10 Horror Movies That Went Too Far
While it would be easy to point out Cannibal Holocaust as a film that went too far for its narrative alone, where a rescue team head into the Amazon rainforest to find out what happened to a missing film crew, it's in the details of it's creation that pushes it over the edge. Where most of the film is a clever trick played on audiences to make them question the authenticity of the found footage framing device, there's one part that was all too real. Sadly, that was animal cruelty.
Throughout the course of the movie, director Ruggero Deodato decided to go with as realistic a spectacle as possible by setting aside props and effects and instead going the whole hog with actual animal murders. His list includes a coati, a tarantula, a snake, a sea turtle, two spider monkeys, and one - well - whole hog.
Filming out in the Amazon meant that the strict codes of conduct for filming with animals for the United States didn't have to be upheld, but that hasn't stopped the movie from receiving multiple bans for how far it pushed its realism ever since its release in 1980.