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 Obituary: Wes Craven...

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Wes Cravens New Nightmare DVD Wes Craven was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He was best known for creating the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, directing the first installment and Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner.

Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. Some of his other films include The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Red Eye and My Soul to Take.

He died of brain cancer aged 76.

Filmography with links to details of those films that suffered at the hands of censors.
 
1972 The Last House on the Left
1977 The Hills Have Eyes
1981 Deadly Blessing
1982 Swamp Thing
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street
1985 The Hills Have Eyes Part II
1986 Deadly Friend
1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow
1989 Shocker
1991 The People Under the Stairs
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn
1996 Scream
1997 Scream 2
1999 Music of the Heart
2000 Scream 3
2005
Cursed
2005 Red Eye
2010 My Soul to Take
2011 Scream 4

 

 

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Nightmare Street Blu ray Region Free A new page has been added to maintain details of the MPAA and BBFC cuts to the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1985)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
  • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
  • Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 remake)

See BBBC Cuts Nightmare on Elm Street films

And for a useful review of the Same Nightmare on Elm Street series, See article from thedigitalbits.com

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Nightmare Elm Street 1984 DVD

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 US horror film by Wes Craven.
With Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut on VHS but the cut US Theatrical version is the only one available on UK/US DVD

Summary Review: A new kind of Boogeyman

In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer Freedy Krueger stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

The acting isn't always the greatest and it looks just the slightest bit dated, but it's still a really damn good movie. It's power lies in the fact that sleep cannot be avoided.

Robert Englund as Freddy is flawless, a new kind of Boogeyman - a smartass. Freddy is hideously burned, covered in scar tissue and has all the fashion sense of a wino, but he's cool. Not content to simply disembowel his screaming victims, Freddy has to tease them a little first, flirting, humiliating or showing off.

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87:29s UK: The cut US R Rated Theatrical Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

The cut version is used so that the distributors could use the US audio commentary track without needing edits.

US: Cut and MPAA R Rated for:

The US Collectors Edition laserdisc (Elite Entertainment) details cuts made as the film went through the MPAA:

  • 5s : Tina's corpse hitting the bed, and the resultant large splash of blood all over her boyfriend Rod
  • 8s : A geyser of blood spurting up from Glen's bed and hitting the ceiling.

Thanks to Dave:

I recently watched the 2 disc box set of A Nightmare on Elm Street which they say is cut to the death of the girl Tina via a blood splash as she hits the bed. The scene plays out on R2 Turkish release. When Tina hits the bed we see the blood spurt all over her shocked boyfriend Rod. A pretty tame and lame MPAA cut by any standards to make an R and obviously it never offended Turkish censors for this new uncut DVD release! The A geyser of blood spurting up from Glen's bed is also intact in this Turkish release

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87:20s UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for:
  • UK 1998 EIV VHS
  • UK 1995 EIV VHS
  • UK 1985 CBS/Fox VHS
  • UK 1985 cinema release
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy's Revenge

Nightmare Elm Street Freddys Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 is a 1985 US horror film by Jack Sholder.
With Robert Englund, Mark Patton and Kim Myers. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

All releases have been uncut.

Summary Review: Not Bad

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.

The second in the series doesn't do a bad job. This time another family have moved into the house and the son is stalked by Freddy and Freddy becomes him.

It's occasionally let down by some terrible ideas / effects (see the hell hound scene at the end / exploding budgie), but as a horror film it delivers - relying more on suspense and fear than body count and gore.

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81:47s UK: Passed 18 uncut for

  • UK 2011 Warner Online
  • UK 2011 Warner Nightmare on Elm Street 1-7 Collection R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • UK 2001 EIV R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • UK 1998 EIV VHS
  • UK 1986 Warner VHS
  • UK 1986 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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Nightmare Elm Street Dream Warriors

Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is a 1987 US horror film by Chuck Russell.
With Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund and Craig Wasson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut for the original R Rating and the cuts have persisted through all releases since.

Summary review: Popular Sequel

Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.

This is the perfect horror film. It's scary, funny, has great suspense, good acting, great writing, good cinematography.

What makes A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 a great sequel is that it has a lot of good horror scenes such as Freddy turning into a snake and trying to eat Kristen (Patricia Arquette), and it also has good suspense, and even a sense of adventure.

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92:25s UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 2011 Warner 1-7 Collection R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • UK 2004 On Demand VoD
  • UK 2001 EIV R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • UK 1998 EIV VHS
  • UK 1988 Warner VHS

US: Cut and MPAA R Rated for:

Thanks to Andrew:

  • The MPAA required some toning down of the gorier scenes. Most famously, the death of Taryn (switchblade toting punk girl). Originally Freddy injected her with heroin to the degree the top of her head blew out. The subtle tone down is kind of obvious when watching the film, as it fades to white before we're shown the results of Freddy's actions.

