17 Brutally Disturbing Movies That Were Banned Around The World!


There can be many reasons for banning or censoring a movie. Sometimes, it can be because of the violent dose, sometimes political attitude, or some of the sexuality that it contains. Some movies have been exposed to censorship in various countries throughout the history of cinema. Here are movies that were banned for being too disturbing!

WARNING: Many of the visuals in the content are disturbing and some of them are + 18.

17. 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.

The movie is banned in 46 countries. 

IMDb: 4,1

16. Srpski 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.

IMDb: 5,1

15. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

After his parents are murdered, a 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.

IMDb: 5,9

14. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

IMDb: 5,9

13. The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.

IMDb: 5,9

12. Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)

In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

The 120 Days of Sodom didn't welcomed by the audience and the director Pasolini is massacred in Rome by a group of angry audiences. 

IMDb: 6,0

11. The Last House on the Left (1972)

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

In UK, the movie never succeeds in obtaining a screening certificate in the UK.  In Australia, it never banned but didn't find a distributor to release. 

IMDb: 6,0

10. Pink Flamingos (1972)

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

The film was primarily banned in Australia, Norway and Canada, but prohibitions contributed to its worldwide popularity and brought it to the level of a cult in the eyes of its cinephiles.

IMDb: 6,1

9. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

The film was banned in Scandinavian countries, Ireland, West Germany and Canada on the grounds that it praised violence against women. 

IMDb: 6,3

8. The Burning (1981)

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

IMDb: 6,5

7. Martyrs (2008)

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

IMDb: 7,1

6. The Evil Dead (1981)

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

IMDb: 7,5

5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

IMDb: 7,5

4. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

IMDb: 7,6

3. 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.

IMDb: 7,9

2. The Exorcist (1971)

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

IMDb: 8,0

1. Persepolis (2007)

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

IMDb: 8,1

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