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October 31, 2008
The Ten Goriest Horror Movie Scenes
Posted by Turk182 in Lists, Features

Halloween is a great time to curl up and watch a scary movie or two with someone you love, or perhaps even by yourself. But, we wouldn’t recommend going solo – who are you going to send to the kitchen to get more popcorn? – after all, there could be a psychopath in there waiting to chop you up into little bits. Anyway, some of the best thrills to be had when watching a horror film are found in the gorier entries to the genre. It’s is for this reason that we here at MovieRetriever have compiled our list of the goriest horror film scenes.

Please note that while we haven’t included the actual clips of these scenes on this page (due to their graphic nature), you will find a link to the MovieRetriever YouTube page where all of the scenes have all been collected for your viewing pleasure. You can also click on any of the box art to get to our YouTube page as well. Our lawyers tell us that this clears us of being responsible for any icky feelings you may experience or any disgusted glances that coworkers might throw your way while watching these clips. So, please read on and enjoy MovieRetriever’s countdown of the Goriest Horror Film Scenes:

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10. Timothy Gets All Twisted Out of Shape in Saw 3 (2003)

The less said about the Saw films, the better. But the series has had its share of particularly gory death and/or mutilation scenes. There may not be an abundance of blood and guts in this scene but what is there is quite graphic and the constant clicking of the rack makes this an incredibly gruesome bit of film to take in (sort of like a poor man’s Pit and the Pendulum).

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9. The King of Venereal Horror Takes on Childbirth in The Brood (1979)

Childbirth can be a beautiful and natural thing. But when interpreted by director David Cronenberg, it becomes an awfully bloody mess. Made back when Cronenberg was still primarily a director of horror films, The Brood offers up a violent and gory vision of motherhood which is made all too clear in this particular scene when Nola gives birth to and then licks clean one of the murderous dwarves her inner rage has created (it makes sense within the context of the film – no, really).

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8. The Tragic Death of Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven’s inventive entry into the slasher genre about a psycho with the ability to stalk his victim’s in their dreams features a few gruesome deaths. But none of them are as hard to stomach as the death of the main character’s boyfriend Glen (played by a young Johnny Depp). There’s a lot of blood at work here but the really creepy thing is how the blood defies the laws of gravity even beyond the boundaries of Freddy Krueger’s dreamscape.

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7. Some Poor Bastard Loses His Head in High Tension (2003)

Though this French import may not be the best example of female empowerment in modern horror, High Tension does deliver some genuine scares and even its own share of hardcore gore. This bloody decapitation, which occurs in the first few minutes of the film, sets a bar that isn’t really reached again throughout the course of the film. But, that doesn’t detract from the power of this scene.

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6. Brundlefly Has a Snack in The Fly (1986)

The second Cronenberg film to make this list, The Fly is often remembered as one of the more profoundly disturbing films of the 1980s. However, the more disturbing moments don’t occur until the last third of the film when Seth Brundle succumbs to his fly persona and his body begins to deteriorate. In this scene, Seth (Jeff Goldblum) is attacked by Stathis (John Getz) and retaliates using a rather disgusting regurgitation technique. It’s a scene that is hard to forget.

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5. Rhodes Gets His Comeuppance in Day of the Dead (1985)

George Romero’s third zombie film forgoes the mediation on social issues that epitomized his earlier forays into the undead and instead opts for a more visceral approach with some tinges of dark humor. While not producing a scarier movie or anything incredibly original for the zombies to do, Day of the Dead does up Romero’s gore quota. No scene in the film is more graphic than the one in which corrupt soldier Rhodes falls victim to karma and a horde of zombies. The salute given to Rhodes by zombie Bub delivers a bit of comic levity in an otherwise brutal moment.

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4. Uncle Frank Goes to Pieces in Hellraiser (1987)

While the sadomasochism in Clive Barker’s film may be an acquired taste, there’s no denying that this scene where Uncle Frank (Andrew Robinson) is reclaimed by the Cenobites is one of the great bits of gore cinema. But, what makes this clip (and the entire film for that matter) particularly disturbing is how much Frank seems to be enjoying his bloody end.

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3. All Hell Breaks Loose in The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter’s excellent remake of The Thing from Another World (1951) continues to deliver some of the goriest moments ever captured on film. From the start of this particular scene, when the poor guy administering CPR gets mangled by the stomach monster it’s obvious that this is going to be one hyper-kinetic and violent scene. While Rob Bottin’s effects work may occasionally overshadow the strong characters and story of the film as a whole, his work infuses this scene with ample horrific chaos. Just when these poor guys think they have the creature on the ropes, that damn spider head scurries into frame. Priceless.

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2. It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye in Hostel (2006)

Eli Roth’s Hostel films may be nothing more than thinly disguised snuff films, but the scene in which a young woman has her eye mangled by a putz with a blowtorch and then cutoff with a pair of scissors by her would-be savior is one of the grisliest moments captured on film. While it didn’t make the top of the list, this clip is arguably the most painful to watch of any listed here. It’s amazing how truly disgusting just a little bit of eye gunk can be.

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1. A Roomful of Zombies are Destroyed with a Lawnmower in Dead Alive (1993)

Before conquering Middle-Earth, Peter Jackson made a name for himself by directing wildly violent and sardonic horror comedy films (sort of like a New Zealand version of Sam Rami and the Evil Dead films). This over the top film features a bevy of gory scenes, but this battle royal between the film’s hero and a hoard of zombies is the best example of what a truly gifted, yet twisted, filmmaker can do with a lawnmower. Easily the clip with the greatest volume of blood and guts on this list, the infamous lawnmower scene from Dead Alive is the goriest scene in Horror cinema.

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HONORABLE MENTION

Every Single Frame of Audition (1999) – a disturbing film that inspired the Hostel films (among others) and is the epitome of an acquired taste. It’s definitely not for the squeamish (or the well balanced).

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 Those were the MovieRetriever crew's list of gory horror movie scenes. Have we missed something? Can't believe we left The Exorcist or Candyman off the list? Want to try and convince us that all of the Saw films should have scenes on this list?

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Posted by Turk182 in Lists, Features - October 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM
 
Let me revise:

Zombie_Boy at Nov 02 2008 23:25:24
Walks all over all of them but The Thing. That stands as a gore-freak-out masterpiece.
Okay, I guess...

Zombie_Boy at Nov 02 2008 23:24:31
...it is always difficult to lay down superlatives. All of your choices are decent, but they don't really scratch the surface much. I mean, Jorge Buttgereit's Nekromantik pretty much walks all over all of these films (and The Brood and Braindead are two of my absolute favorites). The only real issue I take is with you honorable mention of Audition. That film is the most sedate of Miike's work, and that is what makes the end all the more shocking and effective. For out and out gore, Ichi the Killer is a better bet (though not a movie that logs much time in my player).
 
 
 
 
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