Gore is an important part of many horror films, to a much greater extent in some than in others. And while there is one genre piece that holds the bloodiest crown ever made, that’s not what many aficionados might assume.
Before Peter Jackson rose to fame for bringing Middle-earth to life in richly produced trilogies, he brought us some depraved, low-budget efforts from his native New Zealand. One of which, the years 1992 Undead (a.k.a Brain death outside the United States), was the undisputed titleholder due to a climactic scene where reluctant hero Lionel slaughters a huge zombie horde with a lawnmower (“the party is over!”), with viscera crimson splashing every available surface until it practically turns the ground into a scarlet pond. Because of this, the hilariously depraved comedy held the bloodiest film mantle for more than two decades, until Fede Álvarez evil Dead came up with.
The remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic is full of violent moments, including mutilations, stabbings, batons and dismemberments, but that’s normal for many horrors; this is the climax where the red stuff is most widely distributed. Once it is assumed that all is over, blood rains from the sky as the incorporeal demon the Soul Taker rises to claim the soul of the heroine Mia to realize her earthly form as the Abomination.
This scene alone would have used 50,000 gallons of fake blood, soaking the entire set in corn syrup. There’s also the moment when Mia cuts the heavy monstrosity in half with a chainsaw and her innards are liberally sprayed with the spot, but it was the burgundy weather that clinched the movie’s spot at number one.
It might sound like a bit of a cheat, but there is no rule that says blood must be drawn from a living being to qualify, and the fact that evil Dead realized that shooting practically rather than with CGI should count for something, even if nothing else does.