Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom



  • Directed by:  Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • With: Paolo Bonacelli and Giorgio Cataldi
  • 116 Minutes
  • IMDb: 6.0


If you consider yourself an horror movie fan prepared for everything and you don’t know “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” I advise you to reconsider your opinion, because if you choose to watch this movie you will not be prepared for it. Considered as the most disturbing and controversial movie ever made alongside with “Cannibal Holocaust” (click here for my review), “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” it’s gruesome, violent and terrifying. It’s like a sick and dark nightmare in which you will experience things that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. A sick nightmare that will show you the dark side of the human mind. So if you consider to watch “Salò” but you’re afraid of what you’ll find in it I suggest you to read this review. Suitable only for strong stomachs and minds, “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” it’s a shocking and disturbing movie that tests your limits as a human being.

So “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” it’s an Italian “art” film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The film it is based on the book “The 120 Days of Sodom” by the Marquis de Sade. It’s a dramatic film that due it’s sexual and violent content was considered by historians and critics as a horror movie. A really tough horror movie, I must confess. The movie it’s divided in four segments: the Anteinferno, the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood.


Basically the story it’s about a group of four fascist libertines that kidnapped 18 teens (boys and girls) and subjected them to 120 days of extreme violence and sexual and mental torture. While exploring themes like political corruption, sadism and sexuality, the movie invites to assist the cruelties that the 18 teens were exposed to. Looking a bit like the exploitation movies we’re used to these days, “Salò” manages to shock you even more by provoking you with twisted and horrible fantasies.

With sequences of graphic violence, sadism and sexual content you will experience all your fears and you will feel really sad and angry for what these young boys are being exposed to. A really creepy nightmare that ends in a twisted way with the victims being murdered by hanging, scalpism and having their tongues and eyes cut out. These four libertines’ crazy and twisted fantasy will shock you every time those young boys and girls are siting in the “Orgy Room”.


After watching all this, some tears fell from my eyes. I was shocked with all the cruelty and exploitation I saw in the movie. “Salò” does not deserve, in my opinion, to be called an “art film”, it was just a sick and totally unnecessary movie that represents a really though reality that I don’t wish to face ever again. Brutal, and gruesome, “Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom” was Pasolini’s last film since he was murdered shortly before the movie was released.

A sick and disturbing film that still haunts me and that will remain in my mind for a very long time.


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  • Thank you for checking out my blog. I admire that you could sit through Salò, which is why I’m so following your blog now! 😀 Saló was hard to stomach, though I had read the book, and though as a horror fan I’ve seen worse than ‘120 days of sodom’ (you really don’t want to know the worse ones).

    • You got my atention when you said you’ve seen worse than “120 Days of Sodom” :O I am trying to finish my list of most distubing movies ever made but I’m only in the middle. I thought that “Canibal Holocaust” and “A Serbian Film” were worse in terms of horror movies but “Salò” was beyond my immagination. It was pure evil. Those kids went through really nasty stuff. Feel free to visit my blog more often and give me suggestions for my list! Thank you for your comment 🙂

      • Yes, “A Serbian Film” was in my mind when I was writing my comment. But I didn’t think “Cannibal Holocaust” was as bad as “120 Days of Sodom”. “I Spit on Your Grave” (remake and its sequel, and why not the original) were definitely hard to watch. Also the remake of “The Hills Have Eyes”. Then there’s a horror movie anthology called “The ABCs of Death”, most of the short films sucked, but a couple of them were actually incredibly disturbing.

        • Thank you for your suggestions! I’ve seen “The Hills Have Eyes” and I’ve also put “I Spit on Your Grave” on my watchlist. I thought that “The ABCs of Death” was just one single feature. After watching “Nymphomaniac” tonight I will focus my attention on my list.

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