Graveyard Shift 15 Nasty Body Horror Films, From 'Hard To Watch' To 'Positively Depraved'  

Aaron Edwards
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Not everyone can handle disgusting body horror movies, but those who can appreciate them like a fine wine, which is perhaps appropriate, given that wine is substituted for the blood of Christ and The Passion of the Christ is kind of a body horror movie. The best body horror movies are incredibly difficult to pull off; the extreme nature of the genre makes it easy for the most disgusting body horror movies to come across as cheesy if the writing, effects, and acting aren't exactly on point.

The disgusting body horror films below are the nastiest of the nasty, and paragons of their genre. Keep in mind that these films aren't slasher flicks, so don't expect to see Leatherface or Jason Vorhees. These are horrors that come from within, which may be scarier than any serial killer looking to gouge some eyeballs. While not every film here is rife with deluges of blood, they're all very disturbing horror movies. 

You'll find everything from '70s shoestring-budget horror to '80s remakes and modern body mutilation porn. Chances are you've seen a lot of these gross movies (this list isn't really stuff for neophytes), but in case you haven't, you'll find their levels of nasty ranked on the following scale (starting with the easiest on your stomach):

So, if you're curious to see just how bad these movies get, check out the list below!

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The Thing


The Thing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Nasty Body Horror Films, From 'Hard To Watch' To 'Positively Depraved'
Photo:  Universal Pictures

Level of Disgusting: Vomit Inducing

Movie Rating: 81% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Body Horror: A parable for the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, The Thing features an amorphous creature capable of assimilating and perfectly mimicking other life forms. What follows is a story full of paranoia and nasty mutating body parts from all sorts of creatures. Luckily, Kurt Russell and his beard are on the case to save the day.

Actors: Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter, Adrienne Barbeau, Wilford Brimley, + more

Initial Release: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

Also Ranked

#1 on The Best Horror Movie Remakes

#7 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#11 on The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

#4 on The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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The Fly


The Fly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Nasty Body Horror Films, From 'Hard To Watch' To 'Positively Depraved'
Photo:  20th Century Fox

Level of Disgusting: Positively Depraved

Movie Rating: 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Body Horror: If you were to watch the first half of The Fly, it'd be easy to mistake it for a quirky romance about a reporter who falls in love with an anti-social scientist. But then protagonist Seth Brundle gets his DNA spliced with a housefly and starts to mutate into a man/fly hybrid. It's full of absolutely horrible stuff, including acidic vomit, impregnation horror, and Seth's ultimate fate: turning into the horrific Brundlefly. It's hard to get more disturbing than the body horror in this flick.

Actors: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg, George Chuvalo, John Getz, + more

Initial Release: 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Also Ranked

#4 on The Best Horror Movie Remakes

#38 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#3 on The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

#47 on The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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Alien


Alien is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Nasty Body Horror Films, From 'Hard To Watch' To 'Positively Depraved'
Photo:  20th Century Fox

Level of Disgusting: Vomit Inducing

Movie Rating: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Body Horror: Alien may seem run-of-the-mill by today's standards, but back in 1979, people were literally vomiting in the theater. From the iconic chestburster scene to the use of sexual violence in the form of the creature, Alien is a masterpiece of cinema and implies far more than it shows - which is the mark of true genius.

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, + more

Initial Release: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Also Ranked

#70 on The Greatest Movie Themes

#12 on The Best '70s Movies

#5 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#30 on The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

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Slither


Slither is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Nasty Body Horror Films, From 'Hard To Watch' To 'Positively Depraved'
Photo:  Universal Pictures

Level Of Disgusting: Absolutely Disgusting

Movie Rating: 86% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Body Horror: It’s always been plain to see James Gunn has a twisted mind, and Slither might just be his most screwed up movie to date. When an alien parasite lands in a small town in South Carolina, it infects humans in pretty insane ways. Grant, the first person infected, becomes a disgusting, tentacle-clad creature. He then infects a woman with hundreds of alien slug babies, to the point that her body swells up like a massive balloon.

Actors: Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, + more

Initial Release: 2006

Directed by: James Gunn

Also Ranked

#31 on Horror Movie Set-Ups You'd Least Like to Be Trapped In

#40 on The Best Zombie Movies of All Time

#39 on The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made

#25 on The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks

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