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Poster Red Sparrow 2018 Francis Lawrence Red Sparrow is a 2018 USA mystery thriller by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Mary-Louise Parker. BBFC link IMDb

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.

UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, gore, sexual violence, sex, very strong language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:

  • 2018 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions in one scene of strong sadistic violence (a garroting). When the film was submitted for formal classification appropriate reductions had been made in that scene and the film was classified 15.

Uncut in the US.

Uncut and MPAA R rated for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.

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Mountain of the Cannibal God DVD 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: The Extended Version was assed 18 for strong violence, gore, sex after 2:01s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

  • 2018 Argent Films/Shameless video

The BBFC commented:

  • Compulsory cuts required to remove six sequences of animal cruelty in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.

Censorship History and versions

All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 video but was still cut for animal cruelty.

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.

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

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Slaughterhouse Rock Blu-ray Slaughterhouse Rock is a 1988 USA horror by Dimitri Logothetis.
Starring Toni Basil, Nicholas Celozzi and Tom Reilly. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexual violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018
  • 2018 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018

Censorship History

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Further cut in the UK by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1988. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2018 DVD and Blu-ray.It is not yet clear whether the UK release is the uncut version or the US R rated version. However the promotional material states that this is a re-master from the original negative so hopefully this the uncut version

Promotional Material

Alcatraz once housed some of America’s most infamous criminals but nothing ever inhabited the island like the force of evil encountered by some unprepared youngsters in 1988’s fever-dream surrealist horror SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK! Starring rock star Tony Basil and Playboy Playmate Hope Marie Carlton, this mainstay of VHS horror highlights plenty of plastic fantastic frights and plasma-spilling practical special effects galore. Clearly influenced by the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series with its story of a supernatural stalker, SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK built up a well-deserved fan base of its own thanks to its marriage of eighties rock with esoteric horror and big haired babes screaming their lungs out! Finally gaining an HD bow from 88 Films – SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK is a terrifying trip into slasher movie history and a thrill ride of crazed and lurid images that no self respecting fear fan can afford to miss!!promotional mat


  • 4K Re-master from the Original Camera Negative
  • Uncompressed Stereo Soundtrack featuring music by Devo
  • Rock ‘n’ Shock – Back to the Slaughterhouse (An Interview with Jim Harper, author of Legacy of Blood)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Booklet by Film journalists Dave Wain and Matty Budrewicz (First pressing only)
  • Reversible Sleeve with alternate Non-Slasher Collection Artwork
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maze runner death cureMaze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Wes Ball.
Starring Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O’Brien. BBFC link IMDb

In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. 2D and 3D version were then passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, language.

The BBFC commented:

  • This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making some changes. The company was advised to reduce moments of threat and ‘horror’ involving zombie-like characters. When the film was formally submitted, changes had been made and, consequently, the film was passed 12A
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Showgirls Blu-ray Showgirls is a 1995 France/USA drama by Paul Verhoeven(as Jan Jansen).
Starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon. Youtube link IMDb UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

  • 2017 Pathe Distribution RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th December 2017
  • 2017 Pathe Distribution R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 11th December 2017

Censorship History

The US NC-17 rated version is uncut. The BBFC cut the cinema release and made further cuts for VHS and DVD. The BBFC waived the cuts for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray.

There is also a cut US R rated version.

The film was submitted to the Irish film censors at IFCO in October 2017 and it was passed 18 without cuts.

The 1999 cuts were justified by the BBFC as follows:

More problematic was Showgirls, an expose of the seamy side of Las Vegas, with a prurient emphasis on exploitative nudity, which was not only the subject of the film but its main selling point. In such a context, the sadistic gang rape of the only wholly sympathetic character in the film seemed unnecessarily extended and sensati onalised. The rape was trimmed for cinema, and trimmed further for video, since the price of the rape could be adequately conveyed by the sight of the battered and bleeding victim.

See pictorial cuts details from The cuts are all in the scene where Carver and friends rape Molly as mentioned above:

  1. Carver slapping and punching Molly just before we see Molly being pushed back on the bed.
  2. Carver slapping Molly’s rear, then a second man starting to rape her
  3. Then shots of Carver and 2 friends abusing Molly
  4. A final shot of Molly grimacing from the continuing torment.

Promotional Material

Paul Verhoeven’s attempt to couple the softcore sex film with the Hollywood musical stars Elizabeth Berkley as a Las Vegas stripper who lap-dances her way to the city’s most prestigious chorus line. Vying with the show’s established star for the leading role in a new erotic spectacular, Berkley gives the director (Kyle MacLachlan) a close-up demonstration of what she can do. Dave Stewart of Eurythmics provides the music for the steamy dance routines.

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Abyss DVD The Abyss is 1989 US adventure film by James Cameron.
With Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn. BBFC link IMDb Back in 1989 the BBFC ordered cuts to Abyss to the scene where a rat is dipped in supposedly breathable liquid. The BBFC claim cruelty to animals in the making of the scene but the director claims that several different rats were used to ensure that none suffered. The BBFC reported that it sought advice from the NSPCC who claimed that it contravened the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937.

The issue resurfaced in October of this year when it was noted that the film was playing uncut on Netflix apparently with a BBFC 15 rating.

The BBFC have now responded that they believe the cut is still required, but that amount of material cut could now be reduced.

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halloween 2 Halloween II is a 1981 US horror film by Rick Rosenthal.
With Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and Charles Cyphers. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb Uncut for cinema, and DVD after 2002, but was cut by the BBFC for 1990 VHS.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube