Everything that happens in a movie takes place within the dimensions of the screen you’re watching it on. At times, that can be quite saddening, especially if the films are set in worlds so utterly beautiful, yet completely out of our reach. Other times, it’s a sort of blessing, knowing that whatever you’re observing on screen stays there, and isn’t going to splat out into your living room. Violence and gore are elements of cinema that are quite necessary to plots of films in the action and horror genre, to both set the atmosphere and tell the story in as precise a manner as the filmmakers would like to. Subconsciously, all of us as humans are drawn to matters involving blood and violence, mainly because it heightens our curiosity. This is partly why we enjoy watching films that are abundant in such nasty gore, and here I shall try to explore the best of those moments in cinema.
1. Braindead (1992) – The lawnmower scene
The amount of blood seen here is just unbelievable. Peter Jackson’s 1992 box office bomb is an underrated comedy horror that’s as innovative as it is gory. The scene in question takes place at a party, which is suddenly halted by a man with a lawnmower. He proceeds to walk through the huge crowd of people attending with the maniacal device running in his hand, and thus commences a bloody dismembering that’s both hard to watch and comical at the same time (in a dark way, of course). Limbs gush blood as they are painfully, though quickly severed from the bodies of people with the thick, strong blades attacking them. In this lengthy moment, there are arms, legs, heads, torsos, and whatever else you can imagine ripped off and kicked around on the ground, with zooms and push-ins heightening the intensity of the bloodbath ensued. It really is something else.
2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) – Julia’s revival
In the uncut version of this film, a man lies on a mattress, covered in blood, screaming in pain, when suddenly two arms stick out from under him. As the figure protrudes out of the mattress she is tearing, we see that there’s nothing but a collection of attached muscles, red and glistening. Then a chase ensues, slow-paced and on the ground (but nevertheless heart-racing) between the figure and the man, both crawling and aching in terrible pain from out the bed. Following this, in the midst of their screams, the figure catches up with the man and injects her fingers into the back of his head, all covered in blood and effectively killing him. She then turns and falls back onto the ground, tired and reviving from the stinging pain, and utters the words “help me”. The two players in this scene are covered in blood throughout its entirety.
3. Society (1989) – The shunting scene