-assed farking around is what you're looking for in an adaptation.

//Also, if you want to avoid movies with explosions I have some bad news about Grave of the Fireflies' plot...
 
2012-11-24 06:56:04 AM

Gonzee: Which Elfen Lied are you guys referring to? The 13 episode anime, or the 107 chapter manga?
I started the anime on Netflix, but it was so horrible (as in violent, shocking and sad) that I didn't finish it. Should I push through?


Eh, the anime.. but if you have a choice, I would highly recommend the manga. The anime only covers about half the story of the manga, but has it's own unique ending.. so if your feeling like 4-5 hours of violence gore and angst, there you go.
 
2012-11-24 07:10:36 AM

Eraic: Gonzee: Which Elfen Lied are you guys referring to? The 13 episode anime, or the 107 chapter manga?
I started the anime on Netflix, but it was so horrible (as in violent, shocking and sad) that I didn't finish it. Should I push through?

Eh, the anime.. but if you have a choice, I would highly recommend the manga. The anime only covers about half the story of the manga, but has it's own unique ending.. so if your feeling like 4-5 hours of violence gore and angst, there you go.


Powerful, emotional ending? I love these "punch in the gut" type films. I like to brood over a tough film for days...
 
2012-11-24 09:20:05 AM
"Grave" is the saddest anime, but for second place I'd pick "Night on the Galactic Railroad". Full of existential dread, it's like sinking in quicksand made of sadness. Third place goes to the Kimigure Orange Road movie, "I Want To Return To That Day". That one is the most realistic and heart-rending depiction of the inevitable results of a love triangle: somebody's got to lose. I cried my eyes out.
 
2012-11-24 09:26:38 AM
Thanks for all of the heartwrenching suggestions guys!

=]
 
2012-11-24 10:02:20 AM

Abner Doon: Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.

Arg, fark Saishuu Heikki. I randomly found that show not knowing anything about it, kept watching hoping something less-than-completely awful would happen. It didn't. Don't think I left my room for about 2 days after that.


Hmm, haven't heard of that one before. Have to check it out.
 
2012-11-24 10:29:46 AM

tinderfitles: Arthur Jumbles: Wikipedia: In a panic, Seita withdraws all the money remaining in their mother's bank account. As he leaves the bank, he is distraught when he learns from a nearby crowd that Japan has surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers and that his father, a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy who had promised him that Japan could never be defeated, is probably dead, since nearly all of Japan's navy is now at the bottom of the ocean. He returns to the shelter with large quantities of food, only to find a dying Setsuko hallucinating.

Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.

You know that is the thing that I think most people don't take away from the movie. They get distracted by the kids and the plight, that they fail to see that setia's own actions resulted in the death of his sister. There is a spectrum of emotions that they kinda miss out on: the non-personal sadness of the opening when you realize this kid is dead and no one gives a fark, then the shock of the firebombing and his mother's death, so then when the aunt comes along it almost feels very natural to be defensive towards the kids, of course that little fleeting hope afterwords followed by a slow turning of your stomach into this very personal despair. So you leave the showing with a very potent mix of anger towards the adults for not caring; hostility towards for the older brother for pride and ignorance but a little sympathy as everything he tries fails, every time he grasp at a little bit of hope its dashed away (either first by the warring powers, then by a local power of his aunt, and finally by his own power), then finally just that crippling "innocence lost" notion with the little girl.

Its a great movie to tug on the heartstrings, I don't think its the worst offender in the "most depressing" department though.

/That ending was just added so people didn't blow their brains out.


Also, for added sadness points iy is key to remember that GotF is mostly AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL. The author wrote it in part to assuage his survivor guilt because he lived and good baby sister starved to death in a cave.

I personally always find true (or true-ish) stories to be much sadder. Like the Pacific, or Schindler's
 
2012-11-24 10:34:42 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.


Or "Dead Man Walking" syndrome.

