Sacred Flesh is a 2000 UK by Nigel Wingrove. Starring Sally Tremaine, Moyna Cope and Simon Hill.
Cut by the BBFC for UK video but uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Visually stunning
Taunted by visions of Mary Magdalene, who reveals the confessions of the younger nuns at the convent, the Mother Superior's mind is filled with the violent, sexual
acts of her fellow sisters.
The film contains plenty of graphic nudity. There is a nun masturbating, nuns having lesbian sex, a nun being tied to a cross and pleasured by other nuns, along with a nun being licked and caressed by
two priests. Along with all this is a naked woman crucified and wearing a crown of thorns, flagellation and self-flagellation.
Some reviewers found it erotic: This is not your usual nunsploitation movie and transcends the genre,
becoming art. This is without doubt one of the most erotic films I have seen in a long time.
The film is visually stunning but some found it boring.
Three teachers on
the way to a ball game are held hostage by two sociopathic teenagers when their car breaks down. Forced to submit to the thrill-killers twisted games, the teachers must try to buy enough time to escape with their lives.
far so schlocky. So what raises this movie so far above expectations to become the classic it is? A combination of low budget ingenuity, untapped talent, and that beautiful moment when you know that all are raising their game. Lightning strikes but once.
B-movie legend Arch Hall, Jr., plays the giggling psycho Charlie and his performance, whilst never subtle, is constantly unsettling and vicious. Writer/director James Landis crafts a tight, real-time thriller that never
lets up the tension and keeps the viewer in the thick of things for the full 90 minutes. And last but not least, Oscar winner Vilmos Zsigmond breaks his cinematographic cherry with a mini master class in lighting, Gregg Toland-esque deep focus, and
The whole thing cost $33,000 to shoot. It's brilliant. It puts 95% of other thrillers to shame. The violence is nihilistic and shocking. Whenever I show this movie to friends they can't believe it is
You need this in your collection. It's a lost classic.
Sadomania is a 1981 Spanish/W German women in prison film by Jess Franco. With Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon and Ursula Buchfellner.
Sadomania was massively cut by the BBFC for cinema release but later
banned from VHS. By 2005 the ban was lifted but still cut by 17s. The longest version is the Spanish Version available uncut in the US. There is also a shorter Export Version
Summary Review: Ridiculous Plot
Sadomania is the infamous Women in Prison flick by the king of ultra low budget exploitation films, Jesus Franco.
The ridiculous plot has a newly wed young couple, who are kidnapped during their journey as they drive their
wedding car somewhere in Spain. They are taken to the nearby women prison, led by sadistic lesbian warden (the late Ajita Wilson) and some sleazy governor and his wife, and despite the fact that the prison girls/women work hard there, their real reason
to be there is to satisfy these leaders' bottomless sexual desires and perversions. Poor women are raped and abused, in the guaranteed Franco style, but it all ends happily for the protagonists and evil and horny sadists meet their fate, again Franco
This film is okay if one happens to like these kind of "guilty pleasures" with huge amount of nudity and love making. The sleaze-o-meter is taken as high as possibly.
Sadomania is noteworthy piece of Franco cinema, and
shot with his usual zooms and beautiful images of nature, stained only by the presence of the film's ugly and evil protagonists.
US: The Spanish Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2013 Blue Underground Bad Girls Behind Bars Collection R0 DVD at US Amazon
UK: The Spanish Version was passed 18 after 17s of BBFC cuts for:
2005 Anchor Bay R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Cut required to a scene of sexual and sexualised violence (in this case, a pin being inserted into a woman's nipple)
UK: The Export Version was banned by the BBFC for:
1994 Redemption VHS titled Sadomania
The BBFC commented:
A Women's prison video in which the female prisoners were coerced, degraded and brutalised. The treatment in Sadomania was often vicious in the extreme, with gladiatorial combat to the death
between naked prisoners, the torture of a prisoner by sticking needles into and around her nipples, the hunting down of a naked woman with guns and dogs, and the rape of a bound and screaming naked prisoner by an Alsation dog, viewed by the governor and
his wife as a sexy turn-on.
Twenty years ago Redemption Films released Succubus and I received a
written warning from the British Board of Film Classification, that Jess Franco was a director whose films the BBFC regarded as bordering on criminal. I was told that were I to attempt to release other films by him or to bring them into the country there
would be consequences... A year later I submitted Demoniacs and Sadomania and both were categorically banned with the implicit threat that by pushing the work of Jess Franco I was, indirectly, championing criminal sexual material and that if I continued
I too would face not civil, but criminal proceedings.
The BBFC said of SADOMANIA:
... it is grossly unsuitable for viewing in the home. Few, if any, of the sex scenes are consenting,... women
that persistently refuse to succumb to the sadistic prison regime are systematically tortured, humiliated or degraded, often for the purpose of arousing the impotent male governor and through him the male viewer of the video work. ... There is no doubt
in our minds that the erotic presentation of such scenes would be found depraving and corrupting by a British jury .
Redemption Films challenged the banning of these films, along with Bare Behind Bars legally, and
lost. We then sought and won leave to judicially review the BBFC's entire operation, a massive undertaking and one which would, had we pursued it, opened up all the machinations of the BBFC's internal workings to public scrutiny, however, we ran out of
money and had to wait until our battle over pornography several years later to finally oust the BBFC chairman James Ferman which in turn heralded in a period of more liberal censorship.
UK: Passed X (18) after about 17:00s of BBFC cuts for:
Saigon Commandos is a 1988 USA action adventure by Clark Henderson. Starring Richard Young, PJ Soles and John Allen Nelson.
The film was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Although not confirmed, it
seems likely that European VHS releases are uncut.
A series of drug-related murders haunt Saigon. Ex-Green Beret Mark Stryker and his MP's must find the culprits. With
the help of Jean Lassiter, a nosey reporter covering the crime beat, Stryker uncovers the involvement of corrupt politicians in the heroin trade and in the killings. But before he can pin them down, Stryker is framed for the murder of his commanding
officer and now he must clear his name, free Lassiter from her captors, and stop his men from carrying out their own kind of vengeance before it is too late.
UK: Passed 18 uncut:
1987 Medusa Communications VHS
The cuts for an R rating are close to the PAL vs NTSC speed up time difference so it is not confirmed that this is the uncut version. But if the tape was presented to the BBFC in PAL then this would indicate that the UK release is uncut. Note that a
German VHS from the time was uncut perhaps suggesting that the uncut version was used for European releases.
The Saint is a 1997 USA action Sci-Fi romance by Phillip Noyce. Starring Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue and Rade Serbedzija.
BBFC category cuts were required for all 12 rated UK releases. Uncut and
PG-13 rated in the US.
Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar , also known as the Saint for his use of creating
false identities using the names of Catholic saints,is one of the world's most successful thieves. Slick, debonair and a master of disguise, Simon manages to outwit the police again and again. On his next job Simon is hired by the Russian Mafia to steal
a cold fusion energy formula from scientist Emma Russel, however the mission backfires as he falls for the pretty, intelligent scientist. Simon and his new love must now manage to outwit the Russian Mafia and work out the energy formula before the worst
happens and the US is affected forever.
The three uses of fuck , when a mother swears at her adolescent son, in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (12A) brought the film six complaints. Parents said they did not want their children to hear such language in films aimed
at family audiences.
UK: An alternative version was passed 12A without BBFC cuts for one use of strong language and
moderate sex references for:
2012 cinema release
UK: The Airline Version, pre-cut by 1:23s, was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for implied strong language and moderate sex references for:
Salo is a 1975 Italian/French drama by Pier Paolo Pasolini. With Paolo Bonacelli and Giorgio Cataldi.
Banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release. Cuts were then made for a cinema club release. Unuct since 2000 with an 18 rating. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Not for the Faint-Hearted
There are few movies out there, if any, that can generate as much ire and disgust as Pasolini's Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma .
Not for the Faint-Hearted? You'd better believe it. And thus, it's
hard to really "recommend" this film to anyone, as you wouldn't really "recommend" divorce - But it's a life experience you can gain valuable knowledge from.
The film takes it's inspiration / Modus
Operandi from the Marquis De Sade's notorious novel The 120 Days of Sodom , which, if you have read it, you will know perfectly well what you can expect from the film. Transporting the setting to Mussolini-Era Fascist Italy, four Aristocratic
Libertines subject their young subjects to Sexual Manipulation and Torture, both physical and psychological.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, sexual violence and scenes of torture:
In reaching the decision to pass Salò '18' uncut, the
BBFC considered that although the film was undeniably - and intentionally - shocking, it did not contain anything that would 'deprave and corrupt' viewers - the basic test of the Obscene Publications Act.
Salò's purpose and its likely effect on viewers seemed to be quite the opposite. In the Board's view, the film depicted its events in a cold, detached and ritualised style, deliberately removing any hint of titillation. The film also mirrored de
Sade's verbose literary style, alienating the viewer through its repetitions. Although the film contained many disturbing scenes, the Board agreed that its intention was to deliberately shock and appal audiences at the evil of fascism and to vividly
illustrate the idea that 'absolute power corrupts absolutely'.
Much like James Ferman in the 1970s, the BBFC agreed that any attempt to cut the film would undermine the director's purpose by making the film less shocking,
the events depicted more palatable, and therefore less effective.
Although the film was suggestive of many horrors, the Board noted that most of its on screen violence was in fact relatively muted and shown in long shot or
extreme long shot. There were no lingering close ups and the film's climactic death scenes could even be said to appear technically unconvincing by modern standards.
US: The US release is more or less uncut and is MPAA Unrated for:
The cut version prepared by James Ferman for club screenings lost nearly six minutes
of footage, removing - amongst other things - the coprophagia, the extreme violence at the end of the film, and certain elements of homosexual behaviour that were believed to be vulnerable to prosecution.
