Five of the Bloodiest, Goriest Horror Movies of All Time

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Scene from "Dead Alive"

It’s October…and that means it’s time for a month-long horror movie binge leading up to the best holiday of the year. Some people like the old Hitchcock and Corman classics, others might prefer to take in some zombie or werewolf films — but if you’re looking for straight up disgusting gore, be sure to consider these five movies:

5. A Cat In the Brain (1990)

Italian director Lucio Fulci is well-known as a master of horror, perhaps most famous for films such as Zombie (1979), The Beyond (1981), and City of the Living Dead (1980). However, it is one of his later films, A Cat In the Brain, that is not only his bloodiest film, but one of the goriest of all time.

4. The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

While Rob Zombie’s Halloween remakes are unwatchable butcherings of the classic John Carpenter films, his two adventures with the Firefly family — House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects — are worth your time. While Sheri Moon’s grating performances and Rob Zombie’s masturbatory “Freebird” scene might cause you to roll your eyes, the films make up for it with plenty of gore and Sid Haig.

3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

This is the only film on the list that unfortunately features real blood, as seven animals were actually slaughtered for this film (six of these killings are shown). After its release, director Ruggero Deodato was charged with murder in an Italian court for shooting a snuff film — for which he was later exonerated after he proved the actors were indeed still alive. Cannibal Holocaust is most famous for its convincing impalement of an Amazonian woman and the fact that several of its cast members feared that they actually would be killed. In the words of Milhouse Van Houten, “I only like it when I’m pretend-scared.”

2. Evil Dead II (1987)

In a trilogy of hilarious, gory films, Evil Dead II is the goriest. The torrent of blood that bursts from the wall is as over-the-top as the explosion of blood in Johnny Depp’s murder in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the famous scene where Ash takes a chainsaw to his possessed hand is perhaps the pinnacle of the film series.

1. Dead Alive (1992)

Nearly a decade before he became famous for directing The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson made his name as director of one of the goriest, funniest horror films of all-time. Dead Alive (also known as Braindead) is the bloodiest movie ever — literally. According to IMDB, 300 liters of fake blood was used in the final scene of the film alone, and during the lawnmower scene, fake blood was pumped at a rate of five gallons per second. Overall, more than 1,000 gallons of movie blood was used. Combine that with hilarious slapstick, great dialogue, and plenty of dark humor, and you’ve got a classic horror film that is essential viewing for any fan of the genre.

Alright, let us know — which gory movies did we miss?

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