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12 Gore Horror Movies That Will Make You Laugh (And Scare Too)

Some horror films are so ridiculously bloody that we can’t take them seriously. Let’s flesh out the list top 12 gore movies, which also bring the laughs about.

What are gore horror movies?

Gore is one of those sub-genre of horror, which came to existence quite late in the history of cinema. While the 40s, the 50s and the 60s were all times of monster movies, the late 70s, as well as the glorious 80s is when gore took over.

Gore horror movies can be characterized by tons of prosthetic limbs being cut off, as well as graphic violence and liters of artificial blood. Gore movies often use exaggerated violence, and delve into stories about all kinds of deranged monsters, killers and even mutated hillbillies.

In fact, gore movies constitute the kind of horror sub-genre, which rarely goes out of its own way. Most of gore horror movies favor entertainment at its purest, leaving no deeper food-for-thought details.

Top 12 Gore Horror Movies Which Will Also Make You Laugh

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Dead Snow (2009)

Ah, the Norwegian classic.

Dead Snow (2009) (often referred to as “Zombie SS”) is a truly cult slasher. Set against the snowy Norwegian mountains, Dead Snow (2009) tells the story of a few friends, who rent a cabin in the woods. Upon arrival, they find a treasure, which happens to wake a squadron of nazis from the dead, who were buried in the mountains.

My first thought when Dead Snow (2009) was first announced, was that the over-the-top aesthetic of the film could be disastrous. But the director Tommy Wirkola has turned this ridiculous idea into a fairly entertaining, well executed gore horror movie. A bunch of people fighting off zombie nazis is surprisingly well-directed, as it balances humor and violence perfectly. Dead Snow (2009) fully embraces the idiocy of its concept, however ludicrous it gets, but it also proves some absurd ideas for horror movies can turn out great (looking at you, Tom Six).

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The House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Rob Zombie is a figure, which doesn’t bring people together. In fact, he’s either hated or loved (the latter is a minority).

Zombie paved his way into gore horror by devising a family of absolute monsters called Fireflies, and The House Of 1000 Corpses (2003) introduced the characters. The movie follows two young couples who come across the Fireflies, and the consequences of this encounter end quite bad for the travelling four.

Years after The House Of 1000 Corpses (2003) premiered, Rob Zombie has openly criticized his directorial debut – even despite th cult following that the film gained ever since. The sadistic Firefly family’s first movie is as sick as one can imagine, with people turned into fish, or being killed in other, extremely brutal ways. The extremity of gore becomes caricatural at some point though, and Zombie definitely applies a no-brakes approach. Even if he sees it as a flawed attempt at gore horror, I still see it as a film far superior than most of his later endeavors.

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Dead Alive (1992)

Before Peter Jackson made a fortune by adapting J.R.R Tolkien’s opus magnum, he started his career with a few sweetly unnerving horror comedies.

The first one of those was Bad Taste (1987), an ultra low-budget attempt at the close-encounter cliche. And while it’s a notable offering from the islander, it’s Dead Alive (1992) that really questions the strength of one’s stomach.

Dead Alive (1992) finds the city of Wellington, New Zealand, invaded by a swarm of blood-thirsty zombies. The movie is every bit of disgusting and over the top as it could get, topping all of preceding gore movies with its now-famous lawn mower scene. The protagonist uses the machine to get rid of a crowd of zombies, leading to a blood-soaked frenzy and definite over-hours of the prosthetics specialist.

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Slither (2006)

In Slither (2006) An alien lands on Earth and as it usually goes – it doesn’t end well for the humanity. In the case of Slither (2006), its victims turn into a monstrous parasite, which turns human tissue into a disgusting pulp, pretty much in the vibe of Society (1989) by Brian Yuzna.

Slither (2006) has its deliriously glorious gore moments, but don’t worry – it’s so far-fetched that you will can’t help but laugh even when the film gets really…intense.

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Blood Diner (1987)

A much less known film than the majority of the titles here, Blood Diner (1987) is a trashy gore film from the 80s. In Blood Diner (1987), two cannibalistic brothers kill various young women to use their flesh in their new special dish at a rundown restaurant, while seeking blood sacrifices to awaken a dormant Egyptian goddess.

So, yeah – cannibals, lots of naked women and the weirdest finale in an 80s horror I recall. It’s definitely a movie that belongs to every list compiling the weirdest abominations of the past.

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Rubber (2010)

Rubber (2010) is used in a countless number of horror lists, as it is a profound example of how a ridiculous idea can be forged into a relatively good movie.

