Why Porn Movies Are Called Blue Movies?

Have you ever wondered why porn is referred to as a "Blue Film" in India? This is something that you would not hear in any other part of the world.

Though most of us have seen porn at some point of time or the other, there are a few who are still scared to watch a porn alone, as they feel quite skeptical about it.

The word "Porn or blue films" are enough to make people raise their eyebrows or to make a person feel guilty of what they just told, as it is considered as a taboo, at least in this part of the continent!

Since, porn is a taboo, most people would only wonder about why a porn movie is called "blue film", but somehow may not have had the guts to ask anyone.

So, for all those poor souls out there, we're here for the rescue!! We'll let you know about reasons why porn movies are often referred to as blue films, check it out.

Reason #1

In earlier days, video stores packaged the VSR cassettes that were based on the type of movie they gave out. For porn and adult movies, they would use a blue paper bag while a white polythene bag would be handed over for normal movies.

Reason #2

When a porn movie or a XXX-rated movie was being played at theatres, their posters would be launched in a blue background. This was basically done to subtly attract the attention of the viewers.

Reason #3

Before the porn industry bloomed, the movies used to be shot at a low budget. The director resorted to cheap ways of converting his black and white reel into a coloured one. This left a blue tint on the movie print. It is assumed that this is why porn movies were named as blue movies!

Reason #4

Porn was shown often as late night shows in some of the worst, dirty movie halls. Audiences of all ages viewed these cheap films and even coined the name "blue movie" to refer to cheap films!

Reason #5

It is probably a spin-off from the "blue laws" that existed in many states, until about 50 or 60 years ago. According to the "blue laws," most businesses were not allowed to operate on a Sunday. Hence, blue movies were not shown on a Sunday. And that's why the term!!

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 15:48 [IST]
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