When it comes to blood and gore, horror films tend to be the most brutal of all genres of film.
In the 1960s, exploitation filmmakers began to push the boundaries of what could be displayed on film, and the “splatter” subgenre was born. One of the main charms of splatter flicks is the excessive emphasis on gore. A splatter movie is one that has a lot of blood splattering all over the place.
These are some of the most gruesome films from throughout the globe. The number and quality of gore in each film were taken into consideration when selecting and ranking the films, with each film containing multiple scenes of explicit, stomach-turning carnage.
13. The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore, is a must-have on any list of horrific movies. With Blood Feast in 1963, Lewis is credited with coining the term “splatter,” but his 1970 feature 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. Audiences are treated to acts such as chainsaw disembowelment, removing a brain with a large spike, removing guts from the throat with a sword, and more.
12. Hostel (2005)
In the early and mid-2000s, Eli Roth’s splatter flicks helped rekindle a popular interest in the genre. “Torture porn” is the name given to his second film, Hostel, which is considered the pinnacle of the new wave of splatter films. Slovakian kidnappers demand money from tourists and backpackers in exchange for the right to torture and kill those kidnapped. Stabbed, bludgeoned and shot to death are just some of the ways that the film’s characters are killed. It is possible that Hostel’s gore is excessively gratuitous, yet it could also be a deliberate choice. In his films, Eli Roth likes to weave a dark humor thread.
11. Demons (1985)
When a demonic curse is unleashed within a sealed movie theater, the film is directed by Lamberto Bava, Mario Bava’s son. 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 people face in this film. In one of the film’s most disturbing scenes, a demon emerges from the back of a victim.
10. Zombie (1979)
Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis, but there are many other filmmakers who can lay claim to that title. Fulci, one of Italy’s most prominent directors of violent and obscene films, is also known by this moniker. Zombie, Fulci’s most popular gory film, is the only one on this list that hasn’t already been mentioned.
Most of the film takes place at night on a deserted island where zombies have been unleashed. The rotting zombies themselves are gruesome, but the film also revels in its portrayals of blood and intestines. It is impossible to forget the agonizing scenario involving an eye and a broken door and the ripping out of throats and eating of guts.
9. High Tension (2003)
High Tension is part of the New French Extremity movement of harsh French films. Among the troubling features in the films are disturbing quantities of violence, and High Tension is no exception. As she tries to save her best friend from a serial killer, the film follows a lady. Decapitation and throat slicing are among the innovative methods used to start off the picture, which also features an axe murder and the decapitation of a woman before the closing credits roll. 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 brutal than the first. Special effects master Tom Savini took the gore to new extremes in this picture, which is typical of zombie films.
There are several disturbing scenes in the movie’s early gore, such as a zombie with no head but with its brain attached to its spinal cord. 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)
Not only a “film entertainment” type of graphic, Cannibal Holocaust is a movie that remains controversial decades later because of its gruesome content that crosses over into real life. 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 do justice to some of the film’s sequences by describing them. 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)
Gore-drenched action horror thriller Adam Chaplin is the work of indie filmmaker Emanuele De Santi. In addition to writing, directing, and starring as Adam Chaplin, De Santi has seven other roles in the film. When Chaplin’s wife is murdered by the Mafia, he conjures demonic powers to help him in his quest for retribution. When Chaplin takes on his opponents, he does so with some of the most gruesome fighting ever seen on film. Adam Chaplin is a live-action anime in the greatest, most violent way conceivable, thanks to its unique villains, superbly muscly hero, and crazy visual style.
4. Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)
Between 1985 and 1990, the Japanese splatter film series Guinea Pig was released. 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.
The film begins by saying that it is based on a snuff film delivered to manga artist and writer Hideshi Hino. That’s all the movie’s about, and the bulk of it is a psychopath dismembering a sedated woman while waxing poetic about what it means to be beautiful. A saw, a chisel, and even a spoon are used by the male to dissect the woman. There was a lot of talk about the movie since some people thought it was an actual snuff film, while others thought it had some influence on real-life murders.
3. American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014)
The plot of American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore is relatively straightforward, similar to that of Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood (from which this picture is definitely derived). By kidnapping two ladies, a snuff film crew kidnapped two other women. The progressive dismemberment of the women is shown throughout the film, which was shot in found-footage style. Gory details include amputation, evisceration, eye gouging, skinning, and more.
2. Evil Dead (2013)
In order to be fair, any Evil Dead movie might have made the cut for this list. Evil Dead II (1987) by Sam Raimi may be the most gory of Sam Raimi’s originals, thanks to the abundance of blood and other bodily fluids gushing through the film’s isolated log cabin. The 2013 sequel, on the other hand, pushes the blood and gore to new heights, literally drenching everything in its path.
There isn’t much difference between the 2013 and 1981 versions of the narrative. As the group unleashes an evil thing, they are infected, and they begin to slay each other. Longtime fans will enjoy the surprises, and the film pays homage to classic scenes from the original trilogy. The cabin’s unfortunate residents are decapitated with a variety of weapons, including box cutters, nail guns, and chainsaws.
1. Dead Alive (1992)
For some, Dead alive is the nastiest film ever made; for others, Braindead is the most disgusting of all time. LOTR filmmaker Peter Jackson began his career with a string of shoddy horror flicks, and this is his most celebrated work. Because of his mother’s Sumatran Rat-Monkey bite, the film’s hero, a quiet man, tries to stop a zombie spread. The scenarios are hilariously absurd, resulting in famous quotes like “your mother ate my puppy!” from the characters. Some of the most amazing zombie slaughtering ever seen culminates in an incredible lawnmower bloodbath.