Baaghi is a 2016 action thriller by Sabir Khan.
Starring Shraddha Kapoor, Tiger Shroff and Sudheer Babu Posani.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 2016 12A rated cinema release.
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, injury detail after 26s of BBFC category cuts for:
2016 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Distributor chose to remove strong violence (in this instance focus on bloody injury, limbs being broken, and blood spurts) in order to obtain a 12A classification. A 15 without cuts was available to the company.
The Baader Meinhof Complex is a 2008 Germany / France / Czech Republic action crime biography by Uli Edel.
Starring Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu and Johanna Wokalek.
Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended TV Version.
Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader,
Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human
society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his
relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.
Extended TV Version
Germany: There also exists an Extended TV Version broadcast n 2 parts.
Baba Yaga is a 1973 Italy Giiallo by Corrado Farina.
With Carroll Baker, George Eastman and Isabelle De Funès.
Cut for cinema by the BBFC and by the MPAA. The Director restored cut footage for 2008 DVD.
Summary Review: Surreal Tangents
Strange things have been happening to Valentina, a young and beautiful professional photographer, ever since she made the acquaintance of Baba Yaga, a mysterious older woman who gave her a lift home late one night.
This movie has just confused the hell out of everybody since it's based on a comic strip Valentina few outside of Italy have read and few in Italy probably understood. Valentina is a photographer who through the agency of a magic camera
falls under the spell of a strange lesbian witch, Baba Yaga. That's the basic plot, but it goes off on so many bizarre and surreal tangents that the movie itself is almost impossible to describe.
This movie definitely isn't for everybody, but if you're on this site reading this review I expect you'll probably like it.
UK: The Reloaded version was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for:
2012 Shameless Pop Erotica Box Set [+ Venus in Furs + Baba Yaga] R0 DVD
For this 2009 release the film has been re-cut by Farina himself, returning the majority of the deleted materials to their rightful locations, most notably with a politically driven pre-credits graveyard sequence, of
which the chances of being warmly received in the USA are about nil.
Most of the other material that was deleted either underscores the lesbian elements or can simply be seen as padding.
The two censor-mandated full frontal nudity cuts have also been restored. It would be unfair to claim that the reinstating of these scenes turns a flawed film into a masterpiece, but they do make the film slightly more
cohesive as a whole, and lead to certain scene transitions seeming a little less jarring.
US: The Original Version is cut and MPAA Unrated for:
2016 Blue Underground Killer Thrillers (RA) Blu-ray
2012 Blue Underground R0 Blu-ray
2003 Blue Underground R1 DVD
This version seems also to be missing full frontal shots of Carroll Baker and Isabelle De Funès. The 2016 Blu-ray release offers cut and delted scenes as extras.
UK: The Original Version was passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
1974 cinema release titled Baba Yaga, The Devil Witch
The BBFC cuts were:
Two full frontal shot of Carroll Baker were deleted
Disputes at the production company saw material deleted at odds with the wishes of the director.
Baby Love is a 1968 UK drama by Alastair Reid.
Starring Diana Dors, Linda Hayden and Troy Dante.
Cut by the BBFC for 1968 cinema release. Presumably the cuts have persisted ever since.
Libidinous 15 year old English schoolgirl Lucy finds her single mother dead. They never had a good relationship, but this still unbalances her. She moves in with the family of her mother's old friend. She hates him and seduces his wife.
US: Unconfirmed but the running time suggests that the US R rated version is uncut. Maybe best avoided with issues about Linda Hayden's age.
UK: Presumably the cut cinema version was passed 18 uncut for:
Babylon A.D. is a 2008 France/UK action Sci-Fi adventure by Mathieu Kassovitz.
With Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Mélanie Thierry.
The Theatrical Version was cut in the US for a PG-13. The uncut version is the Unrated Extended Version
Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.
UK: The Canal Studio Version or Extended Edition or Raw & Uncut Version or Harder Cut was passed 15 uncut for strong language and moderate violence for:
The BBFC explained the differenced between the versions:
Babylon A.D . is an adaptation of Maurice G. Dantec's science fiction novel Babylon Babies . It is set in a post-apocalyptic society and tells the story of Toorop; a veteran soldier turned mercenary who is
hired to transport a young girl from Russia to Canada.
This DVD version has been passed 15 because of at least eight uses of strong language and moderate violence. Guidelines for 15 allow frequent use of strong language (eg 'fuck') , unlike guidelines for
12 or 12A where the use of strong language must be infrequent .
The versions for the cinema and another DVD release were passed 12A and 12 , respectively, because they were identical in content, in containing only one use of strong language and moderate violence.
In all other respects, this version is the same as the other two. This work also contains frequent use of moderate language – including bitch , shit and arse . The moderate violence featured is of the
standard action movie fare and includes explosions, impressionistic fight scenes and gun battles. There are occasional bloody moments including a brutal cage fight between the main character and a vicious gladiator and another scene which
features a slow-motion bullet entering the body of woman. These moments in the work are infrequent and do not linger on bloody injuries. Their inclusion is largely mitigated by the fantastical science-fiction context and well-contained within
15 guidelines which say that violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury .
At 32 mins - The finding of two little boys in joke hanging was reduced by removing initial long shots and close ups of faces, resuming on long shots of twins in doorway with boys` feet dangling foreground.
At 38 mins - In scene by swimming pool, all close ups of coiled orange cable, plug-in socket, cable uncurling, and plug pulled out of socket were removed.
At 66 mins - Shot of black gloved hands twisting and banging man`s head against balustrade was removed.
At 79 mins - After oriental twins kick man behind them, the attack with repeated kicks on two other men was removed, resuming on corridor shot.
At 81 mins - When black twins take turns to punch man in face, blows were reduced to one punch only.
The sister of a former US Green Beret, is involved in a love affair with a mobster, endangering seriously her life. His brother will make his best efforts to save her from her boyfriend and his friends. But perhaps tough cop Rossi could help
him... or stop him.
Good chemistry between the two leads, Lots of action. A definite winner.
This is an excellent "B" movie. Blanks and Piper work really well together. The story is decent. But story doesn't count, action does. And there is more than enough action to keep people happy. Blanks and Piper are good in the
numerous fight scenes.
Overall a really good movie that any action fan should check out.
UK: Passed 18 after a total of about 9:00s of cuts for:
1994 Guild VHS
The BBFC commented:
The distributors resubmitted the video shorn of 7.5 minutes of the most brutal violence, after which a further 1.5 minutes was cut by the Board, removing most of the remaining kicks to the
head and face, the smashing of heads against walls, floors and pillars, the biting of ears and glamorising of weaponry.
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
1984 Guild VHS
The BBFC commented:
T wo of the rejected videos in 1994 (the other is Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor ) featured karate but each went
beyond acceptable standards in the quantity and intensity of potentially lethal kicks to the head and bone-crunching blows and twists to the limbs, back and neck. Since this form of macho heroics is likely to appeal to teenagers with a record
of violent offending, cuts did not seem a practical proposition. The Board has always been concerned about films in which heroes meet viciousness with viciousness, inflicting pain and injury on others as if it were the only remedy for villainy.
The UK Version was passed 12 after cuts suggested by the BBFC for:
2010 Sony R2 DVD
2010 cinema release
Thanks to Gavin Salkeld. The BBFC commented:
The Back Up Plan was seen by a senior examiner in advance of its formal submission and a number of changes were suggested, including the removal of several strong sex references. The film was duly passed '12A'.
Andy Warhol's Bad is a 1977 USA crime comedy horror by Jed Johnson.
Starring Cyrinda Foxe, Matthew Anton and Cathy Roskam.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1977 cinema release. Cut n the US for an MPAA R rating. A US DVD release in 2009 is reported to be uncut and MPAA Unrated.
Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of money. She is reluctant to use him for a hit, since she
prefers using women, but decides to try him on a trial basis. Meanwhile, the local cop she pays off wants an arrest to make it look like he's actually doing his job, but she doesn't want to sacrifice any of her "associates." Several other side
plots are woven in, populated with characters from the sleazy side of life.
The BBFC cut one shot, nine minutes in: Bubby is sitting in a chair, tugging at a string which is around his cat's neck. The cat seems to be resisting, which is presumably why the BBFC considered that it was distressed, making the shot fall
foul of the Animals Act.
This cut unfortunately removed the following dialogue:
Bubby: Where cat from?
Mother: Outside .
This blurred a plot point, as this was the first indication that there is an "outside".
Bad Boys is a 1983 USA crime thriller by Rick Rosenthal.
Starring Sean Penn, Reni Santoni and Jim Moody.
Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Shortened Version.
Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien has been sent to a juvenile prison for vehicular manslaughter. Most unfortunately, the person he kills is the kid brother of his nemesis Paco Moreno, who vows revenge by raping Mick's girlfriend. Paco is caught and
sent to the same prison where he re-works his revenge plan, and Mick has no choice but to defend himself.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for:
Bad Dreams is a 1988 USA horror thriller by Andrew Fleming.
With Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott and Richard Lynch.
The film was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Then cut by the BBFC for VHS. The BBFC cuts were waived for 18 rated 2018 DVD/Blu-ray. There is an original ending featured amongst DVD extras,
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 very much a product of the 80s and horror filmmaking style at that time. The film tell the story of the sole survivor of mass suicide at an interesting hippielike commune/cult led by a David Koresh type
Yet 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.
UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
Director Andrew Fleming battled the MPAA over the scene where one of the characters is rammed by a car. It was originally much bloodier, but he says the U.S. ratings board threatened to slap the film with an X rating.
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.
It has been shown on Zone Horror and others uncut uncut suggesting that the BBFC would now waive the cuts
Inmates at a women's prison run by a corrupt warden and her gang of sadistic guards plan a breakout.
If you want some 80s NYC sleaze, you can't go wrong with this. Sporting a lo-fi BASKET CASE aesthetic, BAD GIRL'S DORMITORY is rife with dirty NYC alleys, grimy apartment buildings, and basements with peeling paint. I love it. The acting is
universally bad but lead Zuris, who looks a bit like Marilyn Chambers, is actually decent.
A version notes as pre-cut by 33s was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
A movie that keeps you in suspense from it's very beginning deserves to be called "excellent".
Rob Lowe's magnificent performance as a charismatic player is so convincing you may notice at the end that you have not even moved while watching it...
James Spader's roll as a decent hard working professional who innocently finds himself, suddenly involved in a homicide case, is terrific as well. Love, sex, passion, hate...and even murder are perfectly combined in this
Sometimes your need to explore the bad. Not sugar coat it, not make it all-right-in-the-end feelgood hollywood crowd-pleasing, but take a character and a situation and follow them both through to their rightful conclusion.
And make no mistake, this is totally about badness - Keitel's character is as corrupted to the core as a human being can be. And we witness it all close up.
But can someone like him be ultimately redeemed? I'll leave you to find out. Be prepared to be shocked, to witness total corruption and despair, and to witness one of the best performances an actor can give.
This film will take you way beyond your comfort zone - but is a tour de force of vital, raw cinema. I still shudder now when recalling it and how I felt at the ending. It doesn't come much better than this.
Passed 18 after 1:47s of BBFC cuts for:
1995 Guild VHS
The video version suffered the bad timing of being released soon after the James Bulger media panic.
Rape of the nun: cut: scene where nun's pants are removed revealing pubic hair.
Injecting heroin: cut: close-up of Zoe Lund's arm as she injects herself.
Injecting heroin: cut: Keitel drinking as he watches Zoe.
Injecting heroin: cut: another shot of Zoe's arm with the needle in it.
Injecting heroin: cut: close up of Zoe's face.
Injecting heroin: cut: Zoe drawing liquid from spoon. (still present in the trailer!)
Injecting heroin: 31s replaced by crude dissolve: Zoe injects Keitel.
Led Zepplin threatened legal action against a track sounding slightly like "Kashmir". The offending song has been removed from 4 points in the video.
Street drug dealing just before Keitel arrives to buy crack: now no music at all.
Nun's rape originally to backing track "signifying rapper": now church organ music.
Long tracking shot following Keitel into the hospital: now no music at all.
End credits: now have Abel Ferrara himself singing.
Bad Moon is a 1996 USA horror by Eric Red.
Starring Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré and Mason Gamble.
Cut in the US to achieve an R rating. In the UK the same cut version was rated 18 for 1997 VHS. There also exists a Director's Cut but it doesn't restore the material originally cut for an R rating
One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and endangering all he holds most dear, the family dog, Thor, is the
last hope for his family's survival... and the end to his Werewolf curse.
US: Cut and MPAA Unrated for:
2016 Shout! Factory [Theatrical + Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray
at US Amazon
The film was originally cut to avid an X rating with a few seconds of sex and gore being cut from the opening scene. Later a Director's Cut surfaced but it did not include the material that was censored for an R rating.
UK: Presumably the Cut US R rated version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
1997 Warner Home VHS
US: Cut for an MPAA R rating for:
2016 Shout! Factory [Theatrical + Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray
at US Amazon
1996 cinema release
The movie was originally given an NC-17, mostly for the opening sex scene and for violent content. A few seconds of sex and gore were cut from the opening scene and the movie was given an R rating.
From IMDb. The unrated cut includes the following changes:
There's an alternate take of Willie leaving the mall at the start of the movie with a more vulgar exchange with the security guard. Willie retorts that his penis as the only content of his pants and asks whether the
guard wants to see it.
There's a whole new subplot at the beginning of the movie with Willie stealing a car and robbing someone's house, and then going to a strip club and bringing a stripper home before hearing the phone message telling him
it's that time of year again.
There is more footage of Willie having sex in the dressing room.
The pinball scene with the underage girl is extended with more thrusting.
There's more swearing and berating in the food court scene.
There's some more footage of Willie yelling at The Kid after losing a game of checkers.
The jacuzzi sex scene is slightly longer.
The scene with Willie confronting a security guard outside the mall is extended.
A small extension of the Granny Death scene.
An extended car death scene.
A longer shoot out at the mall
UK: The pre-cut Unrated Version was passed 15 uncut for:
Bad Timing is a 1980 UK mystery thriller by Nicolas Roeg.
With Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel.
Re-edited to separate a juxtaposed image of a child with an image of lovemaking. This cut has persisted into all subsequent releases.
Summary Notes: A Darkly Erotic Study
The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt. A police detective suspects foul play on the part of her lover, an American psychology professor. A darkly erotic
study of several rather unsympathetic characters.
The cut is in the scene where Linden (Art Garfunkel) is giving a lecture. At one point he juxtaposes an image of lovemaking with a shot of a child, the first spy . This was re-edited into separate shots due to
concerns about the Child Protection Act, and all versions available are the re-edited version. You can spot the rather ragged edit if you know it's there.
Bagdad Cafe is a 1987 West Germany comedy drama by Percy Adlon.
Starring Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder and Jack Palance.
The original German version was shortened for the US version.
Out of Rosenheim (Bagdad Café) is a look into the minds and lives of some people most of us have met but few of us know much about. This movie exemplifies how one person in the right place can affect a community of lives. The Adlons seem to
express the view that all change and "magic" comes from hard work and mutual acceptance. A well-crafted view of the lives of tourists everywhere and the difficulties they can face. A Whimsical and lovingly Photographed look at the vast wasteland
that is too often ignored by much of humanity.
UK: The German Version was passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language for:
Jasmins husband backs the car several times to that wreck the beginning.
When sheriff comes to check Jasmin, Rudi first goes for breakfast but then chances his mind and follows Brenda and the sheriff to Jasmin room.
The shoppinglist that Jasmin writes is shorter in Bagdad Cafe.
When Jasmin cleans Brendas office, there is no toying with the baby before cleaning.
There are fewer scenes where Jasmin poses for Rudiin Bagdad Cafe.
The scene where Jasmin and Brenda cuts the womans hand is shorter in BC.
Jasmin shows her new tattoo to truck drivers in Out of Rosenheim before she make magic tricks in the cafe.
The scene where theu hang up the painting of Jasmin is shortened.
When Jasmin comes back she also meets Sal Jr. and the baby in OOR.
The magic stick scene is different in each version.
Brenda meets Sal at the cafe after the magic scene.
Brenda gives a tiny kiss to Jasmin after the magig tricks.
shortened US Version
UK: The shortened US version was passed PG without BBFC cuts for:
Baise-moi is a 2000 France crime drama by Virginie Despentes and Coralie.
With Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot.
Cut by the BBFC for 2001 cinema release and 2002 DVD, but uncut on 2013 DVD. Banned in Australia
Summary Review: Crude but exhilarating
Two young women, marginalised by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.
People comparing Baise-Moi to Thelma and Louise and finding it wanting by comparison are missing the point. Baise-Moi has much more in common with films like Natural Born Killers and Rafal Sielinski's Fun , and
viewers who won't enjoy the nasty music, nasty violence and nasty sex should stick to safe, predictable Hollywood production-line films. For those with stronger stomachs, this will be a cult film to watch repeatedly.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, real sex and very strong language with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
BAISE-MOI is a subtitled French feature in which two young women, marginalised by society and troubled by their experiences of rape, prostitution and pornography, meet by chance and embark on a violent killing spree. It was originally cut at
18 for both cinema and video release in 2001. This DVD re-release is rated 18 uncut for sexual violence, real sex and very strong language.
A brutal rape scene occurs early in the film, with two women being abducted by a group of men and taken to an abandoned warehouse. There, one of the women struggles and cries out as she is hit, forcibly stripped and raped. The other woman
remains passive, refusing to respond to the rapists. The scene includes nudity and an explicit close shot of real penetration. However, neither the nudity nor the real penetration are portrayed as sexual or titillating. On the contrary, the
rape is presented as violent and horrific, and, in this context, the shot of penetration reinforces the violation and brutality. In a later scene a man is anally penetrated with a gun. Again, the act is clearly one of violence and it relates
back to the earlier rape. Neither sequence makes sexual or sadistic violence appear normal, appealing or arousing. There is never any suggestion that the victims enjoy the experience, and the audience is led to identify and empathise with the
victims, not the perpetrators.
BAISE-MOI contains additional scenes of strong sex, including real oral sex and penetration, as the young women are seen with clients or men they meet on their journey. These scenes, like the scenes of sexual violence, reflect the gritty
reality of the character's lives and experiences.
Ballerina is a 2016 France / Canada family musical animation by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.
Starring Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan and Maddie Ziegler.
The word 'bitch' is missing from UK U rated releases. The uncut version is PG rated. Localised versions have been released for the UK and US and this may explain the different U and PG rated versions.
Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
UK: An uncut version was passed PG for infrequent mild bad language for:
2017 Entertainment One UK video
The BBFC Insight includes the following comment about the PG rated version that is not in the U rated version.
There is a single use of mild bad language ('bitch') in the lyrics of a song playing in the background of one scene.
UK: A cut Edited Version was passed U uncut for mild threat for:
Bamboo Gods and Iron Men is a 1974 Philippines/USA action crime comedy by Cesar Gallardo.
With James Iglehart, Shirley Washington and Chiquito.
Cut by the BBFC for 1974 cinema release. uncut in the US
The Jefferson's honeymoon night in Hong Kong will be troubled by a number of people wishing to get hold of a Bouddha statuette that the husband offered her when window-shopping that day. When the going gets rough, it helps that Cal Jefferson is a
top American boxer...
Scenes range from an undercover police video at a strip club to a shark attack on a student, from a collapsing tower at a Deep Purple concert in Chile to several scenes of police
brutality in South America. The most gruesome scene involves a woman who, in a hurry to get wherever she needed to go, accidentally jogs into a speeding train.
UK: A short version was banned by the BBFC for:
1999 Medusa VHS
The BBFC commented :
The main consideration for the Board was the question of harm referred to above. In short, does the work have the potential for anti- social influence?
In the Board's view it does. It is a compilation of scenes of extremely violent death, injury and mutilation, many of which are repeated in slow-motion. The commentary draws
attention to the grislier aspects and in effect invites enjoyment at human suffering. The inclusion also of sex scenes reinforces the impression that the purpose of the video is to provide entertainment. There is no attempt to justify the
images by placing the incidents in any other journalistic or educational context. Whatever current relevance the images might have had when they were originally photographed has been lost in the general compilation of horrors. The Board is
conscious that a particular genre that has always been identified as entirely unacceptable is that of so-called 'snuff movies'. Their main identifying feature is that at least one of the participants is actually killed. Banned
from Television is only different in that, instead of a death being created for the work, actual death and injury is collated from a wide range of pre-existing sources to create the work.
The Board has concluded that the video is potentially harmful because of the influence it may have on the attitudes and behaviour of a significant proportion of likely viewers. The
instinct of concern and compassion for the suffering of others is a basic social necessity. So is respect for the dignity of real human life. By presenting actual human death and mutilation as entertainment, the work, in the Board's view, has
the potential to erode these instincts. There is a danger of it falling into the hands of young and impressionable persons (whatever its classification) and of some significant brutalising effect on their attitude to human life and pain.
The Board has considered the possibility of cuts as a remedy for these difficulties. It has concluded, however, that they would be unlikely to modify the tone and effect of the work
Banning is a 1967 USA romance by Ron Winston.
Starring Robert Wagner, Anjanette Comer and Jill St John.
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1967.
A playboy golf pro down is on his luck. Kicked off the circuit for alleged cheating he is forced to hustle for a living. Moving from one Country Club to another, he uses his talents to hustle golf and women while trying to stay one step ahead of
an irate loan shark.
Barb Wire is a 1996 USA action Sci-Fi film by David Hogan.
Starring Pamela Anderson, Amir AboulEla and Adriana Alexander.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. An extended version was later released uncut and MPAA Unrated. The cut R rated version initially rated 15 by the BBFC for 1995 cinema release but was 18 rated for home video. In the UK the uncut version was
released on 1996 18 rated VHS but hasn't been seen since.
