blood. death. violence. In TV and movies, all gore is just a special effect, right?
It’s comforting to watch a horror movie and tell yourself, “This isn’t real,” but that statement isn’t always true. In fact, according to PoltergeistAccording to Craig Reardon, special effects and make-up supervisor at , it’s actually not uncommon for old or low-budget horror films to use actual corpses or skeletons as props. why? The reason is simple. Because the price is cheap.
However, the use of real human remains in the making of a film has long been a subject of moral controversy. Coupled with the knowledge that it is a depiction, I find it very triggering, traumatic, and emotionally draining for the viewer. argue that is the point. Additionally, there are questions about the legality of using corpses as art and whether such use is disrespectful to the deceased. In any case, listed below are seven films that, either intentionally or by sheer coincidence, used actual human remains in their production.
7 hell apocalypse
In addition to his eerie relationship with corpses, hell apocalypse Filming was extremely difficult for everyone involved. Initially, filming was projected to take him 14 weeks, but this period quickly turned him into 16 months. Filming was interrupted by having to survive in the raging Philippine jungle, battling a typhoon, and having a lead actor show up on set completely unprepared. In the spirit of being creative and trying to create an “authentic atmosphere” to draw the actors into the war mindset, dead rats were scattered around the set to “create the smell of death.” When Fredrickson confronted the production designer and prop crew about the health risks from dead rats, he heard one of them mutter, “Wait until you hear about the bodies.”
This led to the horrifying discovery that several corpses were kept behind the tent where they all dined, and plans were made to string them from trees to promote this “spirit of authenticity.” rice field. However, this wasn’t the craziest bit. Ultimately, the man who sold the corpse to his designer on set (originally claiming to be the man who sold the corpse to the hospital for the students’ use) actually dug up the corpse and stole the grave. Turned out to be a thief. The entire cast and crew were arrested until they could prove they had nothing to do with it, and no bodies were included in the final cut of the film.
One of the most famous movies to use real human remains, PoltergeistThe usage of was still somewhat tame compared to some other examples on this list. Poltergeist Malicious filming sessions took place, leading to the unfortunate and completely accidental deaths of some of the cast and crew, leading many to believe that the set was cursed due to the use of real skeletons in the film. became.
In one famous scene, lead actress JoBeth Williams falls into a pool of muddy water and is immediately attacked by an angry demon skeleton. Williams had no idea that skeletons were once inside the bodies of living humans. It claims: Poltergeist It certainly wasn’t the first “low-budget horror film” to use real human remains.
Five Men Behind the Sun
When it comes to thrilling horror and gruesome scenes, Men Behind the Sun I will take the first prize. This documentary-style, part-fiction horror film primarily adheres to telling the story of real-life experiments carried out on Chinese prisoners of war and real-life war crimes committed by Japanese soldiers during World War II. bottom. The director, who said he wrote the film with the intention of drawing attention to the crimes committed against the Chinese people, intentionally upped the ante of the scene to add shocking value, and has since made it a reality in several countries. It is prohibited.
Most of the gore, though incredibly disturbing, was completely made up. However, there were some scenes that depicted actual footage of actual human remains. One scene in particular, described as “almost unseen”, depicts a boy who was put to sleep while alive and had his organs removed, and was filmed using footage from an actual child autopsy. I got
Four Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unlike some other cinematic examples, dawn of the dead I brought the human remains onto the set completely by accident.movie It depicts a small ragtag group of survivors trying to make it through a zombie apocalypse while hiding in an abandoned shopping mall. The only real corpse in the film was the prop skeleton corpse that appears in one of his early first scenes. The skeleton you see sitting in the hallway of your apartment wrapped in sheets was borrowed from a prop collector who initially thought it was fake.
After the film was shot, the skeleton was sold to the woman who ran the shop and hung in the window as an ornament. When reports were filed that the skeleton looked “too convincing”, police confiscated the “props” and performed an autopsy. A 35-year-old woman who died over 100 years ago. Her remains were placed in her unmarked grave in 1982, and movie fans paid for her tombstone.
3 Unrest (2006)
anxiety is a horror film set in a medical training hospital and tells the story of a medical student who learns how to become a doctor by working with corpses on a regular basis. One corpse in particular is cursed, bringing “misfortune” to anyone who comes into contact with it, which is unique in that everyone knew the movie was using real bodies, and that the people involved Everyone accepted it.
In fact, this fact was one of the film’s main selling points (mainly because it wasn’t otherwise particularly unique). The movie also took place in a real morgue, where a real autopsy was performed on a real corpse, which was filmed and cut into the film. The director, himself a former doctor, said that, contrary to popular opinion, having a corpse in a film helps people “really understand human anatomy and what death means.” Because of this, they believed they were actually “paying tribute” to the corpse.
2 Thriller: Cruel Picture
movie Thriller: Cruel Picture It tells the action-packed story of a girl named Madeleine who is forced into prostitution by a pimp who kidnaps her and hooks her on heroin. After years of suffering at the hands of her abuser, Madeleine begins planning her escape. When she witnesses the death of her only friend at the hands of the man who kidnapped her, she embarks on a murder and an epic police chase in which she kills all those who have abused her over the years. Track down and brutally kill.
The scene with real human skeletons in particular is often cited as the most terrifying scene in the film. After her young Madeleine attacks her first client who tries to attack her, her pimp Tony gouges out her eye with a knife. The scene was filmed using real human eyes on real corpses to enhance its believability and realism. This scene, along with other harrowing scenes in the film, ultimately led most of the cast and crew to conclude that the director was a psycho.
1 death face
similarly Men Behind the Sun, death face is a very gruesome and disturbing documentary-style film. The film is essentially plotless, a series of dramatic, terrifying and terrifying death series interspersed with a few musings about death and humanity. It received mostly negative reviews, but eventually gained a cult following and made $35 million on the box. office.
Although a significant portion of the death depicted in death face Many of the film’s scenes were completely real, cut from actual footage of actual deaths and featured real human remains. During filming, an unplanned body washes up on the beach.