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If you want blood... you've got it!

—---AC/DC

Extreme and sadistic violence, to the point of prurience. A portmanteau of "gore" and "porn". The term can refer to just an extremely graphic scene of bloodshed, or the entire sub-genre of torture films in the spirit of Saw.

Gorn shows gratuitous violence not to frighten or upset, but to excite and thrill. Like pornography in which a flimsy plot about a pizza delivery boy and a spaceship's randy, all-female crew is simply a device to get people to take their clothes off and have some sex already, the gorn genre is also all about "getting to the good stuff"... though that isn't to say that all gorn is mindless drivel. Just like porn.

Certainly, horror relies on placing its characters in terrible situations so that the audience can experience the shock, even the thrill, of their peril. However, gorn isn't about the audience enjoying a good scare. Gorn isn't concerned with the protagonist's struggle to survive. Gorn exists simply for the sheer enjoyment of plain old torture and bloodbath.

Not to be confused with the Star Trek reptilian alien race of the Gorn Hegemony. That would be a man-in-rubber-suit fetish of some sort gone horribly wrong. Completely different, really. Also not to be confused with Monty Python's sketch.

Horrible (and horrifying) deaths are usually a requirement in this sort of thing. (Sometimes the character lives to endure worse, or is simply Nigh Invulnerable.) See also Bloodier And Gorier, Bloody Hilarious, Ludicrous Gibs, Ryona, Exploitation Film. Contrast Gory Discretion Shot, where the work makes a point of not showing you the really gruesome stuff.

Also referred to as "carnography", "torture porn", or by the Japanese term "guro."[1]

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Anime & Manga Edit

  • Apocalypse Zero is horrifyingly sadistic on so many levels. It borders on Blue Gender level Anyone Can Die. It also has horrific Fan Disservice, and such things as a woman vomiting her intestines after a giant naked lady smashes her.
    • Shigurui by the same author is rather similar.
  • Ichi The Killer is a shining example of Gorn. Sometimes it intentionally Crosses The Line Twice, such as the scene where the protagonist vertically slashes a man's upper body in half, and the guy is alive for a few seconds. Other times it's just horrendous, such as the prolonged torture of a Chinese pimp and his girlfriend. We're shown images of her nipples being sliced off and him getting swords buried to the hilt in his groin. And we've not yet mentioned the scenes featuring Kakihara and his antics...
  • Hello there, Battle Royale! The manga version takes Gorn to extremes. Some deaths are almost realistically portrayed, given what happens to some of them, though others are completely vomit-inducing. One character is shot in the face with an Automatic Magnum; we're treated to a loving close-up of her face smashed in, teeth shattering, and eyeballs popping out from the force of the bullet. Another is raped while he's bleeding to death; the rapist kills him at the moment of orgasm by slashing his throat, causing an explosion of blood. Yet another commits suicide by jumping off a lighthouse. In the novel, the fall broke the character's neck, twisted a few limbs, and shed blood from the impact. In the manga? The character's torso explodes into a mess of coiling intestines and blood. It's fair to say that was unnecessary. It's pretty much the Japanese equivalent of a Garth Ennis comic.
  • Baldr Force EXE, first episode. Expanding, exploding heads. Would be Narm but for the Nightmare Fuel.
  • The manga of Blade of the Immortal easily accounts for this trope, particularly in its beginning: but of course, when you see that the show's first foe is a guy who had two female heads attached to his shoulders you know chances are there will be gore involved. But then, It Got Worse with Shira...
    • And even worse with Hyakurin's torture and rape under the hands of the Itto-ryu.
  • Elfen Lied, or at least the first chapter, squarely and neatly falls inside this category. It's for Mood Dissonance. Did we mention this is an Ecchi?
  • Franken Fran Lots and LOTS of it. In fact, in one episode Fran is (unknowingly) taking part in a torture porn movie.
  • One of the main reasons why Geno Cyber is notable, because of the ridiculous amount of gorn. Violence and Gore for the sake of art. No other anime even comes remotely CLOSE to matching the sheer volume of detail in showing a man's innards strewn about the surrounding areas.
  • MD Geist is the same way.
  • Parasyte uses this quite effectively. There are several splash panels dedicated solely to horrible death... in fact, the only two deaths that are shown remotely tastefully are Kana's death and Shinichi's mother's death. A good example is Chapter 23, page 25.
  • Waita Uziga's works. Of these, Mai-Chan's Daily Life is one of the more prominently known (and few translated) titles, infamous for the various scenes that grew into Memetic Mutation.
  • Parts of Eureka Seven qualify as this, but are nowhere near the level of squick as many other instances.
    • Most of the stuff with the antibody Coralians is definitely gorn.
  • Tokyo Akazukin is a very gruesome manga about a girl who does not mind when other play with her intestines while having sex or after, but later it becomes just fantasy gore without sexual content.
  • A comedic anime example in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro Chan.
  • Kite is another example of a gorntasticly violent anime. There's also Mezzo Forte, which is from the same creator, but not quite as violent.
  • Shuten Doji is quite possibly the bloodiest anime ever made. The first episode is rather tame, but hoo boy It Got Worse. Packing it with, of all things, Mazinkaiser is either unholy Mood Whiplash or a truly awesome example of What Do You Mean, It's Not For Kids?
  • This is really the only thing that the anime and manga Gantz has going for it at first. It does mature beyond that in later parts of the manga though.
  • Megazone 23 Part II falls squarely into this trope. This sequence is pretty much pure High Octane Nightmare Fuel.
  • Despite its gernal seriousness, Ghost In The Shell gets pretty gorny at many occasions. If you shoot to kill, you might as well pump the target full of exploding bullets that send Ludicrous Gibs flying everywhere.
  • Umineko No Naku Koro Ni does its best to make the stuff in Higurashi look like child's play, what with the faces mashed into an unrecognizable pulp, skin being shredded, and human pinatas, and all.
  • To say nothing of Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni itself, especially the manga version which is much gorier then the anime.
  • Onikirimaru/ Ogre Slayer. It could be a great pastime to count how many heads were chopped clean by ogres just in the first OVA (the series itself contains four).
  • Rin, the protagonist from Mnemosyne, often meets very gruesome fates at the hands of her enemies. Luckily she is immortal, or she wouldn't even have survived the very Squick-y torture scene she undergoes during episode one, which would have made for a very short show indeed. Being immortal makes it worse depending on point of view, since she will certainly survive the entirety of the torture.
    • While gorn is one of the primary aspects of the show (the others being sex, Mind Screw and alcohol), it makes heavy use of Gory Discretion Shots for the more graphic bits. Mnemosyne is great at making scenes incredibly painful without actually showing enough to send the censors crashing down on them.
  • Violence Jack: The graphic cannibalism in "Evil Town" will squick you out so badly, you may choose not to finish the series, even though the rest of it isn't quite as horrible. The manga is over 30 volumes long and likely the most violent manga ever made. It's all there in the name, really.
    • Go Nagai is a gorn specialist. Anything of his that isn't a children's anime (and that includes quite a few of his works about the Mazinsaga) is sick.
  • Blue Gender. A situation that springs to mind is in the last episode, where a character is shot to death by so many machine guns, he effectively melts and explodes at the same time.
  • Several scenes in the last episode of Excel Saga. Played entirely for laughs.
  • There exists an H-manga entitled St. Margareta (or Margaleta) Academy. It is about the eponymous all-female academy, which includes a sadistic nine-year course designed to turn the students into sex slaves. The curriculum consists entirely of rape of a horrific, torture-filled variety. On the first day of school for the unsuspecting students, the instructors actually come right out and say that these girls are no longer considered legally human and are stripped of their rights and civil liberties. Things quickly go downhill from there.
  • Black Lion, in all its Narmful glory.
  • Kentaro Miura's scenes of violence in Berserk frequently cross over into Gorn territory, with a penchant for massive head injuries that borders on the erotic. And that's not even mentioning the downright nasty scenes of Fan Disservice, among them the rape of Casca during the Eclipse.
    • It's basically like [[Lanipator}} said, "GORE! GORE! BLOOD, TITS, GORE!"
  • The hentai anime Blood Shadow.
  • End of Evangelion with the way spoiler:Unit 02 is killed. The entire "Naked Rei cutting up people's hands" would also qualify. Now that's gotta hurt like a mother
    • Rebuild takes the spoiler|Unit 03}} battle and outdoes the gorn in End of Evangelion by a lot.
      • What makes matters worse is that it doesn't happen to one of the comedy relief random characters with little real bearing on the plot. No, it happens to Asuka, Shinji's love interest (well, maybe. It's her or Reiwho is a clone of Shinji's mother]) and a genuinely sympathetic character (as long as you have watched episode 22 of the original series, which gives us her Tragic Backstory and her Freudian Excuse). Luckily Asuka isn't dead. She got an Eyepatch Of Power out of the deal, and might have avoided a MindRape
  • Hellsing is dripping with it.
    • There's an entire chapter devoted to Nazi vampire soldiers massacring the people of London in truly horrific ways, including one panel where one of them is seen eating a baby.
    • Poor Rip Van Winkle. No one deserves to be eaten while being impaled by a rifle in an act of symbolic rape.
    • The entirety of Volume 7 (and presumably OVA 6 as well) is soaked in blood and gore, as well as the climactic battle between Seras and Zorin, which culminates in Seras going completely ballistic and doing what can only be described as grinding Zorin's face into a wall until there is only a sliver of hair and flesh remaining. Described in the manga omake as 'Cause of death: excessive grating'.
  • Some scenes in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure border on this, especially scenes involving animals.
  • Bible Black dips into this on occasion - especially the second series, New Testament.
  • Baccano! loves its violence, especially when it involves Claire Stanfield and his constant habit of turning his victims into a bloody, unrecognizable pile of flesh. And Ladd Russo certainly doesn't help the content rating...
  • In spite of many of the characters in Battle Angel Alita being cyborgs, the entire series is dripping with Gorn. Everything from characters purposely exploding their own limbs to brains getting squashed to shredded flesh-and-blood bodies has happened.
  • Juan Gotoh, who usually does straight Shotacon hentai, has drawn some Guro works about people happily getting killed (yes, these words are in the right order). The most notable of those is a doujin about a high school where graduation ceremony involves every student being beheaded or otherwise killed, with the class president being beheaded in front of an audience (that includes her dead classmates and the parents). It's a mix of gorn and comedy; the students are quite enthusiastic about this, frequently commenting how turned on they are by their impending deaths, and use various methods of death as a way to express friendship or sexual attraction (for example, some girls refuse to be killed by anyone but the cutest guy in the class). Some of them may stick in the mind for quite some time afterwards.
  • Also there's Candidate for Death, about a service that grants people's desires to die in a special way and sells snuff films of it. Including: a girl who wants to watch herself get shot in the head and play around with her brains; a boy who gets beheaded- while ejaculating- by his sister, then with his head hooked up to life support watches his sister commit harakiri while fucking his corpse.
  • The Kamen Rider mangas such as the Spirits manga or the various ones based on the series were quite gory; in Spirits, Amazon Rider loses his left hand, X gets ripped in half, and Stronger gets a hole in his chest. Goriest of all is when V3's belt pours blood from the two holes after he does a forbidden technique.
  • Mahou Shoujo Ai clearly depicts dead bodies with their guts all over the place. It nearly goes into guro territory in the third episode, when Touru rapes Ai with a support beam, nearly piercing through her abdomen with it.
  • MPD Psycho is an odd case in that it's both incredibly violent and incredibly clinical. The killers themselves are clearly getting off on what they're doing, but the reader seems to be invited to view the situation through their own lens, rather than being deliberately titillated or horrified. (Of course, after the "human flower pots," said view will probably be obscured by a gallon of bleach.)
  • X/1999 likely counts as this during that part where Kotori is ripped into bits and pieces, with lots of beautified blood and organs flying everywhere. The gratuitous blood is common in that series; the organs, not so much.
  • Fist Of The North Star manga and movies/OVAs pretty much run on this. The basic martial art attacks of the main character, Kenshiro consist of hitting villains' pressure points and making them violently explode. Other characters have martial arts that involve cutting opponents into dozens of pieces with their bare hands, ripping huge chunks out of their opponents, and so on. There is never a shortage of Mooks to demonstrate these hyperviolent techniques on.
  • Some manga artists whose works are often classified as "ero-guro" or "guro"
    • Waita Uziga (even his screwball Funny Animal comedy Death Panda is very gory)
    • Suehiro Maruo
    • Some works by Shintaro Kago (he is more Mind Screw than anything though)
    • And Hell Season, the big "superstar manga" with works by Shintaro, Uziga, and other popular guro artists. That sure sounds swell!
    • Lots of hentai falls into this category (a pretty disturbing thought in its own right, especially considering how rare violence of any kind is in typical porn). Scene-for-scene, the most bloodsoaked anime of any kind was Inma Seiden. Over the course of six episodes, all but three characters get killed in horrific fashion (including a flashback of the big bad's sister being essentially abused to death). One of the survivors ends up MURDERING two people, and she's the main ally of the heroine.
  • Kemonozume is about monsters who eat human flesh, and it doesn't let you forget that. Due to the art style it may not be quite as bad as it could've been otherwise, but it's extremely violent and has gallons of blood, countless mangled corpses (that often get mangled on-screen), human entrails, torture, and so on. It's ironic that the only instance of censorship involved penises.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist. Arakawa loves her intricately detailed exploded corpses. And blood. Especially the blood.
    • It should be noted that FMA's examples are far, far less graphic than most of the above-listed series. Thankfully.
  • High School Of The Dead has a decent chance at mainstreaming the entire genre.
  • The violence in Darker Than Black generally isn't incredibly graphic, but it still has its moments, such as the policemen getting diced up into meat chunks by a Contractor's Razor Wind in the first season, and another character getting their side blown away by an anti-tank rifle in the second.
  • Goth, being a horror manga centered around a pair of teens who track down serial murderers, is unsurprisingly no slouch in the Gorn department. One chapter even gives the reader the lovely visual of a decaying body of a woman who has been tied to a tree by her intestines, her head chopped off, her eyes plucked out and resting in her hands, her stomach cut open and the aforementioned head stuffed inside the hole.
  • About any series by Junji Ito. Tomie features a title character who is immortal and gets frequently cut to bits by the men she attracts. Uzumaki has an entire town that is cursed with the spiral and offers several gory examples of how it manifests in the series' three books.
  • As an adaptation of a play of the same name done in the Grand Guignol style, this is pretty much par for the course in Litchi Hikari Club.
  • When talking about crazy anime violence, Mad Bull 34 absolutely needs to be mentioned, as the title character really lives up to his name. As a matter of fact, he makes Sledge Hammer look almost sane.
  • Makai Tenshou, or Ninja Resurrection as it was titled in the US, is another contender for the title of the most violent anime ever made. Episode One ultimately ends with shots of mountains of mutilated corpses, including an impaled * and* dismembered child body amongst others.
  • Ibitsu is about a serial killer obsessed with finding the perfect "big brother". Her methods of ensuring that her unfortunate victims think only of her are gruesome, bloody, and quite graphic.


