Thursday 15 November 2018

BANNED: 10 controversial films that were banned in Ireland

Baise Moi (2000) <br/>
Baise-moi tells the story of Nadine (played by Karen Lancaume) and Manu (Raffaëla Anderson) who go on a violent spree against a society in which they feel marginalised. <br/>
The film received intense media coverage because of its graphic mix of violence and explicit sex scenes.
Baise Moi (2000)
Baise-moi tells the story of Nadine (played by Karen Lancaume) and Manu (Raffaëla Anderson) who go on a violent spree against a society in which they feel marginalised.
The film received intense media coverage because of its graphic mix of violence and explicit sex scenes.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek it tells the story of two criminals and their hostages who take refuge in an establishment populated by vampires. It was banned due to demonic representations.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Notorious for its violent content, the film was named the 8th most controversial movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Natural Born Killers was promoted with the tagline: "A bold new film that takes a look at a country seduced by fame, obsessed by crime and consumed by the media."
The Evil Dead (1983)
Five friends take a trip to a cabin in the woods where they find the Book Of The Dead, which awakens a demonic force turning them into zombies.
The Evil Dead was one of the first films deemed a 'Video Nasty' - the term for films criticized for their violent content by various religious organizations, in the press and by commentators.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
A director and his crew head to the Amazon rainforest to shoot a documentary about the tribes there, but vanish while there. The film originally went to court as there was a belief that it was actually a snuff film. As the actors who had been murdered in the film had signed contracts to agree not to be used in any form of publicity for the film for a year afterwards, the director Ruggero Deodato struggled to prove that the deaths in the film were not real, and eventually had to break their contracts in order to avoid life imprisonment.
Life of Brian (1979)
Banned in Ireland from 1979-1987. Due to its heavy religious satire, the film was not well-received by many religious activists. In 2009, the thirty-year old ban of the film in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth was finally lifted. Sweden, on the other hand, used the controversy to its advantage, marketing the film as 'The film so funny that it was banned in Norway'.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
This is the story of a woman who retreats out of New York to write her first novel, and is captured by a group of local men, in order for one of them to lose their virginity. The four men gang-rape her, destroy her novel and leave one to murder her - but he cannot go through with it. After her recovery, she then plots to take her revenge each of them, violently murdering each them all.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Five friends go to visit their Grandfather's grave after hearing it was vandalised, and pick up a hitchhiker on the way. After the hitchhiker takes a knife and slashes himself and one of the boys, they promptly get rid of him but have to stop for gas at a small sinister looking place which unbeknown to them, is the home of the chainsaw wielding Leatherface. The film was loosely inspired by real-life murderer Ed Gein who wore human skin, but didn't use a chainsaw.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Banned in Ireland 1971-2000. A Clockwork Orange tells the story of Alex and his gang of violent 'droogs' who kill tramps and rape women. The film is infamous for copycat behaviour, which many thought to be the reason that director Stanley Kubrick withdrew the film in the UK. After his death, his wife Christiane revealed that the actual reason he had the film banned was on the advice of the police after severe threats were made to him and his family.
Freaks (1932)
Banned in Ireland, Italy and Finland. A beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of the circus performers who is also a dwarf, but his friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. Director Tod Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities, rather than using costumes and makeup. His choice shocked audiences of the time

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