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Films 

Celebrating 40 Years of Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES

It’s a bit tough wrapping one’s head around it, but it’s actually been four decades since Wes Craven’s censorship-defying chiller THE HILLS HAVE EYES arrived and left viewers sitting in stunned silence. While the enthusiastically gritty LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT differed significantly in premise, it did serve as a bit of a precursor of […]

Films Scary Fun 

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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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 […]

Films 

Amazon’s Crackdown On “Extreme” Content Goes Beyond Censorship

Being an independent filmmaker used to be a much greater struggle before the dawn of the revolutionary DIY age in which works of art can be showcased through online streaming platforms. Having proper distribution was everything and if your film was considered grotesque or too risqué, you were lucky to be granted exhibition in a […]

Films Scary Fun 

Banned in the UK!: 10 Obscure Horror Greats on the “Video Nasties” List

During the 1980s, when movies first entered homes via VHS tapes, bannings and censorship became rampant in many parts of the world. Perhaps the most well-known of these censorship movements was the United Kingdom’s “video nasties”, a list of 72 horror movies that were in some way censored. Some of the titles were just forced […]

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Relive the Hideous Horror of Tod Browning’s FREAKS!

“Do we dare tell the REAL truth on the screen? Do we dare hold up the mirror to nature in all its grim reality?” screamed the posters for Tod Browning’s 1932 pre-code shriek show FREAKS. The film delivers in spades on its grim promise by starring real-life freaks, but instead of instilling compassion for the sideshow […]