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Splat. That’s horror. A bucket full of blood–blood cannons hidden
beneath a table. Latex Limbs falling from the ceiling. Since the dawn of the silver screen, gore
and horror cinema have walked hand in hand, best friends down a long and winding road–trying
their hardest to avoid the plastic fantastic entrails coming their way. You see, since the 1963 movie, Blood Feast,
written and directed by Herschel Gordon lewis and widely considered to be the first Splatter
Movie, the appetite for horror cinema raising the blood-soaked ceiling as high as it can
go, hasn’t exactly been sated, and the morbid fascination with just how vulnerable the human
body can be has been pushed to the max. Exploitation cinema aside–some of these movies
have transcended what puts the Splat in Splatter Horror. So, let’s take a look. Hello horror fans, what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Splatter Horror Movies. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you–that particular
scene was taken from the warning trailer shown before the original screening of the aforementioned
Blood Feast, written and directed by Herschel Gordon Lewis way back when in 1963. And hey–stuff like that makes it pretty immersive,
right? The point is, there are many–many movies
that technically deserve their place on a list such as this–but truth be told, gore
is an acquired taste–and it’s movies that find the right sort of balance that truly
hold their own in Splatter Horror. Cannibal Holocaust, Hostel, Two Thousand Maniacs–the
list goes on and on. So, you know what to do–let me know your
picks below. Kicking off at Number 5–Zombie, 1979 Woah! We’ll stop there! Hahah. Yeah, sorry guys–but that’s reason enough
to check this movie out, and truth be told–Lucio Fulci’s Zombie is perhaps one of the finest
examples of latex based Giallo-Zombie Horror, and let’s be honest with ourselves–whilst
everyone was taking a literal stab at the zombie genre in order to get in as many buckets
of gore as possible, it’s also the point where both of these genres cross over. Essentially, what I’m saying is–Splatter
Horror and Zombie Cinema go hand in hand, so yeah–expect the living dead. And on that point, this movie–1979’s Zombie,
also known as Zombi 2–was adapted from a script intended to serve as a sequel to one
of the most iconic zombie movies of all time, George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. So yeah, the more you know. You see, the thing is, unlike Romero’s Dead
series–this Zombie doesn’t do anything in terms of narrative. In that sense, it’s a pretty trashy movie–however. No one is watching this movie for the narrative–they’re
watching it for the gore. And in that regard–Zombie is one of the ultimate
undead movies. Plain and simple–it is buckets of gore. Directed by the legend of Giallo cinema, The
Godfather of Gore–Lucio Fulci, and written by Elisa Briganti and Dardano Sacchetti–Zombie
tells the tale of a Caribbean Island cursed by an ancient voodoo, where the long dead
ancestors of the Island rise from the dead and attack the living. Classic fare, really–and as we said–it was
adapted from the original screenplay by Sacchetti that was intended to serve as a sequel to
Dawn of the Dead. It stars Tisa Farrow as Anne, the daughter
of a scientist who has been at sea for months–when his boat washes up into New York City Harbor–sparking
her to search for him, which eventually leads her to the Caribbean island of Matul. Again, yadda yadda yadda–she meets a few
people along the way who, obviously, are compelled to help her on her journey–and then as soon
as she arrives on the island–we’re talking underwater zombies, we’re talking eyes impaled
on wooden splinters which is pretty difficult to watch to be honest–and some of the most
anatomically explosive scenes of the late 70s and 80s. This movie paved the way for Italian Cinema’s
propensity for splatter horror–and because of that, it’s one of the best. Coming in at Number 4–Ichi The Killer, 2001 Okay. Here we go. Let’s slow down for a moment. Truth be told, I’ve wanted to feature Ichi
the Killer on this channel for quite some time–and whilst I’ve also seen a few of
you guys bringing it up in the comment section, the truth of the matter is, it’s pretty
hard for it to find a place on any list. Because–well, it’s one of the strangest
and most unique movies ever made. Really, it’s that weird–but also that’s
exactly what makes it so great. In fact, I’m not even entirely sure if it
should be on this list–but still–maybe that’s the point of it. Asian cinema, particularly Korean and Japanese
Cinema–has quite the penchant for delivering gore in a wholeheartedly unique way–and truthfully,
we could fill an entire list with some of their best movies. Also, as a side note–we already have a J-Horror
List, if you’re wondering why they’re not included here. So go check that one out. This movie though, Ichi the Killer–deserves
