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Ten Memorably Gory Moments in Non-Horror Films!

If you’ve ever found yourself watching some stuffy costume drama or family-friendly adventure movie and thought to yourself, gee, this film sure could use a few more disembowelments, then B-D’s list of “Ten Most Memorably Gory Moments in Non-Horror Movies” is just the ticket for you. It was a shockingly easy lineup to compile, what with the plethora of gruesome war movies and martial arts extravaganzas (not to mention one notorious religious epic) to choose from, and as such narrowing it down to a mere ten picks was no easy task. And while there’s admittedly much more where the following batch of (surprisingly quite mainstream) blood-and-viscera-laced entries came from (perhaps a Part 2 is in order?), this list is a good starting point for any hardcore horror fan looking to expand their gore-loving horizons into other genres.

While scenes of gory mayhem are most often associated with films in the horror genre, the truth is that some of the most gruesome bits in movie history are featured in films that can’t rightly be classified as such. War epics, martial arts movies, adventure flicks, slapstick comedies, and even religious parables have all been known to linger on the morbid details of on-screen deaths, and given this fact Mr. Disgusting thought it would be fun to compile a list of ten of the most memorable gore scenes not associated with the horror genre. While I was more than happy to take on the challenge, I should note that the gags I ended up selecting aren’t necessarily the goriest of all possible choices; if that were the case the list probably would’ve been quite a bit different. What I’ve attempted to highlight here, rather, are those grisly scenes that, regardless of the actual volume of blood shown onscreen, truly stick in the mind long after you’ve left the theater.

Note: I’ve listed the scenes in alphabetical order because the artistic intent behind each of them varies wildly – some seek to elicit laughter, others disgust, others adrenaline, etc. As such, I didn’t feel it was appropriate to rank them on a relative scale.

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  • huntermc

    Here’s my nomination for Mr. Creosote from Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life for part two. “Just a wafer thin mint…”

  • JoeInTheBox

    Irreversible and the fire extinguisher scene.

  • J Jett

    nice list! KILL BILL’s “The Showdown at the House Of Blue Leaves” sequence you included in your list is one of my all time favorite scenes in any movie ever! 🙂

  • LastCubScout

    Jordi Mollà gets shot through the head and falls on a land mine in ‘Bad Boys 2’.

    A Delta Force operator gets blown in half by an RPG in ‘Black Hawk Down’.

    Christina Hendricks gets a splitting headache in ‘Drive’.

    Olivia Thirlby steals an MP5 SMG from a thug and unleashes full-auto into his face in ‘Dredd’.


    People give Passion of the Christ a bad rap. I think it’s better billed as a horror film than a religious film personally. The whole movie leaves you with a sense of dread, it has good gore, and is generally creepy (especially some of the scenes with the devil).

    • Golic

      totally agree. Apocalypto can also be considered a horror film IMO

    • elpinche

      Passion is an example of a good exploitation film. it would be playing in grindhouses in the 70s.

  • James Allard

    The grossly under-rated (and possibly best) Burt Reynolds vehicle, Sharky’s Machine in which a questioning leads to the loud, agonizing removal of not one but two sections of fingers. While the gore is at a minimum, there are times when the sound and the reaction of the party being dismantled is just as (sometimes more) effective, and watching the reaction as it becomes clear that yes, we are going to be removing all of your fingers one knuckle at a time was then (and remains) one of the most gruesome things I had ever seen…

    Now for the blood only amongst us… same movie, different scene in which two characters, good guy Buddhist cop and bad guy coked-to-the-point-of-utter-madness face off across the distance of, oh, maybe 12 feet and empty their weapons into one another. Blood everywhere, and it is only adrenaline in the cop and coke in the villain that keeps them both upright.

  • Cray

    The scene in Punisher: War Zone where the father-son criminal duo are killed, the former getting most of his head shot off, and the latter getting his entire face caved in with a single punch.

  • elpinche

    Kitchen scene in The Raid 2. The motherfucker gets eviscerated at the end with that hook blade.

  • MidianGTX

    Dude getting his face smashed in with a fire extinguisher in ‘Irreversible’.

  • Ben_Jammin

    Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan.

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