Macabre is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava. Starring Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar and Veronica Zinny.
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.
Macbeth is a 2018 UK drama by Kit Monkman. Starring Wunmi Mosaku, Al Weaver and Mark Rowley.
The film was pre-cut for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. Presumably will later be 15 and uncut on home video.
Brilliant young general Macbeth pulls off a glorious
victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ambitious wife, Macbeth sets his sights on the throne. In Kit Monkman's adventurous new adaptation, this compelling
tale of unchecked ambition, soured friendship, lost intimacy and the descent into nihilism is encountered in a strange and claustrophobic territory partly conjured by the mind.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for infrequent strong sex for:
2018 GSP STUDIOS video
2018 cinema release, unreleased in favour of a cut 12A rated version
UK: A pre-cut version shorter by 39s was passed 12A for moderate sex, violence,
gore without further BBFC cuts for:
Mad Foxes is a 1981 Spain / Switzerland action thriller by Paul Grau (as Paul Gray). Starring José Gras, Laura Premica and Andrea Albani.
Extensively cut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release. This cut version was later released on pre-cert VHS, but the BBFC approval sis not protect the film from being seized by the police during the video nasty panic. Uncut and MPAA
Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: So bad, it's funny
On their way to a disco, Hal and his 'girlfriend' are accosted by a band of Hell's Angels. As they drive away, Hal accidentally runs over one,
killing him. The Angels pursue the couple and catch up with them as they are leaving the disco. They savagely beat up Hal and brutally rape his girlfriend. Hal swears revenge.
This is one of the most disturbing (and not to mention
unintentionally funny) films I've ever seen. The dubbing is atrocious, the violence over-the-top, and the full frontal nudity extreme, there is a LOT of male frontal nudity in this film; so much so that I suspect that either the writer or director
was...well, INTO male full frontal nudity.
UK pre-cert video featured the cut cinema print for:
1982 VCL VHS
The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore
subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.
UK: Passed X
(18) after BBFC cuts for:
1982 cinema release
Suffered extensive edits to scenes of rape, castration, graphic stabbings and footage of nunchakus.
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian Action film by George Miller. With Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and Hugh Keays-Byrne.
Cut and 18 rated by the BBFC for 1979 cinema release and early VHS. Later
releases are uncut. The film was downrated to 15 for 2015 cinema release. There are alternative soundtracks, the original Australian, and a dubbed American version.
Trimmed in the scene where the bikers hack up the young couples car. In these versions we see them start to hack it up but it then cuts to a close-up of a crow. In the full version the hacking takes much longer with a depiction of the
panic of the couple, who are then dragged out of the car, then it cuts to the crow.
The official BBFC cuts list read:
Reel 2. Reduce to absolute minimum smashing up of car and terrorising of young couple who are trapped in it. (Delete all violence which occurs after the gang break window, resuming on the bird hovering overhead).
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a 1981 Australia action adventure thriller by George Miller. With Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston.
Cut for an MPAA R Rating. Uncut for European cinema release and VHS. Blu-ray releases are the uncut in terms of violence but a rousing speech has been shortened. The film was downrated to 15 for 2015 cinema release.
UK: The International Version was passed 18 uncut for:
1994 Warner VHS
1986 Warner VHS
1982 cinema release
Unrated Version shortend
UK: Presumably the Unrated Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, scene of sexual violence for:
2015 cinema release
UK: Presumably the US release is being repeated in the UK so this should be the shortened Unrated Version for:
2013 Warner Mad Max Trilogy Petrol Can Edition R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
The 2005 cinema release, 2005 Universal DVD and 2009 Paramount Blu-ray were cut
From sBBFC: The distributors sent this film to the BBFC with a request that they
receive a U. The problem for the BBFC was that the film included the word motherf***** . Although the word was not used in full, it was clear to the audience what was meant. The BBFC felt that the word was inappropriate in a film aimed at the very
youngest viewers and offered a higher category with no cuts. But the distributor wanted a U and so chose to make a cut to remove the offending word to secure this category.
Madame Sousatzka is a 1988 UK / Canada music
drama by John Schlesinger.
Never cut by UK or US censors but made a little UK censorship history in August 1989 by being selected as the first 12 rated cinema release trial. It was official rated 15 but was given a trial 12 certificate
just for London. Note that Tim Burton's Batman , which was classified uncut on August 22nd was the first official BBFC 12 rating.
Madhouse is a 1981 Italy / USA horror by Ovidio G Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman). Starring Trish Everly, Michael MacRae and Dennis Robertson.
Initially released uncut on 1983 VHS but was soon re-released as the cut R rated version due the video nasties panic. The film was banned as a video nasty anyway. It was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2004 DVD. In the US there is a
cut MPAA R rated version and an uncut Unrated version.
Summary Review: One of the Better Nasties
Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a
hideosly disformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin. She escapes to gate-crash a surprise birthday party for Julia by murdering all the party guests with the help of a giant killer Alsation dog, which gets it's come-uppance
when lobotomised by a power drill, in a scene that will offend most animal lovers.
"Madhouse" is one of the better films that was previously on the "banned" list of so-called video nasties
in the UK. It didn't really deserve it's place on the list, but it's easy to spot the scenes that probably put it there.
T he film features two pretty over-the top gore scenes that seem almost out of
place in a movie that exercises restraint in most aspects. The most infamous sequence is the one that shows just how you can put down a dangerous attacking rottweiler with a handy power drill. The other is an axe attack that is so drawn out it becomes
Although some of the time the action can get rather slow, this slasher stands above it's rivals due to some really good cinematography.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
2017 Arrow Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon
20 04 Film 2000 R0 DVD via UK Amazon
but with reported poor sound quality
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2017 Arrow Special Edition (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon
UK: The cut MPAA R rated version was released by Medusa later in 1983 and was added to the
DPP list of banned video nasties in November of the same year. It stayed on the list throughout the panic , so became one of the collectible DPP39's
Madras is a 2014 drama by Pa Ranjith. Starring Karthi, Catherine Tresa and
Kaali (Karthi) is the local Chennai guy, the darling of his mom and the most literate person in his gang, he has a happy go lucky life with his best friend Kalairasanand (Kalaiyarasan).
Things go wrong when there arises an issue of a WALL that stands tall amidst a chilling superstitious rumor and finally two groups fight around it.
category cuts 1:09s
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, injury detail, infrequent strong language after 1:09s of BBFC category cuts for:
2014 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to make cuts to moments of strong violence and bloody injury detail in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.
The BBFC further commented in the Annual Report covering 2014:
Madras, a Tamil political romantic drama, contained some moments of strong violence, including a bloody machete attack and several repeated, personalised
Madras Cafe is a 2013 Indian action drama by Shoojit Sircar. With John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri and Rashi Khanna.