It also added an
4 minute on-screen prologue to legally 'explain' the context of Mussolini's regime at Salò and the writings of the Marquis de Sade.
An uncut version was however screened in 1995 at the NFT. It was also briefly shown uncut
in a Soho cinema club in 1977 but that resulted in a police raid.
It was refused a certificate on the legal grounds of gross indecency. Gross
indecency was defined in British law as anything which an ordinary decent man or woman would find to be shocking, disgusting and revolting , or, which offended against recognised standards of propriety.
Unlike the Obscene Publications Act - which at that stage did not apply to films - gross indecency allowed for no defence of artistic or cultural merit to be mounted on the film's behalf. Furthermore, there was no requirement to consider the film - or the film's purpose - as a whole. If any part of the film was indecent then the whole film was illegal.
1976 Italian/German/French erotic Nazi drama by Tinto Brass. With Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin and Teresa Ann Savoy.
Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Then released as a shortened
version for 1993 VHS. Uncut on DVD since 2008. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Depraved, decadent, damned and uncut for the first time ever!
The most shocking and controversial of Italian director Tinto Brass' films presents a serious, unflinching depiction of moral decay within the Nazi Party at the time of World War II, and of how power ultimately leads to corruption.
The fully restored Director's Cut of this notorious film is now available on DVD, presented in its original widescreen format, completely uncensored and featuring 21 minutes of never-seen-before footage. Finally, the extremely disturbing,
bordering-on-the-hardcore content can be seen as originally intended by the film's director, Tinto Brass.
SS Officer Helmut Wallenburg (Helmut Berger) is instructed by his superiors to set up an elite brothel, the eponymous Salon Kitty,
especially designed to serve high-ranking Nazi officials and foreign diplomats. In order to cater to the clients' darkest perversions and desires sufficiently, Wallenburg is also charged with finding and rigorously training twenty beautiful and
intelligent women, who are not only dedicated to the ideals of National Socialism but are also prepared to perform the most extreme acts of debauchery imaginable. What these prostitutes and their customers don't know is that the brothel is bugged and is
being used to collect intelligence and to monitor the clients' loyalty to the Nazi Party.
As well as boasting superb performances by Helmut Berger and Ingrid Thulin, Salon Kitty also features beautiful cinematography and sumptuous
sets that provide a stunning showcase for the work of twice Oscar winning production designer Ken Adam.
UK: The Full Length version passed 18 uncut with all previous
cuts waived for:
Salt is a 2010 US spy thriller by Phillip Noyce. With Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
BBFC category cuts were were required for the 12 rated UK Version. These cuts or similar were also included in the US Theatrical Version. There also exists a Director's Cut and Alternative Version which are both uncut and 15 rated in
the UK, MPAA Unrated in the US.
Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their
offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt.
Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?
UK: An Extended Version/Director's Cut
was passed 15 uncut for:
SALT is an action espionage thriller
starring Angelina Jolie as CIA agent Evelyn Salt. She is forced to go on the run after being accused by a defector of being a Russian deep-cover sleeper agent.
This is an extended version of a film that was classified 12A
in the cinema and 12 on DVD for moderate violence and one use of strong language . Additional material present here meant this version of the film was classified 15 for strong violence.
Guidelines at 12A'/'12 state that Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context . SALT includes
several fast-paced fight scenes featuring moderate violence, with crunchy kicks and blows. In most scenes little is seen in terms of blood or injury detail but there are a few sequences of strong violence, including a woman being repeatedly beaten and
smashed into a desk as she fights a dirty agent and a woman pulling a chain around a man's neck to throttle him. The film also opens with a torture scene in which a plastic tube is forced into Salt's mouth and filled with water, with some brief emphasis
on her struggle. These stronger scenes exceed the terms of the 12A'/'12 Guidelines and are more appropriately placed at 15 where Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images
are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable .
SALT also contains a single use of strong language that is neither aggressively delivered nor directed. This
would have been permissible at 12A'/'12 where the Guidelines state that The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent .
In the first alternative version of the film there is a very extended sequence involving the loss of someone very close to Evelyn Salt. The same story point occurs in the original film, but it
happens in an entirely different way.
I shot it both ways because studios are always keeping an eye on contentious material that might become a censorship issue later, so I shot two versions of this particular scene: one
that lasts for mere seconds, and another that lasts for several minutes. Both events in the story are the catalyst for Evelyn Salt's fury – and fuel her, and maybe even change her destiny.
In the version that we released
in cinemas, the audience participates in the event from a distance, but it's all over before you become involved.
In the other version, they're place inside Evelyn Salt's heart and mind and soul as she experiences this
lost and goes through the galvanising event in her life.
Then at the end of that version, the whole plot by the Russian deep cover moles that have been planted all around the world is revealed. What we thought was the plan
turns out to be a preamble to the real plan, so everything in the story is turned on its head. We only realise that in the last three seconds of the movie. In the last sentence that's spoken, we suddenly realise that everything we saw was the beginning,
not the end of the story.
