Horror film that’s being compared to Saw is being called the ‘most gut-wrenching film' ever

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Horror film that’s being compared to Saw is being called the ‘most gut-wrenching film' ever

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A horror film from 2014 that’s currently on Amazon Prime is being compared to Saw – with viewers saying it’s the ‘most gut-wrenching film’ ever.

The premise of the movie is pretty wild, as it sees Justin Long turned into a walrus by an old man desperate to live out his twisted fantasy. Watch the trailer here:


Directed by Kevin Smith, Tusk also follows a podcaster (Long) who meets a bloke obsessed with a walrus named Mr Tusk.

A24’s synopsis for the horror comedy, which also features the likes of Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment and Lily-Rose Depp, says: “A chilling horror tale about the perils of storytelling, Tusk follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past - only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus.”

Many people have had the joy of watching the truly ‘disturbing’ flick – which many feel is even worse than notorious horrors like Saw.

After watching it a couple of days ago, one viewer tweeted: “Who the hell make movies like Human Centipede and Tusk, Saw. [Literally] the most disturbing and disgusting things to think, even.

“And the fact that they come from people like us, what do they exactly think all the time?”

The film was released in 2014. Credit: A24
The film was released in 2014. Credit: A24

Someone else wrote last month: “I still think Tusk the most disturbing horror movie I have ever seen. It is far worse to me than [The Human] Centipede or Saw as a franchise.”

Tweeting back in 2021, another said: “Anyone who saw Tusk knows that it's worse than any other movie below or above. it's the worst. It's scarring forever.”

A fourth wrote: “Tusk is far worse than Saw.”

Writing for Bloody Disgusting, Michael Pemental also said: “Having watched films like Saw and Hostel, while being aware of how both use graphic body horror, I’ve never felt unnerved watching them. I’ve always considered myself to have an iron gut when it comes to body horror. And then I saw Kevin Smith’s Tusk.”

It features Justin Long. Credit: A24
It features Justin Long. Credit: A24

Kip Lynch, of The Trinity Tripod – the student newspaper for Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut – also wrote in a review: “To say this costume is disturbing does not do it due diligence. I’ve watched all eight movies from the Saw franchise with only a hint of squeamishness and this costume had me moments from retching each time it appeared on screen.”

Recently, TikToker Heidi Wong (@itsheidiwong) also compared the film to The Human Centipede, having shared a video that listed three of the 'most insane horror movies' she'd ever seen, saying that all were simply 'unhinged'.

TikToker Heidi Wong described the film as 'unhinged'. Credit: TikTok/@itsheidiwong
TikToker Heidi Wong described the film as 'unhinged'. Credit: TikTok/@itsheidiwong

First on her list, which went from bad to even worse, was 2012 horror Excision, which was followed in the second spot by 2018's Possum, a psychological horror written and directed by Matthew Holness as his feature film debut.

But it was the walrus-themed caper Tusk that came out as her all-time winner, with Wong saying: “Out of all the horror movies that I’ve seen, this one gets to me the most.

“Tusk is about a podcaster who meets a crazy man who wants to turn him into a walrus – as in surgically turn him from a human to a walrus.

“This movie was worse than Human Centipede to me.”

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Horror

Jess Hardiman
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