Banned Horror Movies That Were Too Disturbing

Banned Horror Movies That Were Too Disturbing


Horror movies are all about pushing boundaries,
taking audiences and ratings boards to the very limit of what they can stomach. Some films have been so hardcore that entire
countries have taken steps to ban them from their theaters, in some cases making screening
or possessing them a criminal act. Sometimes you can see the rationale behind
a movie being banned, but not always. For one reason or another, these horror films
were all battlegrounds for censorship, deemed too disturbing for viewers… but they still
managed to find their audiences anyway. A Serbian Film A Serbian Film has a reputation as one of
the most extreme horror movies ever made, and it’s a reputation that’s well-earned. Centering on an adult film actor who’s been
hired to participate in an increasingly sadistic production, the story is meant to be a metaphor
for life in Serbia, conveying how the country screws its people over from birth. That metaphor gets very literal, being represented
on screen by torture, murder, necrophilia, and other, even worse things. With that kind of taboo content, it’s far
from surprising that a large number of countries wanted nothing to do with the movie. At one point or another, A Serbian Film was
banned in Germany, Norway, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Spain, and Singapore,
and the countries that eventually allowed the movie required significant edits. The movie is so extreme that it’s almost gotten
people thrown in real-life prison. Following A Serbian Film’s ban in Spain, the
director of a film festival faced criminal charges for daring to show the movie anyway,
a move which drew condemnation from the film’s director. Despite how violent the film is, it uses its
extreme violence to make a point, and of course, no children were actually harmed during the
making of it. A Serbian Film may be one of the most boundary-pushing
movies ever made, but it’s still just a movie, and as a horror movie, it’s pretty genuinely
effective. Saw VI & Saw 3D The Saw series of horror movies was sadistic
from the start, but weirdly, it wasn’t until the sixth entry that any country made moves
to ban them. For some reason, Saw VI was initially banned
from Thailand and Spain, with Spanish regulators giving the film a rating usually reserved
for pornography. It’s an odd move, considering the sixth movie
doesn’t do anything the previous five didn’t already get away with. The follow-up picture, alternatively called
Saw 3D, Saw 7, or Saw: The Final Chapter, was also banned from public exhibition in
Germany for its violence. But what makes that movie more violent than
the installments that preceded it is a mystery. The seventh Saw movie was kind of a cornball
gimmicky sequel lousy enough to put the franchise into hibernation for years. Hostel & Hostel: Part II Lots of European commentators had an issue
with the first Hostel for making the continent seem like a lethal tourist trap. But it was only in Ukraine that the movie
pushed enough buttons to get itself banned. Both Hostel and its sequel were outlawed in
the country for excessive cruelty, as well as for portraying the neighborhood as a place
where tourists get tortured for money. Despite the ban, the movie is still legally
available for private viewing, just don’t let them catch you screening it in the front
yard. Beyond Ukraine, the uncut version of Hostel:
Part II is banned in Germany and New Zealand, and the film was only released in Malaysia
and Singapore after undergoing cuts to its more extreme scenes. Some politicians in the U.K. have also argued
that the film should be illegal, a crusade made extra absurd by the fact that at least
one politician who spoke out against the movie eventually admitted that he’d never even watched
it. It’s a fact that speaks to how arbitrary these
censorship measures often are, one viewer’s trash is another audience’s trashy good time. Possession Possession is one of the best and most bonkers
horror movies ever made, but that doesn’t mean everyone was comfortable with its content
when it was released in 1981. Following a limited theatrical run in the
U.K., Possession was labeled as a distasteful “video nasty” and effectively banned for a
decade, not getting released on home video in uncut form until 1999. The movie also had a difficult time getting
an uncut release in the United States. While it was never formally banned, the original
U.S. release was heavily edited, resulting in a number of different versions being circulated
with dramatic variations. One version notoriously cut out an astonishing
40 minutes, rearranging scenes and adding optical effects that turned an already challenging
movie into something all-but-impossible to understand. It wasn’t until 2000 that the original version
became widely available in the U.S., which is shocking, considering the movie’s relatively
tame nature. While its plot may feel like a fever dream,
it’s no more violent or graphic than other horror movies of the era. It’s just a lot weirder. Land of the Dead Banning a movie instantly makes it more notorious. Most authorities tend to do it only in extreme
circumstances, with movies so extreme that they’d test the mettle of even the most jaded
viewer. So it’s odd that a relatively tame studio
effort like George Romero’s Land of the Dead ended up being banned in Ukraine, especially
when more typically-restrictive places like the U.K. classified the movie as being suitable
for teenagers. The movie’s ban in Ukraine comes down to unique
context; specifically, it was banned for its portrayal of cannibalism. Not because its scenes of humans getting devoured
were especially gory, but rather due to concerns that such content would evoke memories of
the Holodomor, a man-made famine that killed millions when it was inflicted on the nation
by Joseph Stalin’s government between 1932 and ’33. The reason behind the ban raises more questions
than it answers. Land of the Dead was released in 2005, some
72 years after the events of the genocide, and doesn’t have anything to do with famine
or Soviet history. You can almost see the rationale, but is a
zombie movie that takes place in post-apocalyptic Pennsylvania really going to be the thing
that opens those old wounds? It’s one of George Romero’s worst movies,
sure, but it’s not that bad. Grotesque 2009’s Grotesque is a 73-minute exploitation
horror movie from Japan that focuses chiefly on the kidnapping and sadistic murder of a
young couple. That’s it. Nothing else happens. Grotesque is the dictionary definition of
torture porn. The U.K.’s film classification board refused
to put any stamp of approval on the film, stating that the movie actually posed a risk
to society. Running down the movie’s main offenses, the
censors cited acts of “amputation, eye gouging, castration, and evisceration resulting in
a gory and violent death”, in other words, a typical horror movie fan’s definition of
a fun Friday night. The lack of a traditional narrative only bolstered
the board’s decision to reject the movie, with their assessment being that the film
could not be cut to satisfy their standards when its very concept was so objectionable. Grotesque’s home country had no such concerns,
although the British ban did spark a debate over the artistic merits of the splatter film. The controversy brought a wave of new publicity
to the movie, suggesting once again that there’s nothing so valuable for a movie’s long-term
reputation as the allure it gains from being banned. Father’s Day Described as “pure grindhouse madness,” Father’s
Day is a Canadian horror-comedy about a man getting revenge on the killer who molested
and murdered his father. The outlandish concept is clearly tongue-in-cheek
in execution, not that that mattered to the Australian government. Although Father’s Day was allowed to screen
in Sydney for its 2012 theatrical premiere, classification was refused for its home video
release, resulting in an effective ban on the movie in the country, with future screenings
of it at film festivals being canceled. With the film banned from a video release,
a distributor for Father’s Day took Australian censors to task for taking the movie’s content
out of context. After much back-and-forth in the press, the
movie was eventually released in 2013, leaving a censored version that toned down the gore. Slender Man Sony Pictures’ Slender Man is the first studio
movie to be inspired by the online horror phenomenon, telling the story of a group of
teenage girls who seek out the mysterious monster. At least, that was the plan. Prior to its release, Slender Man sparked
controversy due to its relationship to a real-life attempted murder that took place near Waukesha,
Wisconsin in 2014, when two middle school students violently attacked their friend in
an effort to appease the fictional creature. In the lead-up to the movie’s theatrical rollout,
the father of one of the attackers condemned the movie, accusing its producers of capitalizing
on a tragedy, saying, “In my opinion it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all
three of these families have gone through.” Reportedly, the negative buzz spooked Sony
into dramatically chopping down the movie, removing much of the film’s violence, as well
as plot arcs and entire characters. But for some exhibitors, that self-censorship
wasn’t enough, with theaters near the site of the attack refusing to screen the movie
at all. The result of all the drama was an incoherent
mess of a movie that got little in the way of a marketing push, getting poorly-received
by just about everyone. The most puzzling thing is that anyone could
have seen the controversy coming from a mile away, which makes one wonder why producers
even tried to make the movie in the first place. The Bunny Game An independent 76-minute movie produced for
$13,000, The Bunny Game easily ran afoul of British censors upon its release in 2010. Short, slight, and brutal, the movie centers
on the kidnapping and torture of a prostitute hitchhiker by a sadistic truck driver, nothing
more, nothing less. The BBFC refused classification for the movie
on the basis of its graphic depictions of sexual abuse, calling the movie “unacceptable
to the public.” The board’s decision didn’t come down to any
one objectionable scene, but rather the movie’s very concept. According to a statement made by the board, “The principal focus of the work is the unremitting
sexual and physical abuse of a helpless woman, as well as the sadistic and sexual pleasure
the man derive[s] from this.” In short, there may be no version of The Bunny
Game that British censors would find acceptable. On principle alone, that’s a pretty big bummer
for British fans of the horror genre. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Despite its notoriously disgusting concept,
the first Human Centipede movie has a fairly traditional feel to it. Its central idea of kidnapped people being
stitched together end-to-end is body horror more nauseating in concept than in execution,
with the movie itself being fairly restrained when it comes to graphic detail. That restraint went out the window for the
movie’s sequel, which went to extreme lengths to shock and horrify, getting itself banned
from several nations upon its release. Stark and confrontational, The Human Centipede
2 (Full Sequence) hit the throttle on its use of sadistic, nihilistic violence. While the first film’s villain was a demented
surgeon who at least sort of knew what he was doing, the second movie’s villain is just
demented, creating his centipede with brute force and barbed wire. The film is so bleak and brutal that the British
Board of Film Classification outright refused to give it a rating, saying “no amount of
cuts” would make the movie acceptable enough to be exhibited or sold. The movie was eventually approved for release
in the United Kingdom, but only after having two and a half minutes of footage cut out. Australia required 30 seconds’ worth of edits,
while New Zealand never let the movie screen at all. If you missed out on the sequel, you didn’t
miss much, but it’s still so much better than the third movie in the series, which censors
around the world didn’t even bother with. That one’s not terribly offensive. It’s more just… terrible.