its place here today, not only because of it’s remarkably well written adaptation
of an equally awesome story–but because of its use of physical effects, and in that sense–it’s
one of the best demonstrations of the correct blend between digital and practical gore. Directed by Takashi Miike, one of the most
brilliant Japanese directors to have ever lived–with a screenplay by Sakichi Sato based
upon the manga series of the same name created by Hideo Yamamoto. The film tells the tale of Ichi–an otherwise
unassuming and cowardly young man, who also just so happens to be a deeply disturbed psychopathic
killer. After being used as a pawn by the scheming
Jijii, who manipulates Ichi into brutally murdering the local Yakuza boss–a man named
Kakihara, the crime bosses sadomasochistic enforcer–is despatched to figure out just
exactly what went down. You know what–Ichi the Killer isn’t a horror
film, and it harkens back to what we said previously about this movie being one of the
most unique films ever made–but the *elements* of horror behind it, particularly when it
comes to Splatter Horror–are something else entirely. Ichi The Killer is a whirlwind of a movie. I’m not sure what it is–but deep down beneath
it’s DNA–this movie defines what gore in cinema *can* be. In that sense, it subverts the oversaturation
of violence and bloodshed and an incredibly intelligent manner. In many ways, in it’s own unique manner–it
is critical of violence for the sake of violence–but most importantly–this movie is really bloody
entertaining. And that’s all that matters. Next up at Number 3–Re-Animator, 1985 YIKES! And it’s also important to note, that I’m
feeling spicy–so I’m also including the whole Re-Animator series on this point–because
Splatter Horror abound–and they are certainly some of the best. So yeah, Bride of Re-Animator, and Beyond
Re-Animator too–although the latter isn’t in the same league, but hey–three’s company. The truth is–excuse the pun, but 1985’s
Re-Animator embodies what it means to truly pull of Splatter Horror–and hopefully it
will be a theme that you will pick up on in our next few entries. Splatter Horror, for lack of a better phrase–needs
to be funny. There is a reason why gore needs a morbid
humour to it for it to be enjoyable–else it would just be far too harrowing for the
sake of it. It links it back to an opening point–splatter
horror is the demonstration of the vulnerability of the human body. It taps into that you either laugh or you
cry kind of mentality. You see, particularly throughout the late
70s and into the 80s–Splatter Horror hit a kind of fever pitch. It was a time where physical effects were
still at their most creative–and that’s exactly what was needed to make this kind
of gore palatable. Re-Animator is perhaps one of the greatest
demonstrations of that, and of course–it’s down to the awesome Stuart Gordon and Brian
Yuzna partnership that deliver us some of the most memorable moments in splatter horror
history. Written and directed by Stuart Gordon, and
based upon the H.P Lovecraft short story–Herbert West–Reanimator–it stars the remarkable
Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West himself, a student of medicine at the University of Zurich who
unwittingly brings his professor, Dr. hans Gruber, back to life. As is always the case when you employ a medical
monkey’s paw though–or, you know, you get the dosage wrong–there are some pretty horrific
side effects–and so ensues 90 minutes of some of the most remarkable splatter horror
caught on film. Really, Re-Animator is such an entertaining
movie that it’s hard not to bring a smile, and it defines the point we were trying to
make earlier. We’re in on the joke. The gore *works* because we’re entertained
by it. The physical effects in this movie are absolutely
brilliant–and John Naulin, the artist behind them–explicitly stated that this was the
goriest movie he’d ever worked on. He used 24 gallons of fake blood. That’s like–a pretty large fish tank. Of Blood. Coming in at Number 2–The Evil Dead, 1981 And it would only take a sequel for us to
realise that some deadite’s bleed green! Who would’ve thought it? The thing is though guys–we just can’t
talk about Splatter Horror without giving credit to one of the most definitive horror
movies of the sub-genre–and whilst Evil Dead 2 is perhaps heavier on the Splatter in Horror
than the original, in terms of scary–Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead hits the sweet spot
right between the two. Truth be told, 1981’s Evil Dead is a pretty
frickin’ terrifying horror movie for the uninitiated–and yeah, I’m including the
trees–the trap door–and all the Necronomicon Nasties that you could imagine in that estimation. Although we spoke briefly about Splatter Horror
needing to cut some of the fat by keeping it a little tongue in cheek for an audience
