Body Horror

Body horror as a sub-genre is generally perceived to have emerged during the 50s but there are films dating back to the silent era which focus on the body undergoing grotesque changes. Notable classics such as 'The Hands of Orlac' succeeded a decade later by Frankenstein and then the Wolf-man series are prime examples of how body horror has been around for a century or so taking inspiration from Gothic literary sources, ever evolving into new mutations bringing us up to present day.

The list I've compiled are ones I've seen and not necessarily my best watches but an indication of the changing times and new trends expanding on the body out of control. Some of them (well ok, a lot) happen to be my favourite horrors regardless of their categorisation and a few are questionable entries but there is no denying their impact on cinema audiences.

  • Hellraiser
  • Scanners
  • Basket Case
  • Event Horizon
  • The Fly
  • The Fly
  • The Thing
  • The Hands of Orlac
  • Alien
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Under the Skin
  • The Descent
  • Splinter
  • The Ruins
  • Raw
  • Honeymoon
  • Videodrome
  • Shivers
  • The Brood
  • Rabid
  • The Void
  • Naked Lunch
  • The Stuff
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Dead Ringers
  • Possession
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • The Thing From Another World
  • Audition
  • Black Swan
  • Braindead
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Frankenstein
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • The Wolf Man
  • House of Frankenstein
  • House of Dracula
  • Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • The Howling
  • The Beyond
  • Frankenhooker
  • The Exorcist
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Skin I Live In