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Abducted

Abducted is a 1973 USA horror by Don Jones.

See Schoolgirls In Chains

Aftermath

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  • The Aftermath
  • Zombie Aftermath
The Aftermath is a 1982 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Steve Barkett.
With Steve Barkett, Lynne Margulies and Sid Haig. YouTube icon IMDb

Summary Notes

Two astronauts return to earth ("a few miles off the coast of Los Angeles") to find that it has been destroyed by nuclear war. L.A. has been taken over by Cutter and his gang of outlaw bikers (straight out of the 70s with bell bottoms and everything). Cutter rapes and pillages. Of course, there are also mutants. The astronauts hook-up with the only normal people left: two good-looking women, and two cute little children; a boy and a girl.

Availability

Released on pre-cert VHS for 1982 World of Video 2000 VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: No release since 1982 VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Black Room

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The Black Room is a 1983 USA horror thriller by Elly Kenner and Norman Thaddeus Vane.
With Stephen Knight, Cassandra Gava and Jimmy Stathis. Melon Farmers link  IMDb

Passed X uncut for 1983 cinema release but the follow up pre-cert VHS release from the same year was seized by police. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

A room gets put up for rent following the mysterious murder of its previous tenant. When an apartment-hunting man sees the deal the brother and sister landlords are offering, he immediately puts down the first month's rent and starts spending his days there, even though he has a home to spend his nights at with his wife. When he comes home, he tells his wife about the fantasies he has of having sex with various women each day in his new apartment. His wife goes along with it for a while, but when she discovers that her husband's stories are much more than just fantasies, she starts to do some investigating.

Versions

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run: 87:44s
pal: 84:13s
X certUK: Passed X uncut for:
  • 1983 cinema release
Germany: Uncut for: US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
Section 3 seizureUK: Uncut on pre-cert video for
  • 1983 Alpha VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter, and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

See Video Nasties: Police Seizures: The Black Room

Bloodlust

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  • Bloodlust: The Black Forest Vampire
  • Blood Lust
  • Mosquito
  • Mosquito der Schander
Bloodlust is a 1977 Switzerland horror by Marijan David Vajda.
With Werner Pochath, Ellen Umlauf and Birgit Zamulo. IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. The VHS was seized by the authorities during the Video Nasty panic. Uncut in the US.

Summary Notes

A deaf and dumb accountant suffers from a psychic trauma in his childhood. He is collecting puppets and mutilates female bodies in the mortuary. After his secret love died by an accident he starts to kill.

A True Story - The Crime of the Century Late last century in the Black Forest a depraved maniac was on the loose, committing the most gruesome and horrifying crimes, breaking into funeral homes and cemeteries, sexually abusing and dismembering the corpses of young women. A demented serial killer stalking and slaughtering teenagers. A modern day vampire... pure evil in his own world of madness!

Availability

The cut cinema version was released on pre-cert video for 1981 Derann VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: No release since 1983

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Blood Song

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  • Dream Slayer
  • The Hunters
Blood Song is a 1982 USA horror thriller by Alan J Levi.
With Donna Wilkes, Richard Jaeckel and Antoinette Bower. IMDb

The 1982 VHS was seized by the authorities during the Video Nasty panic. Passed uncut by the BBFC in 1986 and uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A psychopath escapes from a mental institution and starts a murder spree, which ends in the pursuing of a young handicapped girl, who once got a blood transfusion from him.

Scary the first 20 minutes of the film. It was spooky, interesting and a well built psycho-terror atmosphere; but soon it becomes weak...

Availability

Released on pre-cert video for: 1982 Iver Film Services VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: 18 uncut

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

The Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll

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  • House of Psychotic Women
  • Los ojos azules de la muneca rota
The Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is a 1974 Spain horror mystery thriller by Carlos Aured.
With Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys and Eduardo Calvo. YouTube icon IMDb
Exists as an uncut unclothed version and a cut clothed version. The uncut version on UK VHS was seized by police during the video nasties panic but did not make the nasties list.

Summary Notes: A must see

An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins slaughtering blonde, blue-eyed women - and leaving their eyeballs in a bowl of water.

This Spanish giallo is a must see for fans of the genre. The killer's victims are dispatched in gruesome and creative means usually involving sharp instruments such as knives, meat cleavers, and a rake.

Availability

Released on pre-cert video for: 1982 Canon VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Not released since

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Brutes and Savages

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Brutes and Savages is a 1978 USA documentary by Arthur Davis.
With Arthur Davis and Richard Johnson. YouTube icon IMDb

The cut original version was seized by police during the video nasty panic. There is an uncut Uncivilized Version released in the US.

Summary Notes

Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law of the jungle". BRUTES AND SAVAGES is the filmed document of his death-defying adventures. Shocking, brutal and repulsive, this film mixes bizarre authentic footage with incredibly exploitive (and often hilarious) "re-enactments" of his findings. Animal sacrifices, bizarre tribal ceremonies, mating rituals and even brain surgery.

Availability

The Cut Version was released on pre-cert video for: 1980 Derann VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Not released since

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Cannibal

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  • Carnivorous
  • Jungle Holocaust
  • The Last Survivor
  • Last Cannibal WOrld
  • Ultimo Mondo Cannibale

Cannibal is a 1977 Italy horror adventure by Ruggero Deodato.
Starring Massimo Foschi, Me Me Lai and Ivan Rassimov. YouTube icon IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. This cut cinema version was seized by police during the video nasty panic.  Less cut for 2003 DVD. Uncut in the US. See Last Cannibal World

Summary Notes

A plane crashes in the jungle. One of the survivors gets lost and while trying to find a way out of the jungle he gets captured by cannibals. He is humiliated, stripped naked, and thrown in a hole with a bird for a while. Eventually, he escapes with the help of a cannibal girl and tries to find his plane so he can go home.

If you're a cannibal junkie, this is one to devour. It's no "Cannibal Holocaust" and suffers from a somewhat simplistic script, but there's enough grue and nudity to satisfy gorehounds and enough animal cruelty to enrage everyone else.

It ain't pretty, folks, but it is one of a kind. They don't make 'em like this anymore and even though Deodato says he wants to now make "Cannibal Holocaust 2001" (too late ruggero!) - - don't hold your breath. This is a long-dead genre destined to stay that way. Bon appetit!

Availability

The Cut Version was released on pre-cert video for: 1981 Derann VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Passed 18 after BBFC Cuts

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Cannibals

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  • The Cannibals
  • White Cannibal Queen
  • Mondo cannibale
Cannibals is a 1980 Spain / Italy / France horror by Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco) and Franco Prosperi.
Starring Al Cliver, Sabrina Siani and Jérôme Foulon. Melon Farmers link  IMDb

Released on a pre-cert video that was seized by police. Uncut on DVD. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A man who lost an arm and his family to a tribe of cannibals returns ten years later to bring back his teenager daughter, only to find that she grew up into a beautiful blonde woman who became the cannibals' queen.

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18

Section 3 seizure

MPAA Unrated

86:14s UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and cannibalism horror for:

UK: Released on pre-cert video for

  • 1981 Cinehollywood VHS
  • 1981 ECV VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a 1978 Australia crime biography by Fred Schepisi.
Starring Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor and Tommy Lewis. YouTube icon IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC but the pre-cert video was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic

Summary Notes

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Availability

The Cut Version was released on pre-cert videos: 1982 Waton VHS and 1984 Odyssey VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

VoD : Uncut for:

 
The Child

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The Child is a 1977 USA horror by Robert Voskanian.
Starring Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole and Frank Janson. IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC but the film was seized by police during the video nasties panic. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A newly-hired housekeeper in a remote area is alarmed to discover that her boss's eleven-year-old daughter is using her supernatural powers to take revenge on the people she holds responsible for her mother's death, with the aid of her flesh-eating zombie 'friends'...

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run: 82:12s
pal: 78:55s
18

X cert

MPAA R

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and gory images for:
  • 2020 Arrow American Horror Project Vol 2 Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2008 4Digital R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2006 ILC R2 DVD
  • 2000 Exploited VHS
  • 1982 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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run: 82:30s
pal: 79:12s
Section 3 seizureUK: Released on pre-cert video for:
  • 1981 VRO VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

Christmas Evil

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Christmas Evil is a 1980 USA horror thriller by Lewis Jackson.
Starring Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn and Dianne Hull. YouTube icon IMDb
Seized by the British police during the Video Nasties panic. Uncut for 16 rated VHS in 1999. The Director's cut was released 15 uncut for DVD in 2012. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

Widely recognized as the best of the Christmas horror efforts, Christmas Evil is the story of a boy who loves Christmas. He is scarred as a boy when he learns that Santa is not real. Throughout the rest of his life, the toy-maker tries to make the Christmas spirit a reality. He becomes obsessed with the behavior of children and the quality of the toys he makes. When he is met with hypocrisy and cynicism, the resulting snap causes him to go on a yuletide killing spree to complete this dark comedic horror.

Availability

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: The shorter Director's Cut was passed 15 uncut for strong violence:

US: The Director's Cut is MPAA R rated for:

Communion

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  • Alice, Sweet Alice
  • Holy Terror
Alice Sweet Alice is a 1976 USA horror mystery thriller by Alfred Sole.
With Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton and Paula E Sheppard. YouTube icon IMDb

Uncut for 1977 cinema release. Cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty in 1998 and 2003. Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC in 2014.

Promotional Material

When ten-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields in her first screen appearance) is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) becomes the prime suspect. Matters become complicated as more of Alice s family members are attacked, along with residents of her apartment building. Can a twelve-year-old girl be capable of such mayhem, or is someone else with a vicious plan destroying her family?

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1982 VCL VHS titled Communion

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gory violence and horror for:

Curse of Frankenstein (1972)

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  • La maldición de Frankenstein
  • Les expériences érotiques de Frankenstein
  • The Erotic Adventures of Frankenstein
  • The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein
Curse of Frankenstein is a 1972 Spain/France horror by Jesus Franco.
With Alberto Dalbés, Dennis Price and Howard Vernon. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
A clothed version was passed 15 uncut for 2006 DVD. The Unclothed Version was passed 18 uncut for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray. Previously the film was seized by the police during the video nasties panic.

Summary Notes

Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant Morpho are killed just as they bring their creation to life. The monster is taken by Cagliostro and he now controls the monster and plans to have it mate and create the perfect master race.

Franco's obsessions with S&M and naked women provide a spice to a very tired tale.

Unclothed Version

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Unclothed Version
run: 73:46s
pal: 70:49s
18

MPAA Unrated

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UK: The Unclothed Version was passed 18 uncut for sexualised violence, nudity for:
  • 2017 Nucleus Films [Nude + Clothed Versions] (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon

France: The French Unclothed or Hot Version has nude scenes mostly filmed as alternative takes from the Clothed Version

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run: 73:44s
pal: 70:47s
Section 3 seizureUK: The Unclothed Version was released on pre-cert VHS for:
  • 1981 Go VHS titled The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

Clothed Version

BBFC uncut
Clothed Version

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run: 85:14s
pal: 81:49s
15 CertificateUK: The Clothed Version BBFC was passed  15 without cuts for:
  • 2017 Nucleus Films [Nude + Clothed Versions] (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Tartan R2 DVD titled Curse of Frankenstein
  • 2014 VoD at YouTube titled La maldición de Frankenstein

See cuts details from dvdcompare.net . The Spanish Clothed Version removes:

  • all the nudity (partly through cutting, but mostly by using alternate clothed takes).
  • The notorious scene in which a man and a woman are whipped until they fall onto spikes in a non-nude variant.
  • The Spanish version also adds a complete subplot in which Lina Romay plays a peasant called Esmeralda.
  • There are 5 extra filler scenes, with a total running time of 17:29 min. These scenes were apparently filmed some time after the original release.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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  • Dawn of the Living Dead
  • Zombies
  • Zombie: Dawn of the Dead
  • George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead
  • Dawn of the Living Dead: The Zombies
  • Zombi
  • Zombie
  • Zombies: Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 US zombie horror by George A Romero.
With David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
A long history of BBFC cuts to Dawn of the Dead from 1978 - 1997. The cuts were waived in 2003 but there are still multiple versions to add to the complexity. The film was once seized by UK authorities during the Video Nasty moral panic.

Summary Review: Consumerism and materialism

Although you will find this film under the Horror section of your video shop, I view Romero's zombie films as terrific action films. The rules are simple (don't get bit and shoot them in the head), the prey is stiff and slow and the shopping mall setting is the ultimate playground.

However, where the film separates itself from every other action film and horror film out there is its clever subtext that reflects society at the time the film was made. In 1978, consumerism and materialism had started to rear its ugly head. I think Total Film magazine said it best when it said that the ...survivors have everything they want in the shoppers paradise, but nothing they need, such as freedom and liberty.

US Theatrical Version/Romero's Cut

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pal: 121:46s
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MPAA Unrated

MPAA NC-17

This version is claimed to be the director's preferred version

UK: The US Theatrical Version/Romero's Cut was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2021 Second Sight [Theatrical + Cannes + Argento Cut] R0 [RB for extras] 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2021 Second Sight [Theatrical + Cannes + Argento Cut] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2020 Second Sight Limited Edition [Theatrical Cut + Cannes Cut + Argento Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2010 Arrow [Theatrical + Argento's + Director's] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2010 Arrow 4 disc [Theatrical + Argento's + Director's] R0 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2004 Freemantlemedia/Arrow R0 DVD

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The film was originally awarded an NC-17 rating by the MPAA but it was released unrated instead.
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cut: 3:58s
run: 125:08s
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18UK: The US Theatrical Version was passed 18 with further BBFC cuts of 12s beyond the 3:46s cinema cuts for:
  • 1989 EIV VHS

The 12s of extra BBFC cuts were:

  • A few frames from the shooting of a black female zombie in the SWAT raid
  • A black male zombie biting the black woman's arm
  • A few more frames of the shooting of a female zombie in the mall
  • A zombie's blood splattering over Roger as they manoeuveur the trucks.
  • A few zombie killings around the trucks
  • A zombie pressing his finger into Roger's bandaged leg and it's subsequent death.
  • A zombie being shot in the head as the bikers enter the mall.
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cut: 3:46s
run: 125:25s
pal: 120:24s
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X cert

UK: The US Theatrical Version was passed X (18) after 3:46s of BBFC  cuts for:
  • 1978 Pre-cert Intervision VHS
  • 1978 X Rated cinema release titled Zombies: Dawn of he Dead .

The BBFC deleted the following shots:

  • Apartment raid by SWAT team: a woman having her shoulder bitten.
  • Apartment raid by SWAT team: The exploding head
  • A view of a zombie chomping on an arm
  • Roger inserting a screwdriver into the zombie janitor's ear
  • Roger shooting several zombies as the mall door is opened
  • Peter shooting a zombie as seen through the sights of a rifle
  • Tom Savini being knocked off his bike by a zombie and retaliating by burying his machete in its head
  • Savini sticking his knife into the zombie's neck prior to falling to his death
  • Two shots of a biker on a blood pressure machine being detached of his arm
  • 19 shots of a biker having his intestines pulled out
  • Part of Stephen's death in the elevator

From sbbfc.co.uk:

The film was seen by six Examiners and the then Director of the BBFC, James Ferman.

The Examiners unanimously disliked the film, whilst at the same time acknowledged that Romero had displayed some technical flair in creating pace and atmosphere. Much discussion was given over to the moral framework of the film – were the zombies sentient beings or unfeeling objects; was the violence mitigated by the fact that the zombies are no longer human beings; was the audience being invited to indulge in the killings because the zombies ostensibly felt nothing?

One thing that all the Examiners and James Ferman agreed on was that the 125 minute submitted version would have be cut before being released to the general public. Ferman stated that the film featured violence perpetrated against people which was to a degree never before passed by the Board and subsequently issued a cuts list that amounted to approximately 55 separate cuts (2 minutes 17 seconds).

The following month a cut version of the film was re-submitted for re-examination and this time another team of Examiners viewed the film. All of the Examiners still disliked the film and some were convinced that cutting was not the solution to alleviating the possible desensitising effect that the film might have on vulnerable audiences. Despite this view, the suggestion of further extensive cuts was made and the film was once again seen by Ferman who subsequently issued a further 1 minute 29 seconds of cuts to more scenes of gory detail.

In September 1979 Ferman wrote to the distributor exclaiming that a tour de force of virtuoso editing has transformed this potential reject from a disgusting and desensitising wallow in the ghoulish details of violence and horror to a strong, but more conventional action piece…The cutting is not only skilful, but creative, and I think it has actually improved a number of the sequences by making the audience notice the emotions of the characters and the horror of the situation instead of being deadened by blood and gore .

Video Nasties

The film was seized by the police during the Video Nasties moral panic but was not prosecuted. The seizure was noted as a Section 3 seizure under the Obscene Prosecutions Act whereby the seizure is legally recorded but that is the end of the matter for the supplier.

Argento's Cut

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Argento's Cut
run: 119:02s
pal: 114:16s
No CertItaly: Argento's Cut is set to be released in Italy in 2016 in a restored 4k Blu-ray version.

