Dark? Hmmmm...dark, dark, dark.
Well, I'm a film buff, so many taste in films is rather vast, going into silent films, to classics, to foreign, to cults, and modern movies.
Farewell My Concubine/Ba wang bie ji (1993) was a Chinese film that makes me want to commit suicide. After seeing it, you will feel chronically depressed for a week! It's SOOOO tragic, yet SOOOOOO beautiful. It involves around Chinese opera, which is glitter, glitz, and glamour, but behind all of that is love, heartache, child abuse, child molestation, rape, pedestry, prostitution, art, beauty, perfection, war, politics, propaganda, and betrayal. Just rip my heart out and stomp on it why don't you!
M (1931) - The genius that brought you Metropolis brings you M! This was the first German talkie, the first (unofficial) film noir, the first psychological thriller, and the first serial killer film in cinema. This is also the film that arguably ruined Peter Lorre's acting career because he was SOOO convincing as Hans Beckert, a candy-chewing baby-faced child molester and serial murderer. This film also got a lot of publicity because it was used by Nazi propaganda films in WWII.
The Penalty (1920) - Don't let it being a silent film fool you. Lon Chaney, Sr, suffered for his art in this film. Lon Chaney plays a legless crime boss who attempts the murder the doctor amputated his legs and wants to kill the doctor's son-in-law, hack off his "perfect" legs, and graph them on his own. Phantom of the Opera? Hunchback of Notre Dame? Nothing compared to this film!
The Unknown (1927) - This is my favourite Lon Chaney film and my favourite Tod Browning film. It has a young Joan Crawford in it as well. Lon Chaney is an armless circus performer who throws knifes with his feet, but you find out he's a murderer-on-the-run and has to hide his arms because he has a genetic deficit, double-thumbs, and blackmails a doctor to amputate them. Ewww!
Freaks (1932) - Released a few months in the infamous Code Era, this film has been banned in 30 years in US because of its graphic content, butchered by edits or not. Director Tod Browning casted real "sideshow freaks" for this film. You kinda have to see it to believe it!
Ichi the Killer/Koroshiya Ichi (2001) - I have seen some messed up films in my life, most of them I thoroughly enjoyed -- American Psycho, Se7en, Taxi Driver, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Blue Velvet, Braindead/Dead Alive, Devil's Rejects, Clockwork Orange (which is a movie I despise) -- but I will never watch this movie again! Why? One word: DAMMMMNNNNNN!