Most Gruesome Movie Of All Time

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What Wins The Zonie For Most Gruesome Movie?

  1. I Spit On Your Grave

  2. Hostel

  3. Irreversible

  4. Cannibal Holocaust

  5. Baise Moi

  6. Faces Of Death II

  7. Saw

  8. Battle Royale

  9. Natural Born Killers

  10. The Thing

  11. The Last House On The Left (1972)

  12. August Underground's Mordum

  13. Tumbling Doll Of Flesh

  14. Flowers Of Flesh And Blood

  15. Men Behind The Sun

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  1. Dave

    Dave Administrator
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    Mar 30, 2009
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    2011 Zonie Awards

    Nominees for Most Gruesome Movie Of All Time

    I Spit On Your Grave



    Cannibal Holocaust

    Baise Moi

    Faces Of Death II


    Battle Royale

    Natural Born Killers

    The Thing

    The Last House On The Left (1972)

    August Underground's Mordum

    Tumbling Doll Of Flesh

    Flowers Of Flesh And Blood

    Men Behind The Sun

    *discussion will be open until Friday, May 23rd, on which date the polls will open and voting will be permitted. No spamming, no flaming.

  2. JWGunslinger

    JWGunslinger Warrior Forever

    Apr 7, 2011
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    I have to go with Hostel, that movie is ridiculously messed up. However I havent seen alot of the movies on this list and I consider myself a film buff. Looks like i've got some movies to catch up on :icon_redface:
  3. Blue Chipper

    Blue Chipper Shapeshifting Humanoid

    Oct 6, 2008
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    Every time this subject arises, my immediate response is Cannibal Holocaust. A film that shows the cruel genuine deaths of innocent animals should be heavily unnerving for any sane human being. I admittedly didn't watch it in full length, only bits of it. I watched and read a sufficient amount about it to decide that it is completely cringe-worthy and disgusting.

    The human actors' death scenes were also terrifying, in part because of its realism. People believed that people actually died during this film.

    I refuse to watch this, after watching a handful of nasty clips of it. Now, is it the most gruesome film of all time? I'm not in a position to say, but I do know this particular film is awfully repulsive.
  4. Y 2 Jake

    Y 2 Jake Slightly Autistic

    Dec 31, 1969
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    Irreversible, I'm sure others on the list might be more worthy, but I ain't seen some of them. Irreversible had even me going "Y'know, that's enough now!". Rape is wrong and as fascinating as it can be, its not entertaining. Hostel and the like are actually pretty funny, not gruesome. Hostel is a comedy, right? 'Cus if it isn't then somebody fucked up somewhere.
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  5. Mighty NorCal

    Mighty NorCal SHALL WE BEGIN?

    Dec 5, 2006
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    "The Lat House On The Left" What is that, some kind of workout film?

    I dont watch this sort of shit, I really only posted so I could use the above line. I expect healthy rep from Liger, MadCap, and IC.

    So like I said, never seen any of those shitty movies, but ive read up on all of them extensively. From what I understand, there is like a 47 minute rape scene in Irrevesible, so, that one I guess. Men Behind The Sun is fucking ridiculously out of control as well from what I understand.
  6. Kenny Powers

    Kenny Powers Bulletproof Tiger

    Jul 15, 2009
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    Cannibal Holocaust is mainly gruesome because of the animal killings. Other then that, the movie is ridiculous. Hostel, Saw, Natural Born Killers, Last House on the Left (Old and New) and I Spit on Your Grave (Old and New) and Battle Royale get honorable mentions, but they are pretty tame compared to movies like Irreversible and Inside. Inside and Martyrs to me are some of the most gruesome movies of all time. Skinning a woman alive and cutting a woman's baby out of stomach with scissors definitely is more gruesome to me then just a rape. Although the rape scene is Irreversible is flinching.

