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Post by flavo5000 » May 29th, 2019, 3:27 pm

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Welcome to the Banned Films Challenge!
Goal:
Throughout the history of film, certain governments have taken it upon themselves to impose a sense of morality or fealty onto their populace, resulting in unsavory censorship practices or even outright bans. It is now your turn to thumb your nose in the direction of these imposing faces of authority and watch as many BANNED FILMS as you possibly can!

What constitutes a banned film?
This one could lead us down a rabbit hole of abuse if we aren't careful ("I watched Batman vs Superman for the challenge cuz my friends banned it from our movie nights!"). As a result, let's limit bans to a national governing body level (or if you can present a very good case for a regional ban, I'll allow those as well). We will be excluding any bans that encompass all or large swaths of films from a given regime for a given time period (for instance when Afghanistan banned all films completely from 1996 to 2001 or when Chile was banning films constantly between 1972 and 2001).

Rules:
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of TV Episodes count as a point
- The miniseries rule applies (episodes over 40 mins count as one entry, otherwise add episodes up to 60 minutes to count as one entry).
- Rewatches are allowed.
-Don't update posts. Just create new posts for new watches. If you update an old post, I may miss your watches and you will SUFFER!!! :P
- SPECIAL RULE: In addition to listing your watches, please include two more things: 1. The Country/Region in which the film was banned and 2. The reason the film was banned (leaving it simply as violence, sex, political, religious, other is sufficient. If other, feel free to elaborate a little more though. I'm sure people would be interested :) )

Official Lists:
None I'm afraid. While Tim Dirks' Most Controversial Films list contains many banned films, not all of them were actually banned. Some just caused an uproar in religious communities or in the general populous but were never outlawed. Feel free to use Tim Dirk's list as a guidepost if you'd like but please verify that the film was actually banned.

Unofficial Lists:
Wikipedia List of Banned Films
The Complete Video Nasties List
Also the actual Wikipedia page related to the list above contains the ban reasons for all the films listed as well as links to certain country ban lists that aren't in the master list:
Wikipedia Banned Films Source Link
Films Banned In India: For this one, only films banned at a national level are included in the challenge.
Films Banned in the UK
Films Banned in the US: As with India, only films banned at a national level are included.
Films Banned in Pakistan
Wikipedia List of Films Banned In Malaysia
Nazi-Produced Films Banned In Germany
Films Banned In Germany for Glorification of Violence



And naturally we've got a couple of BONUS CHALLENGES!

Bonus Challenge #1: Let's Get Nasty
This is a simple one. One bonus point per video nasty watched! Take THAT BBFC!

Bonus Challenge #2: Show Me The Money
This one is a little more elaborate but should result in some fun if people participate. For each banned film watched, post a still from the film depicted the reason for the ban in question! This one since it's a little trickier will net you 2 bonus points per relevant pic posted. Also, I'd suggest putting the pics in spoiler tags so as to spare the more sensitive participants from the gruesome or unsavory imagery that will inevitably arise from such a challenge.

The winner of the bonus challenge will be the one who nets the most total bonus points across both challenges!

Extra Bonus Challenge!
As a forum, watch the whole Video Nasty list! Let's work together to expose ourselves to the most shocking films of the time according to the UK.

P.S. Thanks to Peeptoad and sol for the image suggestions that gave us the banner for the challenge!

Main Challenge

Rank Participant Count
1 flavo5000 56
2 jeroeno 30
3 jdidaco 26
4 sol 25
5 maxwelldeux 16
6 vortexsurfer 11
7 peeptoad 9
8 albajos 8
9 ChrisReynolds 6
10 VincentPrice 3
10 mathiasa 3
10 hurluberlu 3
13 Cinepolis 2
14 shugs 1
14 Eva_L 1
14 cinephage 1
14 allisoncm 1
14 AB537 1
14 3eyes 1

BONUS CHALLENGESShow
Let's Get Nasty

Rank Participant Count
1 flavo5000 44
2 sol 20
2 jeroeno 20
4 jdidaco 14
5 maxwelldeux 9
6 vortexsurfer 8
7 peeptoad 7
8 VincentPrice 3
9 ChrisReynolds 2
9 albajos 2
11 cinephage 1
11 allisoncm 1
13 3eyes 0


