5 films my parents wouldn’t let me watch (but I did anyway!)


When my parents found out I had watched The Virgin Suicides (1999) at a sleepover, they created a ‘banned film’ list which ended up becoming a ‘must watch’ list for me and my film viewing was never the same again. After that, I became terrified of late night phone calls when I – think – I’m home alone (Scream 1996), demonic children and pea soup (The Exorcist 1973), falling for the wrong guy (Natural Born Killers 1994) and Anthony Hopkins with his love of a fine chianti and fava beans (Silence of the Lambs 1991).

If the kids are at home this week, these are some of the films you might want to consider hiding! What was your banned list?

Victoria Wareham, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

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The Exorcist

The Exorcist (1973) Dir. William Friedkin

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Dir. Jonathan Demme

Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers (1994) Dir. Oliver Stone


Scream (1996) Dir. Wes Craven

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides (1999) Dir. Sofia Coppola

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Feature image: Scream (1996) Dir. Wes Craven

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