- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974
It should come as no shock that this title, especially in its release year, would be banned. Though not heavy on blood and gore, the violence of the film and the terror that it instills proved too much for many countries and by standards and laws this movie simply wasn’t allowed to be shown to their audiences. It landed on the Video Nasty list of the U.K. and was also banned in Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, and West Germany mostly for extreme violence and sadistic content. The film itself, for those who don’t know, follows a group of five young adult in which two siblings are visiting the grave of their grandfather after reports of grave robbing have broken out. Deciding to visit the old homestead proves fatal as the group runs across a family of violent cannibals, one of which is a chainsaw wielding maniac who wears the faces of his victims. Loosely based on real life serial killer Ed Gein, this horror movie is a staple among genre fans and has long stood the test of time. Having made its mark pop culture references to this film and its characters can often be found even in non-horror media and the movie has spurned several sequels as well as a re-make with its own sequels/prequels.