Gore is a point of contention among horror movie fans; while some relish splatterfests like Saw and Hostel, others find them unpleasant. Horror is already seen as a niche genre only for fringe fanatics, and films featuring extreme gore are pushing things even closer to the cinematic periphery.
While gore was a sizable part of the horror movements of the 80s and 90s and persisted to some extent into the 2000s, the past decade has seen relatively few visceral ends. That’s not to say gory movies didn’t exist in the 2010s, they were just far from the mainstream.
Saw VII (2010)
The cornerstone of the Saw franchise until its revival in 2021, Saw VII-also known as 3D saw– is often considered by fans to be the worst entry in the series. With a convoluted plot and uninspired trappings, it felt far removed from the mid-2000s movies that made the show originally famous.
Yet, from machine gun massacres to circular saw bisections, Saw VII book in terms of gore. While many expect fascinating twists and horrifying dilemmas from films bearing the Saw name, this one delivered little next to brutality.
A group of teenage outcasts form a metal band named Mortgasm but inadvertently summons a demon after playing a stolen piece of music known as The Black Hymn. The demon’s minions begin to possess everyone in the surrounding town, and it’s up to the teenagers to set things right before the vile Aeloth arrives.
A bit like the famous disgusting Undead, Mortgasm is a humorous comedy horror film. Still, with buckets of blood and plenty of inappropriate scenes for the faint-hearted, it’s still a pretty brutal watch.
Evil Dead 2013)
A remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic, 2013 evil Dead is a gore-soaked remake that strips away the awkwardness of the original and ups the ante in terms of gore. With a slew of extremely uncomfortable scenes of gore and sexual violence, this is a disturbing watch for veterans of the genre.
quite interesting, evil Dead received fairly favorable reviews, earning 63% from critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Gore-centric films and horror remakes generally don’t fare well critically, making this retread a surprisingly interesting experience for franchise fans new and old.
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)
Known for his crude, low-budget torture scenes, the wrong turn franchise is a favorite of many gorehounds. While many entries in the series have gone the direct-to-DVD route, they have retained at least some relevance among those who enjoy extreme films.
Offering the origin story of the cannibal family seen in the first three films, wrong turn 4 is unwavering in its portrayal of dismemberment and people eating people. From amateur butchery to out of the ordinary limb severing scene Saw browse, wrong turn 4 delivers on its promise of ample gore.
Green Hell (2013)
Directed by horror provocateur Eli Roth, best known for films like cabin fever and Hostel2013 green hell was considered by some to be the controversial director’s most unpleasant work.
When a group of activists arrive in Peru to protest the deforestation efforts taking place there, they are chased away, but their plane crashes in the jungle and they are captured by a cannibalistic tribe. Exhausting and so overdone it’s almost ridiculous, green hell isn’t likely to win over many horror fans, though those who already appreciate Roth’s work may find something to like in this movie.
Adam Chaplin (2011)
After his wife was kidnapped and killed, Adam Chaplin bonds with a demon to begin a bloody revenge tour. Made all the more disturbing by its ultra-low budget, this film blends comic book-like storytelling with august underground-realism style to produce something uniquely disturbing.
Although clearly lacking in set design and scope, Adam Chaplin more than makes up for its shortcomings with copious amounts of gore. Every scene in this film is absolutely steeped in gore, with each kill resulting in almost comical amounts of blood. Cleaning up after every shot must have been an incredible pain.
The Human Centipede 2: Complete Sequence (2011)
One of the most notorious body horror movies since Cronenberg Fly, The human centipede was a 2009 gorefest that challenged wary horror fans to endure. Gaining notoriety through word of mouth, his infamy spawned a 2011 sequel titled The human centipede 2: complete sequence.
Picking up shortly after the conclusion of the first film, The Human Centipede 2 sees a man named Martin Lomax develop an obsession with the original Human Centipede movie. He sets out to assemble his own human centipede, and every gruesome detail is shown. It doubles down on the delinquency of the original, and the Human Centipede The trilogy has become somewhat of an essential rite of passage movie for dedicated horror fans.
AF****** Cruel Nightmare (2010)
“Torture p***” is a nickname often applied to exploitative horror films like Hostel and The human centipedealthough it is sometimes applied to more mainstream horror offerings like Saw. While most splatter-soaked films provide at least some semblance of narrative elements, the 2010 indie horror flick A fucking cruel nightmare completely forgoes the story in favor of immediate and relentless gore.
Filled with some of the most sadistic sequences likely committed in cinema during the decade in question, AF****** Cruel Nightmare is rarely discussed, and perhaps for good reason. The full hour-long movie is actually available on YouTube, though only the most seasoned horror fans should seek it out.
A Serbian Film (2010)
When a retired adult movie star gets an offer he can’t refuse, he returns to work on one last movie and finds himself in a world of depravity. Eventually, waking up three days later with no memory of what happened, he must retrace his steps and hopefully emerge from the horrors he had to endure.
Considered one of the most extreme films ever made, the violence and atrocity portrayed in this film is not to be described. Every boundary is broken and every line is crossed in this movie, and the remarkable cinematography contrasts starkly with how incredibly low key most of the content is.
American Guinea Pig: Bouquet Of Guts And Gore (2014)
The spiritual successor of guinea pig films, a series of seminal gore films released in Japan in the mid-80s, 2014 American Guinea Pig: Tripe and Gore Bunch living up to the sickening legacy of the franchise.
Nothing more than an hour of mock torture, this film is absurdly horrific. the guinea pig the films became notorious after American actor Charlie Sheen discovered one and believed it to be a genuine snuff film, and American guinea pig absolutely lives up to this infamy. The practical effects work is technically commendable, but this movie is largely not something to be praised.
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