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10 Best B Rated Horror Movies of All Time

Updated August 6, 2018
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I have been called a disgusting sadist, a pervert and a soulless man for enjoying gore. And I can assure you there’s much more to gorno (gore + porno) than adulterated violence and sickening visuals. This category of b rated horror movies possesses much more than just pure obliteration of the human soul and present meanings that vary a lot contextually. While they maybe just guts and screams for the average viewer, they are in most cases technical masterpieces that get their one job perfectly done: to cloud your senses with disgust and horror. In many cases, the exaggerated violence also works in tandem with the exaggerated critical representation of the society the films try to showcase, for example, the infamous ‘Salo’ or ‘A Serbian Film’ which were based on highly disturbing subject matter, that exposed the government’s picking their own noses.

Gorno films, in particular, are proud to be disgusting and never hesitate to show-off their creativity to churn up the liquids in your intestines. Going by the title, I have only selected genre pieces for my list. Also, there’s a fine line that can be drawn to distinguish “disgusting” from “disturbing” and I have dropped movies like Salo because of their psychologically disturbing matter. The violence in disturbing movies exists to unsettle you but not to twist your facial expressions like an earthworm.  So here is the list of top b grade horror movies ever that are really bloody disgusting to watch. You can stream some of these best b horror movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. The list includes 70s b horror movies, as well as 80s b horror movies.

10. Guinea Pig Series (1985-88)

‘Guinea Pig Series’ is a set of six controversial Japanese horror films produced in 4 years. After Ruggero Deodato’s ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ gained worldwide notoriety for its depiction of violence and a trial that saw him getting arrested for manslaughter along with animal torture, many films jumped on the bandwagon.

This Japanese series emulated Cannibal Holocaust’s horrifyingly brutal practical effects and snuff approach while combining it with ‘Blood Feast’s torture concept. They were circulated as tapes, and Charlie Sheen came across one and contacted the FBI, mistaking it for a genuine snuff film. The FBI contacted the Japanese authorities who already had the filmmakers in custody, summoning them to prove the special effects were fake. From eye gouging to self-mutilation to dismemberment, humans are treated like “guinea pigs” to experiment on the threshold of pain the human body can suffer.

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9. Blood Feast (1963)

Long before stuff like ‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’ came out, Herschell Gordon Lewis a.k.a Godfather of Gore made the first splatter film in 1963. ‘Blood Feast’s depiction of gore was groundbreaking and it is now considered to be one of the most important films in the history of cinema. The movie’s cult following meant a section of audiences accepted such levels of gore and violence and signaled the inception of 70’s and 80’s horror.

It’s not as disgusting as the other entries and is probably unwatchable because of its nonsensical story and performances, but producer David Friedman asserted that they never made it be taken seriously. Nevertheless, the blood and shabby bits of flesh are enough to put a normal person on a diet of oats for two days.

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8. A l’interieur (2007)

Movies like ‘Haute Tension’, ‘A l’interieur’, ‘Martyrs’ and ‘Sheitan’ have given birth to New French Extremity, a new wave of horror from this part of Europe. While Hollywood bare it all and go skinny dipping in torture porn’s success, French horror filmmakers have used it as a bow-tie to make their already gripping stories effective and appealing. A l’interieur functions like a psychological horror cum slasher because of the relentlessly gripping use of its motives and scenario.

It follows a home invasion of a pregnant woman by a stranger who intends on stealing her unborn baby. If you thought Rosemary’s Baby was horrifying with unborn life at stake, A l’interieur oozes blood out of the walls that tormented Rosemary and is very disturbing to watch.

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7. Tetsuo the Ironman (1987)

Is Tetsuo as ugly as others on the list? Not really. I watched ‘Tetsuo the Ironman’ when I was a 12 year old and the nightmares have kept me away from it since. Tetsuo is a surrealist body horror movie with cyberpunk elements, as the internet might suggest you. While not being as lavish as the others in its depiction of violence, the black and white cinematography combined with the grain create unclear images which abuse your imagination about their graphic nature. The film concerns The Metal Fetishist, a man with a literal fetish for metal, who gets mowed down by a businessman. The Metal Fetishist then extracts his revenge by turning his killer into a gruesome pile of rusty and meshy metal.

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6. Nekromantik (1987)

If you have a fetish for the dead (I do not mean love for the zombie genre), then you don’t really have to visit the Dark Web, ‘Nekromantik’ is here to solve all your problems. The movie revolves around a couple that practice necrophilia and also indulges in such shocking subversive material, it cannot be translated into words.

