Do you feel the Halloween spirit year-round? Do you wish it was socially acceptable to wear fake blood to the office? Well, what better way to curb that craving than to watch some nasty horror movies? Not just typical nasty horror movies—some of the nastiest horror movies ever made.
You should be warned: this isn't your casual, tasteful blood-and-guts affair designed to entice newcomers. This is some hardcore horror fan sh*t right here. Honestly, some of these films would probably gross out Eli Roth.
As a genre, horror plays on primal fears. Things that go bump in the night, irrational fears come-true, even general catastrophes like powerful storms. Hell, even simple phobias like a fear of small spaces can be horrifying in the right hands. Here, however, we'll take a peek at the nastiest, goriest, most stomach-churning horror films ever conceived.
There will be at least one notable exception, which plays more into the psychological branch of horror than the other films. However, even that gem possesses a fair share of uncomfortable nastiness and a vomit-inducing torture scene at the end. It's going to be... what's the opposite of delightful? Delightless? Delightless.
A film that epitomizes the phrase "not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach," Srđan Spasojević's A Serbian Film (2010) disturbs and shocks with perverse and transgressive sexual imagery. The plot is fairly simple: an out-of-work porn actor agrees to appear in an art movie, only to find he's actually been drafted to act as the killer in a snuff film. What proceeds is a parade of depravity the likes of which you will never forget.
Spasojević insists the film is a subversion of Serbia's film standards and bureaucracies, but the socio-political movitvations behind the madness do not make the madness any less disquieting.
Actors: Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović, Ana Sakic, Nenad Herakovic, + more
Directed by: Srdjan Spasojevic
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) is, quite simply, one of the most controversial films ever made.
The movie takes a “found footage” approach. After a group of filmmakers go missing in the Amazon, footage is retrieved that displays their grisly fate. Taking the idea of “controversy sells” way too far, the protagonists terrorize a local tribe to create more exciting content for their film. Eventually, the natives have enough, and all hell breaks loose. Every murder, rape, and torture of an animal is shown in graphic, gruesome detail. What's worse is that the violence against animals wasn't faked.
The level of violence in Cannibal Holocaust led to it being banned upon its initial release. Many countries, like the US, have lifted the ban, but it still remains off-limits in some nations. Director Ruggero Deodato was even arrested on obscenity and murder charges in Milan because authorities believed the on-screen deaths were real. Deodato had to testify that the actors were all still alive; the murder charges were eventually dropped.
Actors: Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman, Gregory Snegoff, Edward Mannix, + more
Directed by: Ruggero Deodato
There's a plot to The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009), but honestly, the story doesn't matter. You're pretty much watching this stylized trash for one reason and one reason only: to witness a mad scientist create the titular abomination by stitching one person's lips to to another's anus, and so on, and so on. One wonders how much popcorn was wasted while this one ran in theaters, given that nobody wanted to eat it while watching hands-down one of the nastiest things ever conceived.
Actors: Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura, Ashlynn Yennie, Andreas Leupold, + more
Directed by: Tom Six
The title is a portmanteau combining death and romance, so you know straight away what you're getting into with Nekromantik (1987). And yet, at the same time, nothing can prepare you for the gut-churning content of this film, all shown with unflinching delight. It's far, far more than simply sex with corpses (an extreme enough concept in its own right).
The graphic violence and depravity—conceived by co-writer and director Jörg Buttgereit—is meant to be socially and politically subversive, and as such there are some blackly comic moments in the film (including the absurdly disgusting ending), but you should still definitely think twice before eating a big meal before viewing this classic piece of schlock.
Actors: Jörg Buttgereit, Beatrice Manowski, Daktari Lorenz, Volker Hauptvogel, Suza Kohlstedt, + more
Directed by: Jörg Buttgereit