The line between art and obscenity has always been thin and the filmmakers have always pushed the boundaries of this line. But sometimes they fail to get away as people catch on. These movies are known all over the world, but for all the wrong reasons. Movies have always been controversial, but no one comes close to these movies when it comes to generating controversies.
#10: The Interview (2014)
No one would have imagined a movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogen to generate so much controversy. The Interview is a comedy about Kim Jon-Un and he was not at all happy about this movie. North Korea straight out threatened the US, which spiked the tension between these two countries. They even hacked Sony’s computers. Ultimately Sony decided to release the movie digitally.
#9: Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Last Tango in Paris garnered a lot of controversies after the director Bernardo Bertolucci revealed that the movie’s infamous rape scene did not have Maria Schneider’s full consent. This added a lot of fuel to the fire as Schneider had claimed before that the scene felt violating. The entire world went crazy after this and it is still a controversial topic.
#8: The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist was surrounded by controversy even before it was released. It is believed that the movie is cursed as multiple cast members died during and after filming the movie. It was banned in several countries for being too scary. Medical professionals had to be called on several occasions to help the viewers who fainted while watching the movie.
#7: The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Any movie that involves Jesus Christ is bound to generate controversy but this movie took it on another level. This movie implied that Jesus Christ was tempted by the normal life, so he came down from the cross and made love to Mary. This did not sit well with people. Some religious fanatics even set fire to a theatre in Paris, injuring several people in the process
#6: The Birth of a Nation (1915)
For those who are unfamiliar with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), it is a White Supremacist Hate Group, and their primary targets are African Americans. This movie glorified the KKK by portraying them as Saviours. This movie inspired the KKK’s revival and sparked wide-spread protests even during that time. People still aren’t happy about this movie.
#5: A Clockwork Orange (1971)
This movie is now considered as a Cult Classic and it is revered by cinephiles now. But back in the day, when it released, it created a lot of noise. Stanley Kubrick’s movie was banned in several countries for glorifying violence and aggression. People believed it to be a danger to society and some even claimed that it promoted the idea of assaulting women.
#4: I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
I Spit on Your Grave is a revolting movie that was bashed by critics left and right when it came out. The movie involves a lot of thought-provoking themes. It is a brutal revenge movie featuring a lot of uneasy scenes. It was banned in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia for its stomach-churning content.
#3: Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
We still do not understand why Tom Six made this movie or how did he get the idea. It is one of the most bizarre movies out there, and only a handful of people can come out of this movie unscathed. The sequel was even more grotesque than its predecessor and it was enough to spark immense controversy thanks to its content which we cannot even begin to describe.
#2: Faces of Death (1978)
Faces of Death is a shocking documentary that features exactly what’s in its name. The host, Dr. Francis B. Gross, shows us the ‘real’ faces of death, meaning that he shows us actual footage of people getting killed in different scenarios. The content of this show was so provocative that it has been banned in 46 countries.
#1: Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
This movie made all the news but for all the wrong reasons. As the name suggests, the movie features several intensely violent scenes involving cannibalism. The scenes felt so real at the time that the filmmaker Ruggero Deodato was arrested for murder, and he was only freed after it was confirmed that the actors were actually alive. A lot of animals were actually killed while filming this movie, and that is why it is still banned in a lot of countries.