Quick “review”: Faces of Death (1978)

Synopsis: Never mind Mondo Cane; this psuedo-verite movie about various weird and creepy phenomena around the globe, including scenes depicting a graphic autopsy, a decapitation, a suicide, a cannibal orgy, and a bear mauling, is considered one of the most horrifying and nauseating “documentaries”ever made.

Controversy: Conservative politicians and self-appointed social watchdogs linked John Alan Schwartz’s film to the more heinous crimes of the day, and bans followed in a handful of countries. Even the FBI, fooled by a cruddy print, looked into whether the scene showing a death cult in San Francisco might merit some further investigation.

Rating: 6