Passed by the BBFC but banned by UK cinema chains. Similarly banned by cinemas in
the Indian state of Tamil Nadu
Passed 15 uncut for strong violence and injury detail for:
2013 cinema release
The BBFC passed the film 15 uncut for strong violence and injury detail. The BBFC InSight alluded to the emotional impact of the film:
This is a sombre drama and the violence is depicted realistically, with a strong
emotional impact. In the opening scene people are forced off a bus and made to kneel in a field as they are massacred. Blood spurts are seen as several of them are shot in the back, and in a more distant image a little girl is shot too as she tries to
run away. Several executions are shown, including a man tied to a post, his body juddering under fire with lots of blood as he is killed.
The movie is proving controversial in India as it is based on the Sri Lankan civil war and
speculates about the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Tamil activist groups are calling for the film to be banned. The film was passed by the Indian censors and escaped court bans but was banned by cinema exhibitors in the state of Tamil nadu.
film has been banned by British cinemas in August 2013. UK cinema chains, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue, have banned the film saying in a statement:
Our policy is to show a wide range of films for different audiences ...HOWEVER...
following customer feedback and working with the film distributors, we have decided to not show Madras Cafe. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Mafia: Chapter 1
Mafia: Chapter 1 is a 2020 India action crime film by Karthick Naren. Starring Arun Vijay, Prasanna and Priya Bhavani Shankar.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2020.
Aryan is a narcotics bureau officer entitled with making the city a drug free zone.
In Spite of huge number of drug busts and capturing of peddlers, Aryan and his team are not able to completely eradicate the alarming problem. One dreadful day, people very close to Aryan get murdered one by one. He feels that this might be the work of
the mastermind who is behind the entire distribution network. Interesting flow of events end up exposing the identity of the main crook behind the murders and drug mafia - Diwakar Kumaran. With the identity of the kingpin known Aryan decides to hunt him
down without knowing the deadly consequences it holds. Can the mouse outsmart the cat.
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, bloody images, drug references, implied strong language after 1:29s of BBFC category cuts:
2020 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove scenes of strong violence in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 was available.
Magic is a 1978 USA horror drama by Richard Attenborough. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith.
Never cut by film censors but an abridged TV version found its way
on to UK VHS with a BBFC 15 rating.
Magician's assistant Corky (Sir Anthony Hopkins) performs disastrously at his first solo appearance. He is given a ventriloquist
dummy called "Fats" to improve his act, and within a few years, Corky is at the height of fame. However, Fats has developed a mind of his own, and wants to control his master.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language:
2020 Second Sight Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd March
The Magnificent Seven Ride! is a 1972 USA action western by George McCowan. Starring Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers and Michael Callan.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 1972 'A' rated cinema release. Home
video releases are PG uncut. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in teh US.
Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his
wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the last thief, Chris feels obligated to take up his friend's cause and recruits a writer and five prisoners to destroy the desperadoes.
Magnum Force is a 1973 USA action mystery thriller by Ted Post. With Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook and Mitch Ryan.
Cut by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release but the cuts were waived for home video
San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who
manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite the orders of his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations...
UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous cuts waived for:
2013 Warner [Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
Maîtresse is a 1975 France drama by Barbet Schroeder. With Gérard Depardieu, Bulle Ogier and André Rouyer.
Banned by the BBFC and GLC for a 1976 cinema release but was shown on the
private cinema club circuit in 1977. Unbanned and passed X after cuts for 1981 cinema release. Passed 18 uncut for DVD since 2003.
Gérard Depardieu as Olivier enters an apartment in order to rob the place,
but unknowingly breaks into a haven for sadomasochistic fantasies. During the burglary he encounters Ariane (Bulle Ogier) who he had met earlier, but this time she is a dominatrix who controls situations as she dives into other people's madness.
Olivier is spellbound by Ariane as he falls in love with her, and it leads him into a scorching affair where he is bound to be burnt as he is mystified by Ariane's dark trade.
an avant-garde film as it explores in-depth the theme of sadomasochistic fantasies and its sub-culture as set in a love story.
On this occasion, it was decided that the 1981 cuts to sight of genital detail were no longer required under the terms of BBFC Guidelines or policy, and that the scenes of sadomasochism were
permissible, in this specific context, at 18 . It was recognised that the film was a serious exploration of a difficult subject rather than a prurient or exploitative work. It was also agreed that the scenes in question were unlikely to lead to a
risk of harm to adult audiences in the 21st century, given the relative restraint in their presentation, certainly by contemporary standards.
Heavy edits made to remove the sights of genitals as a woman is being bound and whipped
Edits to shots of abrasions after a man is whipped and subsequently probed with a needle between his
Edits to a scene where a male client has his genitals nailed to a plank of wood and his nipples pierced. This was particularly graphic. The scene showed a few pins going through the skin around the penis
rather than through it. No blood either.
The BBFC explained: The BBFC have changed:
Encouraged by a change in the law enabling us to consider the film as a whole instead of throwing our pinnies over our heads over the decency of its component parts,
enabled by the same legislation to consider the audience the film is likely to reach, encouraged by the gradual spread of cinemas catering to an intelligent audience [...] we have changed more than we, or certainly I, would have realised without this
confrontation with ourselves of four years ago . In the end, the Board agreed to classify the film 'X' subject to cuts in three scenes
UK: Passed X by Berkshire council after cuts for:
1977 local cinema release
The cuts were:
remove the scene where a client is nailed by his genitalia to a piece of wood and nails are stuck through his nipples;
remove the scene depicting the humane slaughter of a horse
remove the parts of a scene where a girl is being punished at the country house where Olivier draws a belt across her vagina;
remove the scene where Olivier urinates in the face of a client
UK: Released uncut for:
1977 cinema club release
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
1976 cinema release.
The BBFC's James Ferman explained the ban:
After a second viewing with Lord Harlech and other Examiners, we now agree that this is really a picture which cannot be granted a national certificate at this time. We all feel it is
a film of some merit which deserves a showing in Britain, but its subject matter and very frank treatment would, we believe, make it unacceptable to the majority of licensing authorities in the country without very heavy cuts, and these might change the
nature of the film.
Major Dundee is a 1965 US western by Sam Peckinpah. With Charlton Heston, Richard Harris and Jim Hutton.
The original theatrical release was shortened by the studio without the Director's agreement. The restored version was released in 2005. Peckinpah's original ran around the 150m mark but has never been released.
UK: The Restored Version/Extended Version was passed PG uncut for:
From IMDb. The 2005 restored version contains 12 additional minutes of footage originally edited by the studio without the director's consent. Three major scenes (and some minor ones) were added to the restored version, along with a new score by
Captain Tyreen and his men are captured by Dundee in a mountain stream as they attempt to escape the prison;
Dundee spends more time recovering in Durango, falling in love with Melinche (Aurora Clavell), a Mexican girl who nurses his wounds;
A scene where Dundee, Tyreen, a several of their officers find a marker left for them by Charriba (Michael Pate) and discuss strategy on how to fight him. At the end of the scene, we learn the fate of the Indian scout Riago (Jose Carlos Ruiz),
who has been crucified in a tree by Charriba's men. In the original version, his character simply disappears without a trace.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed PG without BBFC cuts for:
Reductions in time voyeur watches girls changing via mirrors
Removed killer slitting woman's throat in swimming pool
Judy removing her bra when changing. Then removed the killer cutting her arm with a knife. Also removed, Judy
escaping for a short while before being pursued and then killed with another throat slashing. Finally the killer cleaning Judy's bloody body in the shower has been deleted.
