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Shopping: The Seventh Curse...

1986 Hong Kong action horror by Ngai Choi Lam set for UK Blu-ray release on 27th June 2022


Link Here20th May 2022

The Seventh Curse is a 1986 Hong Kong action horror by Ngai Choi Lam
Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Siu-Ho Chin and Maggie Cheung Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was cut by the BBFC for sexual violence in the 18 rated video release of 1998. The 2022 18 rated Blu-ray release is uncut. There are alternative endings whereby editors have shortened or removed the final 2 scenes on account of brevity.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised nudity, injury detail:
  • 2022 88 Films Collector's Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 27th June 2022

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 80m
pal: 77m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised nudity, injury detail:

BBFC cut
cut: 17s
run: 78:40s
pal: 75:31s
18 1980The dubbed English version was passed 18 after 17s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1998 MIA VHS

The BBFC cut the film as follows:

  • A woman is seen cutting her breasts with a knife. Both the knife cut and the resulting bleeding has been removed.
BBFC cut
cut: 16s
run: 81:11s
pal: 77:56s
18 1980The Cantonese version was passed 18 after 16s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1998 MIA VHS

Cuts as per the English Version

Promotional Material

Starring Chow Yun-fat (Hard Bolied, The Killer, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) The Seventh Curse is a curious entry from Golden Harvest, the legendary production company which had previously bought us the stone cold Bruce Lee classics, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. When Dr Yuen (Chin Siu-ho) attempts to rescue a girl about to be sacrificed by the Worm Tribe in the middle of a Thailand jungle, he is damned with seven 'Blood Curses'. Though he finds a temporary antidote this will only last a year and he must return to the jungle to find a permanent cure.

The Seventh Curse is an adventurous story of lost tribes and deadly magic. Featuring strange locales, evil sorcerers and monsters, this bonkers thrill fest is a rollicking Asian oddity, a must for collectors of exotic Hong Kong cinema.

 

 

House On The Edge Of The Park...

1980 Italian video nasty by Ruggero Deodato just passed 18 uncut by the BBFC


Link Here20th May 2022
House On The Edge Of The Park is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato
Starring David Hess, Annie Belle and Christian Borromeo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Alex, a psychopathic mechanic, rapes a woman in the park. Later, a debauched couple pull into his shop needing car repair. They invite Alex and his mentally challenged buddy to join them at a decadent suburban party. Once there, Alex amuses himself by raping the guests and tormenting them in various ways.

House on the Edge of the Park has just been passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for an 88 Films release advertised as the Uncut Nasty Edition.

The film has a long history of censorship in the UK:

Banned by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned after 12 minutes of cuts in 2002. Cuts reduced to 43s in 2011, and then uncut for 2022 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 91m
pal: 87m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, sadistic violence, strong threat:
  • 2022 88 Films video
Set for Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray release in late 2022 in a release advertised as the Uncut Nasty Edition.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 43s
run: 91:23s
pal: 87:44s
18UK: Passed 18 for strong sexual violence and threat after 43s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2014 Shameless [Deadato's Cinema of Death set] R2 DVD
  • 2011 Argent/Shameless R0 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Company was required to make cuts to one sequence of sexualised violence in which a razor is traced over a woman's naked body, after which her body is cut with the razor.

According to Shameless, the BBFC originally asked for 16 cuts totalling 1:20s. The BBFC was asked to think again, and it reduced the cuts by 37s, leaving 43s still cut.

The waived cut was 37s to the sex scene between Alex and Lisa which had previously been cut due to the questionability of whether or not Lisa is enjoying her ordeal.

See article from dvdcompare.net . The 43s of cuts are to remove:

  • sight of razor being traced between woman's breasts.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's breast and nipple.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's breasts and nipples.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's breast and nipple and over her body.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's stomach, with her breast visible.
  • sight of razor being eased inside woman's jeans.
  • As man approaches woman with razor blade, remove all sight of breast and arm being slashed with razor.
  • all sight of razor cutting woman's breast and arm.
  • all sight of razor cutting woman's breast and arm (again).
  • all sight of razor cutting woman's breast and arm (again, for a third time).
  • close sight of razor cutting woman's leg, next to her genitals.
  • close sight of razor cutting woman's leg, next to her genitals (again).
  • sight of razor cutting down woman's body, between her breasts.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 11:43s
run: 79:15s
pal: 76:05s
18UK: Passed 18 after 11:43s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2009 Cornerstone R2 DVD
  • 2002 Protected/Vipco R2 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to several sequences of sexual violence, humiliating depictions of female nudity and gross violence

From IMDb:

  • BBFC removed most of the rape and assault scenes
  • heavily edited the razor-slashing of Cindy
  • heavily edited the opening murder scene
  • removed shots of Tony's head being slammed against a table.
uncut
uncut
Video Nasty DPP 39UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
  • 1982 Skyline VHS

Released in October 1982, it was listed as a video nasty in July 1983. It stayed on the list throughout the panic so became one of the collectable DPP39s

banned
banned
rejected

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New Zealand

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1981 cinema release

New Zealand: Banned for a 2014 re-release

 

 

Diary: Premieres for June...

Horror Channel in June 2022


Link Here16th May 2022

Ryan Simon's British supernatural chiller Demon Eye , starring Darren Day, and Liam Fox, and Brad Baruh's Coen-sequel mystery thriller Night Drive , starring AJ Bowen and Sophie Dalah, both receive Friday night UK TV premieres on Horror Channel .

There are also channel premieres for John Carpenter's cult classic Assault On Precinct 13 and Finnish-German sci-fi Nazi horror spoof Iron Sky: The Coming Race , directed by Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) and starring Udo Kier, reprising his role as Adolf Hitler.

Plus, cult classic Farscape returns with the channel premieres of Season 3 and 4. This Australian-American Sci-Fi TV series, created by Rockne S. O'Bannon, has proved a big hit with Horror Channel audiences.

 

 

The Kashmir Files...

Indian film banned in Singapore for unfavourable portrayal of muslims


Link Here15th May 2022
Full story: Banned Films in Singapore...To Singapore with Love
The Kashmir Files is a 2022 India historical thriller by Vivek Agnihotri
Starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumaar BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Kashmir Files is a story, based on video interviews of the first generation victims of the Genocide of Kashmiri Pandit Community In 1990.

The Indian hit film The Kashmir Files has been banned in Singapore by the country's InfoComm Media Development Authority, on the grounds that it could supposedly disturb religious harmony.

The IMDA said that it had consulted with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the Ministry of Home Affairs, and that they together found the film to have exceeded the Film Classification Guidelines for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the on-going conflict in Kashmir saying:

These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in Singapore's multi-racial and multi-religious society.

The film was also briefly banned by the UAE film censors but the decision was reversed and the film was released uncut.

The New Zealand film censor initially passed the film R16 but this was uprated to R18 in response to muslim 'concerns'.

 

 

Shopping: Pink Flamingos...

1972 USA crime comedy horror by John Waters set for UK Blu-ray release on 25th July 2022 with previous cuts waived


Link Here13th May 2022
Pink Flamingos is a 1972 USA crime comedy horror by John Waters.
Starring Divine, David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for varying amounts for an 18 rating between 1990 and 1999. Uncut and 18 rated for 2008 DVD but this was never released. Formally uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 2022 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated in the US.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong real sex, nudity:
  • 2022 Sony/Criterion Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 25th July 2022

The BBFC agreed to an uncut 18 rated DVD release in 2008 but the release was cancelled. The BBFC commented in 2008 about the 3 cuts to be waived:

  • Probably the most difficult scene was the one featuring a man assaulting a woman with live chickens. However, a careful viewing of the scene suggested that the handling of the chickens, although rough, was no stronger than other scenes of animals being manhandled that had been passed in other films. Furthermore, although the chickens were killed, the killing was quick and clean and therefore not in breach of BBFC policy on animal cruelty.
  • The scene showing a man masturbating and injecting semen into a woman's vagina was grotesque and repulsive, rather than erotic. Although the Board had previously expressed concerns about the non-consensual nature of the scene, the datedness of the film and the lack of credibility of the scene, argued against intervention. With regard to the sexual violence in the scene, the Board's conclusion was that the scene was so over-the-top and so divorced from reality, that the likely response was disgust, shock and horror, rather than arousal.
  • The brief explicit fellatio could be justified by the wider context of the film, in that the whole purpose of the film was to shock, disgust and amuse (in a blackly comic fashion), rather than to arouse, and the explicitness of the image was important in creating the film's effect.

The BBFC's ratings info from 2022 reads:

nudity : There is focus on a man's dilating anus, in close-up detail. There is wider full nudity.

sex : There is a scene of unsimulated fellatio between a fictional mother and son. There are other strong sex scenes, as well as references to ejaculation, masturbation and troilism. A man's semen is seen, in close-up detail.

sexual violence and sexual threat : A man rapes a woman, while daubing her in chicken blood. After masturbating over her, a man artificially inseminates an unconscious female prisoner. A man exposes himself to schoolgirls.

other issues: In unsimulated footage, a woman puts dog excrement in her mouth. There is infrequent very strong language ('c**t'), regular strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker') and discriminatory terms such as 'fag', 'dyke' and 'queen'. A chicken is killed on-screen. Threat, gore and implied violence are strong. There is brief drug misuse.

Promotional Material

When a pair of sociopaths (MINK STOLE and DAVID LOCHARY) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history's most legendary gross-out ending--Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

 

 

Shopping: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue...

1974 Spain/Italy video nasty by Jorge Grau set for US Blu-ray release on 7th June 2022


Link Here13th May 2022

The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue is a 1974 Spain/Italy horror by Jorge Grau
Starring Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock and Arthur Kennedy Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating where there is also an uncut Unrated version. In the UK the BBFC cut the 1975 cinema release. Cut and uncut versions were released on pre-cert VHS which went onto be banned as video nasties. The VHS was passed 18 by the BBFC in 1985 but only after the original cinema cuts were replied along with additional cuts for video. The BBFC relented in 2002 and the film was passed 18 uncut on DVD.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE!

A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George (Ray Lovelock, The Cassandra Crossing) and Edna (Christine Galbo, The House That Screamed), to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bullheaded detective (Academy Award® nominee Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place) thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna have to fight for their lives, and prove their innocence, as they try and stop the impending zombie apocalypse!

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (aka "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" and "Don't Open the Window") is a gory horror tale from Spanish director Jorge Grau and widely considered to be one of the best zombie films ever made. Beautifully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Synapse Films presents the film with the true original English theatrical mono mix and the real opening and closing credit sequences intact.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Exclusive new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • New 5.1 English stereo surround remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release
  • Restoration of the true original English language theatrical mono mix
  • Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck
  • Jorge Grau - Catalonia's Cult Film King (89 mins.) -- This extensive feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau
  • The Scene of the Crime - Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester (16 Mins.) (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE)
  • Giannetto De Rossi - Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK (43 Mins)
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots
  • Newly translated removable English SDH subtitles

 

 

Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast episode 110: Recent dark superhero films...


Link Here 13th May 2022
The BBFC discusses the controversially high age rating for The Batman

See article from bbfc.co.uk

 

 

Diary: Mayhem Film Festival...

13 - 16 October 2022 at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham


Link Here10th May 2022

Following last year's triumphant return to Broadway's Screen 1 after a scaled-down Skeleton Edition of the festival in 2020, organisers are excited to once again begin planning for the festival's traditional four-day event in October.

Mayhem's organisers promise the biggest edition of the festival yet 203 festival co-director Chris Cooke says: We're looking forward to bringing you together for the most anticipated and exciting examples of the genre, special guests and more206 across four days of glorious global cinema 203 in a packed-out Screen 1 at the very best venue out there, Broadway Cinema!

Planning is currently underway for Mayhem Film Festival's 18th edition with more information and announcements coming soon. Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 13 203 16 October 2022.

 

 

Morality in Media recommends...

365 Days: This Day a sexy sequel on Netflix


Link Here10th May 2022
Full story: Morality in Media...Misreable campaigners for censorship
365 Days: This Day is a 2022 Poland romance by Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes
Starring Kamil Lemieszewski, Oliwia Babuska and Nikola Bogucka BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Laura and Massimo are back and stronger than ever. But Massimo's family ties and a mysterious man bidding for Laura's heart complicate the lovers' lives.

Morality in Media (which now likes to call itself the National Center on Sexual Exploitation) has written a glowing write up of Netflix's latest sexy offering. The campaigners write:

Netflix is in the business of hosting and producing shows that overtly glorify sexual violence. A prime example of this is the film 365 Days and its recently released sequel, 365 Days: This Day . 365 Days was widely criticized for glamorizing sexual violence. But rather than removing the film Netflix produced a sequel, 365 Days: This Day, which was released on the platform on April 27, 2022, and rapidly became the 5th most watched movie in the US on Netflix that week.

The plotline of 365 Days is as follows: A handsome, powerful man name Massimo kidnaps a woman named Laura whom he desires. Massimo tells Laura that he will hold her captive for 365 days, and if she doesn't fall in love with him by the end of that timeframe, she will be free to leave. Although Massimo promises Laura that he will not touch her without her consent, he repeatedly gropes her during her captivity, even in the very act of making that promise. He also handcuffs her to the bed and forces her to watch while he performs sexual acts with another woman. When Laura tries to escape, Massimo threatens to hurt her family. Nonetheless, Laura does eventually fall in love with Massimo and the two go on to have a steamy, glamorous relationship. This progression of events romanticizes and implicitly condones all of Massimo's abuse, painting it as merely the rising action in a glorious love story.

Following the release of 365 Days in 2020, a petition was launched by influencer and survivor Mikayla Zazon, calling on Netflix to remove this incredibly harmful movie from its platform. The petition garnered almost 100,000 signatures. The singer-songwriter Duffy also urged Netflix to remove the film through an open letter in which she bravely sharing her experience of surviving being sex-trafficked and raped. Duffy writes:

365 Days: This Day picks up with Laura and Massimo getting happily married, again whitewashing all the abuse that led to their relationship. Massimo continues to be depicted in romanticized terms. For example, in the ending scene he swoops in to rescue Laura from other captors who are holding her at gunpoint -- a supposedly grand romantic gesture which conveniently ignores that Massimo himself was the first person to kidnap Laura and hold her captive against her will.

Unlike the first movie, 365 Days: This Day is a Netflix original, produced by Netflix itself. This means that Netflix not only failed to condemn and remove 365 Days from its platform, but it actively decided to take even further responsibility for its abhorrent messages by producing its follow-ups.




 


 
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