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Some movies have gathered much more attention with their controversial posters. There is no doubt that a shocking and attention-snatching poster will give a lot publicity and make headlines at the same time.
It is true that people love controversy and any such thing which keeps them in news for good or bad reasons is the basic requirement in the industry. Similarly, some of the movie posters have become a controversy in their own with their explicit or disturbing themes.
For example, the poster of Saw 2 was banned due to the disturbing picture where two cut fingers were placed in the poster with blood all over it. Similarly, most of the movie posters have been banned from release due to explicit contents. Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Rules of Attraction, Teeth and many more movie posters were banned due to the explicit contents. For example, the poster of Zack and Miri Make a Porno looks decent at first glance with the stars fully dressed as well. However, when you go to the bottom of the poster, the content is adult.
Some movie posters were even banned for promoting cigarettes. For example, Coco Avant Chanel's movie poster was banned in France because it showed the fashion icon having a smoke which broke the France's advertising law.
Here is a look at the banned Hollywood movie posters.
Banned Hollywood Movie Posters:
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Zack and Miri Make a Porno's poster looks decent at first with the stars fully dressed as well. However, when you go to the bottom of the poster, the content is adult.
The movie poster looked disturbing and abuse. Thus, MPAA banned the poster as the fingers were cut, blood stained and fingernails were broken.
The Rules of Attraction
Showing children stuffed toys in different sex positions, the controversial movie poster was banned in US but shown in Canada and Great Britain.
The French comedy film shows the stars Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche in a compromising position which looked provocative under French advertising laws. Moreover, the tag line read, "It's going to cut out, I'm just entering a tunnel."
Coco Avant Chanel
Coco Avant Chanel's movie poster was banned in France because it showed the fashion icon having a smoke which broke the France's advertising law.
Keeping 1943's laws in mind, the movie looked racy due to the ample show of breasts. Although nudity is not shown in the poster, it was controversial then. We wonder how these people will react seeing bold movie posters of now!
I Spit On Your Grave
The poster gathered a lot of controversy as it shows sexuality. Keeping the theme of rape, the movie poster was showing the opposite.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) banned the release of this movie poster due to the controversy it caused upon release. The poster showed Rooney Mara topless showing off her modesty and the piercing as well. Moreover, it shows Rooney as a submissive in control of Daniel Craig. However, in the movie, Rooney has been shown strong not weak as seen in the poster.
The People vs. Larry Flynt
MPAA banned the poster of this movie in United States only as it shows Woody Harrelson scantily clad anti-hero who spends his days wrapped in the American flag and getting up close and personal with mystery vaginas.
The poster of this horror movie showed an X-ray but placed the teeth at a compromising place due to which it was banned. Although it went with the theme of vagina dentata myth, it was disturbing.
The Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy starrer film's poster was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority after complaints of inciting violence and glamourising the use of guns were filed.