Torture Porn Horror Movies

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Popularized in the early to mid ‘00s with titles like Saw (2004) and Hostel (2005) the horror sub-genre torture porn exploded. One of the more divisive sub-genre torture porn horror movies have been derided in the press yet have also been commercially successful and have garnered a large following of dedicated fans. The movies are not known for great dialogue, writing or even acting. The one thing they do, and quite often do well if you can stomach it, is unflinchingly depict the torture and mutilation of people.


Hostel (2005) perhaps is one of the best examples of this. The movie gets the setup over and done with pretty quickly to focus on one thing and one thing only. The brutal mutilation and torture of some hapless backpackers in eastern Europe.

These movies are not everyone's bag, but torture porn has made a big splash in the horror world over the past ten years. With titles like The Human Centipede (2009) and Martyrs (2008) garnering a significant amount of media attention and a loyal following of hardcore horror fans it looks like this horror sub-genre isn’t going anywhere soon. In fact, it has been around for a longer than most people realise. Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left (1972) and Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave (1978) are some early examples which influenced the eventual evolution of this sub-genre into what we know it as today. In typical Hollywood fashion both these titles were remade to capitalize on the new interest in the sub-genre. While not particularly memorable or as ground-breaking as the originals the remakes are definitely worth watching for fans of torture porn.

We've put together a list of some of the best, most disturbing and outright depraved torture porn horror movies out there. But before you get stuck in you have been warned - these movies are not easy watching. They will disturb you. They will f*ck with you. They will put you off backpacking in Europe. Proceed with caution.

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Torture Porn Horror Movies

Highest Rated: Saw (2004)

Lowest Rated: The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

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