Cartoons Edit

  • Some scenes of South Park fall nicely into this trope, even at one showing a comedic blood orgy.
  • Drawn Together is even worse, on every level.
    * Metalocalypse finds itself on this side of the line frequently, such as the Queen of Denmark + metal cake incident.
  • Adult Swim programs tend to have this a lot. The worst culprits are probably Metalocalypse and Korgoth Of Barbaria, which feature violence so over the top that it sometimes goes past Crosses The Line Twice and heads straight into High Octane Nightmare Fuel. New show Superjail seems to be following in this tradition.
  • Happy Tree Friends.
  • Spawn is more tasteful than most examples, but it's still extremely violent; it opens with such pretty sights as several people getting their brains blown out on-screen, a guy burning alive (with a lingering shot of his charred corpse), and a guy getting his arm snapped in half so that he shoots himself in the head.
  • The Simpsons' "The Itchy And Scratchy Show" shorts displays a lot of cartoonish gorn. As for the show in general, "A Tale of Two Springfields", for example, has Homer's stomach ripped open, displaying his intestines and all, after being attacked by a badger.
  • Family Guy has erred to this of late. See the recent "The Hand That Rocks The Wheelchair" for a few garrish examples out of many.
  • Robot Chicken doesn't shy from this, either.


Comics Edit

  • Body Count, an aptly-named miniseries starring TMNTs Raphael and Casey Jones, consists of a generic gangster story which essentially exists as an excuse for Simon Bisley to draw loads of people getting shredded to a pulp by machine guns.
  • Sin City is certainly worthy of this trope. Sometimes it stops short of actually showing the horrible violence, sometimes it doesn't. In some cases, such as parts of "That Yellow Bastard," the story does seem "concerned with the protagonist's struggle to survive," but other issues (especially the ones featuring Marv or Miho) could definitely be seen as featuring gorn.
  • Garth Ennis indulges in this frequently in comics he writes. Just showing horrific violence in the art isn't enough; he has to describe the details. A couple of examples from one of his early story arcs onHellblazer:
    • A woman being beaten and then burning to death is described in loving detail. Later, she and her husband team up as ghosts to take revenge; one of the men responsible rips out another's large intestine and chokes himself to death on it.
    • Preacher did many many unspeakable things to its characters and the Marvel Knights and Marvel Max Punisher comics. On screen events in MK included a man being fed to a wood chipper, and a character being fed plastic explosives; MAX makes these events look remarkably tame. Both of these were also by Garth Ennis and most of the time the artist was Steve Dillon (except in MAX). Whenever you have the pair of them you know there's going to be something gorn-y happening.
    • One of Garth Ennis's current series is titled Crossed, in which a Zombie Apocalypse is taking place in the United States; The zombies in this case are living infected, much like Firefly's reavers, and unlike Joss Whedon, Garth Ennis actually shows in detail what they do to non-Crossed that they overtake.
  • The most recent incarnation of X-Force. A covert team led by Wolverine consisting of a werewolf, Wolverine's teenage clone, a knife wielding strongman, and a guy with wings who turns into a guy with razor sharp metal wings when he goes into berzerker mode. They kill gun-toting religious zealots in gleefully gory fashion. Marvel actually released a reprint of a rather violent cover and censored the gore with pictures of puppy dogs and rainbows. Behold the glory.
  • Ultimate Marvel's Ultimatum written by Jeph Loeb, the event which gave us morbidly obese mutant Blob devouring Wasp's ripped guts. Without any rhyme or reason to it, clearly just for the sake of gorn. And it just got worse from there, as the next two volumes tossed in Hank Pym biting off Blob's head and later getting blown up by suicide bomber Multiple Man, complete with flying guts and a skeleton being incinerated, Doctor Strange getting squeezed by his own cape until his head graphically exploded, etc. Really, they should just stop pretending there's any story going on here and admit it's all about showing off the innards.
  • DC Comics has been introducing elements of this without warning since 2004 (not coincidentally, the year Executive Editor Dan Didio took over the company). Examples include:
    • Elongated Man's wife being murdered and burned up (along with her unborn child), then revealed to have been the victim of rape (in semi-graphic detail) in the miniseries Identity Crisis.
    • Blue Beetle having his brain blown away by his old friend, Max Lord, who due to a retcon was revealed to have been evil all along.
    • Max later had his neck snapped by Wonder Woman.
    • On Infinite Crisis, an insane version of Superman literally ripped off heads and arms of the Teen Titans who opposed him.
    • Black Adam killed the Psycho Pirate by pushing his mask through his head. "No more silly faces" indeed...
    • The Crisis Crossover 52 began with villain Black Adam ripping a man in half in public and later murdering the populace of an entire country. He also killed or dismembered some superheroes.
    • Adam's brother-in-law Osiris, graphically eaten by a crocodile.
    • A Teen Titans story had Wendy and Marvin (from Super Friends) eaten alive by their own pet, Wonderdog.
    • In Blackest Night, Black Hand starts his role as the embodiment of the Black Lantern by reducing his entire family into green bones and immediately shooting his own head after that. He gets better.
    • Note that none of the above comics had any warning as to their grim contents.
  • CrossGen Comics have included some absolutely lavish images of people dying horribly. A few:
    • A cute high school girl getting crushed by collapsing scaffolding in the beginning of [[Route 666}}. She returns later as a ghost with her limbs still bent out of shape.
    • In fact, all of the ghosts in Route 666 look exactly as they did when they died, from the little old lady with the noose around her neck to the teenage boy with pieces of automobile wreckage sticking out of him (and Cassie's "Too-Too", who died peacefully of old age and isn't very gory). The amount of detail, if you can stand to look closely enough, is outstanding.
    • Javi's death in Negation, which includes a full two or three panels of him standing there shell shocked with a gaping hole through his chest that is slowly starting to ooze blood and other fluids. The artists have Shown Their Work; you can see the layers of flesh and bone inside the hole.
    • Negation has never shied away from gorn. Characters get eviscerated, disintegrated, sliced in half, and blasted with lasers, and even the deaths that are reduced to shadows are damn detailed shadows.
  • A huge portion of Invincible, since its early days. Made Of Plasticine civilians & superheroes mixed with Flying Brick godlike beings is not pretty.
    • A recent issue featured a young child punching someone's brain out of their head with an uppercut, after flying through another person.
    • Another issue has Mark defeating Conquest by headbutting him to death. And then showing you what's left.
    • So Invincible is strangling a guy, as his eyes fill with blood then the guy punches a hole through Mark's chest. Then before he dies, he grabs hold of some intestines and yanks them out. We see all this very clearly.
  • Marvel MAX's Destroyer, by Invincible creators Kirkman and Walker. The first issue opens with the eponymous hero punching through a terrorist's head, and the mini-series just gets bloodier from there.
  • Kid Marvelman's rampage in Alan Moore's Miracleman featured a degree of violence not previously seen in superhero battles. John Totleben's detailed apocalyptic renderings are still acclaimed today (by the few who possess a copy of the book). Depicted are people running from a rain of severed hands and feet, skins hung up on clothes lines, corpses impaled on the hands of Big Ben, the Tower Bridge in ruin, mounds of severed heads, heads on pikes, cars full of people plummeting to earth, mutilated children wandering screaming through the streets, and countless dead bodies.
  • The Authority in general engages in a lot of Gorn, but one scene in particular (The Authority vs The Magnificent Kev) actually had a character comment about how he was going to masturbate to the image of a headshot woman - and the next page was an ogling closeup of her body, complete with the headshot, inviting the reader to do the same.
  • The Tim Vigil/ David Quinn series Faust. Published by Avatar Comics in the early-mid '90s, this comic reveled in high-octane (often sexual) carnage.
  • Ogre Slayer (Onikirimaru) embodies this trope. For some reason, Ogres like to manifest themselves in places where they can bathe themselves in human blood, like crowded cities or socialite parties, and the body count- each death with corresponding bloody carnage- reaches a good eight dozens... along four OVAs.
  • Sentry spoiler: ripping Ares in half in Siege #2.
  • Mocked in a Hsu And Chan comic where the brothers debate the actual utility of Gears Of War's chainsaw bayonet. Eventually, they agree that as awesome as that is, there are hundreds of less flashy ways to completely mutilate an enemy that are just as awesome.
  • Spawn is also dripping with this, as well.
  • Dead High Yearbook is, in essence, hardcore gornography. It has exactly the plot and character development (or lack of same) you would expect of porn, and portrays its carnage with as much emphasis and detail as any illustrated sex act in a porn comic. Easily the scariest thing about it is that there's an audience for it.
  • Those (rare) times that The Boys isn't all-out porn, it is gorn. Sometimes it's both--gives a whole new meaning to 'torture porn', eh?
  • Fansadox, an American company that's known for its pornographic BDSM comics, had one series called Sickest. While it's unsurprising to find scenes of sexual torture within the company's large body of work, none of them came close to what that series unleashed. With one issue, despite some obvious foreshadowing on what was about to happen to the poor victim, it still doesn't prepare readers for the sickening murder that slowly unravels. It's sadistic. It's really sadistic, like Marquis de Sade 10,000 Days of Sodom sadistic.
  • At one point in the hilariously over-the-top fight between Wolverine and Dr Rot in the Insane in the Brain story, Wolvie disembowels Dr Rot, who calmly responds with a spirited attempt to strangle Wolverine with his own intestines. Wolverine also gets a syringe through each eye. Being Wolverine, he gets better.
  • Tales Of The Unrefined does this frequently.
  • Alembic Grimoire has some graphic violence, including dismemberment by bullets.
  • Quite a few of Warren Ellis's works at Avatar Press, especially the ones drawn by Juan Jose Ryp, an artist known for his incredible detail and his Gorn.
    • Black Summer: a Beware The Superman tale drawn by Juan Jose Ryp. The wraparound cover of the first issue displays the aftermath of John Horus's Oval Office massacre. Highlights from the story itself include an intricately detailed illustration of the skin melting off of a man on fire, at least one antagonist rendered into a scattering of pink stringy clumps reminiscent of pumpkin guts, and lots of people shot with bullets powerful enough to punch through tanks.
    • No Hero: Ellis's second Beware The Superman miniseries, also drawn by Ryp. In addition to the creative acts of violence committed both by and against superhumans, in this setting even the process of becoming superhuman in the first place involves gorn, in the forms of Super Serum-induced hallucinations and Body Horror.
    • Wolfskin: drawn by Juan Jose Ryp. The protagonist is a Berserker warrior whose already high proficiency for hacking scores of people to bits is enhanced via the occasional mushroom-induced Unstoppable Rage.
    • Gravel: William Gravel is a combat magician, which means his adventures involve grisly gun violence and grislier Blood Magic. In Gravel's world, the abdomen of a man with rotted-off genitals exploding as a torrent of baby lizards erupts from it is merely the tip of the iceberg as far as lurid images go.
    • Preceding Crossed by a couple years, Black Gas has an even higher gorn-to-characterization ratio. And though the Hate Plague caused by the eponymous gas does not render its victims undead, they're still surprisingly easy to splatter and dismember.
  • Another point of interest regarding Avatar Press comics is their tendency towards multiple variant covers, which when it comes to titles featuring horror or Gorn, tend to be designed to fit themes such as "Terror", "Gore", or "Torture".
  • A God Somewhere-- the second half of the story contains numerous graphic depictions of a telekinetic Flying Brick slaughtering hundreds of people.
  • Officer Downe is a 2010 Image Comics one-shot about an extremely brutal Super Cop slaughtering his way through hordes of equally brutal supercriminals even as his own body accumulates wound after wound, dying, and being resurrected over and over and over.
  • Of the seven issues of Top Cow miniseries Berserker, which deals with the Unstoppable Rage-afflicted modern-day descendents of the original Viking berserkers, there is not a single one that does not contain at least three of the following: heads ripped off, heads punched so hard they explode, torsos ripped in half, impaled torsos, impaled heads, limbs ripped off, severed limbs used to kill someone. There is only one massacre not shown on panel, and that's only because none of the viewpoint characters were there to witness it. And when one does reach the scene, it's covered with blood and viscera.
  • Extremely graphic violence is the explicit selling point of the 2010 series Wolverine: The Best There Is, and it delivers on the hype. The first arc involves a Big Bad with the "power" [2] to produce an unlimited variety of toxins and diseases with a variety of gruesome effects; his henchmen The Unkillables, a team of Psychos For Hire with Healing Factors; and a plot requiring Wolverine to be repeatedly maimed in an effort to study his Healing Factor. They might as well have called this comic Wolverine: Good Thing You Can Heal. To top it all off, the artist is Juan Jose Ryp.
  • Preceding many of the above is MarshalLaw, created by Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill. When the city of San Futuro is overrun with an excess of surplus superheroes -- all of whom are insane, psychopathic, war criminals, delusional, and/or deviants -- Marshal Law fights the gangs and the supers with barely-restrained barbarism touched with a dosh of S&M.


Fan Fiction Edit

  • Tiberium Wars sometimes runs rampant with this; the author actively describes just how violent and vicious the combat really is, and tends to describe the effects of fire on its victims with an almost worrying relish.
  • Read Latias' Journey and marvel at the goriness of the torture or "fatal battle" scenes.
  • Agony In Pink is all about this.
  • In some Fullmetal Alchemist fan fiction, poor Ed just can't get a break from kidnappings and tortures, and other stuff. Say thank you to his usually angsty attitude in the first place. Usually he gets in a lot of trouble, both in fan fiction, and the anime itself.
  • A common feature of Troll Fic.
  • The Poké Wars series runs rampant with with this: the battle scenes are pretty graphic in the first installment and get even more graphic in the fourth. Not to mention the authors tend to graphically describe the effects of the undampened Pokemon attacks on living beings in sickening detail.
  • The Doctor Who story "Fragments of a Shattered Life" explores the fact that Jack can't die. There is a lot of Jack torture fic out there, but this one is particularly gorny.
  • Many of Comics Nix's stories.
  • Ghostmctavish attempts this in every story, to the point that "everywhere was blood and bones and eyeballs and stuff" has become his favorite sentence. If the fanfiction in question has anything to do with Twilight, you can expect it to be Turned Up To Eleven.


