So you think you can handle anything a horror film can throw at you? We wouldn’t be so sure. Here are ten of the most extreme horror movies ever created. We dare you to watch this lot back-to-back, alone in the dark.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
In this opening crawl, Tobe Hooper kick-started the slasher genre and forever changed horror movies — for better or worse. Like Psycho before it, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was criticised at the time of release for gratuitous bloodshed and extreme violence. In reality, there’s very little red stuff onscreen.
What makes this movie so terrifying — even some thirty years later — is it’s matter-of-fact filmmaking. There are no cheap jump scares, villain one-liners or “cool” kills to telegraph that you’re watching a movie: instead, mayhem just explodes onscreen without reason or explanation. The remote Texas locations and 16mm cameras only add to the plausibility — it almost feels like you’re watching a snuff film. And then, it just abruptly cuts to black, leaving you rocked to the core.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Despite the occasionally shonky effects and questionable acting, the film remains highly disturbing — especially the multiple, unsimulated scenes of animal slaughter. A year after the film’s release, the director was charged with murder in Italy over rumours that some of the cast members had been killed on camera. (These charges were later dropped after the actors were located, alive and well.) If you’re brave/sick enough to watch this nasty piece of work, be sure to seek out the “animal-free” cut. Nobody needs to see that crap.
Flowers of Flesh and Blood (1985)
Flowers of Flesh and Blood
Audition is a very hard film to watch both for the disquieting sense of dread it invokes and multiple scenes of extreme torture. It’s not a film for the faint of heart.
Martyrs is a bleak and harrowing film from start to finish — it begins with a terrified young girl escaping a disused abattoir after weeks of torture. Years later, she breaks out of a mental institution with a friend in tow and exacts revenge on a seemingly innocent family… but everything is not as it seems. Martyrs is a hard watch, but also highly thought-provoking — it’s torture porn for people with a brain.
The Evil Dead (2013)
Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
Wolf Creek 2
The Green Inferno (2014)
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A Serbian Film (2010)
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This story has been updated since its original publication.