It’s completely out of the blue – a wheel is possessed by a demon, which steers it in order to kill everything it comes across. If you expect that every kill will be a person ran over, then your imagination is no match to what the creators Rubber (2010) had up their sleeves. The demonic object makes Leatherface pale in comparison, as its psychic abilities cause human heads to… explode.

Quentin Dupieux, the director of Rubber (2010), explained that the film can be interpreted as a middle finger to all the conventional movies, with characters and whatnots. Whatever the reasons for making Rubber (2010) were, it’s 90 minutes of abstract, absurd entertainment.

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Green Inferno (2013)

Eli Roth happens to be a director, whose undeniable love for kitsch brings him a lot of down voting reviews. It’s crazy to think that he’s been once praised as a horror auteur who would revive the dying genre. If anything, Mr. Roth has only deepened the gore movies crisis.

And among many low-budget efforts, Green Inferno (2013) stands out as one of his worst movies, however it’s also special in its own, weird way. Roth left his comfort zone to go political and bash (or support?) the green freaks who stand in the way of bulldozers; there is a tribute to Cannibal Holocaust (1980), a delicacy for serious thrill seekers; as well as an inspiration drawn from Mel Gibson’s violence-filled Apocalypto (2006). In between, there’s a messy script, where formulaic wins over creative.

But as far as gore horror movies go, Green Inferno (2013) delivers plenty of gut-wrenching scenes. Imagine what happens when a bunch of eco freaks is captured by Amazon cannibals. Roth really went full-on with Hostel (2005), and although Green Inferno (2013) is an all-together terrible film, it’s pretty entertaining gore-wise.

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Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Cabin In The Woods (2011) is arguably one of the finest, most imaginative horror movies in the 21st century.

The film uses a fantastic premise of schematic horror characters who are specifically picked to spend a weekend in an isolated house. This is, however, a quasi realty show, where the group claws their way out of a serious pickle.

Cabin In The Woods (2011) brings the mix of horror and comedy. Drew Goddard, who directed the film, mocks horror tropes – such as that one creepy gas station – and delivers fun by bringing an impressive motley of monsters. From vampires to aquatic zombies, Cabin In The Woods (2011) is every bit crazy, every bit hilarious and also – quite scary – as possible.

Cabin In The Woods (2011) brings the mix of horror and comedy. Drew Goddard, who directed the film, mocks horror tropes – such as that one creepy gas station – and delivers fun by bringing an impressive motley of monsters. From vampires to aquatic zombies, Cabin In The Woods (2011) is every bit crazy, every bit hilarious and also – quite scary – as possible.

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Evil Dead (1981)

Bruce Campbell’s peak of fame has come round right after Army of Darkness (1992) premiered, however years before that happened, Evil Dead (1981) was his true acting masterpiece.

Sam Raimi’s film stars Campbell in one of the most abruptly violent, bloody, bone-crashing and brain-splashing horror in history. A group of five travelled to a cabin in the woods, and accidentally released demons which possessed and ate bodies. Raimi’s gore movie caught viewers by surprise, as it cleverly used the perspective of the monsters in order to build up the scare factor. The swampy setting played its part too, yet the real MVP was Mr Campbell.

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100 Bloody Acres (2012)

What could go wrong in a film about half-wit farmers in Australia, who sell organically sourced fertilizer, which includes minced human body parts? Probably a lot.

100 Blood Acres (2012) mixes comedy with gore quite well, with farming equipment not falling behind any other torture-bringing tools. In fact, it’s a great mockery of an Australian podunk town, with actorsDamon Herriman and Angus Sampson nailing the mumbling accent and the rural simplicity. Although 100 Blood Acres (2012) favors comedy mostly, the gore scenes delve into bloody details of the production process, and boy, does it look ugly.

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Piranha 3D (2010)

David Hasselhoff, women in bikinis, blood-thirsty piranhas, tanned bodies. Piranha 3D (2010) is pure gold – cringeworthy to an absurd level, campy and just ridiculously entertaining.

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Every Wrong Turn movie

Wrong Turn is probably the dumbest horror series, with each consecutive instalment topping the moronity of its predecessor. However, setting aside its values and script, the entire series is filled with hilarious gore. The mutant rednecks are quite creative executioners – archers and axe-wielding henchmen are just a few of examples.

Hilarious Gore Horror Movies – Honorable Mentions

The above list compiles just a bunch of my favorite gore movies. However, there’s dozens of other films which could be mentioned here. My shortlist included, among others, the ridiculous Zombeavers (2014), Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010), Re-Animator (1985), Tokyo Gore Police (2008), Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever (2002), and Terror Vision (1986).

What are your favorite gore horror movies? Share your favorites in the comments!

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