10 Weirdest Body Horror Movies You've Probably Never Seen

If you're a Cronenberg fan, these movies are definitely for you.

American Mary
Evolution Pictures

Body horror is a subgenre within horror that focuses exceptionally graphic depictions of violations or abnormalities concerning the human form.

In other words, it's a bunch of weird, creepy stuff happening to people's bodies. Also David Cronenberg is usually involved. The master of the subgenre has given us such classics as Shivers, Scanners, and his version of The Fly. However, there's also the likes of Julia Ducournau's Titane, Ken Russell's Altered States, and An American Werewolf in London.

Even mainstream movies like Alien have elements of body horror in them. John Hurt's chest, anyone?

And there's films like those featured on this list, sideshows within a sideshow genre, obscure viewing experiences that are an absolute must for anyone looking to expand their body horror palette.

All of these movies incorporate the best elements of the subgenre. Highly gruesome biological horror is combined with a poignant story that the gory details only serve to heighten.

Body horror isn't just about who can make the weirdest looking human being or how many entrails can be shown on screen at once, it's about using taboo subject matter to exemplify the most horrible psychological and social aspects of human nature.

But the entrails do help.

10. Errors Of The Human Body

American Mary
Instinctive Film

Released in 2012, Errors of the Human Body is a low budget horror film about a geneticist who becomes the victim of a new lab-grown virus. He's also dealing with the death of his infant son. Wow, this guy just cannot catch a break

It stars the King of Creepy, Michael Eklund, in the lead role and features supporting appearances from Tómas Lemarquis and the late Rik Mayall. Although, how you're supposed to watch anything with him Rik it and not laugh is a mystery.

Genetic engineering is not an easy subject to tackle. It's full of ethical pitfalls and moral black holes, all of which are expertly represented in this film.

That might have something to do with director Eron Sheean's real-life trip to the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, which inspired the film. According to Sheean, the people that work there are "bat sh** crazy" and that more than reflects in his work.

The thin line between right and wrong the lingering presence of the "we can, but should we?" question are enough to totally freak anyone watching this film out. The mutated bodies are the icing on the cake.


Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.