I think we would all agree that the true horrors of war are unparalleled and indescribable. Our efforts to portray the events of war in film and on TV — no matter how brilliant — can simply never compare to how horrifying those environments actually are.
Every now and then, writers and directors will dare to approach the subject of war and put a "twist" on it. By adding various elements, they attempt to make these stories even more horrifying and cruel than they already are. In this list, I've compiled eight horror films/franchises (in no specific order) that deal heavily with the themes of war and military culture. War might be hell, but the events portrayed in these films are even worse.
8. Dead Snow 1 & 2
Although this list was supposed to feature the military on a war against horror, Dead Snow is the exact opposite. This snowy cabin-in-the-woods gorefest features a troop of cursed zombie Nazis who come back to life to claim their treasure, accidentally found and taken by a group of teens.
The sequel — Red vs Dead — brings the zombies back, but also adds a Soviet army to the mix, pitting them against each other — an undead armies all-out-war. The amount of gore in these films is mesmerizing, and they are quite humorous and tongue-in-cheek, which makes for a great party movie.
7. Outpost Trilogy
Back to supernatural Nazis and the undead, it's time to talk about Outpost. The original film, released in 2008, starred Ray Stevenson as the leader of a group of mercenaries who found a german WWII bunker with a dark secret. The first sequel took us back to very origin of this secret (an undead army), and the last installment pitted the Russian Spec Ops (the Spetsnaz) against those military zombies. It's a fun trilogy, often overlooked, that will please those with an appetite for action horror.
6. The Devil's Rock
It's not always that we come across a war-related #horror film, and when we, do they are often connected to nazism, zombies (or both). The Devil's Rock falls into the first category since its monster is a demon from hell. This highly under-seen Kiwi film features two commandos infiltrating a German base during WWII in order to destroy weaponry. However, in the process, they unravel a dark secret hidden in that base — a mysterious woman who isa demon straight from the bottomless pit of darkness and fire.
5. The Hills Have Eyes 2
There is some serious debate whether Aja's The Hill Have Eyes is better than Craven's original film or not. They both hold the exact same rating on IMDb, which is kind of rare. However, there's no debating that both sequels are inferior to each's own original source. The latest one is a perfect fit for this list, as it features the national guard against cannibal mutants, but also because it's a so bad it's good kind of movie. Oh, there's a lot of gore too.
4. Dog Soldiers
Whenever people think about werewolves, the first movie to come to their minds is An American Werewolf in London, perhaps the best (or at least the most popular) Lycan flick ever made. However, my all-time favorite movie inside this subgenre is Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers. Insanely gory and really entertaining, the film pits a group of British soldiers lost in the woods against lycanthropes to survive.
3. Frankenstein's Army
Ask me to describe independent horror movies and, among other things, you'll definitely hear me say the words "bold" and "creative." Frankenstein's Army fits both. Written and directed by Richard Raaphorst, this found footage WWII film has one of the most insane visions of the Frankenstein myth. The creatures came to life thanks to the hands of a fantastic team of artists, which is enough reason to check it out.
2. The Guard Post
South Korean horror and thriller is always worth checking out. They're usually blunt and merciless in their depiction of cruelty, violence or revenge. The Guard Post depicts a military base that falls under a mysterious infection, resulting in conflicts and ultimately, death. The film has a Carpenter-esque sense of paranoia straight from the The Thing and it's guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat.
1. Jacob's Ladder
Few movies fit so well into the psychological horror category as Jacob's Ladder does. This underrated '90s gem is known for having a huge influence over the Silent Hill franchise. Among dark twists and nightmarish imagery, the movie is certain to disturb most viewers.
Which of these military horror movies is your favorite?