In June 1982, a 2386.41-meter (86:59) print of NATHALIE was censored by
19-meters (00:41) to remove sex, which was considered to be
The R-rating was then awarded because of sex, which was now:
Natan Scheinwald released the film theatrically.
In March 1975, a 2276.00-meter (82:57) print of NAUGHTY was censored by 108.00-meters (03:56) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'. MGM BEF Film Distributors were the applicant.
Video Classics released NAUGHTY on tape in the early 80s.
Review by Simon
NAUGHTY! - A REPORT ON PORNOGRAPHY AND EROTICA
DVD release: Showbox Home Entertainment [uk] 80:02 (PAL)
Note: This release appears to have been censored by 14s by the BBFC, as the running time is the same as the 1997 VHS submission by Medusa Communications.
NAUGHTY! is an enjoyable look at pornography from Victorian times up until the early 1970s. It contains the usual amount of silly scenes, but includes enough interviews and location shots of the red light areas of London and Amsterdam to keep it interesting.
I will attempt to identify where the four minutes came from that the Australian censor removed.
Two very brief shots stand out because they show stills of hardcore sex. At 38:50, a visit to a Soho sex shop shows the covers of such hardcore magazines as UNISEX and KEYHOLE. This is followed at 63:00 by Jim Haynes being interviewed about SUCK, THE FIRST EUROPEAN SEX PAPER while it is open on a page showing a blowjob.
The rest of the sex is soft-core. The majority of the censorship would have been carried out on some or all of these scenes.
At 12:30, during a profile of Amsterdam's Wet Dream Film Festival, parts of the German cartoon SCHNEEFLITTCHEN HINTER DEN SIEBEN BERGEN TEIL 1 is shown, as well as brief clips of other sex films. This is followed by sex in ancient Greece (20:00), a Victorian sex scene (29:30 and 32:00), and Henry Hayler posing for photos with his wife (42:00).
John (THE PORN BROKERS) Lindsay appears at 49:00 shooting his 1971 short, SEX AFTER SCHOOL, this is followed by sex with a Victorian prostitute (58:00), a group sex scene (60:30), and a naked female being whipped by a female dominatrix (67:00).
Finally, the scene at 28:30 where a Victorian gent approaches a child prostitute may also have been targeted. Although, the fact that it was not removed from the British 18-certificate DVD tells you all you need to know.
It would be interesting to view the Video Classics tape to see if it contained the censored theatrical version.
Daybill mage courtesy of moviemem.com
In July 2002, a 24m VHS of NAUGHTY HARUMI was banned by the OFLC.
We assume the ban was for the depiction characters having sex who appear to be underage. Several other hentai titles have ran into problems with the Australian censor for the same reason.
The applicant was Japan Publicity Australia.
In August 1980, a 60m tape of NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA PARTS 1 AND 2 was banned
because of sex, which was said to be:
The applicant, Hollywood House Video, were a Sydney based company that specialised in releasing public domain titles onto tape. NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA PARTS 1 AND 2 was their compilation of erotic shorts from the early years of cinema.
In 1985, they submitted a tape called NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA; this was followed in 1988 by NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA VOL 2. Both were initially passed with X-ratings, before being censored down for R-rated versions.
It is unclear if the 1980 submission of NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA PARTS 1 AND 2 was a combination of these two tapes, or a completely different edit. If it was a combination, then footage would appear to have been added, as together they would have a running time in excess of the original 60m submission.
In February 1985, a 42m tape titled NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA (1985) was passed
with an X-rating. The sex was found to be:
In March 1985, the tape had been censored down to 35m, and was passed with an R-rating.
In both cases, Hollywood House Video was the applicant.
The cover describes:
...the earliest known 100% genuine adult film
...bonus adult cartoon made in 1922
An advertisement in VIDEO TRADER magazine for the R-rated version also promised:
X-rated version also available subject to State laws.
In November 1988, a 49m tape titled NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA VOL. 2 was passed
with an X-rating. The sex was said to be:
In January 1989, a 47m 'edited version' was submitted in the hope that an
R-rating would be awarded. Again, it was X-rated, and despite being
censored, the sex was now described as being frequent rather than
Later that month, small cuts saw a 47m 'edited version' passed with an
R-rating. The sex was now reduced to being:
The producer of this tape was said to be Thirtieth Cemalux. In all cases, Hollywood House Video was the applicant.
NAUGHTY NOSTALGIA VOL 2 (1988) is described as containing:
…the earliest known 100% genuine adults only USA stage film series
…3 notorious shows from Hollywood’s vintage underground.
The cover claims that it includes THE BABYSITTER, THE OPINIUM DEN, DAY IN THE COUNTRY, FUDGE IN D-MINOR, and a bonus titled the NUDE HUMAN SYMPHONY.
In April 1978, a 2268.80-meter (82:42) print of NAUGHTY VICTORIANS was banned because of 'indecency'.
A 2142.70-meter (78:06) 'reconstructed version' was submitted in
September 1980, but this too was banned. The reason given was sex, which was
described as being:
In both cases, Regent Trading Enterprises were the applicant.
In February 1984, an 86m videotape of NAZI LOVE CAMP 27 was passed with an R-rating.
The reason given was violence, which were described as:
The R-rating was also awarded for ‘sexual violence’. It does not seem that Syme Home Video ever released the tape.
In November 1984, Palace Home Video had an 86m videotape of NAZI LOVE CAMP 27 banned by the Censorship Board. The reason given for the RC-rating was ‘explicit and gratuitous sexual violence'.
In November 1985, and August 1987, Video Excellence had two 82m videotapes banned because of ‘gratuitous sexual violence’. The latter submission was listed as being an ‘edited version’.
Review by Matt
The version of NAZI LOVE CAMP 27 that I viewed ran 86:50, and included brief hardcore inserts. These shots total no more than 30s, so it is possible that they were missing from the original R-rated 86m print submitted to the Australian censor.
The three scenes that would have caused the most problems are listed below. Two of these include hardcore inserts. However, even if these were removed they would have retained enough power to cause the film to be banned.
14:45 to 16:45 – Hannah and a girl are gang raped by a group of Nazi soldiers. This scene has three brief shots of hardcore penetration. This is undoubtedly the main scene of ‘gratuitous sexual violence’ to which the censors refer. Following the rape, the naked girl escapes and dies on the electric fence.
30:00 to 32:00 – During Hannah’s first night in the brothel the girls are forced to entertain Nazi soldiers. This is not particularly graphic, but some of the girls are shown protesting.
41:00 to 41:30 – A female prisoner is stripped naked and whipped to death by two female guards.
65:00 – An SS Officer inserts a bullhorn into a woman’s vagina as she protests. We are shown the sharpened horn as it is held between here legs. It is then obviously switched for a dildo for the actual penetration scene. The girl is shown screaming as it is inserted.
There is one other hardcore penetration shot during the Nazi breeding scene at 57:00. The rest of the sex scenes are strictly softcore.
In 2002, he Victorian Customs Service seized a DVD of NECROPHAGIA: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. The disc was then submitted to the OFLC who banned it in November 2002.
Online retailers describe the DVD as:
"...the first ever video release from Necrophagia (featuring Philip Anselmo from Pantera!) Through The Eyes Of The Dead features "And You Will Live In Terror", "Embalmed Yet I Breathe", "Burning Moon Sickness", and "Deep Inside I Plant The Devil's Seed." DVD Bonus features include rare, unreleased footage, interviews, and two bonus clips: "Cannibal Holocaust" and 'They Dwell Beneath."
You will notice the DVD contains their clip for CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, which also features footage from the movie. At the time, the film was banned, but was eventually passed R18+ (High level sexual violence, High level violence, Animal cruelty) in October 2005.
The other bonus clip 'They Dwell Beneath' was Necrophagia's tribute to THE LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET. At the time, this film had never been released in Australia, though it was eventually passed R18+ (Graphic violence, Sex scenes) in September 2005.
