The Top 10 Horror Films of All Time (And Where To Watch Them)

The Top 10 Horror Films of All Time (And Where To Watch Them) ...

The Sadness, a Taiwanese horror film, has brought gore back in a significant way. It includes scenes where the floor is literally flooded with blood. The Sadness is expected to be included in the pantheon of cult classic splatter films discussed and dissected by gore-hounds everywhere.

Below are ten films that are often dubbed as some of the finest ever made. Not all of them have gory murder scenes, but there are several critical moments in which incredible amounts of blood are used, establishing new records.

'The Shining' (1980)

Despite Stephen King's apparent inability to like this adaptation of his work, it remains one of Stanley Kubrick's finest films. When struggling writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is offered the position of caretaker at a hotel during the off-season, he moves into the isolated building with his wife and young son.

Wendy (Shelley Duvall) stumbles upon an elevator that opens and discharges a river of blood into the hotel while fleeing from her homicidal husband and searching for her son. The film's most iconic scene is one of the film's most famous scenes, and it is believed that around 3,000 gallons of fake blood were used to create the effect. The Shining is available on HBO Max.

'Saw' (2004)

The Saw series, which consists of nine films, follows the grizzly career of serial murderer Jigsaw. Instead, Jigsaw devises traps that put his captives' will to the test, with often shocking results.

The most memorable traps from the series have been outlined in lists, including The Rack from Saw III, where limbs are twisted in ways nobody should bend; the needle pit in Saw II that will have you squirming in your seat; and the scene in Saw 3D where four Neo-Nazis are cleverly killed by one vehicle.

'High Tension' (2003)

High Tension is a mean and horrific horror film that has been hailed as one of the pioneering films of the New French Extreme Horror Movement. When best friends Marie and Alex go to Alex's family's farm to study and unwind for the weekend, their tranquil plans are jeopardized by the arrival of a serial killer.

High Tension's debut filmmaker Alexandre Aja emphasizes the murders, often to a cartoonish degree, including in the scene where the killer murders Alex's father, before decapitating him with a book.

'Hostel' (2005)

Eli Roth's Hostel is often credited (along with Saw) for initiating the "torture porn" movement, following three backpackers who cross Europe but are caught up in an underground organization that sells people to rich bidders to seize their own bizarre fantasies.

Hostel: Part II, which is also directed by Roth, features a literal bloodbath. Lorna is abducted and is hung naked above an elaborate bath, followed by another woman, who soon approaches her, slicing her open to bathe in her fallen blood.

'Tokyo Gore Police' (2008)

The Tokyo Gore Police are set in a near future Japan that is ravaged by a virus that transforms humans into machines that sprout terrifying weaponry from severed limbs. Ruka is a one-woman monster killing machine who wields a katana as she seeks vengeance for her father's death.

Tokyo Gore Police is a part of a wave of splatter films that were released in Japan in the late 2000s, and it features constant sprays of blood as limbs are hacked away, as well as body horror, including a famous scene involving a girl whose lower half is a crocodile.

'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a horror film that was created by Wes Craven. It follows the adventures of undead child murderer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) as he massacres the children of those who murdered him.

The final girl Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) devises a strategy to defeat the dream demon with the help of her himbo boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp in his film debut). However, Glen falls asleep on the job, and Freddy removes him from his bed. The resulting geyser of blood is staggering, displacing an estimated 500 gallons of blood onto the ceiling.

'Piranha 3D' (2010)

Alexandre Aja's second film on this list, the French filmmaker has a hunger for blood. Piranha 3D is a remake of the 1978 film which allows for a spring break. It includes Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, and Christopher Lloyd as well as many other characters.

The film spends its first half focusing on the savage piranha attack during the spring break celebrations, and the resulting violence does not disappoint. Partygoers are ripped to pieces by the hungry fish, and the beach is stained red as an estimated 80,000 gallons were used for the production.

'Martyrs' (2008)

Martyrs is another entry into the New French Extremity movement, which has been cited as one of the most distressing films of all time. When two women begin a quest for revenge due to the abuse they suffered as children, they plummet into a terrifying plot with terrifying consequences.

The movie's villain is a secret society that wishes to know the afterlife's secrets by torturing young women until they reach a state that borders on life and death. Martyrs is available to stream on Tubi.

'Braindead' (1992)

Peter Jackson crafted this cult classic gore fest before delivering the world a land of hobbits and elves. Dead Alive takes place in a quiet New Zealand town that is overrun by a zombie horde, leaving nerdy Lionel to rise and be the hero in order to save the woman of his dreams.

The most memorable sequence during the film, long considered to be the worst horror film of all time, is when the zombie horde invades Lionel's house during the finale. Armed with a lawnmower, Lionel blasts through the undead's bodies, smashing their bodies and splattering the walls with gore.

'Evil Dead' (2013)

A cult classic is recreated here, one of the few that stands up well against its predecessor. When drug-addictive Mia (Jane Levy) decides to drop her habit, her family and friends take her to a remote cabin to reset her. This is not the Evil Dead, though, and it is not long before the Necronomicon terrorizes the five youths.

The last battle between Mia and the Abomination takes place during a bloody rainstorm, which is said to have used over 50,000 gallons of blood. This scene alone has earned Evil Dead the distinction of being the most bloodiest film of all time.