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Slumber Party Massacre II...

1987 US comedy horror by Deborah Brock, previously banned by the BBFC, now just passed 15 uncut


Link Here14th July 2024
Slumber Party Massacre II is a 1987 US comedy horror by Deborah Brock.
With Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes and Kimberly McArthur. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Banned by the BBFC in 1988 after an extensive cuts list was refused. The film remained unreleased until 2024 when it was 15 rated and uncut. In the US it exists in a Theatrical R rated version, and an Extended Version which is MPAA Unrated

Summary Review: Amusing Enough

More of a comic vein than its predecessor and now in a musical setting.

The weapon of choice is an electric guitar cum electric drill. The death scenes are very twisted with the killer playing guitar and singing as he kills his victims.

A favourite scene of mine involves death by acne. One of the central characters is actually engulfed by a rapid growing zit, until it pops all over the protagonist and she is presumed dead - that is until she walks through the front door about 10 minutes later.

The over-the-topness seems to be amusing enough. For bad movie fans, that is.

Versions

uncut
Extended Version
run: 85m
pal: 82m
MPAA UnratedUS: An extended version is uncut and MPAA unrated for:
  • 2023 SHOUT! FACTORY [Slumber Party Massacre I (Theatrical) + II (Theatrical + Unrated)] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad
  • 2017 Shout! Factory Double Feature [Slumber Party Massacre II + III, both Theatrical + Extended] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2010 Shout Factory Slumber Party Massacre Collection [1-3] R1 DVD via UK Amazon and at US Amazon

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

uncut
Theatrical Version 
run: 75:51s
pal: 72:49s
15

MPAA R

UK: The Theatrical Version is uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence, gore, threat, horror, nudity, sex references:
  • 2024 101 Films Blu-ray (rated 05/07/2024)

US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2023 SHOUT! FACTORY [Slumber Party Massacre I (Theatrical) + II (Theatrical + Unrated)] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad
  • 2017 Shout! Factory Double Feature [Slumber Party Massacre II + III, both Theatrical + Extended] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2010 Shout Factory Slumber Party Massacre Collection [1-3] R1 DVD via UK Amazon and at US Amazon
  • 2002 New Concorde R1 DVD at US Amazon
banned
banned
run: 84m
pal: 81m
rejectedUK: Presumably it was the Extended Version that was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1988 Lazer VHS

From IMDB. The BBFC offered an extensive cuts list which was not acceptable to the distributor, and so the video was banned.

The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 1988:

Scenes of terrorising, blood-letting and gleeful infliction of pain underlined an unacceptable tone of sadism in a work purporting to be a satirical horror fantasy but developing a pervasive undercurrent of mutilation as fun.

Shown on the Horror Channel in 2006

 

 

Squeals of outrage...

Police Federation bosses object to title of new ITV police comedy called Piglets


Link Here9th July 2024
A new ITV comedy show titled Piglets has raised the heckles of the police.

The new series, which is set to start airing on July 20, follows the experiences of a group of trainee officers as they start prepping to join the police force.

The Police Federation issued a statement hitting out at the name of the series, with the Acting Chair calling it disgusting. Tiffany Lynch, Acting National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said:

The new ITV show titled Piglets is highly offensive to police officers risking their lives to protect the public every day by providing an emergency service. It is a disgusting choice of language to use for the title of a TV programme. Our colleagues are working hard and keeping people safe under relentless negative pressure at the moment, insulting our new in service officers is unhelpful.

We should not be put at further risk for viewing numbers, our officers deserve respect, not humiliation for the job they are undertaking. It is actually incredibly dangerous to incite more negativity and misinformation against a public sector service that's already under so much pressure.

Despite the criticsim ITV has stood strong in their decision to air the series under the title Piglets, emphasizing that the show is fictional. A spokesperson told GB News:

Piglets is a fictional new comedy about a police training academy and the title is not intended to cause any offence, it's a comedic and endearing play on words to emphasise the innocence and youth of our young trainees.

The Police Federation have made clear that they intend to reach out to Ofcom and make an official complaint about the comedy show.

 

 

Reality Killers...

