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Shopping: Who Can Kill a Child?...

1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador just released on US Blu-ray, a maybe video nasty


Link Here 11th July 2018
Who Can Kill a Child? (aka Island of the Damned) is a 1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador.
Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 10th July 2018

Reviews

UK Censorship History
Passed X uncut for UK cinema release in 1976, and for 18 rated DVD in 2011. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Not an official video nasty. But there is a theory that a briefly listed Island of Death was in fact this title rather than the 'officially' assumed Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death. The title Island of Death appeared on the video nasty list in November 1983 but was dropped in the next issue. There is no way that the nastier Mastorakis Island of Death could ever have been dropped from the list.

Promotional Material

Mondo Macabro Presents Who Can Kill a Child - One of the most terrifying films ever made!

An English tourist couple rent a boat to visit the island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the island apparently empty of adults. There are only children, who don't speak but just stare at the strangers with eerie smiles on their faces. The English couple soon discovers that all the island s children have been possessed by a mysterious force, a kind of madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because, of course, nobody can kill a child…

The film was highly controversial on its original release in the 1970s and was heavily cut in most countries. This Blu-ray presents the full version of the film but also includes the shorter ISLAND OF DEATH release, which does not have the opening documentary footage. The film influenced many subsequent books and movies, including CHILDREN OF THE CORN and was remade in 2012 under the title COME OUT AND PLAY. The version on this Blu-ray is the definitive release of what has come to be recognized as a classic of world horror.

Special Features:

Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
Version Española - documentary about the film
Interview with cinematographer José Luis Alcaine
Interview with director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Kim Newman on Killer Kids
Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
Alternate Island of Death title sequence
English/Spanish audio choice
Alternate US audio dub
Original trailer and radio spots
Newly created English subtitles
Mondo Macabro previews

 

Shopping: The Last House On The Left...

1972 USA video nasty by Wes Craven just released on UK Blu-ray with 3 versions and a long censorship history


Link Here 27th June 2018
The Last House on the Left is a 1972 USA horror by Wes Craven.
Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham and David Hess. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: The cut R rated version was passed 18 for sexual violence, strong threat, violence without BBFC cuts for:
UK: The Unrated Version was previously passed 18 uncut for:
UK: The Krugg & Co Version was previously passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [Unrated Version + Krugg & Co + R rated Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th June 2018

Reviews

Censorship History
In the US the Original Theatrical Version was uncut and X rated but was soon heavily cut for local censorship requirements and then for a series of attempts made in attaining an R rating. Much of the material cut for an R rating has now been declared lost. In 1986 director Wes Craven assembled his best remaining material previously cut from the film and declared that this version was his Director's Cut. It was released in the US Unrated by the MPAA.

The R rated version was banned from 1974 UK cinema release by the BBFC and the Greater London Council. The film, presumably still in the R rated version was released in the UK when BBFC certificates were not required but it was soon banned as a 'video nasty'. The BBFC continued its ban with the Unrated version being banned from cinema release in 2000.

In 2001 the DVD was resubmitted and was again banned, but this time cuts were being discussed. A resubmission in 2002 resulted in a BBFC offer of an 18 rating after cuts. The distributors appealed against the cuts but lost their case, and ended up with even more cuts than requested by the BBFC. The film was released in the following year with the same BBFC cuts but in two versions, including an alternative cut called Krug & Co.

By 2008 the BBFC had relented and the film was released without BBFC cuts in both the Unrated Version and the alternative Krug & Company.

See also Cutting Edge Episode 48: Last House on the Left Gavin Salkeld investigates the appeal of Wes Craven's much censored classic

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Last House on the Left

Promotional Material

MARI, SEVENTEEN, IS DYING. EVEN FOR HER THE WORST IS YET TO COME!

The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favourites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder.

Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalise on its success. It is Wes Craven s original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.

LIMITED 2 X BLU-RAY EDITION CONTENTS

  • Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
  • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • 6 x lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

    DISC ONE THE UNCUT VERSION

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Uncut Version
  • Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
  • Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
  • Junior s Story a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
  • Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque
  • Brand new interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul
  • Songs in the Key of Krug never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess
  • Celluloid Crime of the Century archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
  • Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left archival interview with Wes Craven
  • Scoring Last House on the Left archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
  • It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left archival documentary
  • Forbidden Footage the cast and crew of Last House on the film s most controversial sequences
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes and Dailies
  • Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots
  • Image Gallery

    DISC TWO THE KRUG & COMPANY & R-RATED CUTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug and Company and R-rated cuts of the film
  • The Craven Touch brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
  • Early Days and Night of Vengeance filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
  • Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short
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    Shopping: Xtro...

    1982 UK alien film by Harry Bromley Davenport, once caught up in the video nasties panic, just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 26th June 2018
    Xtro is a 1982 UK alien film by Harry Bromley Davenport.
    With Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers and Danny Brainin.
    YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong sex and horror for:

    • 2018 Second Sight Limited Edition [Theatrical + Video versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th June 2018
    UK Censorship History
    No censors cuts but exists in two versions, one with a happy end, the other with a downbeat end. The film was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic but no action was taken against the film.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Video Hits: Xtro

    Promotional Material

    Three years ago young Tony watched with horror as his father was taken into the night sky by a mysterious blinding light and never seen again. Until now. His father is coming home but he's not the man he used to be!

    A 'must-see' cult rental of the 80s, Xtro is one of the most outrageously bizarre, gory and insanely enjoyable horror films of its time complete with infamous 'alien birth' scene. 'Not all extra terrestrials are friendly'!

    SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION FEATURES:

    • Limited Edition packaging
    • New restoration featuring option of alternate endings plus the original UK video version edit
    • New director restoration
    • 'Xploring Xtro' - a new 57 minute documentary featuring interviews with Harry Bromley-Davenport, Mark Forstater, Bernice Stegers, Susie Silvey, 'Tik' – Tim Dry, 'Tok' – Sean Crawford, Robert Pereno, Alan Jones and Craig Lapper
    • 'The World of Xtro' - a new featurette with Dennis Atherton, Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater
    • 'Beyond Xtro' – a new featurette with Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater looking ahead to new reboot 'Xtro – The Big One', including excusive test footage
    • 'Xtro Xposed'
    • 'Loving The Alien: A Tribute to Philip Sayer' featuring exclusive Brian May music tribute
    • Soft cover booklet with new writing by Kevin Lyons plus behind-the-scenes stills and promo material
    • Original soundtrack CD
    • Rigid slipcase featuring original UK video and UK theatrical artwork
    • English subtitles for the hearing impaired

     

    Shopping: Cannibal Ferox...

    1981 Italian video nasty by Umberto Lenzi set for UK Blu-ray release on 30th July 2018 now just with cuts for animal cruelty


    Link Here 23rd June 2018
    Cannibal Ferox is a 1981 Italian adventure by Umberto Lenzi.
    With Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle and Danilo Mattei. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore after some previous cuts waived but still with 1:55s of BBFC compulsory animal cruelty cuts for:

    • 2018 Shameless Limited Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th July 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Released cut and uncut on pre-cert videos that were destined to become video nasties. Extensively cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD. The cuts for violence were waived for 2018 home video, but cuts for animal cruelty have persisted. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    FEROX REDUX!

    All previous cuts waived relating to staged scenes of violence by & against humans. There are some animal torture scenes removed and substituted.

    A decade on from starting the cannibal genre, director Umberto Lenzi has the final word, pushing the vomit envelope beyond the sick with his utterly nasty, nihilistic apotheosis that is CANNIBAL FEROX. So unredeemable that its own makers denounced it as barbaric..!

    An academic, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), journeys to the Amazon jungle where things go awry when her party encounters sadistic druggy villain Mike (Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen), as the travellers venture further into the heart of darkness, they soon discover what it means to be the hunted prey.

    CANNIBAL FEROX aka 'Make Them Die Slowly', topped the official Video Nasty list for its raw graphic scenes of torture, mutilations, murder and cannibalism. This new 2K restoration additionally features new grading which revives, for the 1st time, the original edgy look of the 16mm film stock it was shot on - finally presenting the film as it was first created by director Umberto Lenzi, on location in the Amazonian green inferno.

    BLU-RAY CONTENT:

  • Cannibal Ferox is presented restored and re-graded from a new 2K scan.
  • Exclusive, Limited Edition Serial-Numbered Sleeve
  • Unique custom-made, hand-finished Vomit Bag included with each disc: very limited edition
  • Collector s reversible inlay sleeve with original poster artwork
  • Extras:
  • Last ever Interview with Director Umberto Lenzi
  • New, really outspoken interview by Giovanni Lombardo Radice
  • Video piece comparison of before and after 2K Restoration
  • Exclusive Photos for Director Lenzi s own archives
  • Original English audio soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 LPCM
  • Region B
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    Shopping: Human Experiments...

    1979 USA video nasty by Gregory Goodell just released on region 0 US DVD


    Link Here 4th June 2018
    Human Experiments is a 1979 USA crime thriller by Gregory Goodell.
    Starring Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis and Ellen Travolta. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    UK Censorship History
    A short version was passed for cinema without BBFC cuts. The video was banned as a video nasty for a while. No UK release since but uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    A Scorpion Release - The terrifying cult classic finally hits you in the face with a stunning new HD restoration! Rachel Foster (Linda Haynes, Rolling Thunder, The Drowning Pool) is a country singer traveling alone through the United States. She resists the advances of lecherous bar owner Mat Tibbs (Aldo Ray, Haunted, The Lucifer Complex), and in her hurry to leave town, she accidentally wrecks her car. Looking for assistance, she finds what appears to be an abandoned house, but after stumbling inside, she discovers that in fact it's the scene of a grisly multiple homicide. Simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time, she's railroaded into a women's correctional facility and finds herself at the mercy of prison psychiatrist Doctor Kline (Geoffrey Lewis, High Plains Drifter, 10 to Midnight) who has insidious intentions up his sleeve. Evidently, it doesn't take Rachel long to realize that something is greatly amiss, as female inmates inexplicably go missing without a trace. Jackie Coogan (Chaplin's The Kid) co-stars.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    -Audio Commentary with Director Gregory Goodell
    -Watch This in Katarinas Nightmare Theater Mode -Original Theatrical Trailer

     

    Shopping: The Mountain Of The Cannibal God...

    1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in an extended version but with animal cruelty cuts


    Link Here 30th May 2018
    Mountain of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
    With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Extended Version was passed 18 for strong violence, gore, sex after 2:01s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cuts required to remove six sequences of animal cruelty .
    UK Censorship History
    All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 video but was still cut for animal cruelty.

    The Extended Version features 4 minutes of previously unseen rape, bestiality and masturbation scenes. It also restores the explicit castration scene to the movie. This extra material is said to have been taken from the director's private collection.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Mountain of the Cannibal God

    Promotional Material

    Sergio Martino (director of All The Colours Of The Dark, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, Torso) invites you on the trip of a lifetime - to THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD for sun, wildlife and... flesh munching natives! You might just never come home...

    Ursula Andress (Bond Dr No, 10th Victim, The Nurse) travels to the New Guinea jungle in search of her scientist husband who s vanished in the untamed Green Inferno. Soon, giant spiders, killer crocs and deadly snakes bare their teeth as her expedition, lead by cult-fave Stacey Keach, journeys towards the sacred mountain of the Cannibal God! There a flesh-eating demon will enslave her in an eruption of frenzied orgiastic climax... and full porky bestiality!

    Banned as a video nasty , Shameless now reinstates the original dramatic gore and the complete extended explicitness to serve up the world s first 2K-sharp restoration of this ferocious unflinching exploitation treat, to be devoured in all its blood-soaked glory!

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) is presented restored and re-graded from a new 2K scan. This entirely new widescreen release features previously unseen footage (of sex and gore) and is the longest ever UK version.
  • Exclusive, Limited Edition Serial-Numbered O card
  • Introduction by Director Sergio Martino
  • Interviews with Director Sergio Martino about Animal Cruelty on film
  • Making-of Cannibal Nightmare with exclusive on-set footage etc..
  • Alternative Credits
  • Original English audio soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Dual Mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  •  

    Shopping: Who Can Kill a Child?...

    1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibanez Serrador, once caught up in the video nasties panic, set for US Blu-ray release on 10th July 2018


    Link Here 10th May 2018
    Who Can Kill a Child? (aka Island of the Damned) is a 1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador.
    Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 10th July 2018
    UK Censorship History

    Passed X uncut for UK cinema release in 1976, and for 18 rated DVD in 2011. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Not an official video nasty. But there is a theory that a briefly listed Island of Death was in fact this title rather than the 'officially' assumed Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death. The title Island of Death appeared on the video nasty list in November 1983 but was dropped in the next issue. There is no way that the nastier Mastorakis Island of Death could ever have been dropped from the list.

    Promotional Material

    Mondo Macabro Presents Who Can Kill a Child - One of the most terrifying films ever made!

    An English tourist couple rent a boat to visit the island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the island apparently empty of adults. There are only children, who don't speak but just stare at the strangers with eerie smiles on their faces. The English couple soon discovers that all the island s children have been possessed by a mysterious force, a kind of madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because, of course, nobody can kill a child…

    The film was highly controversial on its original release in the 1970s and was heavily cut in most countries. This Blu-ray presents the full version of the film but also includes the shorter ISLAND OF DEATH release, which does not have the opening documentary footage. The film influenced many subsequent books and movies, including CHILDREN OF THE CORN and was remade in 2012 under the title COME OUT AND PLAY. The version on this Blu-ray is the definitive release of what has come to be recognized as a classic of world horror.

    Special Features:

    Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
    Version Española - documentary about the film
    Interview with cinematographer José Luis Alcaine
    Interview with director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
    Kim Newman on Killer Kids
    Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
    Alternate Island of Death title sequence
    English/Spanish audio choice
    Alternate US audio dub
    Original trailer and radio spots
    Newly created English subtitles
    Mondo Macabro previews

     

    Offsite Article: Ideas for a sportswear shop...


    Link Here 22nd April 2018
    Scotland's richest man started out as a video nasty trader

    See article from heraldscotland.com

     

    Shopping: The Mountain Of The Cannibal God...

    1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 7th May 2018 with previous cuts for violence waived but still cut for animal cruelty


    Link Here 19th April 2018
    Mountain of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
    With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Extended Version was passed 18 for strong violence, gore, sex after 2:01s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cuts required to remove six sequences of animal cruelty .
    UK Censorship History

    All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 video but was still cut for animal cruelty.

    The Extended Version features 4 minutes of previously unseen rape, bestiality and masturbation scenes. It also restores the explicit castration scene to the movie. This extra material is said to have been taken from the director's private collection.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Mountain of the Cannibal God

    Promotional Material

    Sergio Martino (director of All The Colours Of The Dark, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, Torso) invites you on the trip of a lifetime - to THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD for sun, wildlife and... flesh munching natives! You might just never come home...

    Ursula Andress (Bond Dr No, 10th Victim, The Nurse) travels to the New Guinea jungle in search of her scientist husband who s vanished in the untamed Green Inferno. Soon, giant spiders, killer crocs and deadly snakes bare their teeth as her expedition, lead by cult-fave Stacey Keach, journeys towards the sacred mountain of the Cannibal God! There a flesh-eating demon will enslave her in an eruption of frenzied orgiastic climax... and full porky bestiality!

    Banned as a video nasty , Shameless now reinstates the original dramatic gore and the complete extended explicitness to serve up the world s first 2K-sharp restoration of this ferocious unflinching exploitation treat, to be devoured in all its blood-soaked glory!

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) is presented restored and re-graded from a new 2K scan. This entirely new widescreen release features previously unseen footage (of sex and gore) and is the longest ever UK version.
  • Exclusive, Limited Edition Serial-Numbered O card
  • Introduction by Director Sergio Martino
  • Interviews with Director Sergio Martino about Animal Cruelty on film
  • Making-of Cannibal Nightmare with exclusive on-set footage etc..
  • Alternative Credits
  • Original English audio soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Dual Mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  •  

    Cannibal Ferox...

    Violence cuts to Umberto Lenzi's 1981 video nasty have just been waived by the BBFC, but cuts to animal cruelty remain


    Link Here 8th April 2018
    Cannibal Ferox is a 1981 Italy horror adventure by Umberto Lenzi.
    Starring Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle and Danilo Mattei. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore after some previous cuts waived but still with 1:55s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    • 2018 Argent Films  video
    The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cuts required to sequences of real animal cruelty.

    The previous submission to the BBFC was in 2001 when the video ended up with about 7 minutes of cuts. Just 6s of these cuts were formally required by the BBFC but the BBFC concurred with 6:51s of pre-cuts.

