In August 1972, a 2592.00-meter (94:29) print of HATE YOUR NEIGHBOUR was banned because of 'excessive violence'.
Columbia Pictures were the applicant.
In May 1978, a 2066.20-meter (75:31) print of THE HEALERS was banned because of indecency. A censored 1562.10-meter (57:06) version was passed with an R-rating in August 1978.
The applicant was K&S Wilcsek.
Thanks to Simon for this review.
The sex in THE HEALERS is not fully hardcore, no erections, cum shots, etc, but it does push the boundaries. Surprisingly, for a movie of this type, there is a (simulated) gay sex scene. However, it is hard to understand why THE HEALERS lost 18m to the censor, as it is played for laughs, and the sex is shown to be fun.
In the US, After Hours Cinema released THE HEALERS as part of Eduardo Cemano's SEXUAL HEALING TRILOGY. This also included FONGALULI (1972), and MADAME ZENOBIA(1973). THE HEALERS runs 77:33 (NTSC).
In July 1977, a 1744.30-meter (63.35) print of HE AND SHE was banned because of 'indecency'.
In September 1977, a censored 1371.00-meter (49:58) print lost a further 1.6-meters (00:03) before being awarded an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'. Lestrig Trading was the applicant.
Thanks to Matt for this review.
Something Weird’s 1994 tape runs 57:52. It is a very choppy print, so that may account for the shorter running time. The sex is hardcore, but is presented in an educational way.
SEXUAL FREEDOM IN DENMARK (1970) used this trick, and the censor passed that in 1974. With thirteen minutes missing, the Australian R-rated version of HE AND SHE must have been painful to watch.
This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor chose to censor it to achieve a more commercial rating.
In September 1987, a 91m tape of HELLRAISER was passed with an R-rating.
It was awarded for violence, which was described as being:
It was also awarded for 'horror'.
In November 1987, a 2496.13-meter (91:14) print of HELLRAISER was passed with an R-rating. Village Roadshow Corporation censored the film down to 88m, and received an M-rating. This print played theatrically in Australia. At the time, the MA15+ rating had yet to be introduced.
In 1988, Roadshow Home Video released the R-rated version on tape. The cover stated:
GRAPHIC UNCUT VERSION – Not seen in Australian cinemas
In October 2011, Umbrella Entertainment released HELLRAISER on DVD and Blu-ray with an M-rating on the cover.
In May 1972, an 8400-foot (93:20) print of THE HERO was banned because of 'excessive violence'.
The following month, a censored 7770-feet (86:20) print lost a further 284-foot (03:08) before being rated M. At the time, distributors of martial arts films favoured the M-rating. Fewer cuts would have presumably been necessary had the aim been an R-rating
Joe Siu International Film Co was the applicant.
In September 1988, a 100m 35mm print of HIDDEN RAGE was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.
The TAFT Hardie Group was the applicant.
Thanks to Matt for this information.
The American tape on the Academy Entertainment runs 98:52 (NTSC) and goes under the title PERFECT VICTIMS. The 'gratuitous sexual violence' consists of Brandon raping Carrie in her home (23:00 to 24:30), and raping Kristina on the beach (42:45 to 43:430). Neither scene is particularly graphic.
The added angle of the rapist deliberately attempting to infect his victims with AIDS may also have played some part in the ban.
In June 1973, a 2413.00-meter (87.57) print of HIGHER AND HIGHER (I AM A GROUPIE) was banned because of 'indecency and incitement to drug abuse'.
CIC was the applicant.
Review by Matt G.
The Swiss DVD of HIGHER AND HIGHER (onscreen title ICH- EIN GROUPIE) from Elite runs 74:50. I could not identify why this was thirteen minutes shorter than the version banned by the Censorship Board. The sex is softcore, but relatively explicit for a film that was made in 1970. It also includes a scene at 41m where an unwilling Rita and Vicky are molested by Hells Angels. All of this would combine to explain the 'indecency' ruling.
The censor's claim of 'incitement to drug abuse' is easy to understand. Drugs are shown being used throughout the film, which was maybe why it was never resubmitted in a cut form. The most contentious scenes would have included Stewart showing Vicky how to smoke a joint (4m), Vivian injecting heroin (8m), Vicky, Vivian, and two of the band preparing a joint, and smoking a pipe (16m), and Vicky taking LSD (61m).
Beginning at 66:30, there is a three-minute sequence showing Vivian cooking heroin and injecting herself and Vicky. This is all demonstrated in great detail, and is equal to anything in THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971) that the censor had cut a couple of years earlier.
HIGHER AND HIGHER turned out to be more than a dull sex comedy. The non-stop drug taking leads to Vicky having a bad trip, freaking out, running naked through the streets, and eventually being killed by a car that, very graphically, runs her over. The film ends with her naked and bloody body lying on the road.
There are two confirmed reports of HIGH TENSION being confiscated by customs before it had been submitted to the Classification Board. One took place in May 2004, and the other in June 2004.
The second confiscation was of a French DVD, and the reason given was:
Material of this nature is deemed to fall within the scope of Regulation 4A(1A)(a) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and therefore subject to the seizure provisions of Section 203 of the Customs Act 1901.
Customs claimed that HIGH TENSION had excessively high impact violence. However, their main attention was focused on a scene where the killer is shown getting a blowjob from what turns out to be a severed head. This ten-second sequence ends with him dropping the head out of the window, and driving off.
On the 23rd and 31st of July 2004, HIGH TENSION played at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
In October 2005, Accent Film Entertainment had a DVD of HIGH TENSION passed with an R18+ (High Level Violence) rating. Accent released the DVD in February 2006.
This proves beyond doubt that customs were wrong to seize the film.
In 1988, a 101m tape of HOLLYWOOD COP was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'. In June 1988, Outland Promotions were awarded an R-rating after censoring it down to 100m. This 99:56 cut tape was released by Vestron Video.
Thanks to Simon for this comparison.
Vestron Video [au] – 99:56 (NTSC)
Uncut version – 100:47 (NTSC)
The Australian version of HOLLYWOOD COP is missing part of a rape scene. An Arab man and his wife are being held in their hotel room by a group of thugs. They tie him to a chair, and strip his wife. The scene and the gang are very similar to the rape of the maid sequence in DEATH WISH 2. Following the attack, the husband breaks free and decapitates one of the rapists with a sword.
Here is the full list of censored scenes. The times refer to the uncut print.
Before – Shot of Arab man tied and gagged with a sword held to his throat.
CENSORED at 11:49 to 12:09 – Two thugs hold his wife on the bed. She struggles as they remove her underwear so that she is fully naked. Another shot of her distressed husband looking on.
After/Before – Turkey and the cops going upstairs.
CENSORED at 12:15 to 12:18 – Shot of the gagged woman’s bloody and bruised face, with one of the thugs on top of her.
After/Before – Turkey and the cops in the corridor.
CENSORED at 12:20 to 12:22 – Face of one of the thugs looking down. We hear the others laughing, and the woman crying.
After/Before – Another shot of the distressed husband. Turkey and a cop outside the door. He knocks, and one of the thugs shouts, "What the hell do you want". Turkey replies, "It’s the fucking manager". Another shot of the husband.
CENSORED at 12:34 to 12:44 Another shot of the gagged woman struggling. One thug looks on and laughs.
After/Before – One thug looks up as Turkey knocks again. They get dressed and pull their guns.
CENSORED at 13:13 to 13:25 – They run passed the naked woman on the bed. She rolls over crying, and pulls the cover over herself.
After – One of the thugs peers out of the doorway and shoots the cop in the arm.