Beyond Bollywood: 7 Horror Films that Got Banned in India

Horror fans in India beware! The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) keeps a watchful eye on spooky content. While the exact list of banned films can be elusive, movies featuring extreme violence or disturbing themes are more likely to raise red flags. This means films notorious for gore or shocking elements internationally might not make it to Indian screens.

Unveiling India’s Most Controversial Banned Horror Films.

1. The Exorcist (1973)

  • When a young girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two Catholic priests to save her life.
  • William Friedkin’s film was banned on account of the gruesome visuals and the narrative involving demonic possession.
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

  • The gore and brutality in the film by Tobe Hooper led to it being banned.
  • Five friends head out to rural Texas to visit the grave of a grandfather. On the way they stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within. Something armed with a chainsaw.
  • IMDB Rating:7.4

3. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)

  • The graphic nature of the film’s sexual content resulted in it being banned.
  • An aspiring writer is repeatedly assaulted, humiliated, and left for dead by four men she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
  • IMDB Rating:5.6

4. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

  • The film by Ruggero Deodato was banned on account of the graphic, realistic violence depicted in various forms in the film.
  • During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.
  • IMDB Rating:5.8

5. The Evil Dead (1981)

  • Sam Raimi’s film was banned due to the violence and graphic content in it.
  • Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
  • IMDB Rating:7.4

6. The Human Centipede (2009)

  • The experimental horror film by Tom Six was banned because of the thesis idea of the narrative, as well as the graphic visual content.
  • A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums.
  • IMDB Rating: 4.4

7. A Serbian Film (2010)

  • Srđan Spasojević’s film was banned because of the severely disturbing narrative and graphic visual content.
  • An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
  • IMDB Rating: 5.0

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