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Shopping: Macabre...

1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava with a bit part in the video nastes panic, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2020
Macabre is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava.
Starring Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar and Veronica Zinny. BBFC link IMDb
Never censored but played a small part in British censorship history when the VHS was held up at the 1983 Conservative Party conference during the video nasties panic as an example of everything rotten in the video industry and proof that censorship was urgently needed.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong horror, sexualised nudity and necrophilia theme:
  • 2020 88 Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Promotional Material

Synopsis Don't open the fridge! Lamberto Bava was taught his trade by his father, horror legend Mario Bava. Macabre, his first film as director, showed how well he'd learnt his lessons. Still recovering from a pair of tragic and traumatic bereavements, Jane Baker (Bernice Steggers; Xtro, Sky Pilots) moves into a new apartment in New Orleans. The owner's son, Robert, is blind -- but that doesn't stop him hearing what Jane gets up to. It sounds like she's resumed her passionate affair with her lover, Fred. Except that Fred died a year ago... Not quite a giallo, not quite a ghost story and with a final twist that will make you re-think everything you've already seen, Macabre showed that Bava Jr. -- who'd go on to make the horror classic Demons -- was a chip off the old block.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEW Don't Lose Your Head - Interview with Director Lamberto Bava
  • Audio Commentary by Giallo Experts, Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Alternate Italian Opening and End Credit Titles
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring Original Poster and VHS artwork
  • Limited Edition "Soft Touch" Slipcase
  • Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Audio:
    • DTS-HD MA Dual Mono English Audio
    • DTS-HD MA Dual-Mono Italian Audio with newly translated English Subtitles
  • REGION-FREE

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Ferox...

1981 video nasty by Umberto Lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray, still with BBFC cuts for animal cruelty


Link Here23rd April 2020
Cannibal Ferox is a 1981 Italian adventure by Umberto Lenzi.
With Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle and Danilo Mattei. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Released cut and uncut on pre-cert videos that were destined to become video nasties. Extensively cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD.

The cuts for violence were waived for 2018 home video, but cuts for animal cruelty have persisted. Note that the running time of this cut release has been maintained by slowing down the footage of the remainder of the animal scenes that have been allowed to remain.

The promotional material would like to mention that old cuts for sex and violence no longer apply, but cannot use the description uncut so notes that the film is presented in full duration. Unfortunately for them, it is a convention of the English language that unnatural or unexpected phrasing ends up emphasising the phrase, and invites readers to interpret it with irony, sarcasm or cynicism as appropriate.

See further details at Melon Farmers Video Hits: Cannibal Ferox

UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore after some previous cuts waived but still with 1:55s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
  • 2020 Shameless Fan Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020
  • 2020 Shameless Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

A decade on from starting the cannibal genre, director Umberto Lenzi has the final word, pushing the vomit envelope beyond the sick with his utterly nasty, nihilistic apotheosis that is CANNIBAL FEROX . So unredeemable that its own makers denounced it as barbaric...!

An academic, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), journeys to the Amazon jungle where things go awry when her party encounters sadistic druggy villain Mike ( Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen ), as the travellers venture further into the heart of darkness, they soon discover what it means to be the hunted prey.

CANNIBAL FEROX aka ' Make Them Die Slowly ' , topped the official Video Nasty list for its raw graphic scenes of torture, mutilations, murder and cannibalism . This new 2K restoration of the film in full duration additionally features new grading which revives, for the 1st time, the original edgy look of the 16mm film stock it was shot on - finally presenting the film as it was first created by director Umberto Lenzi, on location in the Amazonian green inferno.

 

 

Commented: Love Camp 7...

The British Board of Film Censors bans 1969 video nasty for the second time


Link Here14th April 2020
Full story: BBFC bans...Films banned by the BBFC
Love Camp 7 is a 1969 USA war horror thriller by Lee Frost.
With Bob Cresse, Maria Lease and Kathy Williams. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

The film was banned as a video nasty in 1985, then banned from DVD by the BBFC in 2002. The film was banned again by the BBFC for 2020 VoD. Uncut elsewhere but there have only been a few obscure releases until the 2017 US DVD/Blu-ray Combo.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Bans: Love Camp 7

The film has just been banned by the BBFC after being submitted for Video on Demand by Screenbound. Note that this is not quite an official ban as BBFC decisions for internet video carry no legal weight. But no doubt the major online sources will take heed anyway.

The BBFC commented on its website:

Love Camp 7 is a US film, from 1969, in which female agents are sent undercover into a Nazi prison camp where female prisoners are sexually abused, raped and tortured by soldiers. It was previously refused a classification for DVD release in 2002. The present submission is for distribution on VOD.

The BBFC's Classification Guidelines state that We may refuse to classify content which makes rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour look appealing or acceptable, reinforces the suggestion that victims enjoy such behaviour, or invites viewer complicity in such behaviour. They also state that As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to classify a work, in line with the objective of preventing non-trivial harm risks to potential viewers and, through their behaviour, to society. We may do so, for example, where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on sexual rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence.