Malabimba is a 1979 Italy adult horror drama by Andrea Bianchi (as Andrew White). Starring Katell Laennec, Enzo Fisichella and Patrizia Webley.
As well as the regular version there is a longer version with hardcore inserts and deleted scenes.
Bimba ( Katell Laennec ) lives in a
gothic castle with her family. However, after her family conducts a seance to communicate with her dead mother, Bimba begins acting in increasingly strange and perverted ways. With her father at a loss for what to do, he invites a beautiful nun who
resides in the castle to try and help get her under control. However, the Sister soon suspects that Bimba has become possessed by an insatiable, sex-starved demon which will stop at nothing, including murder, to fulfill its depraved and unholy desires.
The BBFC state that these cuts are the same for both cinema and video version yet the cinema cuts ar listed at 3s
Mamma Mia! Here We Go
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 USA musical music film by Ol Parker. Starring Lily James, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski.
Abba changed the lyrics to some of its classic hits to make them more acceptable to today's PC world. Tracks rerecorded for this summer's blockbuster movie, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, have been altered to remove any hint of
inappropriate relationships between young girls and older men.
The biggest change comes in the 1976 song When I Kissed The Teacher , about a female student besotted with her male teacher. It originally featured the line:
One of these days, Gonna tell him I dream of him every night. One of these days, Gonna show him I care. Gonna teach him a lesson alright.
But the film version changes the teacher's gender and the emphasis:
What a mad day, Now I see everything in a different light. What a mad day, I was up in the air. And she taught me a lesson alright.
The cut scene was an unsimulated scene of a cat being thrown into a room full of rats, the rats killing the cat.
The video was given a limited release to UK ethenic Chinese
video stores only (which probably goes some way to explain why the BBFC treated it so leniently, its' re-enactments of WWII atrocities make Saving Private Ryan look like an episode of The A Team).
The film has
been shown uncut at London's Imperial War Museum, as part of an exhibition of war atrocities. It is also available uncut on video in Australia (World Supply and Video), with an 'M' certificate (their '15'). It has also been released in Hong Kong on video
The Man Called Noon is a 1973 Spain/Italy/UK western by Peter Collinson. With Richard Crenna, Stephen Boyd and Rosanna Schiaffino.
BBFC category cuts were required for an AA rated cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated on 2010 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Well Above Average
Noon is a
gunfighter who has become amnesiac. Helped by Rimes, an outlaw who has befriended him, he tries to figure out who he is actually. It gradually appears that his wife and kid have been murdered.
It is far from perfect but is
certainly lifted well above the average Spaghetti nonsense by a director with flair and imagination. The film boasts a good clear picture quality reflecting well on the restoration work.
Dragon Flies is a 1975 Hong Kong / Australia action adventure drama by Brian Trenchard-Smith and Yu Wang. Starring Yu Wang, George Lazenby and Hugh Keays-Byrne.
The film was cut by the BBFC for 1975 cinema release and has not been released since
Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a
drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.
Man of the East is a 1972 Italy / France / Yugoslavia action comedy western by Enzo Barboni (as EB Clucher). Starring Terence Hill, Gregory Walcott and Yanti Somer.
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated 1973 cinema release. A shortened version was released on 1986 VHS. The full length version was passed PG uncut for DVD.
By his dying father's last wish Joe is sent to the Wild West to become a real guy. The dreamy young man despises guns and fights, likes poems and prefers bicycles to horses. Now his three teachers, footpads all of them, shall teach
him otherwise. This doesn't work, until Joe has to defend himself against gunman Morton, who's jealous of Joe's love to rancher Ohlsen's beautiful daughter.
UK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, sex references, mild bad language for:
a famous shot of Hazel Court's breast as she briefly unfurls a wrap during a modelling session. Apparently shot for a continental version which may have been located in France but it hasn't made it to any DVD releases yet. It is also reported that
Hammer Films retains a copy with the nude scene.
cuts to the climatic disintegration of Anton Diffring
The Man with the Iron Fist 2 is a 2015 USA action film by Roel Reiné. Starring Sahajak Boonthanakit, Ocean Hou and Grace Huang.
Available as the R rated Theatrical Version and Unrated/Uncut Version
Thaddeus (RZA) is back in this explosive action adventure inspired by Kung Fu classics.
A reluctant villager joins forces with a mysterious outsider to fight off powerful evil forces, both earthly and otherworldly, in a 19th Century Chinese mining town.
When a stranger, Thaddeus, is found badly wounded near the village, miner Li Kung
(Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Kang) offer him refuge. With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic
Uncut Unrated Version
UK: The Uncut/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
2015 Universal Iron Fists Collection [I + II uncut version] R2 DVD at UK Amazon
The Man with the Severed Head is a 1976 Spain/France horror by Juan Fortuny. With Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar and Olivier Mathot.
The English Version was cut in the US and was further cut by the BBFC for 1985 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts were later waived for 2004 DVD. The French uncut version was passed 18 by the BBFC for 2017 DVD
Material: Fleapits of Europe
Spain's greatest horror icon Paul Naschy is transformed into a raging psychopath in this sleazy ride to murder and depravity from a time when exploitation cinema ruled the fleapits of
When a jewellery heist goes awry, Jack Surnett (Naschy) finds himself with a bullet in his head and few options. Luckily, his gang have the novel idea to transplant his brain into the corpse of their arch nemesis, a
gangster called The Sadist . But as he settles into his new body, Jack feels sinister urges welling up inside, urges that will lead him down a path to madness, torture and crimson murder!
uncut French Version
UK: The French/European Version was passed 15 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex for:
The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 USA mystery thriller by John Frankenheimer. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh.
The BBFC required category cuts for an A rated 1962 cinema release. A cut
West German version has been adopted for worldwide home video releases. This was passed 15 by the BBFC from 1988 to 2000 and 12 from 2010.
A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by
Communists into becoming a political assassin. But another former prisoner may know how to save him.
Mandingo is a 1975 USA action romance by Richard Fleischer. Starring James Mason, Susan George and Perry King.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1975 cinema release and agin for an 18 rated
1987 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Amazing
Mandingo is truly an amazing movie. One would think that this is as close you can get to actually seeing the slave-owning
south on film.
Mandingo is probably lumped into the "cult/camp classic" category because this is a film no one would dare make today, unless the slaves got a major comeuppance at the end. They do not here.
This film is a brutal look at slave owners and their slaves which will leave the audience gasping. Some of the lines are so daring by today's politically-correct standards, there's no doubt they'd get a lot of laughs.
Manglehorn is a 2014 USA drama by David Gordon Green. Starring Al Pacino, Holly Hunter and Chris Messina.
Originally rated R for some sexual material.
The studio appealed to the CARA appeals board, and without cuts being required, the rating was reduced to PG-13 for some sexual content and language, and for accident and surgery images.
A strange and lonely man tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life.
The Mangler is a 1995 South Africa / UK horror mystery by Tobe Hooper. Starring Robert Englund, Ted Levine and Daniel Matmor.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but uncut and 18 rated in the UK. The
uncut version was later released in the US and is MPAA Unrated.
When an accident involving a folding machine at an old laundry occurs, detective John Hunton decides to
investigate. What he finds is the owner of the laundry, Bill Gartley. Meanwhile the folding machine has acquired a taste for the flesh of human beings, but is there more to Bill Gartley than meets the eye, and does he know what monster hides behind the
Sherry tries to rescue Mrs. Frawley from the mangler by grabbing her legs. Just after she has done that, there is a bloody close up of Frawley's head inside the machine (2 sec)
About 16 secs later there is
another close up of Frawley inside the machine. It shows her upper body covered in blood (2 sec)
The death of Frawley is also shown in close up. It shows when her head is crushed by the roller. (2 sec)
When Pictureman takes the second picture of Frawleys mangled body, the close up stays longer and shows a pile of flesh (3 sec)
In the scene where George gets stuck in the machine, a close up is shown when the axe hits his arm, it sprays blood first on the man who cut Georges arm, then on Sherry. Gartley yells "Sherry", a close up of Georges
face and the bloody stump is then shown. George yells in agony and Sherry looks up to Gartley. This lasts about 11 sec
When Lin Sue gets killed, it shows in close up her body beeing mangled (2 sec)
few sec later, there is another close up of her mangled body ( 2 sec)
The death of Gartley, it shows a 5 sec shot when his thigh gets folded to his stomach. Intercut is close ups of Hunton.
About 14 sec
later when Gartley finally has been mangled, a close up of his waist is shown, it sprays blood up in the air. What only remains is his upper body (2 sec)
This is a workprint variant that is missing several small but important pieces of dialogue and had an altered pre-credits sequence. It incorporates some brief shots from the 1987 director's cut (which runs four minutes longer than the true
theatrical cut), while dropping a few shots from the true theatrical cut.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
Maniac is a 2012 France/USA horror thriller by Franck Khalfoun. With Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder.
Uncut and 18 rated in the UK. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. Banned in
Elijah Wood stars in this remake of director William Lustig's 1980 horror classic of the same name. To say that Frank (Wood) is a troubled young man would be an
understatement - as the ever-growing number of young women he has murdered since the death of his mother (America Olivo), with whom he enjoyed an unhealthily close relationship, demonstrates only too well. Frank runs a mannequin store and likes to apply
the scalps of his victims to the models in his spare time. However, when beautiful young artist Anna (Nora Arnezeder) wanders into the store and talks about making use of its resources for an exhibition she is planning, she presents Frank with a
troubling quandary. Anna appears to offer the possibility of a human relationship that will fill the void created by his mother's death, but she also excites his desire to kill and possess. Will Frank be able to overcome his homicidal urges?
UK: Passed 18 uncut for suicide theme and footage of real suicides for:
Maniac is a 1980 US serial killer horror by William Lustig. With Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro and Abigail Clayton.
The Uncut Unrated Theatrical Version is preferred over the shortened
Director's Cut. Once Banned by the BBFC, then released later with cuts. The film was also cut in the US for an R Rating.
Summary review: Shocking
This is definitely a film that will leave you
thinking. The main reason being the main character Frank Zito aka Joe Spinell plays the most realistic psycho/deranged person I've ever seen on film. The whole time I was thinking is this guy really insane? Either this guy is a genius actor or he's
really nuts. That's how real he is in this role. His presence will creep you out. He's the biggest weirdo I've ever seen on film.
The story focuses on frank the serial killer and his killings and insanity. Some of the
scenes are gruesome, but they will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be able to put yourself in both franks shoes and feel the victims terror as she is stalked and hides from Frank... Especially the subway bathroom scene. That's an intense
scene. Frank keeps on killing till the end when his own demons finally come back to haunt him.
Any horror fan should have this in their collection.
US: The uncut Theatrical Version is MPAA Unrated for:
UK: The Theatrical Version was banned by the BBFC for:
1998 Exploited VHS
1981 cinema release
The BBFC explained their 1998 ban:
Two (of the videos rejected so far in 1998) were serial killer films in which sex is linked with the pleasure of
killing. In one of those films, Maniac, a series of defenceless women are stalked, terrorised, attacked and murdered, while being photographed in a deliberately sexualised way. The film is one of a genre known as 'stalk and slash', and here each stalking
and killing is protracted, sometimes ending with the scalping of the victim. When the police eventually catch up with the killer, he survives, leaving us to anticipate that the stalking and mutilation will begin again. The pleasures on offer here seem to
the Board to be unhealthy and dangerous because of the way that the killing of women is linked with the sexual arousal of men.
Gossip has it that Maniac was initially viewed by four censors; three men and one woman. The three men said the
film should be rejected because of its anti-women depictions. The woman thought the film was cut-able.
2017 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
Thanks to Tim who comments:
I'm also fairly sure that the Indicator print of Hammer's Maniac is the BBFC cut print (despite the BBFC statement about waived cuts) since all the releases I've seen are the BBFC cut
print but I don't own it so can't be definite.
In fact the running time is also 2:14s shorter than the version submitted for cinema release in 1963.
Maniac Cop is a 1988 US action film by William Lustig. With Tom Atkins and Bruce Campbell.
Cut by the BBFC. Cuts later waived. There is also an extended TV version.
comments: Worth a watch
When reports come in of a man in a police uniform committing gore drenched bloody murder on New York streets, officer Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) stands accused. Now, with
few friends, powerful enemies and a psychopathic slayer still at large, it's up to Jack to prove he's not guilty and bring down the killer.
This film has a good B-movie cast with Tom Atkins, Richard Roundtree and
Some good tension is built up in the various chases around the city and overall this is definitely worth a watch.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for:
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence is a 1993 US action horror by William Lustig. With Robert Davi, Robert Z'Dar and Caitlin Dulany.
Cut for violence for an R rated Theatrical Version which was distributed in UK. The uncut version is Unrated
A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a
hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and anyone that stands in his way.
enter the tent if you're expecting a steamy lesbian brief encounter.
What unfolds here is the depiction of need, fantasy, wish fulfillment and the use of allure to entice weakness and then to smash those lives upon the
sharpened stakes of feminine guile.
The bored middle class housewife finds fantasy and reality in her art class friend, her saviour and her mortal danger. Her muse senses the need and draws her into her web. Initially
entailing the victim to make small sacrifices until they become larger and larger to prove her love. Ending with the demand to enter oblivion at the behest of the siren.
It is slow placed, shot using various focal
settings, capturing the essence of the claustrophobic worlds of need, desire and the avenging angel.
The naked bodies, scandalous in the 60's, now in an age of image bombardment, have a diminished potency. The beauty of
the protagonist still projects as does her guile.
Manmadhudu 2 is a 2019 India comedy romance by Rahul
Ravindran. Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Rakul Preet Singh and Vennela Kishore.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2019.
