Euroshlock refers to a number of European arthouse films built around depictions of transgressive material that may shock and/or offend audiences. Often there is explicit sexual content ([[MaleGaze generally female]]). {{Gorn}} may also appear. The content of these films may be maudlin in tone and have the [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate message]] that "depraved" sex will lead to misery and death.

Creator/GasparNoe, Creator/LarsVonTrier, Michael Haneke, Creator/PierPaoloPasolini, and Creator/CatherineBreillat are names associated with these films. France and Italy are also associated with the genre. Early example of this trope can be found in the 70s with Pier's ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'', Thierry Zeno's ''Film/VaseDeNoces'', Dusan Makavejev's ''Film/SweetMovie'' and Creator/BernardoBertolucci's ''Film/LastTangoInParis''. It has seen a resurgence in the 2000s.

* LeFilmArtistique: Opaque, incomprehensible, and monochrome.
* ExploitationFilm: Emphasizes over-the-top violence, gore, sexuality, and has a more morbid nature.

'''Films associated with this genre:'''

* Anything by Creator/GasparNoe.
* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'', of course. The writer was American, the director, setting and filming-location Italian, and the actors British.
* ''Film/FunnyGames''
* ''Film/HighTension'': It has a lot of the elements of Euroshlock, ADateWithRosiePalms, {{Gorn}}, a DownerEnding, and LeaveTheCameraRunning (TropesAreNotBad, the beginning is hilarious), but it is has elements of a standard SlasherFilm with a GenreShift to action and another GenreShift to PsychologicalHorror at the end.
* ''Film/InTheRealmOfTheSenses'' is an odd example. The film is Japanese-language, set in Japan and by a Japanese director, but because of the ban on depictions of genitalia, it was listed as a French production and the final editing was completed there.
* ''Film/KenPark''
* ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' - Arguably the TropeMaker.
* ''Film/ManBitesDog''
* ''Film/{{Martyrs}}''
* ''Film/ThePianoTeacher''
* ''Film/{{Possession}}''
* ''Film/{{Romance}}''
* ''Film/SweetMovie''
* ''Film/WRMysteriesOfTheOrganism''

!!Tropes common to these films:

* ADateWithRosiePalms
* {{Anvilicious}}
* CrapsackWorld
* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* DownerEnding
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory
* FreudWasRight
* {{Gorn}}
* GrayAndGrayMorality
* HumansAreBastards
* ItsNotPornItsArt
* LeaveTheCameraRunning
* LeFilmArtistique
* MaleFrontalNudity
* NauseaFuel
* {{Squick}}
* TrueArtIsAngsty
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic