1 THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
You might not know the film by its actual name, but you probably heard about the movie where a 13-year old Dakota Fanning is raped. The ramifications of including such a heartbreaking and controversial scene in the film were far-reaching. Not only was Fanning’s family verbally harassed for allowing her to appear in the film, but North Carolina Senator Phil Berger demanded that any film receiving a subsidy from the state have an approved script from then on.
3 PINK FLAMINGOS
4 THE INTERVIEW
It’s not often that a film is seen as an “act of terrorism”, but The Interview qualified as far as North Korea was concerned. The US was threatened with stern and merciless justice if the film depicting the assassination of Kim Jong-Un was released, and moviegoers were warned by the “Guardians of Peace” not to attend screenings or suffer the consequences. Consequently, all premieres were cancelled and replaced by a very limited, delayed release of the film… which was immediately distributed online for free, with no protest from Sony.
5 THE BROWN BUNNY
6 THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE
Most horror and suspense films come and go without being exceptionally notable. Gore and obscenity are pretty commonplace for desensitized moviegoers… so what does it take for a horror film to actually get noticed? Well, sewing someone’s mouth onto another person’s butt seems to be the secret formula. Criticized as being a “worse than average” horror film, The Human Centipede still quickly found its way into pop culture for being so completely repulsive.
8 DJANGO UNCHAINED
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