Film Censorship: M #3





The Model Hunters

Produced by M.J Productions / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In February 1978, a 1481.22-meter (53:59) print of THE MODEL HUNTERS was banned because of 'indecency'. This was followed in April 1978 by the refusal of a 1226.00-meter (44:41) 'reconstructed version'.

14th Mandolin was the applicant.





Momma's Little Girl

Directed by Josephine Milne / 1973 / USA / IMDb

In April 1981, a 668.20-meter (60:53) 16mm print of MOMMA'S LITTLE GIRL was banned because of sex.

It was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.






Mondo Erotica

Produced by J. Carlyle / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

In August 1976, a 2312.90-meter (84:18) print of MONDO EROTICA was banned because of 'indecency'.

A 1600.20-meter (58:19) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in December 1976 following the removal of a further 62.20-meters (02:16) of footage. This was following an appeal to the Films Board of Review, who decided to:

'Register "R" with eliminations'.

In all cases, Briad Film Productions were the applicant.





Mondo Sexualis USA

Directed by David Adnopaz / 1985 / USA / IMDb

In 1987, Palace Home Video had a 95m videotape of MONDO SEXUALIS USA banned due to 'gratuitous sexual violence'.


The Greek tape on the Hermes Video Home Entertainment label ran 95:16 and was uncut. The film consists of the following pieces.

There is no stand out scene of 'gratuitous sexual violence', so we are at a loss to explain the Australian ban.

The bondage footage would have been the most obvious possibility, although it is not particularly graphic. Although the transvestite attempting to put his testicles up his anus (to achieve the flat look) is painful to watch, it could not be considered violent.

Finally, the obligatory sex-change operation is shown in graphic detail. However, it could not be considered violent. In 1981, the censors cut a similar scene from LET ME DIE A WOMAN (Video Classics), but later passed an operation in SHOCKING ASIA (K-Tel Home Video). We would have assumed that by 1987 they would have let this footage through.





Produced by S.Cohen / 197?/8? / USA / IMDb link required

In October 1981, a 51-minute 16mm 'pre-censor cut version' of MONIQUE was passed with an R-rating.

14th Mandolin was the applicant.






Directed by John Brown / 1970 / UK / IMDb

In March 1972, a 7800-feet (86:40) print of MONIQUE was censored by 229-feet (02:33) for an R-rating. Blake Films had to make the cuts to remove 'indecency'.


In March 1982, GL Film Enterprises had an 85m tape passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This tape of MONIQUE was released in Australia by Videomedia/Rampix. We assume this version was the same as the 84:19 (PAL) British tape which was on the same label.

Daybill image courtesy of


Monique (1970) - Blake Films [au] Daybill    Monique (1970) - Rampix [au] VHS





Moon, Star and Sun

Directed by Michael Mak / 1988 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In December 1988, a 100m 35mm print of MOON, STAR AND SUN was banned by the Censorship Board because of 'sexual violence'.

The Chinatown Cinema appealed to the Board of Review who awarded it an R-rating in January 1989.


Here is what the Board of Review had to say in reaching their decision.

The Board considered an appeal by the Chinatown Cinema Pty Ltd against the decision of the Film Censorship Board to refuse registration to Moon, Star and Sun on the ground that its depictions of sexual violence were 'sufficiently detailed and relished to be considered indecent'. The film, made in Hong Kong with Cantonese dialogue and subtitles in English, is a contemporary story about the lives of four 'China City' bar-girls, or prostitutes, and deals, at times graphically, with their exploitation and degradation, including the traumatic experiences of the girls at the hands of their clients.

At least two scenes give particular cause for concern. In one a girl is drugged and raped by two or more men, and in another a girl is sold to a client as a virgin and subjected to much suffering . Although the guidelines forbid 'explicit and unjustifiable depictions of sexual violence against non-consenting persons, the Board considered that the scenes in question were, on balance, justified by their narrative context, and were in any case, less explicit and protracted than comparable scenes in other films accorded 'R' Classifications.

In the Board's opinion, Moon, Star and Sun has little artistic merit, but is not the sort of junk film or blatantly exploitative vehicle for which refusal might be warranted. It deals with an aspect of modern society that cannot be ignored; incidents of the kind depicted are inseparable from the lifestyles and experiences of the women portrayed. Moreover, although some of the subject matter is extremely ugly, the story is relived by good humour and by a degree of sensitivity in its treatment of the relationships between the girls. While the film is not one which members of the Board would necessarily commend, neither is it one, in their view, which adult audiences should be prevented from seeing if they wish.