UK: An Extended Version with an
alternative ending was passed 15 uncut for:
2010 Sony Extended Edition Blu-ray
2010 Sony Extended Edition R2 DVD
Director Philip Noyce comments:
Then, in the third version there is an entirely different ending again! With a different outcome, involving different characters.
Theatrical Version advised category cuts
UK: The Theatrical Version was
passed 12/12A after BBFC suggested cuts for 12A were implemented for:
2010 Sony Blu-ray
2010 Sony R2 DVD
2010 cinema release.
The BBFC commented:
This film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15 classification but that the requested 12A certificate could be achieved by making cuts:
in six sequences in order to reduce a scene of torture,
four violent scenes and a
scene of strangulation.
When the finished version of the film was submitted, all six scenes had been reduced acceptably and the film was classified 12A .
The BBFC further explained in their 2010 annual report:
The film was seen for advice, as the distributor was keen to obtain a 12A certificate. At that stage, the film contained six violent action sequences that were problematic at the requested category, including an opening scene
of interrogation, in which Jolie's character has a tube forced down her throat and water poured down it.
A number of changes were made in advance of the film's formal submission. These significantly reduced the visual
impact of the violence, with a lot of the action taking place off screen or implied only.
In one scene one of the characters, wearing a shoe with a retractable blade coming out of the toe (similar to that belonging to Rosa
Klebb in From Russia With Love), attacks a man. Despite the fact that this is not an easily accessible weapon, the Board still required that the focus on the weapon and the resultant injuries be significantly reduced.
Scenes involving use of a Tazer and a broken bottle were also reduced in the classified version.
US: The Theatrical Version is cut and MPAA PG-13 rated.
Either the US producers accepted the UK cuts or else came to a similar conclusion to the BBFC on cuts need for a PG-13 rated version.
The Salute of the Jugger is a 1989 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi film by David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples). Starring Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen and Delroy Lindo.
Exists in a long version and a shortened version.
A Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football.
Rutger Hauer plays a disgraced former star leading a rag tag group of "Juggers" to one of the remaining Nine Cities for glory and redemption
Sam Whiskey is a 1969 USA comedy western by Arnold Laven. Starring Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson and Clint Walker.
The film was cut by the BBFC for an AA rated 1969 cinema release. Also cut in the US to avoid an MPAA R rating.
Sam Whiskey is an all-round talent, but when the
attractive widow Laura offers him a job, he hesitates: he shall salvage gold bars, which Laura's dead husband stole recently, from a sunken ship and secretly bring them back to the mint before they are missed. But how shall he manage to get several
hundred pounds of gold into the mint without anyone noticing?
The uncut version was released on Australian VHS titled A Man of All Breeds
US: Presumably the cut US Version was MPAA re-rated PG-13 for sexual content and some violence for:
2014 Kino Lorber RA Blu-ray
2014 Kino Lorber R1 DVD
This was one of the first movies to have a scene cut under the, then new, MPAA American ratings system. A bare-from-the-waist-up shot of Angie Dickinson featured in the original print submitted. This topless
shot of Dickinson was cut for the movie's American release so as to get an M rating instead of the more restrictive R-rating. Director Arnold Laven then submitted a print with a tighter shot of Dickinson showing her from the shoulders up.
UK: Passed U for mild threat after of BBFC category cuts for:
2013 Warner [2D + 3D] R2 DVD
2013 [2D + 3D] cinema release
The BBFC Commented:
Distributor chose to remove a use of mild bad language in order to achieve a U classification. At U, only infrequent use of very mild bad language is allowed. An uncut PG was available Cuts were made
The BBFC commented further in the 2013 Annual Report:
The film contains one emphatic use of frigging , which we do not consider to be very mild language and which seemed out of place
within the otherwise benign tone of the film. The distributor chose to remove the word in order to ensure that the film was suitable for young children.
Samson is a 1961 Italy / France fantasy adventure by Gianfranco Parolini. Starring Brad Harris, Sergio Ciani and Mara Berni.
BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated 1963 cinema release.
While traveling through the kingdom of Sulom, Samson is arrested and finds that the queen no longer reigns and that a power-mad warlord and his army of mercenaries now controls the
kingdom. Samson teams up with some of his one-time adversaries to battle the usurper and restore the rightful queen to power.
Video/DVD cut by the BBFC when submitted in 2001: Cut required to remove the rape elements from a scene in which rape becomes consensual sex and which therefore risks endorsing the myth that women enjoy being raped.
The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 USA war romance by Robert Wise. With Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough.
Cut by the BBFC for 1966 cinema release. 5 months later it was shortened by about
14 minutes and this shorter version has been used ever since.
Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of
exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence
reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.
UK: The shortened version was passed 12 uncut for torture scene, moderate violence, injury detail and sex
Sardonicus is a 1961 USA horror mystery drama by William Castle. With Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton and Guy Rolfe.
