The goriest & most gory, violent, disturbing and extreme movies of all time (ever!)by watchinglotsofstuff | created - 13 Oct 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Welcome to the home of the sick and land of the depraved. I aim to assemble a complete list of the sickest, nastiest, goriest, most brutal, violent, disturbing, disgusting, gory and plain ol' extreme films ever made: everything from films that make you question your very existence to movies that make you nauseous. Expect feature films, short films, documentaries, shockumentaries, mondo flicks, historical artifacts, animations, the occasional TV series, and coverage of extreme movies from every decade since cinema began.
I don't just focus on everyday gore - of course, you'll still find all of the goriest movies here - but instead I look at extreme cinema in every form. Extremity simply means "the furthest point or limit of something". There are so many ways that a film can push the boundaries and become "extreme". I aim to explore them all while keeping an emphasis on blood and guts.
There are well over a thousand movies here and the list is constantly expanding. Whether you're a gore grasshopper or a seasoned veteran of extreme film, I guarantee you'll find something of value: from the flicks everyone should know by now to super-obscure gems for the people who think they know it all already. I just hope you have as much fun with the list as I've had making it.
I really appreciate all the comments and suggestions I've received over the years! Keep them coming. We're stuck with Facebook comments at the moment (see bottom of page). You can also contact me privately through my Facebook page (submissions from filmmakers are welcome).
Curating and composing this list actually requires a lot of time and effort. I'm poor as hell so if you appreciate my work on this project, feel free to donate to my Patreon. If you do, it'll help me stay up to date with the latest movies and ensure I can keep expanding the list. Let me know if you make a donation and I'll add your name here as well as do an immediate full review comment on whatever film you want (as long as it's extreme enough!).
TAGS & CRITERIA################ Before each film's comment, there's at least one tag. [G] ([Horror]) means that a film is included for its gore. Gore is the most obvious form of extremity and most often found in horror movies. Gore usually involves violence but is separate from action violence because of its deliberate and graphic focus on the direct effects of violence and the accompanying suffering. [AV] ([Action]) stands for "action violence" and means that a film is included for featuring lots of stylised violence typical of action films. To qualify for the [AV] tag and a place on this list, a film has to contain at least a realistic amount of blood and a lot of deaths. [?] ([???]) means that a film is included for its extreme non-violent content. Non-violent content could be deeply disturbing thematic material, extreme sexual deviancy or stuff that leaves you saying "WTF?!". There is no one "extreme" and the [?] tag acts as a catch-all for content that pushes the limits of what has been or can be done in cinema. [M] ([Mondo]) means that the film is a mondo or shockumentary (or occasionally a legitimate documentary). The content of these films will be a mix of the other tags but will either be real-life footage or presented as such (often with no way to tell them apart, which is by design). Mondo is a sort of strange hybrid between a format and a genre rather than a type of extremity but I've included a separate tag for it because some people would rather skip over this stuff.
LIST ORDER################### This list is not ranked in any way. By default, films are listed in my own order and I strongly recommend you read it this way because the comments build on each other, reference previous jokes or acronyms or definitions, and take you on a very deliberate journey from greenhorn to extremity expert. I'm slowly moving all mondo films to page 3 so if you use the default order, you can skip them.
LIST COMMENTS################ I watch everything before I add it to my list. Every movie has an accompanying comment. Sometimes they're mini-reviews, sometimes I talk about how a film is extreme and sometimes I just muse about films or life in general. I use this list as a playground for honing my writing skills, which means using my full vocabulary freely and adopting a true "film critique" style, especially for my longer review comments. Other comments are more conversational in tone. It really depends on what mood I'm in.
A QUICK DISCLAIMER############# To average film fans: A lot of these films are seriously savage. Don't blame me if you lost your lunch, you're feeling a bit hollow, or you couldn't sleep last night. To hardcore gorehounds: I'm not a fan of real-world gore -- though there are movies here that contain it. If the films on this list are too weak for you, I'd suggest upgrading to specialist sites that cater to your interests. Good luck, I guess.