Accordingly, the Board agreed that the Chief Film Censor be directed to register Moon, Star and Sun and classify it 'For Restricted Exhibition' ('R'). 20 January 1989"



Why it was banned by the Censorship Board

Review by Matt
Running time - 97:13

The two scenes that the Review Board mentioned are:

Rape scene 1: "…another a girl is sold to a client as a virgin and subjected to much suffering "
This takes place around 24 minutes into the film. It involves a grossly obese Caucasian man called Ralph who has paid big money to take May’s (Maggie Cheung) virginity. The scene lasts about one minute, and consists of him rolling around on top of her while she screams for help. It ends tastefully with a close-up shot of a KY jelly tube.

Rape scene 2: "…one a girl is drugged and raped by two or more men"
This takes place around six minutes into the film. GiGi (Cherie Chung) is drugged, and tied to a bed as payback from the triad called Chuen. The sex lasts approximately a minute, and takes place entirely with a strobe light flashing, which means very little can be seen. The attached screen-grab is about as explicit as it gets.


Moon, Star and Sun (1988) - Problem rape scene #1Moon, Star and Sun (1988) - Problem rape scene #2






Directed by Fred Vogel / 2003 / USA / IMDb

We have two reports from 2004 of AUGUST UNDERGROUND'S MORDUM being confiscated by Australian customs.


In one case, the reasons given were:

One (1) "August Underground's: Mordum" DVD.

This DVD portrays scenes of sex, self-mutilation, drug abuse, cruelty, bondage, rape and murder "in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be imported.

Material of this nature is deemed to fall within the scope of Regulation 4A (1A) (A) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations and therefore subject to the seizure provisions of Section 203 of the Customs Act 1901.


A US mail-order company also warned their customers about customs problems with this title.

Quoted from Xploited Cinema website, March 2006.






Morgue Street

Directed by Alberto Viavattene  / 2012 / Italy / IMDb

In April 2013, MORGUE STREET was scheduled to play in Sydney at the seventh A Night of Horror international Film Festival.


A Night of Horror
Sunday April 14
Shorts Program: 3; Foreign Fears

If foreign language frights are all that will satiate your blood-thirsty appetite than get ready to load up on this spectacular buffet of international gore and frights. Here we lay out a selection of short films so horrifying they are guaranteed to make your eyes bleed*. The world is indeed a wonderful place, but as these short films prove it is also gruesome, disturbing, gore-drenched and abjectly terrifying. **

*Eyes may not actually bleed immediately.

** Warning some films may contain subtitles! Shock horror!

Program includes:
Vontade (Will) (Fabiana Servilha) 9m/BRA
Morgue Street (Alberto Viavattene) 11m/ITA
Devil’s Temptation (Neryong Ci) 7m/KOR
Curiosity Kills (Sander Maran) 14m/EST
LOT254 (Toby Meakins) 3m/GBR
Vienna Waits For You (Dominik Hartl) 26m/AUT CHL
Dysmorphia (Andy Stewart) 12m/GBR
The Plan (Daniel Fallik) 13m/ISR
Once Upon A time in The Countryside (Ricardo Machado) 10m/PRT


A Night of Horror's programmer, Shane Kavanagh, informed us on April 10 that the Classification Board had refused to give MORGUE STREET a film festival exemption. The short was then dropped from the program.

This is that same situation that faced Travis Mathew's I WANT YOUR LOVE in February 2013.





The Morning After

Directed by Sidney Knight / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In January 1975, a 2089.10-meter (76:09) print of THE MORNING AFTER was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.





Motel Hell

Directed by Kevin Connor / 1980 / USA / IMDb

In October 1980, a 2700.23-meter (98:26) print of MOTEL HELL was submitted to the Censorship Board by United Artists Australasia.

It was passed only after 6.2 meters (00:14) of footage was removed. The reason for the deletions was violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The R-rating was awarded for violence and horror. The violence was described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This slightly censored print went on to have a theatrical release in Australia.


Shane's comment
The cut in MOTEL HELL was the close up of the three heads screaming as the tractor drives away strangling them. The tractor started and the rope tightens around their necks and cuts to the tractor stopping revving.



Video and DVD releases

Warner Brothers released the film to VHS in 1983. The running time was 96:49, and it appears to be uncut. It was re-released as part of their Video Gems series.

In January 1985, a 98m tape of MOTEL HELL was again passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Justified
…and also for ‘horror’

Warner Home Video was the applicant. This refer to their Video Gems re-release.

In 1991, MOTEL HELL was released for a third time on tape by Warner Home Video.


MGM issued MOTEL HELL on Australian DVD in 2003. Again, the running time was 96:49.

In July 2009, Shock re-released the MGM DVD with new packaging.



Possible problem footage

A viewing of the MOTEL HELL DVD makes it difficult to identify the problem scene.. Possible targets of the 14s of cuts could have been:

Daybill image courtesy of


Motel Hell (1980) - United Artists [au] Daybill      Motel Hell (1980) - Warner Brothers [au] VHS 1Motel Hell (1980) - Warner Brothers - Video Gems [au] VHS 2Motel Hell (1980) - Warner Home Video [au] VHS 3


Motel Hell (1980) - MGM [au] DVDMotel Hell (1980) - Shock Entertainment [au] DVD





Mother's Day

Directed by Charles Kaufman / 1980 / USA / IMDb

In August 1983, Roadshow Distributors had an uncut 91m 35mm print of MOTHER'S DAY passed with an R-rating.

Roadshow Home Video released MOTHER'S DAY on videotape in an uncut 86:41 (PAL) version. This was reviewed in March 1985, and banned by the Censorship Board because of 'excessive violence and gratuitous sexual violence'.

Despite the ban, copies of the Roadshow release of remained easy to find up until the DVD revolution cleared the shelves of VHS tapes.


Mother's Day - Roadshow Home Video [au] VHS





Mountain of the Cannibal God

aka Slave of the Cannibal God

Directed by Sergio Martino / 1978 / Italy / IMDb

In April 1979, 2698.2-meter (98:21) print of MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD banned by the Censorship Board.

It was re-submitted in May 1980, this time running 2677.25-meters (97:35). This print lost another 82.5 meters (03:00) to remove 'animal cruelty'. The R-rating was then awarded for violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

In September 1980, the censors noted that the distributor had changed the title from MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD to SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD.

The total cuts for the R-rated version that House of Dare released theatrically was 103.45-meters (03:46).



Censored Video Classics tape.

In February 1984, Video Classics had a 97-minute tape passed with an R-rating. The time was incorrect, as it actually ran 91:07 (PAL), and was presumably the same as the Australian theatrical print.

The tape was released on the Video Classics Gold label as SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD.

Here is how it compares with the uncut Greek tape released by Videosonic. The times refer to the point in the Video Classics release where the footage has been removed.

Video Classics (Australia) - 91:07 (PAL)
Videosonic (Greece) - 95:02 (PAL)



Before - Native holding a knife above the iguana's stomach. He plunges the knife towards it.

CENSORED AT 15:37 (60s missing) - The iguana is cut open and skinned. The natives then pick up pieces of the flesh and eat it.

After - Shot of Edward, Arthur, and the natives eating the iguana.

This scene was edited into Umberto Lenzi's EATEN ALIVE (1980). That film also had censorship problems in Australia.



Before - The snake captures the monkey. A second monkey is shown jumping in fear.

CENSORED AT 22:29 (76s missing) - The monkey is slowly asphyxiated by the snake.

After - Sunlight through the jungle canopy followed by the group walking through the jungle.



Before - Victim in the water with arm missing. Shot of natives face.

CENSORED AT 28:57 (4s missing) - Another shot of the victim in the water before he goes under.

After - The group on the boat frantically trying to escape.



Before - The guide is caught in the animal trap. A shot of Susan's face.

CENSORED AT 31:17 (3s missing) - Extended shot of the guide screaming and caught in the trap. Brief close-up of the bloody trap.

After - The dead guide hanging in the trap.



Before - Edward and Arthur running in the jungle and looking down.

CENSORED AT 33:12 (2s missing) - Shot of the bloody neck of the decapitated corpse.

After - Edward and Arthur continue to run.