Briefly banned by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release before being cut and X rated. Uncut and 12 rated on VHS and DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
A search for a
winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the
"Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds...
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 this cut 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:
Satanic Sluts III: Scandalized is a 2009 UK fantasy by Nigel Wingrove. Starring Georgina Baillie, Harmony Hex and Michelle Thorne.
Heavily cut by the BBFC for 2009 DVD.
Notable for starring Georgina
Baillie aka as Voluptua, the granddaughter who Russell Brand claimed on air to have 'fucked' in a phone message to Andrew Sachs.
Starring the UK's most notorious Satanic Slut, Voluptua,
whose utterly salacious sex scandal threatened to topple the BBC and even had leading politicians utter the sacred words "Satanic Sluts". Inspired by tabloid sleaze, Voluptua relaxes and lets her naughty dreams take her to every scenario you
can think of, from military dress-downs to '60s-style space settings and back again.
US: Unconfirmed version is MPAA Unrated
Reviewers speak of explicit girl on girl action so maybe the US release is uncut.
18 for strong sex and nudity after 9:25s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
2015 Salvation R2 DVD
2009 Redemption Films R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Distributor chose to remove images of explicit and unsimulated sexual activity in order to achieve an '18' category (in this instance, explicit detail of cunnilingus, dildo penetration and digital penetration), in accordance with
BBFC Guidelines and policy. An 'R18' uncut was available. 'R18's can only be sold in licensed sex shops.
In the spirit of Ken Russell's THE DEVILS and Juan Lopez Moctezuma's ALUCARDA, this is one of the most subversive, violent and shocking films ever made about the religious life. With a
stunning performance form the often naked Cecilia Pezet, the film inspired the Salma Hayek character in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
Sister Maria (Pezet) is known in the convent for her good works and charitable deeds. But, in the secret depths of her
sexual fantasies, she is tormented by visions of another world - a world where her forbidden passions are allowed to run free. In this world, Satan is her master. As her acts of violence and blasphemy increase, Maria realizes that she has been chosen by
the Devil himself to destroy the convent and lead her sister nuns into hell!
Satan's Sadists is a 1969 USA action horror drama by Al Adamson. Starring Russ Tamblyn, Scott Brady and John 'Bud' Cardos.
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Then cut by the BBFC for an
18 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
The "Satans" are a very cruel biker gang led by Anchor. The gang goes to a diner in the middle of
nowhere in the California desert where they begin to terrorize Lew and his patrons and his waitress, Tracy. After a little killing, one of the patrons named Johnny manages to escape from the bikers into the desert. They need to reach a town before the
Satans catch up to them and kill them.
Satan's Slave is a 1976 UK horror by Norman J Warren. With Michael Gough, Martin Potter and Candace Glendenning.
Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1976 and 18 rated VHS in
1997. The 2004 18 rated DVD is based on the extended International Version but was missing a scene of sexual violence, a decision backed by the director. The sexual violence cuts were waived by the BBFC for 2019 Blu-ray featuring the uncut International
The International Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Bizarre artwork
A young girl is caught up in a devil cult run by her evil uncle and cousin. She can trust no
one and even people she thought were dead comes back to haunt her.
The film has a reasonably interesting story, attractive characters, at least one sleazy psycho guy, and plenty of nakedness and blood. Since its about an evil
Satanic cult, there's also a few cool ritual scenes with daggers, baphomets and robes, along with an attractive young blonde being offered up to the dark lord. One of the coolest parts of this movie is the opening sequence, if only because of the eerie
off-key piano music and bizarre artwork.
UK: The International Version was passed
18 for sexual threat, sexualised violence with previous cuts waived:
2019 Powerhouse Bloody Terror set [International Version + Director's Cut] R0 Blu-ray at UK
Thanks to Jon. There's an extra on the Powerhouse disc of SATAN'S SLAVE showing the difference between the UK BBFC X Certificate Cinema version and the Uncut Version, and also a comparison between the two different versions of the bedroom
US: The International Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
2004 Starz/Anchor Bay Norman Warren Collection R2 DVD at UK
This version is based on the more violent International Version but is missing the sexually violent scene where Stephen smothers a woman with a pillow into unconsciousness. On re-awakening Stephen cuts off her clothes and threateningly traces the
scissors across her body. See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com
The cuts replace the original 3:00s scene with a 1:15s scene for a net running time reduction of 1:45s.
Prior to submission to the BBFC, the director replaced the notorious scissors scene where scissors are traced over a woman which he had
apparently 'never liked anyway'. The excised scene was to have been included as a DVD extra, but was abandoned after the BBFC asked for cuts.
So if the reports are to be believed, then this version is the Director's Cut, but is missing a notable
deleted scene from the DVD extras
UK: The International Version was passed 18 after 1:04s of BBFC cuts for:
1997 Sovereign/Satanica VHS
The BBFC cuts were:
edits to a whipping and branding scene
edited much of Potter's bedroom assault.
