ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Movie censorship has changed a lot over the years. Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust was banned in several countries, whereas Eli Roth's modern cannibal movie, The Green Inferno, will sail into U.S. theaters in September, no problem.

This got me thinking about why certain movies got banned back in the day and why movies are still being banned even today... Noah anyone? See if you agree with why these movies were banned...

Pink Flamingos

Year of Release: 1972

Banned In: Australia, Norway, Part of Canada, Part of the USA

Reason for Ban: Obscenity, Sexual Depravity

Most Shocking Moment: Drag Queen Divine eating a fresh dog turd.


Cannibal Holocaust

Year of Release: 1980

Banned In: Iceland, Norway, Bhutan, Greece, Ireland, South Africa and more

Reason for Ban: Extreme violence, animal cruelty

Most Shocking Moment: The turtle killing got the most press, but it's the vicious sexual punishment that is more disturbing to watch.


The Profit

Year of Release: 2001

Banned In: The USA

Reason for Ban: Lawsuit from the Church of Scientology, claiming that the film is defamatory to the group

Most Shocking Moment: Apparent mocking of Scientology


Barney's Great Adventure

Year of Release: 1998

Banned In: Malaysia

Reason for Ban: Malaysian censors found the movie 'unacceptable for children to watch', but the ban has never been explained further.

Most Shocking Moment: A giant purple dinosaur singing? Really, I don't know.


Ichi the Killer

Year of Release: 2009

Banned In: Germany, Norway

Reason for Ban: Extreme violence, sadism

Most Shocking Moment: Ew, there's a bit with...skewers


A Serbian Film

Year of Release: 2011

Banned In: Brazil, Norway, New Zealand, Spain and more

Reason for Ban: Extreme violence and depravity, scenes of pedophilia and necrophilia

Most Shocking Moment: Like I said, scenes of pedophilia and necrophilia! My full breakdown of this horrifying onslaught of depravity is here.



Year of Release: 2005

Banned In: Ukraine

Reason for Ban: Ukrainian censors claimed Hostel was 'promoting eastern European countries as buyers for people who capture and torture people for money.' It is STILL illegal to own the movie in the Ukraine, even for personal use.

Most Shocking Moment: If you're a Ukrainian censor, the basic concept of Hostel. For everyone else, probably the blowtorch to the eye.



Year of Release: 2014

Banned In: Pakistan, Qatar, Vietnam, Bahrain, Indonesia and more

Reason for Ban: Religious Reasons

Most Shocking Moment: Interpretation of Biblical texts


What's the most shocking movie you ever saw - or made the choice not to see?


Should movies ever be banned?


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