Manmadhudu 2 a sequel is a romantic comedy of a 40-something playboy who
doesn't fall in love but only makes love.
UK: Passed 12A for strong language, violence after 28s of
2019 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove a moment of strong violence (a man slamming a woman's head against a table) and reduce the number of uses of strong language in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence
2019 cinema release, unreleased in favour of a cut 12A version
A topless dancer attracts, seduces, then murders the men she sleeps with using household tools.
This little gem is one of the first key films to combine gore with sleaze. Groovy
60s psychedelia, go-go dancers, sexploitation and horror, all beautifully photographed by Laszlo Kovacs, collide in a kaleidoscope of color and LSD laden sensibilities.
Not to everyone's tastes though, but Susan Stewart will win a
Mardi Gras Massacre is a 1978 US horror by Jack Weis. With Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment and William Metzo.
Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Not released since in the UK. Uncut in the US
Summary Review: Cheese and sleaze!
Not exactly a straight slasher as many believe but it's surely as cheesy, and unintentionally funny as any slasher from the 80's.
Mardi Gras Massacre could be considered as a toned down exploitation low
budget. The plot asks for brutality, violence, sleaze but the truth is that the execution of the idea isn't as half as good as it should.
The ritual method is repeated in all the death scenes. So we don't get originality or probably there wasn't
enough budget to at least create three different gore scenes. It's okay but even ultra low budget slashers have at least two different killing methods! Anyways, Mardi Gras Massacre has generated some kind of cult over the years but sincerely, this
isn't a must see. The movie should only be watched by b-movie lovers or morbid fans of low budget cheese and sleaze!
Released on VHS in 1982 on the Goldstar label and later on the Market label. Banned as a video nasty in November 1983 and stayed on the list throughout the panic so became one of the
UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
2012 Kase SAS/Manga Entertainment video [Theatrical + Directors] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
2012 Kase SAS/Manga Entertainment video
[Theatrical + Directors] R2 DVD at UK Amazon
See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com . The original
Japanese Theatrical Version is closer to the original Ubukata's novel which doesn't contain THAT much sex and violence, while his Director's Cut focuses much more on Rune's occupation as a prostitute and the abuse by her father in her childhood.
Only the additional scenes make a real difference because
they contain new story elements now and then. For instance, one gets to see of more Lisa at acting school, more background information about in Joan's conversations with Ramon and Lisa's pregnancy / abortion is not only vagely mentioned but actually
shown as well. But these are just a tiny part of the differences. The extended scenes contains lots of unspectacular footage which has been most likely been cut from the Theatrical Version for pace reasons.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
2012 20th Century Fox video
2012 20th Century Fox Online
2012 cinema release
US: The Theatrical Version is uncut for:
2012 Fox Searchlght [Theatrical + Extended] RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon
At 14.5 mins - After shots of bare branches blowing outside window, all imitable instructive techniques of how to fix heroin, including shots of spoon being heated over flame, tourniquet applied to arm and tightened with teeth, arm being tapped for
vein, needle pushed into skin, and arm clenched as tourniquet is loosened was removed. Drug abuse may be suggested by stylised montage of images, eg. syringe or pills being poured, but not by realistic details. (Shots of woman losing consciousness,
At 38 mins -In bathroom suicide attempt, all sight of razor blade, wrists being slit, nude woman`s entire torso lying back in bath covered with blood and later full-length shots of policemen trying to grasp her nude body were
removed. (Shot of her sitting up in bath with zoom in to face and later CUs of half-submerged and struggling face remained, but emphasis on combination of blood and female nudity was removed.)
At 41 mins - In hospital sequence which follows,
sight of slashed wrists indicating vertical slashes was removed.
At 51.5 mins - When young woman attacks her former lover, big close up of razor blade slashing neck was removed.
Mario is a 2018 Switzerland romance by Marcel Gisler. Starring Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras and Jessy Moravec.
Passed 18 uncut for cinema release in 2018 but the follow up DVD was cut for a 15 rating.
-Mario is in love for the first time in his life, really a
crush. In Leon, the new from Germany. Although he plays at the front of the storm and could even be dangerous when it comes to those who can rise into the first team. But Mario may not think over it now. He wants Leon to feel, smell, in its proximity.
The others in the club remains not hidden and soon make first rumors. Mario sees his career as a professional footballer in danger, but wants Leon not to lose at the same time at any price. He must make a decision.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 15 for strong sex references, sex, language without further BBFC cuts:
Mark of the Devil is a 1969 German horror by Michael Armstrong. With Herbert Lom, Udo Kier and Olivera Katarina.
Cut by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release and 1993 VHS which was withdrawn following police seizures. Less cut for 2003 DVD and finally uncut for 2013 Blu-ray/DVD.
Summary Review: Atmospheric Euro
Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom strangling Reggie Nalder to death for calling him impotent.
Kier begins to see for himself that the witch trials are nothing but a scam of the church to rob people of their land, money, and other personal belongings of value and seduce beautiful big breasted women.
This film contains very
strong graphic torture including a women's tongue being ripped out of her head, nuns being raped (in the opening credits), and lots of beatings.
Back in its day, this film was probably the most controversial movie ever made as it
depicted the witch trials going on Europe during the darkest page of human existence.
The entire cast gives it their all and makes this film believable. The only hindrance is the dubbing, but for foreign horror film fans like me,
dubbing just adds to the charm.
I was pleasantly surprised and got a much better film than I was expecting. If you're a fan of atmospheric Euro horror, don't believe all the bad hype as this film is a true gem.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and torture with previous cuts waived for:
This Cheezy release has been widely criticised for poor sound quality and a washed out picture. It does however boast of including a vomit bag.
UK: Passed 18 after some previous cuts were waived for:
2003 Anchor Bay R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Cut required to scene of sexualised torture
The BBFC cuts were:
Nudity has been removed from the scene showing a partially naked girl (Gaby Fuchs) on the rack suffering also from her feet being branded
UK: Passed 18 after 4:27s of BBFC cuts for:
1993 Redemption VHS
Thanks to Vincenzo and Daniel Stillings. The BBFC cuts were:
At 37 mins - In scene where blonde is stretched on rack, remove all close shots of hands and fingers being tortured. [12s. Thumb screw torture suffered by Gaby Fuchs].
At 41 mins - Remove
entire scene of blonde being tortured on rack, including shots of branding and all sight of breast nudity. [1:59s. Gaby Fuchs being stretched half naked on the rack and having her feet branded with hot irons].
48 mins - After man's pants are pulled down, remove scene of him forced on to bed of spikes, including screams, sight of blood from buttocks and blood on feet. [12s removed details of the Baron sitting on nails and having his feet whipped].
At 50 mins - After first appearance of complicated device, remove remaining sequence of removal of blonde woman's tongue, starting with sight of fitting contraption round her head, and including close shot of blood dripping from
At 64 mins - Remove all close shots of stiletto pushed into man's stomach as he is held against painting. [6s removed from torture of the puppeteer].
At 73 mins -
After shot of man whipping body below screen, remove sight of shackled feet and striated back. [4s removed from the Baron being whipped on his back].
At 76 mins - Severely reduce sequence where bearded man attempts
to rape woman thrown on bed, cutting just after first close shot of hand clutching sheet and before sight of bodice pulled down to give prominence to heaving breast. Resume on extreme close up of man's eyes. [59s removing most of Cumberland's
(Herbert Lom) rape of the puppeteer's wife].
UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
1981 Intervision VHS
Intervision released this video uncut prior to the Video Recordings Act but it was rapidly withdrawn after police sezures. The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order
UK: A short version was passed X (18) after substantial BBFC cuts for:
1971 cinema release
Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC cuts were:
Reel 1 - Drastically shorten the scene of women being burnt at the stake, removing all shots in which they appear to be in contact with the flames.
Reel 1 - Remove all shots of Albino
piercing Vanessa's back with a sharp instrument, together with the sound of her cries.
Reel 2 - Remove all shots and sounds of Albino lashing Vanessa and sounds of her cries.
Reel 2 - Remove the shot of Deidre's bruised and bleeding hands when she is brought in by Albino.
Reel 3 - Remove the entire scene in which Deidre is seen and heard on the rack, and all shots of her hands being placed in the thumbscrews.
Reel 3 - Remove the whole of the
second scene in which Deidre is seen and heard on the rack, with all shots and sounds of her feet being burned and shots of her feet afterwards.
Reel 3 - Remove the entire episode in which a young couple are seen
making love in a bedroom and afterwards Albino and his henchmen break down the door, try to rape the girl, and stab the man.
Reel 3 - Remove all shots and sounds of the Baron being set upon a bed of spikes and
Reel 3 - Remove entire scene in which Deidre is tortured and her tongue is torn out, and all shots of her bleeding face and mouth afterwards.
Reel 4 - Drastically reduce
the shots of the burning of Deidre. The scene should start after she has been hauled up when the man sets the torch to the faggots, and there should be no shots of her apparently in contact with the flames.
Reel 4 -
Remove all shots and sounds of the Baron being tortured by thumbscrews or by having a fire lit under him.
Reel 4 - Remove all shots of the puppetmaster being stabbed in the stomach with a stiletto.
Reel 4 - Remove the incident in which a man is stabbed in the eye and shots of him holding his bleeding eye afterwards.
Reel 4 - Remove all shots and sounds of the rape of the puppetmaster's
wife by Cumberland, stopping the scene as he chases her into the bedroom.
Reel 4 - Reel 5 - Remove all shots of the Baron when he is bound and screaming. Remove the flash shot of the Baron's head being severed and
the shot of his body twitching afterwards.
Reel 4 - Remove the shot showing a dead man with a severed arm and bleeding stump.
Reel 4 - Remove all shots showing the spiked belt
which is placed around Christian's waist, leaving only the suggestion that he is hung up and brutally killed in an unknown way.
Marked for Death is a 1990 USA action crime thriller by Dwight H Little. With Steven Seagal, Basil Wallace and Keith David.
18 rated and cut by the BBFC for all versions until the 2013 Blu-ray which
was passed 15 uncut
Thanks to Motorcycle Man:
A trailer for Marked for Death had a throat chop cut which wasn't in the final film. The 1s BBFC cut was made in 1991 even though the trailer was 18 rated.
Summary Review: Favourite
Chicago DEA agent John Hatcher has just returned from Colombia, where his partner was killed in the line of duty by a drug dealer who has since been taken down. As a result
of his partner's death, John has decided to retire, but his retirement may not be permanent.
The film has some terrific action sequences and set pieces, example being the shopping centre fight which really showcases Seagal's
talents. This has excellent pacing as well as good location shoots. The score for Marked for Death is amazing, suiting the film so well, giving it the right sinister kind of atmosphere. The voodoo elements were cool, Screwface has to be one of the best
villains and the twist at the end is unexpected.
UK: Passed 18 after about 18s of BBFC cuts with the arm break cut waived for:
2003 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
2001 20th Century Fox DVD
The cuts for this version are:
The night-time raid on Screwface's house in Jamaica has lost a neck break and then an arm-break (6 secs).
The end battle between Seagal and Screwface has been cut in two places - firstly a close-up of
Seagal gouging out Screwface's eyes is missing (3 secs) and then a few seconds later a vicious back-break (9 secs) after the two have crashed through the stone wall.
The version showing on Sky TV is also cut (though slightly differently). The recent Channel 5 screening contains all of the above footage - on network television! - in exchange for a brief snip to the opening scene - a hand severing -
which is present in the video version.
UK: P assed 18 after a further BBFC cut which now added up to 22s for:
1999 20th Century Fox VHS
1991 CBS/Fox VHS
The cuts for this version are:
The cinema cuts were replicated but implemented slightly differently.
The night-time raid on Screwface's house in Jamaica, which had already lost an arm break in the cinema cuts, loses an additional neck
UK: Passed 18 after 8s of BBFC cuts for violence for:
1990 cinema release
The cuts for this version are:
The fight in the department store between Seagal and the Jamaicans is missing an arm-break (3 secs).
The night-time raid on Screwface's house in Jamaica, has lost another arm-break (6 secs)- this occurs
just before Seagal faces Screwface's twin brother.
The end battle between Seagal and Screwface has been cut in two places - firstly a close-up of Seagal gouging out Screwface's eyes is missing (3 secs) and then a few
seconds later a vicious back-break (9 secs) after the two have crashed through the stone wall.
Marmaduke is a 2010 US children's comedy by Tom Dey. With Owen Wilson, Judy Greer and Lee Pace.
Passed U after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:
2010 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
2010 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove a use of discriminatory language ('spaz') in order to achieve a U classification. An uncut 12A classification was available.
The Cuts were:
What a gargantuan spaz was replaced with : What a gargantuan klutz
Gavin Salkeld Adds:
The BBFC list this dialogue substitution in a red box on their website, which generally (I believe) means the cuts were made after formal submission.
The BBFC annual report
wrongly claims the film was passed PG, and that the cuts were made following an advice screening (which would usually place the cuts in a yellow box on the film's database listing).
Either way, the UK edition is cut
Maroc 7 is a 1967 UK crime thriller by Gerry O'Hara. Starring Gene Barry, Elsa Martinelli and Leslie Phillips.
BBFC category cuts were required for 'A' rated cinema release in 1966.
Running times suggest that PG rated home video releases are the same cut version.
The lady of a top fashion magazine doubles as a jewel thief and becomes involved in
UK: Presumably the cut cinema version was
passed PG for moderate violence, mild sex references and smoking scenes:
Marquis de Sade's Justine is a1969 Italian horror by Jesus Franco. With Klaus Kinski, Romina Power and Maria Rohm.
A short version was cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release. It is
uncut on home vide and is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US
Summary Review : Pretty Tame
Justine tells the tale of two beautiful sisters, Juliette, an
amoral nymphomaniac, and Justine, who seeks a life of chastity and virtue. Unfortunately for Justine, while her depraved sister finds nothing but success and happiness, she suffers constant despair and abuse, being raped, tortured, whipped, and accused
of theft amongst umpteen other disasters during her turbulent young life.