Movies Edit

  • À l'intérieur: french horror film about a woman trying to steal a baby from another woman by cutting it out of her
  • Certain giallo films. Most don't feature gore, just minimal specific incidents of violence which could hardly be classified as 'torture porn', but some of the most extreme ones (on the borderline with the horror genre), such as Fulci's "Non si sevizia un paperino" (Don't Torture A Duckling), do quality for this trope.
    • As does most of Fulci's later, non-giallo work, which he is probably better known for.
  • The films of Toetag Pictures. They explore a number of different horror subgenres - pseudo snuff and supernatural in particular - but they are all universally and unabashedly gory.
  • Tokyo Gore Police. The name speaks for itself. It is an ultraviolent cyberpunk gorefest that include decapitation/mutilation by chainsaw, public executions, limbs being pulled off because they were tied to four vehicles speeding in opposite directions, repetitive wrist slitting, mutant penises that shoot projectiles, breasts that squirt acid, vagina monsters that eat peopole, katana drive bys, and being propelled through the air by jets of your own blood. A must see.
  • Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, known on the internet as The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre. Many people who enjoyed strike:Fight Club, Pulp Fiction and 300 graphically violent movies were shocked by the gore in this film, even more so by the fact that it is shown to many children, often as an "inspirational" film. It should be noted the film is rated R in the US and 18 in the UK: allowing children into the theater is outright illegal in the UK.
  • Apocalypto, also directed by Gibson. Intensified scenes of ritualized vivisection, decapitation, and mutilating animal attacks, which are no surprise when you consider that it's a film about an ancient Hollywood Mayan civilization.
  • Western movie The Wild Bunch was considered shockingly violent when it was first released. Previous westerns did not normally show gunshot wounds, or even blood. In an effort to depict violence realistically, gunshots in The Wild Bunch result in big, splattery exit wounds. The director, Sam Peckinpah, hoped to de-glamorize violence, but was reportedly stunned to find audiences were enthusiastic about watching the bloodshed.
  • Every film of the Japanese movie series Guinea Pig. The second film, Flower of Flesh and Blood was so bad that Charlie Sheen actually mistook it for a Snuff Film and contacted the MPAA who in turn contacted the FBI.
  • The original Dead trilogy of George Romero get progressively gorier by installment:
    • Night is very light, Dawn is quite bloody and lacks the guts part until the bit where the bikers invade the mall, whilst Day is full of rotten putrefying zombies ripping people apart realistically. Of course, the taste of the horror viewer expanded as each film was made, and Romero has been stated as saying that he isn't a huge fan of gore and criticizes other zombie films that use it gratuitously, like Lucio Fulci's films.
  • The 'ear' scene of Reservoir Dogs screams of Gorn. The actual act of the ear being cut off takes place off-camera, at least in the theatrical version. In the alternate take on the special edition DVD it's shown in all the Gorn fullness.
  • Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects... don't ask.
  • The intense swordfight scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1 starts off as a regular chop sockey battle but ends up as a prime example of Gorn.
  • The over-the-top, stylized violence of 300 is emphasized with all the adoring slow-mo and gratuitous splatter shots of an actual porn.
  • Deconstructed in Michael Haneke's 1997 film Funny Games (remade in 2008), which is designed to initially titillate the gorehound audience, then force them to admit complicity in its violence. One of the villains is aware that he's in a movie, and is constantly tossing joking asides to his audience about the status of his victims; at the 90 minute mark, he rejects his accomplice's suggestion that they've done enough to the family they're mutilating: "Nah, we're not up to feature length yet. What you want (Aside Glance at the audience) is a real ending with plausible plot development."
    • There are arguments against the effectiveness: attempting to deconstruct Gorn is roughly as effective as whizzing in the ocean. Squeamish folks won't go in the first place (as Jim Emerson put it, "if you really wanted to ace the challenge, you would just not see the movie"), while real Gorn fans won't care about all the moralizing. The argument works... if the world consists of two types of viewers.
  • An example of a deconstruction of Gorn that actually works: the David Cronenberg movie Videodrome manages quite excellently. It probably did inspire a couple of filmmakers on this page, though.
    • Much of Cronenberg's work shows an affinity for Gorn, particularly of the body-horror type.
  • Before doing The Lord Of The Rings movies, director Peter Jackson was perhaps best known for his work in this genre, particularly the zombie movie Braindead/Dead Alive. Considering LOTR has a lot of fantasy battles, Jackson goes into joking detail about why a lot of scenes are less gory than you think they'd be. As reference, 300 liters of fake blood was pumped -- at a rate of 19 liters/second at times -- during Braindead's infamous "lawnmower scene". This was the most influential scene (by way of a World Record) in branding it the bloodiest movie ever. Of all time.
  • Hostel, a series of horror films which pretty much consists of nothing but gorn. To give you an idea, in one scene one woman uses a scythe to slit another woman's throat, and then bathes in her blood.
  • Reazione A Catena, also known as Bay Of Blood, lives by this trope, by having the deaths getting gorier and gorier as the film goes by, with a Mind Screw-y ending.
  • Richard Roeper has actually said that he left out "Torture Porn" movies like Saw and The Hills Have Eyes off of his "Worst Movies of 2007" list on purpose because they weren't screened for the critics and he didn't feel like subjecting himself to them afterward. And coming from him, that means something.
  • The original Evil Dead borders on this. If anything, 2 was gorier, but less shocking because of two factors: 1) a Stooges-like attitude maintained throughout, and 2) no more tree-rape. And then of course by the third movie it had become something else entirely.
    • The remake brought Gorn to levels beyond anything in the original trilogy. Oh, and tree-rape is back, and it's even more graphic this time.
  • Sonny Chiba's grindhouse classic The Street Fighter and its sequels, known for very bloody martial arts fighting, including lots of bone-breaking, eye-gouging, and just being out-and-out vicious with just about every bad guy Terry Tsurugi, Sonny Chiba's character, butts heads with. Or, in the case of the most notorious scene, tears the testicles out of. It was considered so violent that it was rated X.
  • Just about everything released by Troma. Their comparatively highbrow Tromeo And Juliet managed, while staying comparatively true to the spirit of Romeo and Juliet, to include a scalping, traumatic amputation, incest, electrocution, someone turning into a pig-woman, and hideously, hideously disfigured inbred children.
  • Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky, a live-action Hong Kong movie adapted from a manga, which has its title character doing very nasty things to some very Made Of Plasticine bad guys in prison. The manga is worse.
  • Anything by Takashi Miike, such as Ichi The Killer and Visitor Q. Many viewers will tell you that they didn't make it past the first twenty or thirty minutes the first times they tried watching these two. Some had to attempt many times! Even some of the least graphic of Miike's movies, such as the lovably twisted Happiness of the Katakuris, features a man stabbing himself with a sharpened key (leading to a song containing the lyrics "He had a knife, why didn't he use that?") and a woman suffocated under her sumo-wrestler lover.
    • Out of all his films, Audition takes the cake. John Landis found the film very difficult to watch, while Rob Zombie had to walk out due to the horror.
      • Some audience members gave up on Audition due to boredom. For much of its running time, it is nonviolent and arguably slow- which naturally makes the eventual Gorn much more disturbing.
  • Any movie directed by Eli Roth. He even admitted in an interview to having an insatiable appetite for blood and gore. Not literally, of course.
    • Interestingly enough, he hates the sight of blood in real life.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera has no shortage of this. Vivisection, disembowelment, surgery montages... what else would you expect, from the guy who brought you three quarters of the Saw franchise?
  • Mix this trope with God Mode Sue and Jerkass, and you have pretty much every Steven Seagal character ever.
  • 1968 Japanese Art House entry, Blind Beast. It takes a long time to get there, but about 10 minutes before the credits roll you see it coming on strong.
  • Cannibal Holocaust contained scenes that were believable enough, at the time, to result in the arrest of the director, foreshadowing Charlie Sheen's snuff film fears by about twenty years. Includes rape with a foreign object followed by bludgeoning of the victim, dissection, cannibalism (of course), and an incredibly well-designed impalement scene which still is occasionally posted online as a real occurrence. To make it worse, all the animals that died in the movie were actually killed, leading to the "No Animals Were Harmed In the Making of this Film" disclaimer at the end of every movie; and the director made all the cast sign contracts to keep out of public sight and take no new work for a year to help sell the illusion that the film was genuine.
    • The director in fact had to bring the actors onto a talk show to prove that he hadn't actually killed them during filming.
  • Cannibal Ferox: Both Mike and Pat suffer this gruesome fate.
  • Barbara herself portrays and at the same time suffers this in the (2001) film: Dagon.
  • Caligula. This is the ultimate, epic, cast of thousands, shining city on a hill example of this trope, literally combining the gore with very intentional porn. Just for whom exactly was it intended to be erotic? Gorehounds find it too pretentious, and anybody who can find it erotic in any way is deeply, deeply disturbed. It is essentially just the ultimate Gorn screensaver. Seriously, it just goes on and on and on and on and on and...
