30 of the most controversial films of all time

These movies have taboo storylines, graphic sex scenes, and gruesome violence

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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Directed by Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust stars Robert Kerman as Harold Monroe, an anthropologist from New York University who leads a rescue team into the Amazon rainforest to locate a crew of filmmakers. But when the team only recovers the crew’s lost cans of film, a television station wishes to broadcast the footage as a sensationalized TV special.

Cannibal Holocaust is considered by many as one of the most controversial films of all time because its graphic violence aroused a great deal of uproar within the film industry. In fact, after its premiere in Italy, the film was ordered to be seized by a local magistrate, and Deodato was even arrested on obscenity charges. He was also charged with multiple counts of murder due to rumors that several actors were killed on camera. While Deodato was eventually cleared of those charges, the film still ended up getting banned in Italy, Australia, and other countries due to its graphic content, including sexual assault and genuine violence toward animals.

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