Film Censorship: H #2






Directed by Stu Segall  / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In March 1981, a 329.10-meter (29:59) 16mm print of HARVEY was censored by 1.70-meters (00:09) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

In the R-rated version it was:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant. They went on to release it on their King of Video label.





Hate Your Neighbour

Directed by Ferdinando Baldi / Italy / 1968 / IMDb

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.


Review by Simon
German DVD from Koch Media (on screen title: HASSE DEINEN NÄCHSTEN) -  85:43 (PAL)

It is difficult to understand why this was banned in 1972. It is violent, but no more so than most spaghetti westerns.

Possible scenes of 'excessive violence' include the saloon brawl between the Ken and the Sheriff (15m), the steel claw fight between Mexican slaves (21m), Ken being beaten by Chris's men (55m), Gary beating Peggy, and attempting to rape her (65m), and the steel claw fight between Gary and Jose (75m).





The Healers

Directed by Eduardo Cemano/ 1972 / USA / IMDb

In May 1978, a 2066.20-meter (75:19) print of THE HEALERS was banned because of indecency. A censored 1562.10-meter (56:56) version was passed with an R-rating in August 1978.

The applicant was K&S Wilcsek.


Review by Simon
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).





He and She

Directed by Matt Cimber / 1970 / USA / IMDb

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.



Review by Matt
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.






Directed by Clive Barker / 1987 / UK / 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 September 1987, a 91m tape of HELLRAISER was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

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.



Video, DVD, and Blu-ray releases

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 the uncut HELLRAISER on DVD and Blu-ray with an M-rating on the cover. This was later fixed, and replaced with the correct R-rating.


Hellraiser (1987) - Roadshow Home Video [au] VHSHellraiser (1987) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVDHellraiser (1987) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] Blu-ray





The Hero

Directed by Hung-Chang Wang / 1971 / Taiwan / IMDb

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.





Hidden Rage

Directed by Shuki Levy / 1988 / USA / IMDb

In September 1988, a 100m 35mm print of HIDDEN RAGE was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

The TAFT Hardie Group was the applicant.


Review by Matt
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.





Higher and Higher

aka I Am a Groupie

Directed by Erwin C. Dietrich / 1970 / Switzerland-West Germany / IMDb

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.



HIGHER AND HIGHER (1970) review

Review by Matt
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.





High Finance

Produced by E.Portici / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

In October 1981, a 559.47-meter (50:59) 16mm print of HIGH FINANCE was passed with an R-rating. The sex in this 'pre-censor cut version' was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant. They reportedly went on to release it on their King of Video label.





High School Fantasies

Directed by James Bryan / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In October 1977, an 1837.00-meter (66:57) print of HIGHSCHOOL FANTASIES was censored by 38.10-meters (01:23) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Lestrig Trading was the applicant.





High Tension

Directed by Alexandre Aja / 2003 / France / IMDb

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.



Film Festival and R18+ DVD release

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 March 2015, Accent Film Entertainment released HIGH TENSION on Blu-ray.


High Tension (2003) - Accent Film Entertainment [au] DVDHigh Tension (2003) - Accent Film Entertainment [au] Blu-ray





A History of the Blue Movie

Directed by Alex de Renzy / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In November 1975, a 3234.23-meter (117:53) print of A HISTORY OF THE BLUE MOVIE was banned because of 'indecency'. A censored 1914.20-meter (69:46) version lost another 50.30-meter (01:50) before being awarded an R-rating in January 1978.

Seven Keys were the applicant.





Hollywood Cop

Directed by Amir Shervan / 1988 / USA / IMDb

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.



The censored rape scene

Comparison by Simon
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.


Hollywood Cop - Vestron Video [au] VHS



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