  • Like Caligula, the Playboy-sponsored direct-to-video erotic thriller To The Limit (which is a sequel to the little-known Da Vinci's War) combines gore and porn, albeit in a much less literal way. In addition of blatantly gratuitous shots of secret agent Colette Dubois|(whose real name is Vickie Linn) taking a shower, there is a horrific wedding massacre wherein assassins in black pajamas (no, really) machine-gun the celebrants, causing blood to splatter everywhere. Fortunately, the movie has a happy ending - but it comes at the expense of the Big Bad, who gets a humiliating and well-deserved death. Chased to the edge of the Hoover Dam by Colette and her partner Frank Da Vinci, he takes a man hostage and threatens to shoot him unless Colette hands over a data disk that both he and Frank believe Colette to be keeping for herself (long story). Colette complies - by hurling the circular disk (whose edge has been sharpened to an impossible degree) right into the baddie's face, leaving it stuck in there with plenty of blood and screaming. Colette and Frank then open fire on the villain with their pistols, pitching him backward into the dam. The villain dies.
  • Pink Flamingos, the film to start with if you're interested in the work of John Waters, plays with this trope mockingly. One scene, one very long and uncomfortable scene, features a man having sex with a chicken (resulting in bloody lacerations for the nude gentleman and an onscreen death for the chicken), and another features what can best be described as "a heartwarming torture sequence wherein women are beaten in a basement and raped with a turkey baster, with the resulting babies being sold to lesbians." Thankfully, John Waters is parodying the "True Crime" genre, otherwise this might actually be a little creepy. Who are we kidding? It's lots of creepy. Also combines Gorn with fecalphilia coprophagia. Just about anything involving John Waters falls in here, though it's usually meant to be (disturbingly) funny.
  • Even though the movie Event Horizon, features this trope in a sequence of a few seconds, the sequence practically is the definition of this trope. It's even called the 'Orgy of Destruction'. The director says that the original cut included much more, but it disconcerted test audiences and producers alike. Because the film predates DVD extras, only a little of this footage still exists, taken from low-quality video tape.
  • Zack Snyder's interpretation of Watchmen. The most deliciously stylized snapping of many, many, many limbs that you'll ever see. To the point where several of the most violent scenes in the novel were upped just one more notch: a child's face being chewed on, a man's throat being slit as he's held through prison bars by his tied broken fingers, and a rapist being left in a burning house with nothing but a handsaw to try to cut through his own cuffs (or wrist) were apparently not quite violent enough for the movie.
    • The last one was altered, not to get more gore to the film, but to avoid accusations of plagiarizing Saw which has a similar scene, despite of the comic being decades older - one could argue that the quick execution was actually less disturbing than the torturous implications of the original. Likewise, it made more sense to cut off the arms of the convict to get him out of the way; slitting his throat like in the original comic served no purpose, since he would have been even more trouble as a dead weight on the door.
  • Grindhouse. It's a celebration of Gorn, a salute and homage to all the great Gorn movies of yesteryear. It's "Gorn: The Movie".
  • The Ruins.
  • Pretty much the only reason the Feast films got made was so the writers and crew could push the envelope on low-budget Gorn.
  • Two horror-film-obsessed students treat their high school principal to an over-the-top fake Gornfest in Summer School.
  • The German short film]Forklift Driver Klaus: First Day on the Job is a parody of workplace safety videos that features a forklift operator wrecking havoc and creating buckets of this trope in a warehouse. People get impaled on the forks, unsecured sheet-metal slides off and slices a person in half... intentional comedy, but Gorn nontheless.
  • Plot of Machine Girl, more or less: lots of people get killed, gruesomely, and a girl loses one arm. She has it replaced with a machine gun, which she uses to take revenge. Said revenge is not bloodless for either side.
  • There is a whole disreputable subgenre of torture porn featuring Those Wacky Nazis, of which the most infamous example is Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.
  • Ninja Assassin. Copious amounts of CG blood and numerous bodies losing limbs and/or being split in half. And that's just the first scene. You know mangas like Riki-oh? Whoever made this read waaaay too much of it.
  • Actually, it's only the first scene. The rest of the movie shows some limbs getting chopped off, lots of blood and death and generally gives you a graphic view of the wounds and scars, but it never reaches the insane level it had during the opening sequence. Which involved, among other things... a man's head getting cut in half (you can even see his tongue hanging out), another man getting reduced to Ludicrous Gibs after being dragged out of the screen, and countless others graphically cut to pieces.
  • Automaton Transfusion. It's an indie zombie film that tries to cover a poor script and acting by taking the normal explicit horror violence present in most zombie films and turning the dial until it breaks.
  • Lampshaded in Cheech and Chong's Things Are Tough All Over. Mister Slyman (Cheech) wants to make a porno movie with our heroes, but his dim brother Prince Habib(Chong) misunderstands, and thinks he wants to make a snuff film with them:
    • Fantastic! I love it! We make a movie of me killing them! Ah, it'll be in color so we see the blood!
  • The original Wrong Turn had moderate amount of gore. Its sequel, on the other hand, has a woman getting chopped in half vertically and spilling guts all over the place- and that was just the opening segment.
  • The work of Herschell Gordon Lewis is vintage Gorn. His mid-60s films, such as Blood Feast and Color Me Blood Red, are gloriously saturated full-color bloodbaths. They're undeniably crude, but some are very watchable: Two Thousand Maniacs (later remade plus one maniac) has some novel games o'death, and The Wizard Of Gore manages gruesome close-up magic trick style killings, surprisingly well-developed characters, and a fairly decent plot. However, he was partly responsible for the incomprehensibly bad MonsterAGoGo, so perhaps he shouldn't be too eagerly praised.
  • The French film Martyrs, which starts as a bloody revenge flick on a seemingly normal family, devolves into humiliation torture, and ends with [[spoiler:the titular martyr being graphically skinned alive, left to hang that way, and her long-sought otherworldy revelations driving her captor to suicide]].
  • The films of Andy Milligan, a director who would have been forgotten were it not for how legendarily gory and terrible his films were. One of them (The Ghastly Ones) was actually banned in the UK as a Video Nasty.
    • That in itself isn't saying much, however, considering how many of the Nasties were unremarkable efforts seized on by inconsistent Moral Guardians.
  • The Rage: Carrie 2 greatly amps up the gore factor over the original, which was fairly bloodless (except for the obvious). Highlights include a girl getting sliced up with razor-sharp CDs, two people getting pinned to a door by a spear going through their heads, a Meganekko having her glasses smashed and the glass driven into her eyes, and a guy getting his balls ripped off with a spear gun.
  • Piranha 3D combines a fairly liberal amount of this with B-movie cheese. Just a few minutes of it (spoilers, nsfw) has enough over-the-top gore for more than one movie. Sure to be a riot.
  • Men Behind The Sun. Particularly uncomfortable viewing if you know how much of it is based on real events.
  • The fourth Rambo movie.
  • See No Evil, which was the first film produced exclusively by World Wrestling Entertainment (it starred the popular wrestler Kane as the bad guy). Its story heavily rips off Psycho, but it seems to take its visual cues from far, far gorier films. Basically, Kane plays a serial killer who tortures and murders his victims in fiendishly creative ways (although his favorite weapon is a chain with a nasty meathook on the end) and then tears their eyeballs out of their skulls and stores them in jars of formaldehyde all because his bitchy fundamentalist Christian mother insist that he "see the sin." (What makes it even worse is that victims' "sins" are really just peccadilloes, like talking on a cell phone for too long, or generally just being a Jerkass.) Doesn't make a lot of sense, but boy is it vomit-inducing.
  • Dead Presidents. Oh, dear gentle Jesus, Dead Presidents. This 1970s period piece profoundly shocked audiences - and it was released in 1995! It begins innocently enough, with picaresque sequences showing a lower-middle-class suburb in the Bronx and the various characters who live there. Then the protagonist joins the Marines and goes off to fight in Vietnam - and hoo boy, the fun begins. We've barely even gotten to Vietnam before the chaotic violence kicks in, including an American soldier who is disemboweled and forced to eat his own penis and testicles. To retaliate, one of the Marines (who is studying to be a minister, no less!) kills a Vietnamese guerrilla and cuts off his head; then, apparently out of sheer sadism, he carries the severed head around in his knapsack until it shrivels up in the tropical sun and becomes mummified. (He finally has to get rid of it when the other members of his platoon complain about the stench.) You'd think you'd be safe after the Vietnam sequences end, but no. The protagonist continues to suffer Flashback Nightmares in which images of wartime atrocities are intercut with shots of bloody raw meat. And it's all topped off with a violent bank robbery in the movie's climax, with a gang of thieves (who are disguised vaguely like evil mimes for some bizarre reason) blowing away several bank guards and policemen with shotguns, with all the bloodshed you'd expect. When it's all over, the surviving members of the gang are deservedly sentenced to life in prison.
  • The Last House On The Left (1972) by Wes Craven. It is said to be one of the most shocking movies of its time. Featured the "To avoid fainting, keep repeating-it's only a movie..." tagline. Made all the more disturbing because it featured pretty much realistic situations, not supernatural or exaggerated stuff.
    • And like the above entry, it has an example of people losing their manhood (the victim dupes one of the villains into a sex game, starts a blowjob... and you can figure out what goes next).
  • The Final Destination series has this in "bucketloads".
  • Dagon has it's moments including main characters who are skinned alive slowly on camera and commit seppuku with pocket knives.
  • Machete has this by the gallon, much of it delivered by the titular hero.
  • Surprisingly avoided by the first two Saw movies, which, despite what the Moral Guardians would have you believe, have very little onscreen gore. The later ones fall solidly into this category.
  • Universal Soldier: Regeneration had a couple scenes with this in it, while Day of Reckoning is awash in it. Special note goes to Magnus' attack on the UniSol Brothel, the hotel fight between Magnus and John, John's discovery of his friend Issac, who's head and face are mutilated because of John, and John's special surgery, and John's subsequent fight throughout the UniSol HQ.

