Rather than make this a top 10 thing, I thought I'd just briefly review the best gore movies I've seen. Best is usually the most blood shed, although of course you have to take into account the comedy, originality and plot of a movie as well. I consider horror movies and gore movies to be generally a different genre with only a bit of overlap, so there are very few movies here that would be considered mainstream horrors. Obviously it goes without saying that you should make sure your watching the uncut versions of these movies, else you may be left pretty disappointed.
Braindead (aka Dead Alive) (1992)
This movie, set in New Zealand and directed by Peter Jackson of all people, is probably the most gory in terms of blood shed I've seen. The infamous lawn mower scene finale seems to be making this movie ever more popular as a cult classic. It has the record for the most fake blood ever used in a movie, and even has zombie sex, which soon results in a pretty horrific birth of a zombie baby.
The source of the zombie virus in this movie is none other than the Sumatran rat monkey. This hilarious looking creature was the product of what apparently happens when monkeys are raped by rats with the plague; although perhaps for practical reasons this was never actually filmed for the movie. Essentially the plot revolves around a man called Lionel trying to keep the zombies hidden whilst trying to pursue a normal life with his girlfriend. Unfortunately for him an animal stimulant gives them just the boost they need to escape and eat all the guests at his party.
The strong comedy element enhances the movie even further up the scale and another highlight would have to be the sight of Lionel's mother as a 3 storey tall monstrosity at the end.
One of the few movies that could be said to rival Braindead in terms of sheer killing and gore has to be this German film. The English version suffers from some awful dubbing, so that does reduce the overall quality of it. Fortunately you can still enjoy this even if you do watch it in German and don't understand a word of it; and to be honest there isn't much speech in the 2nd half of the movie anyway, its pretty much non-stop killing during the last half an hour. In fact the body count is a very respectable 139, which is certainly more than Braindead.
The plot, such that there is, involves a farmer bringing the Demon Premutos back to life through the use of an old book he finds. The demon than possesses him and all hell brakes loose. Whilst this is happening in the bedroom, the family party in the room next door is soon interrupted and we get to watch in awe as the characters use various weapons to fight back.
I doubt many people will have even heard of this film, its strictly for gorehounds looking for something to rival the likes of Braindead. You can't say its a good movie, but the bloodshed is insane.
Somewhat following on a similar vein as the Saw movies, is this very dark, and quite disturbing movie. There isn't much of the in ya face gore to be found here, perhaps with the exception of the ending, which does contain a nice bit of torture. Overall the film likes to give you the suggestion of what is happening and leave the actual brutality of it to your imagination. It is this notion that actually makes it seem very disturbing, and although you may guess how it is going to end, it is still a good ending.
The story centres on a corrupt police officer investigating a serious of deaths, and the killer has left the equation w delta z on the mutilated bodies. They had all been tortured to the brink of death until they killed a loved one. As the story develops we learn that the officer is more personally involved in the case than he had been letting on.
Overall an engaging film that will soon suck you into its dark way of thinking.
Cannibal Ferox (1981)
There a loads of these niche cannibal movies around, but this has to be one of the best (along with Cannibal Holocaust). As you'd expect, this is set amongst the remote tribes found in the jungles of the amazon. A nice wide variety of gore in this one, including a human castration and several instances of real animal killing, which lead to It being banned in 31 countries to start with. I suppose therefore this is a rare one that actually has real gore in, rather than special effects. Just make sure you don't end up watching a cut version of this film by mistake.
We follow two groups of people in the jungle, one drug dealer group, and one college student group. The drug dealers are hiding in the jungle to avoid jail, and are forcing native tribal people to mine emeralds for them; the main incentive being the torture and death of any uncompliant natives. After they kill the daughter of the tribal chief, the natives decide to take revenge on the drug dealers, and unfortunately the college students stumble right in the middle of this mini-war.
I wouldn't watch this if your not prepared to see some animal butchering, but it isn't all that bad, and if you can cope with that you'll enjoy the movie.
Bad Taste (1987)
The first ever film directed by Peter Jackson; he shows us what he's capable of without any real budget for it. As with his later Braindead movie he chose to set this in his native New Zealand. Mostly the acting is pretty poor, but its a funny kind of poor, and does contain some very strange alien creatures, and naturally some gore.
Not one to be taken too seriously for its story, this is about a group of aliens that kill people in order to use them as meat in their fast food chain. The intergalactic monsters look like human's to start with, until they reveal what they really look like later on; and in the assault on the alien headquarters at the end we see the head alien fall victim to some chainsaw action.
Watch this one definitely for its hilarity, and whilst it does have some gut wrenching gore, somehow it just doesn't seem as full on as others in the genre.
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