Someone recently posted in an online film forum searching for movies that studios tried to make audiences forget about or tried to bury intentionally. Here are their top-voted suggestions. Did you know?
1. Song of the South (1946)
Have you ever heard of or seen Disney’s Song of the South? It is full of Black stereotypes, prejudices, and racism and is acknowledged as Disney’s worst. They want it buried, so much so that they refuse to put it on Disney+ or re-release it.
2. Dogma (1999)
Dogma from director Kevin Smith is a film you can’t stream anywhere. However, one moviegoer explains, “The reason is because Harvey Weinstein owns the entire movie. He wants an enormous amount of money for it. Kevin Smith says about Weinstein, “He’s holding it hostage.”
3. Dirty Work (1998)
While Dirty Work is available on streaming, film fans express that the “Raunchy R-rated version” was never released. Apparently, it originally was R-rated but needed to be “Watered down” to a PG-13 rating to appease the masses.
4. The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1995)
Someone states, “Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey would rise to stardom two years later. Sony wanted to rerelease the picture, but their talent agency called it exploitative and threatened legal action.” It ended up being re-cut and released in 1997 under the new title Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, but was a financial failure.
5. Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
The Star Wars Holiday Special has long been discussed as one of the most embarrassingly horrible things to happen in the franchise. However, it is available on Disney+. So who is burying it? I guess it’s the die-hard Star Wars fans who refuse to acknowledge its existence.
6. Don’s Plum (2001)
Don’s Plum is a 90s ad-libbed indie film banned from being shown in the U.S. and Canada, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in roles they never want you to see. Scenes that involve degrading women and pleasuring themselves.
One cinephile admits, “The more I find out about Leo, the more I think maybe this is the best representation of him behind closed doors, and maybe that’s why he doesn’t want it seen.”
7. Kundun (1997)
Kundun is Martin Scorsese’s Dalai Lama film that Disney buried out of fear of losing business in China. China warned them not to release it, and after it was released, they retaliated by banning Disney films and television cartoons. Disney apologized in 1998 for releasing the film and began to ‘Undo the damage,’ eventually leading to a deal to open Shanghai Disneyland by 2016.”
8. Salt of the Earth (1954)
Salt of the Earth is an independent film based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. It’s a true story featuring Hispanic actors and advancing feminist political and social points of view. Mainstream Hollywood managed to blacklist everyone involved “Due to their alleged involvement in communist politics.”
9. The Victors (1963)
The Victors was made by a blacklisted writer, Carl Foreman. A filmgoer shares, “It was not a heroic depiction of WW2, and critics didn’t like the pro-labor sentiment in the McCarthy era. Hedda Hopper helped bury it.”
10. Let There Be Light (1946) (1980)
Let There Be Light is a “War Dept film directed by John Huston about treating soldiers with PTSD, but then they banned it because they thought it would hurt recruiting.” Eventually, it was released in 1980.
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