How Gory Can You Handle Your Horror Movies?

Many horror fans adore gory movies and many don’t. Both standpoints are equally valid, and one fan’s greatest fear may seem comical to another. Still, if you are a person who doesn’t like gore — or is uncertain about how comfortable they feel with excessive gore — here’s a handy six step guide to ascertain your gore management level.

Level 1: No gore whatsoever


Of course, what’s gory and what’s creepy are totally different. Most people actually find non-gory movies that get under your skin more frightening.

Suggested Movies: Session 9, ,

Level 2: Just a little bit of gore


There may be the odd memorable scene with a spray of blood, but these are generally safe for , but might make exceptions for a good scary film.

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(It’s never a bad time to watch the Poltergeist face/off scene!)

Level 3: Medium to heavy gore


OK, we’re getting to the level where gore is an integral part of the movie, but isn’t the driving force behind the film. It’s a necessary part of the plot, not the whole plot!

Suggested Movies: , All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, 28 Weeks Later

Level 4: Mega gore with a touch of comedy


There are plenty of very gory movies that play for laughs, meaning that, although the screen is swamped with the red stuff, our fears are alleviated by the sheer ridiculousness of the movie.

Suggested Movies: Bloodsucking Bastards, Deadly Spawn, Braindead

Level 5: Very gory horror movies


These horror movies are super gory, and part of the pleasure of watching them is their extreme gore and violence. However, there are other interesting elements to these movies that means that they never become pure torture porn.

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Level 6: Movies made purely to be gory


We’re talking pure and films. There is no other reason for these films’ existence other than to bring the carnage.

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Which gore level can you handle with your horror movies?

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