A NOTE ABOUT TOY STORY########## In multiple places on my list, you'll find duplicates of Toy Story. Toy Story is a placeholder for films that aren't on IMDb (yet). The real title of the film is in the comment.
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1. Gag (2006 Video)
78 min | Horror
Two professional thieves break into a house in search of a safe, only to discover a man beaten beyond recognition, tied down to torn mattress in a hidden room. They decide to help, only to ... See full summary »
[Horror] I love the way the title sounds like a command. I wasn't able to comply.
I chose this garbage to be first on my list because the first film's cover image becomes the thumbnail for the list. No matter how bad the movie itself is, the cover looks undeniably grim.
2. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
[Horror] A French effort that strays from standard shock-out fare just long enough to display glimpses of brilliance. The first half, with its tense action sequences, effective jump-scares and scintillating plot twist, is a masterclass in blood-soaked horror done right. All too soon, however, the home invasion segment is over and we're left with a much weaker second half that amounts to little more than an extended torture sequence. Don't overthink the film's final minutes. There's no substantial underlying meaning or commentary; just enough ambiguity to make you think there could be.
3. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers.
[Action] Tokyo Gore Police combines some creative ideas with a very high body count. The violence is utterly insane, both in terms of its OTT unrealism and the sheer gratuitousness of it. The heavily-stylised (read: completely unrealistic) gore shouldn't upset most people too much but it's still a film best enjoyed with friends. "HOLY SH*T, DID YOU SEE THAT?", "Yes," I replied, "I'm sitting right next to you."
4. Red Room (1999 Video)
68 min | Horror
How low would you go to win a million dollars? Just how desperate are you for the cash? Desperate enough to enter the Red Room? In this latest and most vicious game show to emerge from the ... See full summary »
[Horror] Extremely low budget four-people-in-a-room shocker. Three girls and a guy assemble in a nondescript room for some backalley game show, which is best described as Truth Or Dare without the Truth. As you could probably guess, the gender setup means that Red Room quickly degenerates into a series of grim sex acts. Some nasty ideas poorly executed.
5. Red Room 2 (2000 Video)
81 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
Four people playing a game of death.
[Horror] They came back with a marginally higher budget and made an even more sex-driven sequel. I skipped through a lot of it. Some gruesome bits and pieces if you can be bothered.
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
Votes: 918,552 | Gross: $70.10M
[Action] A great plot and strong performances keep you engaged until the exquisite finale, which is rightly considered one of the greatest action scenes of all time. The violence is all very stylised so it's hard to see anyone struggling too much with the content but if you look at the last half hour objectively, it's pretty savage. Very good film.
7. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 625,282 | Gross: $66.21M
[Action] Although the story remains compelling, the second volume of Kill Bill is lacking in action compared to the first. Juxtaposing the respective body counts of the two films illustrates the lack of balance perfectly: the first racked up an impressive 95 whereas the second totals only 3. There's a pretty significant dearth of death here. That scene with the eyeball just about allows this film to scrape its way onto my list.
8. Inside (2007)
R | 82 min | Horror
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.
[Horror] Like Martyrs, Inside was part of a resurgence in French horror sometimes termed the "New French Extremity". Unlike Martyrs, Inside is not very good. Inside's lack of depth, obvious plot holes and exceptionally implausible nature will ruin it for many. The only real selling point here is gore, which it offers in buckets. If you think Inside is worth your while, do yourself a favour: as soon as the pregnant woman starts screaming, mute the film. Your teeth and your sanity will thank me.
9. A Serbian Film (2010)
NC-17 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
[Horror] No list of horrible movies would be complete without A Serbian Film. Relative to some of the other titles on this list, its content isn't actually all that bad but it has a reputation that precedes it. Cutting through all the controversy, there's a decent horror film underneath.
A Serbian Film is a metaphor for recent Serbian affairs in the same way that being kicked in the shin is a metaphor for having your face shattered (i.e. it isn't really). That's a debate for another day though.
10. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 718,344 | Gross: $74.10M
[Action] Frank Miller's urban dystopia is brought to life with a bang thanks to some brilliant cinematography that feels both real and surreal all at once. The gritty story of crime and corruption is perfect in its elegant simplicity and universally strong performances from the entire cast make it utterly gripping. The "monochrome with accents" aesthetic is immediately striking but ultimately only serves to enhance an amazing film. Sin City is comfortably in my all-time top 10.
11. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Votes: 142,247 | Gross: $13.76M
[Action] This is one of those films that was always going to disappoint me. After nearly a decade of anticipation and built-up expectations, a sequel to Sin City had a lot to live up to. A Dame to Kill For is good but it's not in the same league as its predecessor. The stylish violence is still here and the story is reasonably strong but something indefinable is missing.
12. Hostel (2005)
R | 94 min | Horror
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Votes: 160,236 | Gross: $47.33M
[Horror] Hostel has the dubious honour of receiving frequent credit for kicking off the "torture porn" craze. Torture porn is really just a media myth though. Films have been cashing in on audiences' bloodlust since the beginning of time (or the beginning of films anyway). Back in those days, we called it "exploitation". 1973's Scream Bloody Murder proudly touted itself as a "gornography". Now, tell me how that's significantly different to the "torture porn" of today.
Juvenile torture porn epithet aside, Eli Roth takes a disturbing concept and makes a tense horror film out of it. Roth has never bettered Hostel and, looking at his more recent work, probably never will.
Slovakians were less than impressed by Hostel's portrayal of their country as a third world hellhole where corruption is rife and humans are legitimate sport. I can't say I blame them. To this day, my mum still says "oh no, you don't want to go there" whenever anyone brings up Eastern Europe.
13. Hostel: Part II (2007)
R | 94 min | Horror
Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it.
Votes: 81,020 | Gross: $17.61M
[Horror] Low quality re-run of the first film. I last watched it a couple of years ago and remember absolutely nothing about the story. The only scene that I have any recollection of involves a scythe and a bathtub.
14. Hostel: Part III (2011 Video)
R | 88 min | Horror
Four men attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas fall prey to the Elite Hunting Club, who are hosting a gruesome game show of torture.
[Horror] I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think this one is underrated. It's not great but it's better than its IMDb rating of 4 would have you believe. Yeah, there are plenty of plot holes and continuity errors and a game that makes absolutely no sense but I genuinely enjoyed it more than the second film.
15. Irréversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 108,432 | Gross: $0.75M
[Horror] The level of tension Irreversible creates in its first half-hour with the unnerving environment and nausea-inducing soundtrack and camerawork is unparalleled. I've never felt more apprehensive watching a movie. The drawn-out first scene - all of which takes place in a dimly-lit gay S&M club - culminates in arguably the most brutal execution ever put to film*.
Although the opening 30 minutes are undoubtedly stunning, Irreversible is far from flawless. Gaspar Noé took a great concept and converted it into a merely decent film. Irreversible is a sententious work that sinks a little under the weight of its artistic pretence. The film gets progressively more tedious in its final half and I feel that considerable cuts could've been made without diluting the message.
Despite Irreversible's honest arthouse intent, the fire extinguisher skull-crushing and the long anal rape scene put Irreversible firmly on the radar of gorehounds and perverts everywhere. I've actually found the rape scene uploaded to porn sites before. That's not what Noé had in mind but you have to think that he was somewhat naive if he didn't see it coming.
Fun fact: the horrifying soundtrack to the club scene was intentionally designed to evoke sensations of nausea and panic using psychoacoustic wizardry (basically a low-frequency drone). This aspect of Irreversible was responsible for more audience walk-outs at festival screenings of the film than any other. Another fun fact is that the guy who can be seen masturbating prominently in the background of the fire extinguisher scene is none other than Noé himself.
*Although I've always wondered why the (relatively-speaking) innocent guy takes his fire extinguisher beating laying down (heh). Instead of raising his arms into a guarded position, he just lays there as if to say "please, sir, can I have some more?".
16. The ABCs of Death (2012)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Horror
A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.
Directors: Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García Bogliano, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González, Kyra Zagorsky, Lucy Clements
Votes: 17,081 | Gross: $0.02M
[Horror] A compilation of 26 very short (~5 minute) segments. Each segment was created by a different small-time horror director with a wide geographical spread. The directors were each assigned a letter of the alphabet and told to come up with a title for their short film beginning with their assigned letter (e.g. "A is for Apocalypse").
The ABCs of Death showcases an interesting concept but unfortunately lacks some much-needed quality control. The end result is a collection of shorts that range from tame to gruesome and from drivel to insightful. The one that really sticks out in my mind is "X is for XXL".
17. ABCs of Death 2 (2014)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Horror
Another 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.
Directors: Rodney Ascher, Julian Barratt, Robert Boocheck, Alejandro Brugués, Kristina Buozyte, Alexandre Bustillo, Larry Fessenden, Julian Gilbey, Jim Hosking, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, E.L. Katz, Aharon Keshales, Steven Kostanski, Marvin Kren, Juan Martínez Moreno, Erik Matti, Wolfgang Matzl, Julien Maury, Robert Morgan, Chris Nash, Vincenzo Natali, Hajime Ohata, Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Dennison Ramalho, Todd Rohal, Jerome Sable, Bruno Samper, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Sôichi Umezawa | Stars: Eric Jacobus, Andy Nyman, Simon Barrett, Teela LaRoux
Votes: 7,453 | Gross: $0.01M
[Action/Horror] This makes the original ABCs of Death look like Toy Story. Probably the single most gruesome film I saw last year. It follows the format introduced by its predecessor but the overall quality is a lot higher. They cut down on the surreal shorts this time round and put more of an emphasis on gore and black humour.
Some of the stand-out segments for me were "U is for Utopia", "V is for Vacation" and "Z is for Zygote". "C is for Capital Punishment" is my overall favourite for its simple and effortless blend of commentary and humour.
18. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
Votes: 69,328 | Gross: $0.09M
[Horror] Mediocre remake of a mediocre original film. I Spit on Your Grave is a simple rape and revenge story. The leading lady gets her own back with brutal torture devices. It's an acceptable film but gorehounds won't find anything to shout about.
19. I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)
R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller
When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare of rape, torture and kidnapping. Now, she will have to find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.
Votes: 24,405 | Gross: $0.00M
[Horror] You probably know how this one goes: scumbags rape girl, girl gets angry, scumbags don't like her when she's angry. Besides the obvious moral objections to such a crass simplification of rape and murder and the flagrant endorsement of vigilantism, the sequel blatantly tries to play the rape scene for titillation. They want to have their cake and eat it by appealing to everyone -- perverts included.
Ever imagined having your testicles crushed in a vice until there's nothing but a bloody mess down there? Now you don't have to! This sequel is far more graphic than its remade predecessor. I just hope it doesn't mean a whole series is in the works. Two is enough.
20. I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine (2015)
Unrated | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
Angela is still haunted by the memory of being gang raped and almost killed years ago. At her therapist's advice, she joins group therapy, meeting similar women. She befriends one and they want more than just talk - justice/vengeance.
[Action/Horror] I had previously said that I had no interest in a sequel to I Spit on Your Grave 2. Apparently my opinion doesn't matter. Go figure. I ended up watching the new film anyway but don't blame the victim, right?
I Spit on Your Grave 3 is not like the other two films in the series. The format has changed. It's debatable whether this sequel can even be called a rape-and-revenge film. Sarah Butler reprises her role as Jennifer, the protagonist of the first film, in the new entry, which follows her attempts to deal with the aftermath of her ordeal and the flashbacks and violent fantasies that follow her everywhere she goes.
They tried to chuck some social commentary in there this time and they tried to explore the life of a rape victim with a gauche sincerity. I Spit on Your Grave 3 feels like a very conscious attempt to move away from the lingering scenes of rape voyeurism found in the previous entries. The result is a less exploitative film that uses physical rather than sexual violence for its visceral entertainment.
