Splatter films are my guilty pleasure. I just LOVE them! It’s the overdone camp-ness, the ridiculous scenarios, the ingenious special effects….in conclusion – I’d far rather watch a man plough through a crowd of the undead with a lawn mower than watch a chick flick, any day.
This post will list my favourite five, that is, ones I enjoyed – ones with humour amidst the gore. I’ve banished the more unfriendly exploitation films to ‘honourable mentions’ at the bottom.
The Evil Dead 2
Ah, Bruce Campbell. A true hero. This was my first ever splatter movie, and I never looked back. Featuring an animated severed hand and a chainsaw body extension, the Evil Dead 2 is a real cult classic. A highly enjoyable romp through the gutters of bad taste.
Day of the Dead
Hailed by some as the ‘ultimate’ horror film, Romero’s Day of the Dead is the more gory of the trilogy, and truly fulfilled the expectations of exploitation fans the world over.
Ichi the Killer
From Japanese gore director Takeshi Mike comes Ichi the Killer, a film about a sexually repressed murderous lunatic. This well-known splatter classic is not those with weak stomachs.
Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombie 2)
Another undead favourite here, Zombie Flesh Eaters, or simply ‘Zombie’ is a personal bad-taste favourite, if not solely for the tag line: “we are going to eat you”. Featuring one of Fulci’s best known trademarks – the “eyeball gag”, Zombie 2 is just…magnificent.
Braindead / Dead Alive (US)
From Oscar-winning Peter Jackson comes Braindead – arguably the finest film to have ever come out of Australia, or indeed, the world. Described by David Stratten of Variety Magazine as “an orgy of bad taste and splatter humor”, I think this is better than ALL of the LOTR series put together. Why? Featuring zombie sex, a zombies vs lawnmower fight and a extravagant birthing scene, Braindead is just too good to miss. Note: try and go for the 97 minutes version, as other versions have cut out some of the gore (boo!)
Cannibal Holocaust, The Beyond, The Human Centipede, Hostel, Maniac, Planet Terror, Nekromantik, I Spit on your Grave, Basket Case, the Wizard of Gore, Street Trash…