UK: The European Version or Dario Argento's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, gore:

  • 2020 Second Sight Limited Edition [Theatrical Cut + Cannes Cut + Argento Cut] (RB) Blu-ray titled Zombi at UK Amazon 
  • 2010 Arrow [Theatrical + Argento's + Director's] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2010 Arrow 4 disc [Theatrical + Argento's + Director's] R0 DVD at UK Amazon

Ultimate Final Cut

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Ultimate Final Cut
  There is also the Ultimate Final Cut aggregating all the material from all other versions.

Director's Cut/Cannes Cut 

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run: 139:24s
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18UK: The Director's Cut/Extended Version was passed 18 uncut with all BBFC cuts waived for:
  • 2020 Second Sight Limited Edition [Theatrical Cut + Cannes Cut + Argento Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2011 Arrow/Arrowdrome Trilogy of the Dead R0 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2010 Arrow [Theatrical + Argento's + Director's] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2010 Arrow 4 disc [Theatrical + Argento's + Director's] R0 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 BMG R2 DVD

The 'Directors Cut' has also been described as just an extended work print, and that the director prefers the Theatrical Version.

BBFC cut
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cut: 6s
run: 139:19s
pal: 133:45s
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18UK: The Director's Cut/Extended Version was passed 18 after 6s of BBFC cuts (rather falsifying the label Director's Cut) for:
  • 1997 BMG VHS

The 6s of BBFC cuts were:

  1. Apartment raid by SWAT team: cut: scene of a woman having her shoulder bitten.
  2. Apartment raid by SWAT team: cut: SWAT guy literally blowing a man's head off with a shot gun The edited version shows victim, then a scream and gun shot but the impact of the shot is not seen. (see picture below)
  3. Peter shooting two zombie children at petrol station: trimmed.
Dawn of the Mummy

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Dawn of the Mummy is a 1981 US horror by Frank Agrama
With Brenda King and Barry Sattels. YouTube icon IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1985 cinema release. Released uncut 0n 1983 pre-cert video but was seized by the police and withdrawn. Cut again by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2003 DVD. Uncut in the US.

Summary Review: Crummy Acting

Too much crummy acting in this one, and not enough quality make-up effects makes this hard to recommend.

This way-low-budget flick doesn't really have set-piece effects where you see the ripping and tearing, so it flops as a gore shocker.

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1983 VideoSpace VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut after the BBFC waived their previous cuts for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Dead Kids

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  • Strange Behaviour
  • Human Experiments
  • Small Town Massacre
Strange Behavior is a 1981 Australia/USA/New Zealand Sci-Fi horror mystery by Michael Laughlin.
With Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher and Dan Shor. YouTube icon IMDb

Released uncut on pre-cert VHS and was seized by the police during the Video Nasties Panic but did not make the Video Nasties list. Then released uncut on 1986 VHS. Cut by the BBFC for DVD. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1981 IFS VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 after BBFC cuts

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Death Weekend

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Death Weekend is a 1976 Canada horror thriller by William Fruet.
Starring Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud and Chuck Shamata. YouTube icon IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release. Not one of the Video Nasties but was seized by police during the moral panic. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A rich playboy has a large house in the countryside. One weekend he invites a fashion model. On his way to the house, he drives past a gang of crazy young men. They find out where he lives, enter the house and kill him. Eventually the model arrives...

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1982 Vampix VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Not released since VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Deep Red

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  • Profondo Rosso
  • Deep Red Hatchet Murders
  • Dripping Deep Red
  • The Hatchet Murders
  • The Sabre Tooth Tiger
  • Suspiria 2
Deep Red is a 1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento.
With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi and Gabriele Lavia.
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The pre-cert video was seized by police during the Video Nasties panic. BBFC VHS and DVD release up to 2011 were cut for animal cruelty. Uncut since 2011. The film exist as the uncut Directors Cut in Italian and a shortened Export Version in English.

Summary Review : Initiation into Giallo

This is a gorgeous film, it is rich in content and thought, it has an old school story telling feel about it, fantastic music by "Goblin", it is shocking and suspenseful, whilst showing some glorious cinematography by Luigi Keveiller.

Brilliant, Dario is unique and this is my favourite film of his, and one of my ALL time favourite films. A wonderful initiation into the world of Giallo.

Director's Cut/Italian Version

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Director's Cut
run: 126:28s
pal: 121:24s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: The Director's Cut/Italian Language Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and horror with BBFC cuts waived for:

The film makers had managed to convince the BBFC that the lizard's death was faked with a false pin.

US: The Director's Cut/Italian Language Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Arrow Special Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [Director's Cut + Export Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2015 Blue Underground Dario Argento Collection (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2011 Blue Underground [Italian + Export Version] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2007 Blue Underground R0 DVD at US Amazon
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 7s
run: 126:59s
pal: 121:54s

 

18UK: The Italian Language Version was passed 18 after 7s of BBFC cuts with some cuts waived for:
  • 2005 Platinum DVD

From cuts details on IMDb :

  • The DVD is slightly re-framed (to exclude the lizard scene) and restores the dog sequence, as it seems likely that they are playing rather than fighting.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 11s
run: 126:12s
pal: 121:09s

 

18UK: The Italian Language Version was passed 18 after 11s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1993 Redemption VHS

The BBFC cuts were:

  • 4s has been cut from a scene showing two dogs fighting
  • A 7s shot of a squirming lizard being impaled with a pin has been deleted. This cut also impacts the scene. A father slaps his little daughter because of the impaling. In the cut version, a now motiveless slap remains.

Export Version

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shortened
 English Version
cut: 20:51s
run: 105m
pal: 101m

 

No Cert

MPAA Unrated

US: The Export Version was released for:
  • 2021 Arrow [Italian + Export Versions] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2016 Arrow [Italian + Export Versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2016 Arrow [Italian + Export Versions] RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2011 Arrow [Italian + Export Version] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2011 Arrow [Italian + Export Version] R2 DVD at UK Amazon

There is no sign of this in the BBFC databas, perhaps passed as DVD extras.

US: The Export Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [Director's Cut + Export Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2011 Blue Underground [Italian + Export Version] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon

This version has been shortened via deletion of plot development. See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

cut
shortened
cut:  
run: 104:43s
pal: 100:32s
Section 3 seizureUK: The Export Version was released on pre-cert video for:
  • 1982 Techno Film/Fletcher VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

US Version

cut
shortened
and cut
25:39s
MPAA R US: There is also a US R Rated version where the shortened Export Version was further cut for an R Rating. See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com
Demented

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Demented is a 1980 USA crime horror thriller by Arthur Jeffreys.
Starring Sallee Young, Harry Reems and Deborah Alter. YouTube icon IMDb

Released uncut on pre-cert video but this was seized in a police raid. Cut by the BBFC for 1987 VHS.

Summary Notes

A woman is gang-raped in a horse's stable, and even though the rapists are caught and imprisoned, she is harassed many moons later by ghastly visions of her tormentors, while her husband philanders and every little thing frightens her out of her wits.

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1982 Media VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 after cuts US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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The Demons

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  • Les Démons
  • Les Démons du sexe
  • Las Poseidas Del Demonio
  • Os Demonios
  • She-Demons
  • The Sex Demons
The Demons is a 1972 France/Portugal horror by Jess Franco.
With Anne Libert, Britt Nichols and Doris Thomas. IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1972 but the GLC awarded a local X rating for screenings in London. The video was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic in the early 80s. Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2008 DVD.

Summary Review : A decent effort

The UK DVD of the Demons by Redemption is 103 minute directors cut restored by Franco in 2003 and is longer than the previous UK VHS release (which ran for less than 80 minutes). It is a decent effort not as good as some of Franco's earlier work but definitely better than the stuff he directed in the early 80's for Eurocine. Some scenes are in French without English subtitles!

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1981 Go VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for:

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

Don't Answer the Phone

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Don't Answer the Phone! is a 1980 USA horror thriller by Robert Hammer.
With James Westmoreland, Ben Frank and Flo Lawrence. YouTube icon IMDb

Cut for an MPAA R rating and for UK cinema release. The pre-cert video looks likely to have been the cut UK cinema version and was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic. Uncut in the US in an unrated version.

Summary Review:  It's Nasty

A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes. He  taunts Lindsay Gale, a young psychologist, by calling her on a radio call-in show to describe his sexual hang-ups and misogynistic ways.

The movie's nasty and what there is of a plot is goofy. But Nicholas Worth scares the hell out of me every time I watch this. At once smug and terrified, forceful and helpless, his whimpering panic-attack-tantrum gets right into my guts and makes me identify with this obscene morbid beefy creature.

The movie lets you learn just enough about the victims to experience their fear and pain with maximum possible sympathy and intensity, and the sarcastic detective and other incidental characters get some hilarious lines.

Availability

The cut UK cinema version was released on pre-cert video for the 1981 Jupiter VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: The cut US R rated version was passed 18 without further cuts US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Enter the Devil

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Enter the Devil is a 1972 USA horror western by Frank Q Dobbs.
Starring Joshua Bryant, Irene Kelly and David S Cass Sr.  IMDb

Seized by the police during the Video Nasties moral panic and not released in the UK since. Available in the US.