    The 2001 BBFC cuts were:

    • Cut required to sight of small animal on end of rope banging against side of a jeep

    From IMDb, the 2001 pre-cuts were:

    • Removed scene of coati being eaten by a snake whilst the adventurers look on.
    • Removed scene of a monkey being attacked by a jaguar.
    • Removed scene of iguana fending off snake
    • Removed scenes of Pat & Mike tormenting a native girl about being a virgin and then threatening to hurt her with a knife drawn across her naked breasts
    • Removed scene of live turtle having its head an legs chopped off.
    • Removed scene of Mike removing a native's eye with a knife.
    • Shortened scene of Joe getting speared and his innards becoming a cannibal feast.
    • Removed scene of Mike being castrated with a machete and then the natives eating the tasty morsel.
    • Removed flashback to Mike's ex-girl being kicked in the head.
    • Removed scene of a crocodile being killed and devoured by natives
    • Removed scenes of Mike's hand being chopped off.
    • When Zora Kerowa is killed, this edited version plays as though she has disappeared, never once showing either the actual event of the aftermath of the famous "hooks through the breasts" death.
    • After having his skull sliced off, cuts to natives eating his brains.

    And previous to that, the video was banned on pre-cert VHS as one of the most notable of the video nasties.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Cannibal Ferox

    Summary Notes

    Anthropologists take a trip to the jungles of Colombia to study native cannibals. Instead, they find a band of drug dealers, using the natives to harvest coca leaves. After awhile, the natives are tired of being tortured slaves, and turn on their masters, as well as the anthropologists, thus filling the screen with gruesome splatter!

     

    Shopping: The Last House On The Left...

    1972 USA video nasty by Wes Craven set for UK Limited Edition Blu-ray release on 28th May 2018 with 3 versions


    Link Here 11th March 2018
    The Last House on the Left is a 1972 USA horror by Wes Craven.
    Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham and David Hess. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [Unrated Version + Krugg & Co + R rated Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th May 2018
    Censorship History
    In the US the Original Theatrical Version was uncut and X rated but was soon heavily cut for local censorship requirements and then for a series of attempts made in attaining an R rating. Much of the material cut for an R rating has now been declared lost. In 1986 director Wes Craven assembled his best remaining material previously cut from the film and declared that this version was his Director's Cut. It was released in the US Unrated by the MPAA.

    The R rated version was banned from 1974 UK cinema release by the BBFC and the Greater London Council. The film, presumably still in the R rated version was released in the UK when BBFC certificates were not required but it was soon banned as a 'video nasty'. The BBFC continued its ban with the Unrated version being banned from cinema release in 2000.

    In 2001 the DVD was resubmitted and was again banned, but this time cuts were being discussed. A resubmission in 2002 resulted in a BBFC offer of an 18 rating after cuts. The distributors appealed against the cuts but lost their case, and ended up with even more cuts than requested by the BBFC. The film was released in the following year with the same BBFC cuts but in two versions, including an alternative cut called Krug & Co.

    By 2008 the BBFC had relented and the film was released without BBFC cuts in both the Unrated Version and the alternative Krug & Company.

    See also Cutting Edge Episode 48: Last House on the Left Gavin Salkeld investigates the appeal of Wes Craven's much censored classic

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Last House on the Left

    Promotional Material

    MARI, SEVENTEEN, IS DYING. EVEN FOR HER THE WORST IS YET TO COME!

    The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favourites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

    On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder.

    Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalise on its success. It is Wes Craven s original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.

    LIMITED 2 X BLU-RAY EDITION CONTENTS

  • Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
  • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • 6 x lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

    DISC ONE THE UNCUT VERSION

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Uncut Version
  • Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
  • Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
  • Junior s Story a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
  • Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque
  • Brand new interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul
  • Songs in the Key of Krug never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess
  • Celluloid Crime of the Century archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
  • Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left archival interview with Wes Craven
  • Scoring Last House on the Left archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
  • It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left archival documentary
  • Forbidden Footage the cast and crew of Last House on the film s most controversial sequences
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes and Dailies
  • Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots
  • Image Gallery

    DISC TWO THE KRUG & COMPANY & R-RATED CUTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug and Company and R-rated cuts of the film
  • The Craven Touch brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
  • Early Days and Night of Vengeance filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
  • Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short
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    Shopping: House on the Edge of the Park/Last House on Massacre Street...

