Philippine Films

Filipino movies that have been cut or banned in Australia.


Directed by Cirio H. Santiago / 1983 / Philippines / IMDb

In February 1985, Seven Keys Films had an 85-minute print of STRYKER banned by the Censorship Board.

Modified video release

Later in 1985, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment had an 82-minute video refused due to ‘excessive violence and gratuitous sexual violence’.

Stryker (1983) - VHS videotape 1
VHS – Thorn EMI

A censored tape, running 81:06, was passed with an R-rating in September 1985.

Australian video cuts

Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment (au) – VHS – 81:06

Censored at 14:50 approx. – Kardis (Mike Lane) shoots a prisoner in the head.

Before – Delha’s (Andria Savio) top is torn off, followed by one of the guards saying, ‘Let’s take her down’.
Censored at 21:00 approx. – Delha is raped.

Heath G. reports that the killing of the fat prison guard (24:00) and the grenade thrown into the tank (45:00) may look cut, but are instead the result of inept editing.

Naked Vengeance

Directed by Cirio H. Santiago / 1985 / Philippines – USA / IMDb

In March 1986, a 74:26 ( PAL) video of NAKED VENGEANCE passed with an R-rating.

It was submitted by Outland Promotions and released on their Vestron Video label.

Naked Vengeance (1985) - VHS videotape 1
VHS – Vestron Video

This was the shorter American R-rated version, which ran nearly 19-minutes shorter than the uncut print. Movie-Censorship also has a comparison between the two.

Presumably, Outland Promotions chose this version to avoid censorship issues. At the time, the Board had refused a number of titles in the rape and revenge genre due to ‘gratuitous sexual violence’. This was despite them no problem issuing an R-rating to Meir Zarchi’s notorious I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978).

The rear of the Vestron Video cover includes an image of the castrated rapist with blood on his chest. This was missing from the tape and appears only in the uncut version.