Summary Notes

Enter the Devil is a great American-made B horror movie. People are disappearing in the wastelands. An occult researcher discovers that a devil-worshipping cult is responsible. Her inquiries lead her into great danger. Who can she trust? Very well acted by a cast of unknowns. Gritty and atmospheric. Color, 16mm.

Availability

Released uncut on pre-cert video for the 1983 Inter-Ocean VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Not released since VHS

US: MPAA PG Rated for:

The Evil

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The Evil is a 1978 USA horror thriller by Gus Trikonis.
Starring Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet and Andrew Prine. YouTube icon IMDb

An uncut 1982 VHS release was seized by police during the Video Nasties moral panic. Uncut on 1987 VHS. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

A chilling tale of suspense and survival. When a doctor rents a haunted house to use as a clinic, he and his associates are victimized by supernatural powers within.

Availability

Released on pre-cert video for the 1982 VFO VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 1987 Portland VHS titled House of Evil

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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The Executioner

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  • Duke Mitchell's Massacre Mafia Style
  • Like father, Like Son
The Executioner is a 1978 USA crime thriller by Duke Mitchell.
Starring Duke Mitchell, Vic Caesar and Lorenzo Dodo. YouTube icon IMDb

The pre-cert video was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic.

Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 1987 VHS.

Summary Notes

City streets run with blood as the son of America's King of organised crime seeks revenge for his father's exile to Sicily. His revenge and lust for power are bloody, violent, appalling... until he disgraces his father. Then the hitman becomes the hunted...

Availability

Released on pre-cert video for the 1982 Hello VHS and 1983 Active VHS.

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

Final Exam

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Final Exam is a 1981 USA horror thriller by Jimmy Huston.
Starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S Rice and Ralph Brown. YouTube icon IMDb

Seized by the police furing the video nasties moral panic. Passed 18 uncut on 1986 VHS. Uncut in the US

Summary Notes

In a small college in North Carolina, only a select few students are left to take mid terms. But, when a killer strikes, it could be everyone's final exam.

Final Exam was made at the peak of the early 80's slasher period and I'm not surprised that this one been forgotten. The intro is truly typical stuff with a teen couple making out in a car only to be killed (but in a crap off screen murder). During the next 50 minutes! or so you'll be wondering if you're actually watching a slasher as nothing happens.

Availability

UK: Released uncut on pre-cert VHS for 1983 Embassy VHS:

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Foxy Brown

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Foxy Brown is a 1974 US action film by Jack Hill.
With Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas and Peter Brown.
YouTube icon IMDb

Uncut for 1974 cinema release and a 1982 VHS  which was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic. Cut for 1987 VHS but uncut in all home video releases since 1998. Uncut in the US

Summary Review: Blaxploitation classic

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Foxy Brown features a brilliant lead performance from the hypnotically attractive Pam Grier, whose federal agent boyfriend is gunned down, and who sets out to fight for revenge and justice where the System has failed her and at the same time is matched at every turn by Antonio Huggy Bear Fargas as her no-good younger brother.

The rest of the performances are variable, and the budgets of these things did tend to preclude brilliant method actors! Jack Hill's direction keeps things ticking over nicely and the screenplay swings wildly between shock-horror tactics, tongue-in-cheek theatricality and even the occasional stab at gut-level farce.

Foxy Brown is a definite must-see. Definitely one of the best, and most enjoyable blaxploitation films I've seen thus far.

Availability

UK: Released uncut on pre-cert VHS for 1982 Guild VHS:

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut after the BBFC waived their cuts for:

US: Uncut and R Rated for:

Friday the 13th (1980)

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Friday the 13th is a 1980 US slasher by Sean S Cunningham.
With Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Jeannine Taylor. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Exists as an uncut Unrated version and a cut R rated version. The uncut version was passed X for UK 1980 cinema release and was initially released on pre-cert VHS. However this was seized by police and the distributors reverted to the cut version from 1983 until 1987. The video has been uncut and 18 rated since 2003 on DVD and Blu-ray.

Summary Review: A Slasher Star is Born

Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning. 

Friday the 13th must be one of the biggest mysteries in cinema. Although it's a long way from being a good movie, its success and influence is unnameable.

The make-up effects by the master Tom Savini himself are excellent, but that alone isn't really enough to create a legendary horror movie.

I'll never reckon the Friday the 13th films as good - or even decent - efforts in the genre, but I'm always up for a little bit of brainless gore slashing. And that's what these series are made for...pure entertainment!!

Unrated Version

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uncut
run: 95:06s
pal: 91:18s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for:

UK: The Unrated Version was passed X (18) uncut for:

  • 1980 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

uncut
banned
run: 94:37s
pal: 90:50s
Section 3 seizureUK: The Unrated Version was released uncut on pre-cert rental video for:
  • 1982 Warner VHS

This version was seized by police presumably prompting Warner to switch to the cut R rated version.

R Rated Version

BBFC uncut
US Theatrical Version

mpaa cut
cut

cut: 10s
run: 94:31s
pal: 90:44s
18

pre-cert VHS

MPAA R

UK: This R Rated version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1987 Warner VHS
Thanks to Gary:

After being forced to submit the film to the BBFC following the new law (Video Recordings Act 1984), Warner proudly announced that the film would be released uncut. Again, I remember seeing this in the press and being relieved that one of my all-time favourite horror movies hadn't fallen victim to Ferman's whims.

Imagine my horror, then, when I finally got to see the BBFC approved version, only to discover it was the R rated version. Warner had been technically correct to say the film was uncut, since this was the version seen by audiences in its home country, but it was still a deceitful, filthy lie perpetrated on the UK public. Only after Ferman left the BBFC in 1999/2000 and the film was resubmitted did we finally get the full version again on home video.

UK: The cut R Rated Version was released on pre-cert sell-thru video for:
  • 1983 Warner VHS

Warner seemed to have decided to play it safe whilst the video nasties moral panic was kicking off. So they switched from releasing the uncut version to the cut US version

The film was cut by about 10s for the US R rating.

  1. Annie has her throat cut. The 18 cert, version adds the white out before we get a good glimpse at the Tom Savini created FX.
  2. Kevin Bacon's girlfriend gets an axe in the skull: Once again this cuts away to an early, imposed, whiteout. There is about a second more of gory detail. (see below)
  3. A birds eye view of Kevin Bacon with a spear exiting out of his throat has been censored (this is approx. 4 seconds long). The current version shows us a side view of his death then jumps before we get the other angle.
  4. The decapitation of Mrs. Voorhees has been cut of one sequence involving her headless torso. The cut is quite obtrusive and the sequence has been slightly re edited so that we cut back to Alice sooner than we should. The sound jumps too, so it's not hard to notice this cut.

See pictorial cuts on movie-censorship.com

It has been reported to me that the second cut in the list is restored on the 1995 release of the video from Warner Home Video

Friday the 13th Part 2

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  • Friday the 13th Part II
Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 US slasher by Steve Miner.
With Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel and John Furey.
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Cut for an MPAA R rating.

The same cut version has been used for all UK and US release since.

The 1983 UK VHS release was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic.

There's no sign of the cuts being restored, so for the moment this is the best available version

Summary Review: Up There with the Original

Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason who didn't drown in the lake some 30 years before?

While most sequels cash in on their original movie's fame, the second part of the Friday the 13th series lives up to its name.

The gore and the kill scenes surpass the original. The characters are true teenage stereotypes. Much like the ending in the original, the ending here is great.

Availability

Current UK status: The cut US Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts

UK: The cut R Rated Theatrical Version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for strong horror, violence and threat for:

US: The Theatrical Version is MPAA R Rated for:

GBH: Grievous Bodily Harm

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GBH: Grievous Bodily Harm is a 1983 UK crime thriller by David Kent-Watson.
Starring Cliff Twemlow, Jane Cunliffe and Anthony Schaeffer. IMDb

Released uncut on pre-cert VHS and was seized by police. Not released since.

The 1983 UK VHS release was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic.

Summary Notes

An early British film made on video. This gangland crime drama set in the nightclubs of Manchester proved to be a minor hit.

Availability

Current UK status: Not released since VHS
Graduation Day

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Graduation Day is a 1981 USA horror mystery thriller by Herb Freed.
Starring Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie and E Danny Murphy. YouTube icon IMDb

The Director's Cut seems to be standard issue and is uncut.

The 1982 IFS VHS release was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic.

Summary Notes

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin.

