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 v          Naked Killer 2 - 1993 Hong Kong video by Lau Chang-Wei


 X   Naked Killer 2

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  • Xiang Gang qi an Zhi Qiang Jian
  • Legal Rape
  • Raped by an Angel
  • Super Rape
Naked Killer 2 is a 1993 Hong Kong video by Lau Chang-Wei
With Simon Yam, Chingmy Yau and Mark Cheng. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC twice in 1977 and then released in 1978 with cuts totalling 11 minutes. There are two world versions, both missing scenes, but the Hong Kong Version is better than the Taiwan Version.
Summary Review: Rape, murder and dismemberment
Not really a sequel of Naked Killer 1.

The only redeeming quality of this DVD is that the women in it are fabulous although we don't get to see much of them ... I mean you see more flesh on some of the late night networks ...

Versions

best available
Hong Kong Version
best
available
run: 95m
pal: 91m
MPAA UnratedUS: The Hong Kong release is MPAA Unrated for:

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com :

To this day, there is no totally uncut version of the film available. The Taiwanese version mainly lacks the sex scenes themselves, while scenes displaying sexual violence were spared, which are missing in the Hong Kong version. Furthermore, the Taiwanese version contains a scene in which a disabled person is forced to rape Kit. This was removed from the HK version, together with all the references to it. If one was to edit both versions together, the run time would be about 102:00s = 98:00s
cut
Total
cuts 11:01s
run: 83:43s
pal: 80:22s

BBFC cut
4:42s

cut
pre-cut
6:02s

18UK: The Hong Kong Version was passed 18 after 6:20s of pre-cuts and 4:42s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1998 MIA VHS

Thanks to Bleach on the Melon Farmers Forum :

These account for what the BBFC removed, not what was pre-cut:

  • At 7 mins - During dirty phone call received at women's party, after woman asks "Why not now, I'm hot right now?", the rapist's lines (and subtitles) expressing plans to tie woman up and rape her were removed, resuming on man saying "One day we'll do this for real, Yau Yak Nam."
  • At 15 mins - Bed scene in which rapist turns woman over and then invites second man into bed to share her was reduced, cutting away as second man touches her back and she looks round. All sight of second man entering bed and raping her whilst first man records this on video was also removed, resuming on blue sky through window.
  • At 28 mins - As ex-girlfriend makes stand against gangster and older woman says "How dare you make a scene here!", her further comment (and subtitles) "Get me a knife and I'll cut off her tits", together with man's instruction "Bring a knife" were removed, a reaction shot of woman on floor was inserted to avoid jump cut, and resuming on older woman continuing "I can't stand this stupid bitch".
  • At 38 mins -In woman's flat, sexual assault was reduced to establishment only, as follows:
(i) after victim is thrown into bath and man looks down at her, remove shot of him smiling and saying "Good idea, let's have a bath", resuming on frightened woman in bath;
(ii) then, after woman starts to lift herself out of bath, cut away to remove prolonged scene in which she struggles and protests as she is terrorised, pursued, assaulted and finally raped in kitchen, resuming on new scene on boat panning up from man's bare feet.
  • At 43 mins - After happy couple disappear under duvet, sadistic focus on raped woman's terror was reduced by removing all sight of her bound and gagged in chair, resuming on rapist raising video camera to photograph bound victim.
  • At 69 mins - Scene of rapist peeping on his female neighbour was considerably reduced by removing the following -
(i) prolonged sexy dancing, sight of woman undressing and repeated shots of man peeping through hole;
(ii) CU of woman stroking her leg up towards crotch, resuming on woman in sexy underwear dancing in hallway.
  • At 70 mins - At end of 'peeping tom' sequence, after boyfriend says "I'd wank myself to death", entire scene depicting rapist hanging upside down, masturbating and saying aloud "I will fuck you" was removed, resuming on scene in bar.
  • At 78 mins - During final, prolonged fight between woman and rapist
    dressed in clown suit, the sadistic power of the violence was reduced by removing the following -
(i) sight of woman kicked in throat and falling back onto glass coffee table, breaking it;
(ii) woman having her hair pulled viciously, then kicked between her legs from rear as she crawls away;
(iii) woman being dragged by hair up outdoor steps in rain, then splayed out and pinned down against kitchen counter;
(iv) CU of man groping woman's bare breasts as lightning flashes in background.
banned

banned

cut:
run: 91:28s
pal: 87:48s
rejectedUK: A pre-cut version of the Hong Kong Version with a running time of 87:48s was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1997 MIA VHS
banned
banned
run: 95:11s
pal: 91:23s
rejectedUK: The Hong Kong Version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1997 MIA VHS
 v          NF713 - 2009 UK crime horror thriller by China Hamilton


 X   NF713

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  • Enemy of the State
NF713 is a 2009 UK crime horror thriller by China Hamilton
Starring Niki Flynn and China Hamilton Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 2009 video release.

Summary Notes

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

Versions

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

The BBFC commented:

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

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

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

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

From nikiflynn.com : I am Not a Number

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 v          Nympho Nurse Nancy - 1997 US adult film by Jace Rocker


 X   Nympho Nurse Nancy

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  • Dumb Ass
Nympho Nurse Nancy is a 1997 US adult film by Jace Rocker
Starring Misty Rain, Jessica Darlin, and Laura Plamer Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The 1999 Sheptonhurst video release was banned by the BBFC as part of the dispute with adult film distributors that led to the legalisation of hardcore.

See The R18 Story, the legalisation of hardcore: Chapter 5

Summary notes:

A couple of dumb ass guys discover that a racy porn star lives in their apartment building and they borrow more than a cup of sugar, baby! In fact, they give her the full hardcore welcome. There's plenty of action at the helping hand sperm bank, too, presumably by Nurse Nancy.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 79m
pal: 76m
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 1:13s+
run: 78:10s
pal: 75:02s
R18 certUK: A pre-cut Mediumcore version was initially banned but this was overturned on appeal and the video was passed R18 after 1:13s of BBFC cuts:
  • 2000 Sheptonhurst VHS

The BBFC commented:

Cuts required to explicit sexual detail, regardless of category.

banned
banned
rejectedUK: The mediumcore version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1999 Sheptonhurst VHS

The BBFC had been oscilating about whether to ban or allow mediumcore R18s. This seems to have been 1 of about 7 titles submitted to try and sort what the BBFC actually were. Although the level of explicitness had been passed R18 before, this time it was banned, so the distributors took this decision to appeal.

BBFC cut
cut
cut: 16:16s+
run: 59:08s
pal: 56:46s
18UK: The Softcore Version (Special Edition) was further cut by 5s by the BBFC
  • 1999 Sheptonhurst VHS

From comparison with the mediumcore R18 Version, this version was cut by at least 16:16s

 v          Penn & Teller Get Killed - 1989 US crime comedy thriller by Arthur Penn


 X   Penn & Teller Get Killed

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Penn & Teller Get Killed is a 1989 US crime comedy thriller by Arthur Penn
Starring Penn Jillette, Teller and Caitlin Clarke IMDb

Submitted to the BBFC in 1990 who then proposed extensive cuts for martial arts weapons that proved unviable for the film's release.

Summary Notes

Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of them begins a series of pranks on the other to suggest a real threat. Then they find that a real psychopath is interested in them.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 89m
pal: 85m
MPAA RUS: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: ~1:03s
run:
pal:
Warner logo
withdrawn
UK: The BBFC produced a cuts list totalling 1:03s that proved unacceptable to the distributors
  • 1990 Warner VHS (unreleased)

Thanks to Scott. The BBFC cuts list was as follows:

  • At 46 1/2 mins In black and white comedy scene in which one man writes at desk, after voice-over line: I'm just calling you Fats...I don't want to get you stiffed too, remove all subsequent sight of metal stars and all sight of man carrying and practising with chainsticks. Resume on back view of man at desk.
  • At 49 mins Back in colour, after woman hits man in balaclava, who slumps to floor, remove all sight of him producing star after he sits up.

Note that the distributor abandoned the submission and the proposed cuts were never added to the viewer facing BBFC database.

 v          Possession - 1987 Canada horror thriller by Michael Mazo and Lloyd A Simandl.


 X   Possession (1987)

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  • Possession Until Death Do You Part
Possession is a 1987 Canada horror thriller by Michael Mazo and Lloyd A Simandl.
Starring John Johnston and Sharlene Martin and Cat Williams. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS.

Summary Notes

Frankie is a psychopate who drags along problems with his mother. To compensate these problems he follows and persecutes Madeleine and some of her friends killing one girl after the other and also everybody who would stand in his way - without any reason or comparison.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 92m
pal: 88m
MPAA Unrated

Canada flag
Canada

US: Uncut for:
  • Cinema Group VHS

Canada: Uncut for:

  • Marathon VHS

banned
banned
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 VHS
 v          Precious Jewels - 1982 UK adult bondage video


 X   Precious Jewels

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Precious Jewels is a 1982 UK adult bondage video
starring Kathy Green, Amanda Blackburn and David Cooper Melon Farmers link

Banned by the BBFC for 1986 VHS.

Versions

banned
banned
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1986 Tansy Films VHS
BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 56:56s
pal: 54:39s
pre-cert VHS

UK: Uncut on pre-cert video:
  • 1982 Astra Films VHS
  • 1982 JP Films VHS

            Psychic Killer 2 - 1972 US/Greek video by Nico Mastorakis See Island of Death
 v          Reservoir Dogs - 1992 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino.


 X   Reservoir Dogs

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Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino.
Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. IMDb

Never cut by censors but the film was briefly informally banned in the UK from 1993 until 1995 due to a controversy about video violence at the time.

See BBFC Case Study from bbfc.co.uk

See Reservoir Dogs, and how it was 'banned' in the UK on video from filmstories.co.uk

Summary Notes

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 98:56s
pal: 94:59s
18

MPAA R

UK: The Original Version was passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2013 cinema release
  • 2012 Lions Gate Tarentino XX (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2010 Optimum R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2009 Lions Gate RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 1996 Polygram VHS
  • 1995 Pioneer LaserDisc
  • 1995 Polygram VHS
  • 1992 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

uncut
uncut
run: 98:56s
pal: 94:59s
18UK: The Special Edition was passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2004 Momentum Special Edition R2 DVD

See article from dvdcompare.net . The Special Edition has minor differences to dialogue

  • Missing dialogue Mr White: I think he just passed out.
  • Mumbled dialogue Mr Blonde: "Joe"
banned
banned
banned
banned
UK: The film was informally banned from a video release from 1993 to 1995

See article from bbfc.co.uk

The work was submitted in 1993 for its home video classification, but the video release would be delayed until 1995 because of the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill in 1993 and its lengthy passage through Parliament.

In response to concerns about the effects of media violence, largely in the wake of the James Bulger murder in 1993, part of the Bill's remit was to make amendments to the Video Recordings Act 1984, under which the BBFC had been appointed as the statutory regulatory body for video. It also established within the VRA a specific harm test. This harm test required the BBFC to pay special regard (among the other relevant factors) to any harm that may be caused to potential viewers or, through their behaviour, to society by the manner in which the work deals with [such issues as] criminal behaviour [and] violent behaviour and incidents .

Reservoir Dogs was finally granted an uncut 18 video certificate in May 1995, a considerable time after its video release in all the other major international markets, which did not prove too disconcerting for Tarantino who was reported to be delighted that the delay had given the film an extended theatrical life in the UK.

 v          S&M - Why? - unknown video


 X   S&M - Why?

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S&M - Why? is a unknown video

Banned by the BBFC for video in 1996.

Versions

banned
banned
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1996 VHS

The BBFC commented:

An erotic and in places pornographic video dealing with human sexual activity in a context of force, restraint or infliction of pain. Although submitted as 'sex-education', it seemed to the Board to be selling the techniques of sado-masachism in a glossy and highly erotic manner, so that the educational content was overwhelmed by the S&M content. The message that pain is th real source of pleasure seemed likely to encourage men to inflict pain without due consideration of the rights and vulnerabilities of their partners.

 v          Sadomania - 1981 Spanish/W German women in prison film by Jess Franco.


 X   Sadomania

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  • Hell Hole Women
  • Prisoners of the Flesh
  • Sadomania: Holle der Lust
  • Sadomania: El Infierno de la Pasion
Sadomania is a 1981 Spanish/W German women in prison film by Jess Franco.
With Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon and Ursula Buchfellner. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Sadomania was massively cut by the BBFC for cinema release but later banned from VHS. By 2005 the ban was lifted but still cut by 17s. The longest version is the Spanish Version available uncut in the US. There is also a shorter Export Version
Summary Review: Ridiculous Plot
Sadomania is the infamous Women in Prison flick by the king of ultra low budget exploitation films, Jesus Franco.

The ridiculous plot has a newly wed young couple, who are kidnapped during their journey as they drive their wedding car somewhere in Spain. They are taken to the nearby women prison, led by sadistic lesbian warden (the late Ajita Wilson) and some sleazy governor and his wife, and despite the fact that the prison girls/women work hard there, their real reason to be there is to satisfy these leaders' bottomless sexual desires and perversions. Poor women are raped and abused, in the guaranteed Franco style, but it all ends happily for the protagonists and evil and horny sadists meet their fate, again Franco style.

This film is okay if one happens to like these kind of "guilty pleasures" with huge amount of nudity and love making. The sleaze-o-meter is taken as high as possibly.

Sadomania is noteworthy piece of Franco cinema, and shot with his usual zooms and beautiful images of nature, stained only by the presence of the film's ugly and evil protagonists.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 102m
pal: 98m
MPAA UnratedUS: The Spanish Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 17s
run: 102:12s
pal: 98:07s

18UK: The Spanish Version was passed 18 after 17s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2005 Anchor Bay R2 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Cut required to a scene of sexual and sexualised violence (in this case, a pin being inserted into a woman's nipple)
banned
banned
run: 88:03s
pal: 84:32s

rejectedUK: The Export Version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1994 Redemption VHS titled Sadomania

The BBFC commented:

A Women's prison video in which the female prisoners were coerced, degraded and brutalised. The treatment in Sadomania was often vicious in the extreme, with gladiatorial combat to the death between naked prisoners, the torture of a prisoner by sticking needles into and around her nipples, the hunting down of a naked woman with guns and dogs, and the rape of a bound and screaming naked prisoner by an Alsation dog, viewed by the governor and his wife as a sexy turn-on.

Distributor Nigel Wingrove wrote in an article from strangethingsarehappening.com:

Twenty years ago Redemption Films released Succubus and I received a written warning from the British Board of Film Classification, that Jess Franco was a director whose films the BBFC regarded as bordering on criminal. I was told that were I to attempt to release other films by him or to bring them into the country there would be consequences... A year later I submitted Demoniacs and Sadomania and both were categorically banned with the implicit threat that by pushing the work of Jess Franco I was, indirectly, championing criminal sexual material and that if I continued I too would face not civil, but criminal proceedings.

The BBFC said of SADOMANIA:

... it is grossly unsuitable for viewing in the home. Few, if any, of the sex scenes are consenting,... women that persistently refuse to succumb to the sadistic prison regime are systematically tortured, humiliated or degraded, often for the purpose of arousing the impotent male governor and through him the male viewer of the video work. ... There is no doubt in our minds that the erotic presentation of such scenes would be found depraving and corrupting by a British jury .

Redemption Films challenged the banning of these films, along with Bare Behind Bars legally, and lost. We then sought and won leave to judicially review the BBFC's entire operation, a massive undertaking and one which would, had we pursued it, opened up all the machinations of the BBFC's internal workings to public scrutiny, however, we ran out of money and had to wait until our battle over pornography several years later to finally oust the BBFC chairman James Ferman which in turn heralded in a period of more liberal censorship.

BBFC cut
cut
cut: 17m
run: 60:04s
pal: 57:40s
X certUK: Passed X (18) after about 17:00s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1982 cinema release titled Prisoners of the Flesh
 v          S.A.S. Weapons and Training - 1997 UK documentary video by John Doukas


 X   S.A.S. Weapons and Training

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  • SAS Weapons and Training: The Inside Story with Barry Davies
S.A.S. Weapons and Training is a 1997 UK documentary video by John Doukas
With Barry Davies Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020
Banned by the BBFC for VHS in December 1997.

Versions

banned
banned
run: 65m
pal: 62m
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1997 Castle Communications VHS

The BBFC commented:

The video which purported to be a documentary about the SAS, was selling the glamour and excitement of handguns as well as detailed instructions in their use.

 v          Savage Streets - 1984 US crime action film by Danny Steinmann.


 X   Savage Streets

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Savage Streets is a 1984 US crime action film by Danny Steinmann.
With Linda Blair, John Vernon and Robert Dryer. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release and 1986 VHS. Released with BBFC cuts for 1987 VHS. BBFC cuts waived for 2011 DVD. Uncut and R rated in the US
Summary Review: Gratuitous Nudity
This sleazy tale of high school revenge with Linda Blair is a must for bad film fans everywhere.

This sympathetic tale tells the story of Brenda (Blair), a tough high school gal who spends her nights drinking peach brandy on the streets of LA with her equally tough friends. One night, they make the mistake of puttering with a gang called the Scars, and before you know it, the Scars have raped and beaten Brenda's deaf, mute sister. Once Brenda learns the truth of what transpired, she vows revenge on those responsible.

