12 most controversial movies
Writer: Siti Munawirah Mustaffa
The torture porn "Hostel" is definitely on our list.
There are all kinds of movies out these for all types of people, ranging from full-on horror to fluffy romantic comedies to torture porn. However, no matter what your tastes are like, there are just some movies that are too hard to stomach or too embarrassing to be caught watching. If you don't believe us, check out our list of a dozen movies that are just too controversial for casual viewing, so either watch it alone or watch it with your eyes half-closed and most of all, don't eat while watching them! We know you are itching to obtain a copy of these movies already.
Unless your mother is the soccer-mom type who digs gory scenes and everything mean, stay away from watching a bunch of humans being stitched together, mouth to anus. No sane parent is going to appreciate that at all.
"A Serbian Film"
Does the name Srdan Todorovic ever ring a bell? I wouldn't blame you if you're not familiar with it, either. The Serbian actor, however, is gradually becoming more well-known, particularly among the western audiences for playing lead character Milos in one of the most controversial films in history. Having an atrocious depiction of extreme violence, rape, necrophilia and child sexual abuse, it's no wonder the film has been banned in many countries, with Malaysia being one of them!
Who wouldn't appreciate Sacha Baron Cohen's antics? However, while it has been "Certified fresh" with the rating of 91% at Rotten Tomatoes, it would be awkward to watch the fully nude brawl between Borat and Azamat Bagatov only to have a parent, a spouse or a friend walk in and get a full-on look at their junk.
To put it simply, "Grotesque" is plain grotesque. The film tells the story of a young couple who are snatched off the street by a sadistic madman and imprisoned in a basement to be degraded, tortured and mutilated.
"Ichi The Killer"
Because there is high impact violence and offensive depictions of cruelty, you should understand the crucial need to watch this Takashi Miike film in full secrecy.
"Fat Girl" ("A Ma Soeur")
While Roxane Mesquida may be a great eye candy for a lot of men out there, it is never a good idea to see a 15-year-old girl getting laid in the most part of the movie and to get caught by your girlfriend or mother for it! Despite winning the France Culture Award at the Cannes Festival in 2001, "Fat Girl" has been banned in several countries for its representation of teenage sexuality.
Sex, gore, sex, gore, and more sex. What can be more fitting for a Quentin Tarantino film than those two very important elements? Imagine a friend, or worse, a parent barging into your room in the middle of torture scene or some raunchy sexual acts committed in the middle of Bratislava and he or she may start rethinking about your friendship or about letting you go on that upcoming Euro trip.
"Salò, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom"
We know that some of you reading this probably love reading about the history of tortures and sexual offences committed towards underage teens during the Fascist occupation of the Republic of Salo, Italy in 1944, but you might want to watch this alone to keep it under wraps from the people who don't. The film is currently banned outright in Malaysia due to "repulsive, outrageous and abhorrent content", then banned in Singapore due to its "extreme content that may cause controversy in Singapore".
Your parents may know about this movie as it was released in 1980. Still, that doesn't mean that you are going to be able to handle it as tells the story of a rescue mission, led by the New York University anthropologist Harold Monroe, who recovers a missing documentary film crew who had gone to the Amazon to film cannibal tribes' lost cans of film. Upon viewing the reels, Monroe is appalled by the team's actions, and after learning their fate, he objects to an American station's intent to air the documentary.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Slasher films are rarely anything to balk at these days, but we put this film in the list not because of the graphic violence is going to turn you away. The 2003 remake is nothing more than huge pile of crap that would tick off just anybody. Anyone who catches you watching it will be inclined to question your taste in films, or lack of.
"Zach And Miri Make A Porno"
While the contents may not be as graphic as the film title, you really would not want your DVD cover or file name on your computer to be discovered by anyone. Not especially with the word 'porno' clearly written on it.
Some might find "Bruno" to be way funnier and more entertaining than "Borat". Unsurprisingly, however, the humour could be due to the fact that the contents are more offensive than what you have seen in most of other Sacha Baron Cohen's films. Hence, you might like to think twice before bringing this film that has been banned in Ukraine to the living room.
Cinema Online, 20 May 2013