    I saw the Devil and the Horseman are both gruesome. I haven't seen Men Behind Sun, but I'm pretty sure it might be the clear winner. Martyrs and Inside should be in the poll though.
  7. Cena's Little Helper

    Cena's Little Helper Mid-Card Championship Winner

    Jul 1, 2008
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    As your resident expert in all things horror, I'll gladly comment on each of these films:

    Remake or original? The original shouldn't even be in consideration here as it's not all that gruesome. The remake has a decent amount of gore and a pretty rough rape scene, but it still pales in comparison to some of the other films in contention here. On a positive note, save for the stuff being produced by Toe Tag Productions, this is probably the most gruesome American horror film put out in the past ten years.

    A decent amount of gore and probably the go-to film for casual moviegoers when they think of the most gruesome thing they've ever witnessed on screen. Even though I can't stand Eli Roth, my desire to be objective compels me to say that this was a pretty well-made film. Still, its gruesomeness relative to similar films is questionable.

    Irreversible contains the most gruesome scene I've ever seen but I don't think it outranks other films on this list in terms of its overall gore quotient. Now on to my choice:

    I've never come across anything more gruesome than Cannibal Holocaust. Someone already mentioned its depiction of real animal killings, so I'll just praise its fake portions.

    While the special effects for Cannibal Holocaust probably weren't any better than what you would have found in any of the many Italian horror films produced in the late 70s/early 80s, their shortcomings are expertly masked by grainy film stock. It literally feels as if you're watching something that came was commissioned by National Geographic. Furthermore, the woman impaled on the sharpened wooden pole is among horror's most iconic images; none of the other films listed here contain anything as infamous.

    A dumb-ass French film with hardcore pornographic inserts (at least I think they were inserts...). The only reason I can think of this film being on here is because it's commonly found on "Most Disturbing Films Ever" lists. Watch it and discover that it's nowhere as bad as people make it out to be (it's a completely shit film, though, so you might not want to waste your time).

    The Faces of Death series as a whole is a joke and would only be thought of as gruesome by kids who shouldn't be watching it in the first place (I have firsthand experience in this matter :D). If you want to see a far more gruesome docsploitation series, look up Traces of Death.

    Look at what I said for Saw.

    Good movie, but not really all that gruesome.

    Look at what I said for...never mind, this tame in comparison to Saw and Hostel.

    One of the greatest horror films ever made, but not one of the gruesome films ever made.

    More psychologically disturbing than it is gruesome.

    This is one sick fucking film (I mentioned Toe Tag Productions earlier...this is the second film in their August Underground trilogy, the first being the namesake of the trilogy and the last one being Penance). Fred Vogel's special effects in this film are a sight to behold and he'll easily be one of the most important figures in independent horror within five years time. I think I'm going to hold out for Cannibal Holocaust, but props to whomever nominated this film.

    Crappy Japanese gore/AV hybrid (if I remember correctly). It's nowhere near as bad as the set of Harakiri shorts that are frequently mentioned alongside Tumbling Doll of Flesh (AKA Psycho: The Snuff Reels).

    Part of the Guinea Pig series. In my opinion, Mermaid in a Manhole was the most gruesome film of this series. If there were more gore enthusiasts on here, I could see this one possibly getting the Zonie. It won't get my support, though.

    There are two significantly gruesome scenes in this film, that's it. Even if they were combined the head pulverization scene from Irreversible would still be more gruesome.​
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  8. LSN80

    LSN80 King Of The Ring

    Feb 3, 2010
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    Ive seen most of these myself, so Ill try to see if I can break these down as well.

    Im going to go with the 2010 version, because the original simply wasn't gruesome. With regards to the 2010 version, in the absence of good acting, believable plot and character development, what we are left with is about two hours of brutal rape and torture. While it maintains the level of gruesome throughout, it doesn't reach the level that others on this list do.

    This is, at its black heart, a very dumb movie. Probably, the most clever thing in the film, is the very weak parallel drawn between the legalized red light district in Amsterdam, and the illicit torture rooms in Slovakia. Everything else is utter crap. We don't really care about the three men, so the tortures that they endure aren't really effective at eliciting any sympathy, it's more that we're glad it's not happening to us. The motivations for the men that torture is never made clear, it's more a general sociopathic disconnect that's vaguely hinted at. It's also worthwhile noting that the one character that seems to be gay is singled out as the worst of the torturers, further contributing to the filmic stereotype of homosexual as homicidal. And its not that gruesome save for one or two scenes.

