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The 10 most shocking films on Netflix

While it's often tempting to go for the easy route after a long hard day at work, picking the more challenging journey can often be much more rewarding. So next time, when you finally settle on the sofa, looking for something to watch on Netflix, why not go for something that's going to shock rather than soothe?

Here are the 10 most shocking films currently available to stream on Netflix UK. We have warned you...

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    Bloody Sunday

    Before Paul Greengrass took on the Bourne films or brought Tom Hanks to tears in Captain Phillips, he left an indelible impression with this powerful drama about the infamous Irish protest in 1972. As with his other films, Greengrass gives the horrifying events an immediate sense of danger and graces it all an almost unbearable level of intensity.

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    Only the Dead

    Arguably even more pertinent after the recently published results of the Chilcot Inquiry, this brutal documentary follows journalist Michael Ware through his seven years in Iraq. The harrowing account shows perspectives from both sides, and features graphic footage of American and insurgent deaths.  

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    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    The twists and turns of this psychological thriller won't surprise anyone who's read the original book, but the masterful 2011 adaption of Lionel Shriver's iconic novel will still leave you inevitably disturbed. 

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    Deliver us from Evil

    With 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and an Oscar to boot, this unflinching documentary is a must-see, despite - or perhaps because of - its disturbing content. The film features interviews with paedophile priest Father O'Grady and explores whether church officials took steps to conceal his terrible crimes. 

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    The Central Park Five

    A harrowing documentary that explores racism, crime, and media madness via the the Central Park jogger case of 1989. The case involved the violent assault and rape of a New York jogger, and the conviction of five innocent black and Hispanic men. 

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    The Woman

    We'll cut to the case here and say that this film about a father's attempts to tame a feral woman features an actual face-gnawing-off scene. If you like your horrors violent, bloody, and controversial, then this is the flick for you. 

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    Antichrist

    A beautifully-shot gruesome horror is a bit like getting a smiley face sticker on your electricity bill, but nonetheless this film has been praised for both its cinematography and disgustingly explicit action. The story follows a couple who retreat to an isolated cabin in the woods (tip: don't do do that) to repair their marriage. 

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    God Loves Uganda

    This exploration of how the American evangelical movement fueled and fuels Uganda's violent intolerance of homosexuality was described by critics as "the most disturbing film of the year" in 2013. It is an incredibly chilling reminder of how far we still have to go for universal human rights. 

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    Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster

    This hard-to-watch documentary uses interviews with family members, doctors and victims to shed light on 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who fathered seven children with his daughter, who he kept captive in a basement for 24 years. Though the story itself is sure to unnerve, the documentary additionally disturbs with the fact that actually, there are no real answers. 

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    The Human Centipede 2

    A film that can be best summarised with the sentence: "a man masturbates with sandpaper and that's not even the most shocking bit."

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