A list of some of the bizarre films banned in the UK (13 Photos)
Contrary to popular opinion, we Brits are actually quite open-minded when it comes to the more grisly and controversial side of life. Sure, we might ban the occasional film for a time, but we eventually come round to seeing their relative artistic merit and give the public what they want (ya sick fucks!).
But some movies the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) have banned will never see the ( British) light of day.
These are some of them.
Hate Crime (2012)
No issues with this one. The plot (generous term) revolves around a Jewish family being brutalised by drugged up Neo-Nazis. According to the BBFC, it focused too much ‘“on the terrorisation, mutilation, physical and sexual abuse and murder of the members of a Jewish family by the Neo Nazi thugs who invade their home.”
Director James Cullen Bressack was apparently “honoured” that his mind ‘ is officially too twisted for the UK’. Or just lacking in any ability to contextualise a story and instead use Nazis on Meth as a plot device. GIVE THAT MAN AN OSCAR!
The Texas Vibrator Massacre (2008)
Replacing a chainsaw with a vibrator seems like the laziest porn knock-off of all time. But our friend’s at AVN loved it and gave it 5 stars!
The BBFC disliked the sexualised violence and depiction of characters who were supposed to be siblings involved in ‘various’ sex acts.
One for the Sunday night family film, then.
A Japanese entry and it is predictably wacky. Known as “splatter horror,” it is basically a Hostel/Saw style exploitation film. It concerns an apparently reputable surgeon who kidnaps a couple and does all kinds of nasty shit to them. So far, so Jigsaw.
However BBFC director David Cook took exception to it, claiming, “Unlike other recent ‘torture’ themed horror works, such as the Saw and Hostel series… the chief pleasure on offer is not related to understanding the motivations of any of the central characters… Rather, the chief pleasure on offer seems to be wallowing in the spectacle of sadism (including sexual sadism) for its own sake.”
Predictably, the director Koji Shiraishi was “delighted and flattered by this most expected reaction from the faraway country.”
What is wrong with these people?!
A film so controversial it inspired the founding of the conservative Christian Democratic Party in its native Sweden, 491 concerns a group of young male criminals who are locked in an apartment and take part in a bizarre social experiment.
There is rape. And bestiality.
BBFC obviously doesn’t like that. BANNED!
I don’t wish to talk to much about what I consider to be profiting from the vulnerabilities of some of the most downtrodden in our society. Just know the videos are banned in the UK. Good.
I can’t find much information about this film. And all the images associated with it aren’t exactly SFW.
It appears to depict a man strapping a women to a chair and degrading her in every imaginable manner.
Sounds awful. Sounds shit. Monkeys, however, are awesome. Look at the astronaut monkey! Legend.
Considering how many murderous children you see in film these days, it seems odd that the BBFC would take exception with this fairly mundane straight-to-video picture. It seems, as ever, timing was key.
It was produced a bit too soon after the the infamous Jamie Bulger murder and, on the advice of three child psychiatrists, the BBFC would not allow for the film to receive a classification.
Women in Cellblock 9 (1977)
Despite being awarded certificates in Canada, Australia, and the US, this “sexually violent” film set in a South American jungle prison (definitely a thing) was banned in the UK as one of the actresses was 16 at the time of filming.
FUN FACT: the director and writer of the film is called Jesus Franco. Great name. Terrible film.
A film about a man with three testicles who goes around sleeping with loads of women. Sounds great!
Despite being a blockbuster in its native Italy, the BBFC apparently couldn’t deal with the idea of a man with tri-balls and banned it. Considering they allowed Transformers to be distributed, I feel cheated.
The Bunny Game (2011)
Want to take a guess at why the banned this? Sexual Violence! Yes, it’s almost as if that is frowned upon or something.
The titular Bunny is a drug addicted prostitute who gets kidnapped by a truck driver who has a fetish for asphyxiation and, well, you can see where this is going…
However, It wasn’t banned in France and the US. So…
Murder Set Pieces (2004)
Despite a glowing review from the New York Times (the term “Murder-Set-Pieces is the serial killer film to end all serial killer films,” was used!), this sexually violent film was so graphic that the BBFC actually wondered if it had actually broken obscenity laws! It follows a wealthy immigrant serial killer: a German photographer, who leads a double life: by day he shoots erotic photos. By night, he rapes, tortures, and murders prostitutes
Tony Todd (Candyman) and Leatherface himself Gunnar Hansen appeared in the film. Which is nice.
Traces of Death (1993)
Fairly infamous film depicting real scenes of violence and death. The BBFC, rather understandably, maintained that the film had no “journalistic, educational, or other justifying context for the images shown.”
Maybe if David Attenborough had narrated it, instead of some bloke called Damon Fox, it would of been approved.
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