Dracula is a 1958 UK horror by Terrence Fisher. With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Michael Gough.
Cut by the BBFC for 1958 cinema release. The cuts were partially restored for the US version and fully restored for the 2013 Lions Gate release
Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fianc?e. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and
fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.
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
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.
7s extra in the scene where Dracula moves to bite Mina.
9s extra in 3 shots from the death and disintegration of Dracula
UK: The 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'.
UK: The US Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
2003 Warner R2 DVD
1997 Warner VHS
US: The US Theatrical Version is MPAA Unrated for:
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.
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.
Dracula Prince of Darkness is a 1966 UK horror film by Terence Fisher. With Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir.
Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1966. The same cut version
was 15 rated when released on VHS and DVD but passed 15 uncut after restoration in 2012. There is also an alternative uncut US restoration that is MPAA Unrated.
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.
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.
US: There is also an alternative US version restored from a master held by 20th Century Fox
Alternative restorations were made in the US using a master held by 20th Century Fox. There are unimportant variations between the versions but the quality of the US version is preferred. See
article from movie-censorship.com
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.
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.
UK: The cut UK 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
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK drama fantasy horror
thriller by Peter Sasdy. With Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This cut version was
passed 15 for home video and 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.
UK: The UK cinema cuts still apply to the version passed 15
without further BBFC cuts for:
Scars of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker. With
Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman and Jenny Hanley.
Originally cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated 1970 cinema release. The cuts
have persisted ever since but the the BBFC rating was reduced to 15 for DVD. The same cut version is MPAA R rated in the US.
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.
UK: The cut Cinema Version was passed 15 uncut for moderate bloody horror for:
From IMDB. The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC by about 30s 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
MediaCensorshipInAustralia points out that the Australian Blu-ray clocks at
95:17s = 91:28s PAL, with the intriguing possibility that this release could include the missing 30s. Unfortunately a closer look at the Australian release confirms that the 30s of cut material is not included (with thanks to
Shane for investigating).
Dracula A.D. 1972 is a UK horror by Alan Gibson. With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham.
Uncut by the BBFC, but there have been reports of the US PG version being cut, at least 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
The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a 1973 UK horror by Alan Gibson. With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Coles.
Heavily cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1973. This was further cut for 18 rated VHS in 1988.
In the US the UK cinema version was further cut and PG rated under the title of Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride. US
distributors later reverted to the the UK Version which received an MPAA R rating in 1978. However US home video releases have been MPAA Unrated and feature the UK version with, and without, the BBFC 1s video cut.
The UK cinema version was passed 15
by the BBFC for 2019 Blu-ray.
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.
UK: The UK cinema version was passed 15 for strong sexualised
violence without further BBFC cuts:
US: It seems that the best available version is the same as the cut UK cinema version with the cut for video restored. This was MPAA R rated in 1978. There are countless other releases as the film has slipped into the public domain.
Some US releases seem to be the cut UK video version.
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.
UK: Passed X after BBFC cuts for:
1973 cinema release
From IMDb. The original UK cinema version was heavily 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 these cuts was not made
US Version/Dracula and his Vampire Bride
US: The US Version titled Dracula and his Vampire Bride was cut for an MPAA PG rating for:
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.
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 R rated version, but the uncut UK version has also been released and is MPAA Unrated.
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence with previous cuts waived for:
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.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2019 Shout! Factory [Uncut + US Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
UK: Passed 18 after 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.
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
In addition to the narrative deletions:
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
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.
Vampire Lovers is a 1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker. With
Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Kate O'Mara.
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 mostly restored.
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.
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
Vampire Lovers is a gem which deserves to be savoured and relished.
UK: Passed 15 uncut with the brief nude shots of
Ingrid Pitt restored for:
2003 MGM Double Feature [with Countess Dracula] R1 DVD
It has been pointed out that the MGM restoration of MPAA censor cuts has missed a 1s shot in the opening scene of a vampire's severed head bouncing on the ground Nothing to get too concerned about though. See
article from movie-censorship.com
UK: The US 1998 Restoration was passed 15 with BBFC cuts waived for:
2002 ILC Prime R0 DVD
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
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
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.