Because LOVE CAMP 7 is largely comprised of scenes of non consensual sexual activity, including rape, presented in a manner that is intended to arouse viewers, its central concept is unacceptable and the sexually abusive material it contains too pervasive for cuts to be an effective solution.

Accordingly, the BBFC has refused classification to this work.

The BBFC further commented at a board meeting [pdf] :

The film was recently submitted for classification for VOD release. Given its status as a previously rejected work it was viewed by the entire Compliance team and certain members of the Policy team before referral to the Board.

The Board noted that there are a number of prolonged scenes of non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, in Love Camp 7 , in many cases featuring a focus on female nudity. Such scenes are frequently gratuitous, both in terms of length and detail, going some way beyond what is required by the narrative, and in some cases perpetuating harmful rape myths. These issues were considered in relation to the BBFC's 2019 Guidelines consultation, which found depictions of sexual violence to be of particular concern to the public.

The Board discussed the extent to which the film's datedness and risibility limits its impact, and considered the film's likely appeal and audience. It was observed that, while aspects of the film are dated, the sequences of sexual violence and abuse are not. It was also noted that while the film is different in many respects to modern pornography, its close and repeated focus on nudity means the sequences of sexual violence and abuse still have the potential to arouse.

The Board concluded that because that as Love Camp 7 is largely comprised non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, presented in a manner that is intended to arouse viewers, its central concept is unacceptable and the sexually abusive material too pervasive for cuts to be an effective solution. Accordingly, the Board agreed that the BBFC should refuse to classify Love Camp 7.

Update: Love Camp 7 Remains The Benchmark For Unacceptable Cinema in 2020

14th April 2020. See article from reprobatepress.com

It's good to know that in these unique times, our moral superiors are still hard at work protecting us from problematic imagery. The British Board of Film Classification might seem a more liberal body these days than they once did, but rest assured -- they will still step forward to protect the nation from corruption.

See full article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Bad taste fun...

Cannibal Holocaust: The Game set for November release


Link Here11th April 2020
Ruggero Deodato's notable video nasty, Cannibal Holocaust , is set to turned into a video game for PC and consoles. It is set for release in November 2020.

Developers Fantastico Studio claims that it will put the raw graphic content in its interactive graphic adventure for gamers and fans alike to enjoy.

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Apocalypse...

1980 Italian/Spanish video nasty by Anthony M Dawson just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here21st March 2020
Cannibal Apocalypse is a 1980 Italian/Spanish horror by Anthony M Dawson. With John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Banned as a video nasty in 1982. Passed 18 after animal cruelty cuts for UK DVD. There is a cut US MPAA R rated version and an uncut MPAA Unrated version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Canniball Apocalypse

See also Video Nasties from melonfarmers.co.uk

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020

Promotional Material

The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon, Nightmare Beach, Evil Eye, Queen of Blood), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King, Report to the Commissioner, The Raiders of Atlantis). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, Cannibal Apocalypse was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as Cannibals in the Streets and Invasion of the Flesh Hunters. Now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (The Long Hair of Death, Castle of Blood, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish) in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD! Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs!

Special Features:
-BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti
-CANNIBAL KING: NEW Interview with Actor Tony King
-APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
-European Theatrical Trailer
-Japanese Teaser
-Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Apocalypse...

1980 Italian/Spanish video nasty by Anthony M Dawson set for restored US Blu-ray and DVD release on 17th March 2020


Link Here28th January 2020
Cannibal Apocalypse is a 1980 Italian/Spanish horror by Anthony M Dawson. With John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Banned as a video nasty in 1982. Passed 18 after animal cruelty cuts for UK DVD. There is a cut US MPAA R rated version and an uncut MPAA Unrated version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Canniball Apocalypse

See also Video Nasties from melonfarmers.co.uk

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020

Promotional Material

The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon, Nightmare Beach, Evil Eye, Queen of Blood), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King, Report to the Commissioner, The Raiders of Atlantis). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, Cannibal Apocalypse was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as Cannibals in the Streets and Invasion of the Flesh Hunters. Now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (The Long Hair of Death, Castle of Blood, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish) in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD! Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs!

Special Features:
-BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti
-CANNIBAL KING: NEW Interview with Actor Tony King
-APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
-European Theatrical Trailer
-Japanese Teaser
-Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: The House By The Cemetery...

1981 Italian video nasty by Lucio Fulci just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here23rd January 2020
The House by the Cemetery is a 1981 Italian horror film by Lucio Fulci
With Catriona MacColl & Paolo Malco. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1982 cinema release. This cut version was released on pre-cert video and was banned as a video nasty. It was then heavily cut for BBFC approved VHS in 1988. The cuts were reduced for 2001 DVD and later waived for 2009 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Blue Underground Limited Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st January 2020

Reviews

Promotional Material

Read The Fine Print... You May Have Just Mortgaged Your Life!

A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone - or something - is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

Catriona MacColl (THE BEYOND), Paolo Malco (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Ania Pieroni (TENEBRE), Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), and Dagmar Lassander (HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON) star in this outrageous Italian shocker from 'The Godfather of Gore', Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE). Blue Underground is now proud to present THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY in a new 4K restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative, fully loaded with exclusive new and archival Extras!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the uncensored original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 2.40:1 Feature Presentation
  • Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD (English); 1.0 DTS-HD (English); 1.0 DTS-HD (Italian)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, English for Italian Audio
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth , Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Poster & Still Galleries
  • Meet the Boyles Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco
  • Children of the Night Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina
  • Tales of Laura Gittleson Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander
  • My Time With Terror Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo
  • A Haunted House Story Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti
  • To Build a Better Death Trap Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati , Special Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani , Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi , and Actor Giovanni De Nava
  • NEW! House Quake Interview with Co-Writer Giorgio Mariuzzo
  • NEW! Catriona MacColl Q&A
  • NEW! Calling Dr. Freudstein Interview with Stephen Thrower , Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
  • BONUS! HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Walter Rizzati
  • BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold

 

 

Shopping: The Beyond...

1981 Italy video nasty by Lucio Fulci just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here15th January 2020
The Beyond is a 1981 Italy horror by Lucio Fulci.
Starring Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck and Cinzia Monreale. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Then the same version was banned as a video nasty. Passed uncut on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but there is also a cut R rated version.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong horror and gory violence for:
  • 2020 Shameless (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th January 2020

Reviews

  • See review from reprobatepress.com : " Lucio Fulci's collision of Lovecraftian gothic and hardgore splatter is visually and stylistically impressive, but somewhat overrated "

Promotional Material

When jaded New Yorker (Catriona MacColl) inherits a New Orleans hotel, she calls on composed local doctor (David Warbeck) to contain the inexplicable and increasingly gory accidents that are plaguing the building and its surroundings.

But soon the Gates of Hell themselves open under the hotel, rendering their fight futile as the Dead emerge to walk the earth...

SHAMELESS FILMS PRESENTS LUCIO FULCI'S HORROR MASTERPIECE THE BEYOND, FROM A NEW 2K SCAN

Additionally, and for the first time ever The Beyond is presented with four different versions of the prologue, seamlessly branched:

  • The now accepted standard sepia
  • The original colour camera footage
  • The B&W version
  • A new fourth-way: presented as an homage to director Lucio Fulci and director of Photography, DOP Sergio Salvati.

For this new alternative prologue version, for the 1st time ever, Shameless have used the restored colour camera footage as a base on which a new golden toning was applied in reference to known considerations from DOP Salvati. All other sepia tint were monochrome. The result of applying tone over the newly rediscovered and restored colour footage is that the reds of the gore are now strikingly visible and all the light sources such as the torches and car headlights are much more luminous and enhancing a painterly chiaroscuro never presented before.

Extras:

  1. David Warbeck & Catriona McCall lively incisive commentary
  2. Director of Photography, Sergio Salvati, Audio Commentary dissecting the film - with English subtitles
  3. New interview with main protagonist, actress Cinzia Monreale - Emily s Eyes"
  4. New interview with actor Michele Mirabella - "Arachnophobia"
  5. Fulci banter on set (short)
  6. New, unique interview with scriptwriter Mariuzzo on working with Fulci "Murder, They Wrote"
  7. The Beyond Prologue 4-way Comparison: Original colour, B&W, Standard (monochrome) sepia, the new 4th-way: for the 1st time the golden version of toning over the original colour footage.

 

 

Video Nasty Mayhem: The Inside Story of Vipco...

A book about VHS label that released the outlandish cover art that got the Videos Nasties noticed


Link Here3rd January 2020

Video Nasty Mayhem: The Inside Story of VIPCO


By James Simpson

UK: Video Nasty Mayhem: The Inside Story of VIPCO by James Simpson:

Reviews

Promotional Material

Great Britain, the 1980s. VHS is rapidly becoming popular, and the more gory and violent the movies, the better. One company has latched on to this trend quickly – selling and renting controversial films to the public. It is called the Video Instant Picture Company, a.k.a. VIPCO. Founded and run by Michael Lee – Mike to his friends – this small independent video distributor would swiftly grow into a money-making machine and become synonymous with the so-called ‘Video Nasties’ scandal. Indeed, as VIPCO grew, Mike would become a millionaire, find his company raided by the police, nearly go broke, then resurface to trade in on the memory of the Nasties during the nineties and beyond. VIPCO would give the iconic Zombie Flesh Eaters its first-ever UK home video release, create the headline-grabbing artwork for The Driller Killer , and produce the outlandish Spookies , amongst other notable achievements.

Later, the company would gain notoriety for re-releasing some of the Nasties on sub-par DVDs and offering titles with shoddy video sleeves. VIPCO would disappear from retailer shelves in 2007. It has now been over a decade since the firm’s closure, and many of VIPCO’s former titles have found welcome homes with other horror genre distributors, but VIPCO is still shrouded in mystery…

James Simpson, a former writer for horror movie magazines and websites, reveals the real reason why the controversial VIPCO closed, as well as detailing its long and complex history. With insights from those who worked with Mike Lee, and those who worked for rival firms, Video Nasty Mayhem opens the vault on VIPCO and finds there are plenty of surprises.




 


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