This is the pre-eminent 80's high school movie - terrible music, awful acting, questionable violence and gratuitous nudity.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 92:42s
pal: 89:00s
18

MPAA R

UK: Passed 18 after previous BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
BBFC cuts
cut: 1:04s
run: 83:28s
pal: 80:08s

cut
Pre-cut
~6:49s

18UK: The abridged version was passed 18 after a further 1:04s of cuts for:
  • 1991 Channel 5 VHS
  • 1987 Lazer VHS

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Extensive cuts to a rape scene
  • The climatic crossbow fight. The BBFC were not keen on crossbows at the time
banned
banned
run: 85:30s
pal: 82:05s
rejectedUK: The abridged version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1986 Lazer VHS
banned
banned
run: 92:36s
pal: 88:54s
rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1984 cinema release
 v          Schoolgirl Fantasy - 1995 adult video


 X   Schoolgirl Fantasy

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Schoolgirl Fantasy is a 1995 adult video

Versions

banned
banned
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1995 Tamara Productions VHS

The BBFC commented:

A camcorder sex video in which two young women are dressed convincingly as schoolgirls in order to act out the fantasies of men. There was no doubt in the minds of anyone who saw the video that it would encourage men to fantasise about seducing unwilling, and probably under-age, schoolgirls. Board policy on sex films has rested on the importance of mutual consent, yet this video was concerned almost wholly with the systematic erosion of consent in naive young women dressed as schoolgirls. For viewers, the link between innocent schoolgirls and sexual excitation would almost certainly be reinforced. On the test of harm to society through the behaviour of potential viewers, the video was rejected.

 v          Severe Punishment - 2005 UK S&M video by Bob Bright (Phoenix Sales)


 X   Severe Punishment

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Severe Punishment is a 2005 UK S&M video by Bob Bright (Phoenix Sales)

Banned by the BBFC for 2005 DVD.
From promotional material

Although the participants of the performance you're about to witness are highly educated in the art of submission, this degree of play is not recommended at home. Watch as two beautiful girls are severely punished. See their white flesh turn red, welted and bruised. The pain delivered to these girls will leave a lasting impression that may disturb you. This video is not recommended for the faint at heart.

Versions

banned
banned
run: 39m
pal: 37m

Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 2005 Phoenix Sales DVD

The BBFC commented:

Severe Punishment comprises a 37 minute sadomasochistic video work depicting two restrained women being beaten and whipped by a third. The whippings and beatings, which are directed against the women's buttocks, breasts and genitals as well as their sides and backs, are intense and prolonged, involving the use of a belt, a cat o' nine tails, a metal wire, a wooden paddle, a cane and a riding crop The beatings lead to the reddening of skin and the raising of weals on the women's bodies. Other activities in the work, including the use of a pump on a woman's breasts and the application of clips and pegs to the women's labia, also appear to inflict pain and, in the case of the breast pump, lead to damage and reddening.

At the 'R18' category, the BBFC permits mild fetish material, including some spanking, provided that the material in question is mild, clearly consensual and does not result in injury. However, the 'R18' Guidelines clearly prohibit "the portrayal of any sexual activity which involves lack of consent (whether real or simulated) [...] the infliction of pain or physical harm, real or (in a sexual context) simulated. Some allowance may be made for mild consensual activity [...] Strong abuse, even if consensual is unlikely to be acceptable." (BBFC Guidelines page 22). More generally, the Guidelines clearly set out the Board's serious concerns about sexual violence in films and videos, particularly in an eroticised context. On page 11 it is stated that "With portrayals of sexual violence which might eg eroticise or endorse sexual assault the Board may require cuts at any classification level [...] Any association of sex with non-consensual restraint, pain or humiliation may be cut". On page 20, under 'Rejects', the Board also identifies as of particular concern "sex accompanied by non-consensual pain, injury or humiliation".

The acts shown in Severe Punishment depict the infliction of real pain and injury and therefore go some way beyond the 'mild' activity that may be acceptable at 'R18'. The sole purpose of the work seems to be to invite sexual arousal at the sight of women being beaten, abused and caused real pain and injuries.

The position of UK law on sadomasochistic activities was established clearly in the case of R v Brown (aka the 'Spanner Case'). In this case, the court determined that, regardless of the consent of participants, the infliction of injuries that are more than 'trifling and transient' constitutes actual assault and is therefore illegal. The activities shown in this video, leading as they do to weals being raised on the skin, are considerably more than 'trifling and transient' and would therefore be likely to fall foul of UK law if carried out in the UK. Our understanding from the CPS and other enforcement agencies is that visual depictions of strong sadomsachistic behaviour are also liable to be found obscene under current interpretation of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.

The Board's strict policy on sexual violence is based in part upon the issue of public acceptability and in part upon the issue of harm. With regard to public acceptability, it is clear that the British public are very concerned by the depiction of sexual violence, and feel that any such depictions should be handled sensitively and with great care. The exploitation of sexual violence for titillation is clearly regarded as unacceptable - and potentially dangerous - by the majority. This was illustrated both by the findings of our 1999-2000 and 2004 public consultation exercises and by a separate research exercise into public attitudes to sexual violence undertaken in 2001-2.

With regard to the issue of harm there is a large and persuasive body of evidence over the years from respected and responsible researchers that shows that, where violence and sex are intermingled, the effects upon some people are likely to be harmful. In line with its specific duties under the VRA the Board is required to treat material of this kind very carefully indeed.

The Board considered whether cutting would be a viable alternative to rejection. However, given that the infliction of pain and injury on women, in a sexual context, makes up a significant proportion of the work and is its main selling point, the Board did not consider that cutting would leave a viable product.

 v          Sex Frenzy - gay sex video by G Guheri


 X   Sex Frenzy

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Sex Frenzy is a gay sex video by G Guheri

Banned by the BBFC for 1999 VHS, Later passed R18 uncut for 2000 VHS.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 47:41s
pal: 45:47s
BBFC R18 1982UK: Passed R18 uncut:
  • 2000 Load VHS
banned
banned
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1999 Load VHS

The film was banned during the period just prior to porn legalisation when the inconsistent BBFC were being pulled each way by politicians and legal concerns,

 v          Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 - 1987 USA comedy drama horror thriller by Lee Harry.


 X   Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a 1987 USA comedy drama horror thriller by Lee Harry.
With Eric Freeman, James Newman and Elizabeth Kaitan. BBFC link 2020 Melon Farmers link IMDb

Cut for an MPAA R rating. This was banned by the BBFC for 1987 cinema release and wasn't released again until an 18 rated Blu-ray in 2020.
Summary Review: Dumbed Down

Ricky, the brother of the killer in the first film, talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a brutal killer after his brother died, leading back to Mother Superior.

The murders are dumbed down a bit compared with the first part.

The acting, sets, cinematography, and even the special effects are mostly amateurish, and even laughable.

Versions

best available
best
available
cut:
run: 88:33s
pal: 85:00s
18

MPAA R

UK: The cut US Version was passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexual violence, sexualised violence without BBFC cuts:

US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:

See article from dvdcompare.net : A few frames of gore (including a bit of liver popping out during the umbrella scene) were cut from the film to obtain an R rating, and have never been reinstated.

banned
banned
cut:
run: 88:33s
pal: 85:00s
rejectedUK: The cut US Version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 cinema release
 v          Sixteen Special - unknown UK 1990 S&M/Spanking video


 X   Sixteen Special

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Sixteen Special is a unknown UK 1990 S&M/Spanking video

Banned by the BBFC for 1990 VHS.
 v          Sixth Form at St Winifred's - 1981 UK short spanking video


 X   Sixth Form at St Winifred's

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Sixth Form at St Winifred's is a 1981 UK short spanking video

Banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS.

Versions

banned
banned
Rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 Janus VHS

S&M and spanking is not popular with the BBFC. See A Brief Encounter for details about policy. Films in the same series also failed to get a cinema release, see Lesson at St. Winifred's

 v          Slumber Party Massacre II - 1987 US comedy horror by Deborah Brock.


 X   Slumber Party Massacre II

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  • Don't Let Go (working title)
Slumber Party Massacre II is a 1987 US comedy horror by Deborah Brock.
With Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes and Kimberly McArthur. Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC in 1988 after an extensive cuts list was refused. Not released in the UK since. In the US it exists in a Theatrical R rated version, and an Extended Version which is MPAA Unrated
Summary Review: Amusing Enough

More of a comic vein than its predecessor and now in a musical setting.

The weapon of choice is an electric guitar cum electric drill. The death scenes are very twisted with the killer playing guitar and singing as he kills his victims.

A favourite scene of mine involves death by acne. One of the central characters is actually engulfed by a rapid growing zit, until it pops all over the protagonist and she is presumed dead - that is until she walks through the front door about 10 minutes later.

The over-the-topness seems to be amusing enough. For bad movie fans, that is.

Versions

uncut
Extended Version
run: 85m
pal: 82m
MPAA UnratedUS: An extended version is uncut and MPAA unrated for:
  • 2017 Shout! Factory Double Feature [Slumber Party Massacre II + III, both Theatrical + Extended] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2010 Shout Factory Slumber Party Massacre Collection [1-3] R1 DVD via UK Amazon and at US Amazon

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

uncut
Theatrical Version
run: 76m
pal: 73m

MPAA RUS: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1988 Lazer VHS

From IMDB. The BBFC offered an extensive cuts list which was not acceptable to the distributor, and so the video was banned.

Shown on the Horror Channel in 2006

 v          Spy of Darkness - 1996 Japan adult animation by Tsuneo Tominaga


 X   Spy of Darkness

Link Here
  • Inju vs. onna Spy
Spy of Darkness is a 1996 Japan adult animation by Tsuneo Tominaga
Starring Barry Ballsack, O.T. Carson and Drake Herron Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the bbfc for 2003 video release
Review from AnimeNation :

Spy of Darkness is in many respects a typical tentacle hentai show. Scientists have been working on creating a new type of cyborg, and have ended up creating what they call a BioBorg, codenamed Dragon. This tall dark and studly creature is all green, very powerful and has one flaw; he's insatiable when it comes to sex due to a fault in the gene coding.