I think far fewer people are going to object to I Spit on Your Grave 3's brand of rape-themed splatter but some will feel that the pendulum swung too far in the opposite direction and that we end up with too many preachy misandric sermons. The less charitable are going to call this I Spit on Your Grave on social justice crack. The low rating for this film seems to confirm that the core audience liked the formula as it was. All I really know is that the horrors inflicted upon the phallus will make male viewers recoil in vicarious disgust.
21. The Machine Girl (2008)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever.
[Action] Made by some of the same people as Tokyo Gore Police and the parallels are instantly clear, especially in the special effects department. The Machine Girl is not as all-out bizarre as Tokyo Gore Police and I think that works in its favour. Of the two, I prefer this one because I find the storyline more engaging.
22. Shyness Machine Girl (2009 Video)
22 min | Short, Action, Comedy
Shy Japanese school girl Yoshie survives a near fatal blow to the head. After undergoing extensive training and receiving a few modifications to her body, Yoshie decides to get revenge on ... See full summary »
[Action] Shyness Machine Girl or "Machine Girl Lite" is a short addendum to The Machine Girl. Fun, funny and very endearing. Hard to criticise.
23. Oldboy (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 465,098 | Gross: $0.71M
[Action] I wasn't pleased to hear that this excellent Korean film is to get a Hollywood remake. I fear that another unnecessary cannibalisation is in the works. If you're too lazy to read subtitles, you should probably stop watching films and move around a bit.
24. Lady Vengeance (2005)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.
Votes: 65,181 | Gross: $0.21M
[Action/Horror] Another Korean movie which is loosely connected to Oldboy by being part of the Vengeance Trilogy (a name applied retrospectively to an unrelated trilogy of films created by Chan-wook Park). I love the dark themes in the Vengeance Trilogy films.
25. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.
Votes: 56,654 | Gross: $0.05M
[Action/Horror] Another member of the excellent Vengeance Trilogy by Chan-wook Park. I think a remake is in the works for this one too. DEAR HOLLYWOOD, STOP REMAKING THINGS.
26. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
R | 92 min | Horror
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums.
Votes: 68,429 | Gross: $0.18M
[Horror] Never comes close to delivering on the promise of its premise. Easily the best film of the series but that's not saying a whole lot.
27. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
Not Rated | 91 min | Horror
Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.
Votes: 33,038 | Gross: $0.12M
[Horror] After a first entry that I just couldn't take seriously, they came back with a bigger budget and made a sequel that I just couldn't take seriously. I don't doubt that a cross-section of viewers will be truly disturbed by this but if you've seen more than a few of the movies on my list, chances are you won't be one of them.
Tom Six just tries so hard that it's pathetic. The scene where a baby gets crushed to death with absolutely no relation to the storyline is a cheap, cynical attempt at forcing shock down our throats. Jaded horror fans will find the film some combination of laughable and ludicrously contrived. I've seen more charitable viewers try to claim that Six was aiming for such heights of excess that the film would be perceived as a parody but that's not my personal impression.
28. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Horror
Taking inspiration from The Human Centipede films, the warden of a notorious and troubled prison looks to create a 500-person human centipede as a solution to his problems.
[Action/Horror] Depressingly bad and comfortably the worst of the trilogy. The first film was bearable and the second film was so bad it was funny but this one is nondescript, confused, irrelevant, dumb and, surprisingly, pretty tame. What was Tom Six thinking with that prison warden? His accent is the most horrifying thing about this film.
29. Feast (2005)
R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Patrons locked inside a bar are forced to fight monsters.
Votes: 28,312 | Gross: $0.05M
[Action/Horror] One of those comedy-horror hybrids that unfortunately fails to function well in either role. Never really funny or scary, Feast is a largely forgettable affair.
30. Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008 Video)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
The monsters have made it into a small neighboring town in the middle of nowhere and the locals have to band with the survivors of the bar' slaughter to figure out how to survive.
[Action/Horror] More of the same. If you enjoyed the first one, go ahead. If not, you certainly won't like this. The sequel does nothing to improve on the formula of the original.
