The horror genre is one of the most controversial storytelling styles in the world. The whole genre is based on the most terrible things that people can think of, and depicting those evils can get filmmakers into hot water in a wide variety of ways. Horror movies have been banned, hauled into court, chopped up by studios and protested en masse.
And while controversial horror movies seem to come out almost every year, history has elevated some of these disturbing motion pictures to legendary status. As Slender Man hits theaters, let’s take a look at some films which made headlines for their treatment of violence, sexuality, political and religious commentary, and sometimes even creepier stuff.