Halloween time is upon us, so it’s a perfect time to take a look at horror movies. Owing to their nature, horror movies tend to be among the most controversial films ever made. Whether it is portraying children as demons, gratuitous violence in the form of blood and gore, or just plain freaking people out, horror movies tend to get audiences, critics and, religious groups worked up into quite a lather. Yet, often times, it is the controversial elements that make a horror movie special and stand the test of time. So, rightly or wrongly, here is a list of the most controversial horror movies of all-time. Many of these movies remain controversial to this day, and continue to be banned in some jurisdictions.
10. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
You don’t normally associate Christmas with carnage and mayhem, or Santa Claus with a serial killer. But that didn’t stop the producers of the 1984 film Silent Night, Deadly Night from going way out on a limb with this movie about a deranged and tormented teenager who goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa Claus over the holidays after he is abused by a Mother Superior at the orphanage where he was raised. Surprisingly, this movie out-grossed the original A Nightmare on Elm Street at the box office during its first week in theaters. However, the celebrations were short lived, as there was so much parental outrage over a killer Santa Claus that the movie’s distributor, TriStar Pictures, was forced to pull this movie from theaters a week after it opened.