    Nausea inducing, pretentious arty camera work and a self-conscious,predetermined attempt to shock,doesn't help this consternation of a movie. The well documented rape scene is disturbing, purposefully overly long, and the notion that if we watch this all the way through we are all voyeur's, doesn't wash.The talented Monica Bellucci is merely served up as eye candy and meat for the rape.The only thing good in this movie is Vincent Cassel,of whom elevates the whole proceedings with depth and gravitas. This was a pointless and calculated attempt to shock and earnest attempt at notoriety, and was my initial nomination actually. But....

    This film blows away Irreversible, to be honest. It's a horror film in the most literal sense. Despite it's scenes of horrendous violence and attempts to disturb the viewer, it provokes a reaction and makes one think at the same time. The film has a powerful message about man's cruelty and violence, and unlike many of the others on the list, it's one that sticks with you for a long time after viewing. People being ripped open and eaten,including even a penis being partially torn off. A woman having a foetus torn out of her and it buried in mud. Another woman raped with a ***** and than having a mudball with nails on thrust between her legs too. The animal cruelty that's terribly unforgiveable. The gore quotient in this move far outranks any of the others.

    Ive never seen this one, so I can't comment.

    This film is on here why? The sequel does have more graphic violence and gore then the first one. There is animal slaughter, a shootout, an execution by firing squad, some stunts gone awry, and a boxing match that ends in tradgedy but it's more of a curiosity piece then anything.

    Not even the most gruesome of the seven Saw movies, perhaps the least gruesome and most plot driven. I really enjoyed this movie, but it's not near as gruesome as most of the movies on here.

    The fact that this film employs children as the main protagonists of the story is the key to the whole impact of the film, which does up the grotesque factor slightly. Further, only occasionally does the camera pan away from the final deed, and the movie is violent from start to finish. But it's more violent then it is grotesque.

    Probably the second least gruesome movie on the list, honestly. The violence in it was sickening at the time, but such things have quickly gotten normalized in our culture's ongoing desensitization.

    A great horror film, but it's important to differentiate between horror and gruesome. Gruesome it is not.

    Last House on the Left performs some things that remain almost unheard of in the movies, especially horror movies, such as the fact that it contains full frontal nudity and extensive and brutal violence, but glorifies neither. The simple fact that this movie can be as graphic as it is without being exploitative is enough to show that even though it is violent and gruesome at times, it's nowhere near the top of the list.

    I couldn't sit through the whole thing, to be honest. There'sgenital mutilation, cannibalism, rape, torture, sex with severed penises, and murdering of children. Just a disturbing, grotesque, film. I didnt make it through the whole thing and what I did see still disturbs me when I think about it. Id probably vote for it had I seen the whole thing, but it was simply too much for me.

    Never saw these two.

    The reason this movie is so notorious is mainly because of a handful of scenes. Most of them are gruesome, but strangely fascinating, such as the frostbite experiment. The two most grotesque scenes are the autopsy scene, and the decompression chamber one, both of which appear to use real corpses What really pushes this movie over the edge though are the two scenes which involve animal abuse, the rats being burned alive, and the cat being eaten by rats. It's reprehensible, but overall, not as gruesome as a few of the others on the list.

    Irreversible was originally my first choice, but after seeing Cannibal Holocaust on the list, Ill probably go with that. If I had sat through August's Underground Mordum I might vote for that, but I couldnt so I won't. Cannibal Holocaust is the goriest and most grotesque film Ive seen from start to finish in that it simply doesn't let up, and is so visual and depraved. I dont commend the movie and its deplorable, but will get my vote.

  9. Serious Mozzarella

    Serious Mozzarella Special Victims Unit

    Sep 9, 2007
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    Irreversible. I can take over-the-top gory blood fests. I can't even think about that rape scene without it sending a chill up my spine. I can't even have that movie in my house, let alone watch it.

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