Mainstream Movies That Were Banned Around The World.

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Some movies go beyond the extreme limits of taboo, at least in the eyes of certain countries, and what may be right for you, may not be right for some. Now there are thousands of movies out there both professional and amateurish, so it seems like the only way to make a film stand out is by going to the extremes in order to get the attention of a discriminating audience. Even if all critics and viewers wind up doing is moan and complain, it's still a good thing because even bad publicity is good publicity. So here are a couple of movies that didn't find themselves in the good graces of the public.

There was plenty of effed up aversion therapy on A Clockwork Orange.

Based on Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel, Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film almost wasn’t released by the British Board of Film Classification due to Malcolm McDowell’s aversion therapy torture scene which made them fear would lead to copy crimes in real life… and they were right! Several crimes were reported to have occurred, modeling off the film.

There was plenty of effed up aversion therapy on A Clockwork Orange.

A Clockwork Orange / Columbia-Warner

Kubrick ultimately pulled the release of the film in light of so much controversy.

But the UK wasn’t the only place Clockwork had an issue. In the U.S., Kubrick had to cut about 30 seconds of the film to transition from an X rating to an R. But it wasn’t until 30 years later that the film would return to British screens.

Kubrick ultimately pulled the release of the film in light of so much controversy.

A Clockwork Orange / Columbia-Warner

Borat may have been the most disliked comedy mockumentary ever.

The 2006 film showed Borat, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, going from Kazakhstan to the greatest country in the world, the U.S., to learn more about life there, but wound up obsessed with finding and marrying Pam Anderson.

Borat may have been the most disliked comedy mockumentary ever.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan / 20th Century Fox

Borat was surrounded by controversy and was banned in several places around the world.

Even before its release, leaders in Kazakhstan were outraged, claiming the film was the embodiment of Cohen’s political agenda. It was also banned in Arab countries, except for Lebanon, and discouraged by the Russian government from being played in Russian theaters.

Borat was surrounded by controversy and was banned in several places around the world.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan / 20th Century Fox

The 1980's film Cannibal Holocaust made Hannibal seem like a Disney movie.

The commentary on civilized vs. uncivilized society, was largely popular due to its controversial violence. In the film, we follow an NYU professor that heads to the Amazon forest to find and rescue a missing film crew that traveled there to film cannibal tribes.

The 1980's film Cannibal Holocaust made Hannibal seem like a Disney movie.

Cannibal Holocaust / United Artists Europa

What the NYU professor found were film canisters, filled with footage on the fate of the film crew.

Director Ruggero Deodato was accused of several counts of murder, as rumors circled that the cast membered were killed on camera. Deodato later revealed that the film wasn't real and no humans were harmed, but some animals were. The disturbing nature of the film was banned in over 50 countries.

What the NYU professor found were film canisters, filled with footage on the fate of the film crew.

Cannibal Holocaust / United Artists Europa

What could possibly be wrong with the 1982 film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial?

Steven Spielberg wrote an amazing story of Elliot, who needed to help his alien friend find a way home. The film was full of emotional twists that were fun for the whole family, but not everyone seemed to like the film.

What could possibly be wrong with the 1982 film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial?

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial / Universal Pictures

Norway, Finland, and Sweden banned children under 12 from seeing E.T.

These countries felt that the adults in the film were portrayed negatively, which would lead to distrust and animosity towards adult adults by children. It seemed like a silly reason to ban a movie, but for that time period, it seemed to make sense and the restriction held.

Norway, Finland, and Sweden banned children under 12 from seeing E.T.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial / Universal Pictures

The Evil Dead (1981) was like a possession movie on crack.

It involved five friends staying at a cabin in the woods, who then encounter demonic entities who are trying to possess, torture and kill them. To this day, many felt that it was the epitome of horror, and it spawned several sequels and a TV series too.

The Evil Dead (1981) was like a possession movie on crack.

The Evil Dead / New Line Cinema

The extensive misogynistic and violent undertones made the film quite controversial.

