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Splatter Films

edited November 1999 in Movie Discussion
A splatter film or gore film is a type of horror film that deliberately focuses on graphic portrayals of gore and violence. These films, through the use of special effects and excessive blood and guts, tend to display an overt interest in the vulnerability of the human body.

Due to their willingness to portray images society might consider shocking, splatter films share ideological grounds with the transgressive art movement. As a distinct genre, the splatter film began in the 1960s with the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman, who became notorious for such work as Blood Feast (1963), and Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964).

By the 90s, the genre had one more masterpiece when Peter Jackson directed the movie Braindead, known in US as Dead Alive. This splatter film was nominated for 15 awards and won 13.

Comments

  • a film I watched at the same time as Braindaed was:
    Society (1989)
    Brilliant film
    Not for the weak of stomach
  • My vote for the splatterpiece of the 80s has to be The Re-Animator. Just watched it a couple weeks ago, and it's aged remarkably well.
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