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1!!Movie˛* BestKnownForTheFanservice: It's about the life of a Roman emperor...and a whole LOTTA sex going on...also, Creator/HelenMirren's breasts, in case anyone's interested. In this case, at least the sexual stuff is half of what the movie is about - the movie got funding from ''Penthouse'' magazine on the condition that things be tarted up a little.˛* FanPreferredCutContent: Creator/MarkKermode believes that the best way to restore the film to Creator/GoreVidal's original vision would be to get every bit of footage from end to end and re-arrange scenes, plus take out Bob Guccione's hardcore additions.˛* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The film would have come and gone in two weeks had it been left to succeed or fail on its own merits. It became successful, and something of a cult classic, solely because of the protests that it sparked.˛* OvershadowedByControversy: The film has been a notorious subject since its release for its extremely TroubledProduction, wrought with constant tensions between Creator/GoreVidal, director Tinto Brass, and producer Bob Guccione of ''Penthouse'' (yes, that ''Penthouse'') and resulting in a {{gorn}}-laden PornWithPlot film that ended up being a GenreKiller for the "porno chic" movement of TheSeventies. Even after receiving a ReCut that removed the Guccione-shot hardcore porn scenes, making Brass' intentions of a scathing political satire more apparent, the film is only really known for its acidic production and for being what Creator/HelenMirren dubbed "an irresistible mix of art and genitals."˛* UncertainAudience: A common statement about the film is that it was trying to be both a deep, dramatic historical film that happened to feature sex (which was what Creator/GoreVidal and Tinto Brass wanted, though even their visions were very different), and high-budget exploitative PornWithPlot spectacle (which was what producer Bob Guccione wanted). The result was too trashy and debauched for fans of drama, and too heavy on narrative for people who watched it with their pants off.˛˛!!Comic Book˛* CompleteMonster: In the comic book by David Lapham and German Nobile, the demon who possesses [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus]] and rechristens himself "[[TheCaligula Caligula]]" is a psychopathic trickster who uses his new status as Emperor of Rome to fully indulge in his penchant for sadism. Caligula establishes himself as a heartless sadist when, on a whim, he leads a gang rape and massacre of an entire family of farmers, including the [[WouldHurtAChild 4 year-old son]]; he regularly commits similar atrocities. Taking great joy in forcing people to act out "plays" he himself has written, Caligula often uses said plays to force the partakers to cannibalize, rape, and murder each other, often taking part himself. Along with regularly [[VillainousIncest raping and torturing his flesh-and-blood sister]], then promising to corrupt her newborn, a product of his raping her, into evil, Caligula also personally butchers people by the dozen, arranges their bodies in "artistic" manners, then rips out their very souls, devouring them and trapping the souls in [[AndIMustScream constant agony]]. Even when seemingly beaten, Caligula {{Body Surf}}s into anyone he can, continuing to murder innocents and devour their souls in a ritual he attempts to use to drive Rome to tear itself apart, and eventually settles in the body of the young UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}, fully planning to obtain the throne once more and destroy Rome for good. Psychopathic, egomaniacal, and with his own twisted sense of "art", Caligula was as wicked as a demon could be, and took [[ForTheEvulz great joy in being as evil as possible]].˛----


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