Vanessa Hammer who has decided to free Dragon and use him for her own purposes. While she considers him nothing more than merchandise, she's got no problem with taking advantage of his special skills. And his skills are rather good, going by her expressions. When he gets overly excited, tentacles begin to sprout from all over his body, and the more he evolves, the more tentacles grow from him.

The show plays out in the end in some distinctly non-standard ways with the characters, leaving me surprised at how it was done and enjoying it more for doing it that way. Spy of Darkness is a simple straightforward little action hentai with tentacles and plenty of non-consensual sequences, but it's quite well done.

Versions

banned
banned
run: 43:00s
pal: 41:17s
Rejected Pre 1970UK: Banned by the BBFC
  • 2003 ILC Prime video

The BBFC commented:

The Board's classification Guidelines, the result of an extensive process of public consultation, clearly set out our serious concerns about the portrayal of sexual violence in films and videos. On page 9 it is stated that "Where the portrayal eroticises or endorses sexual assault, the Board is likely to require cuts at any classification level... any association of sex with non-consensual restraint, pain or humiliation may be cut." On page 20, under 'Rejects', the Board also identifies as of the "greatest concern: graphic rape or torture, sadistic violence or terrorisation, ...sex accompanied by non-consensual pain, injury or humiliation...".

The Board's strict policy on sexual violence is based in part upon the issue of public acceptability and in part upon the issue of harm. With regard to public acceptability, it is clear that the British public are very concerned by the depiction of sexual violence, and feel that any such depictions should be handled sensitively and with great care. The exploitation of sexual violence for titillation is clearly regarded as unacceptable - and potentially dangerous - by the majority. This was illustrated both by the findings of our 1999-2000 public consultation process and by a separate research exercise into public attitudes to sexual violence undertaken in 2001-2.

With regard to the issue of harm there is a substantial body of media effects research suggesting the harm that may be caused by exposure to such material. There is a large and persuasive body of evidence over the years from respected and responsible researchers that shows that, where violence and sex are intermingled, the effects upon some people are likely to be harmful. In line with its specific duties under the VRA the Board is required to treat material of this kind very carefully indeed.

 v          Story of O Part 2 - 1984 France/Spain/Panama drama by Éric Rochat


 X   Story of O Part 2

Link Here
  • The Story of O 2
  • Histoire d'O: Chapitre 2
  • Histoire d'O: Numero 2
  • Historia de O
  • II parte
Story of O Part 2 is a 1984 France/Spain/Panama drama by Éric Rochat
Starring Sandra Wey, Rosa Valenty and Manuel de Blas Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for cinema and video.

Summary Notes

James Pembroke, a powerful industrialist, has become a nuisance to his rivals. That is the reason why they have decided to neutralize him. To this end they call on O, who has turned from victim to dominatrix. Her mission is to compromise not only James in person but his whole fam...

Versions

banned
banned
RejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • video release
  • cinema release

Much softer and more light hearted than the original but was still rejected.

 v          Straw Dogs - 1971 USA / UK thriller by Sam Peckinpah.


 X   Straw Dogs

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Straw Dogs is a 1971 USA / UK thriller by Sam Peckinpah.
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George and Peter Vaughan. YouTube icon IMDb

Censorship History
The BBFC advised cuts on seeing early rough cuts of the film. The advise was adopted for the 1972 cinema release which became the definitive version of the film.

The film was cut in the US for an R rated theatrical release. The cuts were to the 2 rape scenes, and famously seemed to convert Susan George being taken from behind into a scene of anal rape.

The definitive version was released several times on pre-cert VHS between 1980 and 1985.

The BBFC procrastinated for several years over a post VRA video release, effectively banning the video. The BBFC particularly objected to the first rape scene where the Susan George character ended up enjoying the sex. The cut US R rated version was eventually formally banned twice in 1995.

The cut US R rated version was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for a 1995 cinema release.

The film was unbanned on video in 2002 when the definitive version was passed 18 uncut for DVD.

Summary Notes

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Essentially, what we have is a movie that uproots some of the values, morality and themes governing the mythic cinematic western and transplants them into an English backwater community. The locals are restless, being envious of and despising the American strangers (Dustin Hoffman and wife Susan George) who intrude on their redneck world. The fact that Hoffman's wife used to be one of their own serves to make matters worse, increasing both tension and conflict.

Hoffman wants to avoid trouble and remain peaceable, but ultimately is pushed too far when his cat is killed, wife is raped and his homestead is laid siege to by his tormentors. He stubbornly offers shelter to Niles, the village idiot, who has just inadvertently killed a young girl. His refusal to surrender the man to the (lynch) mob initiates the violent finale. The stage is set for a man doing what a man's gotta do, and this translates as holding the fort whilst killing and maiming as many of the attacking natives as possible.

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge: Straw Dogs trailer
Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge Episode 39:
Straw Dogs

Versions

best available
best
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run: 117:33s
pal: 112:51s
18

pre-cert VHS

X cert

MPAA Unrated

UK: The pre-cut cinema version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2011 Freemantlemedia 40th Anniversary RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2011 Freemantlemedia 40th Anniversary R0 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2004 Prism R2 DVD
  • 2002 Pearson Television/Freemantlemedia R2 DVD
  • 2002 Pearson Television/Freemantlemedia VHS
UK: The pre-cut cinema version was released on pre-cert video for:
  • 1985 VCI VHS
  • 1983 Guild VHS
  • 1980 Guild VHS
There are reports that some dialogue may be missing through print damage
UK: Passed X (18) after unofficial BBFC suggested cuts were implemented prior to submission for:
  • 1972 cinema release
BBFC secretary Stephen Murphy saw the film unofficially at rough cut stage and recommended cuts. The cuts were to:
  • reduce the 2nd party of the rape scene when Norman rapes Amy particularly where Norman takes Amy from behind
  • reduce the death of Charlie in a bear trap.

Even before US censors further compounded the problem, commentators suggested that Murphy's cuts transformed rear entry vaginal sex into forced sodomy.

The cut version became the final version and was not cut further by the BBFC. It is suspected that longer footage of the second rape scene exists only on the cutting-room floor.

US: The pre-cut cinema version is MPAA Unrated for:

This version has now become the definitive version of the film

The BBFC issued the following statement when the video was unbanned in 2002:

When Straw Dogs was previously considered by the BBFC for video release in 1999, it was refused a classification certificate. This was because its distributor at the time declined to make the cuts requested by the Board to the film's rape scene. The version on which the Board then based its judgement was a pre-cut American print of the film.

In the central scene, Amy, played by Susan George, is raped by her former boyfriend and then by another man. The pre-cut American version deleted most of the second rape in which Amy is clearly demonstrated not to enjoy the act of violation. The cuts made for American distribution, which were made to reduce the duration of the sequence, therefore tended paradoxically to compound the difficulty with the first rape, leaving the audience with the impression that Amy enjoyed the experience. The Board took the view in 1999 that the pre-cut version eroticised the rape and therefore conflicted with the concerns expressed in the Video Recordings Act about promoting harmful activity.

The version considered in 2002 is substantially the original uncut version of the film, restoring much of the unambiguously unpleasant second rape. The ambiguity of the first rape is given context by the second rape, which now makes it quite clear that sexual assault is not something that Amy ultimately welcomes.

For the current submission, the Board showed the video to leading clinical psychologists specialising in work with sex offenders and to a panel of members of the public. The response of the clinical psychologists was that the present version of Straw Dogs was not harmful and was not likely to encourage an interest in rape or abusive behaviour towards women. The psychologists agreed that the ambiguous first rape was in fact a fairly realistic depiction of a quite complex situation. They also agreed that, by the end of the second rape, any general messages reinforcing 'rape myths' were undermined by the lack of ambivalence shown in Amy's reaction to the second attack. It was also noted that Amy's flashbacks later in the film further undermined any impression that she might welcome rape or that it has no serious effect on its victims. The psychologists commented that the scene was filmed in a relatively discreet manner, with limited potential today for titillation.

The issue of context was also important to the members of the public to whom the video was shown as part of a research exercise into the acceptability of images of sexual violence. A focus group of 26 people viewed Straw Dogs , with 20 people accepting '18' uncut as the most appropriate category, 5 suggesting only minor cuts, and only one favouring rejection. No respondent asked for major cuts of the kind required by the Board in 1999.

Significantly, respondents saw the manner in which Amy copes with her experience as essentially positive and concluded that the present version of the scene - as well as the flashbacks shown afterwards - reinforced the idea that rape is not to be taken lightly because of the serious effect it can have on individuals. No concerns about possible harmful effects were identified.

The Board recognises that the rape scene in Straw Dogs has lost only part of its power over the years, despite the age of the film. Nonetheless, in this restored version, and in the light of the evidence of expert opinion, our own conclusion now is that the film has no significant potential to cause harm to viewers or, through their actions, to society as a whole. We have also taken account of the evidence of the public acceptability of the work.

The Board maintains a strict position on depictions of sexual violence that endorse or eroticise harmful behaviour, and will continue to do so. The Board does not believe that the present version of Straw Dogs is in breach of that policy.

The film had previously been passed 'X' uncut for cinema release in 1971 and '18' in the pre-cut version for cinema reissue in 1995.
BBFC cut
cut

mpaa cut
cut

run: 116:02s
pal: 111:24s
18

MPAA R

UK: The cut US R-rated version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 1995 cinema release

US: The cut UK cinema version was further cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The additional cuts were:

  • 24s cut from first part of rape scene: Cut to shot of Amy reacting to implied initial penetration by Charlie. Cut to 2 shots of Amy seemingly enjoying the sex.
  • 30s cut from second part of rape scene: Shot of Amy screaming in anticipation of further rape as as Norman unbuttons his pants. Shot of Norman raping Amy whilst Venner holds her down. Further cuts mean that the pumping of Amy from behind is reduced to an establishment shot which gives a perspective suggesting anal rape.

This R rated cut has become notorious as it ended up making the first 'rape' scene look worse than it originally did. The uncut version makes it as clear as you can get without going hardcore that rear entry vaginal sex is involved, while the R rated version looks more like forcible sodomy!

banned
banned
run: 115:42s
pal: 111:04s
rejectedUK: The uncut Version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1999 VCI VHS

VCI tried again with a submission in 1998, but the BBFC took so long to produce its 200s list of cuts that the rights had expired before a cut version could be created.

UK: The cut US R Rated Version was banned by the BBFC for:

  • 1999 Total Home Entertainment VHS
After an inordinate delay for procrastination, The film had been submitted in 1996) the BBFC commented:
The BBFC offered a list of cuts to the video's distributor but because their period of rights had elapsed, they were unable to consider making the requested cuts.

UK: Later in 1995, the BBFC told Polygram that there was no chance of a video release noting also a new law allowing the BBFC to be stricter when censoring films for home video.

UK: The BBFC told the BFI in 1995 that although it had passed the cut R rated version for cinema, there was no chance of the same version being released on video.

UK: The uncut version was unofficially banned by the BBFC for:

  • 1990 VCI VHS

UK: The uncut version was unofficially banned by the BBFC through delaying tactics for:

  • 1987 VCI VHS
This submission was made doubly impossible due to the bad timing of coinciding with The Hungerford Massacre and the press clamour to ban violent videos, particularly those featuring Rambo.

UK: The uncut version was unofficially banned by the BBFC through delaying tactics for:

  • 1986 Futurevision VHS

After the BBFC were appointed as state censors through the 1984 Video Recordings Act, the film censors assumed a policy of being particularly strict on sexual violence. Straw Dogs was perhaps the most high profile example and simply could not be allowed to pass. Ferman and co spent 14 years stretching out their ludicrous unofficial ban implemented by refusing to get on with the job of examining the film.

BBFC examiners continually recommended a relaxation of the ban throughout the period yet Ferman would never sway from his ban

 v          Struggle in Bondage - 2006 Adult BDSM Film by Vince Benedetti


 X   Struggle in Bondage

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Struggle in Bondage is a 2006 Adult BDSM Film by Vince Benedetti

Banned by the BBFC for 2006 video. Presumably this is a compilation from the extensive series on the Gotham label.

Versions

banned
banned
run: 53:48s
pal: 51:39s
Rejected Pre 1970UK: Banned by BBFC
  • 2006 Shots video (rated 22/12/2006)

The BBFC commented:

Full Frame, Struggle in Bondage consists of a series of sequences depicting women bound and gagged, writhing and struggling against their restraints. Each sequence begins with the women already bound and at no point is the audience given any indication that the women involved have consented to being bound as part of a clearly defined role play. Indeed, the struggling and whimpering of the women seems calculated to suggest to the viewer that the women have been bound against their will and are experiencing a sense of threat or humiliation. It is clear from the manner of presentation (including the exposure of underwear, breasts and genitals) that the purpose of the work is to stimulate sexual arousal in the viewer at the spectacle of women who have been tied up and gagged, apparently unwillingly. As such, the work is in violation of the BBFC's Guidelines and policy.

The BBFC's classification Guidelines for 'R18' works state that the following is unacceptable: "…the portrayal of any sexual activity which involves lack of consent (whether real or simulated). Any form of physical restraint which prevents participants from indicating a withdrawal of consent…any sexual threats, humiliation or abuse which does not form part of a clearly consenting role playing game". In addition, the Guidelines note the following under the main issues section: "Any association of sex with non-consensual restraint, pain or humiliation may be cut."

It is clear from the BBFC's own research that the public remains concerned about works that eroticise non-consensual activities by suggesting that sexual pleasure may be derived from participating in or witnessing the suffering of others who are unable to resist. Furthermore, there is a substantial body of media effects research which suggests that material that correlates sexual arousal with lack of consent may be harmful to some viewers. In line with its specific duties under the VRA the BBFC is required to treat material of this kind very carefully indeed.

The Board considered whether the issue could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the unacceptable material runs throughout, cuts are not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification certificate.

 v          Target Massacre - 1971 US action film by Lee Frost


 X   Target Massacre

Link Here
  • Zero in and Scream
  • Sex Power
Target Massacre is a 1971 US action film by Lee Frost
Starring Michael Stearns, Donna Young and David Kelley Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. Uncut and MPAA X rated in the US.

Summary Notes

A lonely man, tired of being rejected by women, gets hold of a sniper rifle and prowls the Hollywood hills. He kills couples who are engaged in sex after watching them through his viewfinder.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 85:48s
pal: 82:22s
MPAA XUS: Uncut and MPAA X rated for:
  • 2019 Something Weird Sharp Shooter Triple Feature R1 DVD at US Amazon
banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 Network Distribution (Mids) VHS

The killer targets couples who are engaged in sex after watching them through his viewfinder. The BBFC found this an unacceptable combination of sex and violence.

 v          Terrorists, Killers and Other Wackos - 2005 US comedy horror by Ryen McPherson


 X   Terrorists, Killers and Other Wackos

Link Here
  • Terrorists
  • Killers and Middle East Wackos
Terrorists, Killers and Other Wackos is a 2005 US comedy horror by Ryen McPherson
Starring R. Budd Dwyer Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 2005 DVD.

Summary Notes

Smuggled video of Iraqi executions, firing squads, amputations, suicide bombings, gangland slayings, knife fights, animal maulings, hostage killings, and terror attacks. Witness first hand the scary truth about the world in which we live.

Versions

uncut
uncut
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2005 R1 DVD
banned
banned
run: 52:57s
pal: 50:50s

rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 2005 Film 2000 DVD

The BBFC explained:

Terrorists, Killers and Other Wackos comprises a compilation of uncontextualised clips showing real killings, executions, suicides, accidents, mutilation and torture (of both humans and animals) and other distressing images. The work presents no journalistic, educational or other justifying context for the images shown. Rather, the work presents a barrage of sensationalist clips, for what appears to be the underlying purpose of providing prurient entertainment. This is reinforced by the addition of a loud music soundtrack, which further trivialises the images shown. The trivialisation of human and animal suffering is further exemplified by the tasteless inclusion of occasional 'comic' captions. The work also contains a disturbing and distasteful undercurrent of racism and xenophobia. A significant amount of the material is taken from certain recurring geographic locations and could provide fuel for forms of racism which are hostile to non-white people.

The Board carefully considered the work in the light of our Guidelines and the tests set down by the Video Recordings Act. A key consideration is the question of any harm that might be caused to potential viewers or, through their behaviour, to society because of the manner in which the work deals with violence and "horrific behaviour or incidents". The Board has concluded that the video is potentially harmful because of the influence it may have on the attitudes and behaviour of at least some intended or potential viewers. By presenting actual human death, mutilation and suffering as entertainment, the work has the potential to desensitise viewers, and perhaps even to incite some to harm others. The work invites the viewer to take sadistic pleasure in death, injury, mutilation and pain and encourages callousness towards victims. Given the rapid-paced editing, the addition of inappropriate music and supposedly 'amusing' captions, the work appears calculated to appeal to young and impressionable persons (whatever its classification). The Board considers that the work may have a significant brutalising effect on their attitude to human life and pain.

Given the potential for the work to deaden the sensitivity of viewers to pain and suffering and to impair the moral development of younger viewers in particular, the Board also considers that the work raises serious concerns about possible breach of the Obscene Publications Act. This Act makes it an offence to distribute any work that, taken as a whole, has a tendency to deprave and corrupt (i.e. make morally bad) a significant proportion of those likely to see it.

A further consideration for the Board is that of public acceptability. (This is the ground on which, for instance, the Board has regard to issues of bad language.) In this case the combination of the shocking and distressing images in the work, the lack of any justifying context, the editorial treatment, and the calculated appeal to the intended audience, all appear to the Board to raise serious concerns about the acceptability of the work to public opinion. Taken together with the harm issues, and potential breach of the law, these concerns about acceptability strengthen the basis for refusal of classification.

