With many film fans these days becoming desensitised to a lot of the most gruesome stuff, not much shocks or surprises us anymore.
But, back in the day there was some pretty sick shit out there that censors couldn’t ban soon enough. So we’ve compiled a list of films that would make recent acclaimed horror hits look like Disney movies.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The first film famous horror director Wes Craven ever wrote was banned in seven countries and is full to the brim with horrifying rape, torture and murder scenes. The extreme violence is pretty horrendous beyond belief, but it was widely influential in the horror genre. The ban has been lifted and reinstated again several times since its release 43 years back.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Banned in 10 countries, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most renowned films in the horror genre and understandably has a reputation for being a bit gruesome. It features Leatherface – a chainsaw wielding maniac – providing victims as meat for his cannibalistic family. Grim. The horror heavyweight has inspired a number of pretty rubbish sequels and has been severely cut in order to even be released.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
The film was apparently based on the the director’s experience of encountering a rape victim in New York and the injustice she suffered from police. Banned in 11 countries, the story is of heroine Jennifer, who is brutally raped at the beginning of the film and she then goes on to get revenge and kill the people who wronged her in the most unsettling ways.
Faces of Death (1978)
Apparently the most banned film on the planet – with over 40 countries on the list – Faces Of Death majority of the deaths are in fact real. The footage was gathered from various sources and newsreels, and the graphic and real nature of the film made it extremely controversial, but it’s believed it has less bans than the number the film crew have actually boasted about.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Banned in 11 countries, this shocking, disgusting and disturbing tale covers an anthropologist discovering footage in the Amazon jungle of filmmakers meeting natives and seeing what grim events unfolded. Infamous for the unnecessary animal cruelty among several other factors, this move is still as shock-inducing as it was over three decades ago.
The Evil Dead (1981)
A cult horror classic, The Evil Dead was on top of the most wanted ‘video nasties’ back in the 80s. Banned in only six countries, it was director Sam Raimi’s first film, and told the story of a group of teens who became victims of demonic possession after going to a cabin in the woods in the middle fucking who-knows-where to get their friend to go cold turkey from their heroin abuse. The controversial film included horrific killing but also an insanely disturbing sexual assault by a tree. A lot of the film was cut to release it and make the censors happy.
A Serbian Film (2010)
Declared ‘the nastiest film ever made’, A Serbian Film is banned in nine counties and tells the trials and tribulations of an aged porn star who’s trying to earn enough money to get out of the country. To make this happen he accepts a role in a hardcore porno which is as violent, obscene and perverted as could be, with incest and necrophilia among other despicable sex acts.
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)
Banned in the UK, Australia and NZ, this sequel recounts the story of a man who is obsessed with the first instalment of The Human Centipede series and takes it upon himself to recreate the madness. The man overpowers his victims to object them to his sick and twisted fantasies. Due to its repulsive content, the film was severely cut to allow it to air in most countries.
Pfft. And you thought Sinister was bad…