6 Gore Movies Chock-Full of Fake Blood
As Jean-Luc Godard once put it when a critic accused his movies of being too bloody: "That's not blood, that's red." That also goes for these bloody movies, which probably have enough corn syrup and red dye to feed a nation of American babies. When it comes to gore, some people like to say that "Less is more." But if less is more, then just think how much more "more" would be!Here are six of the bloodiest movies ever made.
"Bay of Blood"
One of the first filmmakers to discover the cinematic joy of buckets of blood, Mario Bava is considered by many to be the father of the slasher, particularly for this horror classic, also known as "Twitch of the Death Nerve." While it doesn't feature a literal bay of blood, there's enough blood here to fill a hot tub, at least, as one character after another is stalked and then slashed in increasingly gruesome ways. Sound familiar? It provided the template for pretty much every slasher since then, from "Halloween" on.
Stanley Kubrick takes a cerebral, measured approach to horror in this classic based on the novel by Stephen King-but even he knows that sometimes you just have to give people hundreds of gallons of blood. In typically Kubrick fashion, he decided to give it to audiences all in one scene-a famous hallucination of a giant torrent of blood rushing out of an elevator and down a hotel corridor. He wanted to include it in the trailer, but the MPAA objected, so he told them it was "rusty water" instead. They may have bought it, but we all now better.
John Carpenter may be a master of horror, but he isn't known for excessively gory or bloody movies. The exception to this rule is "The Thing," which features a shape-shifting alien and all kinds of gushing, crushing gore. Unlike many alien shape-shifters, The Thing has to do a lot of messy work in order to replicate a host, and the gore that results is some of the most memorably disgusting scenes in movie history.
Another Italian thriller director who understands the value of buckets of blood, Dario Argento has probably employed hundreds of people in the fake blood business over the course of his career. That career reached a really bloody climax with "Tenebrae," a meta-textual thriller about a novelist who writes cheap paperback thrillers, and who may have inspired a brutal killer. The murder scenes are typically bloody, and one scene in particular features a severed arm and a huge torrent of blood.
George A Romero is famous for his zombie movies, but zombies tend not to bleed that much. Vampires, on the other hand, are a pretty bloody subject, cinematically speaking. And when that vampire is Martin, who doesn't have the mess-saving advantage of a pair of fangs (he has to use a straight razor instead), the blood flows like never before. And the final scene, in which Martin is dispatched by a wooden stake through the heart - well, suffice it to say, there's a lot of blood.
Quentin Tarantino's epic homage to Shaw Brothers kung fu flicks does them one better by including fountains of blood emanating from necks and various other appendages. Uma Thurman is The Bride, who has to hack and slash her way through a seemingly infinite amount of bad guys in order to catch her titular prey, her ex-husband Bill, played by David Carradine. Along the way, there's enough blood flow to satisfy even the most jaded gorehound. Realistic? No, but it's pretty to look at, in a weird way.