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While studios release these controversial movies for audiences in theaters, sometimes they’re pulled after they are released because of some outside source. Here are 9 movies pulled from theaters after they were released.
- A Clockwork Orange. After British youths terrorized the general public after watch A Clockwork Orange, the Stanly Kubrick film was pulled from theaters four months after its December 1971 release, despite being approved for UK cinemas. The film was subsequently banned until 1999 when it was released for home video after the death of Stanley Kubrick. Facts about the movie.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One. In 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One was puled from theaters in Thailand after Katniss Everdeen’s three-finger salute was associated with protests against the country’s military regime.
- Sinister. In 2012, Sinister was pulled from movie theaters in France. While French theaters didn’t find anything wrong with the movie itself, they were deeply troubled with the genre. When Paranormal Activity 4 was released in France, crazy horror fans totally trashed cinemas across the country, so movie theaters took out their frustrations with horror fans by pulling Sinister. They thought the same thing would happen again.
- The Interview. In late 2014, after threats from anonymous hackers were made to Sony Pictures, the movie studio pulled the release of The Interview, after Sony’s entire entertainment branch was hacked and vital and private emails were leaked to the Internet. Sony would later release the film in smaller independent theaters and on video on demand while the hackers were believed to be from North Korea. Now The Interview will hit Netflix on January 24.
- The Outcast. The Chinese/American co-production The Outcast was pulled from theaters one day before its release in China. While it is unclear why Arclight Films pulled the movie, it is believed it was objectionable to Chinese censors because of its graphic violence.
- Heaven’s Gate. Two weeks after its release in 1980, movie theaters pulled Heaven’s Gate due to low box office numbers and an uninterested general audiences. The movie goes down as the biggest office flop of all-time.
- The Warriors. The cult film The Warriors was pulled from American theaters after gang violence erupted during screenings in 1979. Gangs would show up to theaters to watch the film, but would fight each other and cause mayhem and damage instead.
- Peeping Tom. After its release in the United Kingdom in 1960, Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom was pulled from theaters because of its risqué and violent subject matter. While the thriller is now considered a masterpiece of the genre, Michael Powell was unable to find work as a director in his native England again.
- Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino’s latest film was the first to be screened in Chinese theaters, but on the film’s opening day in April 2013, the Chinese government pulled the movie because of its graphic violence. Django Unchained was re-released in China a month later, but the film was significantly edited and watered down.