Everyone once in a while the world of cinema stumbles upon something highly controversial. Some are controversial because of the sheer shock value that they have and some are controversial because somewhere someone is offended by what is represented in the film. Many such films inadvertently get banned from public or open screenings because of the extreme viewpoints that are often depicted in such movies. However there are films that have brought important issues to the light and have helped depict some of the darkest sides of human nature itself. Changing trends have also shown that what was controversial yesterday is not necessarily the same today however there are still some films that retain their shock value no matter what. Let us look at ten of the most controversial movies ever made.
10. Natural Born Killers:
Natural Born Killers is the story of two lovers who are also serial killers. Traumatized by their childhoods they two lovers go on a rampage which is strangely glorified by the media. This controversial movie was released in 1994 and was promoted as a film that takes a look at a nation seduced by fame, overrun by crime and consumed by the whims of the media. The film has a lot of graphic violence and is known as one of the most horrifying films ever made. It has a star studded cast with names like Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson.
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9. Audition (Japanese):
Audition is a psychological horror film that was released in 1999. It is based on a novel by Ryu Murakami and has amassed itself a cult following despite being one of the most shocking movies ever made. The story of this controversial movie revolves around a widower who is looking for a new wife and auditioning some prospects. He does end up liking one person but she turns out to be much more than he or anyone else ever expected. The film has also sparked off some very violent reactions from people all around the world because of its sheer shock value.
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8. A Clockwork Orange:
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 film that was written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is an adaptation of a novel that goes by the same name and is an extremely disturbing representation of future version of Britain. The perpetrator known as Alex is the leader of a gang of delinquents who engage in daily crimes. He is finally caught and brought to justice for his crimes and is enrolled in a correctional program that goes terribly wrong for him.
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Irreversible is a 2002 French film that was directed by Gaspar Noe who is well known for making very different movies. Many critics have labeled this controversial movie so violent and cruel that watching it was itself not possible. It follows the story of two men who are out to avenge their brutally raped girl friend. The film has won several awards including best film at the Stockholm Film Festival in 2002.
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6. Salo (the 120 days of Sodom):
Better known as 120 days of Sodom, this 1975 Italian film is a highly controversial shock drama film. It is banned in many countries even today because of the extreme nature of the violence that is projected in the movie. It is based on a book that goes by the same name and focuses on four wealthy fascist libertines who capture a group of teenagers only to torture them for 120 days. It is acclaimed for exploring themes like political corruption, sadism, abuse of power, sexuality, perversion and fascism.
5. A Serbian Film:
A Serbian Film is an extreme representation of pornographic and extreme violence. This controversial movie was released in 2010 as a horror film and explores snuff, child rape and necrophilia. The story is centered on a Serbian porn star that used to be well known but is currently struggling. He gets drafted by a strange person who talks about making real and artistic porn. The film is banned in several countries because of the nature of violence towards children that is shown in the movie. Some parts of the movie have also been put under investigation for extreme violence against minors and violation of criminal law.
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4. Jungle Holocaust:
This controversial movie is also known as Ultimo Mondo Cannibale and is a 1977 film that has used live animal mutilations for the bloody scenes. A group of oil prospectors are stranded on an island because of damage to their aircraft. The team stumbles across a team of perpetrators that had come to the island previously, all dead. As members from their own camping group go missing, they come face to face with a cannibal tribe and things suddenly go as crazy as crazy can be. The film has often been screened without its most violent scenes.
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3. Deep Throat:
Deep Throat is one of the first pornographic films ever made with a proper plot. It was one of the first porno films that had characters well defined and also had good production. It was released in 1972 and was directed by Gerard Damiano. The film received a lot of attention from the mainstream as it explored a new and unknown concept to porn. A significant number of people believe that this controversial movie gave rise to the porn girls.
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2. I spit on your grave:
I spit on your grave is a 1978 film that was based on the themes of rape and revenge. It is known to be one of the most violent and controversial movies ever made. It features on many lists worldwide as a highly violent film. It was originally known as Day of the Woman and the title was changed later. Initially the film did not receive much commercial success but all that changed with its re-release in 1980. The story follows the tale of a young writer who is raped by four men and then she embarks on the journey towards her revenge.
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1. Cannibal Holocaust:
The story of Cannibal Holocaust is one of the most horrific known to exist, it was made in 1980 and is among the most graphic and controversial movies ever made. A documentary film crew set out into the Amazon rainforest goes missing and a rescue mission is sent after them which is led by a NYU archaeologist who goes into the jungle to find many shocking things about the crew and a tribe deep in the jungle and their interactions. The film was banned on counts that actors were really killed when it was made and the director was also arrested. The film though has also received a lot of positive critical acclaim.
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