Film Censorship: M #3


 

 

 

 

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.


 

 

 

 

Monique

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.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Monique (1970) - Blake Films [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

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"


 

 

 

 

Mordum

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO UK & AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS - SOME OF THESE DVDS HAVE BEEN CONFISCATED BY UK & AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS. SOME HAVE MADE IT THROUGH BUT SOME HAVE BEEN STOPPED. ORDER AT YOUR OWN RISK!


 

 

 

 

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
5.00pm
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 (98:42) print of MOTEL HELL was submitted to the Censorship Board by United Artists Australasia.

It was passed only after 6.2 meters (14s) 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.

 

 

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.

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 moviemem.com

 

Motel Hell (1980) - United Artists [au] Daybill      Motel Hell (1980) - Warner Brothers [au] VHSMotel 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, House of Dare had a 2698.2-meter (98:37) 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 (97:51). This print lost another 82.5 meters (03:01) before being granted an R-rating. At least some of the 103.45-meters (03:47) of cuts were to remove scenes of 'animal cruelty'.

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

 

 

Censored Video Classics tape.

In the early 80s, Video Classics released a heavily censored tape under the title SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD. This was presumably the same as the Australian theatrical print.

 

Here is how the Video Classics tape 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
Videosonic (Greece) - 95:02

 

KILLING OF THE IGUANA

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.

 

SNAKE VS. MONKEY

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.

 

CROC ATTACK

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.

 

ANIMAL TRAP

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.

 

DECAPITATED BODY

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.

 

ARTHUR AND THE NATIVE GIRL

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.

 

IGUANA AND SNAKE

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.

 

ARTHUR IS EATEN

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.

 

CANNIBAL CASTRATION

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.

 

BARREL FEAST

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.

 

SNAKE VS. BIRD

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.

 

DWARF ATTACK AND DEATH

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/early 1990 on the RCA/Columbia label.

This is an extremely rare tape, and it needs to be confirmed which version it contains.

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


 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

We believe that 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.

 

 

MRS. STONE’S THING: Review

Thanks to Simon for this review.

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"


 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Thanks to Matt for this review.

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
Author NOT SHOWN
Publisher SHIYUUTA BIWAJIMA, CHIKARA NIKI
Production Company DIGITAL WORKS

Feb 2007: R18+
Author SHANNON HEMEON, ANITA LARKO
Publisher SHAWNE KLECKNER, NORIKO AI
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.

 

 

BONDAGE COLLECTION Box Set

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 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.


 

 

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