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There Are Some Horror Films So Disturbing They Remain Banned In The UK

Tom Wood

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There Are Some Horror Films So Disturbing They Remain Banned In The UK

Featured Image Credit: JollyRoger/Media Blasters

We all like a good scare, don't we? Well, it turns out that only applies within certain criteria, because there are still a good number of horror films that are banned in the UK or have been denied a certificate because they're honestly just too much.


Of course, they're all banned for different reasons, but most of them are banned because the horror and gore they depict is simply too horrible and too realistic or unsavoury for public consumption, according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

However, some of them have different stories, and aren't banned because of their content, but because of their circumstances.

First up, let's take a look at Mikey. It was banned back in the 1990s after the murder of James Bulger.


It remains banned to this day, which isn't actually such a shocker, because it has been described as a 'horrifying but implausible story' and has a one and a half star rating on Allmovie.

It tells the story of Mikey, a demonic child who kills his parents and then begins a campaign of terror against his adoptive parents.

In modern times, it would probably be regarded as quite tame, but it remains without classification in the UK.

Perhaps more obviously unsuitable is 2009's Grotesque, which has been compared to some torture movies such as Saw and Hostel.

Grotesque. Credit: JollyRoger/Media Blasters
Grotesque. Credit: JollyRoger/Media Blasters

It centres around a deranged doctor who kidnaps a young couple and forces them into a game of survival whilst employing elaborate torture methods against them.

That jolly flick was banned because of the sheer amount of sexual torture involved.

In the same vein, 2008's Murder-Set-Pieces was also banned because of the sadistic and sexual nature of the content.

In fact, it potentially breached obscenity laws and raised a harm risk over one scene in which a pre-teen child is graphically murdered.

While the films listed before have not got a certificate from the BBFC, it would be remiss not to give an honourable mention to 1980's Cannibal Holocaust, which was banned for being a 'video nasty' and originally thought to be a snuff film.

Cannibal Holocaust. Credit: United Artists Europa
Cannibal Holocaust. Credit: United Artists Europa

It was eventually given a certificate in 2001, but not before director Ruggero Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges and forced to invite actors from the film into a court to prove he hadn't murdered them.

It was eventually released with more than five minutes cut out, but received a re-release featuring all but 15 seconds of the original cut.

Still, it's probably better to just see what else is on, right?

Topics: TV and Film, Interesting, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Weird

Tom Wood
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