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6th April
2016

 Shopping: Hammer Film Collection - Volume Two...

1958 UK horror by Terence Fisher just released on US DVD
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Hammer Film Collection Two Films Hammer Film Collection - Volume Two consists of:
  • The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  • The Snorkel (1958)
  • Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
  • Maniac (1963)
  • Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
  • Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2016 Mill Creek Hammer Film Collection Vol 2 R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 5th April 2016

The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews and Eunice Gayson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release. Uncut on home video, 15 rated on VHS, but 12 rated on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Maniac is a 1963 UK crime horror by Michael Carreras
With Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray and Donald Houston. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1963 cinema release. Presumably the same version was released elsewhere

Fanatic is a 1965 UK horror thriller by Silvio Narizzano
With Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers and Peter Vaughan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1965 cinema release. An unknown version is 15 rated for home video.

Promotional Material

For more than four decades, Hammer Films unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) Starring: Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn Peter Cushing reprises his famous role as Baron Victor Frankenstein in this horror classic. Rescued from the guillotine by his devoted dwarf Fritz, the Baron relocates and becomes Dr. Stein. Under the guise of charity work, he continues his gruesome experiments, this time transplanting Fritz's brain into his latest creation: a normal, healthy body.

The Snorkel (1958)

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, Grégoire Aslan

Paul Decker arranges the perfect murder of his wife. Lightly drugging her into unconsciousness, he then seals the room and fills it with gas appearing to be a suicide while he hides beneath the floorboards using a diving snorkel to breath air from the outside. But he didn't plan for his suspicious stepdaughter in this kill or be killed thriller!

Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)

Starring: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis

A serious and horrifying chiller about a small town terrorized by an elderly child molester luring young girls into his mansion with sweets, but no official will stop the perverse man because of his powerful family until it's too late.

Maniac (1963)

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse

While vacationing in France, an American artist becomes romantically involved with an older woman, Eve, while also attracted to her teenage stepdaughter, Annette. Pulled between them, a plot is hatched to free Eve's husband from jail but Eve has a different plan in mind.

Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland

Young Pat Carroll ( Powers ) goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile ( Tallulah Bankhead ). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son.

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

Starring: Julie Ege, Tony Bonner, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Robert John

Set in the Stone Age, this singular film has almost no dialogue - the people speak in grunts - but it is strangely effective. Focused on a tribe of cavemen, a pair of twin brothers become rivals for leadership of the tribe following the impact of a devastating earthquake.

 

18th March
2016

 Shopping: The Vampire Lovers...

1970 UK Hammer horror film by Roy Ward Baker, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD
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Vampire Lovers DVD Region x Vampire Lovers is a 1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker.
With Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Kate O'Mara. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 2016 Final Cut Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 14th March 2016

Reviews

Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for the UK cinema release. Cuts gradually restored until fully uncut by 2008. Also originally cut in the US for nudity that was not allowed in an R rated film, but again cuts were later restored.

Promotional Material

The vampire Countess Carmilla Karnstein(Ingrid Pitt) makes her way through the Austrian countryside creeping into the households of aristocrats and taking their daughters as victims. The families begin to catch on when a pattern of deaths in the area takes shape. Vampire hunter Baron Hartog (Douglas Wilmer) is called upon to put an end to Carmilla's wicked ways and end the legacy of terror the Karnstein family is known for.

Special Features

  • Digitally Remastered
  • Commentaty with Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby
  • Stills Gallery
  • New Blood:Hammer enters the Seventies (25 minute Documentary)
  • Original Trailer
  • .Restoration Comparisons
  • Subtitles for the hard of hearing.
  • Aspect Ratio 16.9
  • Region B

 

17th October
2015

 Shopping: Horror Classics, Volume One Collection...

Set of Hammer films just released on US Blu-ray
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Horror Classics Volume Collection Blu ray Horror Classics, Volume One Collection consists of:
  • THE MUMMY
  • FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED
  • DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
  • TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2015 Warner Home Video [Horror Classics Vol 1] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 6th October 2015

Reviews

The Mummy is a 1959 UK horror by Terence Fisher
With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Yvonne Furneaux. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

No BBFC cuts for cinema release (after script approval that is). For some reason the US Version is a couple of minutes longer and has been used for home video releases.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a 1969 UK Sci-Fi horror drama by Terence Fisher.
Starring Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson and Freddie Jones. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for a 1969 X rated cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on VHS and then 15 rated on DVD. Uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
With Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies and Veronica Carlson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1968 cinema release. Uncut for 15 rated home video. Uncut and G rated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Dracula has Risen from the Grave

Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror fantasy thriller by Peter Sasdy.
Starring Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This version is the best available. The film was further cut in the US for a PG rating, but later releases are the same as the UK release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Taste the Blood Draculs

Promotional Material

HORROR CLASSICS, VOLUME ONE COLLECTION - Four Iconic Horror Classics from Hammer Films

THE MUMMY: Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages to become the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills of Victorian England to track down desecrators of his beloved's Egyptian tomb.

FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED: Peter Cushing is Baron Frankenstein, whose experiment has gone dead wrong in Hammer Studios' fifth Frankenstein saga. Featuring Freddie Jones as the scientist's pitiable new creation.

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE: Playing Bram Stoker's infamous vampire for the third time, Christopher Lee goes fang-to-cross with the forces of good in this atmospheric, stylish film, in which each night brings the threat of death.

TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA: This entry in Hammer Studios' cycle of hemogobbling Victorian-era horror showcases why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. Christopher Lee again dons his cape to become Evil Incarnate.

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Dracula

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  • Horror of Dracula
  • Dracula 1958

Horror Of Dracula Blu ray

Dracula is a 1958 UK horror by Terrence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1958 cinema release. The cuts were partially restored for the US version and fully restored for th 2013 Lions Gate release
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uncut
12 cert 79:09s  UK: The Definitive Restoration Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate gory horror for:
  • 2013 Lions Gate [Definitive + Restored US Theatrical] (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon

See  article from  blog.hammerfilms.com , February 2012: Restored

Thanks to the efforts of a fan based in Japan, Hammer Films finally acquired the surviving footage from the extended cut in 2011 for inclusion in a forthcoming definitive restoration. The film contained a number of extended scenes, among them a shot of Dracula tearing his face off during the disintegration climax.

We have reviewed the restoration of the Japanese footage to Dracula. It was incredibly exciting to see the two long-lost moments in the context of the BFI's restoration.

Molinare have done a superb job restoring this footage, considering the state of the reels (you'll be able to compare and contrast on the eventual Blu-ray; we're going to release all four surviving Japanese reels unrestored as a single extra).

The moment where the Count leans-in over Mina is full of transgressive threat and erotic charge (one can easily see how this moment had to be cut in 1958) though the footage does not actually include a bite (contrary to wishful thinking in some quarters).

The face-clawing scene is truly magnificent and sits perfectly within the last few seconds of the film.

Note that although extra material was re-inserted, other less important material was dropped to preserve the running time, and hence keep the audio track in sync.

BBFC uncut

cut
pre-cut

12A cert

15 Certificate

81:56s
=78:39s
UK: The restored US Theatrical Version was passed 12A for mild bloody horror without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2013 Lions Gate [Definitive + Restored US Theatrical] (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • UK BFI 2007 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

Dracula is a classic 1950s British adaptation of Bram Stoker's vampire novel 'Dracula'. It was originally classified 'X' for cinema release in 1958 (meaning that persons under 16 should not be admitted) and was subsequently classified '15' for release on video. In terms of current classification standards it was felt that the film could now be classified at '12A' for cinema re-release for mild bloody horror.

BBFC Guidelines at '12A' state that 'Violence must not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood. Sustained moderate threat and menace are permitted'. Although the film contains some sight of blood (most notably when a vampire is killed using a stake) , there is no emphasis upon blood and injuries. Furthermore, although the film is atmospheric and generates some sense of threat, this is moderate in nature and distanced by the period setting and by the familiarity of the story, other versions of which have been classified at 'PG'.

The US Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2003 Warner R2 DVD
  • 1997 Warner VHS

From IMDB. The US Theatrical Version restores the cut footage during Lucy's staking, but the cut footage from Dracula kissing Mina and his final disintegration is still missing.

BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
81:17s
=78:02s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1958 cinema release

From IMDB. The BBFC cuts were:

  • Cut to remove shots of blood during Lucy's staking
  • Cut to reduce the erotic charge as Dracula leans over Mina preparing to bite. The original has Dracula muzzling her face and kissing her lip before pushing her backwards down on to the bed. The cut version replaces this with a shorter shot from a different angle that obscures the muzzling and kissing.
  • Cut to reduce the final disintegration of Dracula. The original had a shot of Dracula's hand peeling the skin off his disintegrating face and then delving into his eyes.
The Brides of Dracula

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Brides Dracula Double Play Blu ray may

Brides of Dracula is a 1960 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt and Yvonne Monlaur. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release but uncut thereafter

Summary Review: Good Follow Up

A well regarded follow up to the very successful 1958 Dracula. Noted for style, atmosphere and good acting.

Peter Cushing plays a blinder in a film that contributed to establishment of Hammer as a major force in horror.

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uncut
12 cert

  MPAA
Unrated

82:00s UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence with previous cinema cuts restored for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

2014 Universal Hammer Horror Series R1 DVD at US Amazon
BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
85:24s
= 81:59s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1960 cinema release

From IMDb:

  • Cut brief shot of gore from Baroness Meinster's staking
Dracula Prince of Darkness

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  • The Bloody Scream of Dracula
  • Disciple of Dracula
  • Dracula 3
  • Revenge of Dracula

Dracula Prince Of Darkness Blu ray

Dracula Prince of Darkness is a 1966 UK horror film by Terence Fisher.
With Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Summary Review : Stood the test of time

This is the second Hammer Dracula film to feature Christopher Lee in the title role.

The film starts with a replay of the final few minutes of the first Hammer Dracula , which is perhaps the greatest moment in the history of Hammer films. From there it develops quickly, with two couples ending up staying at Castle Dracula. This film was made eight years after the original and its quite surprising how much more violent and gory it is.

The film was directed by Terence Fisher and you always know with a Hammer film that if he was the director you would get a quality film. Add this to James Bernard's great score and you have a fine horror film that has stood the test of time really well.
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uncut
15 Certificate

MPAA
Unrated

86:21s UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
  • 2012 Hammer/Studio Canal Restored Version [with Corrected Audio Synch] R2 DVD/RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon

It is widely reported that the master used for March 2012 release exhibits audio sync errors of up to 1 second. this is apparent on both Blu-ray and DVD disks and seems to be most obvious during the first 15 minutes of the film. This is now corrected for a re-release on 30th April 2012.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 2006 Optimum R2 DVD

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Thanks to Mark:

The resurrection is intact, the staking shot is present as is the Susan farmer scene. I have done a detailed description of the scenes as they appear on the DVD on the Anchor Bay website. I also contacted Julian of the Zeta Minor website who seems to agree with me and has altered it to uncut on his Hammer guide section.  Apart from the extras it is now superior in terms of picture quality to the Anchor Bay US release which is also uncut.
BBFC cut
~20s
15 Certificate

X cert

86:03s UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1999 15 rated Warner VHS
  • 1993 15 rated Lumiere VHS
  • 1992 15 rated Warner VHS
  • 1966 X (16) rated cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • The second of three shots of blood pouring onto Dracula's ashes, together with a linking shot of his servant, has been deleted
  • A close-up of blood coming out of the stake in Barbara Shelley's chest has been removed - in the censored print loss of soundtrack has been bridged with an additional reaction shot of Francis Matthews against the wall which appears to be the taken from another shot of him in this position but at a slightly different speed
  • After Dracula cuts open his chest, about 5s-10s of footage of Susan Farmer gradually coming closer to him has been removed presumably on the grounds that this makes it clearer that she was going to drink the blood on Dracula's chest. The offscreen shout which ends Dracula's advances appears against a different on-screen image in the cut version (because the original footage is missing) after not before Farmer has fainted
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

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Dracula Has Risen Grave DVD
 

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
With Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies and Veronica Carlson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1968 cinema release. Uncut for 15 rated home video. Uncut and G rated in the US.

Summary Review: One of Lee's Best Performances

When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites by attempting to make the holy man's young niece his bride.

A typical example of a Hammer Studio's exercise in Gothic Horror exists. The unmistakably distinctive set design and music score is by Hammer mainstays.

Christopher Lee's performance is one of his best outings as Dracula. Director Freddie Francis coaxes serviceable performances from the rest of the cast.

At the end of the day, despite it's slow mid section, the movie works with plenty of fun and spirit.

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uncut
15 Certificate

MPAA G
MPAA

88:18s UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate violence and horror with previous cinema cuts restored for:

US: Uncut and MPAA G Rated for:

BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted 88:52s
=85:19s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1968 cinema release

From IMDb. The BBFC cuts were

  • Some close up shots of Dracula pulling a stake from his heart were removed
Taste the Blood of Dracula

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Taste the Blood of Dracula DVD cover
 

Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK drama fantasy horror thriller by Peter Sasdy.
With Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This version is the best available. The film was further cut in the US for a PG rating, but later releases are the same as the UK release.

Summary Review: Adding a Bit of Bite in Life

Three elderly distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in life. In a nightly ceremony they restore the count back to life. The three men killed Dracula's servant and as a revenge, the count makes sure that the gentlemen are killed one by one by their own sons.

The acting by the entire cast was superb, especially Ralph Bates. The costumes, art direction, photography, and directing was one of the best in the Dracula series. Atmosphere and the great performances makes this a must see.

BBFC cut
cut

best available
best
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15 Certificate

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

MPAA R

91:24s UK: The cut UK cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:

From Tim on the Anchor Bay Forum. This version referred to as the Extended Version is still missing the original cinema cuts, but the 5 minutes missing from the VHS releases has been restored UK: Passed x (16) after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1970 cinema release

US: The cut UK cinema was released with an MPAA R Rating for:

The BBFC cuts were:

  • A customer with a topless woman was removed from the opening brothel sequence
  • Cut to the murder of Geoffrey Keen where a staking shot was replaced with one of 'less impact'. Blood spurts were removed
BBFC cut
cut

mpaa cut
cut

15 Certificate

MPAA PG
MPAA

87:02s UK: The cut PG version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1989 Warner VHS

The cinema cuts apply to this release and then a further 5 minutes was cut for the film's US PG rated release. This doubly cut version was then submitted for the Warner VHS.

From IMDb. The US cuts were:

  • missing shots of Dracula's blood becoming powder during the opening scene
  • missing shots from the violent beating to death of Courtley
  • missing the snake charmer's dance in the brothel featuring a large snake warpped around her body
  • missing a couple of further topless shots
  • missing plot scenes involving Felix
Scars of Dracula

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Scars Dracula DVD Christopher Lee

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best available
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15 cert

18

MPAA
R rated

91:01s Scars of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker.
With Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman and Jenny Hanley. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: The cut Cinema Version was passed15 uncut for moderate bloody horror for:

  • 2007 Optimum R2 DVD
  • 2004 Warner R2 DVD

UK: Passed 18 after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1989 Warner VHS
  • 1970 cinema release

US: The cut Cinema Version is MPAA R rated for:

  • 2012 Lionsgate R1 DVD

From IMDB: The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to:

  • remove a scene of Dracula lapping blood from Tania's chest wound,
  • remove footage of Tania's dismembered limbs and
  • a shortening of the Priest's scarred face during the bat attack.

A further BBFC-requested cut to the torture of Klove with a poker was waived after the distributors made a music edit instead.

The cuts have never turned up in any print to date and may no longer survive.

Summary Review:

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at count Dracula's castle. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him.

Scars Of Dracula is generally regarded very poorly among Hammer fans. A decreased budget results in less impressive sets, and there is a bit more blood and violence than usual, but the film has an energy which was somewhat lacking in Dracula Has Risen From The Grave and Taste The Blood Of Dracula.

Dracula A.D. 1972

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  • Dracula Today

Dracula A D 1972 DVD Christopher 2005

Dracula A.D. 1972 is a UK horror by Alan Gibson.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC but a US cut version was released on VHS

Summary Review:  Still a lot of fun

Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula(Christopher Lee) from the dead in 1972 London. The Count goes after the descendents of Van Helsing.

Nowadays this film seems very tame indeed but it is still a lot of fun.

There are some wonderful set pieces in this film - the opening sequence is very well done and the showdown between Lorimar Van Helsing and Johnny Alucard is memorable. I have to say though that Dracula is dispatched quite easily at the film's climax (something which is not uncommon in the Hammer Dracula films).

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uncut
15 Certificate

X cert

91:50s UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate violence and horror for: UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1972 cinema release

UK TV showings were generally uncut

BBFC uncut

MPAA
cut

18

MPAA
PG

91:31s UK: A cut US PG version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 Warner VHS
The Satanic Rites of Dracula

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  • Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
  • Dracula Is Alive and Well and Living in London
  • Dracula Is Dead... and Well and Living in London
  • Rites of Dracula

Satanic Rites Dracula Region Import

The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a 1973 UK horror by Alan Gibson.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Coles. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release and further cut for home video

Summary :

In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire-hunter himself, no less) to help them put a stop to these hideous crimes. It becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula himself, disguised as a reclusive property developer, but secretly plotting to unleash a fatal virus upon the world.

BBFC cut
1s+
cinema cuts
18 83:43s UK: The cut cinema version was passed 18 after 1s of further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 Warner Home Video Video

The BBFC cuts were:

  • The 1s cut is of a shot of a stake going into a woman's chest next to her naked breast.

US: There are countless releases as the film has slipped into the public domain. It seems that the best available version is the same as the cut UK cinema version with the cut for video restored. Some US releases seem to be the cut UK video version.

BBFC cut
cut
X cert   UK: Passed X after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1973 cinema release

From IMDb. The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit:

  • opening nude sacrifice scene,
  • 2 staking scenes,
  • the electrocution of a guard

Cuts were requested to the shooting of Torrence but this cut was not made

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

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  • 7 Brothers Versus Dracula
  • Dracula and the Seven Golden Vampires
  • The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula

The Legend Seven Golden Vampires

The Legend of 7 Golden Vampires is a 1974 UK/Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker.
With Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cuts required by the BBFC for cinema release and VHS but not implemented in the cinema version. Cuts waived for UK DVD. There is a shortened US version.

Summary Review:

Count Dracula journeys to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires who are dispirited after the loss of a seventh member of their cult. At the same time, vampire hunter Prof. Van Helsing happens to be lecturing in the country and is persuaded by villagers to help them fight this curse of the ages.

The film was critically panned for a couple of decades but seems to be genuinely liked by those that take actual effort to watch it.

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uncut
15 certificate

X cert

85:30s UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence with previous cuts waived for: UK: Passed X after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1974 cinema release

The cinema release was nominally cut by the BBFC but, according to IMDb, the cinema release went out with the cuts not having been implemented.

BBFC cut
12s
18 85:11s UK: Passed 18 after 0:12s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 Warner VHS

The cuts were:

  • When the expedition party is attacked by the thugs right after they set out on the travel, the last of the baddies is killed by a sort of death grip, apparantly punctuating his jugular vein. This is shown in both the uncut, the old US edit and the US trailer! In the UK version you merely see the guy drop to the ground.
     
  • When the vampire lords later raid the village, the uncut version shows two girls being dragged out of their homes and stripped, showing their breasts. In the UK version we only see this happen to one of the girls very briefly.
cut
shortened
MPAA
R rated
~72:00s
=~69:00s
US: The abbreviated US release version titled, The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula is MPAA R rated

From IMDb. As well as removing nearly 20mins of exposition, this version re-structures the film's narrative in order to cram a number of action scenes (some of which are shown two or three times) into the film as early as possible. In addition to the narrative deletions you mention, the opening credits sequence now unfolds against stills of scenes of the vampires which actually occur about 15 mins into the original film, the flashback structure of the old man avenging his daughters death by killing the 7th golden vampire has been removed and this is now simply an unexplained action sequence near the beginning of the film before Van Helsing appears rather than contained within his lecture, the sequence in which the high priest meets Dracula in Translyvania has been rendered incomprehensible by the deletion of over 50% of the footage (and occurs about 10-15mins into the film rather than being the first scene), and a lot of the dialogue in the scenes in the cave (where the good-guys rest for the night) is also missing.

         

 

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Kiss of the Vampire

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  • Kiss of Evil

Kiss Vampire DVD Clifford Evans

Kiss of the Vampire is a 1963 UK horror by Don Sharp.
With Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza and Noel Willman. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC or 1963 cinema release. Uncut for home video in the US and UK. A longer version was shown at the Barbican cinema but this hasn't appeared on Home Video

Summary Review: Stylish

When car trouble strands a honeymooning couple in a small Southern European village, an aristocratic family in the area reaches out to help them with sinister consequences.

An ulta-stylish effort that really is a wonderful film, from its memorable, atmospheric opening scene set in a cemetery to the spectacular climax involving a colony of bats.

It is well acted by a great cast, some of whom appeared in other Hammer films, and it is confidently directed by Don Sharp.

      UK: It was reported that a longer version was shown at the Barbican cinema but this hasn't appeared on Home Video
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84:36s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 1992 Sky TV

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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X cert submitted
88:29s
=84:57s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1963 cinema release

From IMDb:

  • BBFC edited some gore from the climactic bat attack
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The Vampire Lovers

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Vampire Lovers is a 1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker.
With Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Kate O'Mara. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for the UK cinema release. Cuts gradually restored until fully uncut by 2008. Also originally cut in the US for nudity that was not allowed in an R rated film, but again cuts were later restored.

Summary Review: A Gem

The Countess is called away to tend a sick friend and imposes on the General to accept her daughter Marcilla as a houseguest. Some of the villagers begin dying, however, and the General's daughter Laura soon gets weak and pale, but Marcilla is there to comfort her.

Vampire Lovers is a particularly fine example and a cultural milestone that heralded the arrival of vampires as being romantic, charismatic and seductive.

Essentially defining the vampire for the generation of films that would follow Ingrid Pitt carries the cast and production effortlessly on a tide of charisma, charm, grace and almost preternatural beauty.

The film's much vaunted eroticism, through solely projections of male fantasy, are undoubtedly stirring. Ingrid's seduction of Madeline Smith when she chases her round the room before falling onto the bed alongside her is as erotic as anything I have seen onscreen.

Vampire Lovers is a gem which deserves to be savoured and relished.

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MPAA R

Australian Classification Board
M Rated

87:23s UK: Passed 15 uncut with the brief nude shots of Ingrid Pitt restored for: US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Australia: Uncut and M (PG-15) Rated for:

This release has been criticised for some distortion on the audio track
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87:22s UK: The US 1998 Restoration was passed 15 with BBFC cuts waived for:
  • 2002 ILC Prime R2 DVD

From IMDb:

  • BBFC Cuts were waived, but the Ingrid Pitt nude shot was not included in this version.

US: Cuts partially restored and still MPAA R rated for:

  • 2000 MGM VHS

The existing material cut from the opening and closing beheadings was restored in 1998.  The alternate angle extending the opening beheading was either not found, or doesn't exist. The Ingrid Pitt nude scene remained cut. See  article from  dvdtalk.com

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87:09s UK: The cut UK cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1987 Rank VHS

UK: Passed X (18) after 4s of BBFC cuts for:

  • 1970 cinema release

From IMDb:

  • Cuts during the opening decapitation scene.
  • Cut to remove a brief 1 sec full-frontal nude shot of Ingrid Pitt getting out of a bath tub.
  • Cuts to the sword beheading at the finale.

There are 2 further points that have been discussed:

  • An extended opening decapitation, showing it from another angle. This cut was never restored, maybe lost, or maybe never made it into the final cut anyway.
  • There's also a rumour that there was a final shot with a female vampire biting into a bloody breast. Nothing has been found to support the rumour.
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  • US Embassy VHS
  • US cinema release

The US censors hacked out the nudity, but the film still qualified for an R rating for violence. The end result pleased nobody as it didn't end up widening the distribution and annoyed adults who were expecting the much talked about sexy version.

Countess Dracula

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Countess Dracula is a 1971 UK horror by Peter Sasdy.
With Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green and Sandor Elès. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The BBFC originally asked for cuts but these were waived on appeal.

Summary Review:  The brilliant Ingrid Pitt

In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start abducting likely candidates. The Countess - pretending to be her own daughter - starts dallying with a younger man, much to Dobi's annoyance. The disappearances cause mounting terror locally, and when she finds out that only the blood of a virgin does the job, Dobi is sent out again with a more difficult task.

Director Peter Sasdy may have let the brilliant Ingrid Pitt run a little wilder amongst the drab sets with the roles of Bathory young and old, but her joy at hamming it up helps place this as one of the better later Hammer productions. Nigel Green and Maurice Denham give twitching support.

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89:02s UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2014 Network (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Network R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Carlton/ITV R2 DVD
  • 1986 Video Collection VHS
  • 1971 cinema release

From IMDb:

Although cinema cuts were requested by the BBFC (and the film remains listed as cut on their website) the edits were never made following an appeal by Hammer to chief censor Stephen Murphy.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

Lust for a Vampire

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Lust for a Vampire is a 1971 UK drama horror by Jimmy Sangster.
With Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford and Suzanna Leigh. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK cinema release with sex scene cut by the BBFC. Home video releases are uncut

Summary Review: Cult Following

In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla. The nearby Finishing School offers rich pickings not only in in the blood of nubile young ladies but also with the headmaster who is desperate to become Mircalla's disciple.

Just when the Hammer Christopher Lee Dracula franchise began to run out of steam in the late sixties, the company revved up its product by turning to Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla and filming several versions of the novel.

Lust is admittedly shaky in terms of script, and the ambiance is on and off (but wow is it terrific when it's on). What makes this click with so many horror buffs, in particularly those who love lesbian vampire films, is the one-time star Yvette Stensgard, a gorgeous Scandinavian child-woman who looks absolutely innocent (particularly when her eyes fetchingly cross), even the moment before she rips open the neck of her next victim. Lots of nudity, with nothing but blood covering her nubile body.

A genuine cult following has formed around this film because of Stensgard's devastating charisma, which would never be properly employed again, by Hammer or any other company.

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  • 2008 Optimum [Vampire Lovers + Lust for a Vampire] R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Warner R2 DVD
  • 1990 Warner VHS

US: Uncut for:

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95:15s
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UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1970 cinema release

From IMDb

  • The cinema version suffered minor BBFC edits with a token cut made to the love scene between Mircalla and Amanda.
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Twins of Evil

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  • The Evil Twins
  • The Gemini Twins
  • Twins of Dracula

Twins Evil Blu ray Peter Cushing

Twins of Evil is a 1971 UK horror by John Hough
With Inigo Jackson, Judy Matheson and Peter Cushing. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, and the cuts have persisted since

Summary Notes

Directed with characteristic style and energy by cult filmmaker John Hough, Twins of Evil combines the signature Hammer elements of supernatural horror, black humour and fabulously lurid sensuality, Featuring another standout appearance from Peter Cushing, Twins of Evil also stars Kathleen Byron, Isobel Black and Dennis Price, with Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson as the twins.

Glamorous identical orphaned twins Maria and Frieda move from Vienna to the village of Karnstein to take up a new life with their submissive aunt and grim uncle - a fanatical Puritan and leader of a witch-hunting religious sect who is determined to kill his nemesis, Count Karnstein: a devil-worshipping libertine who has been turned into a vampire...

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18

X cert

MPAA
R Rated

83:39s

Submitted
87:21s
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UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:

UK: The cut cinema version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:

  • 1995 VCI VHS
  • 1987 MIA VHS

UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1981 cinema release
US: The cut cinema version is MPAA R Rated for:

From the Anchor Bay Forum. According to a list of Hammer cuts  there were two cuts made to the film:

  • Reel 1 - Scene in shack. Remove shots of Count Kronstein (sic) registering extreme sexual pleasure and of Gerta entering frame from the left and lying on him
  • Reel 3 - In the episode in which a woman is prepared for human sacrifice, remove shots of hooded man dipping his fingers in blood, lifting the sheet and moving his hand up towards her middle. Reduce the shots of blood trickling on victim's neck

In addition the cropping for the Carlton DVD version has masked partial nudity in many shots. There are rumours of other cuts but these seem to be based on publicity stills showing scenes never actually shot.

Vampire Circus

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Vampire Circus is a 1972 UK horror by Robert Young.
With Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters and Anthony Higgins. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release. Some cuts were subsequently restored for home video but most have been permanently lost

Summary Review: One of the much better Hammer movies

A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as children begin to disappear and the legacy of a long-ago massacre is brought to light.

One of the much better Hammer movies, with much blood and nudity, to say nothing of an even more startling child abduction/murder.

The visiting circus theme gives the film a tremendous boost. People and animals turn into each other and a dance by the tiger/lady is, as they say, worth the price of admission alone.

Super, well paced, sexy, bloody, horror.

BBFC uncut

best available
best
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15 cert

18

MPAA
Unrated

83:23s UK: Passed 15 with some cinema cuts restored for for:
  • 2012 Strawberry Media/Spirit [Great British Movies triple bill] R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2011 Strawberry Media/Spirit R2 DVD at UK Amazon
UK: Passed 18 with some cinema cuts restored for:
  • 2002 Carlton R2 DVD

US: The same UK DVD version is MPAA Unrated for:

This is the best available version with remaining material cut by the BBFC assumed to be lost.

BBFC cut
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18 83:12s

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UK: Passed 18 after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1987 Futurevision VHS
  • 1972 cinema release

From IMDb . UK censor Stephen Murphy requested many cuts to the film in 1972 though Hammer succeeded in shortening his original demands.

BBFC edits were made to:

  • the whipping scene toned down
  • a dagger in the face deleted from the opening scene
  • the forest attack by the panther
  • footage of the mutilated remains of the family.
Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter

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Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter is a 1974 UK horror adventure by Brian Clemens.
With Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Never cut

Summary:

Vampire hunter and expert swordsman Kronos finds himself in a small village where several of the local young women have been found in an advanced state of age, their youth drained from them by a vampire's kiss. Kronos' search leads him to the Durward estate where he is met by the effete children of the apparently aged and sick Lady Durward.

Janson is a bit wooden as the title hero, but John Cater is excellent as Grost, and Caroline Munro is also excellent as Kronos' feisty love interest Carla. What really makes the film a winner for me is some lovely stylistic touches such as the flowers and vegetation withering as the vampire passes and theres some welcome black humour to be found in the film as well.

 

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15 cert

AA certificate

MPAA
R rated

87:11s UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate bloody violence for:
  • 2011 Icon Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Leisureview DVD
UK: Passed AA (14) uncut for:
  • 1972 cinema release
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
         

 

Frankenstein

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The Curse of Frankenstein

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The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Hazel Court and Robert Urquhart. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1957 cinema release. These cuts persisted into home video until the 2012 restoration on Blu-ray

Summary Notes

Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended.

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12 cert 83:09s
=79:49s
UK: The Restored Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for moderate gore and horror for:
  • 2012 Lions Gate RB Blu-Ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2012 Lions Gate Online

See  article from  blog.hammerfilms.com : Restored

The restore film will include the eyeball scene --- restored from a reel of a print housed at the BFI then integrated into the main restoration, which was scanned from a Warner Bros I/P --- though not the head in acid bath scene, which despite our best efforts appears no longer to exist.

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15 Certificate

X cert

MPAA
R Rated

79:41s

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83:21s
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UK: Passed 12 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2003 Warner R2 DVD

UK: Passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:

  • 1989 Warner VHS
UK: Passed X (16) with BBFC cuts for:
  • 1957 cinema release

US: The cut UK version is MPAA R Rated for:

  • 2005 Warner [Curse of Frankenstein + Taste the Blood of Dracula] R1 DVD

From Hammer Films by Wayne Kinsey. The BBFC asked for the following cuts after an initial viewing (in black & white):

  • Cuts to the scene where a man's head is severed by the Baron and dissolved in acid. The severing was reduced to a brief shot and no footage at all survives of the acid scene. Stills exist though.

From Hammer Films by Wayne Kinsey. At the formal submission in colour, further BBFC cuts were required to reduce the following scenes to the bare minimum:

  • close up of two hands lying on a table
  • close up of an eye observed through a magnifying glass. See  cut scene on  youtube.com
  • shot of the monster's face with a blood smear across one cheek when he is standing facing the maid
The Revenge of Frankenstein

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The Revenge Frankenstein Peter Cushing

The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews and Eunice Gayson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release.  Uncut on home video, 15 rated on VHS, but 12 rated on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary review: Very highly regarded

Baron Frankenstein escapes from the guillotine and goes to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies.

Cushing's performance as the obsessed doctor is magnificent. Francis Matthews as his impressionable assistant, and Michael Gwynn as the monster are also good.  Terence Fisher shows why he's Hammer's finest director.

Hammer films have a great style that is very easily to like and it makes for fun viewing. The film is very highly regarded.

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15 cert

MPAA
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86:11s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut with all previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 1986 RCA/Columbia VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The running time is short compared with the original cinema submission PAL equivalent of 89:50s. Maybe it has somehow been double speeded up on PAL/NTSC conversions.

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95:35s =89:50s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1958 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Reel 2. Removed shot of Frankenstein dropping Karl's brain from a pan into a jar of fluid
The Evil of Frankenstein

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The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror film by Freddie Francis
With Peter Cushing and Peter Woodthorpe. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The BBFC cut the cinema release but waived the cuts for DVD. There also exists a cut US TV version.

Summary Review: A Monstrous Continuity Error

Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. He requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan, to successfully animate his monster. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and punish the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople.

The film's version of the Monster is noted for resembling Universal Pictures' famous Frankenstein series of the 1930s and 1940s, including the flat-headed look of Jack Pierce's monster make-up. Earlier Hammer Frankenstein movies had studiously avoided such similarities for copyright reasons but a new movie distribution deal with Universal helped provide some latitude.

While loved by some, others regard the film as a less-than-satisfactory entry in the horror studio's run of Frankenstein films. The Evil of Frankenstein is considered by most fans to be a one off from the series proper, rather than part of the actual continuity, partly because of its stylistic differences from the other films, and partly because Frankenstein's thawed out original monster and the circumstances of its creation bear no resemblance to the creature from The Curse of Frankenstein.

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MPAA
Unrated

83:05s UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

BBFC cut
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X cert submitted
86:49s
=83:21s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1964 cinema release

BBFC cuts:

  • The murder of the Burgo-master was toned down
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Frankenstein Created Woman

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Frankenstein Created Woman is a 1967 UK Sci-Fi horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters. BBFC link YouTube icon IMDb

Uncut in the UK and US

Summary Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein is re-animated by his colleague Dr. Hertz proving to him that the soul does not leave the body on the instant of death. His lab assistant, young Hans, is found guilty of murdering the local pub owner and Frankenstein acquires his body immediately after the execution. Hans' girlfriend commits suicide and is brought back to life by the good Doctor but with Hans' brain replacing her own.

Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing teamed up in a return to form for the series. Cushing is back at his best, portraying Frankenstein as a complex, cold-hearted, yet curiously sympathetic outcast.

Frankenstein Created Woman is now regarded as one of the best Hammer films.

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15 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

87:45s UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and language for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 1999 Warner VHS
  • 1995 Lumiere VHS
  • 1991 Castle VHS

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1967 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated:

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a 1969 UK horror drama sci-fi by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson and Freddie Jones. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for a 1969 X rated cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on VHS and then 15 rated on DVD. Uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

Summary Review: Hammer at its Best

Baron Frankenstein together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancee Anna, kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the first ever brain transplant.

Hammer Films' 5th Frankenstein film is their best. Cushing brings a new pathos to the character of the Baron that is consistent with, and at the same time, different than his previous films.

Terence Fisher brings an unbelievable sense of style to this, his best film too.

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15 cert

18

MPAA PG-13

96:28s UK: Passed 18 uncut for: UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
  • 1989 Warner VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

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X cert submitted 100:27s
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UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1969 cinema release

From IMDb. The BBFC cuts were:

  • Cuts to remove the rape of Anna by the Baron
  • Edit shots and sounds of sawing during the brain operation followed by the removal of the brain behind a screen.
The Horror of Frankenstein

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Uncut at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon
R0 DVD at US Amazon
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15 cert

X cert

MPAA
R rated

90:20s The Horror of Frankenstein is a 1970 UK comedy horror sci-fi by Jimmy Sangster.
With Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara and Veronica Carlson. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence and horror for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
  • 1999 Warner VHS
  • 1993 Lumiere VHS
UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:
  • 1970 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for;

Summary Review: Cold Blooded

The brilliant but misunderstood scientist Frankenstein builds a man made up of a collection of spare body parts. The monster becomes alive but he has mental capabilities much below par. The monster is aggressive and wreaks havoc outside the laboratory.

Ralph Bates was cast as Victor Frankenstein, the role having, five times previously, been played by Peter Cushing. It seems that the producers were emphasising a younger Baron in the hope of targeting a younger audience

Bates' Frankenstein is a cold blooded, emotionless character, who uses Frankenstein as his personal executioner.

A fine flick with some exceptional acting to boot.

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

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Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is a 1974 UK horror film by Terence Fisher
With Peter Cushing, Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Then further cut for a US R rating. All home video version were cut to some extent until 2014 when an uncut restored version was released

Summary Review: Monster from the Planet of the Apes

Last of the Hammer Frankenstein films, this one deals with the Baron hiding out in an insane asylum, so that he may continue his experiments with reanimating the dead, along with inmate Dr. Helder, who has been institutionalized for conducting such experiments.

Fisher's attention to atmosphere and Cushing's patented mad doctor lay down a solid foundation, but John Elder's stilted script, cheapo production values (nice miniatures!) and poor make-up FX (the monster looks like Big Foot mixed with Cornelius from PLANET OF THE APES) kill its serious intentions. However, there's enough going on here to merit at least one watch for horror fans.

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  15 cert 91:06s UK: The restored uncut version was passed 15 uncut for strong gore, horror for:
  • 2014 ICON Entertainment [Restored + R rated Versions] RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon

The uncut version was previously presented at special screenings with the following comments from a Hammer forum:

The teeth-clamping scene, the additional shot of bloody arm stumps, extra eye surgery, extra brain-sawing/surgery, extra organ-throwing and sliding about in blood plus the legendary missing extra frames of the glass-slashed throat! Plus extra frames of the dead Monster and an extra reaction shot of Sarah that is in the cut, but not the uncut version. Longest ever version!"

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The German DVD only suffers the cut close up to bloodied throat.

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X cert   UK: Passed X (18) after 4s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1996 Warner VHS
  • 1972 cinema release

Hammer Films have enquired about the whereabouts of 2 missing scenes:

  • An extended body falling into grave scene.
  • An extended scene showing glass in the throat.

Perhaps a clue to the original cinema cuts.

BBFC uncut

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  • 1996 Warner VHS
BBFC uncut

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UK: A Pre-cut version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2003 Leisurewear/DD Video R2 DVD

It seems that the intended version was the US R rated version with some cuts restored to operation scenes. The previously missing shot of Frankenstein tying up arteries with his teeth during an operation was included. However the DVD was first published as per the US R rated version which was later withdrawn and replaced with the intended version.

The cuts in the official version were:

  • Missing shot of severed hands in coffin
  • Missing shot of monster's eye being put in socket during an operation
  • A deleted close-up of the bloodied throat of the murdered asylum director (John Stratton) after being glassed
  • Cuts to some of the footage of the asylum maniacs ripping up the monster, b ut not as much as the R rated version.
MPAA
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93:03s
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US:  The film was cut for an R rating.

See  pictorial cuts from  movie-censorship.com . The cuts were:

  • Missing shot of severed hands in coffin
  • Missing shot of Frankenstein tying up arteries with his teeth during an operation
  • Missing shot of monster's eye being put in socket during an operation
  • Missing shots of a skull being sawn and opened during an operation
  • A deleted close-up of the bloodied throat of the murdered asylum director (John Stratton) after being glassed
  • Cuts to some of the footage of the asylum maniacs ripping up the monster and eating parts of him.

 

Quatermass

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The Quatermass Xperiment

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Quatermass Collection Experiment DVD

The Quatermass Xperiment is a 1955 UK Sci-Fi horror by Val Guest.
With Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner and Margia Dean. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
The film was uncut for an X rated 1955 cinema release. The BBFC downgraded the rating to PG for home video. Uncut in the US.

Summary Review: The Birth of Hammer Horror

Hammer's first significant experiment with horror came in the form of a 1955 adaptation of Nigel Kneale's BBC Television science fiction serial The Quatermass Experiment, which was directed by Val Guest. As a consequence of the contract with Robert Lippert, American actor Brian Donlevy was imported for the lead role, and the title was changed to The Quatermass Xperiment to cash in on the new X certificate for horror films. The film was an unexpectedly big hit.

A missile, launched by the team led by Prof. Quatermass, lands in the English countryside. Of the three members of the crew, two have mysteriously disappeared. The third one, barely alive, undergoes an horrible metamorphosis turning into a monstrous thing . Quatermass realizes that this is the way chosen by an alien form of life to invade the Earth.

IIt's a simple concept, but it's presented extremely well. The special effects are great for their day, especially the eerie scenes of the rocket poking up like a giant lawn dart from an English field. Very well acted film by most of the actors.

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X cert

MPAA
Unrated

78:11s UK: PG Uncut for:
  • 2011 Icon Double Bill (with 15 rated Quatermass 2) R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Leisureview R2 DVD

UK:  Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1955 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

X The Unknown

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The Unknown DVD Dean Jagger

See trailer from youtube.com

Uncut at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon
R1 DVD at UK Amazon
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X cert

MPAA
Unrated

75:38s 1956 UK Sci-Fi horror by Leslie Norman.
With Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman and Leo McKern. IMDb

UK: PG Uncut for:

UK:  Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1956 cinema release

See article from en.wikipedia.org . Regarding the script of X the Unknown, one BBFC reader/examiner (Audrey Field) commented:

Well, no one can say the customers won't have had their money's worth by now. In fact, someone will almost certainly have been sick. We must have a great deal more restraint, and much more done by onlookers' reactions instead of by shots of 'pulsating obscenity', hideous scars, hideous sightless faces, etc, etc. It is keeping on and on in the same vein that makes this script so outrageous. They must take it away and prune. Before they take it away, however, I think the President [of the BBFC] should read it. I have a stronger stomach than the average (for viewing purposes) and perhaps I ought to be reacting more strongly.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Review: Quatermass 1A

The film was originally intended as a full part of the Quatermass series until Nigel Kneale denied Hammer the rights.

British Army radiation drills at a remote Scottish base attract a subterranean, radioactive entity of unknown nature that vanishes, leaving two severely radiation-burned soldiers... and a bottomless crack in the earth.

X the Unknown is an excellent sci fi movie from Hammer. The movie has a very creepy score and location photography, a lot of which was shot at night.

Quatermass 2

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  • Quatermass II: Enemy from Space
  • Enemy from Space

Quatermass Collection Experiment DVD

See trailer from youtube.com

Uncut at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon
R1 DVD at UK Amazon
uncut
uncut
12 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

81:07s 1957 UK Sci-Fi horror by Val Guest.
Brian Donlevy, John Longden and Sid James. IMDb

UK: PG Uncut for:

  • 2011 Icon Double Bill (with 15 rated Quatermass 2) R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Leisureview R2 DVD

UK:  Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1957 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Review: Popular Sequel

Almost as popular as the original, the film is again adapted from one of Kneale's television scripts, this time by Kneale himself and with a budget double that of the original.

Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for Moon colonisation his project to colonize the Moon, is intrigued by the mysterious traces that have been showing up.

The movie makes good use of locations and the alien plant is an old utilities generation plant that looks chilling and strangely futuristic.Donleavy is too much on one note as,but Sid James is effective in a rare straight role as a hard drinking journalist and the rest of the cast are adequate

Special effects are antiquated.What still works are its atmosphere and sense of paranoia regarding our political lords and masters.

Quatermass and the Pit

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  • Five Million years to Earth

Quatermass And The Pit Blu ray

See trailer from youtube.com

Uncut at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
R1 DVD at US Amazon  
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uncut
12 cert

15 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

93:30s Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 UK Sci-Fi horror by Roy Ward Baker.
With James Donald, Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 1994 Lumiere VHS
  • 1992 Warner VHS

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1967 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary review: Well Regarded

The film opened to favourable reviews and remains generally well regarded.

An ancient Martian spaceship is unearthed in London, and proves to have powerful psychic effects on the people around.

A great example of its genre, and still superb today. The scientists are scientific, the army officer annoying, the plot marvellously constructed, and the effects a strange combination of the superb and the slightly ropey, exactly what you want from a classic sci-fi/Hammer adventure of the sixties. Well worth watching.

Follow up: The Quatermass Conclusion:

Hammer announced they would make a fourth Quatermass film but nothing ultimately came of this. A new serial adventure, titled Quatermass, was eventually made in 1979 by ITV television in 1979 and (in re-edited form) received a limited cinema release under the title The Quatermass Conclusion.

         

 

The Mummy

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The Mummy

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Mummy DVD Blu ray Christopher Lee

The Mummy is a 1959 UK horror by Terence Fisher
With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Yvonne Furneaux. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
No BBFC cuts for cinema release (after script approval that is).  For some reason the US Version is a couple of minutes longer and has been used for home video releases.

Summary Review: Brought  to life by Hammer

Hammer's executives had their pick of Universal International's horror icons and chose to remake The Mummy's Hand with the same team responsible for Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein and Revenge of Frankenstein. The Mummy also incorporates significant story elements from that film's sequel, The Mummy's Tomb. The film broke the box-office records set by Dracula the previous year, both in the UK and the U.S.

In the 1890s a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her High Priest back to life.

Cushing it at the top of his form, and Lee makes the most of his limited opportunities to generate sympathy for the monster. The Mummy is one of the better looking Hammer films, thanks to Bernard Robinson's production designs and Jack Asher's cinematography. All round a very successful film but not for it's gore or horror, the film is very much family fayre.

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uncut
PG cert

MPAA
Unrated

84:09s UK:  The US Version was passed PG uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The US Version and all video versions run a couple of minutes longer than original UK cinema version.

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uncut
X cert 85:36s
=82:11s
UK: A short version was passed X (16) without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1959 cinema release

See  article from  bbfc.co.uk . The film may have been passed uncut but the BBFC got a bit heavy whilst approving the script.

There has never been any talk of censor cuts but Hammer Films have enquired about the whereabouts of the following missing footage. The first scene in the list was available as an option to distributors (which nobody opted for) so it is not clear whether these scenes were cut out of preference or else out fear of the BBFC:

  • The under-dressed maidens in the flashback procession.
  • High Priest Kharis' tongue-cutting and/or the tongue wriggling (these are thought to exist, but no known evidence).
  • There are also reports of missing shots to the mummy's head
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

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The Curse Mummys Tomb DVD

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Michael Carreras.
Starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard and Fred Clark. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Uncut in the UK and US.

Summary Review

When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and sarcophagus back to England for tour and display. Once there, someone with murderous intent has discovered the means of waking the centuries dead prince...

Fred Clark is great as the Barnum-type promoter. If you love Hammer films or 1960s British horror movies in general then The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb is certainly worth a look.

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uncut
12 cert

15 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

76:47s UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 1986 RCA/Colombia VHS

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1964 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Mummy's Shroud

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Mummys Shroud Double Play Blu ray

The Mummy's Shroud is a 1967 UK horror by John Gilling.
With André Morell, John Phillips and David Buck. 
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1967 X rated cinema release. PG uncut on DVD since 2003

Summary Review: Traditional mummy movie

In 1920 an archaeological expedition discovers the tomb of an ancient Egyptian child prince. Returning home with their discovery, the expedition members soon find themselves being killed off by a mummy, which can be revived by reading the words off the prince's burial shroud.

A traditional mummy movie with an interesting story and well developed characters. If you are a fan of classic horror from the 50s and 60s this you will definitely enjoy.

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uncut
PG cert 86:34s UK: Passed PG uncut for:

US: MPAA Unrated for:

Hammer have said that there is no missing material for the 2012 restoration. So previous releases are probably uncut too.

BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
90:20s
 =86:43s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1967 cinema release
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

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Blood Mummys Tomb Andrew Keir
 

Uncut at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon
R1 DVD at UK Amazon
BBFC
cut

best available
best
available

15 Certificate

X cert

MPAA
PG

89:38s Blood from the Mummy's Tomb is a 1971 UK horror by Seth Holt and Michael Carreras.
With Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon and James Villiers. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: the cut cinema version was passed 15 for moderate violence and horror without further BBFC cuts for:

  • 2007 Optimum R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2004 Warner R2 DVD
  • 1999 Warner VHS
  • 1993 Lumiere VHS

UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1971 cinema release

US: The cut UK version is MPAA PG rated for:

The 1971 cinema version was cut and this seems to have become the definitive version for all videos/DVDs since (including Region 1 releases). The cuts were:

  • A shot of a hospital orderly striking an inmate was removed

Summary Review: Tragedy and Rebirth

The shooting of the film was beset by tragedy. Original star Peter Cushing had to leave the production after just one day when his wife fell ill and subsequently died. Five weeks into shooting director Seth Holt suffered a heart attack and died, leaving Hammer's managing director Michael Carreras to complete the remaining sequences.

The film was adapted from Bram Stoker's novel The Jewel of Seven Stars. It was released as the support feature to Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

An archaeological expedition brings back to London the coffin of an Egyptian queen known for her magic powers. Her spirit returns in the form of a young girl.

The film has had a mixed reception from reviewers. It is occasionally rather slow moving and maybe a little too carelessly scripted, but it looks fantastic with great sets and props.

         

 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll

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  • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
  • House of Fright
  • Jekyll's Inferno
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Two Faces Dr Jekyll DVD

The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll is a 1960 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Paul Massie, Dawn Addams and Christopher Lee. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1960 cinema release. Also cut for the original theatrical release. Uncut on home video in both the US and UK.

Summary Review: A Suave Hyde

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Terence Fisher's film The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is one of the most original and underrated adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . Unlike in the three previous movies where Jekyll was presented as a young handsome and likable man and Hyde as evil looking ugly monster, here Jekyll is middle-aged bearded and very cold and harsh towards others. Hyde on the other hand is smooth, handsome player who gets everyone to like him like that. However, he is no less evil then other versions of Hyde.

A dam good story with wit and cautionary observations of the human condition, this isn't one for the blood and gore brigade.

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15 cert

MPAA
Unrated

84:36s UK: Passed 15 with previous cuts restored for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2015 Mill Creek Entertainment [Hammer Film Collection Vol 1] R1 DVD at US Amazon
  • 2008 Sony Icons of Horror Collection R1 DVD at US Amazon
BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
88:11s =84:39s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1960 cinema release.

From cuts details on IMDb :

  • Dialogue cuts
  • Cut to shorten the scene where the woman dances with a snake
  • Cut to shots of brief nudity during Hyde's bedroom scene with Marla
  • A reduction in Hyde's strangulation of Marla.
mpaa cut
cut
    US: The original Theatrical release titled House of Fright was cut to avoid an R rating and played to a general audience
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

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Dr Jekyll Sister Hyde DVD

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde is a 1971 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker.
With Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. The cuts have persisted ever since

Summary Review: Hormone Problem

Dr. Henry Jekyll, in attempting to find a toxin that will wipe out all common diseases, accidentally stumbles upon a formula that transforms him into a gorgeous but evil woman. He needs female hormones for his experiments, so a number of London women meet bloody deaths.

This is one of few interesting horror films from Hammer at 70's. Director Roy Ward Baker has made a film that really takes you to the late of 19's century. Ralph Bates is good as the Ripper Jekyll.

BBFC cut
cut
15 cert

18

MPAA
PG

MPAA
X rated

93:01s

submitted
96:08s =92:17s
 

UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:

UK: Passed X/18 after BBFC cuts for:

  • 2004 Cinema Club R2 DVD
  • 1990 Warner VHS
  • 1971 cinema release

US: The US release features this same cut version. Originally X rated but later PG rated for home video:

No sign of any more complete version so this seems to be the best available

Cu details from the Anchor Bay Forum:

  • Reduction in rabbit gutting inter-cut with opening murder
  • Killing of prostitute in bedroom toned down with alternate shots
  • Killing of the doctor re-edited
         

 

Black Magic

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The Witches

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  • The Devil's Own

Witches Blu ray DVD Joan Fontaine

The Witches is a 1966 UK horror by Cyril Frankel.
With Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh and Alec McCowen. BBFC link YouTube icon IMDb

Always uncut in the UK and US.

Summary Review: Seriously Fun

In a magazine interview, writer Nigel Kneale said he was dissatisfied with the way the film had turned out. Personally he found modern black magic practitioners to be fairly risible and he had intended to poke fun at the idea of an English coven. However his blackly comic touches were smoothed out by the production team, who wanted the film to be entirely serious

Joan Fontaine plays a woman traumatized in Africa that eventually takes a teaching job in the English countryside.

This is your typical Hammer fare with a pretty good story of re-provoking the trauma within Ms. Fontaine as she discovers that a coven of witches resides in her new home town. A fun film to watch but the end is a bit hokey.

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12 cert

X cert

MPAA
text

87:02s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1966 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Devil Rides Out

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  • The Devil's Bride

Devil Rides Out Blu ray DVD new art

The Devil Rides Out is a 1968 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Christopher Lee, Charles Gray and Nike Arrighi. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut in the US and UK. The special effects were upgraded for 2012 DVD.

Summary Review: Highly Entertaining

In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau, who is proficient in black magic, learns that guests of a friend are members of a satanic cult. A young man Simon and his friend Tanith Carlisle will be baptized by the powerful leader Mocata to serve the devil. The two friends abduct Simon and Tanith expecting to save their souls but Mocata summons the Angel of Death and the Goat of Mendes to help him in a battle between the good and the forces of evil.

The Devil Rides Out is a flawed but highly entertaining production by Hammer directed by Terence Fisher, one of the best British directors of horror genre, with a good story of satanic cult. Christopher Lee this time is the good guy , fighting to save his protegee from the powerful forces of the darkness.

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uncut
15 cert

X cert

MPAA
G Rated

91:20s UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate violence and horror for:
  • 2012 Studio Canal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Optimum R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Warner R2 DVD
  • 1999 Warner VHS
  • 1993 Lumiere VHS

Note that the special effects have been 'upgraded' for the 2012 Studio Canal restoration. See  article from  movie-censorship.com

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1968 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA G Rated for:

  • 2004 Starz/Anchor Bay [Devil Rides Out + Rasputin: the Mad Monk] R1 DVD via US Amazon
To the Devil a Daughter

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To the Devil a Daughter is a 1976 UK/West Germany horror by Peter Sykes.
With Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman. YouTube icon IMDb

Never cut

Summary Review: Swan Song

An excommunicated priest sets up a satanic cult that only looks Catholic on the outside. He convinces a man to sign over his daughter's soul so that she will become the devil's representative on earth on her eighteenth birthday, but as that day nears, the man seeks the help of an American occult novelist to save his daughter, both physically and spiritually.

The completed film bore little resemblance to Wheatley's original story, and so unhappy was Wheatley with the final result that he refused to allow Hammer to film any more of his books.

An enjoyable film which was a fine swan song for Hammer

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18 88:48s UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex and bloody violence. for:
  • 2007 Optimum R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Warner R1 DVD
  • 1987 Warner VHS
  • 1976 cinema release
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
         

 

Horrors

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The Abominable Snowman

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  • The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas

The Abominable Snowman Peter Cushing

The Abominable Snowman is a 1957 UK Sci-Fi horror by Val Guest.
With Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing and Maureen Connell. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Never cut in the US or UK

Summary Review: Low key High Altitude

A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

Nicely crafted little early Hammer film from the late fifties, surprisingly low-key for this studio, not to mention thoughtful. Directed by Val Guest and written by Nigel Kneale, it is the tale of two men, one good, an Englishman, (naturally) and one bad, an American, and their quest for the Yeti, popularly known as the abominable snowman in the high Himalayas.

Filmed on a tight budget, the picture is well-written, deliberately paced, and has relatively little action.

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uncut
PG cert

A Cert

MPAA
Unrated

86:09s UK:  Passed A/PG uncut for:
  • 2011 Icon Double Bill R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Leisureview R2 DVD
  • 1957 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Hound Baskervilles Blu ray Peter Cushing

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 UK horror mystery by Terence Fisher.
Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell and Christopher Lee. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1959 cinema release. It seems likely that it was this cut cinema version that has been released ever since.

Summary Review

Returning to his family's manor house on the lonely moors after his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Sir Henry Baskerville is confronted with the mystery of the supernatural hound that supposedly takes revenge upon the Baskerville family. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson are brought in to investigate.

Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes story, Terence Fisher's film of The Hound of the Baskervilles is probably the best attempt to immortalise the Great Detective on film. The movie has several things in its favour, notably a director at the top of his game and Jack Asher's cinematography. The cast, too, is almost flawless.

BBFC cut
cut 

best available
best
available

PG cert

A Cert

MPAA
Unrated

82:45s

cinema
submitted
87:13s =83:44s

 

UK: An unknown version was passed without further BBFC cuts for mild horror and violence for:
A best guess based on a short running time is that this is the cinema version as cut in 1959
UK: Passed A (PG) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1959 cinema release

US: The same version as the UK release is MPAA Unrated for:

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

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The Man Who Could Cheat Death is a 1959 UK horror drama by Terence Fisher.
With Anton Diffring, Hazel Court and Christopher Lee. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for its original cinema release and the cuts have persisted into all subsequent releases.

Summary review: Melodrama

A remake of The Man in Half Moon Street.

A mad doctor plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims.

Jimmy Sangster's screenplay based on the Barre Lyndon play tends to be heavy on the melodrama and short on the thrills.

Some stylish direction from Fisher and Christopher Lee in a supporting role and good acting on hand from Hazel Court and others.

BBFC cut
cut

best available
best
available

12 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

~83:00s

submitted
82:59s

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate injury detail for:
  • 2015 Eureka Entertainment Ltd (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon

UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1959 cinema release

Italy: The cut UK cinema version was released for:

US: The cut UK cinema version was MPAA Unrated for:

Hazel Court The cuts were:

  • a famous shot of Hazel Court's breast as she briefly unfurls a wrap during a modelling session. Apparently shot for a continental version which may have been located in France but it hasn't made it to any DVD releases yet. It is also reported that Hammer Films retains a copy with the nude scene.
  • cuts to the climatic disintegration of Anton Diffring
Curse of the Werewolf

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  • The Curse of Siniestro
  • The Wolfman

Curse Werewolf   Blu Ray  Region Blu ray  

Curse of the Werewolf is a 1961 UK horror film by Terence Fisher.
With Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release. A less cut BBC version turned up in 1995. Cuts waived for DVD

Summary Review: A fine job

In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after getting a taste for blood on a hunting trip

Oliver Reeds portrayal of Leon Corledo is magnificent. He has a great presence and a roughness to him that is perfect for playing a man cursed with lycanthropy.

The movie is heavy on atmosphere and creepy visuals. Terence Fisher, one of Hammers prime directors did a fine Job in bringing to life the tale of the werewolf. This is another jewel in his crown of great horror films.

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12 cert

MPAA
Unrated

88:55s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The film has been completely restored with all the missing footage intact.

BBFC uncut

cut
pre-cut

12 cert 87:02s UK: A BBC Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1995 Warner VHS

From IMDb:

The 1995 Warner VHS featured a print often shown by BBC which featured different cuts. Much of the material cut for the 1961 release is intact except for a reduced stabbing. However additional shots were missing including scenes showing dead bodies, shots of dead goats, and much of the climactic killing of the werewolf, including his deafening by the bells, the bloody gunshot wound, and some shots of his dead face over the closing credits.

BBFC cut
~5:00s
X cert submitted 88:24s UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1961 cinema release

From IMDb:

The film had considerable problems with the BBFC on its initial cinema release and was subsequently cut by around 5 minutes. Among the scenes edited:

  • heavy cuts to the repeated stabbing of the Marquis (reduced to 1 stab)
  • the murder of the prostitute where scenes of biting and a shot of her dead body were completely removed
  • the killing of the werewolf in the bell tower which saw shots of his screaming when the bells ring, a blood spurt from a gunshot, and a closeup of his blood-dripping face also removed.
  • In addition the film was also cut to edit scenes of the servant girl waking in the dungeon
  • a shot of the Marquis picking a scab from his face
  • images of dead lambs.
The Phantom of the Opera

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Phantom Opera Blu Ray Herbert Lom

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 UK horror music mystery by Terence Fisher.
Starring Herbert Lom, Heather Sears and Edward de Souza. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut for an A rating on cinema release but uncut for home video

Summary Notes

The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) steals the life's work of the poor composer Professor L. Petrie. (Herbert Lom). In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petrie breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petrie returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas.

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uncut
PG Cert

MPAA
Unrated

80:41s

 

UK: Passed PG, presumably uncut, for:
  • 2014 Media Sales/Final Cut (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2014 Media Sales/Final Cut R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2005 Universal DVD [which was never released]

The US Universal DVD of 2005 is uncut. It seems likely that this was the same version submitted to the BBFC in 2005. As it was not actually released, this is unconfirmed.

Netherlands: Uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

BBFC cut
cut
PG Cert

A Cert

80:41s UK: Passed A/PG after BBFC cuts for category for:
  • 1987 CIC VHS
  • 1962 cinema release

From IMDb:

  • edited out the eye-stabbing of the rat-catcher
  • edited out shots of a hanging body
  • extensive edits to scenes showing the creation and final unmasking of the Phantom.

From UK Amazon :

When released in 1962 Hammers version of this famous tale was intended to be an X Certificate, so they were horrified when informed that it was to be part of a double-feature with the A Rated Captain Clegg (aka Night Creatures) for its British theatrical release. Two scenes were lost to British audiences-- the dispatching of Patrick Troughton's rat-catcher by The Dwarf (quick but very nasty) and the Phantom tearing off his mask to the stunned audience. Both these scenes are on this DVD version and add some much-needed grislyness to the film.

The Gorgon

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The Gorgon DVD Christopher Lee

 

The Gorgon is a 1964 UK horror by Terrence Fisher.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Richard Pasco. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. It is not clear if these cuts persisted onto home video which was 15 rated for 1986 VHS and then 12 rated for 2010 DVD.

Summary Review: A Fine Hammer Horror

In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

This is a fine Hammer film, not overly scary, but incredibly atmospheric with its swirling mists, huge cavernous palatial sets, and wonderful direction and casting. Terence Fisher does a first-rate job showing us the conspiracy going on in this village. The film belongs to Christopher Lee, who play an eccentric, gruff scholar helping the other son of the newly killed father.

BBFC uncut

best available
best
available

12 cert

15 cert

MPAA
Unrated

79:57s UK: Passed 12 without BBFC cuts for moderate violence, horror and gory moments for: UK: Passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1986 RCA/Columbia VHS

It is not clear whether the video submissions included the BBFC cinema cuts or not.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2015 Mill Creek Entertainment [Hammer Film Collection Vol 1] R1 DVD at US Amazon
  • 2008 Sony Icons of Horror Collection R1 DVD at US Amazon
BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
83:35s
=80:14s 
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1964 cinema release

From IMDb:

  • The BBFC darkened shots of the Gorgon's decapitated head
Captain Clegg

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Captain Clegg Night Creatures 1962

Captain Clegg is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott.
Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut in the UK and US. Home videos are noted as running around 80m but the BBFC noted an unlikely running time of 105 minutes for 1962 cinema release

Promotional Material

Captain Collier (Patrick Allen) and his band of sailors show up to an English coastal town to investigate reports of Marsh Phantoms who ride by night spreading terror to the town. The Captain suspects that the local reverend (Peter Cushing) might be hiding something. Are the phantoms genuine or a cover for illegal smuggling activities?

BBFC uncut
uncut
12

MPAA
Unrated

78:44s   UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, threat, horror for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

uncut
uncut
A Cert 104:18s
=100:08s
UK: Passed A uncut for:
  • 1962 cinema release
The Plague of the Zombies

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The Plague of the Zombies is a 1966 UK horror by John Gilling.
With André Morell, Diane Clare and Brook Williams. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Always uncut in the UK and US.

Summary Review: A decent offering

Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help.

This film is fine and has a strong and commanding lead role by Andre Morell. It's a good story, is well put together, and interestingly is set in 1860 in darkest Cornwall

Overall this is a decent offering from the Hammer team.

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uncut
12 cert

15 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

86:18s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:
  • 2012 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Optimum R2 DVD
  • 2003 Warner R2 DVD

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 1989 Warner VHS

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1966 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Rasputin: The Mad Monk

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Rasputin Monk Double Play Blu ray

 

Rasputin: The Mad Monk is a 1966 UK drama by Don Sharp.
With Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1966 cinema release. the cuts persisted to VHS. Uncut for DVD. Uncut in the US

Summary Review: Pretty Good

The movie chronicles the events of history's man of mystery, Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to power and eventual assassination are depicted in an attempt to explain his extraordinary power and influence.

Noted for stunning visuals on a small budget and a good score but otherwise an average Hammer horror. Entertaining enough but won't stand up to repeated viewing.

uncut
uncut
12 cert

15 cert

87:52s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

US:  Uncut for:

BBFC cut
~33s
15 cert

X cert

87:19s

submitted
90:00s
=86:24s

UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15 without furtherr BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1999 15 rated Warner VHS
  • UK 1995 15 rated Lumiere VHS
  • UK 1991 15 rated Castle VHS
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1966 X rated cinema release

From IMDB. The BBFC cuts were:

  • the Rasputin/Sonia love scene was shortened to end on the shot of Rasputin tearing open the back of Sonia's dress. The uncut version continues the scene for another 20s climaxing as she gets into bed and Rasputin pulls the blanket off her (unseen) naked body.
  • Two shots were shortened in the scene in which Peter is disfigured by acid in order to remove close shots of Peter's scarred face.

Hammer films in 2012 are appealing for information about lost footage from:

  • an extended fight scene, saying that it was definitely filmed, but there is no known surviving materials. Film restorers have noted a burning log, that suddenly appears on the stone floor toward the end of the fight between Rasputin and Ivan (Francis Matthews),  a clear indication that there is definitely footage missing from this final fight
  • Also for footage from a scene depicting the suicide of Sonia, if it was ever filmed.
The Reptile

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Best Available at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
BBFC uncut

best available
best
available

15 cert 86:18s The Reptile is a 1966 UK horror by John Gilling.
With Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel and Ray Barrett. IMDb

UK: The cut Cinema Version (unconfirmed) was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2012 Studio Canal R2 DVD/RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Optimum R2 DVD
  • 1984 Lumiere VHS

This is a newly restored version so will surely be the best available. However Hammer have put out a call trying to locate lost or censored footage from the following scene:

  • An extended knife in neck/snake bite scene (this is thought to exist, but no known evidence).

This rather suggests that this is the footage censored from the 1966 cinema release and that it is still missing from home video releases

Summary Review: A Little Hammer Gem

The production was filmed back to back with The Plague of the Zombies, and used many of the same sets, including exterior shots in the grounds. It also shared the problems of a low budget.

When his brother Charles Spalding mysteriously dies, Harry Spalding and his wife Valerie decide to move to the inherited cottage in a small village in the country. They are coldly received by the locals. Harry and Valerie find that the locals are being killed by some snake and they feel threatened.

A tight and effective picture. There is a lovely sense of mystery dripping throughout the piece, and it's real nice to see a Hammer film being driven by its characters.

The performances from the cast are uniformly strong. The Reptile is a little Hammer gem waiting to be discovered.

BBFC
cut
X cert submitted
90:05s
=86:29s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1966 cinema release

The BBFC cut was described in The DarkSide magazine as:

  • a gloating close-up during the lancing of a snake bite
Hands of the Ripper

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Hands Ripper Blu ray Eric Porter

Hands of the Ripper is a 1971 UK horror by Peter Sasdy.
Eric Porter, Angharad Rees and Jane Merrow. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Originally cut both for UK and US releases. Later uncut on UK home video and US Blu-ray

Summary Comments: Dark London Atmosphere

The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision.

Peter Sasdy filled this movie with a lot of dark London atmosphere, a straight on plot that never gets boring, good actors...and blood.

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uncut

 

15 cert

MPAA
Unrated

81:38s UK: Passed 15 without BBFC cuts after the hat pin cut was restored for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

MPAA
cut
MPAA
R Rated
81:18s
 
US: So as to obtain an R rating, the murders of Long Liz and the housemaid were trimmed, notably the second stab wound on the latter.
BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
85:06s
 =81:42s
UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1971 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Remove horror shots of Liz's eye gouged with pins - as she lies on the ground'
  • It is also reported that a throat slashing was also removed

Note the BBFC noted a submitted time 88:39s. However this seems out of sync with all other reported runtimes. However stepping this down by one level of 24 to 25 frames per second correction to 85:06s results in a running time that is consistent with all other releases.

Demons of the Mind

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  • Nightmare of Terror

Demons Mind DVD Paul Jones

Demons of the Mind is a 1972 UK horror thriller by Peter Sykes.
With Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for theatrical release. These cuts have persisted in all versions since. The 1990 Warner VHS was further cut by the BBFC

Summary Review: Lush Looking

A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates, and discovers a web of sex, incest and satanic possession.

Lush looking and skillfully illustrated Hammer Gothic horror period piece that might not have the class of some other Hammer entries, but it sure was entertaining.

BBFC cut
cut

best available
best
available

18

X cert

MPAA R
MPAA

85:35s UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 18 for strong bloody violence with the 1990 video cuts waived for:

UK: The Theatrical Version was passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for

  • 1972 cinema release

US: The cut Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated for:

It is assumed that the material cut for the Theatrical Version has been lost and that this is the best available version.

Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC cuts for the Theatrical Version were:

  • Reel 4 - Reduce montage in which Fredericks wife is seen with gashes on her body.
     
  • Reel 7 - Considerably reduce throttling of the village girl by Emil, remove shot of him stuffing earth into her mouth and remove, as far as possible, shots of her face afterwards, also remove shots of Fredericks wife cutting her throat.
     
  • Reel 8 - Reduce the killing of Aunt Hilda by Emil, and remove the close shot of her dead face.
     
  • Reel 9 - Reduce as much as possible the shots of Fredericks body after he has been transfixed by a stake and the sounds of the cries.
BBFC cut
18s+
18 84:31s UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 18 after 18s of further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1990 Warner VHS

Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC additional cuts for video were:

  • At 34m - During flashback montage superimposed on extreme close up of eye, after phrase on my wedding night remove visual of woman lying naked streaked with blood feeling her breasts as narrator shows excitement and disgust at the pain in the blood .
     
  • At 66m - In intercuts between woman being strangled on grass and woman strangling herself on bed, remove brief shot of woman's corpse lying bare breasted on grass streaked with blood.
         

 

Horror Thrillers

Cuts

Cert

Runs

Details

The Full Treatment

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Full Treatment Stop Before Region

The Full Treatment is a 1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest.
Starring Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento and Ronald Lewis. BBFC link IMDb
Passed X uncut for 1960 cinema release.

Summary Notes

High-strung race car driver Alan Colby is trying to recover from a serious head injury. Alan and his lovely new wife Denise go on vacation to the South of France for some much needed rest and relaxation. But Alan is having trouble resisting his more violent impulses. Suave local psychiatrist David Prade offers to help Alan out.

BBFC uncut
uncut
X pre 1970 120:07s
=115:19s

UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1970 cinema release
The Shadow of the Cat  

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The Shadow of the Cat is a 1961 UK horror mystery thriller by John Gilling.
With Conrad Phillips, Barbara Shelley and André Morell. BBFC link IMDb

Passed X after BBFC cuts for the 1961 cinema release. Unreleased until cuts were waived for the 12 rated DVD in 2014.

Summary Review: Efficient and Entertaining

Nominally made by BHP Productions for contractual reasons, but nevertheless it was actually made by the Hammer Films team.

Was it supernatural force or psychotic compulsion . . . that drove five maddened murderers to destroy themselves? ... Or maybe just a cat.

The film moves confidently and swiftly along. Director John includes enough shocks to hide the holes in the plot, and to keep it interesting. The cast do their jobs efficiently and entertainingly.

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 75:28s

 

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, horror with previous cuts waived for:
BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
78:49s
=75:40s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1961 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • cuts to reduce the opening murder
Taste of Fear

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Taste Fear DVD Christopher Lee

Taste of Fear is a 1961 UK horror mystery thriller by Seth Holt.
With Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd and Ronald Lewis. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Uncut in the US and UK

Summary Review: Edge-of-the-seat

A wheelchair-bound young girl returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

An edge-of-the-seat Hammer thriller scripted by Jimmy Sangster and directed by Seth Holt.

If you like Hammer films and Hitchcock-style thrillers then this film is a real treat.

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uncut
12 cert

X cert

78:04s UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  •  1961 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2015 Mill Creek Entertainment [Hammer Film Collection Vol 1] R1 DVD at US Amazon
  • 2008 Sony Icons of Horror Collection R1 DVD at US Amazon
Maniac

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The Maniac VHS Kerwin Mathews

Maniac is a 1963 UK crime horror by Michael Carreras
With Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray and Donald Houston. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1963 cinema release. Presumably the same version was released elsewhere

Summary Review: Forgotten

An American painter has an affair with a bar owner is a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.

Let down by some poor acting. Script, direction and photography are said to be good though.

BBFC cut
compulsory cuts
MPAA
Unrated

X pre 1970

~86:00s

submitted
88:55s
 

US: Presumably the UK cinema version is MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2016 Mill Creek Hammer Film Collection Vol 2 R1 DVD DVD at US Amazon

UK: Passed X (18) after compulsory cuts for:

  • 1963 cinema release
Paranoiac

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Paranoiac DVD Liliane Brousse

 

Paranoic is a 1963 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
With Janette Scott, Oliver Reed and Sheila Burrell. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1963. The same cut version has been released since

Summary Review: Efficient thriller

Wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion is visited by his supposedly long lost brother.

An odd, low key black & white film is beautifully directed by Freddie Francis. The plot has plenty of twists and turns to keep you off guard.

The acting is good. Reed especially is fantastic, his violent rages are frightening and you can always see the madness lurking underneath him.

An efficient thriller which keeps you entertained and guessing. Recommended.

BBFC cut
cut

best available
best
available

12 cert

X cert

79:54s

Cinema
submitted
80:29s

 

UK: Passed 12 for moderate horror without further BBFC cuts for:
It seems likely that the Eureka release was the same 1963 cut cinema release but this is not absolutely confirmed. See article from dvdoutsider.co.uk .

UK: Passed X after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1963 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Nightmare

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Nightmare Heres Knife Dear Lashes

Nightmare is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Freddie Francis.
With David Knight, Moira Redmond and Jennie Linden. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for its 1964 cinema release. The consensus is that US and European DVD releases are uncut

Summary review: One of the best

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.

This is one of the best of Hammer's horror/thrillers. It is more than likely overlooked because it does not have an major stars in it.

Imaginative production, courtesy of Hammer regulars Freddie Francis and Jimmy Sangster, makes it a compelling mystery oozing with a Gothic atmosphere.

uncut
uncut
MPAA
Unrated

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Germany flag

~83:00s Italy: Uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The consensus is that US and European DVD releases are uncut

BBFC cut
cut
X cert 82:14s

 

UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1964 cinema release
Fanatic

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Die My Darling DVD

Fanatic is a 1965 UK horror thriller by Silvio Narizzano
With Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers and Peter Vaughan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1965 cinema release. An unknown version is 15 rated for home video.

Summary Review: Effectively creepy

A young woman is terrorized by her fiance's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

This effectively creepy little Gothic horror tale is one of Hammer's finest psychological-thrillers

Tallulah Bankhead in her last film manages to be both amusing and terrifying at the same time. It's a blissful performance, it's her finest hour on screen.

