Horror Movies So Scary They Got Banned

Most of us watch horror movies for one reason: to get scared. But how far is too far? These are some of my favorite horror movies that, for a variety of reasons, were deemed too disturbing and ultimately got banned:

Cannibal Holocaust was banned.
A scene from Cannibal Holocaust (image credits: F.D. Cinematografica)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Aspiring horror writers take note: it appears the general public doesn’t find cannibal movies too… tasteful.

Cannibal Holocaust is probably the most notorious. Its graphic depictions were so realistic that its director was arrested for murder. Almost a year later, a related film Cannibal Ferox debuted, and was allegedly banned in a whopping 31 countries.

I definitely don’t think Cannibal Ferox was nearly as disturbing as Cannibal Holocaust… to be honest, I consider The Green Inferno (2015) the most messed up cannibal movie, but that one wasn’t nearly as banned.

The Human Centipede is a messed up movie that was banned in many countries.
Yep, it’s this guy from The Human Centipede (image credits: Six Entertainment Company)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) [2009]

Who’s surprised this one was banned? Anyone?

To be honest, I haven’t even seen the entire film, so I don’t really have much to add. But apparently its sequel is even more disturbing than the first… so grotesque that the British Board of Film Classification refuses to give it a certificate. Unlike other banned films like Cannibal Holocaust that were simply too much for a general audience to handle, the British Board of Film Classification insisted the sequel violated the Obscene Publications Act!

It’s not my place to say if this censorship is justified or not. That would entail me actually watching the movies, which is a no from me.

Slender Man was justifiably banned out of respect.
It’s Slender Man (image credits: CTMG, Inc.)

Slender Man

We’re concluding this list with a more recent example.

Due to the tragic case of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, two teens who stabbed Payton Leutne as part of a Slender Man “ritual,” the film was banned out of respect for the family. In this case, banning was definitely the right call.

Have you seen any banned movies? Was the banning justified? Let us know in the comments!

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