“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly stay in place and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.”  Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”


Forget all the rules and meet the destruction of body to mind. Top 5 body horror movies, what a great challenge for my top 5 lists. From Mary Shelly to H.P Lovecraft we grew up with many masters of body horror. From Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to the Frankenstein… In movies with body horror genre we have seen the worst nightmares of mankind such as  destruction, degradation and mutation of the human body. David Cronenberg, Brian Yuzna, Stuart Gordon and Clive Barker are remarkable directors of this horror genre. So I’ve listed five of the most disturbing body horror movies. Check out the best body horror movies.

#5 Altered States (1980) – Ken Russell

A Harvard scientist (William Hurt) conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug  for searching the great truth.

Director Ken Russell worked in Altered States with the cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth, who worked on Blade Runner.

#4 The Fly (1986) vs Videodrome (1983) – David Cronenberg


Which movie to start with David Cronenberg? He owns the genre and unpredictable master of body horror.  Scanners, Shivers, the Brood even Crash… David Cronenberg is one of the most important directors who has a body issue in his movies. It is very hard to decide which body horror of Cronenberg is the best for body horror. But all above them i picked up The Fly and fascinating Videodrome. I can’t seperate them or i can’t choose one of them. The Fly has  sci-fi roots. As Seth Brundel metamorphosed self begins to change, it had began my childhood nightmare. On the other hand Videodrome, who can forget the television flesh…

#3 From Beyond (1986) – Stuart Gordon

From Beyond is one of the masterpieces of this genre. Stuart Gordon is the man

behind Re-Animator, who also directed From Beyond.

It is so creepy and underrated. In Lovecraftian verse,

camp and gore mixed with a horror upon human consciousness.

#2  Society (1989)- Brian Yuzna vs  Hellraiser (1987) by Clive Barker

Society is a unique experience; almost certainly etched in all of our minds.

The exceptional Society, fascinating grotesque dark comedy and horror film.

On the other hand we have fascinating Hellraiser…

Who’s not afraid of bodily changes depicted in the Hellraiser series…

#1 The Thing (1982) – John Carpenter

“Man is the warmest place to hide”

John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 The Thing From Another World. 

Speechless, the masterpiece body horror movie…

Special Features of this list;

Alien and Aliens

Most people are not certain the Alien saga is in the body horror genre.

But the idea of living creatures inhabiting your stomach is enough to say that

movies carries body horror codes.

If, I say if, Alien saga is suitable %100 in this genre, it would be my number 1.

Also check out these:  The Hands of Orlac (1924),  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Fly (1958), The Brood (1979), Possession (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Re-Animator (1985), Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989),  Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Uzumaki (2000), May (2002), Teeth (2007), Martyrs (2008)

 Enjoy the body

Aytac Ozge Ondes

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