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The Best Splatter Movies 

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Updated September 24, 2019 916 votes 183 voters 45.9k views 44 items

List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Splatter film films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

Here it is, folks, a list of all the best splatter films of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime.

The splatter film genre is part of the horror genre and focus on graphic displays of gore and violence. The splatter movie genre has also been referred to as “torture porn” or “gorno” (gore + porno), but there are films in the genre with an element of comedy, such as Evil Dead II, and have been dubbed splatstick.

The films on this list cover the top splatter films of all time and is currently ordered from best to worst, according to your votes. Not a fan of The Beyond or The Wizard of Gore? Then vote them down! If you loved them, be sure to vote them up to help them move to the top of the list. This list has everything from The House by the Cemetery to The Gore Gore Girls and even includes more modern splatter film movies like The Human Centipede and Hostel, but if we missed any splatter movies on this list by famous directors like Peter Jackson (who started his career with films like Bad Taste and Braindead), please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation).

So whether you're at home and want to watch these splatter movies on DVD or streaming… or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this list of the best splatter movies will help you decide what to watch. So from the latest, to the greatest splatter movies, here is the full list of splatter films, ordered from best to worst.

All sorts of directors have taken on Splatter film movies. Examples include Bob Clampett, Steve Miner, and Lucio Fulci.

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Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Jackson

This film is a 1992 New Zealand Zombie comedy gore film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with his partner Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair, the film was a commercial failure at the ...more

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#237 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #25 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #818 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

Released: 1978

Directed by: George A. Romero

This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more

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#30 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #660 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #4 of 109 The Best Horror Movie Sequels

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Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

Released: 1987

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi, a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. After Ash (Bruce Campbell) discovers an audiotape left by a college ...more

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#209 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #201 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #40 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

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George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

Released: 1968

Directed by: George A. Romero

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more

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#150 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #15 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #26 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson, Tisa Farrow

Released: 1979

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

Zombi 2 is a 1979 Italian zombie film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film has also been released under the titles Sanguella, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie, Gli Ultimi Zombi, Woodoo, L'Enfer de ...more

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#404 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #308 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #111 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Peter Jackson, Craig Smith, Pete O'Herne

Released: 1987

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Bad Taste is a 1987 splatter science fiction horror comedy film directed, written, produced, photographed, co-edited by and co-starring Peter Jackson, who also made most of the makeup and ...more

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#721 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #106 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #911 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Lucio Fulci, Christopher George, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1980

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

City of the Living Dead is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is the first installment of the unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy which also includes The Beyond and The House by ...more

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#579 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #99 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #57 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films

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Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter

Released: 1982

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

Basket Case is a 1982 American horror comedy film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter. It has two sequels, Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny by the same director. It is notable ...more

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#520 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #335 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #6 of 20 The Scariest Horror Movies With Twins

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David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

The Beyond is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part ...more

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#455 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #105 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #41 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films

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Howard Ross, Jack Hedley, Andrea Occhipinti

Released: 1982

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian giallo film directed and co-written by Lucio Fulci. The film score was written by Francesco De Masi. The film was banned in many countries or released as an ...more

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#118 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #50 of 84 The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s #138 of 161 The Best Horror Movies Of The 1980s

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Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Lucille Saint-Peter

Released: 1988

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

Brain Damage is a 1988 American comedy horror film directed by Frank Henenlotter.
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Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen

Released: 1964

Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Two Thousand Maniacs! is a 1964 splatter film written and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. It is the second part of what the director's fans have dubbed "The Blood Trilogy", a trio ...more

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#123 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #139 of 161 The Best B Movies of All Time #112 of 182 The Best Slasher Movies

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Adam Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Splatter Movies
Marco Leina added Adam Chaplin Emanuele De Santi

Released: 2011

Directed by: Emanuele e Giulio De Santi

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Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker

Released: 2005

Directed by: George A. Romero

This film is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the fourth of Romero's six movies. It was released in 2005 and became a success, grossing over $46 ...more

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#342 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #31 of 111 The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks #16 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films

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Geraldine Fitzgerald, Héctor Elizondo, Austin Pendleton

Released: 1976

Directed by: Arvin Brown

Diary of the Dead is a 1976 neo-noir film directed by Arvin Brown, based on the novel One Across, Two Down by Ruth Rendell. It was produced by Charles B. Moss. Robert L. Fish, author of Mute ...more
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Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Miner

This film is a 2008 American horror film about a virus outbreak that causes people to turn into creatures. It is a loose remake of George A. Romero's zombie film of the same name, the third in ...more

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#52 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #48 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films #28 of 151 The Best Zombie Movies of All Time

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Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay

Released: 1970

Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis

The Wizard of Gore is a 1970 splatter film written by Allen Kahn and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. The 1970 film was one of the first to feature realistic deaths in the gory scenes. It ...more

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#86 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #151 of 161 The Best B Movies of All Time

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Lucio Fulci, Catriona MacColl, Dagmar Lassander

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

The House by the Cemetery is a 1981 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The film stars Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina and ...more

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#569 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #98 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films #129 of 182 The Best Monster Movies

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Heather Hunter, Louise Lasser, Charlotte Kemp

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

Frankenhooker is a 1990 American black comedy horror directed by Frank Henenlotter. Very loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, the film stars James Lorinz as medical school ...more
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Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Scott H. Hall

Released: 1963

Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Blood Feast is a 1963 American low budget splatter film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. It concerns a psychopathic food caterer who kills women so that he can include their body parts in his ...more

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#110 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #13 of 15 These Utterly Nasty Horror Films Are Sure To Make You Feel Queasy #194 of 195 The Best Movies of the '60s

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Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

Released: 2007

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

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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The Best Saw Characters in the Whole Franchise, Ranked #45 of 109 The Best Horror Movie Sequels #18 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Infidus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Splatter Movies
Marco Leina added Infidus Mino Bonini, Massimo Caratelli, Domenico Vagnati

Released: 2015

Directed by: Giulio De Santi & Tiziana Machella

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The Mildew from Planet X... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Splatter Movies
Marco Leina added The Mildew from Planet Xonader

Released: 2016

Directed by: Neil Meschino & Giulio De Santi & Tiziana Machella

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Marco Leina added Taeter City Monica Munoz, Riccardo Valentini

Released: 2012

Directed by: Giulio De Santi

Taeter City is an action, science fiction, and thriller film directed by Giulio De Santi.
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Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola

This film is a 2009 Norwegian zombie splatter film directed by Tommy Wirkola, starring Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jenny ...more

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#302 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #45 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films #27 of 151 The Best Zombie Movies of All Time