9 Disturbing Body Horror Movies That Will Turn Your Stomach

Do you have what it takes to watch these grisly flicks?

By DeAnna Janes
9 Disturbing Body Horror Movies That Will Turn Your Stomach

BODY HORROR, noun: A term first coined in 1986 by Screen magazine to describe a sci-fi-horror hybrid derived from the graphic deconstruction or degeneration of the body.

Translation: A movie that should come with a barf bag. Join us as we rank the freakiest body horror movies around—that is, if you can stomach it.


 

9. Slither

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Before writer/director James Gunn was smashing all preconceived superhero-movie notions with Guardians of the Galaxy, he was garnering critical acclaim with his slimy satiric homage to The Blob, George A. Romero, and several of the films on this list. Set in anytown, USA and starring Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker, Slither follows a group of locals invaded by a wormy creature hell-bent on taking over the planet — or at least turning its inhabitants into gooey monsters with blistery eye sores.

Stream it on Google Play and Amazon.

Related: 11 BEST FUNNY HORROR MOVIES

 

8. Ginger Snaps

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When it comes to the quantity of menstrual horror out there, let’s just say the field is flooded. However, when it comes to finding quality? All dried up. Thank goodness for this indie gem, a feminist body horror parable similar to the likes of Teeth or the Danish nightmare When Animals Dream. From director John Fawcett and writer Karen Walton, Ginger Snaps stars a pair of outcast teenage sisters, one of whom gets bit by a werewolf. As Ginger’s body changes, her, ahem, primal instincts are unleashed, and genre fans are treated to visceral imagery that modernizes an overdone trope.

Stream it on iTunes.

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7. From Beyond

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One look at the poster art and you get why Stuart Gordon’s 1986 body horror is on this list. Based on the nightmarish works of H.P. Lovecraft, there’s actually more to this freaky film than oozy special effects. A lot more. Pretty much a Re-Animator reunion, From Beyond is about yet another group of scientists who are poking their instruments where they don’t belong. After creating what is called The Resonator, a machine that warps perceptible reality and offers a glimpse into a parallel universe of pleasure, the scientists find themselves under attack from its unhuman life forms. From there, things get perverse, peculiar, and very messy.

Stream it on Amazon.

 

6. The Thing

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Kurt Russell bundles up and grows out the scruff to play R.J. MacReady, the protagonist helicopter pilot who leads the charge against a shape-shifting alien that’s been found out in the Antarctic and toted back to an American research station. Based on the Who Goes There? novella by John Campbell, John Carpenter’s frosty film features an organism capable of assuming the identities of the human it kills, which results in an amalgamation of mutated organs, tentacled appendages, and buckets of slime.

Stream it on Google Play and Amazon.

Related: 10 TOTALLY CREEPY ’80S HORROR MOVIES

 

5. Taxidermia

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Unless you actively seek out perverse films about lust and gluttony (and, hey, no judgment), we’re pretty sure you missed György Pálfi’s award-winning Hungarian genre-bender. A wacky stunner that intertwines three stories like a string of fat sausage links, Taxidermia is a tale about a frustrated soldier’s bizarre desires, his obese speed-eating champ son, and his taxidermy-obsessed grandson who moves from stuffing animals to stuffing his own torso. One could call the film a depiction of Hungary’s socio-political failures – OR we could just call it the best appetite suppresser known to man.

Buy it on Amazon.

 

4. The Brood

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Go ahead and ready your gag reflex for the Baron of Blood. We have three — yes, three — David Cronenberg gems coming up (he is the king of venereal horror after all). First up: The Brood, a tale about a man, his wife, the wife’s oddball psychologist, and the mutant freaks she keeps under wraps. The closest thing Cronenberg has to an autobiographical tale, The Brood was born while he and his own wife were in the throes of a custody battle. And you thought your mind went to dark places.

Stream it on iTunes and Amazon.

Related: 10 BIZARRE BUT GREAT HORROR MOVIES YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T SEEN

 

3. Videodrome

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Who knew Cronenberg’s 1983 techno horror would be as poignant today as it was more than 30 years ago. Max Renn (played by James Woods) is a sleazy TV programmer who learns that the torture porn he’s broadcasting on his channel isn’t as fictitious as he assumed. A warped watch that channels body horror at its best, this one’s also a quality example of how too much TV can fry your brain — or at least turn it into a viscid mush.

Stream it on Google Play and Amazon.

 

2. Spring

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Though the 80s and early 90s are credited with spawning the majority of quality body horror films, there’s a string of recent releases threatening to steal that crusty crown. Films like Starry Eyes, Honeymoon, and this summer’s Bite are real treats, though it’s a 2014 sleeper hit we wanna call out. A dark parable that dwells in the desolate territory that is a well-executed romance horror, Spring follows its main character, Evan, from California to the Italian coast and into the arms of his dream girl—a dark-haired beauty whose harboring, shall we say, a monstrous secret.

Stream it on iTunes.

Related: 10 CREEPIEST FILMS FROM SXSW 2016

 

1. The Fly

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And now, our final Cronie classic: the film that will forever change the way you look at Jeff Goldblum. As Seth Brundle, a brilliant scientist who performs one too many experiments, Goldblum slowly morphs over the course of the film into a 185-pound fly right in front of his girlfriend’s eyes. Technically, a sci-fi horror, we consider this body horror masterpiece a tragic romance that tests the limits of love. Because, hey, we get the whole growing old together thing, but tending to a significant other’s putrid white vomit and disgusting hangnails is quite another story.

Stream it on Amazon.

Poster for "Slither" via Gold Circle Films; Still from Slither" via Gold Circle Films; Still from "Ginger Snaps" via Lions Gate Films; Poster for "From Beyond" via Empire Pictures; Still from "The Thing" via Universal Pictures; Still from "Taxidermia" via Regent Releasing; Still from "The Brood" via New World Pictures; Still from "Videodrome" via Universal Pictures; Still from "Spring" via XYZ Films; Still from "The Fly" via Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation