The 10 Best Super-Gory Italian Filmsby garden-17 | created - 28 Jul 2011 | updated - 28 Jul 2011 | Public
When people think of gory horror films these days, they think of present-day films from America, Japan, and Great Britain. However, Italian films from the '70s and '80s make many of today's films appear tame in comparison. These are the 10 best and goriest of Italian films from the '70s & '80s!
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1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.
This film is, quite simply, terror recorded on film. While notorious for its usage of actual animal-cruelty, "Holocaust"'s cruelty towards humans is just as extreme.
2. Cannibal Ferox (1981)
Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.
Eye-gouging, castration scenes, animal cruelty, cocaine usage: A recipe for over-the-top gore!
3. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)
R | 87 min | Horror
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
Votes: 16,902 | Gross: $0.12M
While Roger Ebert may have hated this movie, I did not. It features people getting dissolved by lye, as well as one of the greatest "head-shots" in cinema history. It's not recommended viewing if you've just tried peyote for the first time...
4. Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.
The must unique part of the "Cannibal"-trilogy (the other two, being "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Cannibal Ferox"), it features very little animal-cruelty, although its gore is still notorious. It's also one of the few Italian cannibal-based films to take place somewhere other than a jungle (in this case, Atlanta).
5. Jungle Holocaust (1977)
R | 88 min | Adventure, Horror
An oil prospector escapes from capture by a primitive cannibal tribe in the Philippine rain forest and heads out to locate his missing companion and their plane to return home.
AKA: Jungle Holocaust. Fitted with some good, old-fashioned practical effects (.i.e.: gore), this film is unusual, in that it's gory, yet still a character-driven piece.
6. Zombie (1979)
R | 91 min | Horror
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
If the poster wasn't any indication, this is a pretty gory film. Arguably one of Lucio Fulci's finest films. I really enjoy the scene of a zombie fighting a shark!
7. Antropophagus (1980)
R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.
Tons of gore (some very strange gore); tons of fun!
8. Wild beasts - Belve feroci (1984)
Unrated | 92 min | Horror
The water supply for a large city zoo becomes contaminated with PCP, and the animals go crazy and get loose.
Animals and children get violent, after PCP (AKA: Angel Dust) is accidentally dumped into the water-supply at a zoo. Awesome chaos ensues! This film is actually not very well known, but if you can find it, check it out!
9. Sacrifice! (1972)
Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror
After a photographer is captured by a native tribe and put through several trials, he must fight to protect the village and his new love interest, the chief's daughter.
This film is touted as the film that started the cannibalism-craze in Italian cinema, and is one of the oldest films on this list. Don't let that fool you, however: This is a gory film! That's Me Me Lai's ("Jungle Holocaust") gorgeous body on the poster, by the way.
10. Addio zio Tom (1971)
Unrated | 123 min | Drama
Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.
"Mondo Cane" is a great Italian documentary, that started another craze in Italy: The "shockumentary". It ultimately led to "Faces of Death", "Goodbye Africa", and this film. However, I chose this film, because--unlike the other films on this list--it's based entirely on true-stories. "Tom" is an unflinching, graphic, disturbing portrayal of slavery in the U.S., from the perspective, and taken from the diaries of slaves, slave-owners, and slave-traders. Prepare to be disturbed...by the truth.