October 19: Unexpectedly Banned/Controversial Film


Recommendation: The Evil Dead
Another option: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Can you believe that The Evil Dead was actually banned at one time in the UK, Germany, and other countries? The tree rape scene gave it a "video nasty" reputation back in 1981 when the film was released. The film follows a group of college students who head to a cabin in the woods for a weekend of relaxation. While there, they come across a Sumerian book of the dead that leads to nothing but trouble.

Silent Night, Deadly Night was banned because gave viewers a less than perfect depiction of Santa Claus. Kind of unbelievable, right? It was actually pulled from theaters, and it wasn't until a few years later that it was re-released by different distributors. The film is about a young man who, as a child, saw his parents murdered by a crook dressed as Santa. He then grows up with a debilitating phobia of anything Christmas related, until one day he snaps and goes on a murderous rampage dressed as...you guessed it...Santa.

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