I, a Woman is a 1965 Denmark / Sweden drama by Mac Ahlberg. Starring Essy Persson, Preben Mahrt and Jørgen Reenberg.
Banned by the BBFC for 1967 cinema release.
Liv is a frankly sexual being. She finds herself in a series of sexual relationships with men who, she says, fall too much in love with her and become oppressive. Finally she meets a
man who is very much like her, but that brings its own problems.
I am Curious Yellow is a 1967 Sweden drama by Vilgot Sjöman. With Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjöman and Börje Ahlstedt.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release but uncut for home video.
Summary Notes: No Entertainment
This famous Swedish art film is all about different dimensions of freedom: political, artistic and sexual.
The background reading is Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization, the Magna
Charta of the 1968 student revolution in Paris. Marcuse considered sexual freedom as the precondition for building a (new) humane society. Vilgot Sjoman seems to disagree with Marcuse: sexuality itself is expressed in possessiveness which is in conflict
with the social and political programme of the radical left. There is also a significant feminist element in the film.
It's an art film that makes one think. Don't try to watch it for entertainment, as there is none.
The alternate theatrical version contains several new scenes:
After Neville captures the Alpha Female, he notices that she has a butterfly tattoo on the back of her shoulder.
After Neville thanks Anna for stitching his leg wound, they go out to where Neville was trapped the previous day. Neville
recognizes the equipment as his own, but can't fathom what they're doing there. Anna asks him if the Dark Seekers could've made the trap, but Neville is adamant that they can't think or feel. Anna still brings up the point that Neville could be wrong and
the Dark Seekers made the trap for him.
Neville, Anna, and Ethan go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Neville and Anna sit together and watch Ethan fall into the water where the fish are. Ethan playfully splashes around, and Neville throws some
food into the water. The fishes move frantically to get the food while Ethan floats in the middle of them. He remarks that it's cold, which makes Neville realize that he needs to lower the temperature of the Dark Seekers in order for the cure to work. He
tells Anna and Ethan that they have to go.
Additional shots of the Dark Seekers making their way into Neville's home.
When the Dark Seekers corner Neville, Anna, and Ethan behind the Plexiglas, the Alpha Male shoves others out of his
way and tries to break through the door. Eventually, the Alpha Male stops on his own and uses his hand to smear the shape of a butterfly on the door. Neville sees it, and then sees the butterfly tattoo again on the Alpha Female's shoulder. He realizes
that he just wants his girl back. Neville gets the syringe he needs and injects the Alpha Female in the arm, waking her up. The Alpha Female hisses in delight upon seeing the Alpha Male, who tenderly presses their foreheads together. Neville is shocked
that they feel love. The Alpha Male picks up his girl, screeches at Neville, and then leaves with the other Dark Seekers. Neville drops to the floor and looks at the wall of pictures he has of the Dark Seekers he's killed over the years, realizing that
they have all been capable of thinking and feeling. Neville, Anna, and Ethan drive out of the city. The film ends with Anna broadcasting a message to other possible survivors. She says that she's traveling with Robert Neville and a boy named Ethan. She
says that they have a cure for the virus and are heading towards Vermont. She urges anyone who's listening to have faith and continue to listen for their future broadcasts.
passed the Theatrical Version 15 uncut for the 2007 cinema release and 2008 Warner DVD
I Claudius: Zeus, by Jove! is a 1976 TV historical drama by Herbert Wise.
With Derek Jacobi, John Hurt and Margaret Tyzack.
Cut by the BBC between the first showing and the repeat. This cut version has persisted ever since
Tiberius summons Caligula and his cousin Gemellus to Capri, declaring them his joint
successors. Soon afterwards Tiberius is smothered by Macro, on the orders of Caligula, and his death is hailed joyfully by the citizens of Rome, unaware that worse is to come. Caligula, clearly unstable, sinks into a coma and on recovering, in addition
to having Gemellus executed for trying to poison him, declares that he is the god Zeus and marries his sister Drusilla, declaring her a deity also. When Drusilla falls pregnant by him he cuts open her belly and eats the unborn child to prevent him having
greater powers than himself as Zeus once allegedly did. Antonia, sickened by his depravity, kills herself.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for:
Note that this episode was rated 12 but the whole series was rated 15
Thanks to Gary:
On its first broadcast on 8 November 1976, the episode ended with a shot of Drusilla's disembowelled hanging corpse. Before the repeat showing later
that week the BBC removed this shot, so that the scene ends with Claudius opening the door and exclaiming with horror. It then cuts to the credits, omitting the End of Part 8 caption. The shot is no longer believed to exist and the edited version
is the only one now shown and the one released on DVD.
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.
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.
A band of satanist hippies roll into a town and begin terrorizing the local folk. They rape a local girl and her grandpa goes after them. He fails and is given
LSD. This bothers his grandson and he gets back at the hippies by feeding them meat pies infected with blood from a rabid dog. They turn into crazed lunatics and begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
2017 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th July 2017
US: The Director's Cut is MPAA X rated for:
2016 Grindhouse [I Drink Your Blood + Blue Sextet] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon
versions screened in the US. From IMDb:
The film was originally 83 minutes long. When submitted to the MPAA it received an X-rating. Distributors released it uncut with a phony R rating attached to it. When the MPAA caught wind of
this, all prints were withdrawn and individually edited depending on which location was receiving that particular print. For example, the south and the inner cities received an uncut version while other, more conservative markets received variously
watered down prints.
UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 for very strong terrorisation, sexual violence and bloody violence after 17
BBFC cuts totalling 43s for:
2015 Platform Entertainment [I Spit On Your Grave 1-3] RB Blu-ray
2015 Platform Entertainment [I Spit On Your Grave 1-3] R2 DVD
2011 Anchor Bay Blu-ray
2011 Anchor Bay R2
2010 cinema release.
The BBFC explained their cuts:
Company was required to make a total of seventeen cuts during three separate scenes of sexual violence in order to remove potentially harmful material (in this case, shots of nudity that tend to eroticise sexual violence and
shots of humiliation that tend to endorse sexual violence by encouraging viewer complicity in sexual humiliation and rape).
The BBFC added:
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a US remake of the 1978 film of the same name. It tells the story of a young woman, Jennifer Hills, who rents a secluded cabin in order to work on her novel. She is terrorised,
assaulted and brutally gang raped by a group of five men, including the local Sheriff. She then takes revenge on each of her attackers. The film was classified 18 for very strong terrorisation, sexual violence and bloody violence.
Before awarding an 18 classification to I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, the BBFC required seventeen individual cuts to its scenes of sexual violence in order to remove elements that tend to eroticise sexual assault (for example,
through the use of nudity), as well as other elements that tend to endorse sexual assault (for example, by encouraging viewer complicity by the use of camcorder footage, filmed by the rapists, during the various scenes of sexual assault). With these cuts
made, the film's scenes of very strong terrorisation and sexual violence remain potentially shocking, distressing or offensive to some adult viewers, but are also likely to be found repugnant and to be aversive. They are not credibly likely to encourage
imitation. There are three scenes in which Jennifer is terrorised, humiliated and sexually assaulted by the men. She is verbally and physically abused, being forced to drink alcohol, dance in her underwear and behave like an animal. She is also beaten
and pushed around by the men. Jennifer is then raped by each of the men in turn, although only two rapes are shown onscreen. In the cut version, the rape scenes feature only incidental nudity and are played largely off facial reactions. Although the
scenes of assault are protracted, the most likely response to the cut version of the scenes is revulsion and disgust rather than excitement or arousal.
From IMDB. The BBFC cuts included:
softer (ie zoom-in) shots during the rape scenes which cropped detailed footage of Jennifer's bare breasts and behind,
as well as camcorder footage of Jennifer being forced to dance,
closeups of her being forced to suck on a
gun and a glass bottle, and
a shot of her blouse being opened with a rifle barrel.
US: Cut for an MPAA R rating (but not as much as the BBFC approved UK version)
UK: A pre-cut, presumably the R rated
version, was passed 18 for sexual violence, bloody violence after 6 further BBFC compulsory cuts totalling 53s for:
2016 AMC Networks International UK [Material also pre-cut by company.] video
The BBFC commented:
Cuts were required during scenes of sexual violence in order to remove potentially harmful material (in this case shots of nudity that tend to eroticse sexual violence and shots of humiliation that tend to endorse sexual violence by
encouraging viewer complicity in sexual humiliation and rape). The cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines, policy and the Video Recordings Act 1984.
The BBFC confirmed in an email to Glenn that the Horror Channel Version contained additional material to the cut UK version, and so had to be cut to bring it in line with the cut UK version:
This version of I Spit on
Your Grave is a re-edited, reduced version compared to the submission classified in 2010. These changes were made by the films distributor prior to the film being submitted to the BBFC. The BBFC required that footage that was previously cut from the 2010
submission, but that had not already been removed by the films distributor, to also be removed.