US: The US Theatrical Version suffered cuts beyond the UK cuts and was MPAA R Rated for:
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 is a 1971 UK horror by Peter Sasdy. With Ingrid
Pitt, Nigel Green and Sandor Elès.
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.
Lust for a Vampire is a 1971 UK drama horror by Jimmy Sangster. With Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford and Suzanna Leigh.
The UK cinema release had a sex scene cut by the
BBFC. Home video releases are uncut.
Note that the ubiquitous promotional still to the right was a still for promotional use and does not appear in the film in such clear sight.
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.
Twins of Evil is a 1971 UK horror by John Hough With Inigo Jackson, Judy Matheson and Peter Cushing.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, and the cuts have persisted since
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...
Submitted 87:21s =83:51s
UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15
without further BBFC cuts 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 is a 1972 UK horror by Robert Young. With Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters and Anthony Higgins.
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.
UK: Passed 15 with some cinema cuts restored for for:
2012 Strawberry Media/Spirit [Great British Movies triple bill] R2 DVD
at UK Amazon
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter is a 1974 UK horror
adventure by Brian Clemens. With Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant.
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate bloody violence for:
The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Hazel Court and Robert Urquhart.
Cut by the BBFC for 1957 cinema release. These cuts persisted into home video until the 2012 restoration on Blu-ray when of the cuts was restored. Meanwhile the film has dropped down the BBFC age ratings from X in 1957 to 15 in 1989 to
12 in 2003.
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended.
UK: The Restored Version was passed 12 for moderate gore and horror with some BBFC cuts 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.
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:
The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 UK horror by Terence Fisher. With Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews and Eunice Gayson.
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.
The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror film by Freddie Francis
With Peter Cushing and Peter Woodthorpe.
The BBFC cut the X rated 1964 cinema release but waived the cuts for 12 rated 2007 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.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate
horror and violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
Frankenstein Created Woman is a 1967 UK Sci-Fi horror by Terence Fisher. With Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters.
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.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and language for:
The Horror of Frankenstein is a 1970 UK comedy horror sci-fi by
Jimmy Sangster. With Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara and Veronica Carlson.
Uncut and X rated for 1970 cinema release, then 15 rated for VHS and 12 rated for DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
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.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence and horror for:
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is a 1974
UK horror film by Terence Fisher With Peter Cushing, Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.
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.
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!"
Germany: The cut UK cinema version is available for:
The German DVD only suffers the cut close up to bloodied throat.
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.
UK: A Pre-cut version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
1996 Warner VHS
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.
The Quatermass Xperiment is a 1955 UK Sci-Fi horror by Val Guest. With Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner and Margia Dean.
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
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.
UK: PG Uncut for:
2011 Icon Double Bill (with 15 rated Quatermass 2) R2 DVD at UK
X the Unknown is a 1956 UK Sci-Fi horror by Leslie Norman. With Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman and Leo McKern.
No BBFC cuts for an X rating in 1956, however the BBFC did suggest cuts at the script stage. Later uncut for a PG rating for 2003 DVD. Uncut ad MPAA Unrated in teh US.
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.
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.
Quatermass 2 is a 1957 UK Sci-Fi horror by Val Guest. Starring Brian Donlevy, John Longden and Sidney James.
Uncut in the US and UK.
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.
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, 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.
UK: PG Uncut for:
2011 Icon Double Bill (with 15 rated Quatermass 2) R2 DVD at UK
Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 UK Sci-Fi horror by Roy Ward Baker. With James Donald, Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley.
Uncut in the US and UK.
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
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 is a 1959 UK horror by Terence Fisher With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Yvonne Furneaux.
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.
The US Version and all video versions run a couple of minutes longer than original UK cinema version.
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 is a 1964 UK horror thriller by
Michael Carreras. Starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard and Fred Clark.
Uncut in the UK and US. Originally X rated for 1964 cinema release, 15
rated for 1986 VHS and 12 rated on DVD since 2006.
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.
The Mummy's Shroud is a 1967 UK horror by John Gilling. With André Morell, John Phillips and David Buck.