The Board considered whether cutting the work would be a viable alternative to refusing a classification certificate. However, the essential difficultly with Terrorists, Killers and Other Wackos lies not so much with any particular images (most of which would have been acceptable in a different, more serious, context) but with the manner in which the images are presented, and with the underlying, exploitative purpose of the work. Cuts would therefore be unlikely to modify the tone and overall effect of the work acceptably.

 v   The Texas Vibrator Massacre - 2008 USA adult horror by Rob Rotten.


 X   The Texas Vibrator Massacre

Link Here

The Texas Vibrator Massacre is a 2008 USA adult horror by Rob Rotten.
Starring Roxy DeVille, Jamie Elle and Daisy Tanks. IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 2008 DVD. Uncut ad MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

A group of friends lost in the back roads of Texas become separated after picking up a deranged hitchhiker, and find themselves at the mercy of the murderous Leatherface and his family of perverted cannibals.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 101:46s
pal: 97:42s
MPAA UnratedUS: The US release is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
banned
banned
run: 78:59s
pal: 75:49s
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • UK 2008 Third Millennium DVD

The BBFC issued the following statement:

The BBFC has rejected the DVD The Texas Vibrator Massacre which means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK.

The Texas Vibrator Massacre takes the form of a sex work (that is to say a work whose primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation) based loosely upon the notorious 1974 horror film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In the majority of its scenes the work eroticises sexual and sexualised violence to a highly significant degree and, although self-consciously excessive in nature, the conflation throughout of sexually arousing material with credible violence, forced sex and sadistic sexual threat gives rise to a serious and sustained breach of the Board's sexual violence policy. In addition, the scenes of simulated incest between brother and sister are in clear breach of the Board's Guidelines for sex works, which prohibit 'material (including dialogue) likely to encourage an interest in a sexually abusive activity (eg paedophillia, incest, rape)'.

The BBFC's Guidelines identify as of particular concern 'graphic rape or torture', 'sadistic violence or terrorisation' and 'sex accompanied by non-consensual pain, injury or humiliation'. Furthermore, the Board's 'R18' Guidelines, which apply equally to 'sex works' at '18', state that the following elements are unacceptable: 'the portrayal of any sexual activity which involves lack of consent (whether real or simulated)', 'the infliction of pain or physical harm, real or (in a sexual context) simulated' and 'any sexual threats, humiliation or abuse which does not form part of a clearly consenting role-playing game'.

It is the Board's carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board's Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the VRA, and would be unacceptable to the public.
 v          Tied and Tickled - 1985- US BDSM series from California Star Productions


 X   Tied and Tickled

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  • Tied & Tickled
Tied and Tickled is a 1985- US BDSM series from California Star Productions
Banned by the BBFC for 1992 VHS
US Short videos rejected in August 1992 with the following justification:

Both American 'tickler' films purported to be light hearted comedy dramas about the tickling of captive women by their kidnappers, but turned out to be a thinly veiled excuse for forcible stripping and sexual abuse.

Availability

Banned in UK

Versions

banned
banned
Volume 4
rejected UK: Volume 4 was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1992 VHS

The BBFC commented:

Both American 'tickler' films purported to be light hearted comedy dramas about the tickling of captive women by their kidnappers, but turned out to be a thinly veiled excuse for forcible stripping and sexual abuse.

banned
banned
Volume 18
rejectedUK: Volume 18 was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1992 VHS
 v          Traces of Death - 1993 USA horror documentary by John Alan Schwartz.


 X   Traces of Death

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Traces of Death is a 1993 USA horror documentary by John Alan Schwartz.
Starring Damon Fox, Maritza Martin Munoz and Emilio Nunez. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 2005 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Notes

Traces of Death is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned down by her ex-husband on Spanish language television. We then witness British SAS troopers storming the Iranian Embassy in 1980, this is followed by a police chase of a criminal in a pick up truck and the deadly finale. It then goes to footage of animal experiments with a grizzly scene of a live pig being burned alive with a torch. Autopsy footage is then shown of an Asian individual. We are then shown a very graphic presentation on a male to female sex change operation. One interesting scene has a man who had his nasal cavity removed and replaced with a prosthetic, the footage is most interesting and worth the price of admission. The producers then suddenly return to the death theme with the well known footage of R Budd Dwyer and his on air suicide with a .357 Magnum, followed by a look at one of the most notorious Nazi villains...

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 75m
pal: 72m
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2003 Brain Damage 9th Anniversary Collector's Edition R1 DVD
banned
banned
run: 75:18s
pal: 72:17s

rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 2005 Crypt Keeper DVD

The BBFC explained their ban:

Traces of Death comprises a compilation of uncontextualised clips showing real killings, suicides, medical operations, fatal accidents, autopsies and other distressing images . The work presents no journalistic, educational or other justifying context for the images shown. Rather, the work presents a barrage of sensationalist clips, for what appears to be the underlying purpose of providing prurient entertainment. That this is the essential purpose of the work is reinforced by the addition of a sparse but sensationalist voice-over, which deliberately makes light of human death, pain and suffering. Some of the most graphic clips are needlessly repeated in slow motion, further underlining the prurient and exploitative nature of the work.

The Board carefully considered the work in the light of our Guidelines and the tests set down by the Video Recordings Act. A key consideration is the question of any harm that might be caused to potential viewers or, through their behaviour, to society because of the manner in which the work deals with violence and "horrific behaviour or incidents". The Board has concluded that the video is potentially harmful because of the influence it may have on the attitudes and behaviour of at least some intended or potential viewers. By presenting actual human death, mutilation and suffering as entertainment, the work has the potential to desensitise viewers, and perhaps even to incite some to harm others. The work invites the viewer to take sadistic pleasure in death, injury, mutilation and pain and encourages callousness towards victims. Given the flippant and sensationalist nature of the occasional voice over, the work is perhaps especially likely to appeal to the juvenile humour of young and impressionable persons (whatever its classification). The Board considers that the work may have a significant brutalising effect on their attitude to human life and pain.

Given the potential for the work to deaden the sensitivity of viewers to pain and suffering and to impair the moral development of younger viewers in particular, the Board also considers that the work raises serious concerns about possible breach of the Obscene Publications Act. This Act makes it an offence to distribute any work that, taken as a whole, has a tendency to deprave and corrupt (i.e. make morally bad) a significant proportion of those likely to see it.

A further consideration for the Board is that of public acceptability. (This is the ground on which, for instance, the Board has regard to issues of bad language.) In this case the combination of the shocking and distressing images in the work, the lack of any justifying context, the editorial treatment, and the and the possible appeal to a young audience, all appear to the Board to raise serious concerns about the acceptability of the work to public opinion. Taken together with the harm issues, and potential breach of the law, these concerns about acceptability strengthen the basis for refusal of classification.

The Board considered whether cutting the work would be a viable alternative to refusing a classification certificate. However, the essential difficultly with Traces of Death lies not so much with any particular images (most of which would have been acceptable in a different, more serious, context) but with the manner in which the images are presented, and with the underlying, exploitative purpose of the work. Cuts would therefore be unlikely to modify the tone and overall effect of the work acceptably.

 v   The Trip - 1967 USA drama by Roger Corman.


 X   The Trip

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The Trip is a 1967 USA drama by Roger Corman.
With Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned 4 times by the BBFC in 1967, 1971, 1980 and 1988. Passed uncut for TV in 2002 and DVD in 2004. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Far out man!

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first "trip". John takes Paul to a "freak-out" at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) pad.

The superb title music by Electric Flag sets the scene for one of the most adventurous of cinematic offerings.

Just why it was banned is unknown and seemingly absurd, of course it portrays drug taking with little emphasis on the dangers surrounding such indulgence, but to argue depiction of such behaviour promotes others to follow suit would suggest that all films with any violence or portrayal of war should also be banned.

Besides the beauty of the film renders all objections irrelevant. It offers stunning visuals and great actors. A real slice of psychedelic culture and despite seeming slightly dated, has it's heart in the right place. Far out man!

Inspiration for Easy Rider

See article from finance.yahoo.com

Peter Fonda recalls that when attending a film exhibition convention in Canada in 1967 to promote his new LSD-fueled Roger Corman-Jack Nicholson film The Trip . Jack Valenti , the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) who was quickly developing a reputation as morals watchdog as the content of films was becoming edgier in the late-'60s, issued a plea to those in attendance.

And he got up there, and he said, My friends, and you are my friends, and I thought, That's so far out. And he said it twice, as if we didn't hear it the first time, Fonda. And like a TV evangelist he says, It's time we stopped making movies about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and more movies like Doctor Dolittle, but he's looking right at me.

