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The Best Splatter Movies 

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Updated September 24, 2019 908 votes 177 voters 45.6k 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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#128 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #107 of 116 The Scariest Giant Monster Movies #4 of 20 20 Obscure Horror Movies from the '90s You Need to See Right Now

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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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#21 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #56 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #127 of 568 The Greatest Disaster 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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#80 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #30 of 59 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

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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 and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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#31 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #660 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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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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#339 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #114 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #20 of 202 The Best Zombie Horror 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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#447 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #100 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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#667 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #91 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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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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#281 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #8 of 20 The Scariest Horror Movies With Twins #113 of 161 The Best '80s Horror Movies

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Adam Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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#433 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #96 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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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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#123 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #142 of 161 The Best '80s Horror Movies #13 of 85 The Best Horror Movies of 1982

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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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#125 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #91 of 161 The Best B Movies of All Time #10 of 35 The Best Exploitation Movies

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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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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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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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The Mildew from Planet X... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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#353 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #37 of 113 The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks

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Infidus is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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#115 of 202 The Best Zombie Horror Films #127 of 178 The Best Monster Movies

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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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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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#697 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #74 of 161 The Best B Movies of All Time #144 of 178 The Best Monster Movies

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Hotel Inferno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Splatter Movies
Marco Leina added Hotel Inferno Rayner Bourton, Jessica Carroll, Michael Howe

Released: 2013

Directed by: Giulio De Santi

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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 #134 of 161 The Best B Movies of All Time

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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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#51 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #20 of 30 The 22+ Best Fast Moving Zombie Movies

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worldmovies added Taro Suwa, Denden, Megumi Kagurazaka

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sion Sono

Cold Fish is a 2010 Japanese serial killer film directed by Sion Sono. The film is about a quiet and unambitious owner of a tropical fish shop whose life and family are taken over by a fellow ...more