I wasn’t sure if this one even fit the theme. But fuck, if Charles Bronson’s Death Wish can be considered horror, then this crazy ass movie definitely makes the cut. When I would sneak Caligula out of Dad’s stash, I got the feeling that I was experiencing something more than porn. Set in Ancient Rome, the movie deals with a litany of dark themes that continue to haunt humanity to this day. Our obsession with status, oppression, power, and perversion, for instance. But since there was a lot of porno shit going down, I feverishly tried to break my wrist like any self-respecting teenager. Fast forward to a couple days ago, ‘mature r’ me throws on Caligula, and find myself terribly tempted to fast forward to the “good parts”. This was a me thing, promise. I just wasn’t in the mindset to give this cult classic the attention it deserves. Still, I was able to pick up on the timeless brutality in some of the torture scenes as well as the main character’s frightening evolution...
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