With the current state of horror movies, there’s no shortage of brutal gore on the silver screen. But sometimes, gratuitous violence comes from the least likely of places. Here are five moments of extreme gore in unexpected movies.
Sure, Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 wartime fantasy is fairly dark even on the surface, but while our dear Ofelia wanders through imagination land in the very real aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, a man gets his face brutally bashed in with a bottle. That beats out the creature with eyeballs in his hands for “most disturbing moment of the film” and, let’s be real here, that was a race with a hell of a lot of horses in it.
Remember this silly romp, guys? Fake trailers for drinks called Booty Sweat, Robert Downey, Jr. in blackface, and everything in between made this the sleeper hit of 2008. But good lord, there are times when it rivals the target of it’s ridicule, Saving Private Ryan, in terms of stomach-churning gore. For example, Steve Coogan’s character is blown to smithereens by a landmine. BUT, as long as you have an overly made-up Tom Cruise bragging about his giant package, any amount of gratuitous violence will be worth it!
Before rising to intergalactic levels of fame with Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn made a little flick in 2010 called Super. This story of a sad sack who decides to take matters into his own hands and become a crime fighter features a scene in which Rainn Wilson’s character cracks the skull of a would-be line cutter with a wrench. On the upside though, we get to see Nathan Fillion as the ultra religious Holy Avenger, whose wig alone is worth the price of admission.
Freddy Got Fingered
There are a lot of reasons to be freaked out by Tom Green’s Freddy Got Fingered, but one scene tops the list. In between all of the early aughts avant-garde chaos, Gord’s friend Darren suffers an awful compound fracture in his leg, and after all, it wouldn’t be a Tom Green film if Green himself didn’t get on the ground and lick the wound. This scene also features an Oscar-nominated actor, so, y’know, life is not without a sense of irony.
Raiders of the Lost Ark / Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
If your kids are having a blast on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, just go ahead and remind them of how nightmare-inducing its source material can be. Between faces getting melted in the former and still-beating hearts being ripped out in the latter, the Indiana Jones series has had its share of blood-curdling moments. Of course, if those kids get too scared of the Indy franchise, go ahead and say, “It’s okay kiddos, that general just has a REAL bad sunburn. And he’s a Nazi.”
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