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There are many components that make a successful horror film, but one that die-hard fans fiend for is gore. Some films are over-the- top with the gut-wrenching disembowelment whereas others tend to go a bit softer. In honor of the September 25th release of The Green Inferno, hold on to your lunch; here are 10 of the goriest horror films ever made.
10. Laid to Rest (2009)
Directed by Robert Hall, Laid to Rest stars Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Sean Whalen and Nick Principe. This is, in my opinion, one of the genre's most underrated films. Unlike other genre films, there is no explanation given for the killer's actions - and, damn, are they brutal. The kills are unique and 100% gore-tastic. The scene below is one of the best kill scenes of the film:
A terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a Deranged Serial Murderer and in an isolated rural town she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who is hellbent on finishing what he started.
9. Hatchet III (2013)
Hatchet III was written by Adam Green, directed by BJ McDonnell and stars Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Zach Galligan, Derek Mears and Caroline Williams. Victor Crowley is at his toughest in this film, and the kills are much more brutal than the first two installments. In one scene, he takes out an entire police force in a bloody show of gore. The entire island is littered with entrails, blood and other body parts. Everything about Hatchet III is gory. Below is a video of Victor Crowley's kills from the film:
A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.
8. Day of the Dead (1985)
Zombie films are definitely one of the goriest sub-genre subjects. Taking cannibalism to the next level and making the cannibals eating other people walking, oozing corpses, there is nothing more grotesque. Romero's 1985 Day of the Dead was a total gore-fest with bodies being ripped apart and eaten. Here's one of the goriest scenes in the whole film:
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
7. Hostel: Part II (2007)
Most of the films directed by Eli Roth tend to be a bit on the gory side. Hostel: Part II is one of the most gut-wrenching films Roth, or anyone else, has ever directed.
Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it.
6. High Tension (Haute Tension) (2003)
A vacation gone gory, what's not to love? Beheading, an amazing female lead and a concrete saw; nothing is soft about High Tension. Cecile De France is absolutely fantastic.
Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa's parents' country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway.
5. Cannibal Ferox (1981)
One of the most disturbing cannibal films ever made, Cannibal Ferox is not quite as disturbing as Cannibal Holocaust, but deserves a spot on this list for its massive scenes of gore. The clip below contains nudity and
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.
4. Martyrs (2008)
A revenge story always makes for an interesting horror film. Martyrs, directed by Pascal Laugier, is without a doubt one of the goriest tales of revenge available for your viewing pleasure.
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
3. Audition (1999)
The pretty girl with murderous tendencies has been done a couple of times, but nowhere near as well or as gory as 1999's Audition. The scenes with the wire are a bit hard for even the most hardcore gore junkie to watch...
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
2. Dead Alive (Braindead) (1992)
Another zombie film on the list, Dead Alive is campy, but don't let it fool you. It is full of gore and cringe-worthy scenes. A zombie baby breaks through a woman's head, a guy destroys a room full of the undead with a lawnmower and much, much more. Take a look:
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors
1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
What other film wold be at number one than Cannibal Holocaust on a 'top list' about gore? Everything about this film is gory and disturbing. Cannibalism, brutal rape scenes, and all around madness. The film was so believable and grotesque that director Ruggero Deodato was taken into custody for questioning by the Italian government, having to clear his name and his film by showing them that the cast and crew was all well and fine in the end. I must warn you, if you have seen Cannibal Holocaust, then you know what is coming, but if you have not, the clip below shows graphic nudity, cannibalism and other disturbing scenes. You have been warned...
A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.
An early bonus: The Green Inferno (2015)!
Eli Roth's upcoming film, The Green Inferno, promises to be an over-the-top gore-fest that only the most superior stomachs can attend. The tribesmen in the film are not trained actors whatsoever, they are indeed a real tribe of Amazonian dwellers. The film is inspired by Cannibal Holocaust, but will it live up to the hype from test audiences and the gut-wrenching scenes of previous cannibal movies?
The clip below contains nudity and stomach churning gore:
A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Be sure to see The Green Inferno in theaters September 25th.
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