The 100+ Most Controversial
Films of All-Time


The 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time
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Film Title/Year, Director

A Serbian Film (2010, Serbia) (aka Srpski Film)
D. Srdjan Spasojevic

This apparently allegorial Serbian film reached further levels of gratuitous violence, misogyny, and sexual abuse that would deliberately upset film censors and cause it to be excised and often banned throughout the world.

Writer-director Srdjan Spasojevic's unpleasant and highly disturbing film (his feature film debut) was supposedly created to symbolize how the Serbian people had been 'molested' and 'raped' by their own Serbian government. Its various extreme transgressions included sodomy, violent misogyny, sexual and physical abuse, incest, necrophilia, and graphic child rape (known as a new genre of film - "newborn porn"). As a result of its content, six minutes of cuts were made in the US in order to achieve an NC-17 rating and to allow screenings. It was also banned or faced extensive censorship in many other countries.

The main protagonist in the aberrant film was semi-retired Serbian porn star Milos (Srdan Todorovich) (known for his genital prowess and lasting erections), living with a beautiful wife Marija (Jelena Gavrilovic) and young six year-old son Petra (Luka Mijatovic) in Belgrade. Cash-strapped and facing financial problems, he was offered an art-film opportunity to make the first hardcore art house film by former co-star and porn actress Lejla (Katarina Utic) and the film's director Vukmir (Sergej Trifunovic) - for a substantial amount of money. Not knowing the content of the film, Milos signed the contract, and then gradually learned the true nature of the 'snuff-style' filming as the work progressed.

At times drugged, Milos was subjected to oral sex (fellatio) (with intercut scenes of a young girl licking ice cream and applying lipstick), then sex with a physically-abused blonde female (Ana Sakic), the brutal beating and murder (by head chopping with a machete) of a chained female during sex, his own sodomization, and the graphic torture and death of Lejla (suffocated with a penis stuffed into her mouth). At one point in an orgy scene along with his brother Marko (Slobodan Bestic), Milos realized that he was being forced to have sex with his own young son, while next to him, Marko was violating his wife.

Sex With Abused Female
Sex Ending With Machete Head Chopping

In the violent finale, Milos angrily beat Vukmir to death, while being complimented: "That's it, Milos. That's the cinema! That's film." Milos also thrust his own long and erect penis into the empty eyesocket of Vukmir's bald-headed driver Rasa (Miodrag Krcmarik) in order to kill him. The film ended with the communal suicide of Milos' entire family, as they huddled together in bed in an embrace and he fired one shot. Then, their bodies were about to be sexually violated by a film crew as the film ended.

Milos and Marija

Milos in Porn Film

The Film's Violent Ending

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009 or 2010)
The Human Centipede II (full sequence) (2011)
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)
D. Tom Six

In the first of the trilogy of twisted, repellent shockers, a mad doctor turned three young victims into a 12-limbed abomination. It proved that it's still possible to appall horror buffs with a series of taboo-ridden films that completely lacked good taste.

One of the more perverse, twisted and repellent ideas for a film was found in this series of exploitative, torture-porn horror films by Dutch director/writer Tom Six. They brought to mind David Cronenberg's body-horror films, Japanese horror, and the S&M tone of films such as Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975) that told of torturous "medical experiments" (performed mostly on naked females) by an evil Nazi at a death camp. All of the films faced controversy and censorship, resulting in outright banned showings and severe editing.

In the first of a trilogy of horrific midnight movies, two American girls Lindsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) traveling in Europe on a road trip experienced a flat tire at night in the rain, and came into contact with demented retired Nazi-Germany surgeon Dr. Josef Heiter (Dieter Laser) at his luxurious modern villa. After drugging the drinks of the two girls, and tying them up on hospital beds in his basement operating room, he explained (via overhead projector slide-show) how he was a master at separating conjoined or Siamese twins. A third subject, who repeatedly swore and shouted in Japanese (subtitled) at the sadistic doctor as he lectured to the trio, was previously-kidnapped Japanese tourist Katsuro (Akihiro Kitamura), who was at the head of the daisy-chain.

The emphasis was upon the cold-hearted, unfeeling, maniacal and monstrous god-like doctor, Frankenstein-like, in his obsession to create a new life-form. Heiter bragged about an experiment in which he had transformed three rottweiler dogs into a "beautiful three-hound construction." He told them in clinical detail how he would proceed with his surgical operation on them, his lifetime goal, to create a "Siamese triplet" (a multi-legged human bug). He would first cut the knee-cap ligaments, so that knee extensions would no longer be possible. Further modifications would require incisions on the chins-cheeks of subjects B and C. He would then attach the three subjects via their gastric system (mouth to anus!) - forming a human centipede ("Ingestion by A, passing through B, to the excretion of C"). By the end of the first film, mad doctor Heiter succumbed.

Advertisements for the mostly-panned and grotesque first film claimed it was "100% Medically Accurate." Although the film's disturbing surgical procedure was described in great detail, the actual results were mostly implied rather than explicitly shown. The tension-inducing film was greeted with hatred and discussion, and although it received various awards, it was also described as garbage.

