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Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross  

Bailey Brown
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List Rules Vote up the horror films that made you more nauseous than scared.

More often than not, the most disturbing horror films are synonymous with their gruesomeness. Movies that focus on gore over narrative tend to have nauseating consequences. Sometimes the story is genuinely frightening, but the grossest horror movies don't need jump scares or hidden monsters. Cannibal Holocaust is hard to watch because of its realistic rotting flesh, and The Human Centipede is notorious for its reputation as one of the most gruesome movies ever made. Neither of these films, however, is known for being unsettling because of its plot as much as its gore. 

There are plenty of horror movies that aren't scary, but just because some narratives have been played out doesn't mean all incarnations are doomed to fail. There are far too many patient zero stories out there, but Contracted is just as difficult to finish as any other film about an unknown virus, this time because of the carnage rather than the hopelessness of the premise. The grossest horror movies that aren't actually scary are often still worth watching - but use your discretion, because these are not for the faint-hearted.

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The Human Centipede (First Seq... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura
"Outside the more outré work of Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg, you won’t have seen anything quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. ...more
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Hostel: Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Bijou Phillips, Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo
Hostel: Part II is a 2007 American horror film written and directed by Eli Roth, and the sequel to his 2005 horror film Hostel. Like its predecessor, the film is set in Slovakia and centers on a ...more
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Saw IV is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer
Saw IV is a 2007 Canadian-American horror film and the fourth installment of the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by newcomers Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, ...more
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Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman
Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici, starring Carl Gabriel Yorke, Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Luca ...more
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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
Antichrist is a 2009 Danish experimental horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier. It tells the story of a couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who, after the death of their ...more
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Tusk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Johnny Depp, Haley Joel Osment, Génesis Rodríguez
Tusk is a 2014 American body horror film written and directed by Kevin Smith, based on a story from his SModcast podcast. The film stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, ...more
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Kuso is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Iesha Coston, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker
Kuso is a 2017 American independent body horror comedy film directed by Steven Ellison. A series of four surreal vignettes about the mutated survivors of an earthquake that has destroyed Los
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The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley
This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher fantasy film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, stars ...more
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Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent, Jordan Ladd
Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello and Giuseppe Andrews. It was produced by Lauren Moews & ...more
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Hellbound: Hellraiser II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham
Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a 1988 British-American horror film directed by Tony Randel. It draws heavily upon, and was made by much of the same cast and crew as its precursor, Hellraiser.
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The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn
The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is centered on the run of three members of ...more
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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale
Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more
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Contracted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Katie Stegeman
Contracted is a 2013 horror thriller film directed and written by Eric England. It was first released on November 23, 2013, in the United States and stars Najarra Townsend as a young woman that ...more
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Teeth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Jess Weixler, Josh Pais, Nathan Parsons
Teeth is a 2007 American black comedy horror film directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student (Jess Weixler) discovers she has a physical
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Yoga Hosers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Johnny Depp, Haley Joel Osment, Lily-Rose Melody Depp
Yoga Hosers is an upcoming comedy film directed by Kevin Smith.
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Raw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas
Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film written and directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more
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Nekromantik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Jörg Buttgereit, Beatrice Manowski, Daktari Lorenz
Nekromantik is a 1987 West German horror film directed by Jörg Buttgereit. It is known to be frequently controversial, banned in a number of countries, and has become a cult film over the ...more
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American Mary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Paul Anthony
American Mary is a 2012 Canadian horror film starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, and Tristan Risk and written and directed by the Soska Sisters. Isabelle plays a medical student desperate ...more
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Society is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Horror Movies That Aren't Really Scary, They're Just Gross
Devin DeVasquez, Billy Warlock, Evan Richards
Society is a 1989 American horror film directed by Brian Yuzna. Though completed in 1989, but not released in the US until 1992. It was Yuzna's directorial debut and was written by Rick Fry and ...more