When it comes to blood and gore, horror films tend to be the most brutal of all genres of film.
“Splatter” was coined in the 1960s as exploitation filmmakers kept pushing the boundaries of what could be shown on film. One of the primary attractions of splatter films is their emphasis on gore. Slashers, zombie flicks, crime flicks, and other subgenres often cross over into the splatter subgenre, but a film must have a lot of blood for it to be considered splatter.
Films from all around the world are featured in this list, which includes some of the most bloody ones. Based on a combination of gore quantity and quality, each film had multiple scenes of explicit, stomach-turning carnage (and a few where it was practically non-stop) in order to be included in the rankings.
13. The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore, is a must-have on any list of gory movies. With Blood Feast in 1963, Lewis is credited with coining the term “splatter,” but his 1970 film The Wizard of Gore is one of his bloodiest. On stage, a magician named Montag the Magnificent viciously mutilates his female assistants in order to fool the audience. This man’s acts include disembowelings using chainsaws and large spikes, pulling guts out of people’s throats using swords—and that’s just the beginning.
12. Hostel (2005)
During the early and mid-2000s, writer/director Eli Roth was instrumental in reviving the popularity of splatter films. “Torture porn” is the name given to his second picture, Hostel, which is considered the pinnacle of the new wave of splatter films. Slovakian kidnappers demand money from tourists and backpackers for the right to kidnap, torture, and kill those they kidnapped. Throughout much of the film, people are stabbed, bludgeoned, shot, slashed, and mutilated. Hostel’s gore can be argued to be gratuitous to the point of absurdity, although that could be intentional. The films of Eli Roth are often laced with a smattering of dark humor.
11. Demons (1985)
A demonic plague is unleashed within an enclosed movie theater in Demons, directed by Lamberto Bava, the son of Italian horror director Mario Bava. There was a lot of pus and blood involved in the metamorphosis of the woman into a fanged, demonic monster after she received a gash on her cheek from the mask. The demons she unleashes on her victims turn into even more monsters, and the violence only grows. It’s only the beginning of the horrors that await those who venture out into the wild. In one of the film’s most disturbing scenes, a demon emerges from the back of a victim.
10. Zombie (1979)
If you want to call yourself “Godfather of Gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis isn’t your only option. Lucio Fulci, one of Italy’s most renowned filmmakers of horrific and subversive films, has also been credited with the term. Many of Fulci’s films are worthy of inclusion on our list, but 1979’s Zombie stands out as maybe his most popular gore flick.
An island plagued by zombies is the setting for much of Zombie. On its own, the film’s depiction of blood and intestines is gruesome, but the rotting zombies are just the beginning. Excruciating scenes with an eye and a damaged door will haunt you for the rest of your life if you watch this film.
9. High Tension (2003)
Known as New French Extremity, High Tension is the latest in a string of harsh French films. There are frightening themes in the movies, but High Tension is the most violent. To save her best friend from the grips of a serial killer, this film follows a female protagonist. Home invasion, decapitation, and disembowelment are all featured in the film, which ends with an axe murder and a disembowelment before the final credits. At one point, the screen is completely covered in blood.
8. Day of the Dead (1985)
George Romero created the term “splatter” when discussing his 1978 zombie masterpiece Dawn of the Dead, but the sequel, Day of the Dead (1985), is much more gruesome than its predecessor. Special effects master Tom Savini took the gore to new extremes in this picture, which is typical for zombie films.
Viewers are subjected to gruesome images of zombies with no heads but whose brains remain linked to their spinal cords in the film’s early scenes. A number of people are killed in agonizingly slow and cruel zombie fashions at the end of this flick. When a man’s head is slowly dragged off his body while he screams, his vocal cords are stretched such that his scream becomes higher and higher.
7. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
To this day, Cannibal Holocaust is still controversial decades later because of its brutal content that spills over into the real world. As in the 1960s “mondo” films, the film is shot in a pseudo-documentary style with a focus on real-life animal abuse. Several animals are slaughtered in Cannibal Holocaust, including a large turtle that is butchered for a long time.
Animal cruelty isn’t the only type of violence in the film; it involves amputations and decapitations as well as severe sexual assault against both men and women. Ruggero Deodato was notoriously compelled by authorities to verify that his actors weren’t actually killed on screen because of the film’s manner of shooting.
6. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Over-the-top splatter movies began to develop about the same time as “torture porn” became popular in the West. When it comes to violent violence, Japanese splatter flicks have a tendency to mix comedy with gore, creating some of the most unforgettable and baffling scenes.
Tokyo Gore Police is set in a dystopian future where criminals are able to generate weapons from their own wounds thanks to scientific advancements. When these monsters are tracked down, bodies are torn apart in their subsequent encounters with the cops. It’s impossible to adequately describe some of the film’s most memorable moments. Because, after all, everyone needs to watch a naked woman with an alligator’s jaws for legs ripping a man’s arm off.
5. Adam Chaplin (2011)
Adam Chaplin, the gory action horror film directed by Emanuele De Santi, bears the imprint of the indie director. De Santi has written, directed, and starred in the film as Adam Chaplin, the film’s protagonist. When the mafia murders Chaplin’s wife, he turns to a demonic power to help him get revenge. Some of the most gruesome fights ever seen on film are included in Chaplin’s films. Adam Chaplin is a live-action anime in the greatest, most violent way conceivable, thanks to its unique villains, perfectly-muscled hero, and crazy visuals.
4. Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)
Splatter movies based on the Guinea Pig franchise were released in Japan between 1985 and 1990. The films in the series are well-known for their abundance of gore and bloodshed, with Flower of Flesh and Blood, the second installment, being the most graphic.
This snuff film was given to manga writer and illustrator Hideshi Hino, and the movie begins by stating that you are about to view a reproduction of a genuine snuff film. All the audience gets to see is a psychotic man dismember a drunk woman while waxing poetic about what it means to be beautiful. As he tears the woman apart with a saw, chisel, and even a spoon. A lot of people thought it was a real snuff film, and others mistook it for inciting real-life murders, which made the video even more notorious.
3. American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014)
American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore features a simple plot like Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood, which this film is definitely based on. By kidnapping two ladies, a snuff film crew kidnapped two other women. There’s a lot of slow dissection of the female characters in this found-footage film. Gory details include amputation, evisceration, eye gouging, skinning, and more.
2. Evil Dead (2013)
All of the Evil Dead movies could have made this list. Evil Dead II (1987) by Sam Raimi may be the most gory of Sam Raimi’s films because of the sheer number of varied fluids pouring freely throughout the cabin in the woods. Blood rains down and soaks everything on screen in the 2013 version, which brings the gore and blood to a whole new level.
In the 2013 version, the tale is nearly identical to the 1981 original. As the group unleashes an evil thing, they are infected, and they begin to slay each other. Longtime fans will be kept guessing, and the movie does a terrific job of paying homage to some of the original trilogy’s most memorable moments. The cabin’s unfortunate residents are decapitated with a variety of weapons, including box cutters, nail guns, and chainsaws.
1. Dead Alive (1992)
Dead Alive (formerly dubbed Braindead), according to many, is the most gruesome film of all time. LOTR filmmaker Peter Jackson began his career with a string of trashy horror flicks, and this is his most celebrated. Sumatran Rat-Monkey bites the mother of calm guy, who tries to contain the zombie outbreak initiated when his mother is infected. “Your mother ate my puppy!” is only one of the unforgettable statements that the characters had to utter. Some of the most dramatic zombie slaughtering ever seen occurs in the last sequences of this film, culminating in a lawnmower massacre.