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Bloody good: Why are gory American shows catching up in India?

Indian audiences seem to be taken in by English shows that are high on shock value, and feature plenty of gore.

tv Updated: Dec 01, 2015 18:14 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
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Jack Gleeson playing Joffrey Baratheon in hit tv show Game of Thrones.(HBO)

While Hindi soaps seem fixated on ‘naagins’ and ‘daayans’, English shows, with a high dose of bloodletting, are quite a hit with the Indian audience. Here, we take a look at some of the most-gruesome series on TV, and rate them on the level of gore shown (with five being the highest).

Game Of Thrones

A still from the ‘red wedding’ from HBO’s Game of Thrones. (HBO)

Graphic violence, plenty of gore and multiple gut-wrenching moments are the highlights of the show that has killed several important and some not-so-important characters as well over the seasons. The world’s most-pirated show doesn’t shy away from body dismemberment, bloody faces or even mass murder. In fact, plotlines featuring the ‘The Red Wedding’ and a child (Shireen) being burnt alive have caused an uproar on the Internet for their high-shock value.

American Horror Story: Hotel

American Horror Story: Hotel also features Lady Gaga. (FX)

The current season of this critically acclaimed show has been loved by audiences worldwide. The anthology series comes with mind-blowing special effects, violence, and sexual encounters with a dash of scare. With the level of gore going up after each episode, the series has had fans tuning in for the next set of twists, turns and horrors week after week.

Hannibal

Hannibal is infamous for its extremely gory scenes and subject. (NBC)

Other than the mind games and the hunt for murderers, scenes from Hannibal are also larger than life. The show manages to keep audiences at the edge of their seats with episodes that feature a body emerging from a horse or one impaled on deer antlers. It is surely not for the squeamish.

Helix

The show is about a team of scientists who go to the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of a disease. (Syfy)

This sci-fi show is full of exploding necks, dinners with corpses, human flesh and eyeballs for meals, dismemberment, and a whole lot more. The show is about a team of scientists who go to the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of a disease, and get stuck there. This leads to unexpected and insane story plots in a show that seems to embrace gruesomeness.

The Strain

With one gut-wrenching episode after another lined up, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. (FX)

This gruesome show often has ghastly creatures infecting their victims with worms, among other things. The story deals with a vampire outbreak, which is a result of a mysterious, deadly virus. With one gut-wrenching episode after another lined up, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Walking Dead

Lots and lots of corpses are what makes the show work. (AMC)

A story about an apocalyptic world that has been taken over by zombies, Walking Dead delights its fans by showcasing at least one horrific zombie or human death sequence in every episode. Ripped hearts and stomachs, beheadings, zombies that turn up regularly, and lots and lots of corpses are what makes the show work.

iZombie

Now and then, scenes are also peppered with shots of brains and corpses. (The CW)

A medical resident is turned into a zombie, and now has to feed off human brains to stay alive. She opts for brains of murder victims, and ends up solving crime in the process. The pretty zombie also has her quirks and a funny bone to keep the audience engaged. Now and then, scenes are also peppered with shots of brains and corpses.

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