By Jack Rico
With the upcoming release of the horror film “The Conjuring,” I decided to make a list of the top 5 bloodiest movies in the history of cinema. This list will focus exclusively on the disturbing amount of blood that appears on a screen and not on the level of fear or suspense that it provokes. Be it bad, obscure, or unsettling, this list is about blood, thick curdling hoses of blood. Here are the 5 bloodiest movies that are sure to make anyone that watches them vomit from disgust.
5. The Wizard of Gore (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1970)
Known as the Godfather of Gore, filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, saw himself back in the 60’s obliged to create bloody films in order to attract audiences to the movie theaters… and he achieved it. If you have seen any of his films, you would know how revolting they are. In his masterpiece “The Wizard of Gore,” he exhibits the apogee of his talents. The experience is one of the most bloodiest and repugnant ever committed to cinema.
Plot: A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.
4. Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (Hideshi Hino, 1985)
Mutilations, dismemberments, and bowel removals is what you can expect from this twisted film. The sequel from Japanese films “Guinea Pig,” premiered in the 80s. The series became popular with the underground filmgoers for their violently explicit graphics. The film is so graphic and bloody, that the actor Charlie Sheen called the FBI to accuse to director of murder. The film supposedly served as the inspiration behind serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki’s real life murders. Today in Japan, it is illegal to produce any movie with the title of “Guinea Pig.”
Plot: A woman walking home late at night is attacked by an unknown assailant who knocks her out with chloroform. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself tied to a bed in a blood- spattered dungeon, at the mercy of a white-faced man in a samurai helmet who wants to turn her into a “flower of blood and flesh.” He then proceeds to slowly dismember and disembowel her as the camera records it all.
3. Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001)
Have you seen brutal beatings and scarring moments look so real, that you have to question how anyone make such horror? This and much more is what awaits the viewer who has the courage to see in front of what many consider the bloodiest film in Japanese cinema. You have to ask yourself if director Takashi Miike, also known for his other extremist film “Audition,” is mentally unstable for concocting and shooting such a twisted film. In any case, diehard fanatics consider this film a must see within the torture genre.
Plot: As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
2. Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez, 2013)
This remake, directed by the Uruguayan Fede Alvarez, is considered the bloodiest studio film in cinema. In an interview I had with Alvarez, he said: “I don’t think it’s the goriest movie of 2013… I think it’s the goriest movie of the last 10 years for a wide studio release. There has never been anything so hard and graphic and brutal like this movie. I’m talking about a studio release, not an independent, unrated, DVD movie but for a studio movie with a wide release it’s never been done. It’s really not me saying it. This is a fact. When you run into a problem with the MPAA trying to get it R-rated you realize how much you’ve pushed the boundaries.” Evil Dead used 50 gallons of fake blood throughout the production which is excellently combined with suspense, fright and humor.
Plot: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
1. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson, 1992)
This is the film that is popularly regarded as the bloodiest movie in history. Before he was known for the film series “The Lord of the Rings”, the fourth film that Peter Jackson directed was “Dead Alive,” known as “Braindead” in Europe. The story line is garbage, but as far as blood is concerned, this film is tops! It holds the record for most fake blood used in a film production, nearly 80 gallons, 30 more than the remake of EVIL DEAD. There’s not many scares here, just very funny, gory sequences. But it has blood, and tons of it. 21 years after its premiere, it is now a cult status film.
Plot: 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.
Are there any movies you think are bloodier than these? Please let me know in the comments section and I just might revise the article.