Show Me The Money

Rank Participant Count
1 sol 50
2 flavo5000 30
3 peeptoad 18
3 ChrisReynolds 18
5 jdidaco 16
5 albajos 16
7 maxwelldeux 4
8 VincentPrice 0
8 jeroeno 0
8 3eyes 0
Extra Bonus Challenge: The Video Nasty ListShow
Run the Gauntlet: 96/152 Completed

Women Behind Bars (1975) 3
The Last Hunter (1980) 3
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) 3
Dawn of the Mummy (1981) 3
Absurd (1981) 3
The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976) 2
The Toy Box (1971) 2
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) 2
The Slayer (1982) 2
The Mad Dog Killer (1977) 2
The Last House on the Left (1972) 2
The Ghastly Ones (1968) 2
The Boogey Man (1980) 2
The Beast in Heat (1977) 2
Schoolgirls in Chains (1973) 2
Parasite (1982) 2
Mausoleum (1983) 2
Love Camp 7 (1969) 2
Killer Nun (1979) 2
Island of Death (1976) 2
Inseminoid (1981) 2
Hell of the Living Dead (1980) 2
Graduation Day (1981) 2
Gestapo's Last Orgy (1977) 2
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) 2
Firecracker (1981) 2
Final Exam (1981) 2
Fight for Your Life (1977) 2
Dawn of the Dead (1978) 2
Bloody Moon (1981) 2
Axe (1974) 2
Zombie Lake (1981) 1
Zombie (1979) 1
Xtro (1982) 1
Wrong Way (1972) 1
Visiting Hours (1982) 1
Toxic Zombies (1980) 1
The Toolbox Murders (1978) 1
The Love Butcher (1975) 1
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) 1
The Headless Eyes (1971) 1
The Funhouse (1981) 1
The Evil Dead (1981) 1
The Driller Killer (1979) 1
The Child (1977) 1
The Astrologer (1975) 1
The Aftermath (1982) 1
Terror (1978) 1
Superstition (1982) 1
SS Experiment Love Camp (1976) 1
Snuff (1975) 1
Shogun Assassin (1980) 1
Sacrifice! (1972) 1
Revenge of the Boogeyman (1983) 1
Primitives (1980) 1
Pigs (1972) 1
Oasis of the Zombies (1982) 1
Nightbeast (1982) 1
Night Train Murders (1975) 1
Night School (1981) 1
Night of the Living Dead (1968) 1
Night of the Demon (1980) 1
Mondo cannibale (1980) 1
Midnight (1982) 1
Mansion of the Doomed (1976) 1
Madhouse (1981) 1
Mad Foxes (1981) 1
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) 1
Les démons (1973) 1
Jungle Holocaust (1977) 1
Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) 1
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) 1
I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses (1978) 1
Human Experiments (1979) 1
House on Straw Hill (1976) 1
Home Sweet Home (1981) 1
Grimm's Fairy Tales for Adults (1969) 1
G.B.H. (1983) 1
Frozen Scream (1975) 1
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1980) 1
Friday the 13th (1980) 1
Foxy Brown (1974) 1
Evilspeak (1981) 1
Escape from Hell (1980) 1
Don't Look in the Basement (1973) 1
Don't Go in the Woods (1981) 1
Don't Answer the Phone! (1980) 1
Devil Hunter (1980) 1
Dead Kids (1981) 1
Dead & Buried (1981) 1
Contamination (1980) 1
Christmas Evil (1980) 1
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 1
Cannibal Apocalypse (1980) 1
Bloodlust (1977) 1
Antropophagus (1980) 1
Zombie Holocaust (1980) 0
Werewolf Woman (1976) 0
Unhinged (1982) 0
The Thing (1982) 0
The Prowler (1981) 0
The Nesting (1981) 0
The Last Horror Film (1982) 0
The Killing Hour (1982) 0
The House by the Cemetery (1981) 0
The Evil (1978) 0
The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972) 0
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) 0
The Cannibal Man (1972) 0
The Burning (1981) 0
The Black Room (1983) 0
The Beyond (1981) 0
Tenebre (1982) 0
Suspiria (1977) 0
Scream for Vengeance (1980) 0
Scanners (1981) 0
Rabid (1977) 0
Prom Night (1980) 0
Prey (1977) 0
Possession (1981) 0
Phantasm (1979) 0
Nightmare City (1980) 0
Nightmare (1981) 0
Night of the Bloody Apes (1969) 0
Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) 0
Massacre Mafia Style (1974) 0
Martin (1978) 0
Mark of the Devil (1970) 0
Mardi Gras Massacre (1978) 0
Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) 0
Inferno (1980) 0
House on the Edge of the Park (1980) 0
Honeymoon Horror (1982) 0
Happy Birthday to Me (1981) 0
Faces of Death (1978) 0
Enter the Devil (1972) 0
Eaten Alive (1976) 0
Don't Go Near the Park (1979) 0
Don't Go in the House (1979) 0
Demented (1980) 0
Delirium (1979) 0
Deep Red (1975) 0
Death Weekend (1976) 0
Cannibal Terror (1980) 0
Cannibal Ferox (1981) 0
Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) 0
Brutes and Savages (1978) 0
Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) 0
Blood Song (1982) 0
Blood Feast (1963) 0
Alice Sweet Alice (1976) 0
A Bay of Blood (1971) 0
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#2

