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 films 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 are the 10 Bloody Disgusting Horror Movies You’ll Never Watch Twice:
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.