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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  • SeveredAfliktion

    Are you kidding! This list is tame with the exception of Dead Alive/Braindead!
    Guinea Pig: Flowers Of Flesh And Blood! ( or the rest of the series! )
    Human Centipede ( any, pick one )
    Ichi; The Killer
    Tokyo Gore Police
    Machine Girl
    I can go on and on and on!

  • Kevin

    Cannibal holocaust is brutal man. I don’t know what you are talking about. Most of the movies you list are tame japanese CGI cartoon gore compared to holocaust’s grainy snuff video look. They thought REAL people died during the making in italy I guess its just what one person considers gore, whether its just the violence of the movie or the special effects used to make the scenes as in the case of Dead Alive/Braindead….

  • SeveredAfliktion

    Cannibal Holocaust is disturbing. I am not sure where you get you info from, but there was never any one that said real ‘people’ were killed, the problem was that ‘real animals’ were killed and featured on film. No one was ever questioned about real people being killed! There is nothing really ‘gory’ or ‘bloody’ about Cannibal Holocaust. It’s just disturbing!
    Now, seeing you want to get all testy n shit, look up the history to Guinea Pig: Flowers Of Flesh And Blood! Charley Sheen was given a bootleg copy and thought it was a real snuff film and called the real FBI, and after and severe ( and very real and documented ) investigation the producer made a “Making Of” documentary to show the woman was indeed alive and well and that it was all special effects! There was NO CGI. CGI wasn’t even around for the Guinea Pig movies. Clue is $14.95 at Walmart!
    When the head person in Human Centipede has to take a dump and the lady sewed by her face to his butt has no choice but to eat it, that wasn’t CGI either.
    If you really want me to get all “This Is How It Is’ on you, then how about this:
    ANY of the George A. Romero movies, or Friday the 13th movies, hell, even Slumber Party Massacre films are gorier then The Devils Rejects! Rob Zombie did nothing more in his film career that take The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( which is what House Of 1000 Corpses & The Devils Rejects are loosely based on ), and Halloween and make money from something already created! He needs to get original, like some of his music ( based a lot on Alice Cooper! ).
    Oh, and if you want to call Cannibal Holocaust brutal, then check out Irreversible! It’s not cannibals, but far more disturbing and has more blood!
    Wait! WAIT! You want gory and disturbing!!!!!! The two Nekromantik movies! NO CGI here either! When they suck the eye out of a very rotted and gooey corpse in the first film, then spit it back into the socket, that was nasty! THAT WAS GORY! In the second film when Monica tried to give a corpse a BJ, that was GORY & Nasty!
    What about any of the August Underground films? Those are BRUTAL!
    Check out Traces Of Death 5! When they yank the woman out of her truck and beat her to death, for real! That’s BRUTAL!

    I put the movies in my first post just to make a point. So now I have stated some facts, not something I heard as a rumor.

    Kev, watch more movies dude! You wouldn’t know gore if you were disemboweled and fed your small intestines!

    XXOO kisses!

    • Kevin

      Also, Irreversible is great too. Check out his earlier movies which are a little harder to find if you haven’t seen them already. His short Carne is really disturbing.

  • Kevin

    I’ve seen both Nekromatikls and Der Todesking, also by, Buttergereit. They’re all great and Der Todesking is really dark with a great soundtrack. Pretty sure that was real animals killed in some of those too.

    Here is the wikipedia article that proves that story about Cannibal Holocaust that the author of this post was talking about. I honestly don’t know Guinea Pig, but I’m not sure that tricking the european media over charlie sheen isn’t a real victory or it even really matters. Its your opinion that Cannibal Holocaust isn’t gory, but Im not sure everyone feels that way.

    Basically my point was gore is all in the eye of the beholder. Alot of the stuff you list is pretty cartoony, which is basically my opinion I’m not right necessarily. I was just defending his list and stating in my opinion machine girl, ichi the killer (which I love by the way) and tokyo gore police are examples of really silly and over the top comic gore.

    Honestly though man, I don’t watch horror movies just for gore because I’m a well adjusted mentally stable human being. I watch them for the immersive acting performances like… when Monica tries to give a corpse a BJ.

  • PSyCHoHaMSTeRza

    Evil Dead… The first one as well as the new one.

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