Post by flavo5000 » May 29th, 2019, 3:33 pm

Also if anyone has any other sources for banned films, let me know and I can add to the Unofficial Lists.

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Post by albajos » May 29th, 2019, 4:05 pm

Well, it's a typical clickbait title of content creators on youtube (yes I'm looking at you watchmojo. Go stand in the corner)
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... ned+movies

Of course the research on some of these channels are terrible, so better to check with a second source on some of these titles.

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Post by peeptoad » May 29th, 2019, 4:12 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Thanks flavo!

Here's the link to the IMDB-version of the VN list in case anyone wants/needs it: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls002288160/ plus the shorter list, not including the films ineligible for prosecution: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls051364249/

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#5

Post by 3eyes » May 29th, 2019, 5:38 pm

In, but no side challenges.

Flavo, you have the wrong "Le petit soldat" on the Wikipedia list - should be 1960 (Algerian war), not 1948 (short animated cartoon).
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Post by albajos » May 29th, 2019, 6:21 pm

I was only going to see stuff that has been banned in Norway, but there are several that was banned in cinemas but were still allowed on video right after, so I'll skip those as well.
We didn't really have regulations for the video market before 1984. Before that the distributors could import whatever they wanted. There was a law against it in 1982, but the definition was vague.

I'm not going to see many anyway. I'll try to find 5 with different types of reasons.
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Post by flavo5000 » May 29th, 2019, 6:28 pm

3eyes wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 5:38 pm
In, but no side challenges.

Flavo, you have the wrong "Le petit soldat" on the Wikipedia list - should be 1960 (Algerian war), not 1948 (short animated cartoon).
Good catch. List has been updated.

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Post by flavo5000 » May 29th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Btw, it looks like there's here's probably the only triples:
Ciguli Miguli (1952)
Keserü igazság (1986)
Az eltüsszentett birodalom (1956)
A nagyrozsdási eset (1957)

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Post by jeroeno » May 29th, 2019, 6:39 pm

I'll do some doubles from the unofficial banned list and focus on the nasties for the second part of the month. In for 36...

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Post by 3eyes » May 29th, 2019, 6:52 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Btw, it looks like there's here's probably the only triples:
Ciguli Miguli (1952)
Keserü igazság (1986)
Az eltüsszentett birodalom (1956)
A nagyrozsdási eset (1957)
Thomas Müntzer (E Ger 1956) [banned W Ger “anticonstitutional” content] - triple
Biopic of a proto-anabaptist, proto-liberation theologian who broke with Martin Luther. Led peasants' rebellion & whatnot. available on youtube w eng subs.
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Post by flavo5000 » May 29th, 2019, 6:56 pm

3eyes wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 6:52 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Btw, it looks like there's here's probably the only triples:
Ciguli Miguli (1952)
Keserü igazság (1986)
Az eltüsszentett birodalom (1956)
A nagyrozsdási eset (1957)
Thomas Müntzer (E Ger 1956) [banned W Ger “anticonstitutional” content] - triple
Biopic of a proto-anabaptist, proto-liberation theologian who broke with Martin Luther. Led peasants' rebellion & whatnot. available on youtube w eng subs.
Ah, I forgot E. Germany was included in the Eastern Europe challenge.

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 29th, 2019, 8:02 pm

Just a couple formatting suggestions:

1. Make the Special Rule all bold or underline or in red. Basically, make it blindingly stupidly obvious. Just something to help catch the eye of the casual challenge goer.
2. You might want to consider spoilering the leaderboards for the bonus challenges (you know, once the challenge actually starts) just to avoid confusion.

And, on the off chance you didn't already anticipate this, you're going to have to remind people people of the rules quite a bit at first... :P

Otherwise, I'm in, and pretty excited about it!

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 30th, 2019, 12:48 am

And here is the Video Nasties list on Trakt.tv: https://trakt.tv/users/maxwelldeux/list ... t=rank,asc

For those of us who live in the US, the triangles will tell you where it's available to stream (if at all). There's a surprising amount available on Tubi for free.

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Post by flavo5000 » May 31st, 2019, 11:22 pm

I added links to a few country-specific banned film lists to expand the selection a little. I'm still restricting to only films banned at a national level.

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Post by flavo5000 » May 31st, 2019, 11:23 pm

albajos wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 6:21 pm
I was only going to see stuff that has been banned in Norway, but there are several that was banned in cinemas but were still allowed on video right after, so I'll skip those as well.
We didn't really have regulations for the video market before 1984. Before that the distributors could import whatever they wanted. There was a law against it in 1982, but the definition was vague.

I'm not going to see many anyway. I'll try to find 5 with different types of reasons.
I'd say if the film was banned in theaters but later the ban was lifted to allow a video release, that should count. Many of the video nasties that were once banned have now been released in the UK uncut (or slightly edited). Of course, some are still banned or released only in heavily edited form too.

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Post by albajos » May 31st, 2019, 11:48 pm

The ban was never lifted, there were no rules about video for several years

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Post by 3eyes » June 1st, 2019, 12:04 am

flavo5000 wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 11:22 pm
I added links to a few country-specific banned film lists to expand the selection a little. I'm still restricting to only films banned at a national level.
In the US I guess most censorship is either self-censorship (Hays Code, etc) or by local jurisdictions, at least since the late 50s when Lady Chatterley (the book) was unbanned by the Supreme Court. There seems to be a difference between government censorship and banning for copyright-related issues and like that. As far as the latter goes, Salinger prevented Pari (1995), Dariush Mehrjui's take on Franny and Zooey, from being shown at a New York film festival.
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Post by sol » June 1st, 2019, 5:38 am

First in. :woot:

It starts!

1. The Evil Dead (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK due to sexual violence

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A very stylish debut for Sam Raimi, full of effective extreme close-up reaction shots and excellent point-of-view running shots. The gore and stop animation effects are first class too. The film overplays its hand a little though by having its single most creative scare very early on. The subsequent possessed friends are creepy, but they are nowhere near as frightening as the trees trying to attack to them, though the film is never once boring.

Bonus Challenge: Why the film was banned:
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Post by VincentPrice » June 1st, 2019, 7:56 am

1. Absurd-1981: 6/10 Video Nasty: Banned in UK I assume due to the violence and gore

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Post by albajos » June 1st, 2019, 1:19 pm

01. Life of Brian (1979) UK 19 official lists 55 876 checks [rewatch]

Banned in: Norway
Reason: Blasphemy
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Period: 1980 (about 6 months, eventually released about a year after the UK release)
Our law against blasphemy changed in 2015. Now it only focuses on hatespeech. Satire and political analysys have been tried to be prosecuted after Life of Brian (a book by Rushdie f.ex) but did never go to court.

This is a good example of people reacting to stuff they haven't seen. Just like when the US Senate discussed Night Trap and other video games.

But of course people had to react on the ban:
Two theologs were asked to watch the movie to check it for blasphemy. But that ended in a 1-1 verdict, so ban remained. The justice department was also called uponto view it, but even they kept the ban.

After all that the norwegian MPAA (SFK) did finally let it through 6 months later with a 18 year age rating. The Sermon on the Mount was not subbed and there was a text before the film saying that crucifixion was normal punishment.

In 2004 the movie was re-released with a 11 year rating. And it was back in cinemas last month in a 4K release.
In 2005 the Justice department made a statement that the movie would never been banned today, but in 1980 this was a moral choice. Not if it actually was harmful to anyone.

International reaction to ban:
Sweden: "The movie so funny that it was banned in Norway"
Monty Python: On the DVD commentary they contend that the movie may be heretical, but not never considered blasphemy (but the original idea was to have Jesus as the main character which would be a whole other discussion).
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Also banned in: Ireland (1979-1987), Malaysia (period unknown), Singapore (period unknown), South Africa (1979-1992). The movie was banned well into the 21st century by several small UK counties.
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Post by 3eyes » June 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm

Thanks, Alb - I can't seem to find an emoticon for "that's fascinating."
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Post by Cinepolis » June 1st, 2019, 2:54 pm

There are many banned films in Germany, so I guess I'm in for the challenge.
I'm starting with a very controversial movie:

1. Banned! in America (1998) - Banned in Germany because of violation of §131 (Violence/Glorification of Violence)
-A random mondo movie with a douchy voice-over guy and some terrible gabber music that is constantly repeated throughout the film.

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 1st, 2019, 4:49 pm

1. The Boogey Man (1980) [video nasty]

Banned in UK for violence? I thought it was kinda tame - a couple violent scenes, but nothing all that shocking. It was a supernatural sort of horror film that never really does it for me.

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Post by Cinepolis » June 1st, 2019, 11:11 pm

2. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) - Banned in Germany because of violation of §131 (Violence/Glorification of Violence)
- This movie was a lot of fun. It hada good pacing and a great performance by Rutger "The Hitcher" Hauer.

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2019, 2:22 am

Banned of OutsidersShow
1. The Evil Dead (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK

2. The Funhouse (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK due to violence

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The carnival setting here is great, full of garish colours and scary props, and the film opens with a glorious tribute to Halloween. The movie goes downhill from there though. It is over halfway in before teens finds themselves stalked. The killer is lifeless too; he certainly looks scary enough but lacks personality, and coupled against the interchangeable, underdeveloped teen characters, the second half is mostly just chase sequences.

Bonus Challenge: Why the film was banned:
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I'm not sure. This is hardly the movie graphic or gory horror film out there.

I thought that this was the film's scariest and most graphic sequence:

Magician drives stake through assistant's heart, only to be shocked when she starts to bleed...
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...however, this is quickly revealed to be part of the stage act.

There is also this impalement scene, but it only lasts for around five seconds:

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So with nothing especially shocking going on here, I'm going to state that this could have been the reason why:

A 14-year-old girl gets ready for a shower by taking off her robe, leading to a brief topless scene.

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Of course, Elizabeth Berridge was 19 or 20 when the movie was filmed, but she's playing a younger character and from her face at least it's hard to believe that she was as old as that when the film was made.
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Post by flavo5000 » June 2nd, 2019, 2:49 am

sol wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 2:22 am
Banned of OutsidersShow
1. The Evil Dead (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK

2. The Funhouse (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK due to violence

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The carnival setting here is great, full of garish colours and scary props, and the film opens with a glorious tribute to Halloween. The movie goes downhill from there though. It is over halfway in before teens finds themselves stalked. The killer is lifeless too; he certainly looks scary enough but lacks personality, and coupled against the interchangeable, underdeveloped teen characters, the second half is mostly just chase sequences.

Bonus Challenge: Why the film was banned:
SpoilerShow
I'm not sure. This is hardly the movie graphic or gory horror film out there.

I thought that this was the film's scariest and most graphic sequence:

Magician drives stake through assistant's heart, only to be shocked when she starts to bleed...
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...however, this is quickly revealed to be part of the stage act.

There is also this impalement scene, but it only lasts for around five seconds:

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So with nothing especially shocking going on here, I'm going to state that this could have been the reason why:

A 14-year-old girl gets ready for a shower by taking off her robe, leading to a brief topless scene.

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Of course, Elizabeth Berridge was 19 or 20 when the movie was filmed, but she's playing a younger character and from her face at least it's hard to believe that she was as old as that when the film was made.
Actually the real reason it was banned was stupidity on the part of the BBFC. They actually meant to ban Last House on Dead End Street which has The Fun House as an alternate title. Apparently they never realized their mistake and no one bothered to correct them... :shrug:

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Post by flavo5000 » June 2nd, 2019, 3:31 am

Well, I figured I'd just dive in head first with a Nazisploitation Double Feature...