31. Feast III: The Happy Finish (2009 Video)
R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
The survivors are saved by the mysterious prophet, Short Bus Gus, who seemingly has the ability to control the beasts. He leads them into the sewers as they travel to the big city. Along ... See full summary »
[Action/Horror] See above. Mildly amusing head-munching scene.
32. High Tension (2003)
R | 91 min | Horror
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
Votes: 63,446 | Gross: $3.68M
[Horror] The title of this French film, "Haute Tension", should really be translated as "High Tension", which is the title I use. Last decade, France was a thriving hub for extreme horror*. Unfortunately, that statement holds true more despite High Tension than because of it. The twist ending is so absurdly implausible that it almost ruins the film, which never ascended far beyond mediocrity anyway.
*It's perhaps worth noting that French horror directors claim that the French horror boom in the '00s was very much an externally-viewed phenomenon. Internally, they say, it remain as difficult as ever to find funding for horror.
33. Guinea Pig: Ginî piggu - Akuma no jikken (1985 Video)
43 min | Short, Horror
A duo of guys capture and brutally torture a young girl to the point of piercing her retina.
Director: Satoru Ogura
[Horror] A Japanese torture short that offers nothing to those who don't want to see a woman sentenced to death over the course of 40 minutes. Starts tame and gets progressively worse (and, oddly enough, more realistic). The final scenes display some impressive special effects for a 30-year-old film.
34. Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985 Video)
42 min | Short, Horror
Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a "flower of blood and flesh" through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.
[Horror] This is Guinea Pig 2 (English subtitle: "Flower Of Flesh And Blood"). This 40 minute slice of Japanese torture is even nastier than its predecessor but the improved special effects still don't give the film any redeeming value.
35. Ginî piggu 3: Senritsu! Shinanai otoko (1986 Video)
39 min | Short, Comedy, Horror
After being dumped by his girlfriend for a friend, he attempts suicide - which turns up pain-free - and decides to scare the guy by literally throwing his own guts at him.
[Horror] Guinea Pig 3 (English subtitle: "He Never Dies") marked the start of a complete change in direction for the series. The films were no longer just pointless torture flicks for hardcore gorehounds. Instead, they were given simple storylines with a very surreal dark comedy vibe. This one tells the story of a man who wants to commit suicide but finds, much to his dismay, that he is completely impervious to the damage he inflicts on himself. His self-mutilation escalates throughout, all the while making good use of the Guinea Pig team's trademark high quality special effects.
36. Ginî piggu 4: Pîtâ no akuma no joi-san (1986 Video)
52 min | Comedy, Horror
A drag queen doctor named Peter conducts experiments on patients which end up in anguish!
[Horror] In Guinea Pig 4 (English subtitle: "Devil Woman Doctor"), the eponymous Devil Woman Doctor shows us how she treats a variety of neo-pathologies including a disorder that causes the sufferer's head to explode if they get too upset. As you would expect, the full effects of this humorous condition are demonstrated on-screen within the first 5 minutes.
37. Guinea Pig: Android of Notre Dame (1989 Video)
51 min | Horror
A dwarf scientist has his dreams frustrated when his sister becomes seriously ill. Determined to find a way to preserve the essence of his sister after the death, the scientist begins to use humans as guinea pigs in a bizarre experiment.
[Horror] Guinea Pig 5 (English subtitle: "Android Of Notre Dame") tells the story of a crazy scientist who'll go to any lengths to save his dying sister -- including, but not limited to, mutilating innocent people.
38. Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988 Video)
63 min | Horror
An artist rescues a mermaid in a sewer; who develops bleeding sores all over her body, paints a portrait with her oozes and eventually disjoints her.
[Horror] The slapstick and dark humour of the previous entries are notably missing from Guinea Pig 6 (English subtitle: "Mermaid In A Manhole"). The series made a U-turn back towards its shock-out roots. This film features a mermaid slowly dying in a horrible fashion before finally being put out of her misery in an equally horrible fashion.
39. Guinea Pig Special 3 (1988 Video)
73 min | Horror