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.

Gaspar Noe, Lars Von Trier, Michael Haneke, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Catherine Breillat 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'', Creator/DusanMakavejev's ''Film/SweetMovie'' and Creator/BernardoBertolucci's ''Film/LastTangoInParis''. It has seen a resurgence in the 2000s.

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

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

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* Anything by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaspar_Noe Gaspar Noe]]
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* ''Caligula'', of course. The writer was American, the director, setting and filming-location Italian, and the actors British.
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* ''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''
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!!Tropes common to these films:

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

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