Controversy is something really peculiar, it can be intentionally generated, with the intention of its cause wanting to draw attention, or it naturally happens, because it affects classes or offends social conventions. Countless books, which dealt with the most varied themes, were censored by the Church in past centuries and even today such contents are prohibited by law. When the idea is accompanied by graphics, things get even worse, the case of the many erotic comics that were not even officially published. And when we see these past examples through the audiovisual, we are even more appalled.
In films this is enhanced, since, since the genesis of the seventh art, we had titles that moved and even transformed the social structure of some nations. However, although most of these films deal with sensitive topics such as racism, sexism and politics, others have drawn attention for ideas that are so insane they are almost unbelievable. Sadomasochism, rape, torture, pedophilia and necrophilia, in short, the strangest human experiences are evidenced by filmmakers from around the world, who expose their darkest thoughts. Some push the limits, and pay the duck for it.
Out of curiosity, based on the views of these artists and also taking advantage of the release of the controversial ‘Mom!‘na Netflix, O CinePOP he decided to make a list of the features that most caused euphoria and shocked the world, due to bizarre and aggressive concepts.
Ah, as you will see, we will not cite any work here, in particular, by the Danish Lars from Trier. Not that these have not been the cause of comments and disagreements, on the contrary, pointing out just one of them would be somewhat partisan, better remember then the subject himself, who, purposefully or not, became the most controversial figure within the media. So, we ask that you also cite in the comments the movies that most impressed you.
10 – Mom! (2017)
“Insane”, “Unlike anything you’ve seen”, “The most controversial film since Clockwork Orange”. These are some definitions that Mom!, new movie of Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), starring the star Jennifer Lawrence, has been pulling from the lucky ones who managed to watch the movie. Well, it’s also safe to say that this is a difficult piece of work to digest. One scene in particular, near the end of the film, will shock many moviegoers. It’s grotesque. And the story generates different approaches, due to the great excess of metaphors and symbolisms. A film that will be discussed for years and years on end. As confusing and difficult to buy the main idea as the film involves us in a proportion of absurdities, Aronofsky presents the audience with a simple explanation, which turns this feature into a fantastic work. It is an artistic, figurative and provocative film. If you like challenges, have fun!
9 – The passion of christ (2004)
Banned in Malaysia and more orthodox religiously conscious countries, as well as causing despair in a large part of the public, the version of Mel Gibson about the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ shocked the world with bloodshed, rawness and suffering never before seen in this tale. Countless people left the rooms before the session ended.
8 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
When Tobe Hooper in 1974 he made his most emblematic work, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (in the original), he imagined he was creating an icon of horror, which would have a relatively average rating, since he doesn’t bet much on gore or nudity, but on tension, energy. and latent madness. But in addition to taking an NC-17, the film was censored in several regions.
7 – The Exorcist (1973)
Beyond all the mystique surrounding the production, the accidents that happened during filming and the persecution of religious with actress Linda Blair – where Warner had to hire security guards to protect the girl -, the filmmaker William Friedkin he was accused of using the title for libidinous and Satanic purposes. It was also banned in some cities.
6 – clockwork orange (1971)
Many say that the film was banned in the UK, and it’s not true (it was in Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Korea), what really happened is that, in addition to being massacred by critics , this great work by Stanley Kubrick was accused of making an apology for violence and causing the emergence of several gangs. Irritated by the repercussions, in 1973, the filmmaker decided to prevent the film from continuing to be shown in theaters. But even today the work brings heated debates.
5 – A Serbian Film: Horror Without Limits (2010)
A terrible film that, because of its intentionally controversial appeal, gained more prominence than it deserved. But it is undeniable how disgusting such a thing is. Numerous scenes of sexual violence, with penetrations of the most bizarre possible and something that goes beyond the dark name: a scene of rape involving a baby. It doesn’t deserve to be seen, not even out of curiosity.
4 – Necromantic (1987)
I believe that just by the synopsis you will already feel nauseated: “Robert Schmadtke works at a body cleaning company. After a gruesome incident, he decides to take home a corpse in order to do a necrophilic threesome with his wife. Things get complicated when the woman falls in love with the dead man.” The section brings something from cruelty to animals to self-mutilation. So, in addition to not having his film shown anywhere, the director was even sued because of the film. The film was forgotten and only appeared years later, in the DVD release, conquering the most “adepts of the genre”.
3 – cannibal holocaust (1980)
“DEVASTATER”, that was and is the word that is heard most when talking about Holocaust Cannibal. One of the forerunners of the found footage, this Italian feature had the story of a bizarre tribe that ate humans and did inconceivable barbarities, such as impaling victims. The director, Ruggero Deodato, was arrested at the time for the crime of obscenity and the film confiscated by law.
2 – Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom (1976)
This work of Pier Paolo Pasolini, based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade, became known as the most disturbing film in the history of cinema. And not only for seeing shocking scenes of murder, rape and torture, but for graphically bringing out the so-called circle of horrors. In the Circle of Manias fascists are shown carrying out bizarre sexual desires; in the Círculo das Feces several young people are forced to literally ingest human feces; in the Circle of Blood we see prisoners mutilated in every way, until they are executed. In short, not just anyone can handle something like this.
1 – A Centopeia Humana 1 e 2 (2011)
There is nothing more obscure, bizarre, and indecipherable than the mind of a psychopath. Also, no torture, fetish or laceration shocks more than a completely sick idea. And that’s where all the madness of this franchise of Tom Six, the insane. Just imagine being kidnapped and drugged, having the tendons in your knees ripped out, your mouth sewn into someone else’s anus, and another person having their mouth sewn into your anus, thus creating a single digestive tube. Now envision this experiment being carried out with twelve people, with atrocities, abortions and cold-blooded murders in the background. Well, there’s nothing more to say, I even apologize for the description.
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