Halloween is right around the corner and what better to pay homage to Devil’s Night, than by watching a scary movie. But what do you do when you’ve become bored with the usual fare; disenfranchised with what Hollywood has to offer? Where do you turn to when desensitization has got the better you and your lust for screen violence and gore becomes insatiable?
It’s simple; let me do the leg work for you. On behalf of Infrared Mag, I’ve scoured the deepest depths of my movie collection and assembled a list of the 15 Goriest Films ever made, like: ever. Films that are guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning gore-hound among you. I intentionally left shockumentaries off this list and choose films that were works of fiction. In addition to being extremely gory, potential candidates also had to be at least somewhat entertaining and able to hold an audience’s attention for the full running time. (hence, no “August” films)
Although the filmmakers of the movies on this list have done a proper good job of staining the silver screen that lovely shade of deep crimson we all find so dear, the list itself is a mixed bag; some of these titles are “light” comedies while others are pretty fucking extreme. There are movies on this list that are unrated and some that have the equivalent of the US’s NC-17 Rating, therefore I do NOT recommend any of these films for children under the age of 17. Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below.
15. Naked Blood (Japan, 1996) – We begin our countdown with this super-sick masterpiece from Japan. Three women unknowingly become tests subjects for a new drug that turns pleasure into pain. Things go all cray-cray when the drug actually works too well, causing the women to tear themselves to pieces in a twisted, ecstasied symphony of blood that no viewer can easily forget.
14. The Toxic Avenger (US, 1984) – A vindictive prank goes wrong causing a shy, hapless 98 pound weakling to tumble into a drum of toxic waste, which transforms him into a muscle bound vigilante killer. One of the bloodiest scenes takes place in a restaurant, but the sequences that always collectively freaked my friends and I out the most, are when the bad kids run down cyclists and pedestrians for “points”. This is the film that taught me to always be aware of my surroundings while riding a bike and watch out for cars; especially at night.
13. Cannibal Ferox (Italy, 1981) – A pair of American criminals on the lamb head down to Central America to get their torture-on with the locals. Just as the natives begin to bite back, a trio from New York that happens to be stranded in the jungle are caught in the middle. The funniest and perhaps goriest of all the Italian cannibal films, Cannibal Ferox is simply a campy good time. There are, however, some super strong sequences of real animal violence, but on the whole, this film a fun ride and, besides Ultimo Mondo Cannibale, is the perfect gateway movie for anyone that’s curious about Italian cannibal films.
12. Taeter City: City of Cannibals (Italy, 2012) – Set in a not-too-distant future, a man seeking his wife’s killer, discovers a mob boss is behind the murder and tracks the villain to a strange city where the corpses of criminals are the primary food source. This film is part sci/fi and part horror; think Blade Runner meets Soylent Green, but with way more fucking blood.
11. Dead Snow (Norway, 2009) – A ski vacation in the mountains turns sour when one of the group accidentally summons Nazi zombies. This delightfully bloody dark comedy quickly became a cult-hit, spawning a sequel in 2014.
10. Begotten (US, 1990) – This 72 minute black and white film has no dialogue whatsoever. What is does have, is scene after scene of bloody gruesomeness. On the surface, the film makes little sense and is more-or-less, “eye candy”. However, on more of a metaphysical level, the film and all its gruesomeness is an elaborate and intuitive allusion to the process of life; creation, death and rebirth. Heavy shit, either way that you slice it.
9. Cat in the Brain (Italy, 1990) – In one his final films, Lucio Fulci directs and stars in this horror comedy about an aging director who stalked by an overzealous fan. A madman is killing people by mimicking gory scenes from the director’s movies. It’s kind of similar to Tenebre, except that Fulci’s film is a lot less serious and a lot gorier.
8. 100 Tears (US, 2007) – Two journalists attempt to track down a serial killer. The abundance and extreme nature of the gore in this film just about makes up for the lack of any true substance. It’s not the kind of film that will win over the critics, but if you’re a gore-hound, then 100 Tears is worth checking out.
7. Frontier(s) (France, 2007) – Criminals on the run decide to lay low in the French countryside, they just happened to pick an inn ran by Nazi cannibals. Needless to say, it doesn’t end well for the outlaws. Frontier(s) is, without a doubt, a super fucked-up and super twisted film that is not easily forgotten.
6. Riki Oh: The Story of Riki (Hong Kong, 1991) – Dude goes to prison and has to fight for his life. It’s cool though; Riki is a bad motherfucker when it comes to bare-knuckle fighting.
5. Inside (France, 2007) – A pregnant woman is accosted by another women who wants her unborn child. The mother-to-be locks herself in the bathroom, while the crazy lady kills everyone who tries to help. Gallons upon gallons of the red go-juice are spilled in this super-twisted film.
4. Koroshiya 1, aka: Ichi the Killer (Japan, 1999) – A master manipulator brainwashes a simpleton into killing off a crime syndicate. This film is based on the manga by the same name and as such, is wrought with graphic masochistic violence, rape and mutilation. By mixing practical effects with digital effects, acclaimed director Takashi Miike was able to get the most blood for his buck on this shining example of how to properly adapt a comic book. In 2000, I bought my first Asian DVD, which was Koroshiya 1. Aside from a few Bruce Lee movies that I had seen as a kid, Koroshiya 1 was the first Asian film that I watched and, consequently, was the film that single-handedly got me hooked on Takashi Miike and wonderful world of Asian cult cinema.
3. The Devil’s Experiment & Flower of Flesh of Blood (Japan, 1985) – The first two installments of the Guinea Pig series are the most attention-holding. Sure, the other films in the franchise are gory, but they are hard to watch because they all have thin plots, are boring and really don’t make much sense. It’s the first two, that’ll gross you out and hold you attention for the entirety of their length. This is shit that you put on to straight-up shock your friends. Not for the squeamish.
2. The Evil Dead (US, 1981) – A group of friends discover the Book of the Dead in the basement of a cabin in the woods and unintentionally unleash demons from the beyond the grave. Despite extreme censorship early on, people have come to realize that The Evil Dead is really just a dark comedy with a light tone; most audiences will be able to easily handle this classic gore fest. Although some of you have heard of this movie, I couldn’t, in good conscience, leave a film with The Evil Dead’s caliber, with all its over-the-top insanity, off a list like this.
…and the most goriest movie ever made is…..
Braindead, aka: Dead Alive (New Zealand, 1992) – A mutant rat bites an overbearing woman and as the sickness sets in, her loving son tries his best to take care of her. Hilarious as it bloody, this early film by Peter Jackson is as outrageous as it gets. Two scenes that come to mind are the dinner table scene and the infamous lawnmower sequence. Without a doubt, Braindead is the goriest film that you have probably never heard of. (It’s on Netflix under “Dead Alive”)
There were a lot of prime contenders for this Top 15 list. So, in no particular order, here are the runners up.
Caligula: The Untold Story (Italy, 1982) – I didn’t include this film simply because it is nearly impossible to find a full uncut English print of this Joe D’Amto’s classic tale of hedonism, debauchery, murder, horse-fucking and bunch of other throwed-off shit. Even the DVD with the word’s “unrated version” emboldened on the cover is in fact a cut version. If you can however, find a full print of Caligula: The Untold Story, you’ll see that this film is very gruesome and bloody throughout, although if entertainment is what you’re after, the version that Penthouse did with Malcolm McDowell did is widely regarded as the better film.
Cannibal Holocaust (Italy, 1980) – Ruggero Deodato’s unabashed commentary on the proliferation of violence in the media is truly a timeless masterpiece. There’s some hall-of-fame gore in this epic flick, namely a scene with a native girl impaled on a pike, however aside from that and the horrific animal abuse, Cannibal Holocaust is relatively tame, in terms of blood and gore and that is what this list was all about.
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (US, 2003) – I left this blood-soaked four hour long tour de force from Quentin Tarantino off the list, because even most have not seen this film, most Americans are aware of the two halves (and it’s not all that gory, compared the other movies on this list). That being said, if you have never seen the House of Leaves sequence in full color, then brother, you haven’t seen Kill Bill. The only version available to western audiences with the House of Leaves sequence with its color intact, is the “Whole Bloody Affair”, which combines Part One, Part Two and alternative footage into a single long-as-fuck film. Despite that, it’s well worth the time to sit through and see this brilliant epic as it was originally intended to be seen.
Schramm (Germany, 1993)
Grotesque (Japan, 2009)
Pieces of Talent (US, 2014)
Hobo with a Shotgun (US, 2011)
Deathgasm (New Zealand, 2015)
Tokyo Gore Police (Japan 2008)
American Guinea Pig (US, 2014)
The Death King (Germany, 1990)
Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone (Argentina, 2001)
Dr. Butcher M.D. (Italy, 1980)
Adam Chaplin: Violent Anger (Italy, 2011)
Human Pork Chop (Hong Kong, 2001)
The Gateway Meat (US, 2008)
Gothic and Lolita Psycho (Japan, 2010)
Machine Girl (Japan, 2008)
Violent Shit (Germany, 1989) and the sequels
And of course a list of gory movies wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the film that (for all intents and purposes) started it all: Blood Feast (US, 1963).
So, what did you think? Did you agree or disagree with our choices? Do you know of title that you feel should’ve been on this list? Tell us all about it in the comments below!