Later that day, when Fonda was at an autograph booth, he was handed a photograph from The Trip to sign. The image depicted him and co-star Bruce Dern riding a Harley in pure silhouette on the Venice Beach bike path. We were so small and fully backlit and looked like we were riding in the sand, said Fonda. And I looked at the photograph, and I thought, That's it! It's not about 100 Hells Angels going to a Hells Angels funeral, it's two guys riding across John Ford's West. No! They're going east. Oh, that's perfect. A journey to the east. An homage to Hermann Hesse. Fantastic. I love that story. And I began, and within four hours, I had the whole story, basically.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 79:02s
pal: 75:52s

18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for drugs theme and moderate sex for:
  • 2016 Signal One Entertainment RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2004 MGM R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Channel 4 unreleased, submitted to allow an uncut showing on TV

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

banned
banned
run: 79:02s
pal: 75:52s

rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1988 Rank VHS
  • 1980 cinema release
  • 1971 cinema release
  • 1967 cinema release

James Ferman was quoted as saying In the wrong hands, a tremendous advertisement for LSD

Senior examiner Richard Falcon commented: The Trip was rejected on video in 1983 because of its almost advocatory depiction of drug usage.

 v          TV Sex - 1996 US adult thriller by Michael Zen


 X   TV Sex

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  • Expose me Again
  • T.V. Sex
TV Sex is a 1996 US adult thriller by Michael Zen
Starring Stacy Valentine, Randy West and Tony Tedeschi Melon Farmers link IMDb
The 1999 Sheptonhurst video release was banned by the BBFC as part of the dispute with adult film distributors that led to the legalisation of hardcore.

See The R18 Story, the legalisation of hardcore: Chapter 5

Summary Notes

An esteemed politician is caught on video while dressed in women's clothing, and tries to protect his career by stealing the tape.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 90m
pal: 86m
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated:
banned
banned
rejected UK: The mediumcore version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1999 Sheptonhurst VHS

Intended for an R18 certificate and at one time offered a cuts list of 2:57s. However a change of heart at the BBFC/Home Office has halted the liberalisation process and the ban was successfully appealed.

The BBFC had been oscilating about whether to ban or allow mediumcore R18s. This seems to have been 1 of about 7 titles submitted to try and sort what the BBFC actually were. Although the level of explicitness had been passed R18 before, this time it was banned, so the distributors took this decision to appeal. The appeal was successful and hardcore was effectively legalised.

 v          Ultimate Pursuits - unknown video advertising the services of prostitutes


 X   Ultimate Pursuits

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Ultimate Pursuits is a unknown video advertising the services of prostitutes

Banned by the BBFC for video in December 1996.
The BBFC commented:

A video advertising the services of prostitutes was rejected as wholly unsuitable for classification.

 v   The Untold Story - 1993 Hong Kong crime comedy drama by Danny Lee, Herman Yau


 X   The Untold Story

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  • Bat sin fan dim ji yan yuk cha siu bau
  • Ba Xian fan dian zhi ren rou cha shao
  • Bunman: The Untold Story
  • Human Meat pies: The Untold Story
  • The Untold Story: Human Mean Roast Pork Buns
  • The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story
  • Human Pork Chop
The Untold Story is a 1993 Hong Kong crime comedy drama by Danny Lee, Herman Yau
Starring Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Danny Lee and Emily Kwan BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was unavailable for many years in the UK with the assumption that the BBFC would never pass it. The BBFC offered a cut release in 2005 but the distributor didn't take this up. The video was finally passed 18 uncut in 2023. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. The film was also cut in Hong Kong.

Summary Review: Unpredictable, daring, extreme

This story concerns a serial killer posing as a restaurant proprietor who goes into violent rages and indulges in sadistic acts.

For those of you looking for something to disturb you, seek this out. It's not an atypical story by any means, but the murder scenes are pretty grisly. It's not quite all out gore, but it's pretty disturbing in that you're just not used to this kind of stuff.

One guy gets chopped up into dim sum. In another sequence, a family gets hacked to pieces...you ever notice in Hollywood where murdered children get killed offscreen? Not here. There's also a graphic rape scene involving chopsticks that ain't exactly feminist-friendly.

It's rare you see a horror film provoking anything more than laughter nowadays. This one is all out, gung-ho savagery. What's even weirder is the moments of slapstick that pop-up whenever the cops are in a scene. A strange way to lighten the darker scenes, but, that's Asian cinema for you...unpredictable, daring, extreme and the polar opposite of Western filmmaking.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 95:52s
pal: 92:02s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong bloody violence, threat, gore:
  • 2023 88 Films video
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
banned
banned
banned
banned
UK: The film was unavailable for many years in the UK with the assumption that the BBFC would never pass it.

Thanks to Scott.The BBFC offered a cut release in 2005 but the distributor didn't take this up. The BBFC explained:

A work called THE UNTOLD STORY co-directed by Danny Lee and Herman Yau was submitted in 2005 for classification. The film was discussed across the Board, and cuts were requested under the Board's sexual violence policy to a scene of sexual assault. The work was never classified as the distributor - according to our records - did not respond to the request for cuts within the allotted time scale. The work was withdrawn after there was no further response from the distributor to a reminder sent to them.

 v          Urotsukidoji 4: Infernal Road - 1994 Japan animation Sci-Fi horror by Hideki Takayama.


 X   Urotsukidoji 4: Infernal Road

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  • Chôjin densetsu Urotsukidôji: Hôrô hen
  • Urotsukidôji 4: Infernal Road
Urotsukidoji 4: Infernal Road is a 1994 Japan animation Sci-Fi horror by Hideki Takayama.
Starring S Watkins, Robert Blue and Bat Mackeral. Melon Farmers link IMDb
The original was made up of 3 episodes. Episode 1 was banned by the BBFC in 1996 and 2000, Episode 2 was never submitted and Episode 3 was cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD
Summary Notes

It is the age of the Overfiend, and flesh-hungry monsters rule the Earth. Immortal half-demon Amano Jyaku travels the wasteland, witness to the rape and torture of the human race. The last hope for humanity is the demonic Lord of Chaos, the Overfiend's natural enemy. Will the world survive their final battle?

Versions

banned
banned
run: 71:33s
pal: 68:41s

run: 41:15s
pal: 39:36s
rejectedUK: Episode 1 (Secret Garden) was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 2000 Paradox/Revelation R0 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Throughout the work, there are realistic animated representations of children involved in sexual acts and perceived as sexual objects, or witnessing sexual acts. The Board's concern about the attractiveness of such material to paedophiles, and the appeal of the cartoon style to young children who would thereby be more vulnerable to its use by paedophiles to entice them, was confirmed by advice from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. It is therefore unsuitable for classification under the Video Recordings Act 1984.

Before rejection, the Board carefully considered whether cuts would remove the dangers. However, they would have to be so extensive that no viable version of the work would remain. Indeed, it is doubtful if any version of the work would be acceptable.

UK: Episode 1 (Secret Garden) was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1996 Kiseki /Manga VHS
The BBFC commented:
Rejected on the grounds of its pornographic treatment of sexual violence. This involved children in the abuse and physical mutilation of women. in one scene a boy of 10 or 11 years old is sexually assaulted by two naked women and saves himself by tearing them apart, stripping the flesh off one and ripping the other's buttocks apart. Children become voyeurs of adult sex, instigating and viewing orgies and applauding the rape of pubescent children. As so often in Manga cartoons, these are tentacled multi-orifice rapes by lecherous monsters, which the Board found depraving and corrupting.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 2:31s
run: 43:39s
pal: 41:54s

18UK: Episode 3 (Quest's End) was passed 18 after 2:31s of compulsory BBFC cuts for:
  • 2001 Paradox/Revelation Films DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to remove sight of tentacular rape and breast groping

See pictorial cuts from movie-censorship.com . 3 scenes were cut for UK DVD

 v          Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid - 2015 Japan adult action anime TV series


 X   Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

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  • Season 1
  • Episodes 1 -12
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is a 2015 Japan adult action anime TV series
Starring Yuka Iguchi, Mikako Izawa and Yurika Kubo. Melon Farmers link IMDb
Extensive BBFC cuts for home video in 2018 made the release unviable so effectively the video was banned in the UK.

Summary Notes

A virgin girl named Mamori who arrives on an island must compete in battle using special powers only activated through her sexual activity with the other girls on the island.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut
banned
banned
UK: BBFC details not published in the BBFC database but the BBFC has revealed cuts in a board meeting minute:

From Board Meeting minutes from bbfc.co.uk

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid [Season 1, Episodes 1 -12] is a Japanese anime series submitted for DVD classification with an 18 request.

Two of the main characters are described as being 15-years-old and 16-years-old respectively. They are shown engaging in sexual activity, both with each other and with other characters. They are also sexualised.

Sections of the submission were viewed by the Chief Executive, the Head of DEA, the Head of Compliance and the Compliance Manager. It was concluded that the submission is not in violation of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 but that the scenes showing the children engaged in sexual activity, or otherwise being sexualised, are in violation of the harm provisions of the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the BBFC's Guidelines which prohibit portrayals of children in sexualised or abusive contexts. Accordingly, a general cuts list has been issued instructing the distributor to remove all such material throughout.

Presumably the cuts list proved unviable for a release so the video was effectively banned by the BBFC

            Video Voyeur - 1998 release gay adult video by Video Voyeur See Changing Room Exposed
 v   The Violators - 1985 US horror thriller by Jeff Hathcock


 X   The Violators

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  • Victims!
The Violators is a 1985 US horror thriller by Jeff Hathcock
Starring Ava Kauffman, Robert Axelrod and Lonny Withers IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Note the film was shot in 1981, set for VHS release in 1983 but never made it, and was finally released in the US in 1985.

Summary Notes

Four young girls on a camping trip in the woods are stalked by a pair of crazed serial killers.