Among the countries that banned the film were Iceland, Ireland, Finland and Germany, who clearly didn't appreciate the film's interesting take on getting a woody, when Cheryl, (played by Ellen Sandweiss) gets attacked by a tree who proceeds to spreading her legs apart and then rapes the crap out of her.

The extensive misogynistic and violent undertones made the film quite controversial.

The Evil Dead / New Line Cinema

The 1973 film, The Exorcist wasn't legally classified for video release by the UK until the 90s.

13 year old Regan MacNeil (played by Linda Blair) was possessed by a demon, possibly the devil himself. All the swearing and vomiting coming from someone so young shocked the 1970s audience.

The 1973 film, The Exorcist wasn't legally classified for video release by the UK until the 90s.

The Exorcist / Warner Bros.

There were rumors that paramedics had to treat shocked moviegoers.

Maybe the biggest shocker came when Regan used a crucifix as a dildo and started penetrating herself, shocking audience members of all ages. Some audience members had allegedly fainted or gone into hysterics. Clearly the film was far ahead of its time.

There were rumors that paramedics had to treat shocked moviegoers.

The Exorcist / Warner Bros.

The French Film "A Ma Soeur!" Or "Fat Girl" wasn't everyone's cup of tea.

The film follows sisters Elana and Anais as they face their sexual attitudes and encounters while on vacation. While Elana is the more promiscuous sister, Anais opts to eat instead. That doesn't exactly sound like a reason to ban a film, does it?

The French Film "A Ma Soeur!" Or "Fat Girl" wasn't everyone's cup of tea.

Fat Girl / Canal+

Well, the Ontario Film Review Board seemed to disagree strongly.

The severe restrictions came because they objected the film's representation of female teenage sexuality. Plus the film's sex scenes were racy AF, which probably lead to the ban. But in 2003, the fan was overturned and the film was allowed to be seen in several theaters.

Well, the Ontario Film Review Board seemed to disagree strongly.

Fat Girl / Canal+

Ilsa: She Wolf Of The S.S. (1975) is about a controversial Nazi warden described as pure evil.

Ilsa is also a doctor who appears to help the women at the concentration camp, but her goals are to put her victims through a series of torture experiments to prove that women can handle pain better than men.

Ilsa: She Wolf Of The S.S. (1975) is about a controversial Nazi warden described as pure evil.

Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS / Cambist Films

The British Board of Film Classification, Norway, and Australia rejected the film entirely.

They felt that the level of sexual violence and disturbing content was not fit for an audience. The film was also frowned upon by because of the objectification and sexualizing of women, since Ilsa's endgame was to allow these women to fight on the frontline in the war, if she could prove her theory of women's pain threshold.

The British Board of Film Classification, Norway, and Australia rejected the film entirely.

Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS / Cambist Films

The Interview (2014) may have been hilarious, but it was too racy for North Korea.

The film follows a TV talent and his producer played by Seth Rogan and James Franco, who land an interview with a fan, who's none other than Kim Jong-un, and are then recruited by the CIA to kill the North Korean leader.

The Interview (2014) may have been hilarious, but it was too racy for North Korea.

The Interview / Sony

For obvious reasons, the North Korean Government threatened the U.S. if the film was released.

The film's release was being delayed while some edits were made to make the film less offensive. But that didn't stop an insurgent group known as "Guardians of Peace" from hacking Sony Pictures and threatening to attack any theater that played the film. Despite the controversy, the film grossed $40 million in digital rentals.

For obvious reasons, the North Korean Government threatened the U.S. if the film was released.

The Interview / Sony

I Spit On Your Grave (1978) may be one of the most violent films ever.

For starters, it had one of the most brutal gang rape scenes ever filmed at the time, which lead the victim to take revenge on five men whom she cut, chopped, broke and burned beyond recognition. This not only made the film controversial, but disturbing.

I Spit On Your Grave (1978) may be one of the most violent films ever.

