Top 5 Most Extreme Horror Movies From A PopHorror Writer

Growing up, I remember walking down the aisles of the video store watching all the horror movies. I was old enough to watch movies, but with horror that wasn’t going to happen depending on the content. My parents just wouldn’t rent them to me. So I was stuck catching any horror movie I could on late night TV or a Halloween marathon.

My friends and I have always tried to find a horror movie to talk about on the playground. It eventually became a game to see who can horror the other person. As we got older, the infamous tape trade began. Someone received a copy of an extreme horror movie from a “friend”, something like faces of death. They felt real seeing this unmarked VHS with little indication of who they really were. This was before the internet, so trading tapes was our version of posting and sharing YouTube clips on our social accounts.

Now, with the internet and filmmakers going beyond their ideas, we have access to even more gory and extreme horror films, and I want to share my favorites. Maybe you’ve seen them, or maybe you’ve only heard of them but never had the chance to watch them. This list is by no means a countdown as they are all equal in my eyes. You may or may not agree, but these extreme horror movies are the top five I think, streaming, owning, renting, and viewing.

Irreversible (2002)

Directed by Gaspar Noé (I am alone 1998)

Gasper is no stranger to pushing the boundaries when it comes to filmmaking. Its name alone is enough to give you an idea of ​​what to expect. Irreversible is no different. In fact, it’s usually the first film that audiences will conjure up as an uncomfortable experience in the realm of extreme horror movies.

The parcel:

Events during a traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.

The movie doesn’t set you up as it progresses to the end of the movie… which is actually the beginning of the story. The amount of violence plays a major role, seeping into the veins of morality where the audience watches as the characters end up with emotional and physical scars.

In a glass cage (1986)

Directed by Agustí Villaronga (The belly of the sea 2021)

The idea of ​​hell is created in the terrifying film, In a glass cage (our retro review), and the story explains how someone deals with loss and pain. There is no sympathy for the protagonist or the antagonist. This extreme horror film starts out as a foreign auteur film, but as you watch it, you realize it’s actually a disturbing horror film.

The parcel:

A former Nazi child killer is locked in an iron lung inside an old mansion after a suicide attempt. His wife hires him full-time as a caretaker, a mysterious young man who is gradually driven mad by the old man’s disturbing past.

The guardian was once tortured by the now helpless monster. Once inside the house, the guardian loses his last string of humanity and he becomes the thing he hates. We watch the torture unfold in a way that would make anyone disgusted and uncomfortable. The film does not allow the viewer to breathe or decide who is right or wrong. We want justice but at what cost?

mental larva (2021)

Directed by Mikel Balerdi (Vore gore 2021)

We’ve all seen slogans like this: “You’re not prepared for this!” “Shocking and appalling! This is understandable because the taste for horror and terror varies between all of us. However, with mental larva (our review), I can say that this film goes beyond shock and awe.

The parcel:

A couple who seem fairly normal at first, begin to show their dark side when an interest in disturbing images begins to gnaw at their minds, leading them through the unknown.

From the first five minutes to the very end, you are horrified. This extreme horror movie is really hard to watch, but you can’t stop watching it. The story covers taboo subjects, but as you watch the action unfold, it goes beyond the extreme. Enter the movie blind. It really is an experience.

The Human Centipede 2 (2011)

Directed by Tom Six (Human Centipede franchise)

Of all the movies on this list, a sequel is finally recommended. Truth be told, this film stands out the most in the franchise and is perhaps the scariest and most heartbreaking.

The parcel:

Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, deranged loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to fulfill his sick fantasy.

With a black and white landscape, Human Centipede II (A.K.A Human Centipede 2: Tom Six Discusses Story Concept) feels dark, spooky, scary, and just uncomfortable. You’ll want to take a shower to clean off the soaking mist that surrounds you after seeing the brutality of the torture Martin puts his victims through. The buildup to the finale is truly a work of extreme horror as you witness what a deranged person with no medical experience, no prop tools, and no regard for human life will do to complete their opus.

Dark web XXX (2019)

XXX Dark Web (Video 2019) - IMDb

Directed by Alex Hernández, Domiziano Cristopharo, Emanuele Marchetto, Adam Ford, Lorenzo D. Zanoni and Daniel Valient dei White Gardenia

I know I said this is not a countdown since all movies listed are equal in my opinion. However, I will say that XXX: Dark Web is the closest to my number one movie here. The evils and curiosities of a void of deception, torment and death are shown in this film, and it holds nothing back, revealing humanity’s darkest longings, desires and fears. What’s nice about this extreme horror film is that there are no moral lessons or any tendency to think things will get better once the story is told. It’s just a horror movie that gives us an idea of ​​what’s out there. Do we dare to go further? With topics like cannibalism, BDSM and self-harm, XXX: Dark Web holds nothing back. It’s all there to make things even more uncomfortable. There is one scene in particular that sticks with me. The first time I watched it, I felt tied down and couldn’t move in my chair. It was too authentic, which made it difficult to distinguish between what was real and what was a movie prop.

Overall, the movie offers a great combination of depravity and artistry. Yes, art is subjective, but with a film like this, one can’t help but wonder where art begins and where reality ends. XXX: Dark Web blends the two so closely that it’s hard to tell, but still, our curiosity is captured.

All of the extreme horror movies on this list are worth watching, owning, and discussing, from the days of VHS movie rentals to now where the internet gives us so many ways to watch and buy them. . What do you think of this list? Is there anything I should have added? Let me know in the comments!