- Mel Brooks
|Fisting in New Zealand! Dead Alive (1992)|
|How are those eyebrows not funny? Blood Feast (1963)|
To me, the key distinguishing characteristic of a gore movie is that it's more concerned with the aftermath than the action. A gore movie isn't as concerned with the violent act as it is with the bloody red remains of said act. A gore movie is determined to let the camera linger lovingly on the mess. A gore movie is the cinematic equivalent of your buddy blowing his nose, then spreading the tissue wide and saying, "Hey! Look at this!"
|Doesn't like fart jokes. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)|
So what's your definition of a gore movie? Is it movies like Saw (2004) or Hostel (2005) that plumb the depths of photorealistic carnage? Or maybe it's the elegant beauty of Dario Argento's stylized ultra-violence? How about tacky cannibal gut-munchers like Cannibal Holocaust (1980) or perhaps the graphic extremities of nearly unclassifiable genre fare like Excision or American Mary (2012)? If it's the indisputably comedic gore of Japanese genre movies like Machine Girl (2008) or RoboGeisha (2009), maybe you're seeing the same dark humor I am.
A valid argument can be made for any of these movies epitomizing the gore genre. I suspect my compatriots in the Gore-A-Thon will address many of these titles with their own posts over the next two weeks. I look forward to reading them as much as I hope you do. Shower me in blood, folks! Help me up from the floor if I slip in the puddled gore!
. . . but only after you've enjoyed a good laugh at the expense of my personal tragedy, of course.
By the way, who farted?
|A head giving head - the funniest visual pun in any movie ever! Plus, it gives me an excuse to show Barbara Crampton nude! Re-Animator (1985) Click the title for an extended clip.|
Posted by Brandon Early