Availability

Current UK status: Passed 15 uncut

UK: The Director's Cut/Re-editted Version was passed 15 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Happy Birthday to Me

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Happy Birthday to Me is a 1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson.
Starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford and Lawrence Dane. YouTube icon IMDb

Uncut in the UK on cinema and VHS. The video was seized by police during the video nasties panic. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating and this cut version was released on UK DVD.

Summary Notes

Virginia Wainwright is a spirited young woman who has returned to a private school having survived a deadly accident and regenerative brain surgery. She is proud that she belongs to the Top Ten - the school's inner circle with the best students - and attempts to resume a normal life. But her friends are falling prey to a grueling series of murders, and soon there will be no one left to attend her 18th birthday party. Could it be her? Striving to rekindle the memory of her nightmarish accident, Virginia suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. We soon learn the horrible truth behind her accident and what is going on before her birthday party...

Availability

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: The cut US R rated version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts

US: Hopefully ncut for:

The promotional material mentions that this release features the original score so hopefully that means that it is uncut also.
Headless Eyes

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The Headless Eyes is a 1971 USA horror by Kent Bateman.
Starring Bo Brundin, Ramon Gordon and Kelley Swartz. YouTube icon IMDb
Seized by police during the video nasties panic and not released since in the UK. Uncut in the US.

Summary Notes

Poor artist gets eye gouged out while committing a robbery. When his eye heals, he goes on a killing spree and cuts out women's eyes with a spoon.

Availability

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Current UK status: Not released since VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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Hell Prison

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  • Femmine infernali
  • El infierno de las mujeres
  • Escape from Hell
  • Hellfire on Ice, Part 2: Escape from Hell
  • L'inferno delle donee
Hell prison is a 1980 Spain/Italy prison drama by Edoardo Mulargia.
With Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson and Cristina Lay. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC from 1980 cinema release. Later seized by the police during the video nasties panic. Cut for 1988 VHS. Uncut in the US

Summary Review: Eurotrash

All the girls look sweaty, stinky & dirty as they work, fight and make out with each other. That's about it for plot until they do escape and most of them get killed. Europeans love those downbeat endings.

It's always nice to see Peter Lorre lookalike Luciano Pigozzi in another piece of low-rent Eurotrash like this.  It's OK.

Availability

Banned by the BBFC from 1980 cinema release.

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order during the video nasties panic.

The BBFC cut 3:46s for 1988 VHS .

Current UK status: Passed 18 after 3:46s of BBFC cuts US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Hills Have Eyes

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  • Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes
The Hills Have Eyes is a 1977 US horror by Wes Craven.
With Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston and John Steadman. YouTube icon IMDb
Cut in the US for an R rating. Further cut by the BBFC for cinema. The cinema version was released on pre-cert video and was seized by police during the video nasties panic. It was cut again but differently, for BBFC approved VHS. The R rated Version was passed without BBFC cuts for DVD. This is the best available version, with no sign of original US cuts being restored.

Summary Notes

A family going to California accidentally goes through an Air Testing range closed to the public. They crash and are stranded in a desert. They are being stalked by a group of people, which have not emerged into modern times.

Availability

Cut in the US for an R rating . Further cut by the BBFC for cinema. The cinema version was released on pre-cert video and was seized by police during the video nasties panic.

It was cut again but differently, for BBFC approved VHS.

The R rated Version was passed without BBFC cuts for DVD. This is the best available version, with no sign of original US cuts being restored.

Current UK status: Passed 18 without BBFC cuts UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18 with all previous BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Cut and MPAA R Rated for:

Home Sweet Home

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Home Sweet Home is a 1981 USA horror by Nettie Peña.
Starring Jake Steinfeld, Vinessa Shaw and Peter De Paula. YouTube icon IMDb

Uncut by film censors but seized by police during the video nasties panic.

Summary Notes

An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys' Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful...

Availability

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order during the video nasties panic.

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

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Inseminoid

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  • Planet Terror
  • Horror Planet
Inseminoid is a 1981 UK horror sci-fi thriller by Norman J. Warren.
With Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley and Stephanie Beacham. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020 IMDb
No censor cuts although a shortened version was rated X for release in UK cinemas in 1981.  The film was 18 rated for VHS and 15 rated for DVD. The video was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic.

Summary Notes

A group of scientists are working in a lab located on a distant planet. One of them, Sandy, is attacked, raped and impregnated by a monstrous creature. She then begins to stalk her colleagues one by one, killing them and drinking their blood.

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uncut
run: 91:57s
pal: 88:16s
15 cert

18

MPAA R

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong, bloody violence for: UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • 1999 Sovereign/Stonevision/Quantum Leap R0 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 1992 Vipco VHS
  • 1987 Allied Vision VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

BBFC uncut

cut
shortened

cut:
run: 92:26s
pal: 88:44s
X certUK: A shortened Version was passed X (18) without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1981 cinema release

From IMDb:

The UK theatrical version ended with Mark being attacked by one of the alien babies, then cut straight to the end credits. Video and DVD releases feature the expanded ending, in which a rescue team discovers the aftermath of the attack.

uncut
uncut
run: 91:57s
pal: 88:16s
Section 3 seizureUK: Released on pre-cert VHS for:
  • 1981 Brent Walker VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

Invasion of the Blood Farmers

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Invasion of the Blood Farmers is a 1972 USA horror by Ed Adlum.
Starring Norman Kelley, Tanna Hunter and Bruce Detrick. Youtube link IMDb

The film has only seen UK release on pre-cert VHS. The title was seized by police during the Video Nasties moral panic

Summary Notes

Somewhere in upstate New York, a young woman is terrorized by a group of rural farmers primarily interested in a harvest of blood.

Availability

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order during the video nasties panic.

Current UK status: Not released since pre-cert VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Island of Death (1976)

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  • ¿quién Puede Matar a Un Niño? =
  • Island of the Damned
  • Who Can Kill a Child?
Island of Death is a 1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador.
Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo. IMDb
Passed X uncut for UK cinema release in 1976, and for 18 rated DVD in 2011. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

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

Summary Notes

A couple of English tourists rent a boat to visit the fictitious island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the town deserted of adults, there's only children who don't speak but stare at them with eerie smiles. They soon discover that all the children of the island have been posessed by a mysterious force or madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because nobody dares to kill a child...

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18

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UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and real footage of atrocities against children for:
  • 2011 Eureka Entertainment video titled ¿quién Puede Matar a Un Niño? - Who Can Kill a Child? at UK Amazon
UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1976 cinema release titled Death is Child's Play
  • 1976 cinema release titled Would You Kill a Child?

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
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shortened
Island of Death
pre-cert VHS

MPAA
Unrated

87:30s UK: Released on pre-cert video for
  • 1980 Hokushin VHS
Not an official video nasty. But there is a theory that a briefly listed Island of Death was in fact this title rather than the 'officially' assumed Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death

US: The shortened Island of Death Version is MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon

This version is missing the opening documentary footage.

The Killing Hour

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  • American Killing
The Killing Hour is a 1982 USA mystery thriller by Armand Mastroianni.
Starring Perry King, Norman Parker and Elizabeth Kemp. Youtube link IMDb
Passed 18 uncut for 1982 cinema release but the World of Video 2000 pre-cert video was seized by the police during the Video Nasties panic. The film was then cut by the BBFC for 1986 VHS release. Uncut in the US for Unrated Anchor Bay and Blue Underground release but there seems to have been a shorter R rated release under the title The Clairvoyant

Summary Review: Nicely Done

New York police are trying to find out who is behind a rash of 'handcuff' murders, while a young artist (and psychic) is finding herself drawing the horrid crimes!

The opening sequences are quite grabbing, the murders are inventive (although not gory), and the plot builds to a great showdown climax.

Mastroianni's direction is sleekly well done, and the subtle piano score is a nice touch. The film also carries a kind of sexual vibe through out.

The cast is quite good in their performances. Nicely done on all levels.

Availability

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order during the video nasties panic.

Current UK status: Passed 18 after 1:19s of BBFC cuts

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

The Last Horror Film

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The Last Horror Film is a 1982 USA comedy horror by David Winters.
Starring Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell and Judd Hamilton. YouTube icon IMDb
Uncut on pre-cert VHS. Cut by the BBFC for cinema and DVD. Uncut since 2014 Blu-ray. Cut in the US

Summary Notes

Vinny is obsessed with famous actress Jana Bates and is determined to have her star in his movie. He travels to the Cannes Film Festival in France to try and convince her. Unfortunately, he goes about things in a rather unprofessional manner and people involved with Jana Bates begin to disappear.

The brilliant performance by Joe Spinell came as no surprise. Playing an obsessed fan and would-be director, Spinell was both pathetic and sympathetic.

Availability

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut.

