The movies and television programs listed below should be exactly up your alley if you enjoy horror that focuses on the hideous destruction, perversion, or violation of the human body (which, if you think about it, is most horror). Additionally, consider this a reliable list of movies you should avoid if you don’t like body horror.
1. The Last of Us (2023)
The new HBO series is a feast of body horror, from the fungal zombies that take over people’s brains to the more commonplace insults to the physical body provided by bricks and bullets. However, there is a moment in episode 2 that is so intimately horrific, some viewers are already calling it a classic moment of shivery body horror. You can stream the show on HBO Max.
2. Teeth (2007)
It’s good to see a horror film with a female lead that is actually sexually confident because horror movies have a history of being quite harsh on women, especially sexually active women. Furthermore, men are the only ones who find the concept of a woman having fangs in her vagina to be alarming. The main character Dawn believes that owning a deadly box allows her to explore her sexuality without worrying about others exceeding her boundaries. Lastly, you can watch the movie on Fubo, Showtime, DirecTV, and Ovid.
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3. Human Centipede (2010)
The Human Centipede is a controversial independent horror film despite having a unique (albeit nauseating) concept at its core. That suggests that the movie works just as the creators planned. Besides, it is obvious that they wanted to create a revolting film, one that makes you imagine yourself in the position of the centipede and wonder where you would fit into its twisted hierarchy. And everyone wishes they were in the front, which wouldn’t be a bad thing given the alternatives. But we all know we would likely be far back, two levels away from the food, and unable to even see where we are going. You can stream the movie on AMC+.
4. Safe (1995)
Safe is a monster movie without a monster. It tells the story of a wealthy woman whose life appears to be perfect until she begins to experience symptoms of a disease that may or may not exist. In addition, Safe doesn’t explicitly define the illness the main character has, in contrast to most movies about illness. Instead, we observe her displaying sporadic, unsettling symptoms that do not rule out the idea that she is imagining everything. Whether or not it is physically manifested, the illness pulls her farther and farther away from her upper-middle-class cocoon into a gloomy afterglow populated by uncertainty, anxiety, and some very strange new acquaintances. Body horror is particularly terrifying since it actually occurs to individuals frequently. Lastly, the movie is available for rent only on AppleTV.
5. Possessor (2020)
Body horror has become a lucrative family business for the Cronenbergs. The near-future science fiction/horror film Possessor, which was directed by David Cronenberg’s son Brandon, will unnerve you not just for its graphic violence and gore but also for its deeper message about how quickly corporations are taking control of our lives and how their ultimate goal is the colonization of consciousness itself. You can stream the film on Hulu.