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Bloodiest Horror Films of All Time

Pushing the limits of R ratings, the bloodiest horror films of all time are as gory as they come.

By Madeline BasiricoPublished 6 years ago 6 min read

Horror movies are probably the most underrated genre in the movie industry. It's easy to write them off as campy or over the top, but there is plenty of artistry that goes into the genre. There is a multitude of different types of horror movies. Some deal with the supernatural, with mythical creatures that come to life. Others are psychological thrillers and are creepy in the way they mess with your mind. My particularly favorite sub genre of horror is the slasher film. They involve violence, mutilation, and lots and lots of blood. Some of these films are downright disturbing in terms of what they show on screen. The following films are not meant for young audiences, and they are just about the bloodiest horror movies out there.

The Shining is one of the most famous horror movies of all time. Directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, the 1980 film is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Jack, the main character, is hired as the winter caretaker of an old hotel, despite being warned that the previous caretaker went crazy and committed suicide. Jack and his family encounter strange people and situations at the hotel, and Jack goes insane and becomes violent. At one point in the film, the hotel elevator gushes blood, as shown in this trailer. The gore in this film is no joke.

Dead Alive, also known as Braindead, was directed by Peter Jackson and is a combination of comedy and horror. The 1992 New Zealand movie has tons of brutal kills in it. The plot involves a young man's mother turning into a zombie, and his attempt to hide that fact from the people around him. He also tries to hide other zombie townspeople in his basement. What makes this gory film unique is that the blood and violence are all in the name of comedy.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most famous classic slasher films. It centers around a group of teenagers who are stalked and killed in their nightmares and are incidentally killed in real life too. The violent Freddy Krueger exacts revenge on the children of the parents who tried to burn him alive. The movie is very bloody, as most slasher films are. In one famously gory scene, young Johnny Depp's character is sucked into a bed and a fountain of blood gushes out. It's pretty disturbing.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003) is a crossover between two famous horror films: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. The villains of the two movies, Freddy and Jason, both kill more victims and eventually they violently fight against each other. This movie is one of the bloodiest, as it used 300 gallons of fake blood in production. In one scene, a character is tortured in a literal blood bath, as in a bath filled with blood. There is a huge amount of violence in this horror crossover.

The film House of 1000 Corpses was not very popular initially, but later formed a cult following. The film follows the Firefly family, who kidnap and torture a group of teenagers who are traveling the country and writing a book. This movie has some very disturbing and bloody scenes. In fact, it was shelved after filming for three years, until it was finally sold to Lionsgate and released in 2003. The controversial film ranks as one of the goriest movies out there.

Saw, released in 2004, is the first of series of horror films created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. The series follows Jigsaw, a deranged killer who traps his victims and makes them play games or pass psychological tests. The first movie involves two men who wake up chained in a bathroom, and one must kill the other if he wants his family to live. The bloodiness of this film comes from the devices that often sever limbs or mutilate victims. The franchise as a whole is particularly bloody, and proves to be even too disturbing for some viewers.

Carrie is an iconic film when it comes to bloodiness, and its remake is even bloodier than the 1976 original. Carrie was so famous that a Broadway musical was created in 1988, a sequel was released in 1999, and a TV movie was made in 2002. The infamous scene of Carrie comes when the title character is crowned prom queen and a bucket of pig's blood is dumped on her head.

Evil Dead is a sequel to the original The Evil Dead movie that was released in 1981. The newer film was released in 2013 and was extremely gory. 50,000 gallons of fake blood were needed to film just one scene in the movie. The end of the movie features one character completely drenched in blood.

Hostel is the first film in a horror trilogy, released in 2005. The movie follows two college students as they travel through Europe. They stay in a hostel and are kidnapped and tortured by a creepy group of people. This film will make you terrified to travel. The film involves dismemberment and mutilation, resulting in a fair amount of blood.

The Descent follows a group of women who go exploring in caves and end up becoming trapped. They are then hunted by bizarre flesh-eating creatures. The most memorable bloody scene in this 2005 film is when one character, Sarah, falls into a giant pool of blood. It is gory beyond belief.

The 2003 film tells the story of a bunch of young adults who rent a cabin in the woods, and they start to get a nasty flesh-eating virus. A symptom of the infection is vomiting blood, so you can imagine that there's no shortage of it in this movie. It has been described as more gory than scary.

Martyrs is a French-Canadian horror movie about a girl looking for revenge. She had been imprisoned and abused as a child, and the film follows her later in life. It is revealed that the girl was abused by a group of people who kidnap girls and call them "martyrs", trying to find out more about the afterlife. This movie is beyond disturbing, and includes lots of blood and guts.

This horrific film is a remake of the original from the 70s. In the story, a family's car breaks down in the desert and they are hunted by a group of mutant creatures. Viewers describe the movie as disgusting in regards to the amount of gore shown on screen. This movie, along with the original, are two of the bloodiest horror movies of all time.

Piranha 3D came out in 2010 and was marketed as a comedy/horror film. It follows tourists on spring break who swim in piranha-infested waters. The fact that this movie was in 3D only added to the disgusting nature of the blood on screen. Although the movie has elements of comedy, the bloodiness is no joke.

The Cabin in the Woods has everything you could imagine: zombies, werewolves, and lots of blood. This film also falls under the horror/comedy genre and was released in 2012. The movie follows college students who rent a cabin in the woods (sound familiar?) and get attacked by various monsters. This movie is not as disturbing or gory as some of the others, but it does include a lot of blood.


About the Creator

Madeline Basirico

When she's not interning, Maddie loves eating food, going to the beach, and looking at pictures of dogs wearing people clothes.

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