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1. Love Camp 7 (1969)
Where? UK & Australia
Why? Video Nasty Section 1: I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Nazis brutally torturing and raping women for most of the film is probably what the BBFC had problems with...
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One of the many scenes of violence against women in the film (which the BBFC had particular problems with).
2. L'ultima orgia del III Reich (1977) a.k.a. Gestapo's Last Orgy
Where? UK
Why? Video Nasty Section 2: Ditto on the rape and torture for this one too. Plus throw in women smearing feces all over their naked bodies, eating babies, shooting babies and other manner of ridiculous provocations.
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Can I just say, I really don't understand the appeal of Nazisploitation? Love Camp 7 just feels like an eternity with it's near constant rape and degradation scenes, and while Gestapo's Last Orgy seems to have been made with some skill behind the camera, it's almost laughable how ludicrous it gets to go for the shock value.

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3. The Forgotten (1973) a.k.a. Don't Look in the Basement
Where? UK
Why? Video Nasty Section 3: Apparently it was initially shitlisted due to the scene showing a woman getting hacked up with an axe (with laughably poor effects I might add). It was allowed release with that scene cut and eventually the ban was listed to allow distribution completely uncut.
I couldn't find a screenshot of the axe attack in question unfortunately and I don't have the ability to capture grabs from the blu-ray i watched it on.

Really not very good. Pretty bad effects and acting but still the movie has an off-kilter, low grade grindhouse charm to it that makes it more watchable than it should be.

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4. Mondo cannibale (1980) a.k.a. White Cannibal Queen a.k.a. Cannibals
Where? UK
Why? Video Nasty Section 3:I couldn't find explicitly stated what the BBFC's issue was but I'm guessing it's the multiple scenes of women getting attacked, gruesomely disemboweled and eaten by the titular cannibals.
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Pretty dull, unoriginal cannibal movie as far as these go. Although I will say, if you're the sort that's turned off by the animal cruelty usually in these films, I don't remember any in this one. The essence of Jess Franco not giving a shit is palpable.
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1. Love Camp 7 (1969)
2. L'ultima orgia del III Reich (1977) a.k.a. Gestapo's Last Orgy
3. The Forgotten (1973) a.k.a. Don't Look in the Basement
4. Mondo cannibale (1980) a.k.a. White Cannibal Queen a.k.a. Cannibals

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 2nd, 2019, 6:41 am

Question:

Orgy of the Dead (1965) just popped up on MUBI, and best I can tell, it was banned in Finland. But I can't find a source to confirm this other than IMDB... would this be eligible here?

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 2nd, 2019, 7:48 am

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1. The Boogey Man (1980) [video nasty]
2. Cairo Station (1958)
Banned in Egypt after a public outcry over its depiction of Egyptian culture and how it was not all fairies and rainbows. More comments in the 1950s thread, but I really enjoyed this film.

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Post by peeptoad » June 2nd, 2019, 11:44 am

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1. Fight for Your Life (1977) banned in the UK officially for "language", but also for being utterly vile, gnarly, racist and generally non-PC in every way imaginable. Still banned in Britain to this day. Image
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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2019, 11:49 am

flavo5000 wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 2:49 am
sol wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 2:22 am
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I'm not sure. This is hardly the movie graphic or gory horror film out there.

I thought that this was the film's scariest and most graphic sequence:

Magician drives stake through assistant's heart, only to be shocked when she starts to bleed...
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...however, this is quickly revealed to be part of the stage act.

There is also this impalement scene, but it only lasts for around five seconds:

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So with nothing especially shocking going on here, I'm going to state that this could have been the reason why:

A 14-year-old girl gets ready for a shower by taking off her robe, leading to a brief topless scene.

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Of course, Elizabeth Berridge was 19 or 20 when the movie was filmed, but she's playing a younger character and from her face at least it's hard to believe that she was as old as that when the film was made.
Actually the real reason it was banned was stupidity on the part of the BBFC. They actually meant to ban Last House on Dead End Street which has The Fun House as an alternate title. Apparently they never realized their mistake and no one bothered to correct them... :shrug:
I laughed out loud when I read that - but that makes more sense than the film being banned for any of the reasons that I listed under the spoiler. :think:
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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2019, 11:55 am

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1. The Evil Dead (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK
2. The Funhouse (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK

3. Firecracker (1981) Video Nasty; banned in the UK due to violence

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This kung fu flick comes with the novelty of a female martial arts expert who outclasses the men who get in her way. The plot is a bit of a mess, but a deathsport that the baddies here organise (for unclear reasons) is intriguing though with spectators paying to see fights to the death. Logic is not the film's strongest point and there is a drawn-out switchblade seduction, but all the fight scenes (including a topless one) are well choreographed.

