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Occasionally, some films rile the censors – it’s a fact of life. Many films – mainly horrors – wear it as a badge of honour, while others find themselves having to make things less violent and graphic to receive an audience-friendly rating. But most of the time, most films make it through the process and are released to the general public. It’s a rare film indeed that actually gets banned altogether.

Some films that get banned probably deserve it, because they would burn your soul if you watched them – I’m talking Human Centipede 2, A Serbian Film, stuff that’s just plain awful. I haven’t seen them and I know I can’t speak for everyone, but from reading the synopsises I’m grateful to the censors for keeping them off British shores. Yet just because you don’t like a film, it doesn’t mean it should be excommunicated from theatres – what’s important is that if you are going to ban a film, there must be a good reason.

Yet occasionally what constitutes a good reason can vary from reasonable to utterly insane depending on what country you’re in. Rest assured, some films get banned for the most bizarre reasons abroad, so without further ado, I’m going to run through a couple of the more memorable cases in the Pantheon. Keep in mind, there might be mild SPOILERS ahead.

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This article was first posted on June 24, 2013