Another featured clip was 'And You Will Live in Terror'. This was Necrophagia's tribute to THE BEYOND, and first appeared as an extra on the U.S. Anchor Bay DVD release. Once again, this features footage from a film that originally had problems at the Australian censors.
NEKROMANTIK was part of a package of fifteen tapes that were seized by the Australian Customs Service in October 1991. They were forwarded to the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) who found them to be:
"…prohibited pursuant to Regulation 4A(1A)(a)(iii) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations"
A second videotape of NEKROMANTIK was seized in 2001.
On July 29 2016, NEKROMANTIK was shown uncut by the World Movies pay-tv channel.
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Nekromantik (Germany, 1987)
Graphic, low-budget gore-shocker about Rob and Betty, a couple of ordinary necrophiles who apparently don’t mind if their dead sexual partners are not so fresh. Rob’s job affords him the opportunity to bring home corpses and the odd body part. When he loses his job, he loses Betty, and Rob’s life gets really bizarre.
A letter from the Classification Board was posted on the Media Censorship in Australia Facebook page where they responded to questions about the TV screening and ratings history.
August 21 at 8:31am
Classification Board response
Thank you for your email of 3 August 2016 in which you enquire about the classification history of Nekromantik and Nekromantik 2. The Classification Board (the Board) has never classified Nekromantik or Nekromantik 2.
As such, there is no record of a classification decision recorded in the National Classification Database.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for administering the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. These Regulations prohibit the importation of ‘objectionable goods’. I would suggest you contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection directly about this matter. More information can be found at http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Impo/Proh.
I note your query about the recent airing of Nekromantik by Foxtel. The Classification Board is not responsible for the classification of television content. Content on free-to-air television is classified by the network’s in-house classifiers. Content on subscription television is classified by in-house classifiers. Subscription broadcasters such as Foxtel operate under the 2013 Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice - see http://www.astra.org.au/advocacy/codes-of-practice. As television classifications are made under different classification guidelines to those applied by the Classification Board, and the versions of films broadcast on television may not be the same as the ones that may have been classified by the Classification Board, it is not possible to make meaningful comparisons of classifications given to films across broadcast and other media.
Customs seem to be particularly hard on any film that deals with the theme of necrophilia. Over the years, some of their targets have included AFTERMATH (1994), BEYOND THE DARKNESS (1979), LUCKER THE NECROPHAGOUS (1986), and NEKROMANTIK 2 (1991). All are covered in our Film Censorship Database.
We have heard of three confirmed Australian customs confiscations of NEKROMANTIK 2.
One of these was of a videotape version in 2001. While in 2003, a DVD of the U.S. Barrel Entertainment release was taken.
As with the first film, the necrophilia storyline would have been enough to cause it to be seized.
In September 1984, Greater Union Film Distributors had a 2496.00 mtr (91:14) 35mm print of THE NEW YORK RIPPER Refused Classification. The reason for the decision was:
Greater Union made nearly five minutes of cuts before resubmitting it. These were obviously not enough, as in February 1985; the censored 86m version of THE NEW YORK RIPPER was banned for a second time. The reason for the decision was:
Following the second refusal, the release was abandoned, and the film remained unreleased either theatrically, or on video in Australia.
There is one report from the early 90s of a customs confiscation of the uncut version.
Banned in Australia for over 20 years
A viewing of the uncut Stomp DVD makes it easy to see what caused THE NEW YORK RIPPER to be banned in 1984 and 1985.
The killing of the sex performer (23m) with a broken bottle, and the slashing of Kitty (70m) with a razor both have sexual overtones.
In addition, the stabbing of Rosie (10m), Fay's hallucination of her own murder (37m), the stabbing of Jane (51m), and finally, Peter's bloody demise (83m), all contain typical outrageous Lucio Fulci gore.
Other Lucio Fulci titles that had problems in Australia include ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE BEYOND, and THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. All are covered in our Film Censorship Database.