to get behind it’s buckets of blood–The Evil Dead seemed to balance it to near perfection,
and perhaps that’s why Evil Dead 2 got away with being pretty much a straight up remake,
just with more gore and a boat load of laughs. The original though, there’s nothing *that*
funny about it–because it’s scary, guys. This movie perfectly blends the horror fantasy
of practical effects with straight up atmospheric dread that it’s a master class in the art
of making movies that you love. And so, it’s certainly a good job that as
kids–Sam Raimi and Ash Williams were best friends–because they went on to live their
lives with that same kind of DIY-horror punk spirit–and they went on to make a movie,
that on paper shouldn’t have worked–but they crafted it with such love and affection
that it can do no wrong in the eyes of many horror fans. You see, it doesn’t really matter if you
love the Evil Dead Universe or not–because the original 1981 movie is the definition
of a horror showstopper. In many ways, it’s a melting pot of pretty
much every cinematic trope that works well together–and perhaps that’s why it gets
away with the morbid fascination of Splatter Horror. The woods, teenagers in a cabin–a trap door,
an evil demonic book. That’s all we want, really. And also, The Evil Dead has one of the most
remarkable character arcs for any horror icon ever. Ash Williams goes from annoyingly lucky coward
to unrequited badass in 85 minutes–and gets covered in buckets of blood in the process. The Chainsaw Hand certainly becomes him. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–Dead
Alive, 1992 Whilst all of the movies that have appeared
so far on this list are a credit to the art of gore in horror cinema–only one of them
is pretty much perfection. Hint, it’s this one. Dead Alive is one of the goriest movies ever
made. And whilst it is comfortable as one of the
goriest movies ever made–it is also one of the most charming horror movies ever made–and
when we talk about striking this weird kind of balance between gore for the sake of gore,
and the actual craftsmanship and creativity behind utilising physical effects in horror–this
movie is the definitive demonstration of that. This movie is so ridiculous–and employs gore
at literally every given opportunity–that it becomes a layer of comedy in itself. Where you think there couldn’t possibly
be a moment for a deluge of blood to come cascading down a corridor–that’s exactly
where it strikes. This movie blends ears with custard–and it
makes us eat it along the way–and you know what? We’re fine with that. You see, we spoke previously about The Evil
Dead being made with love–and so too was this movie–and deep down, despite its comedic
trappings, Dead Alive is actually a pretty moving tale about a young man finally standing
up for himself. Hey, like I said–layers–and you can pull
them away like the decayed flesh of a Sumatran rat-monkey. And who better to deliver us such a tall tale,
than the remarkable titan of cinema, Peter Jackson. You see, Dead Alive, also known as Braindead–tells
the tale of Lionel Cosgrove, played by Timothy Balme, who is awesome in this movie–an unassuming
man who lives with his domineering mother Vera–in a huge Victorian Mansion out in the
suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand. Unbeknownst to him though–Vera has been bitten
by a ravenous Sumatran rat-monkey that was discovered during an expedition to the legendary
Skull Island and shipped back to Wellington Zoo without anyone batting an eyelid. Yeah. Don’t ask. Because after that, Vera and her meddling
ways unleashes the kind of Splatter Horror chaos never before seen–the kind of which
that has more blood, gore and guts than pretty much all of the entries on this list combined. Really, it is staggering how much gore there
is in this movie–but, you see, that’s not just the be all and end all of Dead Alive–because
Peter Jackson also managed to cram in some absolutely brilliant dialogue and characterisation
into this horror extraordinaire. This movie was made with love, and before
Jackson was at the top of his filmmaking game with Lord of the Rings–he was at the top
of his Splatter Horror game–with this. Highly recommended. Well, there we have it horror fans–our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Splatter Horror Movies. What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video though,
let’s first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from over the
past few days. Lee Gray says– You’ve got a cult following at my fire station. We have y’alls channel on almost all shift. Much love from Alabama, USA. — You know what, Lee Gray? This is one of the favourite comments of all
time. Thank you guys, really. And also, keep saving lives. And we can’t really top that–so unfortunately,
that’s all we’ve got time for in today’s video, cheers for sticking around all the
way until the end. OUTRO.