The film follows a street sweeper who brings home a decaying corpse to get inventive in the bedroom but is shocked when his wife prefers the corpse and its steel phallus over him. Yeah, it probably sounds absurdly funny and you maybe thinking about the guy who got “corpse-zoned” but Nekromantik is as dark as the strap on the wife’s stockings.

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5. The Beyond (1981)

You simply cannot forget Lucio Fulci while lurking in the vile and repulsive chambers of cinema. Fulci was a man of medicine and used his knowledge in that field to present body horror of such intensity, he was even dragged to court on suspicion. ‘The Beyond’ is Fulci’s most iconic horror film and though ‘Zombi’ contains shuddering visuals too, this movie lets the “fat” out of the bag from the opening sequence itself. Fulci revisited the pre-Romero zombie films and adopted the concept of a supernatural cause for the awakening of the dead. He also continued the use of decaying bodies as zombies, which is now considered to be the archetypal zombie as seen in The Walking Dead.

The Italian’s love for cheese can be seen as he gleefully stretches, tears and pulls any body part in sight. The claim that the practical effects might be outdated for today’s audiences is ignorant as you cannot help but flinch when the eyeball pops out, and this is no jack-in-the-box moment, the torture up to that point takes a considerable amount of time. The gore (since violence is too weak a word) is helped by the haunting atmosphere and the structureless narrative that always keeps your heart on the edge of its seat.

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4. Ichi the Killer (2001)

Adapted from the manga of the same name, the movie is based on a psychologically damaged man Ichi, who ends up slaughtering the Yakuza. ‘Ichi The Killer’ is inarguably the best torture porn movie from this century and gets overshadowed by ‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’ despite making hell worthy statements in the first feature itself, that led to it being banned in several countries. The movie despite its excessive use of gore works as a very twisted dark comedy with buckets of sadism and quirkiness. The characters are what really make it intriguing, and especially Ichi’s character is one of the most interesting ones from this century. If you thought The Joker’s scars were disturbing, wait till you see Ichi’s and he may inspire the former’s appearance.

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3. Society (1989)

Don’t let ‘Society’s stomach-boggling visuals let you undermine the true genius that lies behind this movie. Directed by Brian Yuzna, who’s a legend in the B-horror business, it’s an interesting satire on the Beverley Hills elite society and their strange cults, which have been the subject matter for many films. Many of the sequences in the movie explore surrealistic gore, a rarely applied horror sub-genre.

The cringy special effects and the infamous final act which is advised to be experienced with your face against the wall, are courtesy of some ingenious special effects by Screaming Mad George. The movie is a great rendition of Lovecraftian horror with modern satire that vomits on the materialistic and soulless nature of the upper class who breed in limousines and lick the marble off their $10000 coffee tables.

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2. Braindead (1992)

Peter Jackson is famous among mainstream audiences for his adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. But what many aren’t aware of is, Jackson started his career with horror comedies and ‘Braindead’ is one of them. It’s a slapstick splatter movie and it is nothing short of a gore carnival. Roger Ebert called it one of the most disgusting movies he had ever seen, and I would agree with him because despite being humorous you can’t help but wince at the red that covers every frame.

If you think the final battle at Black Gate in ‘The Return of the King’ was intense, wait till you’ve seen the final zombie massacre at Uncle Les’s party. What makes Braindead so effective is the terrific practical effects which are still considered to be a great achievement, especially the face splitting scene which makes every WTF moment list you’ll find on the internet.

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1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

‘Cannibal Holocaust’. The fact that this movie remains banned after 37 years of its release in some countries, and is only available in a heavily cut version in most probably talks a lot about this “video nasty”. If Blood Feast gave birth to torture porn, then Cannibal Holocaust pushed the genre to an age of adolescence. It transformed from primitive splatter to something so realistic and disgusting, many hardcore fans couldn’t stomach the changes. Apart from being a landmark in torture porn, the film also revolutionized the found footage style, as it follows a missing documentary crew who had gone to the Amazon rainforests to film cannibal tribes.

Though the director, Rogero Deodato was cleared of manslaughter accusations after rumors that the actors were sexually assaulted and killed during the process, he was still condemned over the depiction of real violence towards animals which is horrid enough to make you puke in your popcorn.

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