I have necrophobia. Yes, I know that that’s unfortunate when I am married to a horror author. Especially when I handle a lot of the admin online and have to view stuff I’d rather not see that Michael helpfully tells me is “make up”. Hmm, it looks suspiciously realistic to me…
That being said, there have been a few films I have watched that, even though they were gory, I still enjoyed. I shall list them now for you! 🙂
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Johnny Depp plays police constable Ichabod Crane who gets sent from New York to a village called Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders that seem to have been carried out by a Headless Horseman. This is another film where Johnny Depp teams up with Tim Burton (I love some of their other collaborations too such as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which I’ll talk about below). There is an all-star cast in this film, including Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Christopher Walken, Richard Griffiths, Christopher Lee and Alun Armstrong. There is quite a bit of beheading in the film but because I have seen the film that many times, I know when to look away to avoid the really gory bits! It’s a great story-line and I would recommend this to fellow necrophobics, as the film really is worth watching 🙂
28 Days Later (2002)
Activists break into an animal laboratory. They try to free chimpanzees that are being used for medical research. The activists are interrupted by a scientist (played by David Schneider). He warns them that the chimpanzees are infected with a virus dubbed “Rage”. He tells them it’s highly contagious and only one bite will cause it to spread. The activists don’t listen and open the cages anyway and release the chimpanzees. One of the chimps attacks one of the activists and she immediately becomes infected with “Rage”. She then infects other members of the group. 28 days later, Jim (played by Cillian Murphy), wakes up from a coma in a London hospital. He leaves the hospital after discovering that he is the only person in the place, and finds that London is completely deserted. He comes to a church but it is inhabited by zombie like humans so he runs. He is rescued by Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley). They then set about trying to survive. This film was directed by Danny Boyle and also stars Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston. Even though there are gory bits, I really enjoyed 28 Days Later, and I am yet to watch 28 Weeks Later.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This is another film where the marvellous Tim Burton joins forces with Johnny Depp. Sweeney Todd is a barber and serial killer who murders his customers. Mrs. Lovett (played by Helena Bonham Carter) runs a meat pie shop and turns the murdered victims into pies. It is gruesome, but I was enjoying the film so much that I could see past all that. It also stars an all-star cast including the fabulous Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen.