This portion of the list is where things become extremely brutal. It holds most of the 3.5 star ratings and definitely thrusts most collectors of extreme horror into the must-own range.
Numbers 31-35 are a worldly mixture of gore films. They go across multiple genres, all being solid examples of their craft. Black Sun is widely considered one of the most disturbing films of all time. It really just edged out Philosophy of Knife when I was first introduced to this niche genre. Slasher and Creeper are great examples of splatter cinema, while The Scarlet Worm is still one of the most surprisingly memorable films on the list that lots of people still haven’t seen. The next Guinea Pig installment on this portion of the list is, and always will be, one of the craziest and most memorable gore-comedies of all time for this horror fan.
Japanese Cyber-Punk joins American splatter, amazing Canadian special effects, German necrophilia, and Russian psychedelic horror in the middle of the bracket. This section of the list, in fact, may be one of the best portions for fans of DIY practical effects work. Bone Sickness, Thanatomorphose, and Necrophile Passion are highly recommended for the gore hounds out there. Fans of the visually inventive, strange, and unusual surely will be down with 964 Pinocchio and Visions of Suffering. Of course, 21-25 are pretty good too; they showcase the work of Marcus Koch on AGP, Ryan Nicholson’s darkest work on Collar, and an amazing trilogy of disturbing content from three of the most infamous directors from overseas. Cannibal is Dora’s most unsettling work, Red Krokodil showcases some of Christopharo’s best special effects, and Nails is a tripped out maniacal glimpse into the weird world of Iskanov.
For me, it’s really 21-30 where I start to get into films that I’ve already watched at least two or three times. I even own multiple versions of five out of ten of these films. My favorite part about this portion of the list is the fact that it represents multiple decades and countries, showing the spread of underground horror over time throughout the world.