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"Lady Chatterley's Lover" Trial: Regina Versus Penguin Books, Ltd. For a quarter of a century, from 1960 until 1985, Jeremy Hutchinson, Lord Hutchinson of Lullington, who has died aged 102, was the finest silk in practice at the criminal bar. He defended Lady Chatterley , Fanny Hill and Christine Keeler (Keeler in the flesh), the atom spy George Blake, and then Brian Roberts, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, and later the journalist Duncan Campbell in two cases that led to reform of the Official Secrets Act.He added a service to the arts by ending the cultural vandalism of Mary Whitehouse, whose attempt in 1982 to prosecute the National Theatre for staging Howard Brenton’s The Romans in Britain collapsed after his (and the Old Bailey’s) most remarkable cross-examination.

… see an excellent article from theguardian.com outlining some of Hutchinson major successes.

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censored repo man Harry Dean Stanton, the veteran American actor who ballasted generations of independent and cult films, has died aged 91. The subject of the late critic Roger Ebert’s Stanton Walsh Rule — No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad — Stanton was famed for his ability to project his hangdog, laconic charm into minor roles, which ensured he worked continuously for over six decades. Directors who cast him include David Lynch, Sam Peckinpah, Ridley Scott, Alex Cox and Wim Wenders, but he was never nominated for an Oscar or any of the other principal acting awards.Alex Cox’s Repo Man was inspirational to this website, by cining the term ‘melonfarmer’ as an overdub for ‘motherfucker’ in a TV edit of the movie. The video clip shows Harry Dean Stanton being ‘flipped’ over by his boss.

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blood feast original Horror film director Herschel Gordon Lewis has died at his home in Florida. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. He was 87 years of age.By 1961, Lewis had made the acquaintance of softcore film producer/director David Friedman, and the pair collaborated on a series of so-called nudie cuties the first of which was Living Venus (1961), a send-up of Hugh Hefner and the founding of Playboy magazine. Several more nudie-cuties followed over the next two years, including the first nudie musical, Goldilocks and the Three Bares .

In 1963, Lewis directed his first (and most famous) horror movie, Blood Feast , considered the first splatter film and described by film critic Roger Ebert as a terrible film, and a historically important one, too –n part because Lewis could sell his horror fare to drive-in movie theaters that wouldn’t (or legally weren’t allowed) to play his nudie-cuties.

His filmography from 1963 reads

1963 Bell, Bare and Beautiful credited as Lewis H. Gordon
Boin-n-g! credited as Lewis H. Gordon
Blood Feast
Goldilocks and the Three Bares credited as Lewis H. Gordon
Scum of the Earth! credited as Lewis H. Gordon
1964 Two Thousand Maniacs!
Moonshine Mountain
1965 Monster A Go-Go uncredited as director
Color Me Blood Red
1967 A Taste of Blood
The Gruesome Twosome
Something Weird
The Girl, the Body, and the Pill
Blast-Off Girls
1968 She-Devils on Wheels
The Alley Tramp credited as Armand Parys
Just for the Hell of It
How to Make a Doll
Suburban Roulette
1969 The Ecstasies of Women credited as Mark Hansen
Linda and Abilene credited as Mark Hansen
1970 Miss Nymphet’s Zap-In credited as Sheldon Seymour
The Wizard of Gore
1971 This Stuff’ll Kill Ya!
1972 Black Love porn film; credited as R.L. Smith
Year of the Yahoo!
The Gore Gore Girls
2002 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat
2009 The Uh-Oh! Show

Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast Blu ray Coincidently Arrow Films are just about to release a Blu-ray/DVD Combo set of 14 major films from Lewis’ career. The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast is collection of films by Herschell Gordon Lewis consisting of:

  • Blood Feast
  • Scum of the Earth
  • Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • Moonshine Mountain
  • Color Me Blood Red
  • Something Weird
  • The Gruesome Twosome
  • A Taste of Blood
  • She-Devils on Wheels
  • Just for the Hell of It
  • How to Make a Doll
  • The Wizard of Gore
  • The Gore Gore Girls
  • This Stuff’ll Kill Ya!

