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Gross-Out horror is a subgenre of Horror which is meant to evoke feelings of disgust and discomfort. It takes many influences from Horror, and is one of the most extreme subgenres.


Gross-out horror often includes gory imagery similar to slasher films. Also often shown is body horror, such as that shown in Junji Ito's artwork and the 2022 film Crimes of The Future. Other popular topics in this genre include cannibalism and disturbing sexual imagery.


The fashion in this aesthetic is similar to that of the original horror aesthetic. As the genre usually appeals to older teenagers and young adults, it also includes items similar to E-Girl/E-Boy fashion.



  • The Thing (1982)
  • The Fly (1986)
  • Class of Nuke 'Em High series (1986-2017)
  • Street Trash (1987)
  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Bad Taste (1987)
  • Society (1989)
  • Braindead (1992)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • Saw series (2004-2023)
  • Slither (2006)
  • Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
  • The Human Centipede series (2009-2015)
  • Kuso (2017)
  • Cyst (2020)
  • Tusk (2014)

TV Shows[]

  • Celebrity Deathmatch (Cartoon) (1998-2007}
  • Invader Zim (Cartoon) (2001-2006)
  • Metalocalypse (Cartoon) (2006-2013)
  • Mr. Pickles (Cartoon) (2013-2019)
  • South Park (Cartoon) (1997-)
  • Happy Tree Friends (Cartoon) (1999-2016)
  • Mr. Meaty (Puppet Show) (2005-2009)


Some bands whose lyrics follow this aesthetic include Cannibal Corpse and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Beyond the lyrics, popular music genres in this aesthetic are similar to those in the Horror aesthetic - hip-hop, metal, and rock.


Popular books in this genre include:

  • The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whitely
  • Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Erin LaRocca
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Other literature popular in the community includes various Creepypastas and shock-fanfiction such as Dipper Goes to Taco Bell.


Works by Junji Ito fit this category of horror. Some of his most famous works include:

  • Tomie series (1987-2000)
  • Uzumaki (2000)
  • Dissolving Classroom (2014)
  • Hellsing (2000-2008)
  • Gantz (2004)
  • Parastye (1988)
  • Tokyo ghoul (2011-2017)
  • Another (2011)
  • Gyo (2001-2002)
  • Tomie (1987-1998)
  • Uzumaki (1998-1999)