Two other parts (or sequences) were released (via direct-to-DVD or in limited release) over the next five years:

  • The Human Centipede II (full sequence) (2011)
    [Tagline: 100% medically INaccurate]
  • The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)
    [Tagline: 100% politically incorrect]

In the second unpleasant and grotesque film shot in black and white (to de-emphasize the horror), obsessed maniac Martin Lomax (Laurence Harvey in a non-speaking role), a masochistic, chubby and balding security guard in a London car park building, was inspired by the first film (which he repeatedly watched) to create a 10-person centipede. He was afflicted with sociopathic tendencies due to degrading sexual abuse and molestation from his father. He abducted various individuals, imprisoned them in a warehouse, and crudely stapled them together to make one elongated human being. One of the ten victims was Ashlyn Yennie (Herself) portraying a Hollywood actress in London for an audition. (She had also appeared in the first film.) The most controversial scenes involved Martin masturbating with sandpaper, raping a female at the end of the chain with barbed wire wrapped around his genitals, and the flight of a naked pregnant woman who gave birth.

And in the third film, unrestrained, sadistic and insane prison warden Bill Boss (again Dieter Laser) of the George W. Bush State Prison in a remote part of Texas planned to connect the bodies of hundreds of orange-suited prisoners together. He believed the surgical connection of the inmates would ultimately cut down on criminal penal costs, as advised by his accountant/assistant Dwight Butler (Laurence Harvey from the second film) - "no more prison fights, no more assaults on guards, no more disrespect." The "brilliant" horrific idea was to create a human centipede of the prisoners, something affirmed by Boss ("This is exactly what America needs").

The most outrageous scenes included using a pocket-knife to castrate an inmate, boiling water-boarding as torture, sexual intercourse-rape through a puncture hole in a man's kidney, and the "candy" consumption of crispy-dried clitorises (imported from Africa).

Human Degradation in The Human Centipede 3 (2015)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
(2009 or 2010)

The Human Centipede II (2011)

Bill Boss (Dieter Laser) in
The Human Centipede 3 (2015)

The Interview (2014)

A satirical comedy about the assassination of North Korea's dictator led to threatened retaliation against the US by North Korea's foreign government, for alleged state-sponsored terrorism against its country's leader. The computer systems of Sony Pictures were hacked and threatened attacks against theatres showing the film caused a wide-release cancellation.

Late in the year 2014, the FBI confirmed that North Korea was behind cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony was hit by hackers (dubbing themselves 'Guardians of Peace') on November 24th in response to the planned release of Columbia Pictures' (owned by parent company Sony) satirical comedy on Christmas Day, The Interview (2014). The humorous film was about a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

[Other past films which used North Korea in their plots included: Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Red Dawn (2012), Team America: World Police (2004), the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002), Shiri (1999, S. Korea), and The Rescue (1988).]

The Sony Pictures' breach rendered thousands of its computers inoperable (caused the leak of personal employee data and some embarrassing emails by company executives), forced the company to take its computer network offline, disrupted the company's business operations (i.e., by releasing digital copies of yet unreleased films), and ultimately forced a cancellation of The Interview's release in major US national theatre chains in the wake of threats from North Korea and its supporters. However, over 300 independent cinemas showed the film around Christmas Day in limited release, and it was available for rental, with end of year earnings of about $6.1 million.

In spite of the controversy, Sony made the film available on the Internet and it became their most successful online digital movie release despite mixed reviews. The Interview was the first mid-sized studio film to be available on VOD before it even reached theaters.

Sony was expected to lose as much as $100 million on the film as a result of the state-sponsored attack. Some critics called the move to censor the film a violation of First Amendment rights and freedom of creative expression - in other words, the right of a movie studio to make any movie they wished.

The movie featured two popular TV show workers who were celebrating their 1,000th episode of successful shows of "Skylark Tonight":

  • Dave Skylark (James Franco), talk-show host and interviewer
  • Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen), producer

It was arranged for them (now designated as legitimate "journalists") to have an audience with the dictatorial North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) who was declared to be a "fan" of the show. Behind the scenes, they were recruited by the CIA's Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) to assassinate him ("take him out"). The plan was to poison the "bat-shit crazy" North Korean leader with a handshake that exposed him to a fatal dose of the poison ricin.

Although the deadly plan wasn't actually carried out due to various mishaps, the two 'journalists' who arrived in Pyongyang were able to interview the Supreme Leader during an internationally-televised show in which they soiled his reputation and tarnished his cultish personality by causing him an emotional breakdown.

During a climactic pursuit sequence, Kim Jong-un was killed in a helicopter explosion after a missile strike, and Dave and Aaron escaped the country and were rescued.

Dave Skylark (James Franco) Announcing Interview

Dave Skylark and Aaron Rapaport

President Kim Jong-un
(Randall Park)

Party Scene With Korean Women

Death of Supreme Leader

The 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time
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