UK: Released uncut on pre-cert VHS for 1983 Intervision VHS:

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

UK: Promises of a special uncut edition for:

 
The Last Hunter

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  • Il Cacciatore
  • Hunter of the Apocalypse
The Last Hunter is a 1980 Italy war thriller by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M Dawson).
Starring David Warbeck, Tisa Farrow and Tony King. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Passed X uncut for a 1981 cinema release. Videos were seized by police during the Video Nasties moral panic. The BBFC subsequently cut the VHS for an 18 rated 1988 release. Later uncut on 18 rated 2002 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

During the Vietnam war, an American soldier gets trapped behind enemy lines. A squad of his buddies sets out to rescue him.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 95:41s
pal: 91:51s

 

18

18

X cert

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gory images, sexual images, sexual threat:

UK: Passed 18 uncut with BBFC cuts waived for:

UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1981 cinema release
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

From IMDB:

  • All DVD versions of the film are missing a brief 35 second scene where a soldier replies to a question asked by Captain Morris. The scene was in the cinema version and is probably missing due to print damage.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 8s
run: 96:07s
pal: 92:16s

 

18UK: Passed 18 after 8s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 Elephant VHS

From IMDB:

  • 8 seconds were cut to edit some shots from an attempted rape on Tisa Farrow
banned
banned
run: 96:19s
pal: 92:28s
Section 3 seizureUK: Released on pre-cert VHS for:
  • 1981 Inter-Light VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

The Love Butcher

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The Love Butcher is a 1975 USA horror by Don Jones and Mikel Angel.
Starring Erik Stern, Kay Neer and Jeremiah Beecher. IMDb

Released on pre-cert VHS and was seized by the police during the Video Nasties moral panic. Not subsequently released in the UK but uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

The twisted tale of Caleb, and his alter ego Lester. After being pushed around too far, Caleb transforms into Lester and returns to those who have wronged him.

Availability

Current UK status: not released since

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Mad Foxes

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  • The Mad Foxes
  • The Bikers and the Disco Kid

Mad Foxes is a 1981 Spain / Switzerland action thriller by Paul Grau (as Paul Gray).
Starring José Gras, Laura Premica and Andrea Albani. YouTube icon IMDb

Extensively cut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release. This cut version was later released on pre-cert VHS, but the BBFC approval sis not protect the film from being seized by the police during the video nasty panic. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Review: So bad, it's funny

On their way to a disco, Hal and his 'girlfriend' are accosted by a band of Hell's Angels. As they drive away, Hal accidentally runs over one, killing him. The Angels pursue the couple and catch up with them as they are leaving the disco. They savagely beat up Hal and brutally rape his girlfriend. Hal swears revenge.

This is one of the most disturbing (and not to mention unintentionally funny) films I've ever seen. The dubbing is atrocious, the violence over-the-top, and the full frontal nudity extreme, there is a LOT of male frontal nudity in this film; so much so that I suspect that either the writer or director was...well, INTO male full frontal nudity.

It's so bad, it's funny.

Availability

The BBFC extensively cut the 1982 cinema release

Released in a BBFC cut cinema version on pre-cert VHS for 1982 VCL VHS:

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order

Current UK status: not released since

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Mansion Of The Doomed

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Mansion Of The Doomed is a 1976 US horror thriller by Michael Pataki
Starring Richard Basehart, Gloria Grahame and Trish Stewart BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC either for 18 rated releases until 1992 and 15 rated releases since 2000. However the film was once seized by the police during the Video Nasties moral panic. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

A mad scientist fills his basement dungeon with victims in an insane attempt to restore his daughter's eyesight.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 86m
pal: 83m
15 1980

18 1980

MPAA R

UK: Passed 15 uncut:
  • 2000 Digital Entertainment Ltd. video
  • 1992 Vipco Ltd(2) VHS titled Massacre Mansio
  • 1983 cinema release titled Massacre Mansion
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

 

Section 3 seizure
run: 86:14s
pal: 82:47s
banned
banned
UK: Released on pre-cert VHS
  • 1983 Vipco VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Mark of the Devil

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  • Austria 1700
  • Brenn, Hexe, brenn
  • Burn, Witch, Burn
  • Hexen
  • Satan
Mark of the Devil is a 1969 German horror by Michael Armstrong.
With Herbert Lom, Udo Kier and Olivera Katarina. YouTube icon IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release and 1993 VHS which was withdrawn following police seizures. Less cut for 2003 DVD and finally uncut for 2013 Blu-ray/DVD

See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Mark of the Devil

Summary Review: Atmospheric Euro Horror

Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom strangling Reggie Nalder to death for calling him impotent. Kier begins to see for himself that the witch trials are nothing but a scam of the church to rob people of their land, money, and other personal belongings of value and seduce beautiful big breasted women.

This film contains very strong graphic torture including a women's tongue being ripped out of her head, nuns being raped (in the opening credits), and lots of beatings.

Back in its day, this film was probably the most controversial movie ever made as it depicted the witch trials going on Europe during the darkest page of human existence.

The entire cast gives it their all and makes this film believable. The only hindrance is the dubbing, but for foreign horror film fans like me, dubbing just adds to the charm.

I was pleasantly surprised and got a much better film than I was expecting. If you're a fan of atmospheric Euro horror, don't believe all the bad hype as this film is a true gem.

Availability

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut.

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

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

This Cheezy release has been widely criticised for poor sound quality and a washed out picture. It does however boast of including a vomit bag.
Martin

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Martin is a 1977 USA horror drama by George A Romero.
Starring John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel and Christine Forrest. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Always uncut but exists in 2 versions, the Original Version and Italian Version. The film was caught up in the video nasties panic and was seized by the authorities, without ever being listed on the official list.

Summary Notes

George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburg to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin's soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin's loneliness finds other means of release.

Italian Version

BBFC uncut
Italian Version
run: 94:36s
pal: 90:49s
18UK: The Re-edited Version/Italian Version was passed 18 uncut for strong language, bloody violence and sexualised violence for:
  • 2010 Arrow (Italian + Original Versions) R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Fremantlemedia/Arrow video

Original Version

BBFC uncut
Original Version
run: 94:52s
pal: 91:04s

 

18

X

MPAA R

UK: The Original Version was passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2022 Second Sight Films video
  • 2010 Arrow (Italian + Original Versions) R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Arrow R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 1994 Redemption VHS
UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1979 cinema release
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
BBFC uncut
Original Version

banned
banned

run: 94:35s
pal: 90:48s
Section 3 seizureUK: The Original Version was released uncut on pre-cert video for:
  • 1982 Hello VHS

The video got caught up in the video nasties panic and was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. However no prosecutions resulted and the video never made the official video nasties list.

Mausoleum

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Mausoleum is a 1983 USA horror by Michael Dugan.
Starring Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee and Norman Burton. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating and this version was then passed 18 by the BBFC for VHS. Released uncut in the US in 2019 and is MPAA Unrated.

Summary Notes

Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the strange changes...

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 96:58s
pal: 93:05s
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
BBFC uncut

mpaa cut
cut
R rated Version

cut:  
run: 95:28s
pal: 91:39s
18

MPAA R

UK: The R rated version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts:
  • 2004 Cornerstone R0 DVD
  • 1998 Sovereign Multi-Media VHS
  • 1987 Apex Distribution VHS

IMDb notes that there cuts are in some releases to a scene showing a 'head blowing'.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 96:25s
pal: 92:34s
Section 3 seizure

pre-cert VHS

UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
  • 1983 FilmTown VHS
The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order
Night of the Seagulls

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  • La Noche de las gaviotas
  • Don't Go Out at Night
  • Night of the Blood Cult
  • Night of the Death Cult
  • The Night of the Seagulls
  • The Night of the Sea gulls
  • Terror Beach
  • The Blind Dead 4
Night of the Seagulls is a 1975 Spain horror by Amando de Ossorio.
Starring Víctor Petit, María Kosty and Sandra Mozarowsky. YouTube icon IMDb
Seized by the police during the Video Nasties panic. Cut by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. Uncut for 2005 DVD. Uncut in the US. The Spanish language version is missing nudity added for the dubbed English version
UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
  • Portland VHS titled Night of the Seagulls
  • Archer VHS titled Night of the Seagulls

The film was never an official video nasty but did manage a listing on the Manchester Police's local list of videos to seize.

Summary Notes

The Knight Templars return in this fourth installment of the Blind Dead seris. On this outing, the Templars haunt a fishing village, where they rise seven nights every seven years to claim their sacrificial offerings in return for the safety of the townspeople.

Generally seems to have been found the most disappointing of the series on grounds of poor acting and ludicrous plot elements. However the film does evoke a good creepy atmosphere.

