Horror movies can be entertaining, but many have over the line and are now regarded as being too upsetting to be seen in theatres. Despite having the best of intentions, occasionally a movie’s final product is too horrifying, unnerving, or shocking for viewers to see. The following list includes some distressing movies that were released at the time but were still in theatres, while others are still rightfully off-limits to the general public. The majority of the horror movies on this list were finally distributed in the United States despite being outlawed by governments and film classification boards in other nations.
1. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
Director- Steven R. Monroe
The gifted short-story writer Jennifer Hills travels to lush Kent, Connecticut. In order to take a break from the bustle of New York City and begin writing her first novel. She arrives exuding confidence and the air of a big-city girl and is immediately noticed. The savage Johnny and his sexist jackals are intent on having their way with the unknowing visitor. But Jennifer is there, holed up in her remote riverbank cabin, completely ignorant that she has already drawn their attention. Soon after, Jennifer, who has already suffered multiple sexual assaults, is left for dead. But Jennifer is a tough nut to crack, and her unyielding determination to live will open the door for a never-ending quest for retribution. Anyone is now vulnerable.
2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Director- Stanley Kubrick
Alex DeLarge is the leader of an anarchic quartet of thugs and a fan of Ludwig van Beethoven. He as been sentenced to fourteen years in prison after leading an unfettered life of sex, violence, and murder in the seedy streets of futuristic Britain. He is about to receive a dose of his own medicine. By participating in the government’s experimental de-conditioning programme, which claims to wash one’s damaging anti-social inclinations out of his mind. The once-swaggering juvenile delinquent has the opportunity to win his freedom after serving two arduous years in prison. But occasionally, a disease’s treatment can be worse than its cause.
3. The Last House On The Left (1972)
Director- Wes Craven
To the dismay of Mari Collingwood’s parents, she goes to the city with her best friend Phyllis Stone for a concert to celebrate turning seventeen. A lengthy night of humiliation, degradation, torture, and rape lies in store after a tragic run-in with the drug-addled psychopath gang of sadistic serial killer Krug Stillo. Once the cruel tormentors are finished with the poor girls, they inadvertently seek refuge in one of their victims’ homes. It sets off a fresh cycle of violence marked by the sweet taste of retribution.
4. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Director- Ruggero Deodato
A small American film crew attempts to shoot a documentary about the area’s native cannibalistic tribes in 1979. But they vanish without a trace after travelling into the vast and uncharted regions of the virgin Amazon rainforest. They will soon attract the attention of terrified tribes that no white person has ever seen before as renowned anthropologist Harold Monroe and his team of seasoned guides set out on a rescue. In an attempt to find the lost documentarians in the heart of the Green Inferno. A frantic fight to recover the raw footage that was paid for with blood will unavoidably begin. That’s when the professor stumbles into additional information concerning the film crew’s fate. After all, the shocking, uncut footage must be made public so that everyone can learn about the heinous crimes that were committed.
5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Director- Tobe Hooper
Sally enlists the help of her boyfriend Jerry, her brother Franklyn, her friends Pam and Kirk, and others after she learns that vandals had destroyed a cemetery where her grandfather is interred. The travellers pick up a sketchy hitchhiker who slashes Franklyn and cuts himself as they are on their way to the grandfather’s abandoned farm. Kirk hears a generator and thinks he can locate some gasoline, so Kirk and Pam look for an old swimming hole after arriving at the farm. In search of the owner, he goes inside the home. The hitchhiker and Leatherface, who has some gifts for the travellers including sledgehammers, chainsaws, and various knives, unfortunately live here.
6. A Serbian Film (2010)
Director- Srdjan Spasojevic
Milos, a former adult film star who is struggling financially, is persuaded to come out of retirement by the mysterious filmmaker Vukmir because he thinks he makes the perfect lead character for his avant-garde art-porn movie. Milos signs a rich contract because he can’t resist the temptation, and he agrees to obey Vukmir’s taboo-breaking directions, only to discover later that the malevolent director is slowly turning him into a passive vessel for depravity and an unstoppable machine for sexual violence. There is no turning back at this point, as the gates of Hell are wide open as the demonic Vukmir combines pleasure with suffering and sex with torment.
7. The Exorcist (1973)
Director- William Friedkin
After an unfortunate encounter with the paranormal, Regan MacNeil, the successful actress Chris MacNeil’s generally happy 12-year-old daughter, is increasingly displaying indications of erratic and frightening behaviour. Therefore, frantic Chris is prepared to do everything in her power to keep her child safe, including seeking spiritual assistance, since the situation is quickly spiralling out of control and perfectly healthy Regan is turning violent and obscene. Chris’ only remaining chance now is for Father Damien Karras, a novice Greek-American Catholic priest, and Father Lankester Merrin, a veteran exorcist, to complete the difficult purification process necessary to free Regan of the evil spirit that is torturing her. The Exorcist it doesn’t rely on jump scares or typical horror movie clichés.
8. Faces Of Death (1978)
Director- John Alan Schwartz
coroner Dr. Francis B. Gross serves as the host of this mockumentary. While he is dying, he is attempting to demonstrate to you the various human “faces.” With footage of actual accidents, there are scenes of people getting kill that were stage. Decapitations and the electric chair are both used for executions. In one video, people are shown decapitating an alive monkey in Egypt and devouring its brains. Images of humans being eaten by animals and Satanic revels involving corpses can be seen. A section of the video deals with an alligator that unintentionally enters “residential” waters. When he unintentionally trips and becomes gator bait, the local warden gets in his boat to get the alligator back into the water.
9. The Evil Dead (1981)
Director- Sam Raimi
Going on a quick weekend getaway is the perfect way to let off steam. But when college student Ash Williams and his friends—his fiancée Linda, his sister Cheryl, their buddy Scott, and his girlfriend Shelly—arrive at a shoddy, weathered cabin in the dense Tennessee woods, nothing can prepare them for what’s to follow. Soon, weird discoveries in the basement and mysterious, unintelligible chants trigger a night of utter fear as hidden evil forces infiltrate our reality. Now, a parasitic force corrupts and mutates human flesh, and viscous, bright-red blood discolours the isolation of the surrounding mountains.
10. Pink Flamingos (1972)
Director- John Waters
Famous beauty Divine, who takes great pride in her unquestione status as the filthiest person alive. She gets pressure to disappear after a thorough cover story about her appears in one of the country’s sleaziest tabloids. Flamboyant Divine is trying to hide out till the trouble passes while sporting a new look and going by the name of Babs Johnson. She is hunker down in her covert lair with her egg-loving mother Edie, her sexually deviant son Crackers, and reliable travelling friend Cotton. While all is going on, the cunning, envious Marbles, Divine’s sworn adversaries, have extended their reach far beyond the city, trying their luck with kidnapping, pornography, drug sales, and other heinous crimes. There can only be one victor in this no-holds-barred contest for the coveted title.