The British Board of Film Censors bans its first video in a little while


Link Here4th July 2024

Reality Killers is a 2005 Italy Horror Film by Alessandro Capone BBFC link 2020

Banned by the BBFC for 2024 video.

Versions

banned
banned
run: 75m
pal: 72m
Rejected Pre 1970UK: Banned by BBFC
  • 2024 Treasured Films video (rated 01/07/24)

The BBFC commented:

Reality Killers is a horror film in which a man obsessed with violent snuff videos, featuring people being abused, tortured and killed, goes on to commit his own similar crimes.

Reality Killers consists of a series of short vignettes in which people, including women and children, are killed. In some cases, acts of sadistic violence follow or involve sexual behaviour and nudity. The protagonist acts as a narrator, relishing in the violence and endorsing the actions of the killers. Women, in particular, are portrayed as either sexual objects to be abused or as predatory killers themselves. Potentially harmful attitudes, such as the suggestion that victims and perpetrators enjoy violence, and that women are presented primarily as sex objects or predatory killers, are not clearly challenged, nor is there a narrative counterbalance to the sustained focus on sadism.

As a last resort, the BBFC may find content unsuitable for classification, in line with the objective of preventing non-trivial harm risks to potential viewers and, through their behaviour, to society. In our Classification Guidelines we state that this may occur where a central concept is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence. The guidelines also state that we consider whether the availability of the material to the age group concerned would run contrary to broad public opinion.

The BBFC considered whether the film's issues could be adequately addressed through intervention such as cuts. As Reality Killers consists almost entirely of scenes of sadistic violence and abuse, we determined that cuts would not effectively address these issues. The film, when taken as a whole, transgresses BBFC Classification Guidelines and policy, and we believe that its classification even at 18 would run contrary to broad public opinion. The BBFC therefore found Reality Killers to be unsuitable for classification.

 

 

Updated: Robot Dreams...

Further details of BBFC category cuts for PG rated cinema release


Link Here24th May 2024

Robot Dreams is a 2023 Spain/France animation drama by Pablo Berger
Starring Ivan Labanda, Tito Trifol and Rafa Calvo Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a distributor requested BBFC PG rated cinema release in 2024.

Summary Notes

Based on the popular graphic novel by the North American writer Sara Varon, ROBOT DREAMS tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the '80s.
 

Versions

BBFC cut
category cuts by substitution
cut:
run: 102:29s
pal: 98:23s
PG

IFCO cinema G

UK: BBFC PG rated for mild rude humour for mild rude humour after BBFC category cuts:
  • 2024 Artificial Eye Film Co. cinema release (rated 30/01/2024)

The BBFC commented:

The company obscured rude gestures in order to achieve their preferred category of PG. An uncut 12A classification was available.

Thanks to Jon:

The BBFC were initially set to give the film an uncut 12A rating. However, when Artificial Eye heard the film was going to be a 12A, it was Artificial Eye who said they wanted a PG, because the film would be ideal for younger kids, as the film was due to be released during the February school Half-Term. It was at that point, that the BBFC stated to Artificial Eye, that if they wanted a PG, the middle finger gesture would need to be removed.

Artificial Eye went back to the director, explained the situation, and between him and Artificial Eye, they agreed that the best solution would be to animate a black rectangle over the offending moment, so that adults would still get the joke, but kids would not, and the censorship would appease the BBFC without any cuts being made to the film's duration.

The animators added-in the black rectangle, the film was resubmitted, and the film was passed with the new censored middle finger scene as a PG.

The film could easily have been left uncut with a 12A, and it would not have affected anything. But the distributor stupidly wanted a kid-friendly rating, despite the fact most kids couldn't follow the film and didn't find it especially entertaining. So Artificial Eye really ballsed-up here.

Thanks to Scott, Jake and Chris.

The rude gesture was in fact the robot showing his middle finger when copying members of a street gang. The director was involved in deciding how to obscure the gesture by covering it up. The solution to cover up the gesture with a black strip proved more than acceptable as it gets a laugh from viewers realising that the robot is making the gesture and that this has been censored.

Ireland: The cut UK version was IFCO G rated for consumer advice: explores themes of friendship and loss with positive resolution:
  • 2024 Curzon cinema release (rated 16/01/2024)


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