    1980 Italian video nasty by Ruggero Deodato just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 7th March 2018
    House on the Edge of the Park is a 1980 Italian horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato
    With David Hess and Annie Belle. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Banned by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned after 12 minutes of cuts in 2002. Cuts reduced to 43s in 2011. Uncut in the US.
    Last House on Massacre Street is a 1973 Canada / USA horror thriller by Jean-Marie Pélissié.
    Starring Robin Strasser, John Beal and Arthur Roberts. BBFC link IMDb
    A short version was released with a BBFC 18 rating on 1987 VHS. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Kino Lorber [House on the Edge of the Park + Last House on Massacre Street] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 6th March 2018
    There are no censorship issues with this release.

    Promotional Material

    Delivers shocks to the maximum... pushes the limits of acceptability! The 70s drive-in retrospect continues with 2 more Houses of Hell! The box office opens at 7 o' clock. Our first feature LAST HOUSE ON MASSACRE STREET (1973) starts at dusk, followed by our main feature HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK (1980). The slice of Italian exploitation starring David Hess (Last House on the Left) and directed by Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust) is a cut above the rest. Watch in drive-in mode to enjoy the full nostalgic experience in shocking HD!

     

    Shopping: Chaos/Don't Look in the Basement...

    Nasty video and video nasty just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 16th February 2018
    Chaos is a 2005 USA horror thriller by David DeFalco.
    Starring Kevin Gage, Sage Stallone and Kelly KC Quann. IMDb
    Initially cut for an MPAA R rating but later the uncut Director's Cut was released on US home video. The film has never released in the UK, this is exactly the sort of nastiness that the BBFC would never allow.

    Thanks to Kire who notes that this release features the 76 minute uncut MPAA Unrated Version.

    See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Chaos

    Don't Look in the Basement is a 1973 US horror video by SF Brownrigg.
    With Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton and Robert Dracup.
    YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Banned on VHS as a video nasty. Passed 15 uncut on DVD in 2005. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    US: Chaos is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    US: Don't Look in the Basement is uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2018 Kino Lorber [Chaos + Don't Look in the Basement] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018
    • 2018 Kino Lorber [Chaos + Don't Look in the Basement] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018

    Promotional Material

    In retrospect of the 70s drive-in era comes 2 Houses of Hell Double Feature. The box office opens at 7PM and the first feature DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) starts at dusk (Unrated).

    In the end, Don't Look in the Basement is a cleverly plotted film which benefits from generally good acting and directing and not-overly-ambitious camera work.

    Following the nostalgic 10-minute drive-in intermission clock comes our main feature CHAOS (2005), the most brutal film ever released, starring Kevin Gage (Heat, Blow) and Sage Stallone (Daylight, Rocky V) (Rated R). Play Drive-In Mode to experience the entire show!

    Emily and her friend Angelica go to a rave in the woods, and when they arrive, they meet a stranger called Swan that promises some Exstasy for the girls. They follow him to a cabin into the forest where they meet the sadistic gang leaded by the psychotic Chaos. The girls are abused, tortured and raped in a night of nightmare and murder.

     

    Shopping: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie...

    1974 Italy / Spain video nasty by Jorge Grau just released on US DVD


    Link Here 28th January 2018
    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (aka The Living Dead at the Manchester Rue Morgue) is a 1974 Italy / Spain Sci-Fi horror by Jorge Grau.
    Starring Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock and Arthur Kennedy. Youtube link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Cheezy Movies R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 23rd January 2018
    Censorship History
    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating where there is also an uncut Unrated version. In the UK the BBFC cut the 1975 cinema release. Cut and uncut versions were released on pre-cert VHS which went onto be banned as video nasties. The VHS was passed 18 by the BBFC in 1985 but only after the original cinema cuts were replied along with additional cuts for video. The BBFC relented in 2002 and the film was passed 18 uncut on DVD.

    Promotional Material

    A young couple in love is travelling along the English countryside. While they plan their next stop, a man who has been dead for several days attacks, to be followed shortly thereafter by a full-scale zombie invasion which could very well be a result of the agriculturist's distribution of ultrasonic radiation. In the end, a cop figures out the countless murders are not the work of the young couple, but the living dead.

     


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