We’ve compiled a list of 5 of the most extreme vomit scenes in horror: Vomiting, being vomited on, vomiting up demonic creatures and vomiting up lunch for your buddies - get your sick buckets on stand by because this is not going to be an easy ride.
Vomit Scenes in Horror Movies
For us seasoned horror fans there’s nothing more satisfying than watching the spray of a severed artery Jackson-Pollock a pristine white wall. We whoop and cheer as victims, killers and heroes alike are all drenched in the sticky red stuff. We can watch disembowelments, eviscerations and decapitations without batting an eyelid - or putting down our snacks.
However, of all the effluvia sprayed and splattered in horror there is one which is none more stomach-churning than vomit. And some of the best film-makers in horror have taken this to some pretty extreme levels. So whether it is vomiting, being vomited on, vomiting up demonic creatures or puking up lunch for your pals we’ve got it below. Read on for the 5 most extreme vomit scenes in horror.
1: The Exorcist (1973)
An obvious one, but The Exorcist (1973) is a classic that cannot be left off this list. One thing to remember when watching this clip is that this film was released in 1973, and cinema-going audiences had never seen anything like this before. Numerous articles from the time discuss the need for ambulances outside cinemas and audience members vomiting in unison with Regan as she sprays pea soup all over an unsuspecting Father Karras.
One of the greatest things about this scene is not so much the shock-value of the grotesqueness, but the sheer unexpectedness of the violent eruption. The timing is perfect, the audience is completely off guard which just adds to the impact of this iconic horror scene.
2. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Ever notice how much Sam Raimi loves covering his actors in bodily fluids? Entrails, blood, vomit, embalming fluid, you name it, Raimi will splatter his cast with it. And his horror masterpiece Drag Me to Hell (2009) is no exception. Our main character Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is a special case in this list because she is both a giver and receiver of some pretty questionable bodily discharges. First she gets a face full of maggots and bugs delivered directly from the mouth of the Gypsy Woman. Following this she has a spectacular nosebleed which quickly escalates into a torrent of blood spurting out of her mouth covering her boss. And to cap it all off, as a result of some seriously poor decision making she finds herself yet again receiving a mouthful of gooey unholiness (one can only assume embalming fluid) from the corpse of the recently departed Gypsy.
3. The Fly (1986)
It should come as no surprise that the father of body-horror David Cronenberg has a movie on this list somewhere. Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) is a masterpiece of body horror, an example of some of the best practical special effects works of the time, and at it’s core a deeply disturbing story. The audience is placed in the same shoes as the female lead Veronica (Geena Davis) as she watches helplessly as her lover gradually transforms into Brundle-fly.
One key scene which signifies the turning point for his transformation is his demonstration of how flies eat and digest their food. We are then treated to a glimpse of early-stage Brundle-fly vomiting on his food before eating it. As the story progresses and Brundle-fly becomes more fly than Brundle he (it?) becomes more adept at using their new method of digestion and begins to diversify: need to disarm (pun intended) an enemy? Melt their arm off with your vomit.
4. Poltergeist 2 (1986)
If you’ve ever eaten some bad seafood or perhaps drunk one too many beers and found yourself staring at your dinner at the bottom of a porcelain bowl then you may well have wondered - where did those carrots come from? I don’t remember eating carrots.
Well, maybe questioning the disparity between the input and output of your stomach contents is not the best idea. Especially if the resulting output is anything like Craig T. Nelson’s in Poltergeist II (1986). No amount of suspect seafood could result in the unholy abomination that he wretches up. Here’s a life pro-tip for you: if you need to get sick, do it in the toilet and flush immediately. You never know what will come up.
5. Bad Taste (1987)
This scene is one of our favorites for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it features some of the most extreme and extended vomit scenes in horror. And secondly, it goes one step further than all other horror movie vomiting acts. What could be worse than vomit pouring out of your mouth? Well pouring vomit into your mouth of course…
Any horror fan worth their salt will know the cult classic Bad Taste (1987) from Peter Jackson - his first feature length movie. Made on a shoestring budget over nearly 8 years Peter Jackson built props, made his own prosthetics, produced, directed and acted in not one but two roles. And, in one of these roles he performed - what we at HorrorRated believe to be - one of the grossest vomiting scenes in horror movie history.
Aliens have taken over a small town in New Zealand and are slowly turning the residents into intergalactic gourmet goodies in the form of bright green vomit (with chunky bits!). And it is our beloved Oscar winning director Peter Jackson who is both the producer and the vessel for this alien appetiser. Watch as a seemingly never-ending stream of puke fountains from his mouth and then recoil as his colleagues take turns in drinking it. Be warned, you really need a strong stomach for this one.
Check out this short clip from the making of Evil Dead (2013) and watch the SFX crew test out numerous methods, fluids and colors in order to perfect the ultimate horror movie vomit!
So there you have it. That’s our top 5 most stomach-churning vomit scenes in horror. What did you think? Anything we’ve missed or anything that shouldn’t be there? Then let us know in the comments below. And if you’ve seen these movies don’t forget to rate them.
Oh yea, just in case you don’t feel sick enough, here’s some vomit gifs for you.