Extreme Hardcore Horror: The Good, the Sick and the Gory.

by homecoming8 | created - 19 Jan 2012 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

I've also included a lot of little-known titles so I hope you'll discover something new ! This list is not about the best classics, this shows you the most gruesome and disturbing horror, loaded with awesome special effects.

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1. 2001 Maniacs (2005)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Eight college students travelling to Florida for Spring Break stumble into a remote town in Georgia, where they are set upon by the residents.

Director: Tim Sullivan | Stars: Robert Englund, Lin Shaye, Giuseppe Andrews, Jay Gillespie

Votes: 11,612

2. 31 (2016)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

35 Metascore

Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hellish compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 16,928 | Gross: $0.78M

Rob Zombie combines Stephen King's "The Running Man" with "Saw" and "Hostel" and turns it into a.. well.. a Rob Zombie film. Not original but entertaining and over the top.

3. 7 Days (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.

Director: Daniel Grou | Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil, Fanny Mallette

Votes: 6,859

This French version of "The Tortured" is even better. Raw and very dark Revenge movie.

4. Ooru naito rongu: Sanji (1995)

68 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In downtown Japan, a lonely computer nerd tries to maintain a peaceful existance while being stalked by a gang of deviant homosexuals who want to use him for their brutal S&M activities.

Director: Katsuya Matsumura | Stars: Masashi Endô, Ryôka Yuzuki, Masahito Takahashi, Takamitsu Ôkubo

Votes: 448

The first "All Night Long" was kind of tame except for the railroad murder. This second entry has disturbing scenes of abuse and torture but even the 75 mins "strong cut" leaves the worst to the imagination of the viewer. Still, recommended.

5. All Through the House (2015)

TV-MA | 88 min | Horror

A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town's most feared and notorious home.

Director: Todd Nunes | Stars: Ashley Mary Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring, Lito Velasco

Votes: 1,798

Best Santa Slayer slasher next to "Silent Night Deadly Night". Story and cast are average/okay but the prosthetic special effects are brutal, bloody and gory '80's style that remind you of "The Prowler", "Intruder" and the early "Friday the 13th" movies.

6. American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014)

Not Rated | 73 min | Horror

Two women are abducted by a group of snuff filmmakers and brought into a Hellish nightmare of unmistakable brutality, viciousness and destruction that will leave every viewer shocked, amazed and awestruck.

Director: Stephen Biro | Stars: Eight The Chosen One, Scott Gabbey, Jim Van Bebber, Rogan Russell Marshall

Votes: 530

The slow, simple and homemade look just adds to the feeling that you're watching a real snuff film. Beware: this is one sick puppy..

7. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 86,206 | Gross: $30.57M

After 30 years, still the best Werewolf movie ever made, with awesome effects by Rick Baker.

8. Antropophagus (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror

A group of friends and a hitchhiker become stranded on a tourist island where they are stalked by a disfigured cannibalistic killer who is prowling the island after killing its residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini

Votes: 5,056

9. Antibodies (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 7,308

The German "Silence Of The Lambs" is a true masterpiece. Not to be missed.

10. Baby Blood (1990)

R | 88 min | Horror

When a strange creature crawls into a woman's uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Director: Alain Robak | Stars: Emmanuelle Escourrou, Christian Sinniger, Jean-François Gallotte, Roselyne Geslot

Votes: 1,397

11. Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett

Votes: 42,419

Peter "Lord Of The Rings" Jackson's earlier work, a true splatter fest, years later to be followed by the even better "Braindead aka Dead Alive".

12. Bereavement (2010)

R | 103 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.

Director: Stevan Mena | Stars: Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby, Nolan Gerard Funk

Votes: 6,413

The concept (girls being kidnapped by a deranged serial killer and taken to his morbid place of home) is nothing new, but he has found an apprentice in the young boy Martin and the story is frightening, especially in the bloody and shocking final half hour. Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Rock) is in it. Still worth a watch, considering a lot of gore was cut out before release.

13. The Beyond (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

38 Metascore

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.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 18,828 | Gross: $0.12M

Lucio's Fulci's masterpiece. Beautifully shot, and at the same time you'll see some of the most gory scenes ever filmed.

14. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

After 13 years in prison, the mad scientist from Re-Animator (1985) gets a new chance to experiment with the arrival of a young prison doctor, who secretly hopes to learn to reanimate dead people. Good intentions turn to horror.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Bárbara Elorrieta

Votes: 10,548

15. Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Unrated | 94 min | Horror

A disturbed young embalmer digs the grave of his recently deceased girlfriend and brings her body to his family villa with help from his strange housekeeper. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi, Sam Modesto

Votes: 4,111

D'Amato's most notorious work is even today still unsettling and eerie with a couple of graphic scenes. The uncut version includes the fingernails extraction and the bathroom sequence where a dead body is 'taken care off'.

16. Beyond the Limits (2003)

100 min | Horror, Thriller

The rookie journalist Vivian seeks Frederick, the caretaker of the oldest cemetery in an undefined country, asking for an interview and the old man tells the story of two "costumers" and ... See full summary »

Director: Olaf Ittenbach | Stars: Darren Shahlavi, Russell Friedenberg, David Creedon, Natacza Boon

Votes: 1,036

17. Blood Rage (1987)

R | 82 min | Horror

As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Director: John Grissmer | Stars: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen

Votes: 2,990

After the success of "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" there were a lot of inferieur slasher clones but this one's a real keeper. Also known as "Slasher" and it took years to be released. Interesting story and the convincing killer is well played with some gruesome and gory effects. Finally an uncut BluRay release, most of the DVD versions were cut.

18. Bloody Reunion (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Buried grudges have disasterous consequences for a class reunion in this unapologetically bloody film from Korean director Dae-wung Lim.

Director: Dae-wung Lim | Stars: Seong-won Jang, Eung-soo Kim, Yeong-Seon Kim, Dong-kyu Lee

Votes: 2,084

"Bloody Reunion" features a couple of extreme torture scenes.

19. Body Melt (1993)

AO | 81 min | Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new 'Body Drug' that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death.

Director: Philip Brophy | Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Regina Gaigalas

Votes: 2,267

Weird Australian mixture of Sci-Fi, Horror and Comedy but with some gruesome effects. Gory and funny, influenced by films like "Bad Taste" and "Street Trash".

20. Dead Alive (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 88,495 | Gross: $0.24M

It's indeed the goriest -and funiest- frightfilm of all time. I saw it in the cinema and was blown away. Doesn't get much better than this. From Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson !

21. Brain Damage (1988)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes

Votes: 8,569

Frank "Basket Case" Henenlotter's best effort. The infamous fellatio scene was restored in later editions.

22. Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain discover the secret to creating human life and proceed to create a perfect woman from dead tissue.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio

Votes: 12,688

23. Brutal (2017)

67 min | Horror

Following a rampage of extreme prejudice, a savage killer targets women as he tries to find a compatible one to engage his fantasies of torture and murder in. With the body count mounting ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Hirose | Stars: Katrina Grey, Asami, Takashi Nishina, Iona

Votes: 154

Certainly lives up to it's title. A Japanese three- chapter story of raw violence, mutilation and (after) death. The grindhouse image and nightmarish love story finale gives it an arthouse look. Not the best, not the worst.

24. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 14,388

With gory special effects from FX master Tom Savini.

25. The Burning Moon (1992)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

The Burning Moon centers on two bedtime stories that a delinquent brother reads his kid sister. These disturbingly morbid stories focus on a serial killing blind date and a murderous, ... See full summary »

Director: Olaf Ittenbach | Stars: Beate Neumeyer, Bernd Muggenthaler, Ellen Fischer, Alfons Sigllechner

Votes: 891

26. Cabin Fever (2002)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent

Votes: 71,548 | Gross: $21.16M

Gotta love the scene where the girl shaves her legs in the bathroom. Director Eli Roth (Hostel 1 & 2) loves the genre himself and is a great fan of horror.

27. Cabin Fever (2016)

R | 99 min | Horror

14 Metascore

While visiting their getaway cabin, five friends succumb to a flesh-eating disease.

Director: Travis Zariwny | Stars: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis, Nadine Crocker

Votes: 8,408

Forget the 'sequels' but this remake is certainly a decent one. Not as good as Eli Roth's original but it pays hommage to the original with something fresh.