Background to this version
Earlier this year in May, Ofcom announced that it was investigating a complaint about a
broadcast of the remake of I Spit on Your Grave on the Horror Channel in March. The sequel to the remake I Spit on Your Grave 2 was being shown at the same time and it was noted that maybe this could be involved in the complaint too.
schnittberichte.com also pointed out that a January showing of I Spit on Your Grave wasn't actually a BBFC approved version. The website concludes that the Horror Channel did its own edit, which although cut, was stronger than the BBFC version.
Surely this complaint, and the possibility of interim versions, is behind this week's BBFC new classification of I Spit on Your Grave and I Spit on Your Grave 2, submitted by AMC Networks International, owners of Horror Channel.
The BBFC passed this latest version of I Spit on Your Grave as 18 after 53s of BBFC cuts for sexual violence, bloody violence.
So perhaps these leaves the Horror Channel in the lurch with Ofcom. Ofcom will no doubt find that the channel
should have shown the BBFC cut version. The channel will now be in breach of the rules of the land explicitly requiring that TV channels show BBFC approved versions (or versions where the BBFC have given the nod that they would no longer require
cuts if resubmitted).
Ofcom later censured the channel for the version broadcast and put it on final warning that it will face sanctions should the channel again show versions that do not fully implement BBFC censor cuts.
New Zealand: Banned by the New Zealand's OFLC with the following justification:
The [2010 remake] contains long and realistic scenes showing the brutal terrorisation and rape of a woman by a
group of men. Later scenes show her implausible but sadistic vengeance against her tormentors.
It encouraged attitudes that contribute to sexual violence, torture by terror and other extremes of cruelty and violence, particularly
The treatment of the woman before she is raped, is an all-too-plausible and realistic version of the kind of abuse meted out to many women. There is minimal effort to explain the sadistic behaviour of the male
The length of the scenes and their gratuitous focus on [her] suffering offer maximum opportunity for misogynistic pleasure. Viewers are repeatedly invited to share the point of view of the rapists and are therefore
placed in the position of prurient voyeurs.
Some viewers may well identify with male dominance and power, and echo the men's enjoyment of the woman's terror and humiliation.
I Spit on Your Grave 2 is a 2013 USA crime horror thriller by Steven R Monroe. With Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom and Yavor Baharov.
Released in Unrated and R rated versions, with the cut R rated version
being released in the UK. A cut TV version was also released in the UK that did not required further BBFC cuts
When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her
portfolio, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare of rape, torture and kidnapping. Now, she will have to find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexual violence for:
2016 AMC Networks International UK [Pre-cut version] video
Background to this version
Earlier this year in May, Ofcom announced that it was investigating a complaint about a broadcast of the remake of I Spit on Your Grave on the Horror Channel in March. The sequel to the remake I
Spit on Your Grave 2 was being shown at the same time and it was noted that maybe this could be involved in the complaint too.
schnittberichte.com also pointed out that a January showing of I Spit on Your Grave wasn't actually a BBFC approved
version. The website concludes that the Horror Channel did its own edit, which although cut, was stronger than the BBFC version.
Surely this complaint, and the possibility of interim versions, is behind this week's BBFC new classification of I Spit
on Your Grave 2, submitted by AMC Networks International, owners of Horror Channel.
The BBFC passed this latest version as 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and sexual violence. The BBFC noted it as a pre-cut version. Assuming a PAL speed
up, the running time is about half way between the uncut version and the cut UK version ( which is also the cut US Rated version). If the pal speed up theory is not correct, then the new cut was 3 minutes shorter than the cut UK version.
the Horror Channel did indeed find an alternative version, and now in the light of investigation by the TV censor, has submitted that version to the BBFC for their opinion. Hopefully the BBFC passing this version uncut will help their case.
UK: The R rated version was passed 18 for
strong bloody violence and sexual violence after 27s of BBFC advised cuts were included for:
2015 Platform Entertainment [I Spit On Your Grave 1-3] RB Blu-ray
2015 Platform Entertainment [I Spit On Your Grave 1-3] R2 DVD
2013 Anchor Bay Entertainment RB Blu-ray
2013 Anchor Bay
Entertainment R2 DVD
US: MPAA rated R For strong sadistic violence, torture and rape, graphic nudity, language and some drug content.
Presumably this is the same version that was presented at the FrightFest as the 'Festival Cut'.
The BBFC commented:
This film was originally seen for advice in an incomplete version. The company was informed that 27 cuts would be required across six scenes to remove various elements of sexual and sexualised violence. Without these cuts
the work would have been refused a classification. When the completed version of the film was submitted for formal classification, all the requested cuts had been made, and the film was classified 18.
