The film industry is geared towards public opinion. It may dress itself up in many different forms - appealing to our love of comic book characters, trying to capitalise on our nostalgia or simply giving us what we think we want - but it has always died or lived in the court of public opinion.
There are, however, some films that have caused a visceral reaction either with the viewing public or with the boards that decide their rating and their distribution. And sometimes it has led to either open rebuke or a huge backlash within the audience it was meant to reach.
Sometimes the drama is both caused and resolved before the film ever reaches the cinema, but on other occasions the interest and scandal built up by a production can be the single most famous thing about the ensuing project, regardless of intentions.
Whichever way you cut it, here are ten films that managed to cause a huge reaction with the viewing public and an overview of how the controversy helped or hindered the end result after everything was all said and done.
Matthew is a Marine Engineer to trade who writes sub-standard Scottish crime fiction in his spare time that can be found here:-
Originally brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland, he lived in Edinburgh for 15 years but now stay in Dunbar with his partner, son and dog.