28. 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.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 8,567

Almost as good as Cannibal Holocaust. Especially the castration scene and the breast impaling scene is nasty. Like Holocaust, could have been better without the animal cruelty scenes, I didn't care for that.

29. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 47,899

Watching it today, it's amazing that it's still very unsettling, eerie and realistic. Excellent cast, director Ruggero actually had to prove in court that they were actors and not really killed in the movie !

30. Carver (2008 Video)

R | 97 min | Horror

Based on a true story, Carver depicts the real life events of five 20-something's that went camping in the mountain town of Halcyon Ridge and never returned.

Director: Franklin Guerrero Jr. | Stars: Natasha Charles Parker, Erik Fones, Matt Carmody, Neil Kubath

Votes: 2,582

Very brutal with the notorious "outhouse scene". Especially the last 20 minutes is filled with over the top gore.

31. A Cat in the Brain (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Lucio Fulci, Brett Halsey, Ria De Simone, David L. Thompson

Votes: 2,829

32. Cherokee Creek (2018)

112 min | Comedy, Horror

A bachelor party in the woods gets crashed by the ultimate party animal.

Director: Todd Jenkins | Stars: Billy Blair, Todd Jenkins, Justin Armstrong, Olivia Sabini

Votes: 510

Surprisingly well made horror comedy with lots of gore and T&A in the 80's style. A must see if you like the "Hatchet" films.

33. Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011)

R | 93 min | Horror

"ChromeSkull" is the sequel to the 2009 horror hit "Laid to Rest." It brings back ChromeSkull, who barely escaped death in the first movie and is hell-bent on continuing where he left off..... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hall | Stars: Brian Austin Green, Thomas Dekker, Mimi Michaels, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 3,244

Be sure to watch the Unrated version. Very gory and over the top death scenes. "Almost Human Inc" once again did an amazing job, the special effects are incredible.

34. City of the Living Dead (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Votes: 14,620

35. The Cottage (2008)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith, Jennifer Ellison, Steven O'Donnell

Votes: 11,564

Entertaining little crime/comedy story turning into vicious and bloody "Texas Chainsaw-Friday the 13th" slasher. Great cast (Andy Serkins) and comedy/horror mix works perfectly

36. Cutting Moments (1997)

29 min | Short, Drama, Horror

With her quaint suburban existence on the slow road to ruin, Sarah mutilates herself in the bathroom mirror while her husband sits downstairs watching TV.

Director: Douglas Buck | Stars: Nica Ray, Gary Betsworth, Jared Barsky

Votes: 1,427

37. Daddy's Little Girl (2012)

Unrated | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

In a time when stranger danger is ever present, a single father learns that it's the ones you trust most who have to be watched the closest.

Director: Chris Sun | Stars: Billi Baker, Michael Thomson, Allira Jaques, Holly Phillips

Votes: 1,256

This Australian version of "7 Days" is a strong and chilling drama turning into a brutal revenge story with intense and gory torture scenes.

38. Dard Divorce (2007 Video)

87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

What started with a routine divorce between Natalie Stein and her husband Tim, will soon take a turn into the unexpected and evolve into scenes of torture, bloodshed and slaughter.

Director: Olaf Ittenbach | Stars: Martina Ittenbach, Daryl Jackson, Jaymes Butler, Barrett Jones

Votes: 742

Had some bad reviews, but this is torture and mayhem at it's best and bloodiest.

39. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 106,514 | Gross: $5.10M

Loaded with gory special effects from Master Tom Savini. Six years later he actually re-used the same machete (from the brilliant machete in the head sequence) to kill off Jason in "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" !

40. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror

59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 225,721 | Gross: $59.02M

41. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 60,110 | Gross: $5.80M

Tom Savini won the Saturn Award for best Special Effects.

42. Dead Heat (1988)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A cop and his undead partner must chase down the diabolical villain who killed him.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Darren McGavin

Votes: 6,103 | Gross: $3.59M

43. The Deadly Spawn (1983)

R | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown | Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler

Votes: 3,866

A guilty pleasure, but seeing it again after many years, it's amazing how good the special effects still are.

44. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 29,204

45. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror