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The Gore List: The Top 10 Bloodiest Films ever made

Updated on November 25, 2014
Peter Jackson
New Zealand
92 min


Bad Taste

This 1987 film from New Zealand is known for being the first feature film from director Peter Jackson who would later go on to direct the Lord of the Rings series. Aliens arrive on earth and overrun a small town with the goal of serving humans as a delicacy for their restaurant. A small paramilitary force is sent in including Peter Jackson as the character Derek. Most of the film deals with this small team fighting the aliens in a over-the-top comedic manner filled with blood splatter. Some standout scenes include Jackson's character cracking his head open and stuffing his brains back in, various aliens in human disguise having their heads partially dismembered and oozing out gore, aliens regurgitating and feeding on a green slime made from humans, exploding sheep, chainsaw dismemberment, and more. Well recommended for both gorehounds and those who enjoy a good campy horror comedy.

Lam Nai-choi
Hong Kong
91 min


Riki-Oh - The Story of Ricky

1991's Hong Kong kung-fu film 'The Story of Ricky' is a blend of martial arts with over-the-top graphic gore scenes not usually associated with the kung-fu genre. Ricki is sent to a privatized prison after killing a crime-lord to avenge the death of his girlfriend. While in prison Ricki is confronted by violent inmates as well as corrupt guards and officials which he use his impressive martial arts skills to both defend himself and fight the system. Standout scenes include a guard captain falling face first on a board of nails, limbs and/or organs torn directly from the body with pure blunt-force strength, attempted strangulation via tearing out their own entrails, a head being smashed apart with a man's hands, and more.

Takashi Miike
129 min


Ichi the Killer

Takashi Miike's 2001 crime thriller "Ichi the Killer" is known for it's explicit sadism, torture and gore but also delivers a solid storyline with some complex characters. The film starts out with the boss of a yakuza gang found torn and splattered across a room. The second in line named Kakihara and the rest of their gang begin the search and torture anyone they believe to have been part of the boss's death/disappearance. We soon find out that the man who killed the boss is a young man they call Ichi who has been manipulated by the leader of a small rival gang to do his bidding. Some scenes that stand out include Ichi encountering the yakuza boss in his room and slicing him in half vertically with a blade in his shoe, Ichi tearing down a door and running inside a room of yakuza where we see excessive amounts of blood splatter fly out as well as different limbs and a face, a torture scene involving a suspect being hung with fishhooks in his back while Kakihara pours hot tempura on him and throughs needles at his face, and more.

Robert Rodriguez
United States
109 min


Planet Terror

Released as the Robert Rodriguez portion of the 2007 Grindhouse double feature this was the superior of the two as it delivers the gore and zombies that it advertised. When a transaction between a bio-weapons company and the military fall through a chemical agent is unleashed that turns the populace into zombies. The film features plenty of zombie related gore and some standout scenes include numerous brain splatters, zombies tearing victims apart(including Tom Savini), Rose McGowan's character replacing her lost leg with an assault rifle, Quentin Tarantino's character rotting and a certain organ falling off as he tries to make a move on McGowan, scores of zombies being torn apart by a helicopter propeller, and more.

39 -73 min


The Guinea Pig films

The Guinea Pig series includes seven films: The Devil's Experiment, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, He Never Dies, Mermaid in a Manhole, Android of Notre Dame, Devil Woman Doctor, and Slaughter Special. Many of these resemble snuff films which is why Japanese authorities have conducted investigations and had the makers prove that the effects were fake and none of the actors were harmed. Flowers of Flesh and Blood is generally considered the goriest of the series and involves a man dressed in a samurai outfit kidnapping a woman who he then tortures and dismembers in a brutal fashion to add to his collection. The end scene of Devil's Experiment in which the woman who has been tortured has her eye gouged out has also gained infamy online though short clips, images, and gifs.

Ruggero Deodato
96 min


Cannibal Holocaust

Ruggero Deodato's 1980 exploitation film has gained infamy through it realistic on-screen gore which came from actual animal parts collected from a slaughterhouse, as well as other depravities such as torture, rape, and numerous actual animal deaths. The film is also known for being a forerunner for the found-footage sub-genre which took off a couple decades later with "The Blair Witch Project". It is also known for the courts requiring the main cast members to appear in court to prove that they hadn't actually been harmed. Cannibal Holocaust is the most well-known of the Italian cannibal sub-genre which also features such films as "Cannibal Ferox", "Jungle Holocaust", "Eaten Alive", "Massacre in Dinosaur Valley" and more. Some standout scenes include the actual deaths of a coatimundi , snake, river turtle, bird-eating spider, pig, and 2 monkeys. Other graphic scenes include forced cannibalism, stoning a woman to death for adultery, impaling a woman on a spike, and more.

Olaf Ittenbach
106 min


Premutos: Lord of the Living Dead

Also known as Premutos: The Fallen Angel, this is a low-budget German zombie film from 1997 featuring large amounts of gore in a comedic fashion. The story deals with the son of the fallen angel Premutos obtaining an old book and potion that cause him to transform into a monstrous creature and awaken an army of the dead. Premutos isn't as high quality a film as others that it references or was inspired by but does deliver in the gore department and is among the highest for amount of blood splatter. Some highlights include numerous scenes with zombies being dismembered and/or shot at with bloody results, zombie heads blown off with a shotgun, victims torn apart limb from limb, and more.

Fred Vogel
United States
2001, 2003, 2007
70, 77, 84 min


The August Underground series

Consisting of three micro budget films shot on distorted video these are considered some of the most depraved and realistic gore films. They focus on a serial killer named Peter and his accomplices brutally torturing and murdering their victims while having it filmed. The low quality is somewhat intentional to make it look like it may actually be a snuff film. The three movies in this series are August Underground (2001), Mordum (2003) and Penance (2007). Mordum is considered to be the most explicit of the series and is another example of a director being investigated after authorities suspect the footage to be an actual snuff film. Impressive gore effects though it's not really something that you'd watch more than once.

Yoshihiro Nishimura
110 min


Tokyo Gore Police

This 2008 Japanese gore film stars Eihi Shiina (from Takashi Miike's 'Audition') as a police officer specializing in hunting down genetically modified humans called Engineers. These mutants are designed to form various weapons in the place of any injuries or dismembered limbs. In order to combat the mutations the police force has been privatized to help combat this threat but have also been given authority to use any sort of sadistic violence they choose to sustain authority. This is the kind of film where gallons of blood will be sprayed on a regular basis for pretty much any injury. Probably the best example of this sort of Japanese gore film sub-genre which also includes Machine Girl, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein girl, Mutant Girl Squad, Samurai Princess, and others.

Peter Jackson
New Zealand
103 min


Dead Alive (Braindead)

Peter Jackson's third feature film after "Bad Taste" and "Meet the Feebles" is quite possibly the goriest film ever made. It was originally released as Braindead in new Zealand but changed to Dead Alive in its North American distribution due to their already being a film with a similar name. This horror comedy starts with a small expedition to capture a Sumatran rat monkey. The creature is captured and taken to the Wellington Zoo where the mother of the main character, Lionel Cosgrove, is bitten and soon comes down with symptoms of the rat monkey bite. She dies shortly afterwards but comes back as a zombie. When she is hit by a tram the townspeople assume she is dead but Lionel must keep it a secret by tranquilizing her. His plans end up failing and more people end up bitten and infected which builds up the final half-hour of non-stop gory mayhem. Features a scene where Lionel takes out a room full of zombies with a lawnmower.

Honorable Mentions (in no order)

  • Inside
  • Martyrs
  • Men Behind the Sun
  • A Serbian Film
  • Human Centipede 2
  • The Beyond
  • The Evil Dead
  • Re-animator
  • Cannibal Ferox
  • Street Trash
  • City of the Living Dead
  • Zombie
  • The Toxic Avenger
  • Splatter: Naked Blood
  • Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl
  • Violent S***
  • Nekromantik 1&2
  • Bloodfeast 1&2
  • Aftermath
  • Day of the Dead
  • Anthropophagus

What do you think is the goriest film of all time?

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    • TheFisherMan531 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Los Angeles County

      I remember seeing it along time ago after hearing how great it was supposed to be with things such as "it's the best horror movie of the year" or "a return to oldschool American horror" and was actually kinda letdown by it. I didn't watch the sequels though, how are they?

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      4 years ago from Japan

      Need to add the Film Series "Hatchet" that is pretty bloody and gory.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Thanks God I didn't see anyone of those. The goriest I saw was probably Oliver Stone's Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis starrer Natural Born Killers.

      But a nice off the beaten path hub, my friend.

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      Andrew Hughes 

      4 years ago from The Lesser Hampton Roads Area

      Thanks! Yeah we do this all day!

    • TheFisherMan531 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Los Angeles County

      That's actually pretty good with a cool ending. If you ever have the time, budget, etc consider doing that full length.

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      Andrew Hughes 

      4 years ago from The Lesser Hampton Roads Area

      We made a horror flick in 72 hours with no budget so it's not very gory but thr concepts there, check it out!

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      Andrew Hughes 

      4 years ago from The Lesser Hampton Roads Area

      Good article love the blood and guts! "I Saw The Devil" was a good one too!

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      Ivonne Ponce 

      4 years ago

      I like them all, but Tokyo Gore Police was a bit too much for me x.X

    • TheFisherMan531 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Los Angeles County

      Yeah, I saw that one awhile back. It had some good horror moments and that one scene was nice but overall I was kinda disappointed with it because I was watching expecting a gorefest and was somewhat let down with the amount.

      I will give it an honorable mention though.

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      4 years ago from Right in the middle.

      Planet Terror was awesome. So happy to see Dead Alive made your list! I've watched tons of blood and gore movies, and that one still rates at the top for the most blood in a single film. I liked the campy humor too. I will have to keep an eye out for some of your other titles. They sound interesting!

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      Kevin Walter 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks for posting this.....

      I'm a big italian gore buff but love Bad Taste and the the other films you posted here...

      Cannibal Holocast is definitely not for everyone...especially PETA lovers because they killed so many damn animals in that film (poor turtle)

      Dead Alive is one of my favorites...and of course anything from Lucio Fulci is the master of gore!!

      have you ever seen Anthropophagus? fetus scene is not for the weak stomach lol

      but definitely worth mentioning as if you like this stuff.....

      cheers mate! happy gore!


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