See the Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 24th October 2016

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scotsman moira cox Moira Knox, who died on 4th August aged 85, was an Edinburgh councillor who became almost a cult figure at the city’s annual festival, supplying suitably outraged quotes to accompany the latest newspaper report on any Fringe production that might offend public decency with nudity, blasphemy, bad language or even bad manners; she became known as Edinburgh’s Mary Whitehouse .Moira Knox never needed to see a show before pronouncing judgment. She explained a little how she got caught up in newspaper fuelled ‘outrage’:

A girl from the Sun telephoned and told me that they had received lots of calls from irate ratepayers in Edinburgh complaining about the nudity, she said. The girl from the Sun has seen it and she explained exactly what was going on… I do not need to go and see it to know what it looks like.

Her words of opprobrium would often be reprinted on the posters and fliers of visiting companies helping to raise public interest and increase ticket sales. One promoter even launched an award, called the Moira, which was given to the Fringe production that prompted the fiercest criticism

There were suggestions that some performers would contact her directly to alert her to the nature of their shows, while pretending to be offended members of the public.

By the end of the 1990s she had rather twigged that her ‘outrage’ was being exploited. She announced that she was going to retire from her self-appointed mission to clean up the Fringe:

I’ve realised that they want me to castigate them. I’m not falling for that again.

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Wicker Man Directors Cut DVD Film director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, a family friend has confirmed.He was best known for cult British film The Wicker Man . Edward Woodward was perfect as the  dour and uptight policeman taken for a ride by Christopher Lee and the colourful folks of Summerisle.

Hardy, who went on to make follow-up The Wicker Tree in 2011, died on Friday. The Wicker Man was Hardy’s feature debut, and he went on to direct only two more feature-length films. The second, The Fantasist , came 13 years after his debut.

In 2010, the Guardian named The Wicker Man the fourth-best horror film of all time.

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Phantasm 3 Lord Dead DVD Angus Scrimm (born Lawrence Rory Guy was an American actor and author, best known for playing the Tall Man in the 1979 horror film Phantasm and its sequels.Scrimm stood approximately 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).[2] To appear even taller when playing the Tall Man, he wore suits that were several sizes too small and platform shoes. His Phantasm role led to a steady acting career in theater and television.

On January 9, 2016, he died at the age of 89 in Los Angeles.

Filmography

  • Sweet Kill (1973) Henry
  • Scream Bloody Murder (1973) Doctor Epstein
  • Jim the World’s Greatest (1976) Jim’s Father
  • Phantasm ( 1979 ) The Tall Man
  • Witches’ Brew (1980) Carl Groton
  • The Lost Empire (1983) Dr. Sin Do/Lee Chuck
  • Phantasm II ( 1988 ) The Tall Man
  • Transylvania Twist ( 1989 ) The Tall Man
  • Subspecies ( 1990 ) King Vladislas
  • Mindwarp (1992) The Seer
  • Munchie Strikes Back (1994) Kronas
  • Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead ( 1994 ) The Tall Man
  • Wishmaster ( 1997 ) Narrator
  • Phantasm IV: Oblivion ( 1998 ) The Tall Man
  • The Off Season ( 2004 ) Ted
  • Masters of Horror : Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (2005) Buddy
  • Automatons (2006) The Scientist
  • Satanic (2006) Dr. Barbary
  • I Sell The Dead (2008) Doctor Quint
  • Hollywood Horror (2009)
  • Satan Hates You (2009) Dr. Michael Gabriel
  • John Dies at the End (2012) Father Shellnut
  • Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015) uncredited cameo
  • Phantasm V: Ravager (2016) The Tall Man
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Wes Cravens New Nightmare DVD Wes Craven was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He was best known for creating the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, directing the first installment and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner.Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. Some of his other films include The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Red Eye and My Soul to Take.

He died of brain cancer aged 76.

Filmography with links to details of those films that suffered at the hands of censors.

1972 The Last House on the Left
1977 The Hills Have Eyes
1981 Deadly Blessing
1982 Swamp Thing
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street
1985 The Hills Have Eyes Part II
1986 Deadly Friend
1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow
1989 Shocker
1991 The People Under the Stairs
1994 Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn
1996 Scream
1997 Scream 2
1999 Music of the Heart
2000 Scream 3
2005
Cursed
2005 Red Eye
2010 My Soul to Take
2011 Scream 4