The Most Offensive Films
Some movies improve the human race and promote wholesome values, such as peace, equality and ethics. Other movies don’t. DMG Entertainment has travelled to the deepest and darkest reaches of cinematic history and uncovered the most offensive films to date. This list of films has some of the most disgusting, loathsome, morally reprehensible behavior ever put on celluloid and yet they are compelling films; by reminding us of the lowest of human actions, we are able to appreciate the glorious moments all the more. Can you guess which director has two films on the list…?
So sit back and get ready to question humanity…
Most Offensive Drama
SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (1975)
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Starring: Giorgio Cataldi, Paolo Bonacelli, Umberto Paolo
Summary: In the Republic of Salò, a Nazi-controlled Italian region, a group of fascist officials take sixteen teenagers and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of mental and physical torture.
Offensive Factors: Due to the film’s excessive amount of rape, torture, coprophagia (look it up) and murder, SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM remains banned in several countries.
Un-Fun Fact: Director Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed shortly before the film’s public debut.
Most Offensive Romance
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Sue Lyon, James Mason, Shelley Winters
Summary: Recently divorced British professor Humbert Humbert relocates to a small New Hampshire town for a teaching job. After falling in love with a seductive 14-year old named Lolita (Sue Lyon), Humbert’s life becomes full of scandal, deception and murder.
Offensive Factors: Although the film toned down the novel’s sexual content, LOLITA’s pedophilic subject matter proved too much for a general audience, causing Kubrick to run into numerous censorship problems.
Un-Fun Fact: Nearly 800 young girls auditioned for the role of Lolita.
Most Offensive Horror Film
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Starring: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen
Summary: An anthropologist goes to the dangerous jungles of South America to rescue a missing documentary crew. The anthropologist meets up with a primitive cannibal tribe, the documentary crew’s main topic, who informed them of their crew’s demise. However, the anthropologist retrieves the crew’s documentary footage before returning to America. When the anthropologist views the footage, he finds out the documentary crew’s cruel intentions towards the primitive tribe.
Offensive Factors: CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST contains a laundry list of offensive material, including excessive gore, rape and cruelty to animals. The film is not only banned in over 50 countries, but also considered one of the most controversial movies of all time.
Un-Fun Fact: Before releasing the film, director Ruggero Deodato made the cast sign contracts requiring them to disappear for a year, thus creating more mystery behind the film. However, this tactic backfired. After the film’s release, authorities arrested and charged Deodato with numerous crimes, including the murder of crew members. The actors had to appear in court before authorities dropped the charges against Deodato.
Most Offensive Comedy
PINK FLAMINGOS (1972)
Director: John Waters
Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Summary: Underground crime figure Divine, renowned as “The Filthiest Person Alive”, must defend her title against a new challenger, a sadistic couple that sells heroin to school children.
Offensive Factors: PINK FLAMINGOS goes so above and beyond to disgust anyone brave enough, or crazy enough, to view it that we can’t even list out all the offensive bits.
Un-Fun Fact: The film’s content was so stomach-turning, some theaters offered the audience pink barf bags.
Most Offensive Sci-Fi Film
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates
Summary: Juvenile delinquent Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his ruthless gang terrorizes a futuristic British city. One night, DeLarge gets arrested and convicted for brutal murder. In jail, DeLarge gets a chance to participate in a new government experiment that promises him rehabilitation and an early release. However, the experiment has some unexpected consequences.
Offensive Factors: Although A CLOCKWORK ORANGE received a nomination for Best Picture in the 1971 Academy Awards, the film has elements of graphic violence, rape, sexual content and moral ambiguity. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is also ranked the second most controversial film by Entertainment Weekly.
Un-Fun Fact: When Kubrick found out about McDowell’s very real crippling fear of reptiles, he added a new character to the film: Basil, Alex DeLarge’s pet snake.
Most Offensive Religious Film
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004)
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern
Summary: The film depicts the last twelve brutal hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life ending with his crucifixion by Roman authorities.
Offensive Factors: Gibson was intent on giving audiences a visceral and graphically “accurate” depiction of the Biblical account of Christ’s death, which covers graphic violence, anti-Semitism, and excessive torture.
Un-Fun Fact: Jim Caviezel incurred many injuries on set, including a 14-inch scar, shoulder separation, hypothermia and asphyxiation. Caviezel was even struck by lightning!
Most Offensive Historical Feature
THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
Director: D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall
Summary: Set in 1860s America, two families must face the challenges of the American Civil War. Although the families fight for opposing sides, they try to maintain their friendship. After the North wins the war, unruly African-American Union troops flood the defeated Southern cities. The South responds by developing the Ku Klux Klan, a white power vigilante organization.
Offensive Factors: The film’s over-the-top racism and historical inaccuracies coupled with it’s 100 year old age makes it the original offensive film and one of the most controversial ever made. The film was banned in some American cities, such as Chicago and Los Angeles.
Un-Fun Fact: Only six years after BIRTH OF A NATION hits theaters, the worst race riot in US history occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. White residents looted, burned and murdered their way through the city’s all-black neighborhoods based on false reports of a young black man accosting a white woman in an elevator, a story eerily parallel to BIRTH’s tale of armed white vigilantes “fighting back” against blacks. On the positive side, the film also inspired many African-Americans to create their own films which gave a positive image of African-American, such as Oscar Micheaux.
Most Offensive Family Film
SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
Starring: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett
Summary: In the late nineteenth century, a young Jonny (Bobby Driscoll) is taken to his mother’s plantation after his father decides to fight for an unknown cause in Atlanta. When a confused Johnny turns to a charismatic Uncle Remus (James Baskett) for life advice, Uncle Remus tells the story of Br’er Rabbit, a clever rabbit that outwits Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear.
Offensive Factors: The film remains one of Disney’s unspoken mistakes due to its racist portrayal of African-Americans and harmonious perception of slavery. Since Disney decided to not reissue the film, the SONG OF THE SOUTH cannot be purchased legally in America.
Un-Fun Fact: Although the film has been disowned by the Disney, several songs from SONG OF THE SOUTH are still commonly used by Disney, such as “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”.
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