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Suffer, Little Children DVD Suffer, Little Children is a 1983 UK horror by Alan Briggs.
Starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose and Jon Hollanz. IMDb UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

  • 2017 Severin Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017

UK Censorship History

This amateur video production, (not particularly well regarded), is said to be a reconstruction of events involving child demonic possession which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported to the press though.

The dates seem a little hazy though as IMDb has the film down as a 1983 release, whilst the events portrayed were said to have happened in August 1984. Note that the Video Recordings Act requiring submissions of videos to the BBC didn’t commence until September 1984.

It was reported that the video was submitted to the BBFC who required about 2 minutes of cuts. However the distributors suffered a police raid on the day after the submission who seized the film. The police seemed to think that the uncut version was illegal and would not give the distributors the opportunity to implement the cuts that would make it legal. Then the DPP chipped in to the injustice by delaying the return of the film for 3 months, even though they later had to admit that there was no hint of child sex or extreme violence. The film was caught up in press frenzy at this time, with the inevitable calls for a ban and worse.

However there was a video release in January 1985, and again it is not clear how this fits in with BBFC cuts and the distributors suffering the police raid. It was early days of the Video Recordings Act at the time of this release. The implementation was still being phased in and it is not clear whether an official BBFC certificate was required for this release in January 1985. Nevertheless there is no video certificate recorded in the BBFC database and the running time stacks up with uncut releases, so presumably this release was uncut.

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The British tabloid press called for it to be banned among the furor of the Video Nasty witch hunts. The Censors refused it a rating in its uncut form. Many of the children involved in its production were never seen nor heard from again. Now SUFFER, LITTLE CHILDREN can finally be seen FULLY UNCUT AND UNCENSORED! The full story behind this mysterious occult feature may never be known. The super rare and intensely troubled original UK video release was cut by several minutes and the box copy simply read: Suffer, Little Children a tale of a child s demonic supernatural powers and the brutal…. terrifying results. Suffer, Little Children is a reconstruction of the events, which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported in the press and now the house is scheduled for demolition in the immediate future. HOW IN GOD S NAME DID THE POWER OF THE DEVIL FALL INTO THE HANDS OF A CHILD?Special Features: –

School of Shock An Interview with Director Alan Briggs – Seducing The Gullible An Interview With Legend of UK Nasty Era Fanzine Critique John Martin – Trailer

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Cable Guy Full Screen The Cable Guy is a 1996 USA comedy thriller by Ben Stiller.
Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and Leslie Mann. BBFC link IMDb An upcoming video release has just been passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence with previous BBFC cuts waived.

UK Censorship History

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12 rated 1996 cinema release and the subsequent VHS releases. The BBFC cuts were waived for 12 rated 2017 home video. The film is uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

From IMDb. Previously a single 4 sec cut was made to this black comedy, in order to secure a required 12 cert.

  • The cut occurs towards the end, when Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, are fighting on top of the TV satellite. A couple of shots of Carrey headbutting Broderick and an ear clap have been removed.
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edge family guy Family Guy Season 7: Road to Germany is a animation comedy by Greg Colton, James Purdum…
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein and Seth Green. BBFC link IMDb A commentary track on the DVD extras was cut by the BBFC for a 15 rating saying:

Company chose to remove three uses of very strong language from an audio commentary track (the word cunt’) in order to achieve a ’15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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edge the rookie The Rookie is a 1990 USA action crime comedy by Clint Eastwood.
Starring Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen and Raul Julia. BBFC link IMDb The film was cut in the UK for a BBFC 15 rated cinema release.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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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.

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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fast and furious 8Fast & Furious 8 is a 2017 USA / Japan / France / Canada / UK / American Samoa / Samoa action crime thriller by F Gary Gray.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel. BBFC link IMDb

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.

BBFC advised category cuts have been made for a 2017 12A rated cinema release.

The film was passed 12A for moderate violence, infrequent strong language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for 2017 cinema release.

The BBFC commented:

  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was informed it was likely to be classified 15 uncut but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by reducing one scene of violence. When the film was submitted for formal classification, that moment of violence had been acceptably reduced and the film was classified 12A.