With the unending rise of technology, CGI and special effects in the film industry have improved tremendously allowing for visual realism never thought possible in the early years of film. Every day Science Fiction films look less and less fictional, and Fantasy worlds look so real that it’s become hard to tell the difference. But what happens when this realism is used not only to entertain us, but to frighten us as well? Horror movies have become more believable, and thus all the more horrible. Blood and gore have become so realistic that watching a violent death on screen can be almost as traumatizing as watching someone die in front of you.
These next ten films are those that bolster the highest reputation to shock, scare and appall. Many have been banned in numerous countries, and most aren’t for the faint of heart or those with weak stomachs. So make sure no kids are around when you watch any of the films from our Top Ten List of The Most Gruesome Movies ever made.
10 Evil Dead (2013)
Evil Dead is a remake of a 1981 horror film of the same name, which set a lot of staples for the horror industry to build off of or to borrow from. A lot of horror movies and franchises wouldn’t be what they are today without the tropes that The Evil Dead created for the genre. To a 2013 audience, the plot of Evil Dead may have seemed unoriginal: a group of teenagers meet up and stay at a remote cabin in the middle of the woods, where one of them read from a satanic book which opens a portal for evil spirits to terrorize and kill them. However, the reason so many films have a similar setting or plot, is because The Evil Dead did it first. If you're not a fan of gore, this isn't the movie for you, as it is filled with broken limbs, self-mutilation, possessed girls cutting their own tongues, and enough blood to fill a swimming pool.
9 Deadgirl (2008)
Deadgirl is about two outcast teenage males, Rickie and J.T., who find a naked woman in an abandoned mental hospital tied down to a hospital bed. With a very unique story, Deadgirl should not be overlooked by fans of the genre. Surprisingly, most people have never heard of the film, although it didn’t do too well (scoring only 5.7/10 on IMDB and 29% on Rotten Tomatoes). The film is a true testament to man’s inhumanity to man and the brutality of a sociopathic mind. Upon finding the woman, J.T. decides the two should sexually assault her, but Rickie refuses and leaves. Later on the two discover that the woman is undead and cannot be killed. J.T. brings in another friend Wheeler, to sexually assault the woman since Rickie is conscience enough not to engage in the sadistic, immoral act.
J.T. and Wheeler spend most of their school days in the abandoned hospital repeatedly assaulting the woman as her body decomposes. While not wanting to give away any spoilers, the two boys do receive their just desserts in the end, and Deadgirl is one of the few horror movie monsters which audiences will pity and root for as she brutally dismembers her former captors.
8 Human Centipede (2009)
The Human Centipede is a film most people will have heard of, as the premise alone is enough to make even the strongest of hearts grimace. The plot revolves around an estranged surgeon living in a remote estate who abducts three strangers for one horrifying purpose: to create a human centipede. The mad surgeon does this by drugging his victims, and when they wake up their mouths are stitched to each others' anus and a tendon or muscle is cut off at their knees, forcing them to crawl on all fours. While the film had some success, merely because people wanted to see how the movie could actually be filmed and what the directors would choose to show, it begs the question of what kind of person would ever think of such a disgusting plot.
Not leaving much to the imagination, there is a scene in which the victim at the head of the caterpillar, Katsuro, cannot hold his bowels in any longer and defecates, forcing his excrement into the mouth of the second victim.
7 Last House on the Left (2009)
Last House on the Left is a movie that’s been done, re-done and sequeled. In its entirety, it is a classic horror/thriller: a couple’s daughter is sexually assaulted and left to die in the woods by passing delinquents. These same delinquents are caught in a horrible storm and are forced to seek refuge at the Last House on the Left, whose inhabitants are the parents of the young woman they just assaulted. The majority of the film follows her parents’ brutal and gory revenge on those who dared touch their daughter. The most controversial scene would be the r*pe scene that takes place in the woods: it isn’t over-dramatized and Sara Paxton’s painful portrayal of a woman being sexually assaulted is both heartbreaking and enraging at the same time.
6 Battle Royale (2000)
Before there was Hunger Games, there was Battle Royale. Set in Japan and in the not-too-distant future, a group of unsuspecting Grade 9 students go on an end-of-the-year class trip, only to be abducted and marooned on an isolated island. They were the class chosen for the annual Battle Royale, a National televised killing game between classmates and friends, of which only one can win and only one can survive.
A main difference between this film and The Hunger Games is that Battle Royale is less shy about its gore, allowing for brutal and bloody murders between classmates who were once friends.
5 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novella of the same name. The novella has become widely known as one of the most depressing and violent works of literature. The film follows a sociopathic gang leader, Alex, and the numerous horrific crimes he and his gang commits. From beating on the helpless elderly, to crippling a man and then sexually assaulting his wife, it appears as though the makers of this film didn’t even know the meaning of censorship.
What may have been even more controversial was the film’s portrayal of psychological treatment. In hope of curing Alex of his violent ways, he is strapped to chair with his eyelids propped open and forced to watch violent images while listening to classical music. A Clockwork Orange is a film that on the surface appears to glorify violence, but Kubrick is too smart a director, and A Clockwork Orange is too deep a film to be judged merely by what horrific violence lies at its surface.
4 Hostel (2005)
Sometimes the scariest movies are those that make you think Oh my God, this could actually happen. Before the Saw franchise took off, horror movies that had a basis in reality free from supernatural evil were scarce, which is why films like Saw and Hostel did very well and gained a large cult following.
Hostel is a movie that is genuinely frightening because it has no need for a supernatural force to terrorize humanity; it is a film that shows humanity is evil enough on its own. In Hostel, two males in their 20’s visit Amsterdam hoping to indulge in the sinful pleasure that the nearly-lawless city has to offer. They meet two beautiful young woman who share a room with them at a certain hostel they’re staying at. The next night they are drugged by the women and are taken to an abandoned warehouse where they are tortured by sadistic men who pay a handsome fee to torture and kill unsuspecting tourists.
The film doesn’t leave much room for imagination, as the torture scenes are shown in their full brutality from the slicing of Achilles Tendons, to the torching of eyeballs, or even little children caving in a man’s skull, Hostel can make even those with the strongest stomachs queasy. While the movie was a success, it’s hard to imagine anyone booking a flight to Amsterdam after watching this brutal house of horror.
3 Ichi the Killer (2001)
Just to give you a taste of the obscene and gory nature of the film, the opening sequence of Ichi the Killer shows a prostitute being sexually assaulted by her pimp, while Ichi watches from the outside balcony and masturbates onto a potted plant. The title of the film rises out of his ejaculation, and that’s just the first two minutes!
The film follows rival Yakuza gangs who are pitted against each other by the mentally unstable Ichi, who kills off members of each gang in a brutally violent and gory manner. The film is wrought with severed heads, self-mutilation, body suspension, r*pe, suicide and everything else you’d never want your kid to see.
2 Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Salo or 120 Days of Sodom is an experimental Spanish film you won’t understand from start to finish (even with English subtitles), which will leave you confused, shocked, repulsed and downright sick to your stomach.
This film is highly political, critiquing the dangers of a fascist oligarchy. This film is one of the nastiest you will ever see, as it presents shocking scenes of r*pe, sexual obscenities, torture, murder, physical and mental abuse. However the most unsettling scene may be that in which guests of a fancy dinner party willingly dine on human feces and watch as a man is sexually assaulted in front of them.
1 A Serbian Film (2010)
Now A Serbian Film is a film most would be surprised was ever made. Regardless of the quest for fame and stardom, it is surprising that anyone would read the film’s script and agree to be a part of such a horrible production. None of this is said lightly and most agree that the film contains more gratuitous violence than any film ever made, as it was banned in Spain, Australia, Finland, Germany, France and many other countries.
A Serbian Film is about Milos, an adult star on the verge of retirement, who accepts a role in an artistic adult film to make ends meet for his struggling family. Milos is given instructions through an earpiece while the camera follows him. The first sex scene shows Milos receiving fellatio while watching two videos. The first video is of a little girl seductively eating a Popsicle, and the second shows the same girl putting makeup on. One of the most horrible scenes shows Milos watching an adult film which the insane director tells him is a new genre called “newborn p*rn”, in which a woman is shown giving birth, and her baby is sexually assaulted while she watches and smiles. Without a doubt, this is a film you’ll wish you could unsee.