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The best gory films for Halloween

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No Halloween is complete without a movie marathon and you might be after a little bit more blood, guts and gore from your night.

To enjoy a gory film is to give in to the morbid curiosity we all secretly harbour, the curiosity that makes us crick our neck when we see an accident on the motorway.

If you want to shroud your night in some physical sickness, here are our top suggestions for your Halloween splatter-fest:
 

 “Torture porn”

The shallowest form of gore, these films are especially focused on sadism, torture and violence. They are also often associated with sex in some way or another. 

HOSTEL

This 2005 Eli Roth film is the perfect example of gorno. There’s no metaphorical or social message, just lashings of torture and death. Oh and loads of sex (and mutilation of sexual organs) for good gore-measure.

At least it has a plot and some decent characters so it doesn’t feel like some of the less credible films of the same genre. It is successful and captivating for these reasons but definitely not one for the faint hearted. 
 

SAW FRANCHISE 2004-2010

Directed by James Wan and created with screenwriter Leigh Whannell, Saw is one of the most successful franchises in horror. The first movie is a masterclass in horror filmmaking, matching the gore with twists and a tense narrative.

Regardless of the ‘deeper meaning’ of the plots these films are watched for one reason: to see the imaginative ways a human being can be destroyed. A lot safer than Hostel and more enjoyable (the first one is, at least), the Saw films are a great addition to your movie marathon and will have you checking your wardrobe before you get into bed.


“Comedy-horror”

If you’re going to watch a load of exploding limbs, blood splatter bursts and decapitations you might want a bit of humour to offset the gore. This is where ‘comedy-horror’ comes in. You are presented with all the guts and gore you need but the seriousness is taken out of the situation by the excessive amount or gore, ridiculous characters or over the top scenarios.

EVIL DEAD II

Evil dead II is a classic example of a horror comedy. The cackling monsters are humorous rather than frightening and there are some real slapstick gems in the film to watch out for. Bruce Campbell as Ash is perhaps one of the best and most memorable protagonists in horror that there ever will be.

Essentially a remake of the cult classic The Evil Dead (watch that first!), which was so good they decided to do it again with a bigger budget, this is a must-see.

Unfortunately the 2013 remake of the Evil Dead franchise was not as impressive and lost a lot of the humour that made the classic franchise so outstanding. 

Here is a clip of one of the funniest characters in Evil Dead II: Ash’s possessed hand. 

“Zom-coms”

Zombies are bumbling idiots. They also love eating human flesh. The perfect recipe for some gore-orientated laughs.

DAWN OF THE DEAD

George A. Romero’s critically acclaimed zombie flick finds humour in some of its idiotic zombies, although comedy is not its main aim.

 There is a wry humour in the film as it is set in a shopping mall and it gives us an obvious social comment on our generation of blind consumption and vacuous materialistic obsessions. Not only is it clever, the plot is decent and turns the zombie flick into a legitimate piece of film. It’s also super gory albeit outdated – but that’s all part of its charm. 


BRAIN DEAD/ DEAD ALIVE

One of Peter Jackson’s less well known films that he wrote and directed in 1992, this over the top gore fest is one of the most surreal pieces of film ever made.

It follows a man and his attempt to cover up his psycho mother’s descent into a member of the living dead, which gets out of hand and ends in a bloodbath so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh at the silliness of it all. It also has some of the best slapstick and comedy characters ever, including a gleeful zombie baby and an arse-kicking priest.

“Famously banned films”

These films are widely known for being so controversial that they were banned across the world. These are definitely for the hardcore viewers out there.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

This 1980 mockumentary film inspired films like the Blair Witch Project with its faux found footage documentary style.

Director Ruggero Deodato was arrested after rumours that crew members had actually died making it. It was a marketing masterstroke - the convincing nature of the film (they did film with a real tribe in the Amazon, after all) and the fact the actors were under contract not to promote the film in order to make it look as though they really were dead, added to its notoriety.

It is worth a watch but remains one of the most unsettling examples of horror ever made.


BATTLE ROYALE 

A film where Japanese high school students are kidnapped and forced to kill each other by the government, and only one person is allowed to survive, was bound to be controversial.

It is incredibly violent and bloody and it is based on the novel by Koushun Takami, the film being directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It is also highly critically acclaimed and has won several awards, including a Japanese academy award for “Popularity Award”.   

It’s basically like an adult version of The Hunger Games, which is weak, child’s play compared to the ‘stuff-of-nightmares’ in Battle Royale.


Beware this list is only for the brave, and a marathon including all the above might require therapy. If you can stomach it – ENJOY!




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