71 thoughts on “Top 5 Scariest Splatter Horror Movies

  1. I think it''s an O K genre But a good story and acting helps.
    Creative dismemberment actually requires NO creativity & NO imagination in Horror.

  2. I LOVE HORROR & GORE FILM'S, THEY ARE MY VERY FAVOURITE & that eye bit in the Zombie film really freaked me out, bearing in mind I was a small child at the time, re-animator was hysterical & gory film, this list is ABSOLUTE AWESOME!! Thanks Jack!! 😎👍

  3. Me who's got too many friends and relatives in medicine: How is he screaming when his lungs are being ripped out?
    Also me: Its a zombie movie! We've abandoned any medical and anatomy realism!!!

  4. I love Dead Alive, the greatest zombie movie of all time. My older brother got Zombie,because he told me because the shark and zombie fighting scene. 😂

  5. We just featured both “Dead Alive” and “Re-Animator” for our last two episodes on our movie review podcast, The Reel Feels Podcast.

    Great to see our movies choices made your list!

  6. Takashi not Takeshi (I think you were thinking of Takeshi Kitano) and Miike is pronounced Mee-keh almost sounds like Mee-kay, Japanese is hard I know. I've been studying for a couple years and I'm pretty good at reading and writing but without a Japanese Native to talk to, my speaking is poor even though I know all of the sounds there are just so many rules but I guess it's better than English where we break all of our so-called rules.

  7. A couple of list suggestions.
    Top five scariest music soundtracks… my favourite being Suspiria
    Top five most outstanding performance in a horror film eg Toni Collette in Hereditary
    Essie Davies in The Babadook… etc

  8. are you trying to trick people about Ichi the Killer by only showing picture of Kakihara…the dvd cover is already tricking people as it is

  9. I'd add the Hatchet series to this. It's so ridiculously transgressive, you're continually stuck between laughter and nausea.

  10. I finally got the missus to watch "dead alive" with me recently and she made me turn it off after about 30mins…currently planning the divorce 😉

  11. It's not also known as Braindead. It is Braindead. The Dead Alive renaming was for American audiences. It's a NZ film, and here it is only known as Braindead. Calling it Dead Alive means you're talking about either the heavily cut 85 minute R-Rated version, or the not quite as cut 97 minute Unrated version released in the US. NOT the 104 minute uncut and even gorier version released in NZ, Australia, and the UK. So Dead Alive by definition is an inferior splatter movie because its a less splat laden release than Braindead. Also not mentioning how controversial the gore was that lead to the cuts seems like an odd omission considering the list.

  12. I'm currently making a movie about an African American serial killer that is joker levels of crazy. Seeing as you can't even make a top 10 list of African American killers wish me luck 😁

  13. As soon as this episode started I immediately said "dead alive" because that movie is soooooooo good I looove love that movie along with everything evil dead and splatter all together. My favorite type of horror movies.

  14. I saw Zombie sitting in my drivers seat of my Fiat. It was playing at the Drive in theater. When it got to the "eye" scene, there was not a car in the lot, that did not lay on their horns. It was a magnificent moment.

  15. It occurred to me, that the most horrific spatter I've seen was not in a horror film per say. Scarface had the over the top chainsaw. scene. Yow.

  16. Loved DEAD ALIVE!!!!!! Absolutely awesome. Thank You for a Top5 list to celebrate my Birthday to!!!!! Great BIG HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I'm ashamed I haven't seen Dead Alive and I have seen lots and lots of gory films, including the other 4 on this list. I might this Hallowern. Looks good.

  18. Wait ears and custard???? What kind of ears? What kind of custard? Why ears and custard? Jack, brother, I have so many questions…..

  19. Thank you for finally giving Dead Alive the credit it so rightly deserves! Pete Jackson deserves so much praise for all of his work but it begins with this lovely gem!!! Thanks Jacks for shinning a spotlight on it!

  20. You know… You mention different manga in different lists y'all make, you make lists about both books and movies, even comic books, why not make a list of horror manga? A list could be devoted to Junji Ito all on his own of course, but there's plenty out there where you could make a lil series about em!
    (A personal fave? Magical Girl Apocalypse. Absolutely fantastic and gory enough to be on this list too!)

  21. Did we watch the same move with Ichi, the Killer? It opens with a woman being brutally beaten and raped, features multiple rape scenes, violence against women and just very hard to watch at points. Ichi is a "protagonist" with an unstoppable kill switch, kills a battered rape victim after proposing to also beat and rape her, and also isn't the man on the cover of the DVD. I just didn't get it I don't think.

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