Availability

Current UK status: Passed 18 uncut.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised violence for with previous BBFC cuts waived:

  • 2005 Anchor Bay R2 DVD titled Night of the Seagulls at UK Amazon

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Prey

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Prey is a 1978 UK Sci-Fi horror by Norman J Warren.
Starring Barry Stokes, Sally Faulkner and Glory Annen. IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1977. The film was released in the US with sex scenes cut for an R rating. This cut US version was released on pre-cert VHS and ended up being seized by the police during the video nasties panic. The BBFC cinema cuts were applied to this cut US version for BBFC approved VHS in 1986 and 1995. An extended but still incomplete version was released on DVD in 2004 with previous BBFC cuts waived. The film was restored and complete for MPAA Unrated DVD/Blu-ray in 2018

See further details: Prey

UK: The cut US version was released on pre-cert VHS for:

  • 1981 Vampix VHS

The film got caught up in the video nasties panic end ended up being seized by the police. There was no follow up and the film was never listed as an official video nasty.

Summary Notes

Jessica awakens when an alien spacecraft lands nearby. After dispatching a young couple, the alien assumes the identity of the recently dispatched young man. Jessica and her possessive lover Josephine invite "Anders" in when it appears he's hurt. Soon Jessica becomes suspicious of Josephine's overbearing ways, and relies more on the alien for support, but his purpose on earth remains unclear.

Availability

Current UK status: BBFC cuts have been waived but an uncut version has not yet been released

US: A fully restored and uncut version is MPAA Unrated for:

Schoolgirls in Chains

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  • Girls in Chains
  • Let's Play Dead

Schoolgirls in Chains is a 1973 USA horror by Don Jones (as Don Jones).
Starring Gary Kent and John Parker and Stafford Morgan. IMDb

The film was cut by about 30s in the US so as to obtain an MPAA R rating. In the UK the film was seized by the authorities during the Video Nasties moral panic but did not trigger prosecutions under the Obscene Publications Act.

Summary Notes

Two deranged brothers, who are under the domineering influence of their crazed mother, kidnap young girls and keep them captive in chains in their basement, where they subject them to depraved "games" that often end in torture and murder.

Girls in Chains is a descent cheesy exploitation movie from the early 70's, featuring some good acting, and even some humourous parts. There is nudity, but not as graphic as what are shown in the other trailers, and not as what is suggested by the DVD cover.

Versions

best available
best available
run: 90:23s
pal: 86:46s

 

MPAA RUS: Cut and MPAA R rated for:

From IMDb:

The scene with Ginger being raped on the coach by Frank had to be cut by thirty seconds in order to avoid an X rating.
Section 3 seizure
run: 89:19s
pal: 85:45s
banned
banned
UK: Released on pre-cert VHS
  • 1982 Astra VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order.

Shogun Assassin

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  • Kozure Ohkmi 2
  • Lone Wolf and Cub
  • Baby Cart at the River Styx
Shogun Assassin is a 1980 Japan/US action film by Robert Houston.
With Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo and Minoru Oki. YouTube icon IMDb
Not an official video nasty. It was seized by police but was not prosecuted and wasn't listed as a nasty.

Japanese executioner treks around with young son in tow looking for revenge on the men who killed his wife. Lots of stylish bloody sword play and blood spattering.

Summary Review : A great film

A great samurai warrior served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid and sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule. He sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore to seek out the Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death.

Shogun Assassin is a great film. Much "controversy" has arisen over the years regarding this film having been cobbled together from two other films in the Lone Wolf series. I think that what has been achieved is an extremely entertaining, fast-paced piece of action. By eliminating non-essential story lines and including a voice over narration, the action moves at break neck speed. The amount of blood spilled is so over the top as to be cartoonish, which only adds to the uniqueness of the movie.

Shogun Assassin is actually an amalgam of two 1972 films titled Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx . The producer decided to join the best bits of these two films (using around 10 minutes of the first film as a pre-credits flashback sequence to introduce the characters).

Availability

The BBFC cut the 1981 cinema release by 2s .

Vipco released the video and it got caught up in the video nasties panic. Copies were seized and the distributors were prosecuted. But the prosecution failed and the videos were returned. Shogun Assassin was never officially listed as a video nasty by the DPP.

The 1992 Vipco was pre-cut along the lines of the cinema version. No further BBFC cuts were required

The 1999 Horror Video release was passed 18 uncut

Current Status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

 
Suffer Little Children

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Suffer Little Children is a 1983 UK video horror by Alan Briggs.
Starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose and Jon Hollanz. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was cut for an unofficial BBFC 18 rating issued prior to the implementation of the VRA. The film was seized by the police anyway and the film got caught up in the tabloid hysteria around the video nasty era. The film was passed 18 uncut for UK DVD release in 2017.

See Gav Crimson's detailed history of the censorship of Suffer Little Children and the timeline of newspaper coverage .

The DVD version has a significant number of variations from the VHS. version.

Summary Notes

This amateur video production, (not particularly well regarded), is claimed to be a reconstruction of events involving child demonic possession which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported to the press though, not the to mention the fact that the film was conceived and shot in 1983, well before the supposed baseline event.

The video was submitted to the BBFC for a pre-VRA unofficial rating in December 1984. The BBFC asked for about 2 minutes of cuts. However the distributors suffered a police raid on the day after the submission and the police seized the film. The police seemed to think that the uncut version was illegal and would not give the distributors the opportunity to implement the cuts that would make it legal. The DPP considered the film for 3 months before deciding that no further action would be taken as long as the film was only distributed in the BBFC approved version. The film was caught up in press frenzy at this time, with the inevitable calls for a ban and worse.

Versions

BBFC uncut
DVD Version
run: 75:08s
pal: 72:08s
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:

See Gav Crimson's detailed history of the censorship of Suffer Little Children

The DVD version has a significant number of variations from the VHS. version.

In his interview on the DVD release, director Alan Briggs claims that Films Galore rush released an unfinished, uncompleted version of the film onto the VHS market, but if anything it's the DVD version that appears to be an earlier edit of Suffer Little Children. The VHS release correcting audio issues, continuity mistakes and implementing the cuts that the BBFC asked for. So, there really isn't a definite version of the film out there. If you want to see the gore intacto you need the DVD release. If you want to hear what the actors are saying and see four scenes that never made it to DVD then be prepared to dig deep into your pockets for a copy of the 1980s VHS, in order to complete the Suffer Little Children experience.

BBFC cut
VHS Version
cut: 2m
run: 73m
pal: 70m
18
unofficial

pre-cert VHS

UK: Released after BBFC cuts for an unofficial pre-cert BBFC 18 rating for:
  • 1985 Films Galore VHS

Thanks to the BBFC for details of this release:

The video was submitted to the BBFC for an unofficial video certificate in December 1984 (this was prior to the formal implementation of the Video Recordings Act which occurred on 1 September 1985). The video was considered by a number of BBFC examiners and senior staff and a list of cuts required for classification at 18 was issued to the company in January 1985. After the cuts list was issued the film was seized by the police from the distributor's premises and was subsequently forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for consideration as to whether any offences had been committed in relation to the proposed distribution of the film.

In April 1985 the DPP concluded that no further action would be taken provided the film was only distributed in a cut version that had been approved by the BBFC.

Later in April 1985 a cut version was seen by the BBFC and this cut version was approved at 18 on 16 April 1985. However, the distributor was reminded that the certificate issued was unofficial and they would need to resubmit the film for a formal certificate under the terms of the Video Recordings Act if they intended to continue distribution beyond 1 September 1985.

The film was never resubmitted and no formal certificate was ever issued under the Video Recordings Act meaning that the video became - in effect - unclassified after September 1985. It has not been resubmitted to the BBFC since 1985.

 
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Suicide Cult is a 1975 USA horror by James Glickenhaus (as Jim Glickenhaus).
Starring Bob Byrd, Mark Buntzman and James Glickenhaus. IMDb

Released on pre-cert VHS and got caught up in the video nasties panic and was seized by police. It didn't become an official video nasty though. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

Writer/director James Glickenhaus made his feature debut with this bizarre tale of government skullduggery, satanic killings, zodiacal mayhem and messianic horror. A scientist investigating reports of the Second Coming of Christ finds himself battling against a suicidal devil cult.

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uncut
run: 79m
pal: 76m
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
Section 3 seizure
run: 77m
pal: 74m
pre-cert VHSUK: A short version was released on pre-cert for:
  • Mega Films VHS

The film got caught up in the video nasties panic end ended up being seized by the police. There was no follow up and the film was never listed as an official video nasty.

Werewolf Woman

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  • La louve sanguinaire
  • Daughter of a Werewolf
Werewolf Woman is a 1976 Italy horror by Rino Di Silvestro (as RD Silver).
Starring Annik Borel, Howard Ross and Dagmar Lassander. YouTube icon IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema and VHS. Uncut in Europe and the US

Summary Notes

From notorious Italian exploitation filmmaker Rino Di Silvestro (Deported Women of the SS Special Section) comes Werewolf Woman, a psychological, psychosexual, pseudo-shapeshiter shocker and a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino. In it, a mentally unstable young woman named Daniela (Annik Borel) fantasizes that she is the reincarnation of her long-dead ancestor, a woman who was thought to have been a werewolf. Dealing with her lifetime of sexual abuse, she seduces men before transgressing into a feral monster, screaming, cursing and ripping them to shreds. When she meets the man of her dreams, Daniela seems ready to forgive her past and bury the beast within until another traumatic encounter seals both her own fate and the collective fates of the Werewolf Woman's wild wrath. A strange, erotic, outrageously sleazy and provocative Eurohorror classic about a woman pushed well-past the edge of sanity, Werewolf Woman is finally presented here with the respect it deserves, in beautifully realized, remastered high-definition. Watch it with someone you trust.

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. He loved it so much that all subsequent Quentin Tarantino Film Fests had a surprise movie added to the end of each all-nighter known as the Wolf Woman selection, defined as an outrageous exploitation film sure to wake the audience up.

This wildly exploitive Italian gem features a luscious blonde lead experiencing lycanthropic spasms flagrante delicto, making a bloody mess of the men she naturally attracts until she finds true love in the arms of a gentle beefcake stuntman. Sleazy fun; even the bland expository scenes offer some hilariously inane dialogue.

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uncut
uncut
MPAA
R rated
~94:03s US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Italy: Released uncut for:

  • It Raro R0 DVD as La Lupa Mannara

France: Released uncut for:

  • Fr 2004 Neo R2 DVD as La louve sanguinaire
cut
cut
MPAA
Unrated
~98:00s
=94:00s
US: Pre-cut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2003 Shriek Show R1 DVD as Werewolf Woman

The transfer was zoomed in for widescreen and it lost some of the sexy action.

BBFC cut
42s

cut
pre-cut

1889:00s UK: A pre-cut version was passed 18 after a further 40s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1986 Sheptonhurst VHS as Naked Werewolf Woman

From IMDb:

  • Released with heavy pre-cuts to the rape scene and 42s of additional BBFC cuts to remove shots of a naked woman's stitched body on a mortician's slab.
cut
print damage
pre-cert VHS 87:50s UK: An uncensored version shortened by 5 minutes through print damage was released on pre-cert for:
  • 1983 Cockney Rebels VHS as Werewolf Woman
  • 1981 Cinehollywood VHS as Werewolf Woman

From IMDb:

BBFC cut
cut
pre-cert VHS

X cert

97:33s
=93:39s
UK: The cut cinema version was released pre-cert for:
  • UK Intercity VHS titled Werewolf Woman

UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1980 cinema release titled Werewolf Woman
Xtro

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  • Monstromo
Xtro is a 1982 UK alien film by Harry Bromley Davenport.
With Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers and Danny Brainin.
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No censors cuts but exists in two versions, The theatrical version with a happy end, the video version with a downbeat end. The film was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic but no action was taken against the film.

Summary Review: Much to enjoy

If you can overlook its obviously low budget and tolerate the BBC Radiophonic Workshop-like synthesizer on the soundtrack, there's much to enjoy in XTRO. It's a simple tale of a family man returning to Earth after three years in the company of aliens whose customs and ways of life he hasn't completely surrendered.

Fans of the gross and outrageous will enjoy the sight of a fully-grown man being literally reborn and the several messy killings that further spice up this warped and somewhat disturbing British shocker. Although clearly inspired by Ridley Scott's Alien, XTRO actually bears more than a passing resemblance to Norman J.Warren's notorious Inseminoid, except things are much nastier here.

Versions

uncut
Extended Version
run: 86:19s
pal: 82:52s
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Germany
Germany: There is an extended version released in Germany. See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com
uncut
Happy Ending Theatrical Version
run: 86:57s
pal: 83:28s

 

15 cert

18

MPAA R

UK: The Happy Ending Theatrical Version was passed 15 uncut for strong sex and horror for:
  • 2018 Second Sight Limited Edition [Theatrical + Video versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • UK 2009 Optimum R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • UK 2007 Film 2000 R2 DVD
UK: The Happy Ending Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for:
  • UK 1982 cinema release

US: The Happy Ending Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

uncut
Downbeat
UK/US
 Version
run: 85:28s
pal: 82:03s
18UK: The Downbeat Ending Version was passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2018 Second Sight Limited Edition [Theatrical + Video versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • UK 1992 First Independent VHS
  • UK 1987 Polygram VHS

See version details from movie-censorship.com

Section 3 seizure
run: 85:28s
pal: 82:03s
pre-cert VHSUK: Presumably the Downbeat Ending Version was released uncut on pre-cert video for:
  • UK Spectrum VHS

The pre-cert Spectrum video release was caught up in the video nasties scare as it was seized in Manchester, Birmingham & Newcastle. The BBFC pointed out that they had passed it uncut and the seized tapes were returned without getting listed on the official list

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  • Zombi Holocaust
  • Dr Butcher MD
  • Doctor Butcher M.D.
Zombie Holocaust is a 1980 Italy horror by Marino Girolami (as Frank Martin).
Starring Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli and Sherry Buchanan. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC since 2000 18 rated VHS. Previously self censored for pre-cert VHS during the video nasties panic. It was seized by the police but never became an official video nasty. There is a shortened US version named Dr Butcher MD. The uncut version in the US is titled Zombi Holocaust. There is also an Extended Version.

Promotional Material

A macabre mix of the classic Italian cannibal and zombie cycles, ZOMBI HOLOCAUST features Euro-exploitation stalwart Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION) as an academic who heads to a remote Caribbean island to research an intriguing murder-mystery. Once there, he and his team (which includes the beautiful Alessandra Delli Colli from THE NEW YORK RIPPER) are shocked to discover that the tropical abode is home to a mad surgeon who is creating zombies out of the local flesh-feasting natives! Also known as DOCTOR BUTCHER MD, and heavily indebted to the work of Lucio Fulci and George Romero, this superb bout of splatter carnage comes from the golden age of Italian gore.

Extended Version

uncut
Extended Version
run: 90m
pal: 86m

 

MPAA Unrated

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Austria

US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2016 Severin Films [Zombie Holocaust + Doctor Butcher + Extended Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
However  version details from movie-censorship.com reveal that this release is missing 12s of uncontentious footage.

Austria: The Extended Version in Austria that adds the 5:08s opening scene bolted onto the US Version to the Original Version.

See  pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

Original Version

uncut
Original Version
run: 84:03s
pal: 80:41s
18

  MPAA Unrated

UK: The Original Version Passed 18 uncut for:

US: The Original Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2016 Severin Films [Zombie Holocaust + Doctor Butcher + Extended Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2002 Shriek Show R1 DVD at US Amazon
cut
cut
cut: 3:24s
run: 82:03s
pal: 78:46s
pre-cert VHS

Section 3 seizure

UK: Cut by 3:24s for the pre-cert video release:
  • UK September 1983 VTC VHS

The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com

cut
cut
2:00s
pre-cert VHSUK: Cut by 2:00s for the pre-cert video release:
  • UK July 1983 VTC VHS
uncut
uncut
pre-cert VHS UK: Thanks to Briantree who notes that there was a 1982 uncut VHS release, presumably the Original Version

US Version/Dr Butcher MD

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shortened
US Version
cut:  
run: 82m
pal: 79m
MPAA R
 
US: The US Version titled Dr Butcher MD is a US re-edit that some narrative scenes for pacing reasons but adds an extra scene. It is MPAA R rated for:
  • 2016 Severin Films [Zombie Holocaust + Doctor Butcher + Extended Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon

From IMDb. The US version was re-edited and altered by distributor Aquarius Releasing Inc. and re-titled Doctor Butcher, M.D. . Among the changes:

  • A new, completely pointless and unrelated opening title sequence featuring a zombie rising from a grave, which is actually taken from an unfinished anthology Tales To Rip Your Heart Out.
  • The bulk of the original serious-sounding musical score was overlapped with a cheesy and a wonderfully irritating synthesizer one.
  • Some dialogue and character development were deleted for pacing reasons.
  • Even though the Doctor Butcher version is cut, there is an extra five minute sequence that takes place after Peter kills the sneaking zombie with an evanrude. In this scene, Peter and Lori are trying to get back to Obrero's hut. As they're walking, Lori falls into a trap, just missing a set of bamboo stakes sticking upward. As Peter attempts to pull her out, he sees two cannibal tribesmen and tells Lori to stay where she is and he hides behind a nearby tree. As the two cannibals see Lori in the trap, Peter runs out and hits one cannibal in the back of the head with a large stick, knocking him into the bamboo stakes. He then faces off with the remaining cannibal and beats him multiple times with the same large stick. He then finally gets Lori out and they continue to walk in search of Obrero.

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