1. Dead Alive/Braindead Lawnmower Scene - Before Peter Jackson unleashed the incredible Lord of the Rings trilogy, he presented us with a horror classic that has one of the greatest gore scenes of all time at the end. Originally released as Braindead, the movie was renamed Dead Alive for US audiences and featured a small town zombified by the bite of a Sumatran monkey. The hero of the piece takes them all on in the dramatic climax, using nothing more than a lawnmower.
2. Hellraiser Jesus Wept - Clive Barker has made a brilliant career by crafting tales that somehow mix pleasure with pain in a way that is both beautiful and grotesque. Hellraiser sums up his vision perfectly, perhaps none more so than when Uncle Frank is finally captured by the Cenobites and literally torn apart. His “Jesus Wept” line before the shredding is horror movie gold.
3. High Tension Beheading - At a time when horror movies made in North America had become totally unimaginative, the Europeans were crafting some great flicks in the genre that really made you think. Such was the case with Haute Tension (High Tension) out of France. What seems like a basic hunter/hunted film becomes something more at the end, but in between we had a great gore scene involving a staircase railing and a chest of drawers.
4. Ghost Ship Massacre - A movie that is not anywhere near being a classic in horror movie lore, but one that has a magnificent opening sequence. It’s not often that you get to see an entire group of folks enjoying themselves aboard a cruise ship, only to all end up sliced in half in some rather glorious, or should that be goreious, detail.
5. Shaun of the Dead Slaughter - While more of a comedy/horror. Shaun of the Dead was able to perfectly balance both, giving fans of both genres exactly what they wanted. The finest horror moment came when David was pulled through the window of the Queen Anne pub and unceremoniously ripped to shreds, culminating in his head being torn off; fantastic stuff, and also somewhat funny since his character was more than just a little annoying.