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The Slayer Blu-ray The Slayer is a 1981 US horror by JS Cardone .
With Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn and Carol Kottenbrook.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2017 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st August 2017

UK Censorship History

Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned and passed 18 after 14s of BBFC cuts in 1992. Cuts waived in 2001.

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IS IT A NIGHTMARE? OR IS IT… THE SLAYER?

One of the most sought-after titles for slasher fans everywhere, The Slayer finally rises from the ashes of obscurity in a brand new 4K transfer courtesy of Arrow Video.

Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life?

Previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, The Slayer whose nightmares-seeping-into-reality theme predates a certain Wes Craven classic by several years comes lovingly restored from the original negative in a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new interviews with cast and crew
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Lee Gambin

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Blu-rayJohn Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 USA action crime thriller by Chad Stahelski.
Starring Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves and Bridget Moynahan. BBFC link IMDb

In this next chapter following the 2015 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

Previously the UK cinema release suffered BBFC category cuts for a 15 rating. The BBFC commented at the time:

Company chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Presumably the cut UK Theatrical Version was then passed 16 for frequent strong bloody violence for cinema release in Ireland.

Now the Irish film censors at IFCO have revealed that the Uncut Version will be released on Home Video with an 18 rating. The IFCO websites notes that it has passed both the cut and uncut versions for 18 rated home video with the cut version noted with a PAL running time (suggesting DVD) and an NTSC running time for the uncut version (suggesting Blu-ray).

AS DVD and Blu-ray releases are generally shared with the UK, then we can assume that the uncut version will soon appear on the BBFC website.

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Madhouse DVDBlu-rayCombo Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad) is a 1981 Italy / USA horror by Ovidio G Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman).
Starring Trish Everly, Michael MacRae and Dennis Robertson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2017 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 12th June 2017

Video Nasty

Initially released uncut on 1983 VHS but was soon re-released with cuts due the video nasties panic. The film was banned as a video nasty anyway. It was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2004 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

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MANY PEOPLE VISIT … NO ONE EVER LEAVES.

Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favourites as The Visitor and Piranha II: The Spawning, Madhouse is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme.

Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary… but Mary hasn t forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she s recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia s sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year promising a birthday surprise that she ll never forget.

An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of 80s Italian terror resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a video nasty .

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
  • Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Brand new interviews with cast and crew
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

I Drink Your Blood Blu-ray I Drink Your Blood is a 1970 USA horror by David E Durston (as David Durston).
Starring Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadin Wong and Rhonda Fultz. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:

  • 2017 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th July 2017

Censorship History

Notably the first US movie awarded on MPAA X rating for 1970 cinema release. The distributors then screened it in various cut and uncut versions claiming an R rating. Uncut on US home video. Passed 18 uncut for the film’s first ever video release in 2017.

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A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

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Blood Diner Blu ray Rick Burks Blood Diner is a 1987 USA comedy horror by Jackie Kong.
Starring Rick Burks, Carl Crew and Roger Dauer. BBFC link IMDb

Two cannibals/health food diner owners are on a wacky quest to restore life to the five million year old goddess Shitaar. Aided by their uncle’s brain and penis, the two set about getting the required parts – virgins, assorted body parts from whores, and the ingredients for a “blood buffet”. Their adversaries are the police: the chief with a Russian accent, the “player” detective, and the new Yorker with an Australian accent.

The BBFC has just passed the film 18 uncut for strong gory violence, sexualised nudity after all previous BBFC cuts were waived for Lionsgate Video release in 2017.

Presumably Lionsgate will repeat the recent US hit by releasing it on the Vestron Video label made famous during the video nasty period.

UK Censorship History

Substantially cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1989 VHS. Later rated 18 uncut for 2017 home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the the US.

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The Beyond Blu ray The Beyond is a 1981 Italian horror film by Lucio Fulci
With Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong horror and gory violence for:

  • 2017 Arrow Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 6th February 2017

UK Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Then the same version was banned as a video nasty. Passed uncut on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but there is also a cut R rated version.See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Beyond

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Only death awaits in The Beyond!

Lucio Fulci s masterpiece of face chewing spider action, milky eyed psychics, face melting embalming fluid and rotted, flesh-crazed Zombies returns in all its blood splattered, surreal and grossly disturbing glory for a new generation of Horror Kids!

If your new business venture is sited on the cursed gateway to the hell dimension of The Beyond, then maybe it s time to move elsewhere but Liza (Catriona MacColl) is determined to make her New Orleans hotel work, until strange things start happening, people vanish and her waking thoughts are haunted by a ghostly blind woman who seems to hold the answers to the whole bizarre fever-dream. As reality breaks down and the plot explodes, Liza must journey far from everything she understands and descend in The Beyond…

The Beyond is Fulci s Zombie masterwork as he assaults his audience with shock after head spinning shock, all the while leading up to one of horror cinemas most heart stopping finales. The Beyond drives sane men mad and leads others to murder. Dare you step over to the other side?

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray presentation of the film, totally uncut!
  • Optional English and Italian Audio options presented in oroginal English & Italian Mono Audio and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Introduction by star Cinzia Monreale
  • Audio Commentary with Antonella Fulci and Calum Waddell
  • Audio Commentary with David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl
  • AKA Sarah Keller: Cinzia Monreale remembers The Beyond
  • Catriona MacColl Q&A from the Glasgow Film Theatre
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Poster Fifty Shades Darker 2017 James Foley Fifty Shades Darker is a 2017 USA erotic romance by James Foley.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Bella Heathcote. BBFC link IMDb

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

The BBFC has just passed the cinema release as 18 uncut for strong sex. The BBFC adds in its Insight advice:

There is strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices. There are also strong verbal references to sexual activity.

As with the original film, the UK age rating is the most restrictive in the western world:

  • Australia: MA 15+ for strong sex scenes
  • Canada: 18A (British Columbia)
  • Germany: 16
  • Netherlands: 16
  • New Zealand: R18
  • Portugal: M/16
  • USA: R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language

However the distributors will be fretting that the film doesn’t seem to be getting banned around the rest of the world. All other countries reported so far are going for uncut 18 to 21 ratings.