BBFC uncut

best available
best
available

15 cert

MPAA
Unrated

92:18s UK: Passed 15 without BBFC cuts for moderate violence and sexual threat for:

US: Unrated for:

  • 2016 Mill Creek Hammer Film Collection Vol 2 R1 DVD titled Die! Die! My Darling! a at US Amazon
  • US VOD to buy [US only] titled Die! Die! My Darling! a at US Amazon
  • 2003 Sony R1 DVD titled Die! Die! My Darling! at US Amazon

It is not known whether the BBFC cinema cuts still apply or not.

BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
96:47s =92:55s
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1965 cinema release titled Fanatic
Hysteria

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Hysteria DVD Region Import NTSC

See trailer from youtube.com

Uncut at:
R0 DVD at UK Amazon
R0 DVD at US Amazon
uncut
uncut
15 cert

X cert

MPAA
Unrated

81:43s 1965 UK thriller by Freddie Francis.
With Robert Webber, Anthony Newlands and Jennifer Jayne. IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 1986 MGM/UA VHS

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1965 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Review: Still Enjoyable

An American wakes up in an English hospital unable to remember anything of his life before a recent car accident. With only a photograph torn from a newspaper to guide him, and an unknown benefactor, he attempts to unravel what looks increasingly like a bizarre murder.

Not the best of Sangster's Hammer thrillers but holds up well and is still enjoyable

The Nanny

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The Nanny DVD Bette Davis

See trailer from youtube.com

Uncut at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon
R1 DVD at UK Amazon
uncut
uncut
15 cert

X cert

89:04s 1965 UK thriller by Seth Holt.
With Bette Davis, Wendy Craig and Jill Bennett. IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate horror and threat to children for:

UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:

  • 1965 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Review: Tense

Bette Davis stars as an English nanny whose sense of reality is clouded due to some deep dark secret in her past.

The film rachets up the tension from the very beginning.

The one problem, as with all films dealing with troublesome kids is that William Dix's Joey is so rotten in the beginning that one wants someone to knock him off. But watch this for Davis

Crescendo

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Crescendo DVD Region US NTSC

Crescendo is a 1970 UK horror thriller by Alan Gibson.
With Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

There was a cut US PG rated theatrical version of Crescendo, but all other releases have been uncut

Summary Review: Psycho Genre

This is one of the last examples of Hammer's psycho genre, similar in style and plotline to those the company made in the early sixties such as Maniac, Paranoiac, Nightmare and Scream of Fear/Taste of Fear.

It probably isn't one of Hammer's greatest achievements but is by no means one of the worst. The photography is very effective in places and the setting is quite haunting in a picturesque kind of way.

uncut
uncut
X cert

MPAA
Unrated

MPAA
R Rated

95:06s UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:
  • 1970 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

US: The original theatrical release was uncut and R Rated

MPAA
cut
MPAA
PG
~83:00s US: The original theatrical release was uncut and R Rated but this was later withdrawn and replaced with a cut PG version.
  • Noted as having removed nudity
Fear in the Night

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Fear in the Night is a 1972 UK mystery thriller by Jimmy Sangster.
With Judy Geeson, Joan Collins, Ralph Bates. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Summery Review: Macabre macabre

A young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown moves with her husband to a boys' school, but finds herself being terrorized by a mysterious one-armed man - and nobody believes her.

Director Jimmy Sangster delivers enough startling imagery (Cushing's shattered glasses; a gloved prosthetic arm) and well-handled scenes of suspense to ensure that the film is certainly never dull. Fear in the Night is a solid slice of macabre entertainment.

uncut
uncut
12 cert

15 cert

X cert

MPAA
PG

89:55s UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat and horror for: UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
  • 1994 Lumiere VHS
UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1972 cinema release
US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
Straight on Till Morning

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Straight Till Morning Rita Tushingham

Straight On Till Morning is a 1972 UK horror by Peter Collinson.
With Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant and James Bolam. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. It is unknown if these cuts persist to home video.

Summary Review: Incredibly bleak

A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

Incredibly bleak psychological thriller from Hammer really captures the darkest side of the sexual revolution. 

Tushingham is excruciatingly naive as the beleaguered mouse-child, Briant impossibly fey as the brooding beast-man, and the whole drama is absurdly lighthearted and gruesome at once. By far the best thing Hammer ever churned out.

BBFC uncut 18 91:44s UK: An unknown version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for: US: An unknown version is MPAA R rated for:
BBFC cut
cut
X cert submitted
96:01s =92:11s
UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1972 cinema release

 

Hammer Revival

Cuts

Cert

Runs

Details

Let Me In

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Let Me DVD Chloe Moretz

Let Me In is a 2010 UK/USA horror mystery drama by Matt Reeves.
With Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins. IMDb

Always uncut in the UK and US

Summary Notes

In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging himself against the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby's father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire. Abby advises Owen to fight Kenny; however, soon he discovers that she is a vampire, and he feels fear and love for the girl. Meanwhile a police officer is investigating the murder cases, believing that it is a satanic cult.

uncut
uncut
15 cert 111:08s UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, horror and language for: US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
The Resident

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Resident DVD Hilary Swank

The Resident is a 2011 UK/USA mystery thriller by Antti Jokinen.
With Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lee Pace. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Always uncut in the UK and US

Summary Notes

In New York, Dr. Juliet Bliss Devereau of the Brooklyn General Hospital has ended her relationship with her boyfriend Jack and is seeking an apartment in Brooklyn to live alone. She finds a bargain in an old apartment building owned by the handsome and lonely Max and one night she misinterprets his signals and dates him. However she concludes that it is too soon to have a love affair and she asks Max to leave her apartment. However she does not know that Max is a deranged man obsessed on her and that he spies her from secret openings in her apartment.

uncut
uncut
15 cert 87:31s UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, sexual threat and strong language for: US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
Wake Wood

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Wake Wood is a 2010 Ireland/UK horror thriller by David Keating.
With Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut for UK and US release

Summary Notes

Still grieving the death of their only child, Alice, a young couple relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they stumble on a group of villagers practising Pagan rituals. They soon learn that this ritual has the power to bring back the dead, and would allow them three dats with their beloved daughter.

They agree terms with the village leader (Timothy Spall) but then far bigger questions loom... what will they do when it's time for Alice to go back? Will she go back peacefully? Or are there more sinister forces at work?

Wake Wood is a genuinely creepy horror film that leaves you feeling more than a little bit unsettled after it is over. Filmed in suitably eerie locations in Ireland it is one of the most atmospheric films I have seen in a very long time.

BBFC uncut
uncut
18 86:29s UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and gory images for:
  • 2011 Technicolor/Momentum Pictures Home Ent R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 28th March 2011
  • 2011 cinema release
The Woman in Black

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The Woman in Black is a 2012 UK/Canada/Sweden ghost story by James Watkins.
With Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for a 12 rating. Passed uncut at 15 but unreleased. Uncut in the US with a PG-13 rating

uncut
uncut
15 cert

MPAA
PG-13

91:07s UK: Passed 15 Uncut for strong supernatural threat and horror for:
  • 2012 Technicolor/Momentum video not yet released
The BBFC commented:

The film was originally classified 12A for cinema release and 12 for video release after visual cuts, visual darkening and sound reductions were made in a number of scenes. This is the uncut version of the film, restoring the cuts and reductions originally made, and has been classified 15 for strong supernatural threat and horror.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

BBFC cut
6s+
12A cert

12 cert

91:00s UK: Passed 12A after 6s of BBFC category cuts for intense supernatural threat and horror for:
  • 2012 Technicolor/Momentum RB Blu-ray
  • 2012 Technicolor/Momentum R2 DVD
  • 2012 cinema release
The BBFC commented:

Distributor chose to reduce moments of strong violence / horror in order to achieve a 12A classification. Cuts made in line with BBFC Guidelines and policy. A 15 classification without cuts was available.

In addition to the 6 seconds of visual cuts, substitutions were also made by darkening some shots and by reducing the sound levels on others.

See  Cutting Edge: BBFC Cuts to Woman In Black by Gavin Salkeld

  • Sound effects edited to tone down the jump associated with Arthur spotting the ghost of the Woman In Black in a window of the house
  • Sound effects edited to tone down the jump associated with the Woman in Black appearing behind Arthur standing at the same window as above
  • Creepy claps of thunder muted when Arthurs spots ghostly children outside the house
  • 4s of the hanging have been removed and details of the rest of the scene have been reduced via visual darkening, shadowing and muted sound
  • 3s of a young girl taking a step whilst engulfed in flames have been removed
  • Volume of a shrill scream from Nate turned down just after girl in flames scene.
  • 4 cuts to the decomposed and injured faces of children. The BBFC darkened the scenes or else applied shadows.

From  Interview with David Cooke and Craig Lapper from  telegraph.co.uk . Senior BBFC examiner Craig Lapper explained:

  • When we make cuts, people think in terms of 'snip-snip', but these days, with digital, there are so many other ways you can make a film more acceptable. You can suggest soundtrack changes and things like colour darkening, putting shadows in to obscure the more gory elements of a scene." So in The Woman in Black, we didn't hear the crack of the woman's neck as she hung from a noose – and, thanks to the cunning use of shadows, neither did we see her face.

From the 2012 BBFC Annual Report: Top film of 2012 for whinges

The film generating the majority of public feedback in 2012 was The Woman in Black. The film generated £21m in UK cinemas in 2012, making it the second most popular British film of 2012 after Skyfall. 134 of these cinema-goers complained that the film was too dark and unsettling for a 12A certificate. Some said the sense of threat, coupled with the theme of supernatural deaths of children in the film, was too disturbing for young audiences.

The Quiet Ones

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Quiet Ones DVD Jared Harris

The Quiet Ones is a 2014 USA horror by John Pogue.
Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut in the UK (15 rated) and US (PG-13 rated).

Promotional Material

Jared Harris and Sam Claflin star in this British horror film inspired by real events. In the 1970s Professor Coupland (Harris) encourages a group of his university students, which includes Brian McNeil (Claflin), to undertake a dangerous experiment. To test the theory that poltergeists are created by negative human energy, Brian and his fellow students use a disturbed patient as their subject. However, the results of the experiment prove to be both terrifying and deadly. The film also stars Olivia Cooke and Erin Richards.
BBFC uncut
uncut
15

MPAA PG-13

93:54s UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong horror for:
  • 2014 Lionsgate R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th August 2014
  • 2014 Lionsgate R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 18th August 2014

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for intense sequences of violence and terror, sexual content, thematic material, language, and smoking throughout for:

Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

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Woman Black Angel Death DVD

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is a 2015 UK horror thriller by Tom Harper.
Starring Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
The film was passed 15 uncut for UK cinema release in 2014, Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US

Summary Notes

40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.

BBFC uncut
uncut
15

MPAA PG-13

98:00s UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong horror, threat for:
  • 2015 Entertainment One RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th July 2015
  • 2015 Entertainment One R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th July 2015

US: Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and frightening images, and for thematic elements.