Body Horror

Body horror or biological horror might make up one of cinema’s most disgusting film subgenres in which the horror is principally derived from the graphic or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body.

These violations may manifest through aberrant sex, mutations, mutilation, zombification, gratuitous violence, disease, decay, deformity, parasitism or unnatural movements of the body.

In this list I have rounded up some of the greatest body horror movies ever made. Some are full-blown horror movies, some are comedies, some are surrealist head trips, but all are prime examples of what cinema can be when gore goes wild.

  • The Thing
  • The Fly
  • Alien
  • Eraserhead
  • Videodrome
  • Hellraiser
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Naked Lunch
  • Raw
  • Teeth
  • Possession
  • Society
  • The Void
  • District 9
  • Slither
  • Re-Animator
  • The Brood
  • Tusk
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Border
  • Bite
  • Cabin Fever
  • Black Swan
  • The Blob
  • Martyrs
  • The Evil Dead
  • Annihilation
  • Suspiria
  • Audition
  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  • From Beyond
  • Antiviral
  • Taxidermia
  • Street Trash
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • Dead Ringers
  • Shivers
  • Rabid