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Near Dark

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Near Dark is a 1987 USA horror thriller by Kathryn Bigelow.
With Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright and Lance Henriksen. YouTube icon IMDb

Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for cinema release but was cut for VHS. The cuts were waived for DVD. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A young man reluctantly joins a travelling "family" of evil vampires, when the girl he'd tried to seduce is part of that group.

This is a masterpiece of a film from director Kathryn Bigelow. It has been described by Ms Bigelow as a story of two families, a daylight family and a night family; others have called it a cross between a horror film, an action film and a western. It is a recorded fact that Ms Bigelow had wanted to make a western, but because westerns weren't popular at the time, it was decided to turn it into a horror film with a basic western feel.

This film is thoroughly enjoyable. One of the greatest vampire movies ever, though interestingly the term vampire is never used in the film itself.




UK: Passed 18 uncut after BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
18 89:51s UK: Passed 18 after 14s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 EIV VHS

From cuts details on IMDb

  • Diamondback opening and closing a butterfly knife repeatedly before slitting the barmaid's throat
  • Jesse and Severen putting the barman's body on the bar and smashing bottles of spirits over and around him to fuel the fire while Severen quips Hey, bartender salad.
'Neath the Arizona Skies

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3s U cert52:21s 1934 US western by Harry L Fraser

The BBFC cut the 2009 Deagostini DVD by 3s: A cut was made to a scene of animal cruelty (a horse being tripped and falling onto its face)

uncut U cert52:11s No mention of BBFC cuts to cinema/video/DVDs up to 2006
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is a 2013 Romania/USA action comedy

See Charlie Countryman


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  • Necromancer: Satan's Servant
Necromancer is a 1988 USA horror by Dusty Nelson
Starring Elizabeth Kaitan, John Tyler and Rhonda Dorton Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Summary Notes

Julie, a college student, is sexually assaulted by two fellow students. Desperate for revenge, she makes contact with a necromancer, who begins using her demonic powers to get rid of any guy Julie hates.

Definitely a B movie but plenty of reviewers have enjoyed the film on these terms.


run: 88:31s
pal: 84:59s


UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and sexual violence with previous cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
cut: 35s
run: 87:26s
pal: 83:56s
18UK: Passed 18 after 35s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1989 Film & Video VHS

From IMDB. The BBFC cuts were:

  • edits to a rape scene
  • edits to remove footage of a butterfly knife.

Necromancy is a 1972 USA horror by Bert I Gordon.

See The Witching


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  • Robert Angelo Masciantonio's Neighbor


Neighbour is a 2009 US torture horror by Robert A Masciantonio.
With America Olivo, Christian Campbell and Lauren Rooney. IMDb

US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:

R Rated
US: here is also a US R Rated version missing 4:12s of nastiness, including the entire penis torture scene. See pictorial cuts details from
1886:01s UK: The Unrated Director's Cut was passed 18 after 19s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2011 High Fliers video

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to remove sexualised focus on the torture and sexual assault of a man by inserting a urethral sound into his semi-erect penis causing severe bleeding. Cuts made in line with BBFC Guidelines and policy, and the Video Recordings Act 1984. [notably not mentioning the Dangerous Pictures Act]

See pictorial cuts details from

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

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uncut 15 cert1972 UK fantasy by Fred Burnley

The 2008 DVD submitted by Odeon is uncut

The uncut region 2 DVD is available at UK Amazon
The uncut US DVD is available at US Amazon for release on 28th July 2009

cut AA certificateThe 1972 UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC
  • Sex scene between Hugh and Anna was edited

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Nekromantik is a 1987 West Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit.
With Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski and Harald Lundt. IMDb

Not released in the UK for fear of censorship from 1987-2014. Passed 18 uncut for DVD in May 2014.

Summary Notes:

A German motorway cleaner takes rotting bodies home to a lover who has a necrophilia fetish. This involves the skinning of a rabbit, use of a metal pipe in conjunction with a condom, nudity, and graphic sexual scenes with dead bodies.


Original Version
run: 74:07s
pal: 71:09s

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, bloody violence, sexual violence, necrophilia for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

NEKromantik 2

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Nekromantik 2 is a 1991 Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit.
Starring Monika M, Mark Reeder and Lena Braun. YouTube icon IMDb

Not released in the UK for fear of censorship from 1991-2015. Passed 18 uncut for DVD in August 2015. There exists an extended version in Germany.

Summary Review: Dead Shy

A female nurse desperately tries to hide her feelings of necrophilia from her new boyfriend, but still has pieces of the corpse of the first movie's hero in her possession.


Extended Cut
run: 114:10s
pal: 109:36s
Germany flag
Germany: An Extended Cut has been released. This is the original version that was later shortened for brevity. Mostly plot, but a few violent scenes are slightly extended.

Perhaps this extended version should be considered more deleted scenes than Director's Cut, but it is worth a look. See pictorial version details from

run: 106:57s
pal: 102:40s

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, necrophilia, strong sex:
The BBFC commented in its Annual Report for 2015:

The 1991 German horror film Nekromantik 2 was passed without cuts at 18, with scenes of sex and sexualized violence, including a scene in which a woman decapitates a man she is having sex with, meaning that no lower rating could be considered.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Germany: Released for:

  • De 2011 Transvision Limited Edition R2 DVD with English subtitles at UK Amazon

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  • Nemesis 2.0
Nemesis is a 1992 Denmark / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Albert Pyun.
Starring Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Youtube link IMDb
The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated and is missing violence found in several extended versions. The Director's Cut, the Japanese Version and UK Version all feature similar extended violence and a darker alternative ending, but it unclear as to which of these is the definitive version.

Summary Notes

In the future, chaos is rampant as 'information terrorists' threaten to destroy order in society. Alex is a part-man-part-machine LAPD cop who is the best at what he does. When one of the terrorists calls him a machine, Alex questions his humanity and decides to leave the force. His final assignment is to apprehend an old colleague who has stolen some data. However, there is more than meets the eye and Alex must question his allegiance.


Director's Cut
MPAA Unrated 92:29s
US: The Director's Cut ior Nemesis 2.0 s MPAA Unrated.
  • 2019 MVD Collectors Edition [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut + Extended Japanese versions] (RA) Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon

From IMDb. The Director's cut has more blood and violence. It leaves out some of the narration that detrimentally gives away plot details too early.

Japanese Extended Version
Japan flag 95:49s
Japan: There exists an extended Japanese Version
From IMDb. The Japanese VHS features an alternate ending, containing an extended scene with Germaine, and a surprise appearance by Farnsworth at the very end, but also misses the entire stop-motion fight sequence on the plane, even though the sequence with an (inexplicably) badly injured Alex in Einstein's lab is intact.

See pictorial version details from

UK Version
1891:45s UK: Passed 18 uncut:

See article from :

This cut of the film seems to be a hybrid of the theatrical cut and the extended version of the film, containing some of the beats and extra action from the extended cut but also including the fight with the endoskeleton at the end of the picture.
mpaa cut
US Theatrical Version
MPAA R 92:07s
US: The cut Theatrical Version was rated R
The Neon Demon

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  • Neon démon
The Neon Demon is a 2016 France / USA / Denmark horror thriller by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. IMDb

The Daily Mail tried to stir up a censorial hoo-hah about the film, but to no avail, the BBFC was untroubled by the international version of the film and passed it 18 uncut. However the film was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating.

Summary Notes

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.


mpaa cut
run: 117:03s
pal: 112:22s
MPAA RUK: A cut version was rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language:

From IMDb. The theatrical R-rated version and uncut version are different only in the second morgue scene as follows:

(A) Female genital nudity is depicted 1 hour 29 minutes and 0 seconds into the film. In the R rated version (which played in US theaters), when Ruby was kissing the corpse (played by a female actress), the bottom of the frame showed the upper half of the vulva (inclusive of somewhat blurred labia, due to the camera focus on the kissing). In the unrated version (NOT the theatrical version or the director's narrative - which both emulate the R rated version seen in US theaters), that same moment depicts VERY clear labial exposure (as in medical clarity, yet artistically depicted).

(B) Note that the unrated version also shows Ruby's hand brush along the genitalia as it sweeps up to the left breast (R rated version prolongs the cut-away to the Jessie fantasy shot), and also depicts Ruby bouncing on the corpse as she reaches orgasm (while the R rated version shows only the close up of her face). The foley work and soundtrack during the unrated morgue scene are subtly but noticeably different.

BBFC uncut
run: 117:18s
pal: 112:36s
18 1980UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody images, necrophilia, sexual assault:
  • 2016 Icon Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2016 cinema release
Never Cry Devil

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  • Night Visitor


1:13s 1887:58s 1990 US thriller film by Rupert Hitzig
Never on Tuesday

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  • Das Highway-Trio
Never on Tuesday is a 1989 USA comedy drama by Adam Rifkin.
Starring Claudia Christian, Andrew Lauer and Peter Berg. IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 15 rated VHS due to to child protection law.

Summary Notes

Matt and Eddie are two young men from the mid-west travelling to California to see the sights - primarily semi-clad women on beaches. They hop into their car and head off through the desert on their quest. Hours from civilization the two are horsing around inside the car, lose control, and collide with the only car they've seen for miles. The driver of the other car is Tuesday, the most beautiful woman they've ever seen. Stranded in the desert, Matt and Eddie fantasize about Tuesday while they wait for someone to stop and help them. A motley collection of humanity happen by, but few are willing to help.


BBFC cut

UK: Passed 15 after 26s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1989 CBS/Fox VHS

Thanks to Scott. The BBFC cuts were:

- At 57 mins In fantasy open-air sex scene on bed with little girls dancing around it, remove all sight of girls dancing in same shot as man stroking bare breasts of woman sitting astride him (Protection of Children Act 1987).

Never Say Never again

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Never Say Never Again is a 1983 UK/US/German action film by Irvin Kirshner.
With Sean Connery, Kim Basinger and Klaus Maria Brandauer. YouTube icon IMDb

All UK releases are PG rated and cut for animal cruelty. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.


US: Uncut and PG rated for:
BBFC cut
PG Cert 128:14s UK: Pre-cut by 8s and then passed PG for mild language, violence and sex references for:
  • 2013 Twentieth Century Fox 30th Anniversary R0 Blu-ray

UK: Passed PG after 8s of BBFC cuts for:

  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1986 Warner VHS
  • 1983 cinema release

See pictorial cuts details from

  • Cut by the BBFC to remove a scene in which a horse falls into water on its back. Considered cruel treatment of a horse.
Never Take Sweets From a Stranger

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  • Never Take Sweets from a Stranger
  • Never Take Candy from a Stranger
Never Take Sweets From a Stranger is a 1960 UK horror mystery thriller by Cyril Frankel.
Starring Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
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.

Summary Notes

Jean Carter, 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.


BBFC uncut
run: 84:27s
pal: 81:04s

MPAA Unrated

UK: A short version was passed 12 uncut for child abuse theme and references, moderate threat for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Mill Creek Hammer Double Feature Vol 4 (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
BBFC uncut
run: 91:28s
pal: 87:48s
X pre 1970UK: Passed X (16) uncut for:
  • 1960 cinema release
mpaa cut
MPAA Unrated US: The US theatrical version was cut for dialogue and re-titled Never Take Candy from a Stranger

US: Cut for the original US theatrical release:

  • 2020 Mill Creek Hammer 20 Films Set (RA) Blu-ray titled Never Take Candy from a Stranger at US Amazon #ad
The NeverEnding Story

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  • Die unendliche Geschichte


U cert89:58s 1984 West Germany/US adventure by Wolfgang Petersen

The International Version was passed U uncut for the 1984 cinema release, 1986 Warner video, 2002 Warner DVD and 2008 Warner DVD/Blu-ray.

Note that there is also an alternative German Version

The uncut region 2 DVD is available at UK Amazon
The uncut UK Blu-ray is available at UK Amazon

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon
The uncut US Blu-ray is available at US Amazon

The New Adventures of Robin Hood

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3s U cert48:58s 1994 Australian children's cartoon

Cut when resubmitted for the 2007 Abbey DVD with the following BBFC comment:

Distributor chose to remove several [ie 5] uses of the word 'bleedin', used as an expletive, in order to gain a U. A PG uncut was available to the distributor.

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon

49s U cert48:55s The video was cut for the 1994-95 releases. Perhaps for the same reason as the 2007 submission
The New Barbarians

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  • I nuovi barbari
  • Warriors of the Wasteland
The New Barbarians is a 1983 Italy / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Enzo G Castellari.
Starring Giancarlo Prete, Fred Williamson and George Eastman. Youtube link IMDb
Not cut by the BBFC but pre-cut by EIV for 1983 VHS. Uncut for 2003 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

Two mercenaries help wandering caravans fight off an evil and aimless band of white-clad bikers after the nuclear holocuast.



MPAA Unrated


UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

pre-cert VHS 87:34s UK: A pre-cut version was released for:
  • 1983 EIV VHS

From IMDb:

  • The UK EIV Video was slightly pre-edited by the distributors before submission and toned down the rape of Scorpion by One.
BBFC uncut18 91:13s
UK: Passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1983 cinema release

Not sure if this was pre-cut as per the VHS release

New Big Boss

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  • Chin long chuen suet
  • Jin long chuen suet
  • Legend of the Wolf
  • Zhan lang chuan shuo


1894:21s 1997 Hong Kong martial arts film by Donnie Yen

From cuts details on IMDb :

The cut footage was later re-instated for the 2000 theatrical release and 2005 Soulblade DVD rating.

The uncut region 0 DVD is available at UK Amazon

5s 1894:21s The Eastern heroes video release of 1998 was cut by 5s to remove the sight of a spiked martial arts weapon
New Face in Hell

New Face in Hell is a 1968 USA action mystery drama by John Guillermin.

See P.J.

New Fist of Fury

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  • Xin ching-wu men
  • Xin jing wu men
  • Fists to Fight
New Fist of Fury is a 1976 Hong Kong / Taiwan action drama by Wei Lo.
Starring Jackie Chan, Nora Miao and Sing Chen. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1978, Cut again for 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts were waived for DVD from 2002. There are also several shortened versions.

Summary Notes

A young man sets out to avenge his grandfather's death and prove his martial arts mastery.


BBFC uncut
Original Version
run: 120m
pal: 115m
No CertUK: BBFC details have not been published for the Original Version:
Shortened Version
run: 109:52s
pal: 105:28s
15 cert


UK: A shortened version/Re-edited Version was passed 15 with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
  • 2020 88 Films [Original Version + Cantonese Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2020 88 Films [Original Version + Cantonese Version] R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2012 15 rated Showbox/Cine Asia Special Collector's Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2007 15 rated Contender DVD

UK: The same version was passed 18 for:

  • 2002 18 rated Eastern Heroes DVD

This version is shortened of about 6 minutes of dialogue.

Cantonese Versions
run: 82:23s
pal: 79:05s
15 cert 
  • 2007 Contender DVD
BBFC cut
cut: 2:58s
run: 111:07s
pal: 106:40s


18UK: Passed 18 after 2:58s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1989 Videosino VHS

More material was excised than that required by BBFC to remove the sight of nunchakus

BBFC cut
cut: 1:01s
run: 110:49s
pal: 106:23s


18UK: An abridged version was passed 18 after 1:01s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 Squarecape VHS

The BBFC cuts were reduced just to remove the sight of nunchakus

BBFC cut
run: 110:49s
pal: 106:23s
X certUK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1978 cinema release

From IMDb. The cuts were:

  • The film suffered extensive cuts which removed footage of nunchakus and fighting staff plus numerous edits to groin kicks, punches and an ear clap.
The New Girlfriend

The New Girlfriend is a 2014 France drama by François Ozon

See Hardcore 18s list: The New Girlfriend

The New Guy

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2002 US comedy by Ed Decter.
With DJ Qualls, Lyle Lovett and Eliza Dushku. IMDb

The US release features the uncut and Unrated Directors Cut:

BBFC uncut


12 cert


84:52s The Theatrical Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2003 Columbia/TriStar R2 DVD
  • 2002 Cinema release
The New Kids

The New Kids is a 1985 US horror thriller by Sean S Cunningham

See Striking Back

New Killers in Town

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  • Chu dao gui jing
  • Choh do gwai ging
  • Master of Disaster New Kids in Town


24s 1886:12s 1990 Hong King martial arts film by Chia Yung Liu

The film was cut by the BBFC when submitted in 1995.

  • Scene deleted showing man in a wheelchair being set alight

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon

The New World

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12 cert


164:45s 2005 US/UK adventure by Terence Malik. With Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher and Christopher Plummer. IMDb

An Extended Version was passed 12 for:

The US release of the Extended Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

The extra material is uncontentious

BBFC uncut 12 cert129:52s An abridged Theatrical Version was rated 12/12A for:
  • 2006 EIV R2 DVD
  • 2006 cinema release

See pictorial version details from . Version differences are uncontentious

BBFC uncut12A cert 150:05s
The Original Theatrical Version or Italian Cut was rated 12A for:
  • 2005 cinema release

 Version differences are uncontentious

New York

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15 cert 151:37s 2009 India crime drama by Abhir Khan

The BBFC passed the 2010 Yash RAj DVD 15 uncut

8s 12A cert151:29s The BBFC cut the 2009 cinema release by 8s for a 12A. Distributor chose to cut sight of blood spurting in slow motion as a man and a woman are gunned down. An uncut '15' was available.

New York New York

  • New York, New York
  • Nea Yorki, Nea Yorki
New York New York is a 1977 USA musical music drama by Martin Scorsese.
Starring Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro and Lionel Stander. IMDb
All UK releases seem to include the full length version which has been 'A' or PG rated. There are also two shortened versions running at at 136 and 153 minutes.

Summary Notes

The day WWII ends, Jimmy, a selfish and smooth-talking musician, meets Francine, a lounge singer. From that moment on, their relationship grows into love as they struggle with their careers and aim for the top.


BBFC uncut
run: 162:59s
pal: 156:28s


UK: Passed PG uncut for mild language and emotional intensity:
  • 2005 MGM [Special Edition + US Theatrical Version] R2 DVD at UK Amazon
UK: Passed PG uncut:
  • 1987 Warner Home VHS
UK: Passed A (PG) uncut for:.:
  • 1977 cinema release titled New York, New York
US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

See pictorial version details from : The Special Edition contains two extended and non controversila scenes adding up to 24:51s   that are not in the US Theatrical Version.

The New York Ripper

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  • Lo Squartatore di New York
  • Psycho Ripper
  • The Ripper
The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci.
With Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska and Howard Ross. YouTube icon IMDb
Famously banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release. Subsequent UK VHS/DVD releases are cut by about 30s. Cut for an MPAA R rating in the US but also released uncut and MPAA Unrated.

See also case study from

Summary review:  Darkest and goriest

The New York Ripper was a great Italian horror film from Lucio Fulci, the film was filled with plenty of gruesome death scenes and lots of sleaze, sex and nudity in fact its probably one of the sleaziest Italian horror flicks ever seen.

When an old man finds a prostitute's severed hand under the Brooklyn Bridge the police decide to do a little investigating. It seems that the victim was heard speaking to a strange duck-voiced man. As the murders add up the police detective who's investigating the case recruits a psychology professor to help find out who this Donald Duck voiced maniac could be

This is a typical Fulci flick which means that the plot gets thinner during the course of the film and the bad acting which was adequate especially for this type of film could have been better but that's not important, if your a hardcore Fulci or exploitation fan then you'll obviously love this as the death scenes were quite brutal and very nasty.

One of Fulci's best.

Extended Version

Original version
run: 93m
pal: 89m
MPAA UnratedUS: A restored version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
Extended Version
run: 93:07s
pal: 89:24s
MPAA UnratedUS: The extended version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

From IMDb. Two scenes are present in this extended version that have generally been omitted for editorial reasons from previous releases. However it has been mentioned that the restored scene outside the hospital is misplaced and just ends up adding confusion

  • A brief conversation between Dr Davis and his secretary, and
  • a shot of Davis turning and watching Lt Williams driving off in his car outside the hospital.
BBFC cut
cut: 29s
run: 94:11s
pal: 90:25s
18UK: An extended version was passed 18 after 29s of BBFC cuts for
  • 2020 Argent/Shameless R2 DVD
  • 2020 Argent/Shameless VoD
  • 2011 Argent/Shameless R0 Blu-ray

The BBFC commented:

  • Compulsory cuts were required to remove sexualised violence (a naked and bound woman's stomach and breasts being mutilated with a razor blade)

Shameless commented:

  • The version includes 3 minutes of footage not in the previous Shameless release and 15 seconds of footage not in the Blue Underground Blu-Ray. The BBFC cuts have been implemented by substitution and do not effect the running time.

See  article from : Admirable Cutting

  • Shameless have made great attempts to mask the cut best that they can. The still-offensive scene that the BBFC refuses to budge on, the death of the prostitute Kitty, is fairly apparent, but Shameless has done an admirable job in editing it so that it doesn't stand out too sorely from the rest of the film.

R Rated Version

mpaa cut
MPAA R US: There was also a cut US R Rated VHS. See pictorial cuts details from :

The R-Rated lacks all of the sex scenes and shots of the genital area. The R Rated version retains the violence though.

BBFC cut
cut: 34s
run: 90:45s
pal: 87:07s
18UK: The shorter version was passed 18 after 34s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2007 Argent/Shameless R0 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts were required to remove sexualised violence (a naked and bound woman's stomach and breasts being mutilated with a razor)

From IMDb & Mercury:

The BBFC did not ask for any additional cuts above those implemented in 22s for the 2002 release. In fact Shameless reckon that 19s were cut on BBFC instructions.

BBFC cut
cut: 22s
run: 90:13s
pal: 86:36s
18UK: The shorter version was passed 18 after 22s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2002 Protected/Vipco VHS

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to detailed, close up sight of a woman's stomach, breast and nipple being cut with a razor blade
banned \
run: 91:06s
pal: 87:27s
rejectedUK: The shorter version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1984 cinema release

It was not only banned but all prints were famously escorted out of the country. At least that is the romantic notion of events. The BBFC explain the events that led up to this story in a more pragmatic way. See case study from :

If Ferman had merely written to the distributor confirming the decision to refuse a BBFC classification, The New York Ripper may have simply been another work denied a release during the video nasties era. However, what Ferman did next meant The New York Ripper became something of an urban legend (which persists in cult and horror film circles to this day).

The fact the UK distributor of Nightmares in a Damaged Brain had just received a prison sentence for his role in distributing his film made the potential for the distributor of The New York Ripper to become embroiled in an obscenity case seem very real. Therefore Ferman decided it would be unwise for the BBFC to return the film to its distributor. Ferman was aware that the distributor could still release The New York Ripper on video tape (or seek local authority approval for local cinema exhibition), in spite of the BBFC's judgement that any release of the film was at risk of comprising an obscene publication. To do so would not only risk the distributor being vulnerable to a charge of being found in possession of an obscene work with intent to commercially supply, but could also potentially put the BBFC in the difficult position of having facilitated that supply.

Accordingly, Ferman took the unusual step of informing the UK distributor that the BBFC would be re-exporting the submitted print to the original rights holders in Italy, also advising him that he should similarly dispose of any further copies of the film in his possession. The BBFC's actions took place in a time and climate in which UK distributors were being convicted and even sent to jail for their involvement with similar films. However, it is easy to see how the legend developed that The New York Ripper was so uniquely powerful and offensive that every print had to be escorted from the country. Some stories go so far as to suggest the film had been removed under armed guard.

The BBFC also notes that there was a debate at the BBFC about whether the film cut be cut instead of banned:

The title of The New York Ripper and the film's theme were also unfortunate given the UK planned release also coincided with heightened public sensitivity following the conviction of serial murderer Peter Sutcliffe (the so-called Yorkshire Ripper').

Opinion was divided between the five Examiners who undertook the film's initial viewing, on 14 December 1983. Three argued the film could be cut for 18, while two felt it should be refused a classification outright. Those who argued the film should be rejected, or refused a classification, did so for two reasons. Partly, they believed the level of cuts required would leave no viable product for the company to release, and partly because they were concerned that the film's perceived misogyny might have a corrupting effect on viewers. There were further viewings, during December 1983 and January 1984, but no greater consensus emerged amongst examiners.

As a result, the BBFC's Director, James Ferman - who himself favoured refusal of classification - referred the film to the BBFC's President, Lord Harlech. Lord Harlech concluded that:

Two years ago it might have been worth trying to cut this very heavily for 18. But now, the law of obscenity would seem to catch this material squarely.


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  • Enemy of the State
Nf713 is a 2009 UK crime horror thriller by China Hamilton
Starring Niki Flynn and China Hamilton Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 2009 video release.

Summary Notes

An extended sequence in which a man tortures a woman psychologically, physically and sexually. The woman is bound and restrained throughout and the man in question is in a position of absolute power and control over her. The man tortures the woman in order to make her confess her crimes against an unnamed 'State' but his ultimate aim is to break her down and make her fully compliant, eradicating her individuality and making her a mere number, 'NF713.


Rejected 1980UK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 2009 Mista Solutions video

The BBFC commented:

NF713 takes the form of an extended sequence in which a man tortures a woman psychologically, physically and sexually. The woman is bound and restrained throughout and the man in question is in a position of absolute power and control over her. The man tortures the woman in order to make her confess her crimes against an unnamed 'State' but his ultimate aim is to break her down and make her fully compliant, eradicating her individuality and making her a mere number, 'NF713'. The man employs a variety of techniques ranging from invasive questioning about her body and her sexual life to genital torture with forceps and electricity, makeshift waterboarding, beatings and forced urination. The torture is unremitting and takes up the majority of the work's 73 minute running time. Throughout large sections the woman is naked or semi-naked and her nudity is focussed upon, particularly in the later portions of the work. The work concludes with a series of black and white stills of the woman, bound and restrained.

In the BBFC's view, the primary purpose of NF713 is to sexually arouse the viewer at the sight of a woman being sexually humiliated, tortured and abused. As such it constitutes a 'sex work', which is defined by the BBFC's Guidelines as a work whose 'primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation'. The focus on the woman's naked, humiliated body together with the conventional BDSM aspects of the later part of the work lend credence to the view that sexual arousal is its primary intent, as do the closing series of black and white stills which strongly resemble conventional erotic fetish photography. The BBFC operates a strict policy on sex works and does not issue classification to such works if they depict non consensual sexual activity (whether real or simulated), the infliction of pain or physical harm (whether real or simulated) or sexual threats, humiliation or abuse that do not form part of a clearly consenting role-playing game. NF713focuses exclusively on these elements of non-consensual activity, pain, humiliation and abuse and takes the form of a dramatic scenario in which the viewer is invited to believe that what is being shown is 'real'. Unlike many BDSM works it is not apparent that what is occurring is part of a consensual role play where the roles are clearly set out and, in any case, the Guidelines preclude the kind of strong abuse on offer here, even if consent is established.

Even if one were to take the view that the primary purpose of NF713 is to explore the nature of torture in dramatic form, the work would still be in clear breach of the BBFC's Guidelines and policies on sexual violence. The unbroken sequence of sexual torture and humiliation means that the work runs the risk (whether intentionally or unintentionally) of eroticising sexual violence and thereby causing harm to viewers. The work invites the audience to relish sight of – and be sexually aroused by - a restrained and helpless woman being sexually molested, humiliated and tortured. Such a complete focus on sexual violence, together with the elements of eroticism provided by the nudity and semi-nudity of the female victim, runs a real risk of eroticising sexual violence in a potentially harmful and dangerous manner.

The BBFC considered the possibility of cuts. However, given the extent of unacceptable material and the pervasive theme of sexual violence and sexual threat, cuts were not considered a viable option on this occasion.

From : I am Not a Number

I've just spent the last few days being tortured and interrogated for Control & Reform Productions. The film is called Enemy of the State [Since renamed to NF713] and it's the dark brainchild of China Hamilton and me.

It's somewhere between Closet Land and 1984 - but with no faking of the torture scenes. It's set in a non-specific police state and I've been arrested for distributing anti-State pamphlets. As such, I no longer warrant a name; I'm simply NF-713. My soft-spoken interrogator gradually convinces me to cooperate through various kind and caring methods, as he only wants to help me. Help comes in various forms, as does corrective treatment:

Bastinado, back whipping, breast whipping, electric shocks, hydrotherapy , medical torture, brainwashing, force-feeding… Except for the use of a small whip in one scene, my bottom was actually spared. (How's that for a first?) I was wrecked by the end of the shoot, still crying after the cameras stopped rolling.

Niki Flynn also speaks at length about the BBFC rejection notice: R is for "rejected"

The British Board of Film Censors has just examined my naked, humiliated body in exhaustive detail and declared it potentially harmful and dangerous.

While I'm not too surprised the film didn't get an 18 certificate, I'm actually fairly disturbed by some of the alarmist language in the rejection note.

The note describes the unremitting torture inflicted throughout the film, making it sound far worse and more graphic than it actually is. Frankly, in the cut submitted to the BBFC there is very little actual abuse shown and the focus is mostly on the psychological aspects of interrogation and the resulting Stockholm Syndrome. But they felt its primary intent was to sexually arouse the viewer and as such it's a sex work and the non-consensuality makes it unsuitable for the British public, who are apparently likely to become rapists and torturers after viewing such a dangerous film.

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BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2019.


BBFC cut
category cuts
cut: 3:26s
run: 144:19s
pal: 138:33s
sub: 147:45s
12AUK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, sexual violence references, infrequent strong language after 3:26s of BBFC category cuts:
  • 2019 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • The distributor requested cuts to achieve a 12A classification. Cuts were made to scenes of violence in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.

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