Cut by the BBFC for 1967 X rated cinema release. PG uncut on DVD since 2003. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
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.
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.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1971 cinema release. The same cuts have
persisted to all home video releases but the BBFC rating was reduced to 15 for 1993 VHS. The cut UK version is PG rated in the US.
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
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.
UK: the cut cinema version was passed 15 for moderate violence and horror without further BBFC cuts for:
The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll is a 1960 UK horror by Terence Fisher. With Paul Massie, Dawn Addams and Christopher Lee.
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
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate
violence, sex references and drug use with previous cuts restored for:
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde is a 1971 UK horror by Roy Ward
Baker. With Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. The cuts have persisted ever since. The same cut version is MPAA PG rated in the US.
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.
UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
The Witches is a 1966 UK horror by Cyril Frankel. With Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh and Alec McCowen.
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
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.
The Devil Rides Out is a 1968 UK horror by Terence Fisher. With Christopher Lee, Charles Gray and Nike Arrighi.
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate violence and horror for:
To the Devil a Daughter is a 1976 UK/West Germany horror by Peter
Sykes. With Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman.
Uncut in the UK and US.
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
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex and bloody violence. for:
The Abominable Snowman is a 1957 UK Sci-Fi horror by Val Guest. With Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing and Maureen Connell.
Never cut in the US or UK
Summary Review: Low key High
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.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 UK horror mystery by
Terence Fisher. Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell and Christopher Lee.
Cut by the BBFC for 1959 cinema release. It seems likely that it was this cut cinema version that has been released ever since.
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.
cinema submitted 87:13s =83:44s
UK: An unknown version was passed without further BBFC cuts for mild horror and violence for:
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
The Stranglers of Bombay is a 1959 UK action historical horror by Terence Fisher. Starring Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson and Andrew Cruickshank.
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A" rated cinema release in
1959. These cuts have persisted to all releases since. Further animal cruelty cuts were required for a 15 rated VHS release in 1996, but these video cuts were waived for 15 rated Blu-ray in 2018.
A murderous religious cult is way-laying travellers and stealing goods in nineteenth century India. As the disappearances mount and trade becomes difficult, the British East India Company is forced to act. But they give the job to an
upper-class officer completely out-of-touch with the country rather than the obvious candidate who has been in India for years and well understands the people and culture.
cinema submitted 80:41s =77:27s
UK: The cut cinema Version was passed 15 for moderate violence, threat, injury detail, gory images with the previous video cuts waived:
Curse of the Werewolf is a 1961 UK horror film by Terence Fisher. With Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain.
Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release. A less cut BBC version turned up in 1995. Cuts were waived for 12 rated DVD in 2010. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
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
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.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, brief gory images, sexual threat:
The film has been completely restored with all the missing footage intact.
UK: A BBC Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for:
1995 Warner VHS
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.
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.
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
This is the
original version created by the Director. It was delayed and edited down a little for UK cinema in 1961 Presumably the distributors were worried scenes involving children and violence It was further cut for the US release.
US Theatrical Version
A shortened version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for:
1996 Encore VHS titled These Are the Damned
The shorter US Version replaces the shooting of Freya by Bernard with a scene showing the shots being fired by a helicopter gunman.
UK Theatrical Version
The UK Theatrical Version was passed X (16) uncut for:
1961 cinema release titled The Damned
The UK 1961 cinema release was delayed and edited down a little prior to release Presumably the distributors were worried scenes involving children and violence
The Terror of the Tongs is a 1961 UK horror adventure thriller by
Anthony Bushell. With Christopher Lee, Yvonne Monlaur and Geoffrey Toone.
Extensively cut for 1961 cinema release. Home video releases since have featured the same cut version
A secret society of Hong-Kong at the beginning of the century
called "The Red Dragon Tong" kidnaps the captain of a ship in the harbour of Hong-Kong as he tries to detain the killers of his daughter. Because the secret society is very powerful it is not easy to free him from their hands.
The cut cinema version was passed 15 for strong violence without further cuts for:
Reel 3 - remove shot of first officer's mutilated hand. Remove shots of Helena's hand being held down by Tong men on a table and her reactions as her fingers are stuck by the axe. [The BBFC later added: We feel that the scene
can be revised in such a way as to give the impression that she faints from the shock of the man rushing into the room rather than the severing of her fingers by the axe].
Reel 7 - there must be a considerable
reduction in the torturing of Sale: in particular remove all shots of the needles in contact with his flesh.
Reel 8 - remove shot of torturer lying on the ground with axe in his body and blood all around it.
Reel 9 - remove close shot of man's bloody body after it has been repeatedly stabbed and shots of his mutilated hand.
The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 UK horror music mystery by
Terence Fisher. Starring Herbert Lom, Heather Sears and Edward de Souza.
Cut for an A rating on cinema release but uncut for home video
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.
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
The Gorgon is a 1964 UK horror by Terrence Fisher. With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Richard Pasco.
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
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.
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.
UK: Passed 12 without BBFC cuts for moderate violence, horror and gory moments for:
Captain Clegg is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott. Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen.
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
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?
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, threat, horror for:
Rasputin: The Mad Monk is a 1966 UK drama by Don Sharp. With Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco.
Cut by the BBFC for 1966 cinema release. the cuts persisted to VHS. Uncut for DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated 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.
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 is a 1966 UK horror by John Gilling. With Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel and Ray Barrett.
Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1966. This cut versions seems
to have been distributed ever since and is the best available.
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
UK: Presumably the cut Cinema Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
Hands of the Ripper is a 1971 UK horror by Peter Sasdy. Eric
Porter, Angharad Rees and Jane Merrow.
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
UK: Passed 15 without BBFC cuts after the hat pin cut was restored for:
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.
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 is a 1972 UK horror thriller by Peter Sykes. With Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills.
This Hammer thriller was cut by the BBFC for an X theatrical release in 1972. These cuts have persisted to all video versions since, which are all 18 rated. The 1990 Warner VHS was further cut by the BBFC. The same cut Theatrical
Version is MPAA R rated in the US.
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.
UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 18 for strong bloody violence with
the 1990 video cuts waived 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.
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.
Never Take Sweets From a Stranger is a 1960 UK horror mystery thriller by Cyril Frankel. Starring Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer.
Uncut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Later uncut and 12 rated on 2017 Blu-ray. The US Theatrical Version was cut for dialogue.
nine-year-old daughter of the town's newly-appointed school principal, Peter Carter and his wife Sally, is playing in the woods with her 11-year-old friend Lucille, when Jean discovers she has lost her purse containing her "candy" money. Lucille tells
her she knows where they can get sweets for nothing, and leads her to an imposing mansion, from which the owner, Clarence Olderberry, Sr., a tall, gaunt man of 70 has been watching the girls from a window.
UK: A short version was passed 12 uncut for child abuse theme and references, moderate threat for:
2018 Powerhouse Hammer Vol 2 [UK + US Theatrical Versions] R0 Blu-ray at UK
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2018 Mill Creek Hammer Double Feature Vol 4 (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:
1960 cinema release
US: The US
theatrical version was cut for dialogue and re-titled Never Take Candy from a Strange
The Full Treatment is a 1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest. Starring Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento and Ronald Lewis.
Passed X uncut for 1960 release but was cut for US release. A toned down TV
version seems to have become the home video version but an extra scene was found for for 2018 Blu-ray
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.
uncut Theatrical Version
UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:
1960 cinema release
UK Video Version
UK: A longer UK version was included without an obvious BBFC database entry for:
2018 Powerhouse Hammer Volume 2 [UK video version + cut TV version] R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
The UK Video Version has an additional scene with Alan showing and a not quite clear topless Denise in the bath.
UK: A cut US TV version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence,
2018 Powerhouse Hammer Volume 2 [UK video version + cut TV version] R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
From IMDb. The TV arm of Columbia, Screen Gems, syndicated a toned down 107 min. print to US television for years. The running time of the UK release seems to tally with the TV version. US: Presumably the TV version is MPAA Unrated for:
Nightmare is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Freddie Francis. With David Knight, Moira Redmond and Jennie Linden.
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.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, injury detail for:
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
Crescendo is a 1970 UK horror thriller by Alan Gibson. With Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott.
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.
Fear in the Night is a 1972 UK mystery thriller by Jimmy Sangster. With Judy Geeson, Joan Collins, Ralph Bates.
This Hammer horror was always uncut in the UK, originally X rated for 1972 cinema release, 15 rated on VHS and then 12 rated for DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
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.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat and horror for:
Straight On Till Morning is a 1972 UK horror by Peter Collinson. With Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant and James Bolam.
Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1972. It is unknown if these cuts persist to 18 rated home video. MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Incredibly bleak
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
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.
UK: An unknown version was passed 18 for strong sex and violence without BBFC cuts for:
The Lost Continent is a 1968 UK / USA fantasy adventure by Michael
Carreras and Leslie Norman (uncredited). Starring Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef and Suzanna Leigh.
The US theatrical release was cut for an MPAA G rating. The cut
footage was located and spliced back into the a US theatrical print to create the Extended Version released on home video. However the restored footage was slightly lower quality, and the final result was significantly shorter than the original UK
On their way to South America, the passengers and crew of an old freighter face many challenges. The captain has taken on illegal cargo - a
dangerous consignment of phosphorous that will explode if it comes into contact with water - something that worries the crew but less so for the passengers who all seem to have good reasons to continue their trip. When the ship takes on water some of the
crew mutiny and eventually abandon ship. For those who stay aboard, they soon find themselves trapped in a huge bed of living seaweed and find a several centuries old Spanish galleon that has been trapped for all of that time - now manned by the
descendants of the original crew. They will have to help them if they are to survive.
US: The US Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated:
2020 Shout! Factory [US Theatrical Version + US Extended Version] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
The US theatrical release was cut for an MPAA G rating. The cut footage was located and spliced back into the a US theatrical print to create the Extended Version. However the restored footage was slightly lower quality, and the final result was
significantly shorter than the original UK Theatrical Version.
UK: The cut US Theatrical Version was passed 12 for
moderate violence without further BBFC cuts
2010 Optimum Releasing video
US: The US Theatrical Version was cut for an MPAA G rating.
UK: The UK Theatrical Version was passed X (16) uncut:
Shatter is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action drama by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman (uncredited). Starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti and Lily Li.
A co-production between Hammer and the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers was cut
by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975. A uncut version is set for 2020 Blu-ray.
Shatter, an international hitman, is hiding out in Hong Kong after he
has completed a contract out on an African leader. Shatter soon finds out that everyone wants him dead, including the crime syndicate, the cops and the brother of the African leader he killed. Shatter teams up with a kung fu expert to try to get the
money that is owed to him. Various double crosses and fight scenes ensue.
Let Me In is a 2010 UK/USA Hammer horror mystery by Matt Reeves. With Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins.
Always uncut in the UK and US.
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, horror and language for:
The Resident is a 2011 UK/USA mystery thriller by Antti Jokinen. With Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lee Pace.
Always uncut in the UK and US
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, sexual threat and strong language for:
Wake Wood is a 2010 Ireland/UK horror thriller by David Keating. With Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall.
Uncut for UK and US release
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.
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
The Woman in Black is a 2012 UK/Canada/Sweden ghost story by James
Watkins. With Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds.
Cut by the BBFC for a 12 rating. Passed uncut at 15 but unreleased. Uncut in the US with a PG-13 rating
In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of
his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House
that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow.
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.
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.
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 is a 2014 USA horror by John Pogue. Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke.
Uncut in the UK (15 rated) and US (PG-13 rated).
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.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong horror for:
2014 Lionsgate R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th August 2014
The Lodge is a 2019 UK horror thriller by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. Starring Jaeden Martell, Richard Armitage and Alicia Silverstone.
There are no censorship issues with this release.
A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of Goodnight Mommy, The Lodge follows a family who
retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father (Richard Armitage) is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan (It's Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley
Keough). Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace's dark past.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA Blu-ray at US Amazon