We all love feature films but documentaries are the least explored form of media. Why? Because documentaries are not fictitious but they tell the real story of real people. We avoid watching documentaries because we are afraid to confront reality. Unlike feature films a documentary showcases the real tragedy and brutality associated with life. Most of the documentaries are based upon social causes and they are considered as a catalyst for social change. We want to make ourselves believe that life is as beautiful as it is portrayed in most of the feature films but if you want to confront the stark realities of life then you should watch these most shocking documentaries. Warning: Most of the following documentaries contain graphic and disturbing content.
1. Child Of Rage
This documentary was released in 1992 and it tells the true story of a brown-haired six year old girl, Beth Thomas who suffers from reactive attachment disorder. How did the girl acquired this disorder? This happened as a result of horrific physical as well as sexual abuse on her by her own sadistic father. This no holds barred documentary is in the form of an interview between Beth and her clinical psychiatrist. She describes how her father sexually abused her after the death of her mother. The abuses were so cruel and horrific that Beth herself turned into a sociopath without any sympathy for anything. She describes how she turned into a remorseless and brutal child by engaging in sadistic and sexual acts upon her own brother and animals. She confesses that she wants to kill her father and brother. Throughout this documentary you can see that Beth talks in a laid back and nonchalant manner. It expresses the horrific truth that the brutal sexual assaults has made Beth a child without conscience. This documentary is not only too shocking and horrifying but it is also a tearjerker.
2. Interview with a Cannibal
Have you seen the movie, "Cannibal Holocaust"? If yes, then you will be surprised to know that this documentary is much more shocking and horrifying than the movie. This documentary is an interview with the infamous cannibalistic Issei Sagawa who murdered an innocent woman and spent three days eating her flesh. Sagawa was arrested but he was declared insane and unfit for trial. On August 12, 1986, he was discharged from a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo and since then he has been a free man. This documentary is not only a proof that cannibals exist among us but it also explains what human beings are truly capable of.
3. Atomic Wounds
Atomic Wounds is a shocking documentary which tells the tragic story of the sufferings of the survivors of the bombs. This documentary is not only helpful to the people who are interested in nuclear science but also to the people who still have some humanity left in them. We all are familiar with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States during the World War II. We know that lakhs of people died during this inhuman attack but do you know what happened to the victims who survived the bomb drops? The people who died during the bombarding were damn lucky because the people who survived it are currently dying a slow and horrific death. Watching this documentary will make you realise that humanity doesn't exist in this world. The victims of these atomic wounds can't speak but they are silently asking a question to each and everyone of us. Why?
4. The Iceman Tapes
Feature films based on the real life story of contract killers and serial killers are always a hit among people. Why? We know that these killers are maniacs and lunatics but still we adore them because of their irrational thinking. The ruthlessness and brutality are other factors which attracts people to serial killers. So, have you ever heard about a contract killer nicknamed Iceman. If you had watched the 2012 flick, "The Iceman", then you will know who I'm talking about. The Iceman Tapes is an interview between the notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski and a psychiatrist, Michael Baden. This documentary is extremely intriguing and gripping. In this interview, for the very first time Kuklinski describes about his evil deeds in detail. He explains about how he committed his first murder at the young age of 13 and how his tally of murders increased to 250 by the age of 51. This documentary will take you into the mind of a cold-blooded psychopath. Be prepared to get yourself shocked and stunned.
5. Aokigahara Suicide Forest
Aokigahara which is also known as the "Sea of Tress" is a forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is also known as the suicide forest. Why? Because it one of the most popular and deadliest suicide points in the world. If the stories are true then Aokigahara is a home to quite a number of ghosts. Several instances of paranormal activity have been reported in this forest. If we go along with the statistics, then this suicide point is really a hot destination for people who are suffering from depression because each year more than 70 suicides are reported in this haunted forest. This documentary is truly disturbing. It is about a geologist who takes a walk through this haunted forest where he witnesses dead bodies hanging from tress. If you think hanging looks funny in feature films then you have no idea what you are getting into.