The 1997 Satanica video featured an alternate print which was pre-edited by the director to remove a scene where scissors are traced over a woman. It restored many of the original cinema cuts. However the film was then cut by 1 minute 4 seconds by the
BBFC to edit a whipping scene and much of the bedroom assault.
UK: The UK Version was passed X with BBFC cuts for:
Sátántangó was only classified uncut after we received detailed assurances from the film-makers regarding how the scenes with the cat were prepared and filmed in such a way as to avoid cruelty to the animal involved. Those assurances were
consistent with the onscreen evidence.
Saturn 3 is a 1980 UK Sci-Fi adventure thriller by Stanley Donen and John Barry. With Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel.
Cut by the BBFC for an A rated cinema release. Uncut 15 for home video. Uncut and R
rated in the US
Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in
space no one can hear you scream...
Complaints to the BBFC, outlined in the BBFC Annual Report covering 2016:
Sausage Party attracted 19 complaints.
Some of the feedback concerned the film's sex references. A scene in Sausage Party
shows food products taking part in an orgy, during which various sexual activities are depicted, but in an unrealistic manner. Given the animated nature of the film and the comic context, this scene is acceptable at 15.
members of the public complained about the film's three uses of very strong language ('cunt'). The comic and non aggressive delivery of the very strong language in Sausage Party means that it is acceptable at 15.
about Sausage Party focussed on drug use. Drug references in the film are either unrealistic (for example, food products smoking joints) or involve non-existent drugs (for example, bath salts). As such, they are permissible at 15, where drug taking may
be shown but the work as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse.
US: The film was cut to avoid an MPAA NC-17 rating.
Sweden: The film was given an 11A rating in Sweden. Children must be 11+ to view by
themselves or else be 7+ to view with an accompanying adult. Strong language is not considered much of an issue in Sweden.
France: The film was given a 12 rating much to the annoyance of local moralists:
president of France's Christian Democratic party whinged:
An orgy scene for 12-year-olds! Everything remains to be done to combat early exposure to pornography.
La Manif Pour Tours, which has campaigned
against same-sex marriage fired of an angry tweet:
Hello CNC, explain how you can authorise the screening of a giant orgy for the whole family?
The Association of Catholic Families warned parents:
[The movie gives] the appearance of being intended for young people and children. its content is not only coarse, but also clearly pornographic, under cover of being 'politically incorrect'.
See article from deathandtaxesmag.com . On Howard Stern's Sirius XM show, Seth
Rogen discussed what he and his colleagues had to do to avoid an MPAA NC-17 rating. Among other things:
Scale back plans to depict a pita with a hairy scrotum during the movie's spectacular eight-minute long orgy scene.
We submitted it and we first got an NC-17 rating back. Our fear was that it would create this big negotiation process where we had to butcher the whole thing...we probably added six things into the orgy
that we were like, okay, these are our sacrificial lambs, they are the chips that we're willing to lose, and we lost like, an eighth of one of them.
There is a pita bread, and you see his ball sack in the end of the orgy, and it
had hair on it, and they asked that we remove the hair from the pita bread's ball sack. So we digitally shaved the pita bread's ball sack and removed the hair from it.
It is reported that the the film was banned in China as the humorous animation style would lead children to watch it inappropriately.
Savage is a 1996 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Avi Nesher. Starring Olivier Gruner, Jennifer Grant and Kario Salem.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1997 VHS.
After his family is murdered, and he's left for dead, a farmer awakens in the desert and finds himself transformed into a savage warrior, with all the powers and skills of the ancient gods. Guided by his "spirit masters"
he's given a mission; destroy Tital Corporation, the world's most powerful high-tech computer company and its ambitious leader, Michael Burroughs. Burrough's has discovered the technological remains of an ancient race and a secret that will allow him to
open the Vortex and achieve immortality. Out in the desert, ancient powers collide with sophisticated technology as the Savage and Burroughs meet in a titanic struggle that could destroy mankind.
compulsory cuts 7s
UK: Passed 18 after 7s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
1997 Buena Vista [Closed Caption] VHS
The BBFC cuts were:
At 26 minutes. Remove sight of butterfly knife being twirled into action.
At 41 minutes. During shoot-out at Electronik Kitchen, remove sight of neck break
At 83 minutes. In Savage's old burnt-out ranch, reduce to establishment only sight of Savage breaking Wallace's neck and significantly reduce accompanying graphic sound effect.
Savage Island is a 1985 Italy/US action drama by Nicholas Beardsley. With Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson and Cristina Lay.
This is a version of Hell Prison substantially reworked for the US market with additional material featuring Linda Blair and re-titled Savage island. It was cut by the
BBFC for 1986 VHS.
