Let’s face it, life without movies would be a drag. We all have our favorites, but as we all know, there are some movies that are banned worldwide.
The reasons why they’re banned vary from being offensive, inappropriate, and graphic content. Here is my Top 10 list of Banned Movies Ever Made.
#10. Borat (2006)
Borat is a 2006 comedy film directed by 20th Century Fox that follows a Kazakhstani journalist named Borat as he encounters Americans from all walks of life and becomes famous for his sexist and antisemitic statements.
Borat’s release outraged Kazakhstani officials, who believed the film painted Kazakhstan in a poor light and urged theatres not to play it.
With the exception of Lebanon, it was eventually prohibited in all Arab countries. It was deemed filthy, disgusting, and exceedingly ludicrous by the Dubai censorship board. They said that if they sat down and censored the film, just 30 minutes would remain.
#9. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
The film Cannibal Holocaust is about a group of anthropologists who went missing while recording a documentary on Indigenous Cannibal tribes in the Amazon rainforest.
Because of its explicit, violent material, which includes sexual assault and animal aggressiveness. Because of their strong animal cruelty regulations, Cannibal Holocaust was prohibited globally, notably in Italy and Australia. Judges in Italy even ordered the inventors to be detained on grounds of obscenity.
There were even allegations that some actors were assassinated while the movie was being made. These rumors stemmed from a well-known impalement scene that appeared far too real to be staged.
#8.The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist was the highest-grossing film in the world in 1973, and it is widely regarded as one of the most disturbing films ever filmed in the horror category.
One of the longest bands in cinematic history has plagued The Exorcist. It was finally authorized to be shown in theatres in the United Kingdom in 1999, 25 years after it was first released in 1973.
After seeing the trailer for the film, several individuals reportedly walked out of the theater or ran to the lavatory to puke. Some movie screenings had indeed elicited frenzy among those who already believed in the truth of demonic possession, which was enough for censorship boards to outright ban the film.
The ban was finally lifted in 1999 by the UK censorship boards because the movie no longer had the same impact as it had 25 years ago.
#7. Fat Girl (2001)
Fat Girl is a French drama film about two sisters, ages 15 and 12, and their sexual attitudes and experiences. Elena, the older sister, is stunning and draws a lot of male attention, while her overweight younger sister watches with envy.
It’s a brutally honest narrative written by a French lady obsessed with the physical and psychological elements of sex. With a highly dramatic story twist at the climax, the film is laden with graphic visuals and severe concerns about youth and sexuality.
This film angered the majority of its audience, resulting in several disputes. Because of its depictions of juvenile sexuality and rape, Ontario was the first country to outright prohibit Fat Girl.
Worldwide, However, the movie was restricted to adult audiences but still played in theaters.
#6. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS is a film about a Nazi leader who is just as brutal in bed as she is on the streets. Ilsa chooses a different male companion for bed each night, and if they aren’t what she wants, she tortures them mercilessly and occasionally sends them to the chair.
Ilsa conducts inhumane experiments on women in order to demonstrate to her superiors that women, too, can be conscripted as soldiers and sent to war.
Ilsa was subjected to bands from Germany, Australia, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
#5. The Interview (2014)
The Interview is a political satire film from 2014 in which two journalists get an interview with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un, only to be charged by the CIA with assassinating him.
North Korea, as you can expect, was not pleased. The North Korean leadership warned harsh and indiscriminate measures against the United States if the film was released in June 2014.
Kim Yong Chol, a spokesman for the North Korean government, stated in 2014 that the interview demonstrates the US administration’s and society’s desperation.
An activist organization named Guardians of Peace attacked Sony and threatened to hack every theater playing the film just before its release.
#4. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Another film on the list that was extensively banned for promoting sexual violence against women is this one. Ireland, Norway, Canada, Iceland, Australia, and even West Germany have all prohibited it.
The prohibition in Canada lasted eight years. The films were first released in 1988 in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Quebec. The film was banned in Australia in 1987, five years after the American version was released, because it featured sexual violence in the form of castration.
The restriction was overturned seven years later when it was determined that castration is not sexual violence. The film was labeled a video unpleasant in the United Kingdom.
In 2001, it popped up on the UK government’s list of prosecutable films, and the filmmakers had to release a heavily cut version of it to make sure it was played.
#3. The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left is a film about a gang of rapists who take sanctuary at the home of one of their numerous victims, and when the parents find out who they are, they plot a horrible retaliation.
The film depicts scenes of rape and shooting brutality, as well as a degree of murder that is reminiscent of Sylvia Plath.
Because of its representations of sadism, rape, and violence, this film was prohibited in the United Kingdom. Despite the fact that Uncut versions of the film were produced for home video, the prohibition on the Uncut version was finally lifted in 2008.
#2. Life of Brian (1979)
Brian’s Life is a British comedy about a man who was born on the same day as Jesus and spends his whole life being mistaken for the Messiah. The film sparked a lot of controversy at the time of its release because of its religious satire elements, including charges of blasphemy and objections from religious groups.
The picture was explicitly banned in Norway and Ireland, which Sweden used to promote it further. In the United Kingdom. It was outright prohibited in 40 localities, or it was graded X or PG 18.
#1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is our top selection. This film portrays a group of friends who visit an ancient farmhouse and become victims of a cannibal family.
While the film was based on fiction, some parts, such as the character of Leatherface, a mute man who wears a mask made of human skin, were inspired by true events. In addition, part of the brutality in the film was inspired by the murder of Ed Gain.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre proved contentious while the picture was banned in cinemas in the United Kingdom a year after its premiere, and many horror and thriller filmmakers had to reconsider their names around that time. The ban was eventually lifted. In the 1990s.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was censored internationally as well in countries like Brazil, Chile, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Singapore, West Germany, and Australia. However, all of these bands were eventually lifted.
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