Top 10 INSANELY Violent Horror Movies

Written by Telly Vlachakis Horror movies that are extremely violent and way over the top to the point that if you do decide to watch these films, don't say we didnt' warn you. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 movies that are insanely over the top and violent! But what movie will take the top spot on our list? Haute Tension, Hostel Part II, or Cannibal Holocaust? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to mrstephen3490, Josh3000, 7AMart1, and Annie Gentesse for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+Ten+Violent+Horror+Movies

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Put these buckets of blood on your bucket list. Welcome to, and today we will be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Insanely Violent Horror Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at the best the genre has to offer, but with entries that don’t skimp on the extreme violence, blood, and gore that fans have come to love.

#10: “The Green Inferno” (2013)

Director Eli Roth has become synonymous with gory horror, and has often been accused of glorifying the rise of so-called “torture porn.” His breakthrough successes “Hostel” and “Cabin Fever” were fun splatter-fests that skyrocketed him to fame, with audiences expecting an over-the-top experience every time. When Roth announced that his next feature “The Green Inferno” was going to be an homage to the 70’s exploitation classics, the anticipation was boiling. While the story of activists who are captured by cannibals is not revolutionary, its 70s Italo-horror style of gut-munching gore earned the praise of Stephen King, who called it a “glorious throwback” and “gripping.”

#9: “Martyrs” (2008)

While most over-the-top violence in horror movies is either for shock purposes or for extreme entertainment’s sake, there has never been a movie that required this much necessary and disturbing scenery and violence to put its point across. The controversial story about a secret society that systematically tortures people to the brink of death, thereby creating martyrs, and trying to unlock the secrets of the afterlife, was a very divisive film upon release. When the film was finally distributed, its pessimistic and cold nature was not a big hit with critics. However, it has become an iconic example of great horror in the 21st century.

#8: “Evil Dead” (2013)

Although there were doubts and questions about what a remake/reboot of one of horror’s most iconic films would look like, most audiences immediately shut up as soon as the trailer dropped. Marketed as the “most terrifying film you will ever experience,” director Fede Alvarez and his team did not hold back with the film’s visceral violence, and excessive use of practical gory effects. Using the same backstory of a mysterious book found in a cabin that unleashed demonic evil is there, as well as the destructive spirit of the original film, which is also notably violent, the creators used a different, less goofy approach, and injected the film with new characters and a different story.

#7: “Audition” (1999)

“Audition” is a rare gem in this list, a slow-boiling thriller that gains most of its reputation of being extremely and disturbingly violent from one notorious scene. Prolific director Takashi Miike’s nail-biter involves a widower who creates a fake movie audition process in order to find an ideal date. When he chooses the quiet and mysterious Asami, things devolve quickly when her true identity, past, and intentions start unraveling. While critics praised that film as a whole, the now-iconic torture scene, which features needles, paralysis, and piano wires, has been criticized as suddenly breaking the tone of the film, and being borderline unwatchable.

#6: “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974)

For many horror fans and film scholars, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” marks an important turning point in cinema. Around the time of the New Hollywood movement, where filmmaking teams and artists were developing their own projects away from the influence of studios, independently produced horror films were becoming more and more shocking and extreme. Censorship was ever-present, and such films did not see the light of day, apart from being underground grindhouse films. However, the world, and director Tobe Hooper himself, did not expect this film to break the mold and become a mainstream blockbuster mostly because of its all-too-realistic depictions of murderous mayhem and nasty nihilistic destruction.

#5: “Braindead” [aka “Dead Alive”] (1992)
Ever wonder what it looks like to attack someone with a lawnmower? How about attacking a horde of people with a lawnmower? These were the kind of things Peter Jackson was thinking about before his head was full of hobbits. In his earlier days of splatter horror, he created a masterpiece of gore, oozing pure hilarity and buckets of blood that rivaled many splatter-house classics, such as “The Evil Dead” and “Street Trash.” “Dead Alive” became New Zealand’s response to the zombie craze, with the story of a man whose monstrous mother is bitten by a diseased animal and spreads a zombie plague. The zombie attacks and counterattacks are some of the most gruesome

#4: “Saw V” (2008)

The original “Saw” film may have been hard to watch, and hard to match. However, the success of the torture-porn movie spawned an even more successful franchise. Since producers needed to up the ante with every subsequent film, in order to ensure butts in their theater seats, the “Saw” films would get increasingly violent and explicit with every entry. While “Saw V” was not most beloved or the most successful in the franchise, it stood out as having some of the most inventive Jigsaw traps. With a group traps where characters are forced to choose amongst themselves, similar to “Saw II,” the fifth film was unique in its brutality, especially with the Edgar Allan Poe -inspired opening scene.

#3: “High Tension” [aka “Haute Tension”] (2003)

Another entry from the recent craze of the New French Extremity, this film left audiences gasping for air, scratching their heads, and more than a few shutting their eyes in horror. The story of a woman who seems to be stalked by a madman that kills everyone in their path shocked audiences with its brutal severity and horrific violence. The relentless pace of the bloody mayhem, including the infamous circular saw scene, is only surpassed by the chilling surprise ending, that left some confused and other angered. However, everyone can agree that “High Tension” left everyone shaken.

#2: “Hostel: Part II” (2007)

As if “Hostel” wasn’t gruesome enough, director Eli Roth took a page from “The Evil Dead,” and turned his sequel into a bizarre mirror image of the original, and into a more humorous, bloodier, and ridiculously over-the-top romp. The story follows a similar pattern, but with girls being the ones captured by the rich elite torture group. Since there are enough poor women tortured and killed in horror films, “Hostel II” received some backlash for existing to simply torment and exploit these female characters. However, Roth’s excuse was right there in the backlash: nobody complained when he opened the series with torturing teenage boys. Eli Roth definitely knows how to make audiences reach for the barf bags.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“The Cabin in the Woods” (2012)

“Dawn of the Dead” (2004)

“The Devil’s Rejects” (2005)

#1: “Cannibal Holocaust” (1980)

This movie is no joke, people. An absolute must-not-watch for those with weak stomachs, this found-footage film boasts extremely realistic deaths, sexual violence, animal cruelty, and cannibalism of course. “Cannibal Holocaust” was accused of being a real snuff film, was banned in multiple countries, and was added to the infamous “Video Nasties” list. Its director, Ruggero Deodato, who had a cameo in our previous entry as a cannibal, was even brought to court, and had to bring his actors in to prove that he did not really kill them. The circus of controversy, however, took center stage, and while considered a classic today, its serious social commentary is often overlooked and overshadowed by impaled naked women.

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