In the early 21st century, the USA is in the wake of the Second Civil War. The whole country is in a constant state of emergency. What was formerly called the American Congress now rules the country with fascistic methods. There is only one free
city left, Steel Harbor, a coastal California industrial town which is headquarters for the resistance. This is the home town of Barb Wire, owner of the Hammerhead nightclub. As times aren't good, Barb has a second job. She's a bounty hunter and
you probably wouldn't want her after you. Barb's credo is to never take sides for anybody and that's the only way to survive these days in the crime-ridden streets of Steel Harbor. One evening, her former lover Axel Hood appears at the club
asking for a favor to help him and his lover Cora D flee the country to Canada, Barb suddenly finds herself to be key player on high political stage. Now she has to take sides.
UK: The Extended Version was passed 18 uncut for:
1996 Polygram VHS
US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
Barbarella is a 1968 France/Italy fantasy adventure by Roger Vadim.
With Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law and Anita Pallenberg.
Cut in the US for an MPAA PG rating but home video releases are uncut even if still claiming to be PG rated.
The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There,
she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take
form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways
that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for infrequent sexualised nudity and moderate sex references for:
Note that US DVD releases claim to be PG Rated when they are not. The 1977 cinema release was cut for a PG and the PG tag has persisted ever since even though home video releases are all uncut and really should be labelled as Unrated.
Caged Women is a 1976 Switzerland crime horror thriller by Jesús Franco.
With Lina Romay, Paul Muller and Monica Swinn.
Originally banned by the BBFC for cinema release in 1976, but unbanned a year later after significant cuts. Less cut for 2004 DVD. Uncut in Switzerland . Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Comical, disorienting and depressing
Women in Prison movies come in several styles, ranging from tongue-in-cheek camp to disturbingly sadistic shockfests. Barbed Wire Dolls is a Jess Franco flick, so, as expected, it doesn't really fit into any
Watching Frauengefangnis is like performing an experiment on yourself. The painfully slow pace, downbeat soundtrack, eternal scenes of pointless verbal abuse, mock torture, and idiotic dialog gradually turn your brain into
glue. The movie is so sleazy, depressing, and confusing, that it's almost unwatchable in one sitting.
Cuts required to remove explicit sight of sexual activity (digital penetration) in order to achieve an 18 classification. An R18 uncut was not available for this non-sex work.
The explicit imagery was not deemed to have a sufficient narrative justification in the Jess Franco work Barbed Wire Dolls, which blurred the line between erotic drama and sex work.
The BBFC kindly provided a further clarification:
According to our Guidelines, you cannot show unsimulated sex at '18' if it is a 'sex work' (ie a work whose main purpose is to sexually arouse). Real sex in a 'sex work' makes it 'R18'. However, this Jess Franco film is
not a 'sex work'.
According to our Guidelines, explicit real sex may only be shown at '18' if (i) it is not a sex work (see above) and (ii) the sex is exceptionally justified by context.
In this case the Board did not feel that the explicit sex was exceptionally justified by context so it was not judged acceptable at '18'. Of course, the explicit sex could have been permitted at 'R18' on its own. However, an 'R18' without cuts
was not a realistic option in this case, not so much because it wasn't a sex work but because the violence and sexual violence that we permitted at '18' would not be permissible at 'R18'. So, if we had permitted the explicit sex at 'R18'
(which we could have) we would have had to make additional cuts for 'R18' (to violence and sexual violence) that would not have been required at '18'.
Bare Behind Bars is a 1980 Brazil Women in Prison film by Oswaldo de Oliveira. With Maria Stella Splendore, Marta Anderson and Danielle Ferrite.
Banned by the BBFC in 1994. Unbanned in 2010 but hardcore still cut. Uncut in the US
Summary Review: Tongue-in-cheek
It is more laugh-out-loud funny than erotic. It is very tongue-in-cheek and doesn't take itself seriously for an instant. The acting is deliberately bad, over-the-top and cartoonish. And that is actually its saving grace,
because it makes you laugh at the silliness of it all.
Just sample the scene of the horny inmates using a makeshift pulley to slowly winch a dildo in between their cells at night. Then there's the infamous pineapple dildo.
Thankfully the women in this prison are almost all deliciously hot and spend most of the time happily naked. And that includes the guards.
To top it off, this version comes with hardcore elements fully integrated into the whole. The X-rating is justified. We are treated to blowjobs, dildo insertions, strap-on action, and full penetrative sex.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2013 Blue Underground Bad Girls Behind Bars Collection R0 DVD
at US Amazon
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.
The BBFC further commented in the 2010 Annual Report:
Bare Behind Bars is a Brazilian sexploitation film set in a women's prison run by a sadistic female warden. Under current Guidelines the scenes of sexual violence are no longer considered a harm risk. The film does not
endorse sexual violence. Bare Behind Bars is a film which is showing its age, and the representations lack credibility by contemporary standards.
Scenes of real sex, however, were not contextually justified and cuts were required to those scenes before the film could be passed at the 18 classification.
UK: A short version was banned by the BBFC for:
1994 Redemption VHS
The BBFC commented:
A Women's prison video in which the female prisoners were coerced, degraded and brutalised. Bare Behind Bars was more insidious (than
Sadomania ) in its degradation, since inmates were portrayed as a herd, indistinguishable in their nakedness like animals in a cage. Imprisoned physically and psychologically, they were
sexual objects, not subjects, instinctual creatures for whom sex remained the only release. Its appeal rested primarily on the spectacle of naked women en masse, at the mercy of cruel authority, the meagre narrative moving through image after
image of violation - by sex, by medical examination, by crude sex toys, by razor blades, by rats. If the film lacks the peaks of evil or atrocity that characterise
Sadomania , it substitutes a relentless reduction of all that is human or valuable in these woman as individuals. It distorts the way women are thought of by the male viewer in his search
for sexual gratification, reinforcing myths about female sexuality which must be damaging to the viewers, to their future sexual partners, and, by extension therefore to society. The Board will continue to apply the harm test to material of
An unsuccessful appeal against this decision was heard by Video Appeals Committee in 1995.
Bare Fist: The Sport that Wouldn't Die is a 1997 UK documentary by David Monaghan.
With Jamie McLean, Lenny McLean.
Banned twice by the BBFC for 1996 and 1999 VHS.
About the life of the fighter Lenny McLean, as seen through the eyes of his only son, Jamie.
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
1999 Media Systems Data VHS
The BBFC commented :
A documentary about the illegal sport of bare-fist fighting was felt to devote far too much of its time to selling and demonstrating the pleasures of gross violence.
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
1996 NTV Entertainment VHS
The BBFC commented :
The main consideration for the Board was the question of harm. In short, does the work have the potential for anti- social influence?
The video is concerned with the illegal sport of bare-knuckle fighting. To the extent that it sets out to make a reasoned case for legalising the sport, the Board has in principle no basis for concern. However,
the video also includes a number of lengthy sequences of illegal fighting as well as instruction in achieving lethal effects (notably how to lace bandaged fists with glass fragments and other sharp material). These have the effect of promoting
gross violence and selling its pleasures. The extent of the use of the illegal fighting sequences also far outstrips any reasonable justification based on the need to make a case for legalisation.
Over a period of time, the Board has made a number of recommendations to the video's producer. These have been designed to allow the work to make a legitimate argument on behalf of bare-knuckle fighting, while
reducing (and in extreme cases, removing) those elements which are directly promotional of illegal or harmful activity. The producer has been unable to accept the Board's proposals. The video, in its present form, is therefore not suitable for
Baron Blood is a 1972 Italy / West Germany horror by Mario Bava.
Starring Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer and Massimo Girotti.
Cur in the US for an MPAA PG rating but the uncut version is available also. Uncut and 15 rated in the UK.
A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation
that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures.
UK: Italian/Export Version was passed 15 uncut for:
2018 Arrow Video [Italian + Export + US Theatrical Versions] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
1993 Redemption Films VHS
US: The Export Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2012 Kino Lorber films RA Blu-ray
at US Amazon released on 11th December 2012
UK: US Version included for:
2018 Arrow Video [Italian + Export + US Theatrical Versions] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
There's not an entry in the BBFC database for the US Version but its probably in with the DVD extras.
US: Cut for a MPAA PG rated theatrical release
article from dvdcompare.net . When the film was released in the US by American International Pictures, some takes of violent scenes (e.g. the killing of the doctor) have been softened, the order of some scenes shuffled, and music rescored
by Les Baxter.
Basic Instinct is a 1992 France / USA mystery thriller by Paul Verhoeven.
Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and George Dzundza.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Later released uncut and MPAA Unrated. Always uncut and 18 rated in the UK.
A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died.
Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of
Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own
suspicions about Catherine's guilt.
US: Avoid the US R Rated version which has been cut by 46s.
The cuts for an MPAA R rating were:
The cut R version loses sight of Catherine straddling Johnny, as well as reducing her breast nudity after she ties him to the headboard. Johnny's murder is also heavily reduced, losing all sight of the ice pick penetrating his nose and
profile shots of his heavily-bloodied torso as he is stabbed repeatedly. The cut version elects instead to play the murder mostly off-screen, focusing instead on Catherine's body.
The R-rated version of the Nick and Beth rough sex scene is much tamer and cuts the scene by around half, eliminating both the sight of Nick removing Beth's underwear and entering her from behind; reducing Nick's thrusting into her and Beth
pleading with him to stop and generally reducing Nick's rough treatment of Beth as they have sex.
The most heavily-cut scene (and the most problematic for the MPAA) is the lengthy initial sex scene between Nick and Catherine. Many changes were implemented here.
The last scene edited for an R rating was the murder of Gus in the elevator. The differences are extremely minor, with three or four frames having been removed for the R-rated version during the stabbing sequence.
Basic Instinct 2 is a 2006 UK / Germany / Spain / USA crime mystery thriller by Michael Caton-Jones.
Starring Sharon Stone, David Morrissey and David Thewlis.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Some cuts were restored for the Unrated Version.
Crime novelist Catherine Tramell is living in London, and becomes the center of police investigation (yet again) when her football player boyfriend drowns in a car accident and it is revealed that he was already dead because of a drug overdose
before Tramell drove the car into water. Police psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Glass is called for examining Tramell, and is intrigued by the seductive and manipulative woman. On the other hand , his friend Det. Roy Washburn is sure Tramell is guilty.
Tramell asks Glass to treat her for her 'risk addiction' problem, and with each therapy session , Glass gets more and more suspicious about her intentions. As more and more murders are committed, including that of Glass's ex-wife, Glass becomes
obsessed with proving Tramell's guilt even though the evidence is contradictory .
Basket Case is a 1982 US comedy horror by Frank Henenlotter.
With Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith and Beverly Bonner.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, further cut for 1987 VHS. Uncut since 1999
Summary Review: Cult horror trash classic
It's gory with really cheesy 80's special effects. However, it is an interesting idea. The two brothers are clearly deeply connected to each other (or, at least they were...). The emotional conflict between the two
(particularly the more able brother's desire to date) is intense and understandable.
Overall, it's one of those films that you probably should watch. Get a friend who won't hate you when it's over, come to an agreement that this is intentionally quite trashy, and have fun watching a truly original, truly
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
2016 Second Sight [Basket Case: The Trilogy] (RB) Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
UK: Passed 18 after 35s of video cuts beyond the 1:09s cinema cuts for:
1987 Palace VHS
The scene where Duane watches a kung-fu film is missing shots of 'chain-sticks' from the kung-fu film itself.
The second doctor's death scene is missing a shot of him spitting blood as well as the climatic shot of blood splashing on his face.
The death of the female vet shortens shots of Belial clawing her face, the terminating shot of the scene showing the vet with scalpels sticking in her face is deleted.
Shots of the noisy neighbour being clawed to death by Belial are cut; this sequence was originally intercut with two other scenes making the editing at this point awful due to these cuts.
The infamous scene where Belial 'romances' Duane's girlfriend is the worst to suffer cuts- after she wakes up the entire scene has been removed bar a brief shot of her being strangled. In addition the shot of Belial on top her dead body and
Duane's attempts to pull him off her is missing.
Batman is a 1989 USA / UK action adventure by Tim Burton.
Never cut by UK or US censors but made a little UK censorship history on August 22nd when it was awarded the first official BBFC 12 rating. Note that Madame Sousatzka was selected as the first 12 rated cinema release trial. It was official
rated 15 but was given a trial 12 certificate just for London.
Thanks to Frosby. There are no BBFC cuts so perhaps the cut was made by the distributor:
I have seen both Region's 1 and 2 of this film and found at cut of about 5 to 10 seconds where George Clooney and Arnie tug and tussle for Mr Freeze's ice weapon, Clooney says to Mr Freeze didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with
guns and cuts straight to batman lifting freeze in the air with the barrel of the gun.
Batman Begins is a 2005 US/UK action film by Christopher Nolan
Never cut in the UK or US but on article on the BBFC's now defunct student's website SBBFC noted:
The sound editing was altered following a BBFC 'advice viewing'. The sounds of crunchy implied headbutts were reduced to lessen the impact of the violence which enabled the work to be granted a 12A certificate.
However this article appears to be erroneous. Gavin explains:
My friends and I checked with the BBFC and the film is definitely NOT cut in any way. The info on SBBFC is incorrect. Just to be clear - the UK version is NOT edited, and all sound effects are loud and clear. I have also compared the waveforms of
the R2 DVD to the R1 edition and they are identical.
Following attacks from politicians on violent films aimed at children, Warner Brothers. pushed the release date back and recut the film to a tamer version, toning down some of the violence in the original cut sent out in
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman
and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before.
UK: The Ultimate Edition Extended Cut was passed 12 for moderate violence, threat, infrequent strong language for:
2016 Warner [2D Extended Cut + 4k Theatrical Version] 4k R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016
2016 Warner [2D Extended Cut] R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016
The BBFC commented that Extended Cut contained more violence than the Theatrical Version, but was at the same level of violence, and so was passed with the same rating.
US: The Ultimate Edition was rated R for sequences of violence.
The extra material is mostly dialogue and the R rated additions are just about a little added intensity rather than any significant rework as a more adult feature.
The DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut. There was nothing by design. This was the
material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, Oh, now the movie's rated R. And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale.
The extra footage included in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition makes it a slightly different movie, but not enough to likely change anyone's mind.
The additional footage isn't lumped into one particular place, but rather is spread out throughout the film.
Like most director's cuts, the Ultimate Edition has several sequences that are easily forgotten and simple to see why they ended up chopped from the finishing product. In contrast, there are two scenes which take on new meaning.
the Ultimate Edition is rated R, mostly for slightly more violence. There's also an extended make-out scene and a gratuitous bare ass in the shower.
UK: The 2D and 3D Theatrical Versions, cut in the US for a PG-13 rating were passed 12A for moderate violence, threat without further BBFC cuts for:
2016 Warner 3D R0 Blu-ray
2016 Warner R2 DVD
2016 cinema release
Complaints to the BBFC, outlined in the BBFC Annual Report covering 2016:
The BBFC received ten complaints about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice regarding threat, violence and the dark tone of the film. Moments of threat include characters being held at gunpoint, and some nightmarish dream sequences.
The BBFC responded that the violence and tone sit within a known fantasy context consistent with both BBFC Classification Guidelines and past instalments of the Batman series at the 12A classification. There is limited detail of injury in the
film and, in the few moments where injury is seen, there is no emphasis on either injuries or blood.
US: The Theatrical version was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.
India: Cut for a U/A rating
Indian film censors at the CBFC spotted some 'fleeting nude figure' that had to be cut.
Battle at Bloody Beach is a 1961 USA war drama by Herbert Coleman.
With Audie Murphy, Gary Crosby and Dolores Michaels.
Cut by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release. Cut again for 2013 DVD for animal cruelty. Uncut in the US
This is only the second Audie Murphy movie set in WWII after his autobiographical "To Hell and Back." Here Murphy steps out of his usual kid-Western role to play a civilian working for the Navy helping supply guerilla insurgents in the
Philippines. His sole motive is not politics nor bravery, but to find his bride from whom he was separated during the Japanese invasion two years before.
The Big Brawl is a 1980 USA/Hong Kong action comedy by Robert Clouse.
With Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Kristine DeBell.
Cut by the BBFC for an AA rated cinema release in 1980 and 15 rated VHS and DVD.
Summary Review: Not Another Dragon
A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition. The fights turn out well and they really utilize Jackie's abilities as a martial artist and a stuntman. The film made over 8 million
dollars at the box office and disappointed Fox, since it didn't really reach the fame of Enter The Dragon
The 10 minutes longer unrated version is compared with the Theatrical Version
8'03: the score continues to its original ending for 25 seconds with extra footage of General Aldo approaching on a horse.
13'37:the chase of the teacher of the apes is longer by 20 seconds.
26'57: the mutant chief is walking around in his HQ and has more dialogue (30 sec)
29'38: the entry into the forbidden city of the ape scout party with Caesar is 40 sec longer with more dialogue.
34'32:the escape from the forbidden city shows more footage and dialogue of the apes.
42'06:the scene were Cornelius is "shot" by a human boy is beginning earlier, making it clear that the shooting is a game - which makes more sense since no mutant party had yet approached the ape city (15 sec).
46'47:Extra scene: the mutant chief tells his lieutenant to fire an atomic missile on Ape City when he give the signal. This adds to the tension, and it is odd that this element was left out. (1'16)
56'43:the assault by the mutants is shown 45 sec longer. (In this sequence there are three more smaller cuts that reduce the battle scene by 40 additional sec and there is no musical score.)
1'02'18: Extra scene where the mutant chief calls "Sergeant York". (1 min)
1'07'57: again, parts of the assault are cut by almost 40 sec.
1'08'50: there are additional shots and dialogue before the mutants lay the smoke screen.
1'09'29: 15 sec extra of the battle.
1'10'00: more battle footage cut. (20 sec)
1'16'00: the scene were Aldo kills the mutant chief and his followers in the school bus was cut in the Theatrical version.
1'22'10: the fight between Aldo and Caesar is longer.
1'24'00: Extra scene where the advisor talks the mutant lieutenant out of firing the atomic missile. (only with this sequence reinserted the odd cut from the Caesar conversation with the humans to the ending sequence makes a little more sense
and looks better)
The cut Theatrical Version was passed PG without BBFC cuts for:
2003 20th Century Fox DVD R2 DVD
1988 Film and Video VHS
1973 cinema release
The theatrical version cut to obtain a US PG-13 rating
Battle Girls: Time Paradox is a animation video by Hideki Okamoto.
Starring Brittney Karbowski (voice), Shelley Calene-Black (voice) and Emily Neves (voice).
Cut by the BBFC for a 15 rated 2015 DVD. Uncut in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2013 Section 23 R1 DVD
UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, sexualised nudity after 8s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
2014 MVM [Dubbed] video
The BBFC commented:
Cut required to remove a scene in which the nudity of a character who is presented as under 16 is presented in a sexualised manner. Cut required in accordance with BBFC Guidelines, policy and the Video Recordings Act 1984.
Battle Royale is a 2000 Japan action film by Kinji Fukasaku.
With Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda and Tarô Yamamoto.
Released as a Director approved Theatrical Version and an Extended Version
There's been a persistent rumour that Battle Royale was officially banned by the U.S. government. This is nonsense, but even Anchor Bay's press release alludes to it, although it blames civic groups for keeping the film off the American
market for so long.
UK: The Extended Version/Special Edition/Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for:
2010 Arrow Limited Edition (Theatrical + Extended ) R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
2010 Arrow Limited Edition (Theatrical + Extended ) R0 DVD
at UK Amazon
2004 Palisades Tartan R0 DVD
2002 Palisades Tartan R0 DVD
US: The Special Edition is MPAA Unrated for:
2012 Anchor Bay (Theatrical + Extended for both BR I & BR II) RA Blu-ray
at US Amazon
2012 Anchor Bay Complete Collection (Theatrical + Extended for both BR I & BR II) R1 DVD
at US Amazon
Battle Royale II is a 2003 Japan action Sci-Fi thriller by Kenta Fukasaku and Kinji Fukasaku.
Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda and Shûgo Oshinari.
Uncut in two versions, Revenge and Requiem. A nominal BBFC cut can be discounted as it just an incorrect translation of the BBFC rating into Japanese.
Three years after the events in "Battle Royale," Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara)is a well-known terrorist bent on bringing down the government. In response, they order the creation of the "Battle Royale 2" program, and send
a class of junior-high students to catch and kill him.
UK: The Extended Version/Revenge Version/Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut albeit with 8s of BBFC cuts noted for:
A Bay of Blood is a 1971 Italian horror by Mario Bava.
With Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli and Claudio Camaso.
Banned by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release, then banned on VHS as a Video nasty in 1983. Unbanned but cut by the BBFC from 1994 until 2000. Uncut by the BBFC since 2010. The US R rated version is uncut.
Summary Review : Granddaddy of all slasher movies
Bay of Blood is often called the "Granddaddy of all slasher movies". After watching Bay of Blood you can definitely see where Friday the 13th (made in 1980) got a lot of it's ideas. Saying that, Bay of Blood
does not possess the single element that defined the slasher film, the indestructible, omnipresent killer.
The movie succeeds almost entirely thanks to Mario Bavo, who serves as both director and cinematographer, with his typical stylish flare which heavily influenced the great Dario Argento, his eye appealing use of color and interesting editing
techniques, which include a lot of blurry dissolves give Bay of Blood an almost dream-like, surrealistic feel.
The first murder of a teenage girl loses 2s in 2 cuts, the first of her throat being cut from behind and the other of a graphic hatchet blow to the head.
21s (nearly the entire scene) is cut from a boy dying with a machete embedded in his face.
3 cuts totally 9s diminish the death of couple impaled with a spear whilst making love. We love the blood welling from the wounds and their writhing whilst impaled.
2s When Federica gets beheaded, the tracking shot of her neck spilling blood is missing.
11s has been cut from the death of Simon being forced up a wall by a spear impaled in his stomach.
UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
1983 Hokushin VHS
The uncut version titled Blood Bath was released on the Hokushin label in February 1983 and was listed as a
video nasty in March 1984. It stayed on the list throughout, so became one of the collectable DPP39s