Summary Review: Turkey
Women who have been captured and sold as slave labor to a South American emerald mine hatch a plan for revolution and revenge.
atrocious. Orinoco-Prison Of Sex (a.k.a. Hell Prison ) was an Italian-Spanish women-as-slaves-on-a-South-American-island-who-revolt thing, brought stateside in 1985,
christened with a new title and spiced with fresh footage of Linda Blair as a vengeful ex-employee . Those looking for some hot nude scenes and/or violent confrontations between sexy women in loincloths are bound to be disappointed. But, alas,
Linda is once again stuck in a turkey
Savage Streets is a 1984 US crime action film by Danny Steinmann. With Linda Blair, John Vernon and Robert Dryer.
Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release and 1986 VHS. Released with BBFC cuts for 1987 VHS. BBFC cuts waived for 2011 DVD. Uncut and R rated in the US
Summary Review: Gratuitous Nudity
This sleazy tale of high school revenge with Linda Blair is a must for bad film fans everywhere.
This sympathetic tale tells the story of Brenda (Blair), a tough high school gal who spends her nights drinking peach brandy on
the streets of LA with her equally tough friends. One night, they make the mistake of puttering with a gang called the Scars, and before you know it, the Scars have raped and beaten Brenda's deaf, mute sister. Once Brenda learns the truth of what
transpired, she vows revenge on those responsible.
This is the pre-eminent 80's high school movie - terrible music, awful acting, questionable violence and gratuitous nudity.
UK: Passed 18 after previous BBFC cuts waived for:
Savages is a 2012 US crime thriller by Oliver Stone. With Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively.
The Theatrical and Extended versions are 18 uncut in the UK. However the
UK cinema release was cut for a 15. In the US, the Theatrical Version is R rated whilst the Extended Version is unrated.
Summary Review: Stand Out Cast
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the
Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
A little reminiscent of Tony Scott's True Romance with little guys taking on the big guys of the drugs world.
There are likable characters on both
sides of the battle. Blake Lively is finally in a big screen role that suits her well. John Travolta's slimy crooked cop is just right. Salma the drug lord is quite darkly amusing. Benicio Del Toro's face does all the work as a an ultimate in sadistic
Overall a good plot driven kind of feel good thriller with a stand out cast.
UK: The Extended Version/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong
bloody violence, strong sex and drug use for:
UK: UK Theatrical Version was passed 15 for strong language, violence, drug use and sex after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:
2012 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 rating but that their preferred 15 rating could be achieved by making changes to a number
of scenes. These were to reduce:
various moments of strong bloody violence,
strong sex and
some focus on drug use.
When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal rating, changes had been made to satisfactorily address these issues and the film was consequently rated 15.
The Save the Children Fund Film is a 1971 UK TV documentary by Ken Loach. Starring Phil Askham, Rita May and Andrew Grubb.
Commissioned by Save the Children who found the documentary to be
unflattering and so banned it from being shown. However it was considered a powerful work and it was preserved for posterity. It was eventually shown at the BFI in a 2011 Ken Loach retrospective and later for academic audience at Birmingham, Bristol and
Director Ken Loach explores the politics of race, class and charity in a capitalist society in this documentary funded by the Save the Children foundation.
UK: Banned by Save the Children.
From IMDb. The Save the Children Fund, which had commissioned the film for broadcast on London Weekend Television in 1969, were so displeased with the
final product that they allegedly tried to destroy the negative. The film became embroiled in a legal battle that nearly bankrupted the fledgling Kestrel Films, but the film was preserved in the BFI archives.
According to the book Which Side Are you
On?, Ken Loach shot some of this documentary at a school in Kenya which had been financed by the Save the Children Fund. Loach felt the school was very similar to an English public school in the way it was run. The school was a joint venture between the
Fund and Kenyan businessmen where the pupils were being groomed for positions within the Kenyan Civil Service. Pupils saluted the flag, teachers had to wear Western style clothes, one member of staff (who felt the school represented a new form of
colonialism) had even been forbidden to wear a local style shirt. The head teacher had allegedly been involved in the killing of victims of the Mau Mau uprising.
The documentary eventually premiered at the British Film Institute nearly four decades
after it was shot as part of a Ken Loach film retrospective in September 2011. It was also shown at academic debates at Birmingham, Bristol and Warwick Universities.
A reviewer on IMDB comments:
This film is worth
seeing alone for the directness of its politics. John Pilger and Michael Moore make some great, angry documentaries but nothing like this.
Saving General Yang is a 2013 Hong Kong/China action thriller by Ronny Yu. With Ady An, Adam Cheng and Ekin Cheng.
Cut by the BBFC for horse trips
As an insecure Emperor seeks to destroy the noble Yang Family, the seven Yang brothers and their father are ushered into battle, a test to their
unflinching loyalty and honour. Among 3000 warriors will be seven brothers and their father - but only one will survive.
Inspired by the true legends of the Yang Family and from acclaimed director Ronny Yu ( Fearless , IP Man )
Saving General Yang looks stunning and is packed with jaw-dropping action and incredible fight sequences.
compulsory cuts 6s
UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence after 6s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
2014 Universal Pictures UK R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th
2014 Universal Pictures UK R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th January 2014
The BBFC commented:
Cuts were required to remove sight of animal cruelty, in this case horses being tripped to fall forwards in a dangerous manner.
