With the boom of Internet sites in the 90s, (weren’t they cool?), covering movies, shows, games, and comics, we had access to information unlike ever before. Sorry Starlog/Fangoria magazine, I no longer needed to wait a month for new information. On top of great scoops on upcoming films, we also had more information on content produced around the world. It also exposed that movie censorship was a global thing, not just in North America.
I recall the controversy of the film The Tin Drum caused in 1980 where it was banned in Ontario Canada as ‘child pornography’. There were a lot of issues with that group back then with real pornography including the documentary about pornography Not A Love Story. Or films deemed too graphic Dawn Of The Dead was banned in 1985. These were dark times indeed.
With the Internet, the ability to block content became a lot harder for unelected bureaucrats to decide what we could and could not access. Yes, it still happens, but it is much easier to access content now with the freedom the Internet provides. Well, that, and a VPN!
This leads me to this article as I recall the great debate over films by David Cronenberg, in particular Scanners, the head popping scene had the Film Board in a tizzy. I am to this day surprised that the film did not get banned!
Today, we are going to take a look at some of the most famous horror films that are still banned in some countries. Do you think these should be banned? Have you seen them? I have seen all but one. Frankly, I am glad to have seen them, but I doubt that I will ever watch them again.
While looking into the history of banned films, I also discovered that The Excorcist was banned off and on again in the UK. In fact, that film was only shown on TV there for the first time in 2001!
***WARNING – Some of the trailers below are disturbing and are not for the faint of heart!
A Serbian Film (2010)
This film has been banned on and off again around the world. It is a pretty disturbing film and certainly not for everyone.
“An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.”
You may want to stick with 8MM.
Based on my research, this film is still banned in the United Kingdom.
“A doctor kidnaps a young couple and forces them into a game of torment that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival.”
I suppose that if you like Hostel, you may dig this one. I have not seen this entire film, I did see some parts of it but never got around to getting the entire film. I don’t know if I want to, however.
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
This one was banned in Canada until sometime in the 1990s. It was released uncut in much of the country by 1998, twenty years after it was originally released. Ireland still has issues with this film, as does New Zealand, Norway, and Germany.
“An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.”
The uncut version is apparently still banned in the United Kingdom, Siri Lanka, Iran, and Ontario, Canada.
“In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.”
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Credited as one of the first-ever ‘found footage’ films, Cannibal Holocaust has a list of reasons why it got banned, most of it is due to the slaughter of real animals. The director Ruggero Deodato was also arrested with charges of obscenity and murder, Ruggero had to show that the actors in the film were still alive before the charges were dropped.
Still banned in Iceland, and New Zealand.
“During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.”
Have you seen any of these films? Do you think they deserved to be banned?
Sound off below!