This tale isn't bad, and fairly explicit, for the late 60's, but is still pretty tame, by today's standards. It has a weird appearance by Jack
Palance, as a mad monk. Also, a limited appearance by the late Klaus Kinski.
Marriage 2.0 is a 2015 USA romance by Paul Deeb. Starring Nina Hartley, India Summer and Ryan Driller.
Billed as a crossover movie between hardcore and mainstream the film exists in 2 versions, a cut NC-17 rated version and an uncut Unrated version.
Wander the Internet
or your neighborhood and it's clear: throughout our culture, much of what was true 20 years ago is not necessarily the case now. Our relationships, romantic and otherwise, are in many ways beginning to reflect these new realities. Set against the vivid,
natural beauty of Northern California and San Francisco, Marriage 2.0 follows a couple (India Summer and Ryan Driller) on their search for personal freedom, emotional and sexual bliss within the context of an honest and committed modern relationship.
What makes Marriage 2.0 a different kind of relationship movie is its frankness; for all the pleasures of open relationships, jealousy and vulnerability do not magically disappear. This love letter to San Francisco - the cultural epicenter of the
alternative relationship movement - suggests that the ideas of growth, novelty, and sexual adventure can exist within a millennial marriage. Marriage 2.0 tells a story both timely and universal.
US: The uncut version is MPAA Unrated
US: Cut for an MPAA NC-17 rating for explicit sexual content and graphic nudity
Martin is a 1977 USA horror drama by George A Romero. Starring John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel and Christine Forrest.
Always uncut but exists in 2 versions, the Original Version and Italian
Version. The film was caught up in the video nasties panic and was seized by the authorities, without ever being listed on the official list.
George Romero does for vampires what he has
already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburg to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin's soul
and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin's loneliness finds other means of release.
UK: The Re-edited Version/Italian Version was passed 18 uncut for strong language, bloody violence and sexualised violence for:
UK: The Original Version was released uncut on pre-cert video for:
1982 Hello VHS
The video got caught up in the video nasties panic and was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. However no prosecutions resulted and the video never made the official video nasties list.
Mask is a 1985 USA biography by Peter Bogdanovich. Starring Cher, Eric Stoltz and Sam Elliott.
The Theatrical Version was passed 15 by the BBFC for 1985 cinema release,
VHS and 2003 DVD. The Director's Cut was passed 12 for 2018 Bu-ray.
Rusty Dennis is the mother of Rocky, a seriously deformed but extremely intelligent and emotionally warm teenager.
Rusty is a no-nonsense mother whose wild lifestyle is often at odds with her tenderness and protectiveness towards Rocky. She is determined that Rocky be given the same chances and happiness that everyone else takes for granted.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 12 uncut for infrequent drug misuse, infrequent strong language for:
The Director's Cut print runs around 7 minutes longer and includes a scene where Rocky & Rusty sing around a bonfire, and the funeral of cyclist Red (his motorbike is buried beside him). It also replaces the Bob Seger songs with those of Bruce
Springsteen that were originally intended.
Massage Parlor Murders! is a 1973 USA crime mystery thriller by Chester Fox and
Alex Stevens. Starring George Spencer, Sandra Peabody and John Moser.
Not released in the UK. Exists in 2 variants in the US with a prologue
being removed for a re-issue.
A vicious serial killer is stalking the streets of New York City, murdering Times Square massage girls in a variety of brutal ways. It's up to a
rogue detective team to solve the case as the body count continues to rise! Chock full of over the top sex and violence and complete with high speed car chase through Manhattan,
Massage Parlor Murders
US: The original version was uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2013 Vinegar Syndrome [Original + Reissue] R0 Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo titled Massage Parlor Murders at US Amazon
shortened Massage Parlor Hookers
US: A 6 minute prologue was removed for a reissued version for
2013 Vinegar Syndrome [Original + Reissue] R0 Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo titled Massage Parlor Hookers at US Amazon
France, a reporter working from an international news agency, manages to be paid to visit all of Munich's massage parlors. He wants to find the whereabouts of Sonia, a personal masseuse with whom he experienced perfect
Masss is a 2015 India by Venkat Prabhu. Starring Suriya, Nayanthara
BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated 2015 cinema release.
category cuts 1:41s
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence after 1:41s of BBFC category cuts for:
2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Cuts were made to remove and reduce moments of strong violence, including stabbings and a woman and a child being set on fire, in order to achieve a 12A classification. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. A 15
uncut was available.
The Master is a1992 Hong Kong/US action film by Hark Tsui. With Jet Li, Wah Yuen and Crystal Kwok.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1998. Uncut and 18 rated since 2005 DVD. There's a shortened US version with an MPAA R rating.
Summary Review: Jet Li comes to America
Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master has problems with his former student Jonny who wants to kill his old master to show everyone who the real master is. Uncle Tak wants Jet Li, his best student, to come over from China to help. Jet is not familiar with the American way of life, but knows how to fight.
The film is played out mainly as comedy but is a bit slow and only really gets serious in the final 20 minutes. Jet Li is as good as he always is in the fight sequences.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence after pervious BBFC cuts waived for:
2005 Contender/ UK Hong Kong
Legends Collectors Edition R2 DVD
UK: Passed 18 after 11s of BBFC cuts for:
1998 MIA VHS
The cuts were:
Knuckledusters, chainsticks & butterfly knives just cannot be seen by those sensitive Brits. It doesn't really matter whether they are being used or not
US: The 2002 Dimension release was shortened for reasons of pace
From IMDb. The following scenes
were cut from the US version:
The opening scene, in which Anna fights a gymnastics student. A scene of Anna being banned from gymnastics school. A scene of Jet walking through Los Angeles is cut slightly. Also,
acoustic guitar music replaces the original, more somber score, changing the intentions of the scene significantly. A scene in which Jet, after the clinic is raided, finds Anna beaten up.
The 2002 cinema version and 2003 DVD were similarly cut by the BBFC. Company chose to remove dangerous imitable technique, a series of head butts, to gain a PG category. A "12A" uncut was available to the distributor.
The Matrix is a 1999 USA / Australia action Sci-Fi film by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Cut by the BBFC for a 15 rated cinema and home video release. Uncut since
2006. Uncut in the US
Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his
reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged
wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines,
Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.
UK: Passed 15 after 10s of BBFC category cuts for:
1999 Warner R2 DVD
1999 cinema release
The BBFC cuts were to remove 8 headbutts to tone the film down from 18 to a requested 15. Thanks to Draven for the suggested layout: the cut shots are shown in bold:
Fight sequence where the rebel leader, Morpheus (Larry Fishborne), is captured. The scene starts with Morpheus landing on top of Agent Smith in the bathroom. after which they introduce themselves to one another. Smith then
squeezes Morpheus's knuckles as he moves Morpheus's hands away from his neck. Morpheus then headbutts him as this is all he can do. After this, Smith grabs him by the collar and simultaneously headbutts him three times in a
row after which he punches him in the chest. This throws Morpheus back against the wall behind as per the shitty British version.
Fight scene with Neo in the train station. Towards the
beginning of the fight, there is a shot where Agent Smith kicks Neo which makes him float sideways in the air and then punches him into the wall. Neo gets up after kicking away Smith. He then attacks Smith via punching him in a cool martial
arts manner . As this is happening, agent smith locks Neo by both his arms and headbutts him twice.
Later in the same fight scene.
After Neo is hurled away into the air after one of Agent Smith's punches at which point he spits out blood (both in the scene and in his chair), he gets up and entices Smith towards him via hand gestures. after this he trades punches with Smith
and then reverses the arm block back to Smith and headbutts him twice in much the same way that had been done to him a little earlier. Neo then punches Smith in the chin and does the four cool kicks in the air and chokes
Smith when he sticks his fingers out into his throat when his punch is blocked.
Cinema version should theoretically be the same as the video version but as Dave points out:
I can confirm that The Matrix played uncut in several regions of the North West in
England and in some cases with different scenes. In the Furness region in Cumbria North of England there was an additional scene when Neo stumbles upon Mouse doing some inventive programming on 'The Woman in Red' by making her breasts bigger in his
software program on screen for better 'Cyber sex' manipulation.
This scene was deleted in all international versions (including the R rated print) and runs about 15 seconds with dialogue, but for some strange
reason was included in our region's showing along with the 10 seconds of headbutts and violence. This had been confirmed by several friends who saw the film at that time. I also viewed The matrix in Manchester and it played the uncut R print minus the
Cyber sex scene.
Mausoleum is a 1983 USA horror by Michael Dugan. Starring Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee and Norman Burton.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating and this version was then passed 18 by
the BBFC for VHS. Released uncut in the US in 2019 and is MPAA Unrated.
Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that
possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the strange changes...
Max Payne is a 2008 Canada / USA action crime mystery by John Moore. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Beau Bridges.
Exists as a Theatrical PG-13 rated version and an MPAA Unrated Harder Cut. Both versions were passed 15 uncut by the BBFC.
Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne's
wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He's a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week: Alex, his ex-partner who may have found a
clue, and BB, the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max's wife worked. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and, for many who take it, brings hideous hallucinations. When one
of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive, her sister comes looking for him armed to the teeth; Max must move fast.
UK: The Harder Cut version was passed 15 uncut for:
BBFC cuts to the 1987 cinema release nor videos/DVDs from 1987 to 2008. The cut US R Rated Theatrical Version was submitted in all cases
From cuts details on
IMDb : There are three moments adding up to twelve seconds of footage missing from the final version of Maximum Overdrive. The footage was removed to avoid an X rating (due to the
available rating system and standards of 1986). The removed shots were:
Six Seconds of the Dixie Boy shoot out.
Three seconds of the steam roller running over the boy.
Three seconds of the salesman's face falling into his lap.
Maximum Risk is a 1996 USA action crime adventure by Ringo Lam. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge and Jean-Hugues Anglade.
Uncut by the BBFC for cinema release but cut for VHS and DVD. Uncut in the US
A policeman takes his twin brother's place and inherits his problems and a beautiful
girlfriend. He is forced to kickbox his way from France to the U.S. and back while playing footsie with the FBI and Russian mafia. Not just muscles with a badge, the policeman must find the answers to some tough questions, none harder than what the heck
is an accordion player doing in a sauna.
The street fight in the alley between Mikhail (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and some Russian thugs loses a close-up shot of a flick knife being opened, as well as an arm break by knee, and a Russian thug's head been smashed through a car
A chop to the throat trimmed as car door is opened
A wrist-snapping removed from fight in house with thug.
2 close-ups of knife stabbing missing
from fight in the Bank's elevator.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a 2015 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Wes
Ball. Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
BBFC advised category cuts were made for a 12A rated 2015 cinema release and 2015 12 rated home video labelled as the UK Version. Also passed 15 uncut for home video as the International version.
In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their
journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong
threat, violence and noted as the International Version.
The 15 rated uncut version has a restricted release on a HMV exclusive steelbook Blu-ray
May 2020. Netflix are screening the uncut 15 rated version.
UK Version BBFC advised category cuts
UK: The cut UK Version was passed 12 for
frequent moderate threat, violence after BBFC advised category cuts were made for:
UK: [2D + 3D formats] passed 12A for frequent moderate threat, violence after BBFC advised category cuts were made for:
2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making some
changes. The company was advised:
to reduce moments of threat and horror involving zombie-like characters [Cranks], and
to reduce the focus on injury in a scene in which a man [Marcus] is beaten for information.
When the film was formally submitted, changes had been made and, consequently, the film was passed 12A.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials received 21 complaints in 2015. The BBFC commented in its 2015
There were 21 complaints about violence and threat in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Scenes include gangs of people operating in a lawless environment, and infected zombie-like people attacking other
The distributor sought advice on how to secure the classification it was aiming to achieve. The BBFC advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but a 12A classification could be achieved by making
some changes, including reducing moments of threat and horror involving zombie-like characters, and reducing the focus on injury in a scene in which a man is beaten for information. When the film was formally submitted for classification, these changes
had been made and, consequently, the film is within the Guidelines at 12A where moderate physical and psychological threat is permitted, as long as horror sequences are not too frequent or sustained and the overall tone is not disturbing.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Wes Ball. Starring Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O'Brien.
BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in
2018. The film was passed 12 uncut for home video. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their
final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions
the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?
UK: The International Version was passed 12
uncut for moderate violence, threat, language for:
2018 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon
Note that disk extras for the 2018 home video release have been cut with 20s of bad language missing from the gag reel to avoid a 15 rating.
Somewhat unusually the home video release appears uncut at the same age rating as the
cut cinema version. The cuts for the cinema version were not made for specific violent scenes, just for overall scariness. Perhaps the BBFC felt that the film is not so scary on the small screen and so the cinema cuts were not required.
Stuart who suggests that maybe the cuts were made thinking of the under 12s at a cinema screening who are allowed if accompanied by adults. The 12 rating for home video does not consider under 12s.
And thanks to Jon who suggests that it's more to do
with the aural experience of a film in a cinema, compared to watching it on TV at home. The violence won't seem quite as visceral or shocking in a home setting.
UK : Thanks to SportStackerOctober who notes that this UK Amazon Video is not uncut; a shot is
missing of a Crank running towards the heroes during the tunnel scene around 25 minute.
BBFC advised category cuts \
UK: 2D and 3D UK cinema version was passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:
2018 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making some changes. The company was advised to
reduce moments of threat and 'horror' involving zombie-like characters. When the film was formally submitted, changes had been made and, consequently, the film was passed 12A.
The BBFC commented further in its 2015 Annual Report: :
We advised the distributor that in order for the film to achieve the requested 12A, they needed to make reductions to a sequence in which zombies attack a
group. The scene included a focus on people being threatened by zombies and several impactful shootings.