The horror genre is really fascinating. While we usually think of ghosts and supernatural beings when we think of scary films, there are some which get the "horror" factor from ~explicit~ violence, blood, and murder. The thing about these movies is that they're not TOTALLY scary, but you've got to have a strong stomach—and nerves of steel—to watch them. Don't worry: Sometimes they inject bits of comedy, too!
Here, we listed down some of the goriest and most disturbing movies from recent years (do NOT eat before watching these):
1. Hereditary (2018)
In this film by Ari Aster, there's something wrong with the Graham family and it's important to pay special attention to the latest generation, Charlie (Milly Shapiro) and Peter (Alex Wolff), and their relationship with their mom. After their grandmother's death, Charlie, Peter, and their parents try to live their lives normally, but fate has something else in store for them. THAT scene with THAT telephone pole is truly something that I've never seen in any movie before. It's so gross but sooo amazing at the same time.
2. The Babysitter (2017)
In this contemporary version of the '80s "slasher" movie, Cole (Judah Lewis) has a special bond with his super hot and popular babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), who defends him from bullies and treats him like a friend. Sheltered and *pure*, Cole always goes to bed during his bedtime even though he knows Bee probably invites people over once he's asleep. One night, he decides to stay awake to find out what Bee does when he's not around, only to witness Bee kill an innocent classmate. This movie is basically a twisted version of Home Alone!
3. Midsommar (2019)
Yup, it's another Ari Aster movie. Midsommar follows a grad student named Dani (Florence Pugh) who accompanies her boyfriend and his friends on a trip to Sweden. They stay at a commune and are welcomed by its residents, and they even get to attend a festival with "special ceremonies and dressing up" that only occurs every 90 years. Dani—who already had a lot of issues prior to this trip—feels like something's not right, but she doesn't realize how dire her situation really is.
4. Gerald's Game (2017)
A couple decides to take a trip to a secluded spot to rekindle their romance, but things take a wrong turn when the husband has a heart attack—and dies—during a sex game. Helpless and handcuffed, the wife begins hallucinating and reliving memories from her childhood. There's a rabid dog, a disfigured man, and her dead husband to keep her company. *Potential spoiler*: How she gets out of her handcuffs will truly make your stomach turn.
5. Lifechanger (2018)
"I take people. Their voice, their shape, their look, their memories, their hopes and dreams—everything that makes somebody who they are. I take it and I keep it. For good." This body horror indie film tells the story of a mysterious "skin-walker" who murders and steals the bodies and lives of his victims. According to film production company Signature Entertainment, "he sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves." The trailer itself is super disturbing:
6. Mother! (2017)
It's about a husband and wife whose house gets "mysteriously invaded by strangers"—doesn't sound so bad, does it? However, this film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem has a lot of blood and features assault and even—MAJOR SPOILER ALERT—cannibalism. A popular interpretation of the film is that Mother! is an allegory about mankind and the destruction of the environment: "Javier's character is God, Jennifer is Mother Earth, and everyone who shows up uninvited and ready to ruin everything is mankind."
7. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
According to A24, the movie centers on catholic prep school students Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), whose parents mysteriously fail to pick them up for winter break. We also learn about Joan (Emma Roberts), a "troubled young woman determined to get to the school as fast as she can." The film is also known as February.
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