9. Joker’s Story in The Dark Knight
You can kind of see the work of the MPAA in this cut, or lack of cut if you get my meaning. It’s the scene where the Joker first tells the story of how he got his sweet mouth scars, and he decides to demonstrate it on a rival mobster in the process. It’s a brutal act that is implied only by the wince on a henchman’s face. They don’t even show so much as the start of it on the violence end, making the moment a little awkward when you first watch it.
That said – the scene kind of grows on you. Whether or not it was done to satisfy a censor, it works. The pacing is so off that it ends up being disturbing in it’s own way, and there really isn’t anything scarier than having to watch the horrified expression of the onlooker. Then, as if it couldn’t get worse, there’s the bit at the end with the pool cue. Just brutal.