The rape scenes with Katie were heavily cut or other parts of the picture were used, and some nude scenes were replaced by alternative footage. But the scenes depicting violence weren't changed at
I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a 2015 USA crime horror thriller by RD Braunstein. Starring Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon and Gabriel Hogan.
Passed 18 uncut for for strong bloody violence, sex, sexual violence,
very strong language for 2015 video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Jennifer Hills is still tormented by the brutal sexual assault she endured years ago. She's
changed identities and cities, reluctantly joining a support group where she begins to piece together a new life. But when her new friend's murderer goes free and the tales of serial rapists haunt her, Jennifer will hunt down the men responsible and do
what the system won't - make them pay for their crimes in the most horrific ways imaginable. Only this time, no jury may be able to save her.
I Spit on Your Grave is a 1981 US revenge film by Meir Zarchi. With Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace.
The film was banned as one of the most notable video nasties in 1983. It was unbanned after massive BBFC cuts for 2001 and 2006 DVD. These cuts were reduced to about half in 2010. Cut in the US for an R rating but MPAA Unrated releases
Company was required to make cuts to scenes of sexual violence in order to remove potentially harmful material.
In its Case Study, the BBFC further explained about the reduced cuts:
In 2010, the BBFC was asked to take another look at the film. The BBFC carefully considered the cuts made in 2001 and concluded that they were
Although the cuts had successfully removed the most eroticised elements of nudity, they had also removed some of the horror of the rapes, most notably the scene in which Jennifer is raped over a rock, which had been
deleted entirely. On this occasion, it was concluded that any material that emphasised the horrors of sexual violence, whilst not focussing principally on nudity, could be reinstated. However, the moments that seemed to focus on nudity in a prurient and
exploitative manner, as well as the moments that emphasised the enjoyment of the rapists, were still subjected to cuts. In total, two minutes 54 seconds were cut in 2011.
UK: A pre-cut reframed version was passed 18 with an additional 41s of cuts for:
2006 International Trading/Screen Entertainment Special Edition R0 DVD
The BBFC explained their additional cuts
Cut was required to remove images of a woman being raped over a rock
The distributors claimed that the missing 7 minutes were restored prior to resubmission. This is not the case. The latest submission was pre-cut by the distributor basically in line with the BBFC's 2001 cuts list. However, this time they decided
to make the cuts differently (and, in fairness, more smoothly) than on the previous submission. Some of the cuts have been made by reframing (rather than removing) unacceptable material. This means that certain sequences that were previously cut are now
partially present, albeit in a reframed version. As for the 41 seconds of cuts, these occurred at the one point where the BBFC didn't feel that the reframing (and their other tricks, such as use of slow motion) achieved the effect required by
the 2001 cuts list. Basically, they had reframed the rape over the rock so that you couldn't see the woman being raped (she was below screen) but you could still see the attackers thrusting and enjoying the attack. The BBFC asked for this to be removed.
UK: Passed 18 after 7:02s of BBFC cuts for:
2005 Anchor Bay Box of the Damned R2 DVD
2005 International Trading/Screen Entertainment VHS
Trading/Screen Entertainment VHS
The BBFC commented on their cuts:
Compulsory cuts were required to remove several sequences of sexual violence and humiliating depictions of female nudity in line with published Sexual Violence Guidelines.
All cuts are to the gang rape scenes - no cuts in the 'revenge' section.
UK: Released uncut on pre-cert VHS for:
1982 Wizard/Astra VHS
Released on VHS in January 1982 first under the Wizard label and then labelled Astra (Astra were UK distributors for US based Wizard).
The video was one of the prime targets of the moral press and it was listed as a
Video Nasty in July 1983. It stayed on the list throughout so is therefore one the collectable DPP39s
Ireland : The version with
BBFC cuts from 2010 was banned on video by the Irish censor in 2010.
Prohibited in accordance with Section 7 of The Video Recordings Act 1989 on the grounds that in the opinion of the Acting Director
of Film Classification it depicts acts of gross violence and cruelty (including torture) towards Humans
I vampiri is a 1956 Italy horror by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava With Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo and Dario Michaelis.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat for:
2013 Arrow [Mask of Satan + Black Sunday + I vampiri] RB Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo
at UK Amazon
Summary Review: More mystery than horror
A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.
The way this movie is played out makes it more or
a mystery than an horror really. It was also an early Italian horror production, so they were still mostly trying out some new stuff in this one. It was also the first one to involve the later to become legendary Italian horror director Mario Bava, who
had some major influences on the future development of the genre.