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'Cannibal Holocaust' (1980)
A mockumentary about an abusive group of filmmakers documenting a cannibal tribe in the Amazon goes wildly out of control, when the indigenous people fight back. Repeated rapes and graphic on-screen mutilations occur throughout the movie, but the production’s most shocking element is filming the real slaughter of animals.
Number of Countries That Banned the Movie: 19.
The film premiered in Milan, Italy; ten days later it was seized and director Ruggero Deodato was arrested on the suspicion that the on-screen deaths were not staged. Once he proved that his actors were still alive, he was then taken to court on grounds of animal cruelty. During this four-year ordeal, the film was banned. Eventually Italy started screening the film again, but the trouble was only starting. Beginning in 1984, the film was banned in: Finland until 2001, Greece, Iceland, Ireland until 2006, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Norway until 2005 when a censored version was released, South Africa which later allowed a censored version, Sri Lanka until 2007, Sweden until 1999 and Turkey. The film was most recently banned in New Zealand in 2006, just as Australia lifted its own ban. 'Cannibal Holocaust' is also outright banned in Burma, Bhutan, Iran and Singapore.