Before - Arthur and the native girl together in the hut. A cannibal bursts in and throws a spear at the girl. A shot of the spear in her back. Arthur calls out "Help, Help"

CENSORED AT 47:20 (2s missing) - Shot of the spear in the girls back with blood oozing out. A brief shot of her face.

After - The cannibal turns and runs.



Before - The crocodile with the iguana's head in its mouth. A shot of Edward's face.

CENSORED AT 51:55 (5s missing) - The iguana begins to regurgitate a snake.

After - Continuation of the regurgitation.



Before - Cannibals pulling the entrails from Arthur's body.

CENSORED AT 75:23 (9s missing) - Extended shot of the entrails being removed from Arthur.

After - Manolo closing his eyes. Susan tied to the post.



Before - Cannibal priest swings the knife.

CENSORED AT 80:53 (8s missing) - Graphic shot of cannibal being castrated before being stabbed.

After - Manolo looking on.

This scene was edited into Umberto Lenzi's EATEN ALIVE (1980). That film also had censorship problems in Australia.



Before - The cannibal priest removes a fish from the barrel and begins to eat it alive.

CENSORED AT 81:34 (3s missing) - Extended eating scene.

After/Before - Shot of Manolo. Other Cannibals begin to remove creatures from the barrel and start to eat.

CENSORED AT 81:42 (2s missing) - Close-up of the cannibals eating.

After/Before - Shot of Manolo and the cannibals. The cannibals remove even more creatures from the barrel and continue to eat.

CENSORED AT 81:50 (3s missing) - Eating of the creatures. Followed by a snake having its skin torn off.

After/Before - The snake sliding along the ground. A cannibal picks it up and holds it to his mouth.

CENSORED AT 82:02 (5s missing) - Cannibal holding the snake in his mouth and pulling the skin off.

After/Before - The dwarf cannibal walking over to Manolo and force-feeding him the fish.

CENSORED AT 82:12 (4s missing) - Close-up of him being force-fed the fish.

After - Side view of the dwarf as the priest raises his arms in the air.



Before - The cannibals sleeping. A shot of Manolo.

CENSORED AT 82:40 (40s missing) - Snake attacking the bird and the two then fighting.

After - Rope being lowered down wall.

This scene was edited into Umberto Lenzi's EATEN ALIVE (1980). That film also had censorship problems in Australia.



Before - Dwarf stabbing Manolo with a spear through the bars of the cage.

CENSORED AT 83:20 (1s missing) - Close-up of the spear stabbing Manolo.

After/Before - Manolo kicks the dwarf against the wall. Shot of him looking down on the dwarfs shattered skull.

CENSORED AT 83:26 (3s missing) - A further close-up shot of the dwarfs open skull.

After - Close-up of the dwarf's face.



Rare RCA/Columbia VHS

There was a second Australian video release of SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD in late 1989 or early 1990. It was not resubmitted to the OFLC, so it carries the original R-rating. It needs to be confirmed which version it contains.

This tape was issed by RCA/Columbia, and is now very rare.

Image courtesy of Aussie Video Covers.



Censored Showtime/RBC Entertainment DVD

In 2004, Showtime DVD/RBC Entertainment issued SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD on DVD. The M-rating on the cover is obviously a fake.

The DVD contains a nice letterbox print, and has an almost uncut 94:14 running time. Apart from the cannibal castration scene, missing from the DVD at 82:58, it contains all of the above-mentioned footage that was censored from the old Video Classics tape.

The end credits also seem to be slightly shortened. The source of this print seems to be the cheap U.S. release on the Diamond Entertainment label.



Bestiality and masturbation footage

The 2002 U.S. Anchor Bay DVD contained extra footage that had never previously been included in any release prints. This was inserted at the end of the film during the feast scene. It features some graphic shots of a female cannibal masturbating, and a male cannibal having simulated sex with a pig.


Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) - Video Classics [au] VHSThe Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) - RCA-Columbia-Hoyts Video [au] VHSMountain of the Cannibal God (1978) - Showtime DVD - RBC Entertainment [au] DVD





Mr. Mike's Mondo Video

Directed by Michael O'Donoghue - Ernie Fosselius / 1979 / USA / IMDb

In August 1981, a 2203.15-meter (80:19) print of MR. MIKE'S MONDO VIDEO was censored by 134-meters (04:53) to remove 'animal cruelty'. An M-rating was then awarded for 'black humour and animal cruelty'

Valhalla Films was the applicant.


Video Classics had a 75-minute tape passed with an M-rating in February 1984. However, we have yet to see any evidence that this was ever released.


In February 2010, an uncut 152-minute DVD of MR. MIKE'S MONDO VIDEO was passed with an M (Mature themes, sexual references, drug references and coarse language) rating.

Beyond Home Entertainment released the DVD later that year.



Swimming cats in MR. MIKE'S MONDO VIDEO

Review by Matt
Beyond Home Entertainment’s uncut release of MR. MIKE'S MONDO VIDEO is the same as the 2009 Shout Factory DVD. The actual feature runs 79:44 (NTSC), and has all the extras, including the commentary with co-writer Mitch Glazer.

The 04:53 of 'animal cruelty' removed from the original theatrical release obviously refers to the sequence showing Amsterdam’s cat swimming school. It features numerous pet cats being thrown into pool, and then swimming out.

The commentary track with Mitch Glazer has some interesting background about how it was filmed. Guards from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) watched as forty cats were tossed into the pool. He admits that the cats were not too pleased with their treatment, but none was harmed.

This is followed by the Royal Dutch hand gliding school for cats, which plays out over a 'deleted by network' sign.

Combined, they both run from 03:43 to 08:37, or a total of 04:54. This indicates that entire sequence was censored in the Australian theatrical version. The actual 'animal cruelty' of cats in the pool runs from 04:17 to 07:50, a total of 03:33.

The intro to the film at 01:11 also shows a very brief snippet of the cat tossing.

If this was indeed released by Video Classics, then it must be very rare, as I have never seen a copy.


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Mrs. Stone's Thing

aka The Very Sensuous Wife

Directed by Joseph F Robertson / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In August 1976, a 2164.50-meter (78:54) print of MRS. STONE’S THING was banned because of ‘indecency’.

The film was cut down to 1763.70-meters (64:17), but was banned again in October 1976. In November 1976, Briad Film Productions failed to have this decision overturned by the Review Board.

Finally, in January 1977, after seventeen minutes of cuts, a 1700.00-meter (61:58) print was passed with an R-rating.

The daybill poster lists it as being released by Mutual Film Distributors.



Video tape release

In March 1981, a 75m videotape of MRS. STONE’S THING was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which were described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin released the film on their King of Video label. The PAL running time indicates that it may have been either uncut or slightly censored. In the space of four years, the censor went from demanding seventeen minutes of cuts, to zero.



Banned for sexual violence

In October 1985, Platinum Video had an 80m videotape Refused Classification. The reason for the decision was 'gratuitous sexual violence'. The tape was submitted under the alternative title, THE VERY SENSUOUS WIFE.




Review by Simon
Mike Hunter Video [Germany] – 76:03 (PAL)
As "Heisse Fingerspiele"

The sex in MRS. STONE’S THING is purely softcore, so it is hard to see why it was necessary to remove seventeen minutes of footage for the 1977 theatrical release.

The 1985 videotape ban is easier to explain. The 'gratuitous sexual violence' is as follows.

At approximately 07:00 to 08:15. Joanee is making out with her boyfriend in the back of his car. Suddenly she has a flashback and stops; she explains to her boyfriend what happened in her past. We are shown the four-year-old Joanee watching her mother being raped by her father on the bed. For the record, the child in the film was obviously not present in the same scene.

Joanee goes on to explain how as a fourteen year old she was picking flowers when her father leapt from the bushes and raped her. We are shown shots of her struggling as her father pulls open her top.

At approximately 34:30 to 35:10. Joanee is being seduced at the party by another woman. She has another flashback to her father raping her mother as she looks on. This is inter-cut with scenes of the woman seducing her.

At approximately 36:45 to 38:00. There is yet another flashback to her father raping her mother. Again, this is inter-cut with Joanee and the girl on the bed. Joanee suddenly gets rough with the woman, and begins to act as her father did to her mother. The scene ends with her saying "You dirty bitch, my mother got to like it, and so will you".

