The Most Violent Movies Ever Made

Posted on 31 Oct 00:00


Violence is one of the most common themes in movies. Most classic movies have scenes with gruesome violence. Nevertheless, some films have more violence than others. Some movie buffs of violent films love them because of the thrill they provide. Not everyone enjoys violent movies, but those who do, like the escapism they provide. For example, horror movies have shocking, hyperbolic violence that cannot be found in the real world.

Many fans of violent movies like them because of the realistic scenes of extreme violence, anxiety, and torture. Violent films also show total disregard for human life. This is the type of mental escapism some fans yearn for. This article lists seven of the most violent movies ever made that may make you cringe, and a bit sick if you’re not a fan.

  1. Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead is a supernatural American horror directed by Fede Alvarez as his first movie. The screenplay for the 2013 evil dead was written Rodo Sayagues and Alvarez. It was produced by Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Robert Tapert. The 2013 evil dead is a continuation of a film series started in 1981 and was the fourth in the series. The main stars in the film include Jane Levy (Mia), Lou Taylor Pucci (Eric), Elizabeth Blackmore (Natalie), Jessica Lucas (Olivia), and Shiloh Fernandez (David).

Sony Pictures and TrisStar pictures released Evil Dead in the U.S on April, 5 2013. The movie grossed more than $97 million world and elicited different views among critics. The film has an interesting plot that starts with the capture of an innocent girl by cult members. The girl’s father sacrifices her after revealing that the girl is not human, but a demon to fellow cult members.

Several years later, David and his girlfriend Natalie go for a retreat in the cabin where the girl was sacrificed. David finds a book and reads the incarnations on it that summons dead spirits. The film won the Golden Trailer Awards for the best makeup and the best special effect.

  1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust is an Italian horror movie written by Gianfranco Clerici and directed by Ruggero Deodato. The main star is Robert Kerman (Harold Monroe), an anthropologist in New York who leads his team to Amazon forest with the mission of locating a lost crew of movie makers. Actors that play the role of the lost filmmakers include Carl Gabriel Yorke (Alan Yates), Luca Barbareschi (Mark Tomaso), Perry Pirkanen (Jack Anders), and Francesca Ciardi (Faye Daniels).

The movie was infamous for its graphic violence that attracted contradictory opinions. For instance, after the movie was released in Italy, a magistrate ordered it to be ceased because of obscenity. The director was later charged with several accounts of murders after false claims that people were killed on camera. The movie was banned in several countries for violence and sexual assault including Italy and Australia.

The film depicts an American film crew that disappeared in the Amazon rainforest in 1979 while making a documentary about local tribes. The actors proceed to interact with cannibalistic tribes leading to bloody violence. The movie received mixed reviews from the critics. Those who loved the movie have termed it one of the best horror films of all times.

  1. Martyrs (2008)

Martyrs is a French horror film released in 2008 directed and written by Pascal Laugier. The stars  Morjana Alaoui (Anna Assaoui) and Mylene Jampanoi (Lucie Jurin). The film premiered at the Crane Film Festival held at the Marche du film in 2008. Upon release, critics wrote contradictory reviews because of the extreme violence in the movie.

The plot is about a young girl called Lucie Jurin. She escapes from an abandoned slaughterhouse where she was held captive and subjected to physical abuse for a year. The characters that kidnapped and tortured the girl remain mysterious. Lucie is sent to an orphanage where she meets and befriends a young girl called Anna Assaoui. Anna discovers that Lucie believed that she is constantly haunted by a ghost of a disfigured woman.

Lucie continues having nightmares as Anna comforts her. Fifteen years later she loses her mind and invades the home of an innocent family and shoots all of them all dead with a shotgun. She believes that the family was responsible for her kidnapping and torture. Lucie confesses to Anna about the killings shortly before seeing the ghost of the disfigured lady. This when Anna realizes that Lucie’s ghost is a psychological disorder. It later leads her to committing suicide.

  1. Rambo (2008)

Rambo is a violent American action film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. The movie is based on the character John Rambo from the First Blood, a novel by David Morel. The plot is based on the experiences of Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone). He leads a group of mercenaries to Burma, Myanmar in a mission to rescue Christian missionaries. The missionaries were kidnapped by a local rebel group.

The movie pioneered on January 25, 2008 and received mixed reviews. The film grossed $42 million in the U.S and Canada. It made $113.2 million worldwide against a budget of $50 million.

The plot is based on political unrest caused by the Saffron Revolution in Burma, Myanmar. A ruthless military officer called Major Pa Tee, invades a village with his army kidnapping boys to be enlisted in his army. Girls are abducted to be kept as sex slaves. As this is happening, John Rambo is living on meager income in Thailand working as a snake catcher and boat rider.

The film received mixed reviews from the critics. Stallone was praised for his performance and action, but the movie was criticized for excessive violence. The Burmese government banned the movie and prohibited local vendors from distributing the DVD’s.

  1. Ichi The Killer (2001)

Ichi The Killer is a Japanese action crime film written by Sakichi Sato. Takashi Mike directed the film and is based on the manga series by Hideo Yamamoto. The main stars in the movie include Nao Omori (Ichi) and Tadanobu Asano (Kakihara). Omori plays a psychologically damaged character who is tricked into killing a rival member of the yakuza gang.

The movie is notorious for portraying raw violence, which has caused widespread controversy. Consequently, the movie was banned in several countries for graphic depiction of cruelty and extreme violence. The movie opens with a flashback showing Ichi masturbating on the balcony while watching a pimp assault a prostitute in the apartment. Simultanteously, a cruel yakuza boss called Anjo is brutally killed. An experts clean up crew is hired to eliminate any traces of evidence and frame Ichi for the murder.

When the movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, vomit bags were handed to the public as a gimmick. A similar thing was repeated at the Stockholm International Film Festival. One moviegoer actually vomited while another fainted while watching the movie. The film was banned in Norway, Germany, Malaysia and other countries because of the violence.

  1. RoboCop (1987)

RoboCop is an American action film written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Paul Verhoeven directed the film. The stars in the film include Peter Weller (Alex Murphy/RoboCorp), Nancy Allen (Anne Lewis), Kurtwood Smith, Dan O’Herlihy (The old man), Ronny Cox (Dix Jones), and Miguel Ferrer (Bob Morton). The movie is set in a dystopian future of the city of Detroit, which is on the verge of collapse because of financial mismanagement. RoboCop is a police officer named Alex Murphy who is murdered by a gang of criminals and consequently revived as a superhuman, cyber cop.

The major crime themes that RoboCop fights against in the movie include corruption, greed, authoritarianism, privatization, identity issues, and capitalism. The movie received positive reviews and was considered one of the best motion pictures of 1987. The success of the film led to the production of sequels, television dramas and RoboCop merchandise.

The film won five Saturn Awards and was nominated for two BAFTA awards. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing. The movie was also nominated for the best sound and the best film editing.  

  1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian movie depicting a futuristic Britain that is ridden with mental disorders, juvenile delinquency, and youth gangs. The film also depicts social, political and economic problems in the near-future Britain. The main character Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is a charismatic, antisocial youth with interests in classic music, theft and committing rape. He is the leader of small gang of criminals that include Georgie (James Marcus), Pete (Michael Tarn), and Dim (Warren Clarke).

The film centers on the horrific crimes the gang commit. The leader is captured and the ministry of interior tries to rehabilitate him through an experimental psychological technique. The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for the best motion picture.

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