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Top 10 banned films in the world
10. The Possession of Joel Delaney, 1972
A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.
Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Perry King, David Elliott, Lisa Kohane
Controversial for it's ending scene which featured a 13-year-old boy being forced to strip completely nude and his sister being forced to eat dog food. Stephen King said the film would receive an NC-17 rating today for the stripping scene alone. The film still remains shocking and controversial, as the DVD is a slightly censored version of the film.
9. The Last House on the Left, 1972
A pair of teenage girls are headed to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, the girls are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts.
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln
Heavily censored in many countries due to its scenes of graphic violence and rape. It was especially controversial in the United Kingdom, for it was banned completely there for many years.
8. The Devils, 1971
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian
" This film was heavily censored and offended many religious people who were angered by its commentary on religion. It was also banned for this reason. This film still remains controversial today, as it has yet to receive a DVD release
7. Slient Night, Deadly Night, 1984
After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.
Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson
Large crowds (mostly parents) gathered in protest about this film, angry about the depiction of Santa Claus as a serial killer. They believed it vilified Christmas and did not belong in theaters.
6. A Serbian Film, 2010
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
Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
Stars: Srdjan Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic, Slobodan Bestic
The film is notorious for the acts of shocking violence which take place onscreen (including an infamous scene in which an infant is raped). It has been censored and banned all over the place
5. Faces of Death, 1978
A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.
Director: Conan Le Cilaire
Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi
The film has been said to have been banned in over 40 countries. Although at least 40% of the film is said to be fake, genuine footage of deaths is shown in this documentary
4. The Exorcist, 1973
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
Caused an explosion of commotion during its original release for it's religious content including a scene of 12-year-old possessed Regan masturbating with a crucifix. People were even said to faint in the theater. Linda Blair actually received death threats from people who believed she was possessed. It's alleged use of subliminal imagery also caused controversy. Pastor Billy Graham actually believed a demon lived within the reels of the film.
3. Freaks, 1932
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates
Caused an uproar in the 1930s for positively portraying those who are "different". Tod Browning was forced by the studio to cut several scenes out of the film and supposedly had difficulty finding work afterwards
2. I Spit on Your Grave, 1978
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
Director: Meir Zarchi
Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols
The film's graphic depiction of rape was called misogynistic and reprehensible by many critics, including Roger Ebert who gave it a scathing review stating watching the film was the most depressing experience of his entire life. Some argue that it glorifies violence against women. It was banned in many countries and still causes an uproar today.
1. Cannibal Holocaust, 1980....