At approximately 54:00 to 54:10. An old man is shown having sex with a woman. We are shown shots of her distressed face, as she mouths the words "No"


Mrs. Stone's Thing (1970) - King of Video [au] VHS





The Mutilator

aka Fall Break

Directed by Buddy Cooper / 1985 / USA / IMDb

In September 1985, Platinum Video had an 86m videotape of THE MUTILATOR banned under the alternative title of FALL BREAK. It was refused by the Censorship Board because of violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous


Mark Savage, the Director of SENSITIVE NEW AGE KILLER (2000), blogged about preparing a censored version of THE MUTILATOR for Australian video in the mid-1980s. We believe this was done for a planned release by Platinum Video, who as mentioned, closed before Mark’s cut version could seen.

Mutilating The Mutilator
September 16, 2009

In the mid-80's I worked for a Melbourne production company. It was based in Blackburn, an Eastern suburb, and was, for a time, a hive of activity. We produced commercials and corporate videos, but the company had tape dubbing (VHS) contracts with Palace Home Video, K-Tel Video (what a classic catalog that was!), and various porno companies like Caballero.

I did a bit of everything. When I started there, I did the graveyard shift (it was the only shift available); that lasted for close to a year. It totally fucked up my sleeping patterns and turned me into a zombie, but it got me through the door and into production. Initially, I dubbed K-Tel titles and porn. Since the company was a "respectable" outfit, all porno dubbing was done outside of regular office hours.

...a couple of months later, I was working the day shift. I was dubbing and doing production now. Anything involving "weird" movies would be pushed in my direction. Anyway, Ross limped out to see me in the studio. I was changing light bulbs.

"I have a little job for you, mate, " he said. "Walk this way."

I did just that. I limped behind him to the office. Whenever Ross said "walk this way", employees would walk like he walked. He didn't mind them taking the piss. He was more sensitive about chainsaws and legs.

He led me into his office and placed a blank looking VHS in front of me that had a tiny, hand-scribbled label on it. It read "Mute."

"I got a call from a bloke," Ross began. "Said he's got this stupid horror film for distribution."

"Mute?" I said.

"No. The title's The Mutilator. It's some rubbish about a bloke going around chopping up girls in bikinis. Blood and guts stuff. Real garbage."

I looked at the tape. "I've heard of this."

Ross looked at me with unconvincingly veiled disgust. "I thought you'd say that." He sighed. "Look, Marky (yes, he called me Marky), the film's already been to the censor, and they banned it. Too bloody. I need you to make it a little less bloody. Make it nicer. Alright?"


"Marky, it's not all about blood and guts, you know. Even though you might find blokes getting their legs chainsawed funny, most normal people don't think that way. Capisce?"

I nodded. "But it's a horror film, Ross."

Ross fumed. "Do something with it, would ya? Make the killings a bit nicer."


As I left the room, he fired a parting shot: "And don't let me hear you laughing at people being killed."

Jesus, this guy really didn't get it.

My first task was to watch the film from beginning to end. I liked it immediately. A kid accidentally kills his mother and gets beaten by his dad (who then gives the corpse of his wife a drink). I didn't laugh at that.

In consistent slasher form, the film speeds ahead ten years and establishes the kid as a moronic, wise-ass teenager. The plot involves a group of teens (male and female) helping to close dear old dad's beach property. Trouble is, daddy's still lurking about, and he's not welcoming.

Although the film was slow at times, I was impressed. It was genuinely gory and the atmosphere was kinda dirty and macabre in the way Scavolini's Nightmare (one of my favorites) was dirty and macabre (although that's better).

The gore effects (by Mark Shostrum) were quite good. There was a lovely death by fish hook, the cutting of a youngster's throat, and a head impaling.

By lunchtime, I was was hooked. This was a great little film. I needed my own copy.

Then I remembered that my job was to make the killings "nicer". What the fuck!? How could I make someone chopped in half by a car "nice"? How could I make stabbings "nice"? Most importantly, how could make shoving a fish hook up a girl's vagina and out her belly "nice"?

Fuck that! I thought. I ain't nice'ing up no fuckin' gore film. Hell, that'd be like betraying my family.

By the end of the day, I was in a state of deep anxiety. I'd been watching the gore scenes over and over again because I liked them. I could see where stuff could be cut, but there was no way I was going to do that. I just couldn't. Around 6 o'clock, Ross dropped by.

"How's the cutting going, Marky?"


