Body Horror Movies

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Body Horror Movies

Many directors have explored Body Horror Movies. We wrote about 25 of our favorites.

Alien (1979)

Alien
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Rated R

Alien (1979) is a science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O'Bannon. The film follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who discover an alien life form that proves to be far more intelligent and deadly than they could have imagined. After bringing the creature onboard, the crew slowly discovers that the alien is not only extremely hostile, but is also determined to survive at any cost. With time running out, they must find a way to defeat the creature and escape the Nostromo before it's too late. With its pulse-pounding suspense and groundbreaking special effects, Alien has become one of the most iconic and influential films of all time.

Aliens (1986)

Aliens
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
Rated R

Aliens is a science fiction horror film directed by James Cameron and released in 1986. It is the second installment in the Alien franchise. Set 57 years after the events of the original film, Aliens follows Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) as she is rescued after drifting through space for 57 years. After returning to Earth, she learns that the planet LV-426, where her crew encountered the hostile Alien, has since been colonized. Ripley agrees to accompany a team of elite marines to LV-426 to investigate the colony's disappearance. Once they arrive, they discover that the colonists have all been killed by a vicious alien species known as the Xenomorph. With their lives in danger, the group is forced to fight the Xenomorph in an effort to survive and ultimately escape from the planet. Along the way, they are joined by a young girl, Newt (Carrie Henn), whose parents were among the colonists. Will Ripley and the Marines be able to escape LV-426 and survive the Alien onslaught?

The Thing (1982)

The Thing
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur
Rated R

The Thing is a 1982 horror film directed by John Carpenter. The movie follows a group of scientists and researchers who are stationed in the Antarctic and stumble upon an alien life form that is capable of taking over and mimicking other forms of life. The alien is able to infect the human researchers, turning them into gruesome, murderous creatures. As the researchers fight for their lives, they must also find a way to contain the alien before it can spread to the rest of the world. The film is renowned for its suspenseful atmosphere and special effects. It is considered to be one of Carpenter's best films, and one of the greatest horror movies of all time.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Roman Polanski, starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer
Rated Approved

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski. It tells the story of a young couple, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, who move into a prestigious New York City apartment building called the Bramford. Rosemary soon discovers that the building's tenants are involved in a cult of witches and that Guy has sold her out to them in exchange for a successful acting career. Rosemary becomes increasingly suspicious that she is pregnant with the child of Satan, and her paranoia increases as strange occurrences begin to happen. As the pregnancy progresses, Rosemary discovers the truth about the cult and realizes that her unborn child is in danger. She must fight for her life and the life of her unborn child against the powers of evil in order to protect them both.

Akira (1988)

Akira
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Katsuhiro Ôtomo, starring Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda
Rated R

Akira is a sci-fi classic set in a post-apocalyptic Neo Tokyo. The film follows two teenage biker gang members, Kaneda and Tetsuo, as they struggle to survive amidst a power struggle between the government, a powerful military leader, and a secret project involving a mysterious entity known as Akira. When Tetsuo gains supernatural powers, Kaneda must find a way to contain him before he destroys the entire city. Along the way, Kaneda learns the truth surrounding Akira and the government's plan to use him for their own ends. The film is an intense exploration of power, morality, and the consequences of technological advancement.

District 9 (2009)

District 9
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Neill Blomkamp, starring Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
Rated R

District 9 is a science fiction action-adventure film directed by Neill Blomkamp. Set in South Africa, the film follows an extraterrestrial race of aliens, known as "prawns," who have become refugees in Johannesburg after a failed attempt to return to their home planet. The film focuses on a government official named Wikus van der Merwe, who is assigned to relocate the aliens and their living conditions. As Wikus begins to interact with the aliens, he starts to develop an understanding of their culture and struggles, and eventually, begins to sympathize with them. With the help of the aliens, Wikus discovers a powerful alien weapon and is forced to flee the city with them. Now a fugitive, Wikus must help the aliens to find a way to return to their home planet, while also eluding the ruthless corporate forces that are in pursuit. In the end, Wikus and the aliens triumph and are able to go back to their home planet.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From John Landis, starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne
Rated R

An American Werewolf in London is a horror comedy film released in 1981, directed by John Landis. The film follows two American college students, David and Jack, as they back-pack through England. After stopping at a small pub in East Proctor, they are attacked by a werewolf, leaving Jack dead and David severely injured. After recovering in a London hospital, David is warned by a supernatural figure that he is now a werewolf and will transform into one at the next full moon. David soon discovers he is slowly turning into a werewolf and desperately searches for a way to prevent the transformation. He is aided by his dead friend Jack and a mysterious man named Dr. Hirsch. As the full moon draws near David must find a way to stop his werewolf transformation before it is too late. The film is a cult classic, blending horror and comedy in order to tell an unexpected and unique story.

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Jacob's Ladder
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Adrian Lyne, starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven
Rated R

Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From David Lynch, starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates
Rated Not Rated

Possession (1981)

Possession
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Andrzej Zulawski, starring Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent
Rated R

Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Stuart Gordon, starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale
Rated Unrated

Dead Ringers (1988)

Dead Ringers
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From David Cronenberg, starring Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon
Rated R

Videodrome (1983)

Videodrome
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky
Rated R

The Fly (1958)

The Fly
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Kurt Neumann, starring David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall
Rated Not Rated

Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Ridley Scott, starring Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Rated R

Altered States (1980)

Altered States
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Ken Russell, starring William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid
Rated R

Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Clive Barker, starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman
Rated R

Taxidermia (2006)

Taxidermia
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From György Pálfi, starring Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Marc Bischoff, Gina Moreno
Rated Not Rated

The Brood (1979)

The Brood
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman
Rated R

eXistenZ (1999)

eXistenZ
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From David Cronenberg, starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe
Rated R

Zombie (1979)

Zombie
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Lucio Fulci, starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver
Rated R

Scanners (1981)

Scanners
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From David Cronenberg, starring Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane
Rated R

From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Stuart Gordon, starring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree
Rated R

May (2002)

May
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Lucky McKee, starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval
Rated R

Demons (1985)

Demons
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Lamberto Bava, starring Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento
Rated Not Rated

 



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