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Our heroine jumps on a man during a deathsport match and plunges two sticks through his eyes.

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Post by flavo5000 » June 2nd, 2019, 12:09 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 6:41 am
Question:

Orgy of the Dead (1965) just popped up on MUBI, and best I can tell, it was banned in Finland. But I can't find a source to confirm this other than IMDB... would this be eligible here?
Hm....I can't find anything else referencing it being banned either...It looks like Finland did a lot of banning of films between 1966 and 2001 but I can't actually find a list anywhere.

Eh, I'd say go ahead. Although more than any sex or violence it could offer up, the most horrifying thing about Orgy of the Dead is that it's an Ed Wood movie! (D:)

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Post by flavo5000 » June 2nd, 2019, 12:17 pm

peeptoad wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 11:44 am
bonus 1. video nasty bonus 2. Image
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1. Fight for Your Life (1977) banned in the UK officially for "language", but also for being utterly vile, gnarly, racist and generally non-PC in every way imaginable. Still banned in Britain to this day. Image
stick em up kid!Show
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That's a movie I will happily never watch again. It's weird though. I watched an old episode of Newhart last year and when William Sanderson popped up as Larry, I just couldn't shake the image of him from this movie. Created a kind of cognitive dissonance in my brain.

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Post by albajos » June 2nd, 2019, 12:31 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 12:09 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 6:41 am
Question:

Orgy of the Dead (1965) just popped up on MUBI, and best I can tell, it was banned in Finland. But I can't find a source to confirm this other than IMDB... would this be eligible here?
Hm....I can't find anything else referencing it being banned either...It looks like Finland did a lot of banning of films between 1966 and 2001 but I can't actually find a list anywhere.

Eh, I'd say go ahead. Although more than any sex or violence it could offer up, the most horrifying thing about Orgy of the Dead is that it's an Ed Wood movie! (D:)
Well, Finland do not have any issues with nudity in general, so I can't see why they would ban Orgy of the Dead. There is no sex, no violence. On the other hand this wasn't a normal cimatic movie in the US either (it played in cinemas that just showed explotation), theatres which we simply don't have here. In the Nordic countries all cinemas was owned by the state until the 90s-ish.

We didn't show any Russ Mwyer movies either (Maybe Faster Pussycat), but that doen't mean they were banned, there were just no facilities or demographic for it.

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Post by peeptoad » June 2nd, 2019, 1:49 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 12:17 pm
peeptoad wrote:
June 2nd, 2019, 11:44 am
bonus 1. video nasty bonus 2. Image
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1. Fight for Your Life (1977) banned in the UK officially for "language", but also for being utterly vile, gnarly, racist and generally non-PC in every way imaginable. Still banned in Britain to this day. Image
stick em up kid!Show
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That's a movie I will happily never watch again. It's weird though. I watched an old episode of Newhart last year and when William Sanderson popped up as Larry, I just couldn't shake the image of him from this movie. Created a kind of cognitive dissonance in my brain.
Can't say I'd ever repeat the experience myself, but I did chuckle a bit when I saw that Sanderson was in it. All I could think of was Blade Runner since he plays a markedly different sort in that one. He was also great in Savage Weekend.

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Post by peeptoad » June 2nd, 2019, 6:07 pm

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2. El caníbal (1980) Devil Hunter banned in the UK for gore? nudity? I can't tell actually... anyone know? Anyhow, it was pretty lame. Image
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Post by jeroeno » June 2nd, 2019, 6:29 pm

01. Dawn of the Mummy (1981) (Video Nasty)
02. Des diamants pour l'enfer (1975) (Video Nasty)
03. The Ghastly Ones (1968) (Video Nasty)
04. Contamination (1980) (Video Nasty)
05. The Slayer (1982) (Video Nasty)

06. Niedzielne igraszki (1987) (Poland) (Banned under the Communist regime for five years.)
07. Ének a búzamezökröl (1947) (Hungary, Banned for being ‘clerical’)
08. Zabitá nedele (1969) (Czechoslovakia, Banned by the Czech Communist government for twenty years)


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