"Not much in there to laugh about, is there?"

"So you've seen it, Ross?"

"Fuck no. I don't need to see a turd to know it stinks."

With that pearl of high wisdom, he limped off, leaving me to ponder my future with the company.

I tossed and turned that night. I had a serious moral dilemma. Do I mutilate The Mutilator to keep the boss happy, or do I say no to mutilation and retain my integrity?

Or was I just being a young idiot?

Well, I did cut The Mutilator, and it did make the boss happy.

And I got to be a young idiot, too.

Around 3 o'clock the following afternoon, I announced to Ross that The Mutilator job was done.

"How much did you cut out of it, Marky?"

"Twenty minutes."


Ross suddenly looked like Marilyn Chambers had just agreed to give him a blowie. He was all smiles.

He even slapped me on the back buddy-style. "Twenty minutes?! Well done, Marky. It's not all about blood and guts, is it? Eh?"

I gave him a fake nod of victory and said "Nah."

Ross limped home a happy man.

I bathed in the glow of his satisfaction for a couple of minutes.

If you've seen The Mutilator, you know it has a lot of slow spots. Hell, there's a twenty-five minute slow spot in which almost nothing happens.

Well, that's what got mutilated.

I spared director Buddy Cooper the indignity of having his name on a "nice" slasher film, I made Ross (who I knew would never watch the film) a happy man, and I got shifted out of my Jack Of All Trades role a month or so later (by Ross) because he was convinced he'd made me see the error of my blood and guts ways. Somehow, it got me respect.

I guess he figured I could now be trusted not to get all orgasmic about the latest chainsawed leg or stabbed vagina on a film shoot at a church candle factory.

So what did the censor do with the re-edited, faster, just as gory version of The Mutilator?

Fuck all!

The re-edited master tape sat on Ross's shelf for six months. The upstart distribution company that had planned to release the film on VHS in Australia mysteriously folded a couple of weeks after they'd given Ross the job.

Clearly, somebody down there liked me.



Palace Home Video release

In 1987, Palace Home Video submitted an 87m videotape under THE MUTILATOR title. It was again banned by the Censorship Board because of violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Palace censored over two minutes of footage, and an 83:53 tape was awarded an R-rating in March 1987. The violence was now described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous



THE MUTILATOR: The censored footage

Review by Matt
Dragon Film Entertainment DVD (Germany): 86:13 (uncut)
Palace Home Video VHS (Australia): 83:53 (censored)

The Palace Home Video release of THE MUTILATOR has been censored in the following scenes. The times refer to the approximate points in the Dragon DVD.

01:30 - Ed shoots his mother in the back. The Palace tape shows the first shotgun blast, but censors the replay.

23:15 - Ed's father has a dream of killing him as a boy. The Palace tape removes the start of the scene where the axe is dragged across Ed's throat. Strangely, the rest of the scene, where the blood flows out of the wound, is intact.

45:15 - The Palace tape removes around 20s of footage of the cop getting the wood impaled through his cheek. Also missing is his decapitation. The Palace tape only shows the head lying on the ground, followed by the killer picking it up.

63:30 - Nearly all of Ralph's death scene has been censored in the Palace tape. This is around 40s of him getting the pitchfork in his neck and being impaled to the door.

70:30 - Sue's death scene has been censored of around 25s of footage. The Palace tape ends with the fishing gaff being held to her crotch. It then censors the rest of the scene of the hook going into her body, and out of her stomach.

80:00 - The largest cut in the film is approximately 55s from the killer's death scene. The Palace tape shows the car reversing to the wall with the killer holding on the back. It censors the rest of the sequence of him being crushed against the wall, the car pulling forward, and his body laying in two pieces. It also removes him grabbing the axe and chopping off the cop's leg, and the bloody axe in the ground. The Palace tape picks up with the scene in the hospital.


Mike's death scene at 39:45 seems to be intact in the Palace tape. It shows him getting a power saw in the chest and his bloody body slowly falling to the ground. It is strange that this escaped the censor's scissors considering what was missing from the rest of the film.


The Mutilator - Palace Home Video [au] VHS





My Brother's Wife

Produced by Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki / 2004 / Japan / IMDb

In May 2006, a DVD of MY BROTHER'S WIFE was banned by the OFLC. Siren Visual Entertainment was the applicant.

A censored version was passed R18+ (High Level Animated Sex Scenes) in February 2007.

Note that the OFLC database lists different details for both submissions. This is because the second one gives the English dubbing credits.

May 2006: RC
Production Company DIGITAL WORKS

Feb 2007: R18+
Production Company RIGHT STUFF

In addition, both submissions are listed as being 'Original Versions'. It is unclear why this was, as the R18+ version would have definitely been censored.

Siren released the cut DVD in May 2007 as part of their Hentai Collection.



Censored footage

The Siren Visual release of MY BROTHER'S WIFE consists of two episodes.

Part 1: 26:50
Part 2: 28:11

There are no obvious scenes that look censored. We know this is not the case, and the running times seem to indicate that Part 1 has been cut.

In Part 2 around the 22m mark there is a threesome between Misa, Miwa, and Takeshi. The end credits of Part 2 shows shots of Misa and Miwa kissing that do not appear in this sex scene.




MY BROTHER'S WIFE was re-released by Siren in August 2009 as part of a box set called THE BONDAGE COLLECTION. It includes SLAVES TO PASSION and BONDAGE MANSION. All three are cut, and have individual entries in our Film Censorship Database.


My Brother's Wife - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD 1My Brother's Wife - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD 2





My Cousin Rachel

Directed by Roger Michell / 2017 / UK-USA / IMDb

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 May 2017, a 105m print of MY COUSIN RACHEL was passed with an M (Occasional coarse language) rating.

The extended classification information described,
Moderate impact: language
Mild impact: themes, violence
Very mild: nudity, sex

The following month, Twentieth Century Fox Film Distributors resubmitted the film in a censored version that also ran 105m. This time it received a PG (Mild themes, violence and occasional coarse language) rating.

The extended classification now described,
Mild impact: themes, violence, language
Very mild: nudity, sex

The censored version reduced the language from 'moderate impact' to 'mild impact'.


MY COUSIN RACHEL was rated for a third time in July 2017, again with an M-rating. This time it was described as the HOME ENTERTAINMENT VERSION. The extended classification information of the 254-minute DVD described.
Moderate impact: language, sex
Mild impact: themes, violence
Very mild: nudity

The original M rated version had consumer advice of 'Occasional coarse language', while this submission was given 'Sex scene and coarse language'. The extended classification information also increased the sex from 'very mild' to 'moderate impact'.



What was censored in the PG version?

In the version rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification, the language was described as:

There is infrequent use of strong language ('f**k').
Milder bad language includes 'bloody', 'shit', 'God' and 'damn'.

However, in the review of the film by the Australian Council on Children and the Media, the language in the Australian PG version was not as strong:

Coarse language
There is some coarse language in this movie including:
There are three occasions where "damn" is used and "shit" is said twice.

So it would appear the censored Australian print has lost some infrequent uses of the word "fuck'".


My Cousin Rachel (2017) - 20th Century Fox [au] Poster





My Darling Gals 

Directed by Chi Lo / 1978 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In January 1979, a 2386.00-meters (86:58) print of MY DARLING GALS was censored by 08.80-meters (00:19) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'excessive violence'.

The Mandarin Cinema was the applicant.



MY DARLING GALS (1978) review

Review by Matt
The Cantonese language print of MY DARLING GALS (aka KUNG FU STARS) that I viewed ran only 74:53. Even though that was thirteen minutes shorter that the Australian version, I still could not identify what was missing. However, I presume that it still contained the 'excessive violence' that our censor removed.

The most likely target would be the scene at 22m where Fei Fei is cornered by four gang members, one of whom is played by Eric Tsang. They each take turns at hitting and kicking her, before she eventually escapes. The beating even lasts approximately the same length as the censor cuts. Two other possible censor targets are:

At 47:50, Sammo Hung's character is shown being kicked in his blood soaked face until he no longer moves.

The death of Eric Tsang's character at 58:30 is also quite violent. He is punched in the back until blood comes from his mouth. A rock is then dropped (off screen) on his head.





My Secret Life

Directed by John Hofsess - Leland R. Thomas / 1969 / Canada / IMDb

In July 1978, a 2329.20-meter (84:54) print of MY SECRET LIFE was banned because of 'indecent language'.

14th Mandolin was the applicant.



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