 

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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Nightmare Elm Street Dream Master

Nightmare on Elm Street 4 is 1988 US horror film by Renny Harlin.
With Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman and Lisa Wilcox. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Uncut in the US but cut by the BBFC to remove nunchuks. BBFC cuts waived in 2001.

Summary Review: Witty Freddy

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

While things may have become a little predictable by the fourth Freddy film, this episode is one of the best of the series. The film delivers some deliciously creative deaths and witty repartee a la Krueger. It bolsters and redefines the balance between what has been and what will be, keeping the series fresh while maintaining the overall continuity.

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89:20s UK: Passed 15 uncut with all BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
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18 88:10s UK: Passed 18 after 1:07s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1989 Film and Video VHS
  • UK 1989 cinema release

Thanks to Adey. The cuts weren't actually made to violence, but to 2 scenes both featuring nunchuks:

  • The first being the character "Rick" practicing martial arts in his garage and swinging the nunchuks.
  • Secondly the character "Alice" realizes that she is absorbing all of her dead friends powers when they are killed by Freddie so she has a swing of the nunchuks.
A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

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  • Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Nightmare Elm Street Dream Child

Nightmare on Elm Street 5 is a 1989 US horror by Stephen Hopkins.
With Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox and Kelly Jo Minter. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The Theatrical Version was cut for an R rating. Europe got the uncut version for cinema and VHS but all DVDs and Blu-rays have been the cut Theatrical Version.

Summary review: Re-tread

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again

Part 4 the series had become the Freddy Krueger show . Basically the character became bigger than the series and so the films became little more than vehicles for his wisecracks andways of dispatching moronic teens. Part 5 continues the theme.

This film has a brilliantly surreal score and some great-looking imagery, and the silly campness of Part 4 is toned down a little. But it's all just a re-tread.

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MPAA
R Rated

85:50s UK: The cut R rated Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

US: Cut and MPAA R Rated for:

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com . The R Rated Version suffers 30s of cuts to:

  • A scene showing tubes and the likes from a motorcycle painfully embedding themselves into the unfortunate rider Dan and eventually totally fusing with the victim.
  • A scene showing Freddy force feeding Greta her own innards extracted from a gaping hole in her stomach.
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Unrated

86:05s The Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for:
  • UK 1990 Film & Video VHS
  • UK 1990 cinema release
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 6

Freddys Dead Final Nightmare DVD

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is a 1991 US horror by Rachel Talalay.
With Robert Englund, Lisa Zane and Shon Greenblatt. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK cinema release and VHS was cut by the BBFC. The cuts were waived for DVD

Summary Review: For the Fans

This film was made just for the fans of Freddy Kruger. If you thought you knew all about him you were wrong unless you've seen this. A few unimpressive special effects with a not too thrilling story line but it will teach you about the mind of Freddy.
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85:27s UK: Passed 18 uncut with BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
6s
18 85:16s UK: Passed 18 after 6s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1992 Guild VHS
  • UK 1991 cinema release

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com :

  • A sight of throwing star in Freddy's leg was cut.
  • Another throwing star pinning Freddy's sweater to a wall was also cut.
  • Maggie throwing another at Freddy deleted
  • Maggie firing a crossbow bolt into Freddy's leg was cut

 

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Wes Craven's New Nightmare

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Wes Cravens New Nightmare DVD

Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a 1994 US horror by Wes Craven.
With Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund and Miko Hughes. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Only exists in one uncut version.

Summary review: Well Done

A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Wes Craven and Heather Langenkamp return alongside Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger in what Craven himself calls "The Definitive Nightmare", and indeed, it is. So much goes on in the 7th Nightmare on Elm Street entry that it could be expected one might find it confusing and trivial, but the film is smart, eerie and outstandingly well done by all those involved.

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107:27s UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong horror and violence for:

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • UK 1995 EIV VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

Freddy vs. Jason

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  • Freddy Krueger Versus Jason Voorhees

Freddy Jason DVD Robert Englund

Freddy vs Jason is a 2003 Canada/US/Italy horror by Ronny Yu.
With Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger and Kelly Rowland. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Only exists in one uncut version.

Summary Review: The Final Showdown

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Freddy vs. Jason is a massively entertaining film. It's not a traditional slasher film although there are slasher elements in it. It's not a character driven film, either, except for the two killing machines. The entire film exists solely as background for the final showdown. Maybe for fans only though.

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93:14s UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong language, bloody violence and horror for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

 

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Nightmare Elm Street DVD

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 US horror by Samuel Bayer.
With Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara and Kyle Gallner. YouTube icon IMDb

The remake of Nightmare on Elm Street only exists in one uncut version.

Summary Review: Remake

A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality.

Very mixed reviews as to whether the film is any good and how it compares with the original. Perhaps 2/3rds preferring the original. And then about 2/3rds enjoying the remake anyway.

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91:31s UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and threat for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for: