10 Films More Controversial Than Charlie Sheen's 9/11 Movie

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Keep your eyes out this September and you’ll see a movie whose trailer provoked a Twitter backlash, with one user claiming, “It’s awful and manipulative and makes me mad at everyone involved.”

From the director of National Lampoon’s Cattle Call comes 9/11, which stars Charlie Sheen as a businessman trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on the eponymous date. Also starring Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gershon, the film is based on the play Elevator by Patrick Carson, which Tucson Weekly described as “an interesting but rather skeletal piece begging to be fleshed out with richer characterizations.”

The trailer condescends to the audience by informing us the movie is “based on actual events” and invites accusations of tastelessness by including its release date (September 8th) and giving prominence to Sheen who, other controversies aside, is on record as saying that 9/11 “feels like a conspiracy theory.”

Will the movie be shamelessly manipulative or merely banal? Does it really matter? After all, Uwe Boll’s Postal opens with a comic recreation of the 9/11 attacks, but how many people have seen it?

Boll’s movie was marketed with the slogan, “Some Movies Go Too Far, Others Start There” which is a decent enough summary of movies that set out to shock their audiences. Here are ten movies that actually achieve it.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'