Literature Edit

  • Gorn in literature is also known as Splatterpunk.
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. More detailed descriptions of torture and murder are hard to find. The book has garnered more than its share of accusations from critics that it is actual porn. Ellis' later novel, Glamorama also contains meticulous descriptions of incredibly violent events.
  • Many of Graham Masterton's novels (notably Night Wars).
  • Amazingly, one of Shakespeare's plays, Titus Andronicus, falls rather neatly into this category. The Zeroth Law Of Trope Examples strikes where you would least expect it! The Bard may have been intending parody, here. (Condensed version, if you're wondering: Rape and mutilation, murder, forced cannibalism- the two rapists/mutilators just alluded to are killed, minced, baked into a pie, and served to their mother- honor killing, regicide, etc. The final scene features three separate murders in as many lines.)
    • If you'd like the above with extra camp, it was very loosely adapted into Theatre of Blood, featuring a hilarious turn by Vincent Price.
  • Just about everything that Clive Barker has ever done falls into this category, elevating (is that the right word?) blood and torture to the level of fetishes. Hellraiser is a classic example.
    • Except The Thief Of Always and Abarat. The former has a slug monster, a golem having his head popped off so the yellow vapor inside comes out, another golem falling apart into dust and ashes while screaming in horror, people's souls being stolen, which turns them into giant depressed fish, a sentient evil house, an evil giant made of the broken pieces of said house, and a cat being scalded to death, but no Gorn. Not really. It's a kid's book. The latter has Houlihan the Criss-Cross Man, a certain number of deaths, and some disturbing habits and biology on the part of people from Midnight, but still no Gorn. It's a kid's/young adult's book.
  • Stephen King is good for these. Example in The Raft, an acidic lake creature crushes a man through a one inch wide space, squeezing his organs and blood out of his facial orifices while he is being dissolved. The de-gloving in Gerald's Game can also come off as this.
    • King's book Desperation and its companion novel The Regulators (both written by King writing as Richard Bachman) both feature generous helpings of gorn. Desperation has BodyHorror induced by a possessing spirit so powerful that it causes any body it possesses to expand and fall apart (animals will explode' if it possesses them), and The Regulators has a group of Power Rangers-esque characters that somehow left TV land and came into a neighborhood to reduce everybody to a gooey pulp (literally!) with gunfire. Desperations possessing spirit also makes an appearance, bringing with it a heaping helping of gratuitous Your Head ASplode.
  • While likely intended as a morality story, the seventeenth-century pulp The History of Moridos often falls into this category. The premise: a witch enchants a notoriously lecherous king into marrying her, they consummate their marriage right there in the church, she kills him and feeds him to demons over the course of a week, and the resulting septulets meet gruesome ends through embodying the seven deadly sins. For instance, Sola, who represents pride, scrapes off her flesh with a knife because she's enchanted into thinking she's ugly. The only daughter who truly deserves her fate is Lucina, the envious daughter; the rest have deaths worthy of Roald Dahl.
  • Chuck Palahniuk seems to be fond of these.
    • Check out books like Haunted, in which a man's death by scalding in a boiling hot spring is described in gruesome, loving detail.
    • Be sure to check out Guts, in which the narrator masturbates at the bottom of a pool and gets his entrails sucked out through his anus. Or better yet, don't. Palahniuk actually caused 80 people to faint during his on-tour readings, though to his surprise, the people of New York City seemed unaffected.
  • The battle scenes in The Iron Dream are written like orgies. Additionally, the hero's magical weapon, the Truncheon of Stag Held, is described very, very suggestively. He wades through his enemies, swinging it through flesh and bone, causing great gobbets of sticky fluid to fly forth... yeah. Of course, that's probably supposed to be intentional, since the author of the book within the book is Adolf Hitler.
  • John Dies At The End is all about this. Descriptions of horrible mutilations as far as the eye can see, and human remains referred to as "hamburger."
  • Author John Ringo has described his Posleen War Series as "carnography." In this series the Posleen, a Horde Of Alien Locusts with superhuman fecundity and mostly subhuman tactical skills, are slaughtered in the billions by the human military, often in grotesque ways. Plenty of exceedingly horrible and grotesque things happen to the humans too, any time they fail to slaughter the billions of Posleen fast enough.
  • The works of the Marquis de Sade are so sadistic the word is derived from his name. Note that while Juliette was so bad that he ended up spending 13 years in prison for it, the companion novel Justine was even worse. Arguably the whole point of them is that true gratification only comes from doing terrible things to people.
    • Or he was the shocker of his day. Probably both.
  • The rat in The Eye Of Argon. More like Garm, one is tempted to say. Purple Prose can do that:
    • "With a loud crack the rodents head parted from its squirming torso, sending out a sprinkling shower of crimson gore, and trailing a slimy string of disjointed vertebrae, snapped trachea, esophagus, and jugular, disjointed hyoid bone, morose purpled stretched hide, and blood seared muscles."
  • One of the few positive things ever said about the Baldurs Gate novelizations is that they're action-packed. No, they're not. Even the fight scenes suffer from a lack of action as much of the time is spent describing... something else.
  • The very Grotesque Cute Deptford Mice series has a poison which causes its victims to slowly and painfully dissolve into pools of black slime. What Do You Mean Its Not For Kids?
  • Les Chants de Maldoror, a long prose poem written by the Comte de Lautréamont, consists of waves and waves of gory imageries, often of highly symbolic, supernatural nature.
  • Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard sequence.
  • EEDocSmith's Lensman series features the Overlords of Delgon, creatures which butcher, mutilate and torture their victims for kicks, and then feed off their ebbing life-force as they die, e.g. being pressed flat between panes of bulletproof glass, boiled alive in acid, flayed skinless and so on. The hero is tortured (including having his eyes carved out) before having fungoid growths implanted on his limbs that will force their amputation (he gets better). Later, the Overlords 'play with' their victims, reducing them to mutilated human vegetables but leaving them alive enough to go on breathing. A space-soldier is described punching an antimatter bomb (and losing his arm up to the shoulder as a result before dying of asphyxia). An alien telepath with a gift for causing mass psychoses causes the four senior surgeons in a military hospital to go insane and decapitate everyone else in the place before carving each other to bits with scalpels. And so on, and so forth. It doesn't sound all that bad to read, but just imagine trying to film it.
  • Matt Bracken's "Domestic Enemies" includes an extended scene where an Expy of Glenn Beck gets dragged to death behind a pickup truck, going into great detail describing his dismemberment and disembowelment. For example, he notes how the character's legs tear free from his torso once his pelvis is ground away.
  • Death Lands enjoys scenes which employ this to good effect and is part of the "charm" of the series.
  • Eat Them Alive by Pierce Nace is this trope. When the novel isn't describing the morally challenged "hero" and his sidekicks dismembering victims of their robberies, it lavishes pornographic levels of detail upon people (including children!) getting devoured by giant praying mantises. One woman's death takes three entire pages to describe.
  • In-universe in the Monster Blood Tattoo series; there are certain perverted persons who commission artists to paint them scenes of monstrous murder and bloodshed; gornography, if you will.
  • Another in-universe example: popular vampire novels in the Crapsack World of RobinMcKinley's Sunshine are largely like this, in one of which "it takes the heroine four hundred pages to die".
  • This is one of the things that separates Chronicles Of Blood And Stone from typical High Fantasy--and not always in a good way. The tone is set early on, with heads hung on a rope like beads on a macabre necklace.
  • Mission: Earth tends towards the humorous rather than the horrifying, but it has one memorable scene where an alien encounters several thugs attempting to gang-rape a woman. He initially tries to resolve the situation peacefully, and warns them that if he does have to fight them, he will kill them. The ensuing combat is gut-wrenching to read, and ends with the alien having a HeroicBSOD among the bodies. This is arguably some of L Ron Hubbard's finest work (though Your Mileage May Vary on whether that's saying much.)


