Night of the Bloody Apes is a 1969 Mexican horror by Rene Cordona Jr.
With José Elías Moreno, Carlos López Moctezuma and Armando Silvestre. UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gore, violence, nudity and sexual violence, with previous BBFC cuts waived and distributor cuts restored for:
- UK 2012 Nucleus R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 8th October 2012
See review from sexgoremutants.co.uk
Censorship History: Video Nasty
The film was released in cinemas with around a minute of BBFC cuts in October 1974.It was released uncut in January 1983 by Iver Film Services. By November 1983 it had been listed as a video nasty and suffered a successful prosecution. It remained on the list throughout the panic and so became one of the collectable DPP 39s.
In 1993 there was a mysterious uncut Vipco version. It was nominally slated as pre-cut but somehow got a limited unsanctioned uncut release. It was withdrawn within days.
In 1999 the video was released on the Satanica label, in a version that was obviously taken from Vipco’s planned cut version (Vipco’s logo remains). This time the distributor removed every single violent scene before submitting it to the censors.
The same heavily pre-cut version was released on 2002 DVD by Film 2000.
Passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cuts waived and distributor cuts restored for the UK 2012 Nucleus DVD
Featured on the Director of Public Prosecution s original 39-title video nasties list, at last you can see what all the fuss is about in this gore-geous new 16:9 transfer.
Rene Cardona Sr – patriarch of Mexico s number one genre film-making dynasty – delivers this wonderfully silly tale of a dying young man given the heart of a gorilla to keep him alive. Unfortunately the man transforms into a murderous ape-like monster and goes on a girly hunt. Not one to be put-off, the surgeon (his father) tries again – this time with the heart of a female wrestler.
This medical-horror-sci-fi masterpiece was written by Rene and his son Rene (who, incidentally, had a son called Rene), neither of whom had even a cursory knowledge of either medicine or science. This makes it w-a-a-y-yy more enjoyable…. No surprise then that this was filmed in just three weeks (in May 1968), largely in Mexico City s Chapultepec Park. While already chock full of gratuitous nudity and femmes-in-peril, US film-maker Jerald Intrator ( Orgy at Lil s Place , Satan in High Heels ) decided to improve on things by adding close-up, super-gory footage of open-heart surgery. He even filmed some new material to spice up the monster s attacks with sanguinary make-up effects and even more nudity.