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  1. Why do people make horror the days of our life in the physical realm without Yahawah is a horror .
    Turn to Yahawah and it is not bad again we can fight againist this evil abd Win because of Yahawashi who is known as jesus christ.

  2. Lol all these movies are nothing but demonic trash ,created to sink into your mind everything that happens to you and everything you love when you are burning in hell …

    The heat in hell is just a after dinner mint compared to the mental and physical suffering that you endure while watching everything you love receive the same punishment,all while screaming for your help but you cannot help no one not even yourself.

    Laugh if you will but 31 years ago while in the hospital I died I experienced a NDE and I went to hell .

    Thank you our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST for saving me from that horrific place …….

    A

  3. At least this movies seem to know the incompetence of medicals, sadism and cruelty they are and being used to on animals and humanbeings, they use for experiments with shocks, sadism, brutality and torture to them.
    And they know the robbery and cruelty medicals are used to, by using animals, and humanbeings as their prey, to be the medicals they are:sadists, prostitutes, racists, drugaddicts, rapists and primitivs, criminels, brutals and hooligans, who robb of even organs of animals and humanbeings, experiment torture and poison to them, when critisised and ending in dynasties of incompetent medicals, who lie, robb, damage and poison, are brutal and not better than prostitutes and pimps, who use war and violence, brutality and extortion as do torturers of animals and humanbeings, sadists, brutals, hooligans, who hate animals and humanbeings all together and rather use them as prey and punchingballs and therefor take hostage of them, like hunters, whi's sports is the torture of animals and humanbeings .

  4. Makes me think slender man coulda been good if it was released how it was meant to be, or not done at all of course.

  5. The use of "Horror" as a genre label is far too vague, that's the problem. Movies that are very different in their intentions are thrown together under this label. Obviously, apprehension, anxiety, shock, fear, disgust et cetera are very different psychological states that a movie can arouse in an audience. What a particular person who professes to love "horror" movies is looking to be entertained by is a matter of individual taste.

  6. Government:"We must ban these fake depictions of horror because we know better than you". As they go to other countries and kill the shit out of everyone, for real.

  7. serbian movie is not a horror movie…. thats one of the disgusting movie i have ever seen in my life.

  8. I'm so suprise that is some country banned hardcore and discusting movie but i wonder why my country didn't banned such a movie,besides when i was 12 years old i accidently watched human centipede all series alone this movies killed my childhood and i always thought it is real or fake but good thing is i feel nothing about normal death and scariest happening cause my mind is zero

  9. I don't remember seeing any of the, "I spit on your grave" films in this list. Most of these movies, I have seen. To the best of my knowledge, the only films actually banned here in the United States, is the "Faces of Death" movies, which depict actually murders, and what not. On the other hand, we have the first ammendment to our Constitution which guarantees, amongst other things, freedom of press.

  10. A Serbian film is not a horror movie. A Serbian film is not a horror movie. A Serbian film is not a horror movie.

  11. These aren't horror movies. It's trash, crap not made to scare you anymore but made to make you puke. Besides, no one comes close to this kind of puke then Asian horror movies. Puke movies and zombie movies are dead only dorks follow that scene unless it's about the real zombie metaphor. You do realize where zombies, vampires and werewolves come from? You know, eat of thy body, drink of thy blood. Judaism, Catholicism or Christianity are the original satanic churches of the world. The Irish coined the phrase synagogue of Satan.

  12. What kind of mindset do you have to have to want to make these types of movies? I like horror movies, but these are not them. Seems like the film industry is getting sicker and sicker and the sick percentage of public support them by wanting more of these disgusting films. What the hell is wrong with people?

  13. I’ve only read about Serbian Film and honestly the fact that it was even made is fucking disgusting. That’s not horror, it’s dirty shock value

  14. hostel is really happen in Thailand's and some part of Europe they killed tourist for fun and gambling

  15. Germany is taking a lot of horror flicks off their ban list recently. Some of which have been there for decades. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" was taken off the list, rereleased uncut just this year after more than 30 years being officially banned even from under the table distribution.

  16. You love movies and you know movies so do anyone a favor and dont be that dumb to call A Serbian Film a Horror movie. Its a Thriller damnit!

  17. some of these are meh but then most are understandable…. like what enjoyment would you get out of watching women/children being tortured and sexually abused anyway. i dont get it

  18. The elites hypocrisy is disgusting. These rich pedophiles, and sadistic views on the dark web don't bother then but they dare to play moralists.. unbelievable…

  19. These are gore and chillers, not classified as a horror
    Don’t know why someone even bothered producing such garbage 😳

  20. They all look stupid,
    It's just blood and killing what happen to movies that draw you in and really scare you. Even the show I've liked alot AHS 1984 all it is doing is taking the story from Friday 13th. Thought they were better than that very disappointing.

  21. It's tough as many producers try to be edgy or try different ideas. Horror itself is like an Umbrella term for a genre. Although, I do feel "Gore" has it's own or should have it's own Section. Horror (for me) generally should make you feel scared, Psychologically, Emotionally, Physically etc.

    Of course, it depends on the interpretation. A Serbian Film is fictional, but a lot of what happens in it, occurs in real life, such as Snuff, Rape, Mutilation etc (Cause we Humans are a/an (insert word/words) species

  22. The human centipede…I just figured out what to do with the homeless in San Francisco!!! It might bring tourism back!!!

  23. When it comes to Slender Man, the real life event didn't happen near Waukesha WI it happened in Waukesha WI. I'm pretty familiar with the event seeming I one live in Waukesha WI, and two my mothers house is like right where it happened! You can see her house and backyard several times in the Slender Man documentary on HBO!

  24. I'm a horror movie lover, but I think some movies should have never been made. A movie like 'Grotesque', for example. What is the point of it? I genuinely mean it when I say that the people responsible for this movie and people who enjoy watching a movie like this, are a threat to society and should be arrested or at least be forced to go through extensive therapy.

  25. I thought the bunny game would be like that one Japanese game where everyone is a rabbit and they have to find out whose the wolf amongst them since they are all “blind”

  26. Okay the Slenderman situation is sad the murder was senseless but the parents although grieving needs to point their anger out understandable but the young girl yes she wanted to murder someone way b4 she found out about the Slenderman she wanted to know what it was like to kill someone n use the Slenderman as a gateway to commit her act of murder so even if she did not see or heard about it she would've still done it just in a different manner. I understand when someone is harmed n the attacker blames a movie for their actions but I see it as a excuse a way for them not to take credit for their actions

  27. The most disturbing of all is the fact that the United States still exist after all the wars and people they murdered, indeed.

  28. I still like the old hammer films, now they had one thing films today dont have. Suspense like Dracula with Sir Cristopher Lee, and The Devil Rides Out. Classics.

  29. I have to say, the title is misleading. None of these are "too disturbing". Making an extremely graphic torture scene for the sake of gore takes absolutely 0 talent, and the shock factor doesnt even make a movie disturbing. Its just lazy and irresponsible attempt of success from the director.

  30. No mention of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And not to mention Blood Sucking Freaks. I rented BSF on the word of a friend. Enough gore to make Satan himself squirm with uneasiness.

  31. Does anyone else feel this way??
    I hate torture of people who are good and innocent, but people that are bad, and have it coming… not so much…
    But I won't watch a movie about torture EVER! I'm more into sci-fi thrillers.

  32. the Bunny Game…not brown bunny theres a "real" blowjob in it…brown bunny has a REAL blowjob… bunny game stars rodleen getsic, the same woman that sings the awesome wailing part in the deftones "knife party"….

  33. LAND OF THE DEAD? That sh*t was corny.

    So was HUMAN CENTIPEDE II. That movie, "CENTIPEDE", was corny mainly because it was just… stupid.

    HOSTEL and HOSTEL II, now those are great movies.

    The rest of the films on the list I haven't seen.

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