TV Edit

  • Because they know that their fanbase is utterly insane, Supernatural can do this quite a lot, especially it seems when it comes to Dean.
    • A few examples include being tied to a chair and getting a hot poker in the shoulder (and this was a episode that had a massive Deliverance subtext running throughout), someone being pinned to a wall with his organs liquefying and making honest-to-god squelching noises and being suspended in Hell, with chains and meat-hooks tearing him apart.
    • Sam gets his fair share too, including a hot poker to the arm, being crushed into a wall until the wall cracks, and getting tied down by a pair of critters who slit his wrists and eagerly lap up the blood. Then there's the Christmas episode with dismembered bodies being hauled up chimneys and a fingernail getting ripped out onscreen. Every fringe character seems to have his or her own torture scene at some point.
    • And don't forget all those victims of the week who die horribly just to draw the brothers into the case--such as the love-struck couple whose "hunger" for each other is twisted by the Horseman Famine into a literal "hunger" for each other. Yup, televised Gorn at its finest.
      • But what else do you expect when the basic premise is "ghost hunters vs. demons from hell"?
    • When you've got a character with regenerative powers, like Claire from Heroes, you can do this quite a lot.
  • Kamen Rider Amazon had Gorn quite a bit, the monsters were killed in quite graphic manners and Japan's Moral Guardians, the PTA (yes, Parent Teacher Association is the PTC of Japan) complained and the show ended in the mid-twenties episode range.
  • Spartacus:Blood And Sand or should that be Blood and Gore? - Even considering it's about gladiators, it's pretty shameless.
  • Masters Of Horror seemed to see its divine purpose as testing the limits of gorn that could be shown on cable television. John Carpenter's first season episode Cigarette Burns features one of the bloodiest decapitations ever (requiring a disturbingly realistic number of messy whacks to complete) plus a man feeding his intestines into a cinema projector. Dario Argento's second season episode, an adaptation of F. Paul Wilson's Pelts, climaxes with Meat Loaf bloodily flaying his own torso and offering the skin as a vest for another character to wear. It's very hard to watch.
    • And then there's Imprint, Takashi Miike's entry, which was so disturbing that Showtime refused to air it.
  • Parodied by Monty Python in the episode "Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days", which starts off looking like a cheerful spring outing for an upper-class family...until everything goes horribly wrong, and in short order everyone is losing limbs and gushing blood in spectacular fashion. Though controversial with BBC viewers, Peckinpah reportedly adored the sketch and loved showing it to people.
  • The Canadian TV series Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil revels in this trope, along with heaping amounts of Toilet Humor and heavy metal. The teens who use the Artifact Of Doom often meet incredibly gory ends, often leaving nothing behind but blood and guts.
  • 24 has had some graphic moments, but none of them top the scene where spoiler: Jack Bauer got revenge on Pavel Tokarev, the man who killed Renee Walker by tying him to a steel pole, ripping off part of his skin with pliers, savagely beating him, cutting him with a knife, throwing some liquid that burned his skin on him, and burning him with a blow torch before disemboweling him to pull a SIM Card that he swallowed out of his chest.
    • In the next episode, there is also a scene where Russian foreign minister who was involved in the killings of Renee Walker and President Omar Hassan named Mikhail Novakovich along with all of his guards are shown dead with a ton of blood surrounding them. The boss also has a fireplace poker jammed into his stomach. This all happened off screen, but blood was everywhere.
  • The death and destruction of Cmdr. Dexter Remmick and the mother parasite inside him in the first season Star Trek The Next Generation episode "Conspiracy" caused much controversy when it first aired.
  • The X-Files fell into this occasionally. The now-banned episode "Home" is probably the best representation on the show. There is a dead and very inbred fetus found by some children buried in a field because the ground is soggy with blood, as well as a pretty graphic scene where a Sheriff is beaten to death in his own home with baseball bats.

Music Edit

  • The music video for Nine Inch Nails's "Happiness In Slavery" is practically guro, depicting an artist with a penchant for sadomasochism getting torn apart by a chair. It can't even be shown on TV. And this was originally meant to be part of a twenty-minute gorn film, which never even got released. It's entitled Broken Movie, and some have seen it. It's...well, it's quite something.
  • Death metal has an entire subgenre of "gore death" (e.g. Cannibal Corpse), characterized by lyrics (and often album art, too, and even stage shows) full of Gorn. Even death metal bands that are not gore death tend to succumb to Gornographic lyrics every now and then.
    • Some death metal and grindcore bands employ Gorn in an even more literal way by actually including sexual or pornographic elements in the violence, such as in Cryptopsy's "Pathological Frolic", which is about anally violating the corpse of a teenage boy who choked himself to death while masturbating. You can gouge your eyes out now. The Ur Example of this are the early releases by Carcass, up to the point where people believed the members took medical courses, such was the detail. Fun fact: they were all vegetarians.
    • The grindcore subgenre of powerviolence is dedicated to taking gore lyrics to their (sometimes completely il)logical conclusions. The band Anal Cunt is a fine example of this subgenre, with song titles like Body By Auschwitz, I Sent Pictures Of Your Kid To NAMBLA, I Sold Your Dog To A Chinese Restaurant, and Jack Kervorkian is Cool.
    • In all cases, it's worth noting that, despite appearances, the themes invoked are rarely intended to be positive. They're either deliberate over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek, if not outright parody, as with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, or are intended to be genuinely unsettling, sometimes surprisingly sophisticated works of "body horror." The former acts as a subversion of this trope, while the latter is, arguably, a subversion. Unfortunately, not all of the fans realize this.
  • Not really 'death' metal, but Megadeth seems to have a knack for this, highlighted by Good Mourning/Black Friday. How that song got into Rock Band with only its one f-bomb censored is beyond knowing.
  • Bloodrocuted
  • The Dark Lotus song I Hurt Myself.
  • While their songs don't always fall into gorn, GWAR's stage shows absolutely do. Anyone within about 20 feet of the stage will drenched in fake blood, pus, bile, and other bodily fluids from both the band members' own characters and anyone they 'kill' onstage. Oh, and also from the pair of 'gore cannons' they usually bring with them. Because, you know, killing people onstage just isn't bloody enough.
  • Apoptygma Berserk's "Deep Red".
  • Desecration.
  • Wood Chipper by Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles. As its name implies, it's about a crazy guy who kills his cheating girlfriend in a wood chipper. "Your hormones were the death of you. You could never quench their thirst. I watched you screaming as you died. Though you begged me to kill first. I jerked off in your guts. I masturbated in in your gore. Then I made ground beef of you. Hamburger Helper chucked-at whore!"
  • Vintage Gorn songs often crop up in wartime, as black humor amongst combatants who are trying to keep their spirits up (or Tempting Fate). Filk-style parodies of spirituals, or of college sport fight-songs, are common, as with WWII paratroopers' endless renditions of "Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die!".
  • The Geto Boys' Murder Avenue, which ends with "this song was inspired by Jeffery Dahmer."
  • Every single Debauchery song, they have songs with the title "Kill Maim Burn" and "I will rape and murder"
  • Skinny Puppy's Worlock.


