NSFW: 10 of History's Most Controversial Horror Films

10 of History's Most Controversial Horror FilmsIt seems the darker, more depraved a film is, the more we genre fanatics love to discuss it. How often do we juggle dialogue about average horror films? It happens plenty, and it’s not exactly atypical, but there’re pictures that are far darker works that call our names on a much more frequent basis.

What really floats around the water cooler is debate about pics like Human Centipede, Night of the Living Dead and Oldboy.

The pictures that leave us perplexed and disgusted are the pictures that command heated debate, not necessarily the safe bets. So, today it’s away with safety, open arms to the cinematically taboo.

10 of History's Most Controversial Horror Films

Cannibal Holocaust: In a world as savage as this, where tourists are kidnapped, tortured and beheaded; where extremists deem it necessary to enter highly trafficked public establishments with loads of explosives strapped to their chests; where murderers can exit imprisonment inside of a half-decade, it’s tough to swallow, but the cold-blooded killing of animals still forces a figurative dagger right into the human heart. Cannibal Holocaust features a whole hell of a lot of controversial content, but nothing resonates with genre followers like the true-to-life onscreen animal slayings. Disturbing stuff here that’s damn near impossible to shake, long after initial viewings.

The Exorcist: The Exorcist did things that just weren’t done in 1973, and those cinematic maneuvers elicited some stunning responses from audiences. Viewers were have said to faint, vomit, and – believe it or not – go into cardiac arrest and eventually keel over dead after screening this monster. A handful of Canadians reportedly earned tickets to the psych ward after an Exorcist screening. That’s powerful, powerful stuff. If (that’s a big if, and given the decades now behind us, it’s tough to track down reliable reports) viewers truly did die as a direct result of The Exorcist... well, that’s just unheard of and completely baffling. When a film is killing crowds, literally, you know it’s inevitable that controversy will follow in close pursuit.

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Fearless_Froude's picture

I thought Martyrs would be on this list. Very powerful film that shocked the fuck out of me when I first saw it and I had to watch it again just so mind could process it.

Submitted by Fearless_Froude on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:29pm.
GODFLESH69's picture

Yeah Martyrs ruined me after watching it a very powerful film. Why cant acting like that get more recognition ?The emotional depths needed for that role were deep.

Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:36am.
Diavolo's picture

Maybe its Matt's own personal list. However, anyone that has seen the abuse featured in the last half hour and its metaphysical context won't forget it. Fantastic.

Submitted by Diavolo on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:18pm.
DavidFullam's picture

Salo is so twisted it's downright unbearable at times. Saw it once and don't know if I can ever see it again.

Submitted by DavidFullam on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:52pm.
MonsterMash's picture

Now this is a DC list. No objections here. As much as I love Chainsaw, I think The Exorcist belongs at the top. Horror fans or not, everyone saw that and had something to say about it.

Submitted by MonsterMash on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 1:59pm.
GODFLESH69's picture

Snuff is another one i saw part of it while watching Faces of Death when i was a kid i thought i was seeing an actual murder via jigsaw and was horrified nothing i would want to see again. (taken from Wiki)Snuff is a 1976 splatter film, and is most notorious for being marketed as if it were an actual snuff film This picture contributed to the urban legend of snuff films.

Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 1:23pm.

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