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The 15 Best Body Horror Movies, from ‘The Fly’ to ‘Teeth’

From David Lynch and Cronenberg classics to a 2018 French feminist surprise, these are the body horror movies that disgust in the best way.

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, (aka LES CRIMES DU FUTUR), Viggo Mortensen, 2022. © Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection

“Crimes of the Future”

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For as long as there have been horror movies, there has been body horror, and the niche isn’t going away anytime soon thanks to David Cronenberg with the recent release of “Crimes of the Future.” There is something endlessly captivating about watching disturbing things happen to the human body, no matter how gross the images might be. And the human body is such a foundational concept to our existence that auteurs will never run out of things to say about it.

The body horror genre has proven to be a versatile medium for some of cinema’s most creative minds, with films ranging from the utterly grotesque to the subtle and cerebral. And sometimes, of course, movies can be both things at once. From Cronenberg and John Carpenter to David Lynch and Julia Ducournau, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite additions to one of horror’s grossest subgenres.

Kate Erbland, Anne Thompson, Jude Dry, Chris O’Falt, Tambay Obenson, and Zack Sharf also contributed to this story.

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