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"Grotesque" (2009) The British Board of Film Classification has refused to issue an 18 certificate to the unrated version of the film, banning its release in the United Kingdom. BBFC director David Cook explained "Unlike other recent 'torture' themed horror works, such as the Saw and Hostel series, Grotesque features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism.


"Mikey" (1992) The film centers on the character of Mikey Calvin, a young boy who is adopted by a family after his previous adoptive family dies. Rather than the darling child they expected, however, Mikey turns out to be a violent psychopath and a budding serial killer. Unlike other banned films that have since been reclassified and released, Mikey remains prohibited in the UK.

"A Clockwork Orange" (1971) Was banned in much of Europe, but was successful in the States winning many awards. There are also numerous cases of copycat crimes in regards to A Clockwork Orange such as a gang of young boys beating a homeless man to death, mirroring an early scene from the film.

"All Quiet on The Western Front" (1930) Due to its anti-war and perceived anti-German messages, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party banned the film from Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s. During its brief run in German cinemas in the early 1930s, the Nazis led by Joseph Goebbels disrupted the viewings by setting off stink bombs and releasing white mice in the theaters.