The fall season is the perfect time to order a Pumpkin Spice latte, throw on some flannel, and maybe even enjoy a spooky movie, especially a gory horror movie. The entire month of October is the best time to gorge yourself on Halloween candy and all kinds of spooky, scary classics. If you’re a horror film buff, you might be looking to expand your horror horizons and discover new types of cinematic carnage. Maybe you’re looking for material for a Halloween movie marathon. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some of our picks for the best gory horror movies to enjoy this Halloween season.
The ‘Saw’ franchise
Do you want to play a game? The Saw film franchise is one of the most famous and popular franchises of the gory horror subgenre. The films revolve around a serial killer named Jigsaw who, rather than killing his victims himself, subjects them to physical and/or psychological games to test their will to live with the goal of rehabilitation and self-improvement or gruesome, agonizing death. Let the games begin.
If you’re looking for a horror film based upon the eternal struggle of man versus nature, The Ruins will surely get under your skin. Based on the novel by Scott B. Smith, The Ruins follows a group of young friends vacationing in Mexico when they come across ruins overgrown with carnivorous plants on an archeological dig. The film stars Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey, Shawn Ashmore, and Jonathan Tucker.
Before Peter Jackson brought the fantastical Lord of the Rings series to life on the big screen, he created the campy comedy-horror flick Dead Alive, known originally as Braindead in New Zealand. Dead Alive is an entertaining gorefest about a young man whose mother is bitten by a diseased monkey who infects her, causing her to devour members of the community and turn the survivors into brainless man-eating zombies. Dead Alive is considered by many fans to be one of the best gory horror movies ever made.
‘The Evil Dead’ franchise
Next to movies like Saw and Dead Alive, the Evil Dead movie franchise is comprised of some of the most entertaining and inventive gory horror movies to hit theaters. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, using non-linear storytelling, follow hapless campers vacationing in a remote cabin and stumbling across an evil book, known as “The Necronomicon Ex-Mortis”, that releases a world of flesh-eating demons.
After the original Evil Dead films left such a legacy in horror, the universe of the “deadites” returned in the 2015 remake Evil Dead, which follows a group of friends who travel to a cabin in the woods to help a friend recover from her drug addiction when they uncover the Necronomicon and release a terrible evil.
If you simply can’t get enough of the Evil Dead world and Bruce Campbell, the adventure continues in the series Ash vs. Evil Dead.
The graphic violence depicted in French director Alexandre Aja’s High Tension was gruesome enough to earn the film an NC-17 rating in the United States. Let that serve as a warning before you check out this famous gory flick. The movie follows two friends, Marie and Alex, who are staying at Alex’s parents’ home for a weekend when they are brutally attacked by a psychotic saw-wielding serial killer. With a disturbingly explicit depiction of blood, gore, chilling violence, High Tension is definitely not one for the squeamish.
Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs is not your typical horror film. It’s not a campy slasher flick nor is it a bloody zombie movie. Martyrs is a horrifying exploration of extreme human violence, suffering, and depravity. The less you know about the film, the better your viewing experience will be. However, you shouldn’t take the challenge lightly.
Martyrs is considered to be one of the most visceral, brutal, and dark gory horror movies to come out within the last century. It certainly won’t be a light, casual viewing experience. So, if you’re looking for a gruesome horror film that will challenge your sensibilities and haunt you beyond the end credits, you’re looking for Martyrs.
‘The Green Inferno’
Director Eli Roth is known for creating violent, disturbing horror movies with famously gratuitous amounts of visceral gore, like Cabin Fever and Hostel. Roth’s The Green Inferno is absolutely no exception, being one of his most gory horror movies. The film revolves around a college student named Justine who travels to the Amazon with a group of activists to save the rainforest. As the group tries to return home, the plane crashes, trapping Justine and the rest of the activists in the rainforest, where they are kidnapped by a tribe of cannibals.
With such creatively gruesome scenes mixed with some dark comedy, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno is definitely one of the most savory gory horror movies.