I Spit on Your Grave / Cinemagic

The film wound up undergoing several edits to remove portions of the extensive rape scene.

But that wasn't enough for Norway, Ireland, Iceland and Germany, who banned the film altogether. Canada had initially banned the film too, but eventually allowed its provinces to decide whether to release the film or not.

The film wound up undergoing several edits to remove portions of the extensive rape scene.

I Spit on Your Grave / Cinemagic

Wes Craven caused quite a stir with 1972's The Last House On The Left.

The film followed the story of two teenage girls who were trying to score weed before a rock concert. But then the film takes a dark turn when they are kidnapped by a gang of convicts and are subjected to sadistic and violent acts.

Wes Craven caused quite a stir with 1972's The Last House On The Left.

The Last House on the Left / Hallmark Releasing

Many regions either heavily censored the film or banned it altogether.

The UK had specifically denied the release of the film, and the Department of Public Prosecutions added the film to the list of video nasties, banning it for a good portion of the 90s and 90s. Despite the setback, the film gained a massive cult following and led to a rebooted modern film, which led to several spin-offs.

Many regions either heavily censored the film or banned it altogether.

The Last House on the Left / Hallmark Releasing

Love Camp 7 (1969) was considered deplorable to women's rights everywhere.

The film was set in a Nazi Love Camp, meaning that the women there were tasked with servicing the needs of the army's front line officers. But although the plot followed two young Army agents that go undercover to get info from a scientist held at the camp, people couldn't look past the sexual violence.

Love Camp 7 (1969) was considered deplorable to women's rights everywhere.

Love Camp 7 / Olympic International Films

The film marked the beginning of a cycle of film exploitation of both women and Nazis.

The Brits, Australia, and New Zealand denied the film a video certificate. But eventually, a couple of film versions made it through and in 2005, the entire uncut format of "Love Camp 7" was released in its entirety.

The film marked the beginning of a cycle of film exploitation of both women and Nazis.

Love Camp 7 / Olympic International Films

Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) irked people because it satirized religion, particularly, Christianity.

The story follows Brian of Nazareth, who was born on the same day as Jesus and is often mistaken for the messiah. But Brian follows a different path which ultimately leads to the same fate as Jesus.

Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979) irked people because it satirized religion, particularly, Christianity.

Life of Brian / Warner Bros.

Many felt the film was nothing more than atrocious, satire blasphemy.

It drew a lot of protests for its seemingly anti-religious agenda, particularly in the UK where the film was banned entirely. Other countries like Ireland and Norway banned the film as well, and the ban held for several decades since its release in 1979.

Many felt the film was nothing more than atrocious, satire blasphemy.

Life of Brian / Warner Bros.

1946's Song Of The South was full of racial stereotypes that caused controversy.

Ironically, it also inspired the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney theme parks and won an Oscar. But the film that followed an old storyteller teaching young kids about the adventures of Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox was deemed racist.

1946's Song Of The South was full of racial stereotypes that caused controversy.

Song of the South / Disney

The film was condemned for its depiction and treatment of former black slaves.

To this day, the film has never been released in its entirety out of fear of the perceived damage that it would cause to the otherwise squeaky clean family friendly Disney brand we've all come to know and love.

The film was condemned for its depiction and treatment of former black slaves.

Song of the South / Disney

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) was the most iconic slasher films to date.

It featured a disfigured cannibalistic killer that hunts down his victims while wearing their skin. The film is a violent take on an already gory genre and it led to the weapon wielding slasher killing Leatherface to become a part of horror pop culture.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) was the most iconic slasher films to date.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre / Bryanston Pictures

The film was marketed as a true story to get more viewers, and it worked.

Although the film is entirely fiction, it's loosely based on a man named Ed Gein, who in the 1950s killed women and used their body parts and skin to create a mask, belts, corsets, a lampshade, bowls, and leggings. The film was banned in many countries, including the UK for its excessive violence.

The film was marketed as a true story to get more viewers, and it worked.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre / Bryanston Pictures

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