When it comes to secrets behind the cult following phenomenon, gory movies always dominate the discussion. Moviegoers are always attracted to bloodshed, gore and horror. Willingly exposing themselves to extreme graphic violence is a chilling experience which attracts them again and again to these movies. Studies hint at the fact that viewers are not attracted to the violent acts in such movies, but to the thrill and suspense given by violent content. Sometimes, it may be the empathy generates towards the victim of violence. Or, those gory sequences may act as a safety valve for the accumulated aggression of the viewers. Another explanation is that unimaginable violence gives an insight into human nature and existence to the viewers.
We’ve always loved to be frightened and terrified. When the inventors of cinema, the Lumiere Brothers, screened one of their first showreels, people were awestruck watching the shot of a train arriving on a railway platform. The fear generated at the sight tempted them to line up in front of the makeshift screening hall to watch it again and again, and gore movies have been writing their history soaked with blood for more than a century. Even though it’s considered a niche genre, which is rather repulsive, slasher flicks rake huge chunks of money from the box office. Whatever be the reasons, the gore is here to stay. And if you are in the mood to watch a slasher flick or a bloody mess, Netflix is your place. The streaming platform has a long list of cinematic gore and graphic violence compiled. So, here’s the list of really good gory movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
10. Raw (2016)
‘Raw’ is the shocking portrayal of the cannibalistic family of a young woman, Justine. She grows up in a family known for their ritualistic vegetarian habits. But when the 16-year-old girl joins the vet school as per her family tradition, the schoolmates help her to realize some horrible facts about herself and her family. Since the family is quite popular in town for their strict vegetarianism, the senior students make Justine eat raw meat as a part of the hazing ritual. Tasting raw meat for the first time triggers unknown desires for exotic tastes buried deep in her mind. ‘Raw’ plunges into the horror of a cannibalistic ultimatum as Justine realizes her craving for human flesh. In her quest for human bodies, she finds the true colors of her family, which has a long line of cannibalistic history.
9. Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021)
Written by Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak, ‘Fear Street Part One: 1994’ is a slasher film that is based on R. L. Stine’s book series of the same name. The Kiana Madeira and Olivia Scott Welch-starrer revolve around a group of teenagers living in the murder capital of the United States known as Shadyside. When an unmotivated massacre shocks the region, five friends vow to get to the bottom of things and eventually stumble upon a centuries-old supernatural secret. But will the teenagers manage to protect the city they love from dark forces without any help?
8. 1922 (2017)
Inspired by Stephen King’s novella of the same name, ‘1922’ is a horror drama film directed and written by Zak Hilditch. The movie is set in the early 1920s and follows Wilfred and Arlette James, a happily married couple who move to a farm with their son Henry. Arlette had inherited it from her father but soon realizes that she is not enjoying the farm life and decides to move back to the city. Wilfred, who has become greedy and now desires to keep the farm, ends up murdering his wife, unbeknownst to the supernatural consequences of his heinous actions.
7. The 8th Night (2021)
Directed and written by Kim Tae-hyoung, ‘The 8th Night’ is a mystery thriller horror movie that features stand-out performances by Lee Sung-min, Park Hae-joon, Kim Yoo-jung, and Nam Da-reum. The film follows an archaeologist who is branded as a charlatan by the media after he finds the red eye of a centuries-old demon that was killed by Buddha. After being pushed into obscurity, he plots his revenge on the rest of the world by awakening the long-dead demon. If he succeeds, the world could perish and burn, but an ax-toting monk who happens to possess supernatural powers is brave enough to stand against evil and fight the forces of darkness all by himself.
6. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020)
Starring Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz, Michał Lupa, and Wiktoria Gąsiewska, ‘Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight’ is a supernatural horror movie directed and co-written by Bartosz M. Kowalski. The film centers upon a group of technologically dependent teenagers with little to no experience of camping. Therefore, to challenge themselves, they decide to go on a hike in the woods without access to smartphones, hoping that the trip will teach them important lessons. Unfortunately, they are unprepared for the horrors that are about to unfold once their misadventures in the woods begin.
5. Cadaver (2020)
Featuring talented actors like Gitte Witt, Thomas Gullestad, and Thorbjørn Harr, ‘Cadaver’ is a horror movie directed and written by Jarand Herdal. When a Norwegian city is hit by a nuclear disaster Leonora and Jacob, along with their daughter, Alice, face an unprecedented crisis just like other people from the region. The starving trio attends a charitable event in a hotel nearby, unbeknownst to the dangers they are putting themselves in. While things look quite normal initially, they slowly realize that they are mere pawns in a twisted game in which their lives are on the line.
4. A Classic Horror Story (2021)
Directed by Roberto De Feo and Paolo Strippoli, ‘A Classic Horror Story’ is an Italian horror film. It follows five carpoolers who are traveling together to a common destination in a motorhome. Their journey unfolds just as they had expected until they crash into a tree while trying to avoid a dead animals’ carcass lying in the middle of the road. When they regain consciousness, the carpoolers realize that the road that they were driving on has suddenly disappeared, and they are now in a dense jungle. As the story unfolds, the harsh reality of the mysterious jungle begins to surface, and the five men are forced to struggle for their lives.
3. No One Gets Out Alive (2021)
Based on Adam Nevill’s 2014 novel of the same name, ‘No One Gets Out Alive’ is a British horror movie that stars Cristina Rodlo and Marc Menchaca. The Santiago Menghini directorial focuses on an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Ambar, who is trying to rebuild a new life following the untimely death of his mother. While she is understandably struggling in her personal life, things only spiral out of control for her when she starts living in an eerie boarding house.
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2. The Babysitter (2017)
‘The Babysitter’ is a teen black comedy horror film written by Brian Duffield. The Joseph McGinty Nichol directorial revolves around Cole, an introverted young boy who is often looked after by his likable babysitter Bee. Although the protagonist loves her, one night when he could not sleep, Cole accidentally stumbles upon the frightening reality that she is a cold-blooded killer who could be dangerous for him. In the following hours, as Bee and her band of killers realize that their secret can be revealed, now known to the young boy, a drama for survival ensues in which Cole will have to put everything on the line to see another sunrise.
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1. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is an enthralling thriller set in the backdrop of the contemporary art scene. From the director of ‘Nightcrawler’, Dan Gilroy, the movie has Jake Gyllenhaal playing an art critic. When he finds some mysterious paintings with supernatural powers created by an unknown artist, he is thrown into the underworld when art shakes hands with commerce. A group of elite art collectors smell the value of the paintings by an anonymous painter. But the force hiding underneath the paintings takes its toll on them in the bloodiest way.
‘Velvet Buzzsaw‘ exposes the venomous network of critics and art-collectors that reigns the art scene, invalidating the true value and purpose of a work of art. The movie chronicles the gruesome death of each man who tries to move or trade the paintings. When art critics realize it’s the paintings that are responsible for the killings, it’s too late for them to escape the wrath of art. The end credits appear over visuals of an artist who is immersed in the ecstasy of the creation over its monetary value after a narrow escape from the lethal revenge of the paintings.
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