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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

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Burning Collectors Edition BluRay Blu ray The Burning is a 1981 US/Canada slasher by Tony Maylam
With Brian Matthews and Leah Ayres. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

US: uncut and MPAA Unrated (but labelled R Rated) for:

  • US 2013 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st May 2013.

Reviews

  • See review from horrortalk.com : ” The Burning has developed a cult following for three reasons. First, the film is awesome.”
  • See article from dvdtalk.com : “what does make the film work are the gore effects by Tom Savini who really delivers the goods this time out”

UK Video Nasty

 

Passed X (18) after 10s of BBFC cuts for 1981 cinema releaseThorn EMI initially released the video uncut. They then tried to replace rental videos with the BBFC cut version but most shops stuck with the uncut version. The uncut version of the video was banned as a video nasty in October 1983. It remained on the list throughout the scare

Re-released after 19s of BBFC cuts in 1992 by Thorn/EMI

BBFC Cuts waived for the 2002 Vipco R2 DVD

The US Theatrical Version was cut by 1:01s for an R Rating. This version was also released on US VHS. DVD versions are unrated but still have an R Rating on the packaging.

Summary Review : Must Have

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

I personally love the killer in the woods slashers the best and this is the perfect premise. This film starts as a flashback “of course”… The kids at a summer camp play a trick that goes terribly wrong on Cropsy the mean spirited grounds keeper and he is burned beyond recognition,

Flash back to the woods “summer camp ” Cropsy returns to the scene of the crime to wreak havoc and spill PLENTY of blood. I personally don’t see why they didn’t make a sequel, Cropsy and his garden shears are scarier than Jason and his machete any day as far as I’m concerned.

This is a MUST HAVE for slasher fans.

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House Straw Hill Blu ray Combo Expos้ is a 1976 UK horror thriller by James Kenelm Clarke.
With Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond. YouTube icon BBFC link  IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2013 Severin (RA) Blu-ray/ (R1) Combo at US Amazon released on 11th June 2013

UK Censorship History

UK: A pre-cut submission was passed X (18) after 1:39s of further BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1975 cinema release as Expose
  • UK 1975 cinema release as The House on Straw Hill

The cuts were:

  • Pre-cut: A shot of Fiona Richmond’s legs streaming with blood was removed.
  • The BBFC required heavy edits to all the sex scenes and shots of bloody stabbings.

UK : Released uncut on pre-cert video for:

  • UK 1980 Intervision VHS

Prior to the VRA, the video was released uncut on the Intervision label and for no obvious reason it was banned as a video nasty in March 1984. It then stayed on the list throughout the panic and therefore became one of the collectable DPP39s

It was also notable in that this was the only UK video that achieved the DPP39 video nasty status.

UK: Passed 18 for strong sex and violence after 51s of BBFC cuts for:

  • 2006 Village DVD titled Expose
  • 2002 Odyssey DVD titled Expose
  • 1997 Disc VHS titled Expose

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com

  • Two country boys threaten Linda Hayden with a shotgun and force her to have sex with each of them. The scene goes on for a long time and the guys are shown to be clearly enjoying it whilst the woman rubs her hand up and down the shotgun in a very suggestive manner. The fact that she manages to shoot them both didn’t appease the BBFC who cut almost the entire scene.
  • Also a scene showing Fiona Richmond getting murdered in the shower has been reduced to eliminate blood on the breasts.

Promotional Material

Banned in Britain as a Video Nasty for thirty years! A shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge.

Cult movie icon Udo Kier (MARK OF THE DEVIL, FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN) stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer’s block, who rents a country cottage with his wife (British 70s sex sensation Fiona Richmond) in the hope of finding inspiration. But the arrival of a sensual secretary, played by Linda Hayden (BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA) sets in motion a chain of events that culminate in an unrestrained explosion of sex and savagery.

Film elements were long thought lost or destroyed on this sleazy gem but the original camera negative was unearthed in a barn in rural England and painstakingly restored for this first official uncut release anywhere in the world.

Director commentary and cast and crew interviews will round out the package.

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See article from bookofthedead.ws

video nasties newspaper story scans 04 T his is the Video Nasties Newspaper Story Scans (1980-1995) project, which was designed to be a free comprehensive resource for researchers, writers and other webmasters like myself.

Over six days, I got though one-hundred-and-sixty-nine microfilm reels either entirely or just specific dates, printing off a total of 336 pages. For the most part, each microfilm reel holds one months worth of a given newspaper at around 30-50 pages per day. one-hundred-and-sixty-nine reels break down to:

  • The Daily Mail: 45
  • The Times: 27 + 17 from the Sunday Times
  • The Daily Mirror : 17 + 1 from the Sunday Mirror
  • The Sun: 13 + 6 from The News Of The World
  • The Daily Star: 12
  • The Daily Express: 11 + 1 from The Sunday Express
  • The Guardian: 8
  • The Independent: 4
  • The Daily Telegraph: 2
  • The Financial Times: 2
  • The Daily Sport: 2
  • The Sunday People: 1.

I used a mulit-feed auto scanner to scan all the laser print-outs at 300dpi, and strung the images together 1:1 into a PDF, which I have uploaded to the website compressed in a ZIP file.

See the full article and downloads

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Burning Collectors Edition BluRay Blu ray The Burning is a 1981 US/Canada slasher by Tony Maylam
With Brian Matthews and Leah Ayres. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

US: uncut and MPAA Unrated (but labelled R Rated) for:

  • US 2013 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st May 2013.

UK Video Nasty

 

Passed X (18) after 10s of BBFC cuts for 1981 cinema releaseThorn EMI initially released the video uncut. They then tried to replace rental videos with the BBFC cut version but most shops stuck with the uncut version. The uncut version of the video was banned as a video nasty in October 1983. It remained on the list throughout the scare

Re-released after 19s of BBFC cuts in 1992 by Thorn/EMI

BBFC Cuts waived for the 2002 Vipco R2 DVD

The US Theatrical Version was cut by 1:01s for an R Rating. This version was also released on US VHS. DVD versions are unrated but still have an R Rating on the packaging.

Summary Review : Must Have

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

I personally love the killer in the woods slashers the best and this is the perfect premise. This film starts as a flashback “of course”… The kids at a summer camp play a trick that goes terribly wrong on Cropsy the mean spirited grounds keeper and he is burned beyond recognition,

Flash back to the woods “summer camp ” Cropsy returns to the scene of the crime to wreak havoc and spill PLENTY of blood. I personally don’t see why they didn’t make a sequel, Cropsy and his garden shears are scarier than Jason and his machete any day as far as I’m concerned.

This is a MUST HAVE for slasher fans.

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Midnight Movies Vol Cannibal Cannibals US: Midnight Movies Vol 8: Cannibal Double Feature  is MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2013 Blue Underground R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 29th January 2013.

The Cannibal Man is a 1972 Spanish thriller by Eloy de la Iglesia.
With Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen and Eusebio Poncela. YouTube icon IMDb

UK Censorship History

UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:

  • UK 1981 Intervision VHS

It was released in November 1981 and banned as a video nasty in July 1983. It stayed on the list throughout the panic and became one of the collectable DPP39s.

UK: Passed 18 after 3s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1993 Redemption VHS

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com . The BBFC cuts were:

  • 3s removed from a shot where Marcos cuts Carmen’s throat

The film has not been released in the UK since.

Summary Review: Pseudo-sleazy

Real slaughterhouse footage and scenes of dirty urban slums set the tone for this stark and obsessive Spanish thriller.

A young man, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too.

A slaughterhouse employee named Marcos gets attacked by a cabdriver who takes objection when he and his girlfriend are making out in the back seat, and Marcos kills him. This sets in motion a week of killing, first to cover up the cabdriver’s death, and afterward to keep the bodies piling up in his bedroom a secret.

Weird, pseudo-sleazy film that works even though it doesn’t even attempt to live up to its title – there’s *no cannibalism*.

The dubbing is pretty bad and there’s not much gore (most of the nastiness happens off-screen), but there’s plenty of atmosphere and a sense of desperation builds in Marco’s apartment.

Cannibals aka White Cannibal Queen is a 1980 Spain/Italy/France horror by Jesus Franco and Franco Prosperi
With Al Cliver, Sabrina Siani and J้r๔me Foulon. YouTube icon IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film, just quality issues.

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Midnight Movies Vol Feature Nightmare US: Midnight Movies Vol 9: Zombie Double Feature is MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2013 Blue Underground R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 29th January 2013.

Zombie Creeping Flesh (Hell of the Living Dead) is a 1980 Italy/Spain horror by Bruno Mattei.
With Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo and Selan Karay. YouTube icon IMDb

Censorship History
A pre-cut version with about a minute of  violent scenes removed was passed X (18) without further BBFC cuts for the UK 1982 cinema release.However the distributors felt that the film was too long and decided not to release this version but to shorten it. The distributors cuts now totalled 14:32s minutes, especially the interminable SWAT team footage. This was then released without BBFC approval for the UK 1982 cinema release.

The significantly shortened and pre-cut cinema version was release on VHS on the Merlin Label in October 1982. It was banned as a video nasty in July 1983 after being successfully prosecuted in Brighton. It was dropped from the list in July 1985

James Ferman refused to view a 1993 submission from Video Gems. This was during the Jamie Bulger moral panic and Ferman advised that it was not a good time to release a video nasty.

Eventually it was passed 18 uncut for the UK 2002 Protected/Vipco VHS

Nightmare City is a 1980 Italy/Mexico/Spain horror movie by Umberto Lenzi.
With Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter and Maria Rosaria Omaggio . YouTube icon IMDb

Censorship History
UK: A version pre-cut by about a minute was released on pre-cert video for

  • UK 1982 VTC VHS

UK: A version pre-cut by about a minute was passed 18 after a further 3:05s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1986 Stablecane VHS

From IMDb. BBFC heavy edits to:

  • shots of exploding heads
  • neck bitings
  • a woman’s eye and breast being stabbed with a spike
  • an arm removal
  • the elevator attack
  • shots of bloody wounds
  • a woman’s breast being sliced off with a knife.

UK: Passed 18 uncut after BBFC cuts were waived for:

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zombie flesheaters steelbook Zombie Flesh Eaters is a 1979 Italian horror film by Lucio Fulci
With Tisa Farrow and Ian McCulloch.  
YouTube icon IMDbUK: Passed 18 uncut after all cuts waived for:

  • UK 2012 Arrow Steelbook R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd December 2012
  • UK 2012 Arrow Special Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd December 2012
  • UK 2012 Arrow R0 DVD at UK Amazon released on 3rd December 2012

There is also a US release titled Zombie

See review from filmoria.co.uk
See review from starburstmagazine.com

Censorship History

The cinema version was passed X by the BBFC in 1979 with 14 cuts totalling 1:46s.

This X rated cinema version was released on video by Vipco in 1980. Vipco then issued the “strong uncut version” in 1981 at a premium price which then got out on the Video Nasties list in October 1983. It stayed on the list throughout so became one of the collectable DPP 39s

The heavily cut cinema version was passed 18 in 1992 & 1996. Vipco misleadingly tried to pass off their version as ‘complete’

Re-released on Diskline video in 1999 with most cuts restored but still 23s missing

Finally passed uncut in 2005 and is released as part of the Box of the Banned set of DVDs from Anchor Bay

Promotional Material

They will rise to suck the blood of the living!

From the sleazy video nasty vaults comes a movie so stained with controversy and moral indignation that the very mention of its name sends shudders down the spines of the weak stomached and censorious Zombie Flesh Eaters. A gut-munching, shark wrestling, eye-gouging orgy of topless skin divers, mud-caked undead terror and Italian splatter from the dark imagination of horror genius Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of The Living Dead).

An abandoned boat in New York Harbour unleashes a deadly flesh crazed Zombie cargo… A Young American woman and a journalist investigate a tropical island where a deadly disease is making the dead walk… Soon, thoughts of getting to the bottom of the murderous curse will be forgotten, as Fulci s walking corpses overwhelm the living and reports come in that the Big Apple is swarming with the living dead…

After over thirty years, Zombie Flesh Eaters still has the power to shock and offend the unwilling… Check out this classic sadist video and revel in a wonderfully tasteless movie that once helped usher in a moral panic!

String Uncut Version

  • Brand new high definition restoration of the original negative.
  • Optional English SDH subtitles on the feature
  • Audio commentary with screenwriter Elisa Briganti moderated by Calum Waddell
  • Audio commentary with Fulci biographer Stephen Thrower and horror expert Alan Jones
  • UK exclusive introduction to the film from Ian McCulloch
  • ALIENS, CANNIBALS AND ZOMBIES: A TRILOGY OF ITALIAN TERROR: Actor Ian McCulloch remembers his three classics of Latin horror lunacy – ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS, CONTAMINATION and ZOMBI HOLOCAUST
  • FROM ROMERO TO ROME: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ITALIAN ZOMBIE FILM: Veteran Fulci screenwriters Dardano Sacchetti (THE BEYOND) and Antonio Tentori (CAT IN THE BRAIN), celebrated UK critic Kim Newman and filmmakers Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION), Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) and Russ Streiner (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) share memories of the genesis of corpse-crunching cinema – from Romero’s early templates to the gory glory days of Fulci and his many successors.
  • THE MEAT MUNCHING MOVIES OF GINO ROSSI: The special effects magician behind many Italian splatter classics talks about his most famous gore-drenched greats – and shows props from many plasma-packed masterworks – including ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, CANNIBAL FEROX, BURIAL GROUND and PIRANHA II.
  • MUSIC FOR A FLESH-FEAST: Composer Fabio Frizzo – Live Q&A from the Glasgow Film Theatre
  • ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN. Dardano Sacchetti shows key pages from his original ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD screenplay.
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • Collectors booklet featuring contributions from Calum Waddell, Stephen Thrower, Craig Lapper and Jay Slater.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys