50 Goriest Movie Moments

Scream (1996)

The Moment: A pure “splatter movie” kill according to Rose McGowan later on in the movie.

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) comes a cropper in this slasher’s opening scene when she gets on the wrong end of a movie-trivia-loving serial killer’s blade.

Look Away When: Casey’s mum screams and falls to the ground just before a quick zoom reveals Casey’s body strung to a tree, “insides on the outside”.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

The Moment: Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) comes for a teenage Johnny Depp as he dozes off watching TV in his bedroom.

Look Away When: Depp is sucked down into his mattress, disappearing from sight. Cue the biggest torrent of blood we’ve ever seen.

Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

The Moment: Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is imprisoned in a makeshift jail cell, but it’s not long before his brilliant mind figures out a way to escape – and butcher his guards in a bloody nod to the works of Francis Bacon.

How cultured.

Look Away When: Lecter brings down the truncheon, bludgeoning one of the cops, his jaw set in a joyful grimace.

100 Feet (2008)

The Moment: Joey (Ed Westwick) has the pulp beaten out of him by invisible man Mike (Michael Paré).

Look Away When: Mike repeatedly head butts Joey until his nose and jaw break.

An American Werewolf In London (1980)

The Moment: American backpackers David and Jack are attacked in the English countryside by a werewolf.

Look Away When: Jack’s mangled body is revealed, slashed to pieces and gushing blood.

The Curse 2 (2005)

The Moment: A guy is eaten from the inside out by parasitic snakes, causing his skull to collapse and his eyeballs to pop out.

Look Away When: Dozens of snakes pour out of the guy’s mouth…

Driller Killer (1979)

The Moment: Killer Reno Miller (Abel Ferrara) puts his drill to the cranium of a guy sleeping amongst the bin bags.

Look Away When: Reno turns on the drill…

The Passion Of The Christ (2004)

The Moment: Jesus (Jim Caviezel) is beaten, whipped and variously abused on his way toward crucifixion.

Look Away When: Jesus’ hands are nailed to the cross…

The Fly (1986)

The Moment: Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), now almost entirely transformed, melts Borans’ hand and foot using his own acidic vomit.

Look Away When: Borans breaks into Brundle’s lab.

He really shouldn’t be there…

The Beyond (1981)

The Moment: Martha (Veronica Lazar) discovers a rotting body in the bathtub, which emerges with a single aim: kill her.

Look Away When: Martha’s head nears the nail in the wall…

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.