Body horror movies might make up one of cinema’s more disgusting film genres, but they’ve unquestionably given cinema some of its most wholly original masters. For instance, where would David Cronenberg and David Lynch be without their breakthrough body horror entries? From their shocking efforts in the 1970s to recent body horror classics from new French favorite Julia Ducournau, the body horror genre has endured by turning the grotesque into high art.
IndieWire has rounded up 10 of the greatest body horror movies ever made. Some are full-blown horror movies, some are comedies, some are surrealist head trips, but all are prime examples of what cinema can be when gore goes wild. Watch one of the following titles this Halloween — or anytime you’ve got a movie hankering for something disgusting.