Tabletop Games Edit

  • A fair amount of Warhammer 40000 artwork demonstrates just what happens when, say, Bloodletters of Khorne get into close combat with Imperial Guardsmen.
    • Tthe Tau Empire Codex involves the discovery of a human Imperial tank that had been struck by a 'hyper-velocity' railgun round. It had punched through both sides of the hull at such speed that it sucked all lose objects in the vehicle through an exit hole about an inch in diameter. Including the crew, who ended up as a reddish smear some metres long.
    • Descriptions of almost every single piece of weaponry and its affects on the unfortunate victims falls into this trope harder than an Exterminatus. One of the most common weapons (the Boltgun and variants thereupon) is essentially a MoreDakka fully automatic armor-piercing rocket propelled grenade launcher for fjord's sake, not to mention the delightfully insane prevalence of chainswords (and chainfists, and chainaxes, and Eviscerators, and...). Other horrible instruments of death include but are not limited to rounds impregnated with vials of mutagenic poison, webs of monofilament wire that bind the target as it slices into them, guns that fire pure heat, guns that fire dark matter, guns that tear open the fabric of reality and send the target straight to hell, ravenous beetles fired into the target, ravenous fungus beasts teleported inside the target, and the various psychic "gifts" provided by the Warp, ranging from making Your Head ASplode to turning the target into a plague infested zombie.
    • Let's not forget Necron Gauss weaponry - rayguns that tear off the skin, flesh and bone of the victim, by one layer of molecules at a time.
  • The Book of Vile Darkness, a Dungeons And Dragons supplement named after an in-game artifact, dabbles in this trope throughout the book. One such example is the spell Rapture of Rupture, which makes the victim's skin explode (illustrated in loving detail. complete with EyeScream). Then there are the kythons, which create equipment to kill their victims as painfully as possible.
  • The Spoils has some very over-the-top card artwork, with gouged-out eyes, bullet holes through heads, and even visible entrails. This is often comedic.


Video Games Edit

  • Cortex Command spares no instance to show off its physics engine while you gleefully reduce enemy clones to a mess of red pixels.
  • Postal 2 with the Apocalypse Weekend expansion and A Week in Paradise mod turns the already gruesome deaths and Videogame Cruelty Potential Up To Eleven by adding dismemberment, down to busting their torsos in half and watching their viscera spill out! Cutting off limbs doesn't always kill NPCs outright, either! Oh, and the blood tends to run all over the place as a finishing touch...
  • The Way: Despite the 16-bit Super Nintendo RPG style graphics, there are very gruesome deaths, especially in chapter 5. For starters: Heads being ripped off, the body collapsing into a bloody heap, characters being graphically impaled on stalagmites, having their faces ripped off, scalped, being ripped in half, having limbs amputated, getting ripped in half at the torso, having guts exploding out, and a bird graphically tearing strips of flesh from a corpse, all with blood splattering all over the ground and walls.
  • Turok 2 was one of the first games to include hit-based cosmetic damage for different enemies. For example, shooting a Raptor in the head with a shotgun would blow it clean off... followed by a disturbing "headless chicken" death animation. Conversely, shooting a Sentinel in the head with the exact same gun would shred off the flesh surrounding its morbid, chattering skull, etc. Then, there was also the Cerebral Bore, arguably the nastiest weapon ever conceived.
    • Said Cerebral Bore resembles the silver spheres from Phantasm, one of the few gory elements of the series.
  • Judging by the frequency of and loving attention paid to death sequences, Haunting Ground would probably fall into this category as well. While you don't actually see what happens after you get a Game Over, the noises that accompany them certainly sounds gorny...
  • Mortal Kombat and its copycats has been accused of being Gorn-like in their various (insert noun)-talities.
  • While other genres of Video Games are contented with dismemberment and exaggeratedly cartoony sprays of Ludicrous Gibs, you have to go to Survival Horror to find truly disturbing Gorn. Games like Resident Evil, D2, Parasite Eve and The Suffering bask in lingering cutscenes packed with more over the top violations of human anatomy than you can shake a vaguely phallic razor fanged pulsating stick at.
  • The Silent Hill series. Aside from things like the guro nurses, there is actual, literal gorn, most notably Pyramid Head's "execution" of the mannequins. The fifth Silent Hill game has even more gorn than the first four and prequel.
    • Your mileage may vary, though, if you can tell the difference between actual sexual intercourse and awkward wrestling. What Pyramid Head did to the mannequins barely even qualifies as that.
      • Some theorize that Pyramid Head signifies guilt and the punishment of the guilty. Considering the protagonist's guilt over his sexual desires during a time when his wife was too sick to accommodate them, which seems to inspire the leg-monsters in the first place, if you look very closely at that scene it may be that Pyramid Head is actually separating the mannequins, one of whom was sexually assaulting the other. He then drags the perpetrator away. After all, Pyramid Head's original role in the town is purported to have been the executioner... and of course, Silent Hill as a series is very fond of subtle psychological symbolism, often noticed in the forms the monsters take. For instance, in the first game, many of the monsters resemble things that children are commonly afraid of, which once you know the plot makes total sense.
    • At least in the early games, the blood and brutality mostly serve to make the player feel the horrors and nightmares the main characters are going through, and the plots revolve to a big deal around insanity and hallucinations. So it's not just gore for gore's sake, but it does hold a fair amount of fascination. Possibly as an instance of You Bastard.
  • Digital Devil Saga: Atlus made the whole damn game into gorn. the whole game revolves on a bunch of poor sobs trapped in a urban combat simulation that goes into demon cannibalism. Also, when you first do it consciously, it gives a message saying all your HP and Mana have been restored... evidently they were tasty.
  • Manhunt, a game that makes Grand Theft Auto look like a good citizenship course. The second game had to be censored to avoid an AO rating, but is still quite intense. The sequel was actually banned in Ireland. We know what you're all thinking about the Catholic theocracy and all that, but the censorship boards have softened a great deal since the days of the Committee for Evil Literature: it takes a lot for a game or movie to get banned outright.
  • The Soldier Of Fortune series. Many games feature dismemberment. Soldier of Fortune is one of the few that lets you gorily destroy each individual body part, with extremely graphic results.
  • The 'sync-kills' inside Dawn Of War 2 (many units, upon killing other units in melee combat, has a chance of performing a pointlessly cool animation of the execution. Some are even specific to certain matchups.) involve blood copiously spewing out of the loser for the duration of the animation.
  • Gears Of War distinguishes itself from industry standard explosive dismemberment by giving the player a gun with a chainsaw bayonet, complete with blood splattering the non-existent camera. The developers had the stated intention to up the gore level of Gears of War 2, and accomplished this by having the main characters spoiler:chainsaw their way out of a giant worm. The scene is bloody to the point of ridiculousness, and gives us this line.
    • Baird: Ugh. This is just wrong. I'm coughin' up blood that ain't even mine!
  • The God Of War series contains some content that can be truly gut wrenching, featuring violence and gore that rivals Manhunt for sheer brutality. Of course, considering that this is a game concerning a [[Darker And Edgier|version of Classical Mythology]] with one of the most evil protagonists in any video game, this is to be expected.
    • The only reason God Of War is considered "Darker And Edgier" is that most of the English retellings of the Greek myths tend to be either Lighter And Softer or bowdlerized renditions of the originals. Homer was doing straight-out gorn in The Iliad.
    • God Of War III takes advantage of the PS3's power to take this even further. Look forward to the sight of a graphic disemboweling of a centaur (complete with falling organs) and the high-definition recreation of the already common place "ripping out the Cyclops' eye" finisher which now includes torrents of blood gushing from the socket and a dangling optic nerve.
  • According to preview videos, Dantes Inferno won't be far behind the game that inspired it it shamelessly rips off.
  • Dragon Age wants to be an RPG that is more "mature" than its predecessors Baldurs Gate, Neverwinter Nights and Knights Of The Old Republic. But the fountains of blood, decapitations, and greatswords through the face are really only there for the love and enjoyment of some good old Gorn.
    • While we are on the subject, with Neverwinter Nights turned up to the highest violence setting everything that dies does so in an explosion of red fluid and remarkably clean cartoon dog bones. Even worse when using the Cows From Hell cheat, which sprays the entire area with cows that explode into gore upon impact
    • Jade Empire also has some predictably gruesome kill animations when using a sword style. One wonders how a conversation consisting of the player character apologizing to Silk Fox for spraying blood all over her palace would play out.
  • Subverted in the worst ending of Disgaea 2. Taro and Hanako's deaths are extremely violent. The fact that you only hear what's going on arguably makes it worse. It was so horrifying that it got censored in the US version if you don't have the Japanese voices turned on.
  • Hanakanmuri has been described as "The Gorn Platformer." Every single way to die has a rather detailed image, if not cinematic, depicting it. Every. Single. One.
  • Demonophobia. More has been said better elsewhere, and since roughly half the game is discovering the many, many ways the protagonist can die, most of it counts as spoilers. Its upcoming sequel, Xenophobia, is just as bad, if not worse.
  • Blitz: The League and Blitz 2 could count, given the X-ray style close ups of snapping bones and tearing muscles during the cheap hits.
  • The original Splatterhouse games (one on the TurboGrafx-16 [an arcade port] and two on the Genesis/Mega Drive) range from borderline Gorn to full-on Gorn -- while a majority of the enemies are monsters that sometimes only vaguely resemble an actual person, their deaths are suitably violent and bloody (green blood, anyway). The upcoming PS3/XBox 360 Splatterhouse seems to be purely focused on being Gorn -- most of the lower-level enemies are more humanoid, their blood is spilled everywhere as you kick their asses, and the lead character (Rick) can actually lose limbs and have flesh removed from his body (which serves as the game's version of a "health meter"). It doesn't help matters much when you know that Rick's appearance in the games is based on Jason Voorhees -- which game you're playing determines how close the resemblance is.
  • Dwarf Fortress. How do you get Gorn in an ASCII game, you ask? They track each individual component of dwarves, goblins and so forth. Use of certain items, such as big spinning circular saws of death, leads to the spread of goblin components over quite a wide radius. They will track damage down to lungs and fingers if necessary. Future versions will have individual tissue layers. As well as individual teeth and ribs.
    • If you go read the combat logs, oh yes, it's very graphic. And then go play in Adventure Mode where the description of combat is right there on the screen.
      • Go into adventure mode, pick a fight with someone, and go into wrestling mode: now you can grab your opponent, then start ripping off pieces of him, or just strangle him to death if you like. In the future, they're planning on having aimed attacks so that you can strike specific parts of your enemy with specific weapons. Want to grab a guy by the throat with one hand, then smash his head in with your warhammer? That day is fast approaching...
  • Dead Space seems to only exist to allow players to carve up monstrosities into barely recognizable shapes. However, to be fair, the necromorphs do graphically re-purpose the human body into a weapon, like fusing bones into a big blade and running at people with these sword arms extended. Not only that but some of the player death animations are the most brutally drawn out sequences ever witnessed. It really says something about a game when the weapons consist of mining equipment re-purposed for ripping bodies into several dozen tiny pieces.
    • Player's death animations are pretty good example. Only one of them doesn't remove any body parts. Coolest death animation is shown when player dies to tentacle-zombie-head thing - his own head is severed and the zombie one attaches itself to the neck, thus reanimating the fresh corpse, which then helps the head to secure itself in the neck.
  • The Fallout series has a trait (Perk in Fallout 3), Bloody Mess, which transforms every single kill (of non-robots) in the game into Gorn, usually by way of Ludicrous Gibs. On top of that, the third game's Vault Assisted Targeting System (VATS) lets you do it in slow motion. You'd think that slow motion exploding headshots would get old after a while, but it never does!
    • It gets even better when an eyes decides it wants to fly directly at the screen.
  • Saya no Uta is a hentai visual novel with tons of this, especially prevalent if you keep the "guro filter" off. Oddly enough, this game has a good plot as a result of the guro, as said game involves MANY scenes where the guro is integral to furthering the plot. Even more odd, the guro is rather subverted in the case of a few people, who see guro where it doesn't actually exist.
  • F.E.A.R. runs rampant with this, with people being boiled down to skeletons, blood splatters covering entire rooms, bodies hanging from ceilings or walls, bodies being crushed in elevators, and enemy soldiers being decapitated, blown in half, or blown to vapor by shotgun blasts...
    • Project Origin has one scene where you have to crawl through a ventilation shaft coated in blood, knocking aside the errant heads and limbs of various enemy mercenaries as you move along. And that's not factoring in the Abominations' tendency to indulge in expressive art with the bodies of their victims.
    • The literal heaps of bloody and vaguely unidentifiable viscera the Abominations tend to leave lying around.
  • Mad World. Where punching a guy up, stuffing him in a barrel and throwing him into a sawblade is classified as routine violence!
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Uncaged Edition is the most ridiculously over the top violent and bloody superhero game ever. As Wolverine often says, he's the best there is as what he does and what he does includes stuffing enemies into cement mixers, ripping off limbs and then beating their previous owners to death with them, and making enemies blow their own heads off with their shotguns. In the final cutscene spoiler:Logan pulls the skin of his own hand off like a glove to free himself from shackles. Yeah, it's a little bloody.
  • Prototype. Dear God ZEUS, Prototype.
    • Nothing quite like picking up a screaming woman and hitting her husband with her so hard they both explode in a shower of blood, or driving a thermobaric tank through a crowd, or the ever-hilarious Body Surf technique.
  • In Blood Rayne 2, blood isn't just the heroine's snack, it gets splattered all over. Rayne's blade attacks can be pretty messy; one in which she grabs an enemy by the head between her heels, flips over and stomps his skull into the ground, another in which she lifts an enemy impaled on one blade then spins him on it, cutting off all his limbs with the other blade. The game rewards you for finding clever ways to use the environment, stabbing them with a chained harpoon and flinging them into spikes, blades, meat-grinders, acid, fire, electricity, etc.
  • Two words: Brutal Legend. Not as Gorn-y as some other gory games, but you'll be visiting some serious pain on your enemies and, in the case of the Tainted Coil, your own units. The best example? The Face Melter solo melts infantry enemies' faces. Complete with a loving kill-cam close-up showing the spell in action.
    • "Should'a brought a bib, 'cause now you got face all over your shirt!"
    • Averted in the very same game, thanks to an option (which the game actively presents to you) allowing you to turn off gore. No more explosions of blood or face-melter close-ups! It even kindly provides "Adult Advisory Content" warning boxes during particularly gory cut-scenes!
  • Timeslaughter, an old freeware fighting game, is built on this trope right from its intro, which features a man getting an eye removed with a drill, and goes on with some really messy fatalities. However, it's so over-the-top, also thanks to cartoony graphics, that it's meant to be a Refuge In Audacity.
  • Rise Of The Triad made its name for this, triumphantly parading it's "4: Wanton and Gratuitous Violence" rating for violence from the RSAC (the predecessor to the modern ESRB), the highest possible, as a crucial advantage over First Person Shooter overdog Doom (whose violence rating was a mere "3: Blood and Gore"), being the Trope Namer for Ludicrous Gibs, and being the first FPS game to have enemies explode into a spray of individual giblets that went flying in different directions and behaved like separate objects. A special cheat code enabled "EKG" or Engine Killing Gibs mode, where enemies burst into huge spherical shockwaves of gore and gallons of blood when hit with a missile
    • Fun fact: ROTT was going to get a "3: Blood and Gore" rating following its first submission. Apogee was not happy with this, no sirree. They went back to the studio and added in an extra feature: guards who, when 1 shot away from death, drop to their knees and beg for their lives, and can then be taken out "execution-style" by the player. Upon resubmission for rating, they got the 4/4 they wanted.
  • The now freeware game Castle Of The Winds, while lacking visible gore, due to having graphics based on Windows 3.x icons, did have on-screen text describing the effects your attacks have on your enemies, which, once you start finding enchanted weapons, becomes very graphic.
  • The Bilestoad may be one of the very oldest gorny video games, on the Apple ][. It gave the two competing players the ability to lop off limbs and heads, and severe wounds would leave blood trails behind your player if you were trying to run away from the other guy with the battleaxe.
  • The Left 4 Dead series seems to be created to fulfill every gamer's fantasy: mercilessly slaughtering horde after horde of zombies. It's the one first-person shooter game where people attempt headshots not because they do more damage (chest shots are already one-hit kills with many high-tier weapons), but because you are rewarded with the sight of a zombie's head exploding in a huge bloody mess.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 was banned in Australia for the Gorn that comes with shooting, blowing up, and chopping up zombies. Shooting a zombie in the gut or crotch with an AK-47 causes its intestines to spill out. On Expert, the zombie tries to hold its intestines up with its hands, and keeps coming.
  • Blood: Spill Some, as the name implies. Setting an innocent man on fire, striking him with a pitchfork while he is burning, and exploding his corpse with a laughter. I'm here to donate some blood... Someone else's...
  • The whole reason for the Elvira Games to exist.
  • Moonlight Labyrinth has some very violent ways to die, from melting in acid with blood, man eating flies, being impaled by spikes and presumably alot more. Pretty impressive for a RPG Maker game.
  • The first Xbox Ninja Gaiden remake was pretty bloody, but Ninja Gaiden II went nuts. Limbs and heads are always cut off in a fountain of blood, and blunt weapons will alwaysmake sickening crunching noises when they hit, and splatter blood everywhere. Ryu has an Idle Animation for each weapon where he shakes the blood off of each weapon. And then there's the level where it rains blood, and turns a giant waterfall in the Amazon into a waterfall of blood, with little waterfalls of blood running along the cliffs.
  • Gore Screaming Show, anyone? The title refers to a major character, but it works just as well as a self descriptor.
  • Limbo is incredibly gory despite the minimalist aesthetic. The fact that there's no music highlights the unnervingly realistic sound effects. Also, bear traps.
  • Gothic features a character named Gorn. But no actual gorn.
  • Borderlands - explosive damage modifiers, especially applied to the berserker's fists. Literal showers of body parts.
  • Apogee's Monster Bash is undoubtedly the bloodiest platformer the company published. Everything you hit produces blood splatters and enemies will either produce a heap of blood splatters or some gory bits when killed. While the violence may be less realistic, the amount of blood in the game rivals that of Rise Of The Triad.
  • While not as bad as other examples, Zero from Kirby deserves mention. Not many games with such a SugarBowl setting have a boss that rips his own iris out in a bloody mess.
  • In the Death Wish 3 computer game, killing people with the bazooka would turn them into a pile of bloody mush.'


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Web Original Edit

  • Prevalent in Survival of the Fittest on a number of occasions. One such instance is the death of Jin Li-Jen in V2, which involved, among other things, a character being castrated, decpapitated and all around torn to pieces. Other examples include an evisceration using nothing more than very sharp fingernails, and somebody being raped to death with their own arm.
    ** In v4, Francine Moreau's death was an EXTREMELY detailed description of death by flare gun, including melting skin, the flare burning straight through her body, and exploding with enough force to vaporize her torso and set part of the forest on fire.
  • The now-defunct websites Ogrish.com and Goregasm.com.
  • Gurochan is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and then some.
  • One cannot think of this trope without immediately referencing Happy Tree Friends. Or Retarded Animal Babies, especially in any episode involving Satan. Or sharp edges.
  • Contemplating Reiko is nothing but cute, cuddly Gorn. No, really, [watch it and see].
    * Objectionable Apparatus 2 (really NSFW, is probably a movie about the cyclical nature of Gorn. Or a criticism of this sort of it. It's hard to tell, really, and no matter how you interpret it, it's very, very good.
  • Tricky Madness 2 by the famed Krinkels, which is without any doubt also Nightmare Fuel Unleaded. Features (and this is the least disturbing part) a lipless zombie clown wearing a welding mask.
    • The entire "Madness" series by the same creator is a clear example. Any plot there might be is secondary to watching Hank massacre dozens of hapless mooks in creative and painful ways.
      • It should be noted that this trend started with the third installment. The first one featured dismemberments (which weren't gory), but absolutely no blood, the second featured blood. The third featured a gratuitous bloodbath after one of the mooks was killed and somebody was impaled with a stopping sign. Later installments were even more detailed, graphic and creative, featuring people that were telekinetically grinded against walls until nearly nothing was left, a persons head being split in half and other things. Less NightmareFuel nightmare fuel than it sounds, though, for several reasons.
  • Adult Swim's game based on Caligula. You can turn into a werebear, set people on fire, and raise skeletal armies, among other things. If you hook a microphone up to your computer, you can actually scream to make your character stronger, eventually getting powerful enough that your murders cause blood to splatter on your computer display screen. If you collect all 26 weapons, you can unlock the Orgy Room. The real Caligula would probably laugh at how tame the game is, however.
  • Ryona is a specific sub-genre - video collages of scenes of female characters getting brutalized and/or killed gorily in video games or anime.
  • Kings Of Power Four Billion Percent: postively drowns in Gorn, specially the final two minutes or so.
  • Christian Brutal Sniper, albeit to comic effect (Dead Baby Comedy? Gornedy?). It's almost funny just how vicious the sniper can get, although his Slasher Smile and association with the Vagineer can be Nightmare Fuel.


Miscellaneous Edit

  • A good lot of Dead Baby Comedy ends up falling into Gorn, banking on the RuleOfFunny to keep people from recognizing it as such, or RefugeInAudacity to make people not care.
  • The Grand Guignol Theater in Paris specialized in this sort of thing. Remnants from the butchers' shops featured prominently in the special effects.
  • A recent weekly news magazine discussed the appeal of watching war zone videos as "War Porn."
  • The "Left Behind" series of books involves fairly graphic descriptions of what happens to those, well, left behind. It takes its insiration from the Revelation of St John.

Notes Edit

  1. Not to be confused with the surrealist art movement ero-guro, which is related but not identical.
  2. actually an unintended side-effect of many generations of inbreeding
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