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Commented: The BBFC's Latest Orgy of Censorship...

The British board of film censors bans the video nasty re-release of The Gestapo's Last Orgy


Link Here27th January 2021
The Gestapo's Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and SALO only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy  stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant's vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strudel

The BBFC has just banned a Blu-ray re-release of the notable Video Nasty The Gestapo's Last Orgy. The video was banned as a video nasty in 1984 and has never been released in the UK since. The video is available uncut in the US though.

The BBFC seems to be embracing more politically correct language in its rating explanations and consumer advice lately, so it is getting hard to distinguish the reasoned explanation form exaggeration and propaganda. Anyway the BBFC explained the ban as follows:

THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is an Italian exploitation film, from 1977, in which a Jewish woman revisits the site of a concentration camp in which she was formerly imprisoned and subjected to torture, terrorisation, humiliation and sexual violence.

BBFC Guidelines state that: As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to classify a work --.where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence.

THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is largely composed of scenes of strong sadistic violence, humiliation, degradation and non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, all of which occurs within a clearly anti-Semitic context. Its central concept is therefore unacceptable, and the sadistic and sexually abusive material it contains is too pervasive to be effectively addressed by cuts.

Accordingly, the BBFC has refused classification to this work.

Offsite Comment: Still Too Outrageous For Britain's Censors

27th January 2021. See article from reprobatepress.com

The very idea that a work of fiction -- a very clear work of fiction -- can somehow deprave and corrupt an otherwise normal person (and make no mistake, the idea of corruption is one of unbalancing the normal individual, not tipping an already morally disturbed individual over the edge) is one that belongs in a past that we have long left behind. There's no scientific evidence to back it up, and the whole idea belongs more to the enforcement of morality -- the prevention of bad ideas entering the public sphere -- than stopping actual harm to anyone.

Read the full  article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Suffer Little Children...

Gav Crimson details the overblown press coverage of the seizure and legal actions against a horror film featuring child actors at the time of the Video Nasties moral panic


Link Here4th January 2021
Suffer Little Children is a 1983 UK video horror by Alan Briggs.
Starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose and Jon Hollanz. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was cut for an unofficial BBFC 18 rating issued prior to the implementation of the VRA. The film was seized by the police anyway and the film got caught up in the tabloid hysteria around the video nasty era. The film was passed 18 uncut for UK DVD release in 2017.

The DVD version has a significant number of variations from the VHS. version.

See Gav Crimson's detailed history of the censorship of Suffer Little Children and the timeline of newspaper coverage .

Summary Notes

This amateur video production, (not particularly well regarded), is claimed to be a reconstruction of events involving child demonic possession which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported to the press though, not the to mention the fact that the film was conceived and shot in 1983, well before the supposed baseline event.

The video was submitted to the BBFC for a pre-VRA unofficial rating in December 1984. The BBFC asked for about 2 minutes of cuts. However the distributors suffered a police raid on the day after the submission and the police seized the film. The police seemed to think that the uncut version was illegal and would not give the distributors the opportunity to implement the cuts that would make it legal. The DPP considered the film for 3 months before deciding that no further action would be taken as long as the film was only distributed in the BBFC approved version. The film was caught up in press frenzy at this time, with the inevitable calls for a ban and worse.

 

 

Shopping: The Evil Dead...

1981 USA video nasty by Sam Raimi just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here17th November 2020
The Evil Dead is a 1981 USA horror by Sam Raimi.
With Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Richard DeManincor. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. This cut cinema version was then banned as one of the iconic video nasties. Further cut for a BBFC approved VHS release in 1990. Passed uncut for DVD in 2001. Uncut in the US

Summary Review: Raimi is already a legend

Raimi is already a legend, because he created 'The Evil Dead', without a doubt one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Made on a shoe string budget as a labour of love, it still remains Raimi's best movie. He has subsequently worked on bigger projects with bigger names but it is arguable whether he has ever surpassed the invention, thrills, energy and sheer fun of this. And why Bruce Campbell never became a genuine movie star after his debut here, and not just a much loved cult figure, is a complete mystery to me.

'The Evil Dead' is a modern horror classic and absolutely ESSENTIAL viewing for any self-respecting movie buff! It doesn't get much better than this!

UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

 

 

Shopping: The Evil Dead...

1981 USA video nasty by Sam Raimi set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on 17th November 2020


Link Here24th October 2020

The Evil Dead is a 1981 USA horror by Sam Raimi.
With Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Richard DeManincor. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. This cut cinema version was then banned as one of the iconic video nasties. Further cut for a BBFC approved VHS release in 1990. Passed uncut for DVD in 2001. Uncut in the US

Summary Review: Raimi is already a legend

Raimi is already a legend, because he created 'The Evil Dead', without a doubt one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Made on a shoe string budget as a labour of love, it still remains Raimi's best movie. He has subsequently worked on bigger projects with bigger names but it is arguable whether he has ever surpassed the invention, thrills, energy and sheer fun of this. And why Bruce Campbell never became a genuine movie star after his debut here, and not just a much loved cult figure, is a complete mystery to me.

'The Evil Dead' is a modern horror classic and absolutely ESSENTIAL viewing for any self-respecting movie buff! It doesn't get much better than this!

UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

 

 

Shopping: American Horror Project Vol 1...

Film set just released on UK Blu-ray in a cheaper edition that includes the video nasty The Witch who Came from the Sea


Link Here15th October 2020

American Horror Project Vol 1 is a film set

The Witch who Came from the Sea was briefly banned as a video nasty. The other films have not troubled censors.
UK: Passed with an aggregate 18 rating:
  • 2020 Arrow Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 12th October 2020

The Witch who Came from the Sea is a 1976 US horror by Matt Cimber.
With Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman and Vanessa Brown. BBFC link IMDb

Always uncut but briefly banned as a video nasty in 1984. Passed 18 uncut for 2006 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

Everyone knows the classic American horror films. Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of stars-and-stripes terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity. This is where American Horror Project comes in.

Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s.

Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only to find themselves at the mercy of cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park.

Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality literally.

Lastly, every parent s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother.

Remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with extensive supplementary material, American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.

3-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • 2K restorations of the three features
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono 1.0 audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newlycommissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
  • MALATESTA S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD
  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • The Secrets of Malatesta an interview with director Christopher Speeth
  • Crimson Speak an interview with writer Werner Liepolt
  • Malatesta s Underground art directors Richard Strange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta s underground
  • Outtakes
  • Draft script (BD-ROM content)
  • Stills gallery
  • THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Audio commentary with director Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Tides and Nightmares making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Parkins, Cundey and actor John Goff
  • A Maiden s Voyage archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins and Cundey
  • Lost at Sea director Matt Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic
  • THE PREMONITION
  • Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
  • Isolated score
  • Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer
  • Pictures from a Premonition making-of documentary featuring interviews Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt
  • Archive Interview with star Richard Lynch
  • Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: Vernal Equinox , Terminal Point and A Rumbling in the Land
  • 4 Peace Spots
  • Trailers and TV spots
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    Shopping: I Spit On Your Grave...

    1981 US video nasty by Meir Zarchi just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here11th October 2020

    I Spit on Your Grave is a 1981 US revenge film by Meir Zarchi.
    With Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

    The film was banned as one of the most notable video nasties in 1983. It was unbanned after massive 7m:02s of BBFC cuts for 2001 and 2006 DVD. These cuts were reduced to 2m:54s in 2010, and to 1m:41s for 2020 Blu-ray. Cut in the US for an R rating but MPAA Unrated releases are uncut.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave

    UK: Passed 18 for sexual violence, sadistic violence, nudity after 1:41s of compulsory BBFC cuts:
    • 2020 Kaleidoscope Special Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 5th October 2020
    • 2020 Kaleidoscope Special Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 5th October 2020
    The BBFC commented:
    • Company was required to make cuts to scenes of sexual violence in order to remove potentially harmful material.

    Promotional Material

    In 1978, one film changed the face of cinema forever. Long established as one of the most hated, debated and divisive movies of all time, I Spit On Your Grave has been condemned by some as 'vile and depraved', whilst others hail it as a 'misunderstood masterpiece of cinema' and 'the ultimate feminist movie'.

    Now the original X-rated cult classic is back, newly released on double disc special edition, and packed with fresh and exclusive bonus material. Re-experience the phenomenon that shocked and divided the world and influenced an entire genre and generation of film-makers, with Camille Keaton's portrayal of young writer Jennifer Hills, her horrific plans for revenge, and some of the most gruesomely, unforgettable scenes ever captured to film.
    DVD

     

     

    Shopping: I Spit On Your Grave: The Complete Collection...

    Film set just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD still with BBFC cuts


    Link Here9th October 2020
    I Spit On Your Grave: The Complete Collection is a 2020 film set
    Starring Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson and Andrew Howard.

    A long censorship history for this series with 3 of the films currently being cut by the BBFC, although this could be updated with new submissions.

    UK: I Spit on your Grave (1981) was passed 18 after 1:41s of BBFC cuts:
    UK: I Spit on your Grave (2010). The Unrated Version was previously passed 18 for very strong terrorisation, sexual violence and bloody violence after 17 BBFC cuts totalling 43s for:
    UK: I Spit on your Grave 2. The cut R rated version was passed 18 for strong bloody violence and sexual violence which included 27s of BBFC advised cuts:
    UK: I Spit on your Grave 3. Previously passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sex, sexual violence, very strong language:
    UK: I Spit on your Grave Deja Vu. Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, sadistic violence, gore, nudity, very strong language.
    • 2020 Kaleidoscope I Spit On Your Grave Complete Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 5th October 2020
    • 2020 Kaleidoscope I Spit On Your Grave Complete Collection R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 5th October 2020

    Reviews

    I Spit on Your Grave is a 1981 US revenge film by Meir Zarchi.
    With Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
    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 are uncut.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave

    I Spit on Your Grave is a 2010 US revenge film by Steven R Monroe.
    With Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson and Andrew Howard. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    The film was cut by the BBFC for all UK releases. It is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but banned in New Zealand.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

    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. BBFC link IMDb

    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

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave 2

    I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a 2015 USA crime horror thriller by RD Braunstein.
    Starring Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon and Gabriel Hogan. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release.

    I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu is a 2019 USA horror thriller by Meir Zarchi.
    Starring Camille Keaton, Jamie Bernadette and Maria Olsen. BBFC link IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release.

    Growing Up With I Spit on Your Grave is a 2019 USA documentary by Terry Zarchi.
    Starring Camille Keaton, Meir Zarchi and Gunter Kleemann. BBFC link IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release.

    Promotional Material

    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF CINEMA'S MOST SHOCKING CULT FRANCHISE
    The original 1978 horror classic: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
    The infamous 2010 remake: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
    X-rated horror: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2
    Powerful sequel: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3: VENGEANCE IS MINE
    Revenge comes full circle - the final franchise instalment, re-uniting original director Meir Zarchi and star Camille Keaton: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU
    PLUS official new feature documentary: GROWING UP WITH I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

    Available in the UK as a complete set for the first time, this unique collection is jam-packed with over 7 hours of bonus materials across 6 discs, including exclusive to Blu-Ray audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and brand new extra footage!




     


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