Version

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 Avatar VHS

The BBFC commented in the original rejection letter:

Rejected because of its callous exploitation of women, especially in the context of sexual violence and humiliation.

 v          Visions of Ecstasy - 1989 UK short film by Nigel Wingrove.


 X   Visions of Ecstasy

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Visions of Ecstasy is a 1989 UK short film by Nigel Wingrove.
Starring Louise Downie, Elisha Scott and Dan Fox. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1989 video release on grounds of blasphemy. the ban was challenged and upheld by the Video Appeals Committee and then the European Court of Human Rights. The blasphemy law was repealed in 2008 and the BBFC ban was revoked for an uncut 18 rated DVD release in 2012.

See case study from bbfc.co.uk

Summary Review innocuous

Visions of Ecstasy, an innocuous (if rather silly) short film depicting 'the ecstatic and erotic visions of St Teresa of Avila. In the film, St Teresa is first seduced by her own sexual psyche, and then mounts and caresses the crucified body of Christ. Technical shortcomings notwithstanding (hands which seem to move freely despite apparently being nailed down).

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 19:44s
pal: 18:57s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for nudity and sex involving religious images for:
  • 2012 4Digital/Redemption [Visions of Ecstasy + Sacred Flesh] R0 DVD at UK Amazon

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2012 Sacrament [Visions of Ecstasy + Sacred Flesh] R1 DVD at US Amazon

The BBFC explained its decision in a press release:

Visions of Ecstasy is a 19 minute short film, featuring a sequence in which a figure representing St Teresa of Avila interacts sexually with a figure representing the crucified Christ. When the film was originally submitted to the BBFC in 1989, for video classification only, the Board refused to issue a classification certificate. This decision was taken on the grounds that the publication of the film, which the issue of a BBFC certificate would permit, might constitute an offence under the common law test of blasphemous libel.

The Board is required, as part of the terms of its designation under the Video Recordings Act 1984, to seek to avoid classifying any work that might infringe the criminal law. Therefore, the Board had no alternative at the time but to refuse a classification. The Board's decision to refuse a classification to the film was subsequently upheld by the independent Video Appeals Committee.

In 2008, section 79 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel. This means that the BBFC is no longer entitled to consider whether the publication of the film might comprise a blasphemous libel.

The BBFC has carefully considered Visions of Ecstasy in terms of its current classification Guidelines. These reflect both the requirements of UK law and the wishes of the UK public, as expressed through regular large scale consultation exercises. With the abolition of the offence of blasphemy, the Board does not consider that the film is in breach of any other UK law that is currently in force. Nor does the Board regard the film as likely to cause harm to viewers in the terms envisioned by the Video Recordings Act.

The Board recognises that the content of the film may be deeply offensive to some viewers. However, the Board's Guidelines reflect the clear view of the public that adults should have the right to choose their own viewing, provided that the material in question is neither illegal nor harmful. In the absence of any breach of UK law and the lack of any credible risk of harm, as opposed to mere offensiveness, the Board has no sustainable grounds on which to refuse a classification to Visions of Ecstasy in 2012. Therefore the film has been classified for video release at 18 without cuts.

banned
banned
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1989 Axel VHS

The BBFC decision was subsequently appealed to the Video Appeals Committee who upheld the ban.

Director Nigel Wingrove then took his case to the European Court of Human Rights, but again lost his case. Mark Kermode explained:

Visions of Ecstasy, an innocuous (if rather silly) short film depicting 'the ecstatic and erotic visions of St Teresa of Avila was banned in the UK in 1989. In the film, St Teresa is first seduced by her own sexual psyche, and then mounts and caresses the crucified body of Christ. Technical shortcomings notwithstanding (hands which seem to move freely despite apparently being nailed down) the film raised a problem for the BBFC, which is forbidden from classifying material which may infringe the laws of the land.

Despite support from the likes of Derek Jarman, the BBFC concluded that, if prosecuted, a 'reasonable jury' was likely to convict Visions of Ecstasy as blasphemous. Not to be defeated, director Nigel Wingrove took his case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that the very existence of a blasphemy law contravened the freedoms of expression enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights.

In a mealy-mouthed ruling, the Court agreed that Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society , but with the caveat that freedom carries with it duties and responsibilities including a duty to avoid as far as possible an expression that is, in regard to objects of veneration [i.e. religion], gratuitously offensive to others and profanatory . Which effectively meant that Wingrove was allowed his freedom of expression unless such freedom offended his Christian peers. In which case, he wasn't...

 v          War Victims - 1983 Indonesia action drama by Jopi Burnama


 X   War Victims

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  • Kamp Tawanan Wanita
War Victims is a 1983 Indonesia action drama by Jopi Burnama
Starring Marisa Haque, Boy Tirayoh and Mangara Siahaan Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS.

Summary Notes

A women in prison movie set in a Japanese POW camp during World War 2.

Versions

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 VHS
 v          Warden's End - 1981 UK short spanking video by George Harrison Marks


 X   Warden's End

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Warden's End is a 1981 UK short spanking video by George Harrison Marks
Starring Linzi Drew

Banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS.

Summary Notes

A traffic warden (Linzi Drew) tickets a man connected to the Janus sex shop in Soho. The warden is intrigued by the shop and partakes in a spanking session.

Versions

banned
banned
run: 9:02s
pal: 8:40s
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 Gatisle/Janus VHS

The video is widely available on porn tubes

 v          Weeds - 2005 US comedy TV series


 X   Weeds

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Weeds is a 2005 US comedy TV series

A DVD Extra for Season 2 titled Cream of the Crop was banned by the BBFC for 2005 video.
The BBFC commented:

Cream of the Crop is a 5 minute DVD extra for the US TV show Weeds. It consists of a segment, filmed in the style of a cookery programme, in which a member of the cast introduces the viewer to his top 5 varieties of marijuana. He extols the virtues of each variety in terms of its flavour and effects and encourages viewers to obtain and partake in marijuana.

Although the Board accepts that the work is played with a certain degree of knowing humour, it is clear that the lack of any other content or context means that the likely effect of the work, taken as a whole, is to promote and encourage the use of illegal drugs. The Board's Guidelines state that No work taken as a whole may promote or encourage the use of illegal drugs

 v          Wild Riders - 1971 US crime thriller by Richard Kanter


 X   Wild Riders

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  • Angels for Kicks
Wild Riders is a 1971 US crime thriller by Richard Kanter
Starring Alex Rocco, Elizabeth Knowles and Sherry Bain Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release and again for 1987 VHS. Passd 18 after BBFC cuts for 2003 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

Pete and Stick, two juvenile delinquents just thrown out of a biker gang, break into a luxury house where they rape two women. They settle in the house, sell the valuables and kill a curious neighbor.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 91m
pal: 87m
MPAA RUS: The US release is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

UK: The film has been broadcast uncut on satellite on The Performance Channel

BBFC cut
cut: 32s
run:
pal:
18UK: Passed 18 after 32s of BBFC cuts for
  • 2003 R2 DVD but was never actually released.
banned
banned
run: 87:28s
pal: 83:58s
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 AVR VHS
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1971 cinema release
 v          Women in Cellblock 9 - 1978 Switzerland action crime horror by Jesús Franco.


 X   Women in Cellblock 9

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  • Tropical Inferno
  • Frauen fur Zellenblock 9
Women in Cellblock 9 is a 1978 Switzerland action crime horror by Jesús Franco.
With Karine Gambier, Howard Vernon and Susan Hemingway. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC and UK law for 2004 video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: For the sex & gore crowd

This sexploiter was quite clearly made for the sex & gore crowd. Thus we have here several beautiful women (nude most of the time), who are imprisoned and raped and tortured and raped and killed and raped.

We normally criticise movie characters as two-dimensional when they are underwritten - here even "one-dimensional" would give too much credit

Compared to other Franco flicks the cinematography is exceptionally good and at times even inspirational. The sets are fine too, although it has to be said that torturing instruments that are meant to aid interrogation completely fail their purpose if they almost instantaneously kill.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 78m
pal: 75m
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2017 Full Moon Features R0 DVD
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for strong sexualised violence and an under 18 actress in sex scenes:
  • 2004 Anchor Bay Video

The BBFC commented:

Women in Cellblock 9 contains many sequences depicting the abuse, torture and humiliation of naked women. These sequences were found to be in conflict with the Board's published classification guidelines, which prohibit scenes that eroticise or endorse sexual assault. The Board's strict stance on titillatory sexual violence is supported both by public opinion and by a large body of media effects research.

In addition, The Protection of Children Act, as amended by the Sexual Offences Act 2003, makes the distribution and showing of indecent photographs of a child under the age of 18 a criminal offence. One of the lead actresses in Women in Cellblock 9 was just over 16 at the time the film was made. The Board was in no doubt that many of the sexualised scenes involving her would therefore be illegal. Although the amendment will not take effect until May 2004, the BBFC cannot classify material which would be in circulation in breach of the Act.; The Board considered the option of cutting the work. However, the quantity of scenes involving eroticised sexual violence, combined with the indecent photographs of a person under 18, meant that cuts were not a viable option.


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