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Bloody Moon Blu ray Olivia Pascal Bloody Moon is a 1981 Spanish/German slasher by Jess Franco.
With Olivia Pascal, Christoph Moosbrugger and Nadja Gerganoff. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Richard comments: There will possibly be a UK Blu-ray release from Severin Films.

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Video Nasty

Cut by theBBFC for 1972 cinema release.The same version was released on pre-cert video along with the uncut version. These were then banned as video nasties.

Later cut by the BBFC for 1993 VHS.

The BBFC cuts were waived for 2008 DVD.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Bloody Moon

Promotional Material

As the body-count genre stabbed its way into audiences hearts in the early 80s, EuroTrash auteur Jess Franco (Sadomania, Mansion Of The Living Dead) was asked to create his own saga of slaughtered schoolgirls complete with gratuitous nudity, graphic violence, and gory set pieces. But just when you thought you’d seen it all, Franco shocked the world by delivering surprising style, genuine suspense and a cavalcade of depravity that includes incest, voyeurism and roller disco. The luscious Olivia Pascal of Vanessa fame stars in this twisted thriller that was banned in England yet is now presented uncut and uncensored including the complete stone mill power saw sequence -for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Special Features:

  • Franco Moon- Interview with Director Jess Franco
  • Theatrical Trailer
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Deadato Cinema Death Box Set Discs Deadato’s Cinema of Death Box-Setcontains:

  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • House on the Edge of the Park
  • Phantom of Death

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

Cannibal Holocaust is a 1979 Italian adventure by Ruggero Deodato.
With Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi and Perry Pirkanen. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Famously banned in the UK as a Video Nasty in 1983. Unbanned for the heavily cut 2001 DVD. The cuts were reduced to animal violence only for 2011 DVD. Deodato produced a new edit in 2011 to more tidily remove the animal violence.

House on the Edge of the Park is a 1980 Italian horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato
With David Hess and Annie Belle. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned after 12 minutes of cuts in 2002. Cuts reduced to 43s in 2011.

Phantom of Death is a 1988 Italy horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato.
Starring Michael York, Edwige Fenech and Donald Pleasence. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1989 release on VHS. Uncut since 2007 DVD.

Promotional Material

Shameless proudly presents the 1st ever CINEMA-OF-DEATH anthology of Ruggero Deodato, “Mr Cannibal” himself, the director of possibly the nastiest Video Nasties which have since become cult must-see and now subject of top academic research, public debates and high-brow critical acclaim.

The artwork of this limited numbered edition Boxset has been exclusively created for Shameless by top British film poster artist Graham Humphreys.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST on its 1st release, director Deodato was charged with killing his own cast and jailed! In UK, it incarnated THE Video Nasty. Banned and then cut by several minutes, it took a full 30 years for the censors to relax their grip!

We present two versions of this, the most controversial film ever made: A unique Director’s re-edit (shown 1st in London s West-End) which tones down the animal cruelty (to fit better with 21st Century sensibilities) without shortening the film. The other is the full strength 80s dish! Very strong stuff – especially because of its unsurpassed, documentary-like, extremely realistic depiction of gory violence. With this landmark film Deodato single-handedly invented the ‘found-footage’ genre (imitated by Blair Witch et al). Often imitated, this is The Original and unequaled best.

THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK also a Video Nasty, this claustrophobic staging of a vicious home-invasion scenario explodes into slasher torture hell, with star David Hess giving one of the strongest performances of his career and Deodato a master-class in directing, proving again that under the blood and guts there is a brilliant film maker formed by Neo-realism.

[Extras: Deodato & star Giovanni Lombardo Radice in a public debate with senior BBFC examiner. Plus a last in-depth interview with the late David Hess].

In THE PHANTOM OF DEAT H Deodato’s unwavering directing meets a barnstorming performance from Michael York (Cabaret, Austin Powers) as the pianist virtuoso who suddenly starts aging at alarming speed – progeria, a devastating real-life affliction. With death closing in fast, the pianist looses his mind in a murderous frenzy of brutal hackings.. Edwige Fenech and Donald Pleasence co-star.

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Video Nasties Definitive Limited Edtion Graham Bright was the Tory MP who put together the 1984 Video Recordings Act in response to the videonasties panic in the early 80s. He is now the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner.The makers of the much anticipated documentary, Video Nasties: Draconian Days , have scored a a bit of a scoop. In a videoed interview which took place in the 1980s Bright spoke of his fears for youngsters and dogs. He said:

If anyone can stand up and defend the sort of horrific scenes that I have had to see and other members of parliament have had to see, I believe there are living in a different world to that world that I live in.

I believe that research is taking place and it will show that these films not only affect young people but I believe they affect dogs as well. It goes far too far.

Speaking about the interview this week, Bright told of his pride at introducing the act and desperately tried to gloss over his dog shite comment. He claimed to the Cambridge News:

That was a load of rubbish. I didn’t say they had an affect on dogs. I was saying they were researching it. I didn’t bother about that. I was trying to protect children.

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 , is being released on DVD by Nucleus on July 14 ( See Amazon) . It is released to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act.

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Gestapos Last Orgy Daniela Poggi The Gestapo’s Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco.
YouTube icon IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2014 Intervision Picture Corp R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 3rd June 2014

UK Censorship History

Banned in the UK as a Video Nasty, and never released since.

Promotional Material

In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and SALO only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy (aka Italian TV presenter and future UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniela Poggi) stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant’s vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud (aka Adriano Micantoni of TOMB OF TORTURE) co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strüdel also known as LAST ORGY OF THE THIRD REICH and CALIGULA REINCARNATED AS HITLER now presented totally uncut and uncensored, including the infamous dinner scene that still has the film banned in the UK!

Special Features:

  • Interview With Film Historian Marcus Stiglegger
  • A Brief History Of Sadiconazista
  • Trailer
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Video Nasties Definitive Limited Edtion Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 is a 2014 documentary by Jake West and Marc Morris. UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

  • 2014 Nucleus Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 14th July 2014

Promotional Material

Released to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act, July 1984 and limited to 6,666 individually numbered sets, each comes with postcards featuring the DPP Section 3 cover art and Graham Humphrey’s original cover art.

The Video Nasties continue to be a major source of interest to this day, and after the crtical and sales success of Video Nasties 1, comes the return! Video Nasties 2 is released to tie-in with the establishment of the Video Recordings Act.

Disc One: “Video Nasties: Draconian Days”
Nucleus Films’ critically acclaimed follow-up documentary to ‘VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE’ (2010) from Director Jake West and producer Marc Morris who continue to uncover the shocking story of home entertainment following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The United Kingdom was plunged into a new Dark Age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians, and the film charts the consequences of this, including subversive social culture that sprung up around it. With fascinating interviews and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice on the passing of a turbulent time.

Discs Two and Three: “The Section 3 List”
Presents the official additional 82 titles that were officially designated under “Section 3″ of the Obscene Publications Act by the Director of Public Prosecutions. These titles were liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police, removed from sale or hire and then destroyed; although they were not ultimately prosecuted. This amazing list was discovered whilst researching legal paperwork for the original “VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE” and finally clears up why so many additional titles were historically considered to be “Video Nasties”.

Titles include: ‘Blood Lust’ , ‘Brutes & Savages’, ‘Cannibals’, ‘Dead Kids’, ‘Deep Red’, ‘Death Weekend’, ‘Demented’, ‘Eaten Alive’, ‘Headless Eyes’, ‘Hell Prison’, ‘Love Butcher’, ‘Mark of the Devil’, ‘Massacre Mansion’, Savage Terror’, ‘Scream for Vengeance’ ‘Suicide Cult , “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’, ‘Xtro’ and ‘Zombie Holocaust’.
Every shocking Section 3 title is presented with its original trailer and a newly filmed featurette that includes a wide range of notable genre journalists and acclaimed media academics that explore and uncover the sordid history of each release.

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Gestapos Last Orgy Daniela Poggi The Gestapo’s Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco.
YouTube icon IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2014 Intervision Picture Corp R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 3rd June 2014

UK Censorship History

Banned in the UK as a Video Nasty, and never released since.

Promotional Material

In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and SALO only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy (aka Italian TV presenter and future UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniela Poggi) stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant’s vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud (aka Adriano Micantoni of TOMB OF TORTURE) co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strüdel also known as LAST ORGY OF THE THIRD REICH and CALIGULA REINCARNATED AS HITLER now presented totally uncut and uncensored, including the infamous dinner scene that still has the film banned in the UK!

Special Features:

  • Interview With Film Historian Marcus Stiglegger
  • A Brief History Of Sadiconazista
  • Trailer
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Cannibal Holocaust Blu ray Robert Kerman Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italy horror adventure by Ruggero Deodato.
Starring Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi and Perry Pirkanen. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2014 Grindhouse Releasing (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 1st July 2014

Censorship History

Famously banned in the UK as a Video Nasty in 1983.

Unbanned for the heavily cut 2001 DVD.

The cuts were reduced to animal violence only for 2011 DVD.

Deodato produced a new edit in 2011 to more tidily remove the animal violence.

Uncut in the US and Italy.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Cannibal Holocaust

Summary Notes

A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area’s local cannibal tribes.

Specs for the new CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray are as follows:

  • New high definition digital restoration of the uncensored director’s cut
  • Spectacular digital stereo re-mix and original mono mix
  • Commentary tracks with director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman, stars Carl Yorke and Francesca Ciardi
  • New in-depth interviews with Ruggero Deodato, Francesa Ciardi, assistant director Salvo Basile and cameraman Roberto Forges Davazati, as well as classic interviews with Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke and composer Riz Ortolani
  • Liner notes by director Eli Roth (HOSTEL) and legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun (DEEP RED)
  • Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers from around the world
  • BONUS CD — Amazing new remaster of the original CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST score by Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE) AND MORE SURPRISES!
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Bad Dreams Visiting Hours Blu ray US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Bad Dreams is a 1988 USA horror thriller by Andrew Fleming.
With Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott and Richard Lynch. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK Censorship History

UK: Passed 18 after 0:22s of BBFC cuts for:

  • 1989 CBS/Fox Video Video

Cuts details from IMDb:

  • to remove closeup shots of self-mutilation with a knife and a scalpel
  • to reduce a scene where a man is repeatedly hit by a car.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Bad Dreams

Summary Notes: Underrated Entertainment

In the mid-’70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the incident. The psychiatrist tries to help her remember, but she begins seeing the leader of the cult talking to her from the grave, and the other members of her therapy group begin to commit suicide around her. Or is it suicide?

Bad Dreams is a cut above most others for many reasons. The film is filled with surrealistic arresting images-in particular, the house where the mass suicide took place is an intriguing looking building, tragically beautiful. The acting is better than in most horror films. Jennifer Rubin is especially good. In short, Bad Dreams is a must see.

Visiting Hours is a 1982 Canada horror thriller by Jean-Claude Lord.
With Michael Ironside, Lee Grant and Linda Purl. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release.

The same cut version was briefly banned as Video Nasty in 1984.

Released again in the same cut form on VHS in 1986.

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com :

  • Cut to edit a scene where Colt traces his switchblade knife across Lisa before slashing her shirt
  • Cuts to shots of Colt stabbing Sheila and to her pained facial expression
  • Then more cuts in the same scene with Colt kicking her Sheila to get a response for the photographs he is taking of her.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Visiting Hours

Summary Review: Not your everyday slasher

A crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) attacks journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn’t kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.

The movie is really quite tense at times. The attack at Deborah’s home is frightening, especially the dumb waiter scene. And the climactic chase is amazingly pulled off. The acting is alright and the music is also to note, and adds a lot of atmosphere.

This is much different from what you’d probably expect, and is worth a look. Definitely not your everyday slasher.

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Mountain Cannibal God Ursula Andress Mountain of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 after 2:06s of compulsory BBFC cuts for:

  • 2013 Cornerstone Media R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 18th November 2013

UK Censorship History

All UK releases cut for animal cruelty. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Mountain of the Cannibal God

Uncut Alternative

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

The Extended Version features 4 minutes of previously unseen rape, bestiality and masturbation scenes. It also restores the explicit castration scene to the movie. This extra material is said to have been taken from the director’s private collection

Summary Review: Very tasty little snack

Another 70’s cannibal flick that is much better than expected.

You’ve got the hot, scantily-clad Ursula Andress and her crew on a quest through the jungles of New Guinea. They get ambushed by some blood thirsty savages of course. This tribe looks extremely heinous. Their masks are what really stood out for me in this movie. Freaky! When the maniacal tribe leader sees Ursula, he might develop a different kind of hunger.

You’ve got all your basic cannibal flick essentials–blood, gore, decapitations, nudity, violence with animals. The acting and dialogue are good enough not to hamper the story. It may not be extremely original, but hey, if it ain’t broke…

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Bad Girls Behind Bars Collection US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2013 Blue Underground R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 30th July 2013

Amazon Jail is a 1982 Brazil action by Oswaldo de Oliveira.
With Elizabeth Hartmann, Maurício do Valle, Sandra Graffi. IMDb

No censorship issues with this film

Bare Behind Bars is a 1980 Brazil Women in Prison film by Oswaldo de Oliveira.
With Maria Stella Splendore, Marta Anderson and Danielle Ferrite. BBFC link IMDb

UK: A short version was banned by the BBFC for 1994 Redemption VHS UK: Passed 18 after 1:35s of BBFC cuts for 2010 Arrow R0 DVD. The BBFC commented:

Company chose to make cuts to remove explicit sight of unsimulated sexual activity (in this case, sight of fellatio and vaginal penetration by penis and dildo) in order to achieve an 18 classification. An uncut R18 classification was available.

99 Women is a  Liechtenstein/Spain/Italy/West Germany/UK prison film by Jesus Franco.
With Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi and Mercedes McCambridge. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Banned by the BBFC for 1969 cinema release titled Ninety Nine WomenUK: Passed 18 after 1:00s of BBFC cuts for 2007 Redemption R0 DVD. The BBFC commented:

Distributor was required to cut sight of animal cruelty (a snake being stabbed and hacked at by a woman using a knife)

Sadomania is a 1981 Spanish/W German women in prison film by Jess Franco.
With Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon and Ursula Buchfellner. BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Export Version was banned by the BBFC for 1994 Redemption VHS titled SadomaniaUK: 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)

Women Behind Bars is a 1975 French/Belgian sexploitation film by Jess Franco .
With Lina Romay, Martine Stedil and Nathalie Chape.
YouTube icon IMDb

UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for UK Go VHS. The video briefly made the banned video nasty list in August 1984 but was dropped in October 1984