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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Cautionary Tale or Sick Exploitation? The Controversial MEGAN IS MISSING

[Warning: Some screenshots below are quite disturbing and not safe for work.] There are many movies, across all genres, that have historically generated controversy and public outcry for tackling topics that seem on the surface to be at cross-purposes with the filmmakers’ intent. Often it’s the same old “art or exploitation?” argument that’s hounded certain […]

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Remembering “The Snacktime Kid” — The Terrifying Doll That Eats Children’s Hair

The first “hot” Christmas toy I recall from my own distant childhood is probably the Cabbage Patch Kid. Cabbage Patch Kids were launched into the world in 1982, and have been a mainstay at toy shops ever since, having produced hundreds of variants over the decades. The gimmick behind the hard-headed, soft-bodied baby dolls was […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Ten Extreme Horror Films Now Streaming on Shudder

[WARNING: Disturbing Content Ahead] We’ve previously derived some must-see lists from the library of horror-movie streaming network Shudder, but I thought it was high time I explored their titles with an eye for extreme cinema… and unless you’ve done a fair amount of digging through their ever-expanding vaults, you might be surprised at how many […]

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Documentary on A SERBIAN FILM in the Works (and Possibly an Extended Cut)

Even if you’ve never dared to see it, you probably know about it… and maybe you’ve even heard the shocking details from those who managed to survive A SERBIAN FILM. Immediately following its 2010 release, the highly-controversial (and still widely banned) creation of director/co-writer Srđan Spasojević raced to the top of nearly every movie site’s […]

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Remembering Obscure 1965 Grindhouse Classic WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR

Recently, an acquaintance of mine posted a thread to Facebook about “lost classics.” The term, he felt, was quickly losing meaning. Amidst the current boom of interest in grindhouse cinema and straight-to-VHS-horror, the term “forgotten” had become synonymous with “quality,” to the point every film released between 1960 and 1990 that has since slipped into […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Art Imitates Life (and Death) in Marian Dora’s CANNIBAL [NSFW]

You’ve probably heard fans of extreme or outsider cinema describing their favorite films as “an acquired taste” — much like a gourmand might share their fondness for escargot, or a connoisseur of modern art may find enlightenment in the scribbles and splatters of abstract painter Cy Twombly. But when it comes to highly controversial German […]

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5 More Films that were Banned in the United States

When I first wrote about films that had been banned in the United States, I found more titles than I was expecting. These weren’t just all obscure foreign films that pitted outside values against clean-cut American norms. There were also films that were seemingly harmless cult classics, as well as some major release films that had […]

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5 Movies that Were Banned in the United States

Banning a film always seems like something that’s done somewhere else, not here in America, land of the free. But America is a big country full of lots of states and towns, each one with its own moral code and belief as to what is acceptable cinema. Over the years, there have been many films that specific […]

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The Weirdest Reasons Films Have Been Banned Around the World

Sorry to break it to you, dear reader, but all art is political. Historically, even the most innocuous forms of popular artistic design have, at one point or another, been the subject of suspicious government scrutiny. And while books and printed materials have been, on terms of volume, the central focus of most politically-backed censorship […]

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The 10 Most Extreme Video Nasties

Last week, we discussed some of the hidden horror gems that were stashed on the United Kingdom’s notorious video nasty list of the 1980s. This week, we are looking at the extreme inclusions, the movies that were banned for a very clear reason and still have the ability to shock and disgust audiences today. But […]

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The Most Controversial Movie Ever Made is Finally Available to Stream… But Which Version Is It?

Sometimes movie history is made quietly, when you least expect it… and so another landmark in boundary-busting cinema seems to have happened virtually overnight: I’m talking about the online streaming premiere of Ken Russell’s breathtaking 1971 masterpiece THE DEVILS. Recently uploaded by horror streaming service Shudder, the film is considered by many historians to be […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Fire Up the VCR for “Lost” Splatter Epic HEADLESS [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave viewers and connoisseurs of outsider cinema! I hope you enjoyed our first journey into the darkest, dankest dimensions of the horror genre — because I’m just getting started. Rest assured, it’s going to get even weirder up in here. If you recall, in my list of recent extreme-horror titles you might have […]

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5 Extremely Controversial Horror Movies [VIDEO]

The horror genre has always been full of controversy. Gore, death, violence, and sex are commonplace in horror stories, often attempting to push moral decency past the current boundaries. Join us below as we look at 5 horror films that have undergone heavy censorship, even to the extent of being banned.