Most Shocking Movies in History


There are certain movies that seem to defy every human boundaries. They became controversial throughout time gaining the title of some of the most shocking movies in history.

"The Exorcist” (1973) by William Friedkin, launched 37 years ago, can be considered as one of the most shocking movies of all times. The film tells the story of a young, innocent girl who is possessed by the devil. Its controversial and sensational nature stands not only in the subject, but also in the socking images, blasphemies and obscenities. No wonder that the movie is considered as being more shocking than “Saw” or “The Antichrist”. It seems that the film was based upon the true story of a two-month long exorcism performed in 1949 on a 14-year old boy in Mt. Rainier.

“Cannibal Holocaust” (1980), by Ruggero Deodato, is maybe one of the most controversial films ever made, telling the story of four documentarians who go into the jungle to film indigenous tribes. “Cannibal Holocaust” is an exploitation film that has been banned almost everywhere, in Italy, the UK, Australia, and several other countries due to its graphic depiction of gore, sexual violence, and the inclusion of six genuine animal deaths, while Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges.

In 1971, Stanley Kubrick released “A Clockwork Orange”, a movie that shocks even now through violence. After the movie was released into theaters, many assaults were registered, committed by young people imitating the violent behavior of the main character in the movie, who killed vagabonds and raped women. At that time, it is said that this was the reason for Stanley Kubrick to withdraw the film in Great Britain. Only after his death, his wife revealed that the director self-censored advised by the as he had received many threats. Despite, the terror and the shock, the movie is considered as a real masterpiece.

The same thing happened with another movie that was banned in several countries, such as Great Britain, Finland, Brazil, Australia, Western Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Island, Singapore, and Chile. It was “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in 1974, a movie that contained violent scenes difficult to tolerate, inspired by the true story of a serial killer. A reference horror in history, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was an independent film made with a budget of 140.000 dollars that managed to gross 30 million dollars only in the US.

“Requiem for a dream” is a thrilling movie directed by Darren Aronofsky that presents a different type of violence. Less blood or slaughter, but much more mental sufferance. The characters are drug addictive or senile, with personality disorder and suicide attempts. Beyond its commercial success, the film was praised by the critics for its filming style.

The controversial scene of the rape takes no more than 2 minutes. “Irréversible”, by Gaspar Noé, is a terrible movie that presents us 13 scenes unfold in reverse-chronological order making you become witness to a shocking event when Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger. Her boyfriend and ex-lover hires two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. Everything takes place in a traumatic night in Paris, therefore the diffused light and the low frequency sounds make the movie even more unbearable.

“The Last House on the Left” (1972) is a movie made by Wes Craven. A pair of teenage girls are heading to a rock concert for one's birthday. After the concert, the two girls seek someone who might sell marijuana, but they are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts. The movie is shocking due to the torture and rapping scenes and at that time is was considered rather controversial, having been banned in the UK for years.

“The Blair Witch Project” was an independent movie made with a low budget but went on to gross over $248 million worldwide. It is presented as a documentary, which makes it more truthful, and it induces fear through suggestion and not through explicit images. Moreover, it ends in an extremely shocking and moving way, emotionally speaking.

Eventhough a comedy, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (1979) by Terry Jones was a movie forbidden in Norway, Ireland and Singapore. It is a religious satire that tells the story of a boy named Brian who was born in a manger, next to Jesus, reason for humans to consider him a Messiah.



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