Naked Dead Horror Movie Scenes
As a species we have this weird fascination with both sex and death, which is prevalent in a large majority of horror films. We are vulnerable naked, and so to die in that state is a wretched way to go indeed. If you have ever wondered why there is so much flesh on show in horror films, well apart from the obvious titillation of audience members, it’s also because of the vulnerable position it puts us in. That’s some scary ass stuff right there.
As a genre, Horror already holds a certain expectation on the maturity of its audience, and it’s once we understand this, that the genre can be most rewarding with its careful (and sometimes pathetic) use of nudity to bring a different emotion to the table.
Zombie films push theses boundaries even further, with the stone-dead naked corpses now wandering around with their modesty and life, lost long ago. And that’s what we are looking at in this grisly article. When the dead rise, not all of them are coming up with their clothes on… But it’s up to the directors, producers and screenwriters on just how they handle this delicate element. so, here is our nasty little list, Naked Dead Horror Movie Scenes. Remember… The dead don’t always die in Dolce & Gabbana!
(We don’t find breasts offensive here, but some of you might! So this is a warning that there may be images here that some people may find offensive. We have, however, called in our Modesty Cat to censor some of the more graphic moments. You have been WARNED! Meow)
Thir13en Ghosts (2001) – The Angry Princess
A remake of the 1960 film 13 Ghosts by William Castle, the 2001 Thir13en Ghosts features a host of terrible spirits that we never really learn much of during the films run time. However, film makers filled the gap with a special feature called “Ghost Files”, found on the Thirteen Ghosts DVD (and on the Blu-ray).
It is in theses section that we learn about Dana Newman, a woman who did not believe in her own natural beauty and ended up slashing herself to death after self-surgery left her blind in one eye. She died in the bathtub, which half explains why ‘The Angry Princess’ wanders around with her massive fake breasts gleefully dancing up and down. The real reason for her “bare necessities” is more obvious. The film desperately needed some sex appeal, and nothing puts bums on seats quicker than a pair of jiggling boobies bouncing around on screen like a plate of jelly during an earthquake.
The Angry Princess is one of the most prevalent spirits in the film and her best scene takes place in a bathroom, where she haunts the new resident.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Nude Ghoul
George A. Romero change the landscape of horror when he directed Night of the Living Dead. With its diverse casting and ghoulish effects, it was a hugely controversial film that brought new meaning to the word zombie. Rationalizing that at least some of the “ghouls” (As Romero referred to the creatures) would have woken up in the morgue, he opted to show at least one of the creatures completely nude, with others wandering around topless.
A local artist’s model took the fully nude job, probably deciding that if she could do nude for student, she could do nude for the world. The entire shot was tastefully done, with only her bare behind being clear on film, with a front view carefully hiding her modesty in shadow. The above image (right hand side) is a behind the scenes shot that never appeared in the film.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985) – Trash
The Return of the Living Dead came about out of a dispute between John Russo and George A. Romero over how to handle sequels to their 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. Russo created the “Of the Living Dead” series, in which he establishes Night of the Living Dead as canon but pushes the series onward with a comedy twist.
Russo’s zombies are faster, stronger and feed off brains, in which they are very vocal about. Dan O’Bannon turned in the script for the film and decide to sex things up with a punk called Trash. Trash stripes nude for a sultry dance atop a grave but bites the big one when the dead rise and turn her into a walking happy meal. Her resulting zombification sees her wandering around stark naked and hungry for brains. Whilst the film never really needed this sexual exploitation to raise it above other horrors, it gave the film a gritty edge and reputation for being a much more provocative affair.
Trash’s bests undead scene sees her rise up from the mud, and then proceeds to lead the horde on a brain filled rampage!
The Shining (1980) – Lorraine Massey
Stephen King has never shied away from writing about sex, and most of his work includes relations in some shape or form. Call it a spoonful of sugar in a world of dark, foul tasting, medicine. In The Shining, our sugar came in the shape of Lorraine Massey, a New York lawyer’s wife who had a thing for seducing young bell boys. In 1975, Mrs. Massey ran herself a nice warm bath, slipped into the water and slit her wrists. Being one of the “fresher” spirits in the hotel, Mrs. Massey is one of the more powerful poltergeists in the Overlook Hotel.
Stanley Kubrick’s film shared the same beats as the book, having Jack investigation Danny’s claim that a “crazy woman” tried to strangle him. Jack finds a naked young lady in the bathroom, who seduces him. As the two kiss, she transforms into a rotting old hag who chases Jack out of the room, cackling at his infidelity.
Evil Dead II (1987) – Linda
As Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series matured, it started to stray away from excessive nudity. The 1981 original included a rather violent tree rape scene that had censors foaming at the mouth. The British Board of Film Classification was so outraged that it banned the movie, creating one of the first must have “under the counter” VHS tapes of the 80’s and 90’s. Maybe some of this backlash had an effect on Raimi’s series, as the films quickly distanced themselves away from bloody horror, and started to fix it’s roots into the black comedy genre.
When Evil Dead II came out in 1987, it was lighter, funnier and contained only one single tongue in cheek nude scene. Ash kills a possesses Linda and buries her alongside her decapitated head. But you can’t keep a good (or bad) “Deadite” down, or least you can’t bury one! Linda just pops up from the ground and performs a weird, naked zombie dance, before attempting to murder our chinned hero. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but she definitely went into the ground with clothes on? So why she pops up in the buff is anyone’s guess!
Return of the Living Dead III (1993) – Julie Walker
The Return of the Living Dead series had nothing to prove when the third film came around. So far, the series had delivered on nudity and gore by the bucket loads. So, when it came to out doing themselves, they decide to go all Hellraiser on our asses with a bondage styled hybrid zombie.
When Julie Walker is killed in a motorcycle accident, her boyfriend resurrects her with 2-4-5 Trioxin gas, because, you know, nothing says true love like resurrecting your mangled dead girlfriend. Overcome by her hunger for brains, but still retaining some humanity, she resorts to mutilating her own flesh with junk she finds laying around. The pain of mutilation keeps the hunger at bay. And so, the film see’s Julie piercing just about every surface on her body. Julie adorns herself with spikes, nails, and shards of glass sticking out of her flesh that includes her breasts, which she openly displays for all to see. Titillating indeed!
Julie’s best scene comes when she is confronted by an angry gang of hoodlums and takes them down with her new piercings. It’s graphic and wee bit sexy too… erm…if you’re into that kinda stuff!
Zombie Land (2009) – Zombie Stripper
Zombieland is a post-apocalyptic zombie comedy which does not shy away from the guts and gore of the zombie sub-genre. With a strain of mad cow disease turning people into bloodthirsty zombies, the United States quickly becomes overrun by the walking dead.
In an opening montage which shows the chaos sweeping the nation, we see one sequence that was certainly thrown in to give the audience a good laugh. Clutching at a fistful of bank notes, we see a businessman scampering away from a blood covered, zombified, stripper. This busty dancer is caught in slow motion glory, as blood squirts from her mouth and her tassel covered boobs bob up and down agreeably. It’s about as far flung from George Romero’s philosophizing as you can get! But on the other hand, using the same reasoning he had Night of the Living Dead, there’s a lot of strip joints out there, and a lot of potential zombie strippers!
Deadgirl (2008) – Deadgirl
No matter how you look at it, Deadgirl is messed up film! The movie follows two horny young teens that discover a mute naked woman chained to the wall of an abandoned psychiatric hospital. Rather than helping the girl, they decide to keep her incarcerated so they can rape her. Yep…this is really fucked up.
The twist is that the girl is really a zombie, which one of the boys discovers after he tries to strangle her. Wait…what? Yep, wracked with guilt for the rape, he decided it might be best if he just outright murder the girl. But even after they discover she’s a walking corpse, the lads sexual appetite seems to get the better of them, as they continue their sexual assault on the rotting girl.
The Deadgirl, played by incredible brave Jenny Spain, spends almost the entire runtime of the film stark naked and tied to a table. Making the 101-minute runtime of the film an incredible uncomfortable and disturbing ride. If graphic nudity is, you’re thing, you may just love this film, but seriously…. You really shouldn’t!
Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Pete
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 horror comedy which plops a no-life loser into the middle of a full-blown zombie apocalypse. Waking up after a bad night out, Shaun rises to find that a zombie apocalypse has overwhelmed London, and his flatmate Pete is now one of the undead. Shaun discovers Pete naked and in bathroom, hinting that he turned whilst showering.
Whilst Shaun escapes from his close encounter with his newly un-dead flatmate, the same cannot be said for his friend Ed, who gets bitten by a still naked Pete later that day. Yep, not all nude zombies are girls! Pete’s end comes swiftly though, as Shaun puts a bullet in his head.
Zombie Strippers (2008) – Zombie Strippers
In a dystopic near-future in which George W. Bush has been elected to a fourth term, a zombie virus has escaped and turned the strippers at a local joint in to flesh hungry beasties. With business booming, the newly zombified strippers become more popular than ever, even if they are turning the punters into brunch.
With terrible acting, and even an awful turn my horror maestro Robert Englund, the film is clearly got only one thing going for it…. titties! And there is plenty of them here. With splashings of really fake looking blood, a few severed limbs and handful of funny moments, the films biggest pull is the nude dancing, as these zombie strippers take to the poles to dance their asses off.
One of the films most memorable moments come as two of the strippers fight for supremacy. One of the girls pops a Ping-Pong balls into her “dirty belows” and starts to fire them at the other girl. Running out of “Pings”, she pops in some pool balls instead, with smashing results. It’s bordering on super-soft-core porn, with the thin veil of being a horror film, but it manages to be quite memorable and fun.
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“Howdy Horror Fans – It’s fun to STRIP a film down to it’s BARE BONES, but when them bones are the ones doing the STRIPPING, it might be time to stop looking at sub-text? These Naked Dead Horror Movie Scenes are great examples of just how sexualization of the genre can be used powerfully, poignantly and down right pathetically. But don’t let us be the only voice on the matter, join the conversation in the comments below and tell us the undead nude moments you found to be most rewarding. Until next time creeps…