Saw is a 2004 USA / Australia horror mystery thriller by James Wan. Starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell and Danny Glover.
Uncut in the UK in two variant versions. There is a cut R rated version in the US along with the two uncut versions which are both MPAA Unrated
With a dead body lying
between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.
UK: The Director's Cut/Uncut Edition/Special Edition was passed 18 uncut for:
Saw II is a 2005 USA / Canada horror by Darren Lynn Bousman. Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Beverley Mitchell and Franky G.
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on UK DVD and is Unrated in the US.
Jigsaw locks a few unlucky people in a booby
trapped shelter and they must find a way out before they inhale too much of a lethal nerve gas and die. But they must watch out, for the traps Jigsaw has set in the shelter lead to death also.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
From IMDb. The Director's Cut is extended as follows
When the police are entering the Wilson Steel warehouse, three short cuts are shown of Jigsaw upstairs, realizing the police have arrived. When he realizes this, he calmly goes back to what he was working on.
When the police are approaching Jigsaw several scenes are added where he is eating Cheerios (as stated in the commentary on the original R-rated DVD).
Jigsaw has a few extra lines of dialogue
with Detective Matthews, mentioning that he has wiped the slate clean , and that most people are merely sleepwalking .
When Obi is trapped in the oven, he attempts to break the glass on the far side as
he is burning alive.
The scene of Amanda thrashing around in the syringe pit is extended.
In the bathroom, Charlie Clouser's score begins as Xavier begins cutting off his skin,
and continues until he dies from his throat being slashed.
The opening scene with The Venus Headtrap is extended and the song Irresponsible Hate Anthem (Venus Headtrap Mix) is playing in the background.
The scene where Matthews is beating up Jigsaw is extended with one extra punch.
UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed
18 without BBFC cuts for strong bloody violence for:
From IMDb. The Unrated version of Saw III differs from the theatrical version:
The opening scene is more violent. The shots of Eric's heel being broken are much closer, and more detail is shown. When Kerry is discussing Eric with Rigg, the scene is slightly extended, showing her commenting on how she can't
sleep because of his disappearance. When Kerry's trap triggers, a frontal shot is shown of her ribs being torn from her torso, leaving her organs exposed. Flashes showcase her innards dropping to the floor.
Freezer Trap. A few extra shots show Jeff slamming the door, trying to get out. During the Rack, Tim's limbs are shown much more, showcasing his skin tearing as the bone shatters out of his skin.
The flashback fight
scene between Amanda and Eric is also extended. Amanda is shown hearing Eric's cries for his son, and seems distressed. While maneuvering in the corridor, Eric sneaks up on her and the fight resumes from there.
Ending scene. In the theatrical, once the montage of the victims passes by, Lynn's corpse is shown quickly, before cutting to Jeff screaming, then on Jigsaw's corpse, and finally cutting to black. In the unrated, during the montage the music slighty overlaps, skipping a couple of seconds forward, and then showing Lynn's mutilated head, zooming in on the gory details, and then slowly fading out to white.
The cut Theatrical Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
Saw IV is a 2007 USA / Canada horror thriller by Darren Lynn Bousman. Starring Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson and Costas Mandylor.
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on UK DVD and is Unrated in the US.
Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now,
upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the
puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.
UK: The Director's Cut/Extreme Edition was passed 18 uncut for:
Saw V is a 2008 USA / Canada horror mystery by David Hackl. Starring Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor and Tobin Bell.
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on UK DVD and is Unrated in the US.
Following Jigsaw's grisly demise, Mark Hoffman,
the final apprentice to the serial killer is deigned a hero. Meanwhile, Agent Strahm continues to track Hoffman while another group of strangers are put through a series of gruesome traps.
UK: The Director's Cut/Extreme Edition/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
Saw VI is a 2009 Canada / USA / UK / Australia horror mystery by Kevin Greutert. Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor and Mark Rolston.
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on UK DVD and is Unrated in the US. The film was banned in spain, Malaysia, Thailand and Ukraine.
Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is
UK: Director's Cut/Extreme Edition/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com. The
Director's Cut features multiple plot updates and some changes to the violent scenes. The Director's Cut features 4:32s of new material but there is 3:10s of replacement footage in the Theatrical Version, so in total the Director's Cut is 1:22s
UK: The cut Theatrical Version was
passed 18 for strong bloody violence without BBFC cuts for:
2010 Lions Gate Video
2009 cinema release
Spain Malaysia Thailand Ukraine
film was originally X rated which is a restricted rating more typically given to porn films. Such films are banned from mainstream cinemas. The film was later cut for DVD release.
The film was also banned in Malaysia, Thailand and
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter is a 2010 Canada / USA horror mystery by Kevin Greutert. Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor and Betsy Russell.
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on Blu-ray only and is Unrated in the US. Both versions are 18 rated in the UK without BBFC cuts.
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.
UK: The Extreme Edition/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong gory