Or maybe not. You don't walk out loving the movie. You walk out dead inside and don't speak for a day.
 
2012-11-24 11:14:32 AM

dahmers love zombie: cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.

Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".


Same here. fark you, Watership Down.
 
2012-11-24 11:36:54 AM

Eraic: CptnSpldng: Just to screw with the rest of you...
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*spoiler alert*

As heartwrenching as Nina dying was.. I was much more sad when Maes Hughes died... I had much more invested in him as a character.


I did end up crying when Hughes died. :/ Don't usually cry when one of my favorite characters dies, but something about his death just got to me.
 
2012-11-24 03:12:22 PM

Rwa2play: CptnSpldng: Yuri Futanari: [img38.imageshack.us image 327x350]

Oh, now that's just WRONG.

I know, right? Farking troll~!


i1182.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-24 05:20:41 PM

CarnySaur: dahmers love zombie: cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.

Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".

For me, it would be The Plague Dogs, though I know some people think Watership Down has it beaten by a hare.


Plauge dogs is way worse the Watership Down amd GotFF. Jesus. I cried until my husband nearly started.
 
2012-11-24 05:35:22 PM
I thought the flick that had that title was 'Watership Down'.
 
2012-11-24 05:51:35 PM

Ionessa: Eraic: CptnSpldng: Just to screw with the rest of you...
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

*spoiler alert*

As heartwrenching as Nina dying was.. I was much more sad when Maes Hughes died... I had much more invested in him as a character.

I did end up crying when Hughes died. :/ Don't usually cry when one of my favorite characters dies, but something about his death just got to me.


I bawled when Hughes died. He was easily one of my favorite characters, and that scene just wrecked me.

And when my roommates and I were watching FMA: Brotherhood, we skipped the Nina episode entirely.
 
2012-11-24 08:29:48 PM
I saw the headline and immediately thought "Must be Grave of the Fireflies."

Yep. Can't argue, subby.
 
2012-11-24 11:38:39 PM

Coelacanth: Kittypie070: I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.


Threads on YouTube Link 

The movie that gets to me is Testament (1983) with Jane Alexander. It makes On The Beach look like a SyFy movie of the week.


I am still mindf*cked by Testament. I find it so much more disturbing than The Day After.
 
2012-11-24 11:47:24 PM

Coelacanth: Kittypie070: I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.


Threads on YouTube Link 

The movie that gets to me is Testament (1983) with Jane Alexander. It makes On The Beach look like a SyFy movie of the week.


Holy shiatballs!

[creeps under the bed]
 
2012-11-25 12:40:40 AM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Okay, so I'll admit that I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies yet, mostly because I know enough about it already to not want to watch it. But, I seem to remember there was another anime movie made around the same time (late 80's) that revolved around an elderly British couple living in the aftermath of a nuclear war in England. For the life of me, I can't remember the film's name. Any Anime Farkers able to help me out here?


You know, I saw that movie in the theatres when I was 17 with a bunch of guys. It's called "When the Wind Blows". We were all laughing going in, and sobbing coming out. The very cute ticket lady, who we had been flirting with asked us "was it a bad movie?" and we said no, it was a great movie, but oh so sad.

Definitely worth watching.
 
2012-11-25 01:45:07 AM

witchofthedogs: I am still mindf*cked by Testament. I find it so much more disturbing than The Day After.


The people who made The Day After deserve gold medals for changing President Ronald Reagan's mind about nuclear war as something potentially glorious and even holy. But Testament, if he had seen it, would've gone over his head.
 
2012-11-25 01:56:12 PM
Yeah, I came here looking for "When the Wind Blows"...goddamn, that movie is sad.
 
2012-11-26 11:30:36 AM
Yeaaaahhhh... As much as I'd like to have my beating heart ripped out of my chest and tap-danced on by a sumo wrestler, I'm gonna pass.

I'm sure the original is one of the finest pieces of cinema ever produced, but I don't need that whole wanna kill myself kinda feelin'.
 
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